COLLECTION_ interior inspiration


Since I moved from Leuven to Antwerp, five years ago, I’ve changed houses quite a few times.  First I lived in this room, in a house I shared with 4 others in the lovely Zurenborg neighborhood.  After two years, I felt the need to live on my own and moved into a small studio in the same neighborhood.    Less than a year later, my landlord decided to renovate the building and I was yet again in need of a new home.  I ended up in the lively neighborhood of Borgerhout, in  a slightly bigger apartment, with high ceilings and marble mantelpieces.  I loved this apartment, but it felt a little bit small for my interior experiments and I couldn’t get over the vinyl flooring with a fake hardwood print, a feature I decided to overlook since I was in need of a new home urgently.   That’s until my neighbors from across the hall let me know they were moving out of their apartment.  When I had a look around, I fell head over heels in love.  This place had the same high ceilings and marble mantelpieces that I loved so much, mixed up with hardwood floors, rooms that were much more spacious, an extra room that I could use as an office and an adorable balcony.   At a fairly reasonable price, the decision to move across the hall was made in a heartbeat.

So, a few months ago I moved into this new apartment and since then I’ve been collecting interior inspiration, moving things around and eyeing new pieces.   In my previous, smaller apartments, I had to choose furniture carefully, letting some pieces shine while others blended in, in order for the result to be balanced.  In my current home, it’s an entirely different story.   It’ll take a little while before I can show you the entire apartment as some rooms are more finished than others, but if you would like to see more images of my previous apartment in the meantime, let me know in the comments!  For the time being, I’ll keep moving things around, saving money for new furniture and daydreaming of this collection of interiors, where interesting pieces of furniture take the center stage.

  1. Designer Antonio Sciortino‘s home photographed by Serge Anton for, more images here.
  2. Interior designer Sally Breer‘s loft in Los Angles, photographed by Brigitte Sire.  See more here.
  3. Kitchen in Penthouse S Westkaai, designed by Hans Verstuyft.  See more of his work here.
  4. Art collector and gallerist Miquel Alzueta‘s home, photographed by Jonas Ingerstedt.  Discover the rest of his interior here.
  5. Stylist Thomas Lingsell‘s bedroom shot by Andy Liffner, see more of it here.
  6. The apartment of architect duo Festen, shot by Helenio Barbetta.  See the rest of their home here.
  7.  Source unknown, please let me know if you know where I can find more info about this gorgeous space!  View the full image here.
  8. Architect Ricardo Bofill‘s home and studio, also known as The Factory. (Photo courtesy of Ricardo Bofill.)  See more of his work here and discover the rest of The Factory here.
  9. Berlin apartment of Emmanuel De Bayser, owner of The Corner Berlin fashion boutique, shot by Manolo Yllera.  See more here.

FRAGMENTS_ Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Fragments_ Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon - Hannelore Veelaert for au pays des merveilles

The combination of plants and rough concrete is one that is always a win in my book and Lisbon‘s Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian proves my point with conviction.  This brutalist museum houses the art collection of the foundation named after businessman and philanthropist Calouste Gulbenkian.  While the ancient and modern art collection is supposed to be impressive (I have to admit I only ever visited the library), it’s the surrounding gardens that truly make my heart beat faster.  The fragments I’m sharing in this blogpost should give you an impression, but why not plan a trip to Lisbon and visit the Gulbenkian yourself?  In case you do: boredom won’t be an option because I’ve updated my Lisbon city guide

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where to go in lisbon After living in this city for five months and countless city trips to Portugal’s capital ever since, I had to compile all my favorite hangouts in one handy city guide.  So, if you’re wondering how a semi-local twenty-something spends her time in Lisbon, this is it!

At the end of this post you can find a google map with all my tips, that you can open on your smart phone while you’re traveling.  On that map, you’ll find even more tips that I’ve collected from my most trustworthy sources, and intend to try out myself in the future.    Have fun!

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EXPLORED_ Casa C’Alma in Lisbon

It doesn’t take much for me to feel at home in the city of Lisbon (I studied in the Portugese capital for five months and have visited countless times since), but Casa C’Alma feels exactly as the calm home that this guest house‘s name suggests.  Scandinavia meets Portugal in the mix of hardwood floors, white walls, an occasional dash of color, carefully chosen furniture, luscious plants, excellent selection of reading material and delicious Portuguese breakfast.  The cherry on the cake in this spacious apartment is a dreamy light blue kitchen, making it hard not to fall in love with this boutique bed and breakfast that feels like a breath of fresh air.  Yes, whether you want to retreat into the privacy of one of their serene bedrooms or enjoy the spacious common living room while chatting with your fellow guests, stepping into Casa C’Alma will always feel like a breath of fresh air.   Its location couldn’t be better either, with Copenhagen Coffee Lab (perfect if you’d like to stick with the Nordic atmosphere), bakery Tease and the shops of Principe Real only a few minutes away, making it an excellent starting point to explore the city.   For a good night’s sleep in the city center of Lisbon and a dose of Scandinavian interior inspiration, this is exactly where you want to be.

