FRAGMENTS_ KölnSkulptur #8

FRAGMENTS _ Kölnskulptur #8 - Hannelore Veelaert for au pays des merveilles

This summer, I felt the need to escape our little country on my own for a few days.  When choosing my destination, I was looking for something not too far away so I could easily reach it with blablacar, not too expensive, not too touristic and preferably not in France, as I already planned to go there a few days later.  Keeping all of this in mind and considering tips from friends, I decided on Cologne.  I had already been there five years ago during a school trip, to visit what has become one of my favorite buildings, but didn’t really remember the city itself.  Cologne turned out to be wonderful and exactly what I needed. (Would you like to see a city guide?) I enjoyed the sun (36 degrees!), sipped on iced lattes, wandered the beautiful green streets of the city, caught up on my reading, admired that favorite building for the second time (I’ll show you the photos in a blogpost soon) and visited the most beautiful musea Cologne had to offer.  One of those was the Skulpturenpark, a parc that hosts biennial series of sculpture exhibitions.  The current exhibition, KölnSkulptur #8 will be on show until June 2017 and made quite the impression on me.  With works by Dan Graham and Sou Fujimotto among others, it’s no surprise that I shot nearly a whole roll of film here.  I hope these fragments of my visit give you an accurate impression of the hours I’ve spent enjoying this beautiful parc.

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COLLECTION_ my home

collection my home

After last week’s post about my interior, I received some questions about where to find certain items.  I collected them in this post, together with a few other of my personal favorites.  Hopefully you’ll be able to find the answer to all your questions here, but don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you’re still wondering about a certain item!

  1. Polar carpet by Zuiver. Get it here.
  2. Hanging planter by Bloomingville.  Buy it here.
  3. Light bulb by Sylvania.  Find it here.
  4. Copper lamp socket case. Purchase it here.
  5. Fox pillow by Zuiver.  Get your hands on it here.
  6. Miniature green house by Dille & Kamille. Unfortunately sold out here. (But maybe they can still help you out in their shops?)
  7. Tomado shelving system. Buy it here.
  8. Copper kitchen tools.  Order them here