Casa C'Alma - Praça das Flores, 48 1° Floor,  1200-192 Lisbon - website - facebook - instagram - booking

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FRAGMENTS_ MAAT museum in Lisbon

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you have without a doubt noticed I spent the end of the year in my beloved Portugal.  Before meeting up with my family for the holidays, I spent 5 days on my own in Lisbon, doing what I love to do most.  I revisited my favorite places from when I used to live here, discovered new places and wandered the streets of my favorite city with my camera in hand.  I’ll soon blog about my favorite discoveries, but first I wanted to share a few images of the MAAT, Lisbon’s museum for Architecture, Art and Technology.  Last year, the majority of the museum was closed to the public, but this year I had better luck.  While the expositions I visited were interesting, the museum building itself that was the true highlight of my visit.  I couldn’t resist snapping a few new pictures of all the different textures on the billowing facade and the extraordinary view over the Tejo.

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EXPLORED_ kind of OJ

EXPLORED_ Kind of OJ, a bed & breakfast in Bruges

When walking through the Guido Gezellelaan in Bruges, number 36 might not seem that different from its neighbors. Only a subtle sign – Kind of OJ – on the front door alerts you that something might be going on here. However, first looks can be deceiving. Once the front door of Kind of OJ opens, it’s instantly clear: this is nothing like your typical hotel in Bruges. The majestic hallway, where statues of half naked punks by Rotterdam design label Nightshop greet you, gives you just a first impression of all the wonders that are waiting here for you. Welcome to Kind of OJ: part bed and breakfast, part gallery, part showroom, and all kinds of surprising.

kind of OJ - Guido Gezellelaan 36, 8000 Brugge - website - facebook - instagram - pinterest - booking

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COLLECTION_ inspired by Line and Ben’s home

Last Sunday, I shared some INSIGHTS into the home of visual merchandiser Line and product designer Ben.  Needless to say: these two live in a home that’s styled to perfection.  How did they do it?  Two things come to mind when trying to describe this couple’s interior: plants and lots of deco.  Line’s soft spot for carefully curated corners comes with the job, so it’s no surprise that she’s gathered many deco items over the years. The pieces she’s hunted down with determination (the posters of King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola come to mind) combine beautifully with her accidental finds (like the bar cart she’d been dreaming about, which she finally found on the street) and form picture perfect settings in every corner of their home.  Intrigued?  I’ve collected a few items that’ll help you do the same, as long as you have fun with it!

  1. Pikaplant, get it here with a 5% discount code if you use the code AUPAYSDESMERVEILLES.
  2.  Dragonfly pillow, click it home here.
  3.  Glass hanging lamp, order it here.
  4.  Black grid photo frame, find it here.
  5.  Marble toothbrush holder, available here.
  6.  Geometric glass box, for sale here.
  7. Vintage cacti and succulents poster, buy it here with a 5% discount code if you use the code AUPAYSDESMERVEILLES.
  8.  Black wire magazine rack, currently on sale here.
  9. Concrete lamp socket, purchase it here.

INSIGHTS_ Line & Ben

When a mutual friend introduced me to Line, she said “If you’re looking for interiors to blog about, you should definitely have a look at hers!” A quick glance at Line’s Instagram profile proved she was right: every corner of Line and her boyfriend Ben’s apartment is styled to perfection. What else did you expect when a visual merchandiser and a product designer move in together? I invited myself over for a photoshoot, a talk and a healthy dose of “couple’s interior therapy”, as Ben described it at one point during our talk.

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INSIGHTS_ Jana Rymen

After regularly seeing her work pop up on social media here and there, Jana Rymen’s sense of style and eye for detail sparked my curiosity for her own interior.  When she launched her own studio, I figured it was the perfect time for a chat about her home and work.  “An aesthete who tries to see the beauty in everything”, that’s how she describes herself on her website.  That’s the least you can say about this girl who combines art direction, interior styling, table dressing and food styling under the name of Studio Kroes.  Where she got the inspiration for her studio’s name, isn’t too hard to figure out once you meet the curly haired Jana in person.  Yes, it’s all about the hair.

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COLLECTION_ terrazzo

Although I still love a beautiful marble print, terrazzo has slowly but surely been taking marble’s place as the go-to print for interior fanatics.  The composite material of stone or glass chips mixed with cement is available in every possible color combination, speaking to both black and white aficionados and color lovers.  Lately, the speckled texture has spread from floors and kitchen counters to paper and fashion accessories, so there’s no need for a new kitchen when you’re looking to incorporate some terrazzo into your home.  In this collection I’ve gathered a few of my favorite terrazzo (printed) products, a tutorial to make your very own terrazzo coffee table and a bit of terrazzo inspiration!

  1. DIY terrazzo coffee table by Heju.  Find the instructions here.
  2. Sidetable by Serax.  Buy it here.
  3. Terrazzo printed wallpaper by Papermint. Discover all the colors here.
  4. Konfetti Komma necklace by Emma Odenkirchen.  Get it here.
  5. Terrazzo kitchen in house DOMA, by Russian architect Nachman Kaplansky and renovated by MJVanHee architecten and MADE architects.  Discover more photos by Olmo Peeters here.
  6.  Organic wrapping paper by Nuukk.  Order it here.
  7.  Details in Bar Copine in Lokeren, explore the interior here.
  8.  Birthday card by à l’aise stationery.  Available here.
  9.  Pink terrazzo candle holders by BakeryStudio.  Find them here.


WORK_ a seaside home by Edith Macken

It’s been quiet here lately, so I thought I’d share a little bit of what I’ve been up to.  A few weeks ago I shot a project by interior architect Edith Macken, who designed the renovation of a typical seaside home for two book lovers.  The result is a calm space filled with seaside colors, beautiful details and – of course – lots of interesting books.    Have a look at her website or instagram if you want to see more of Edith Macken’s work!

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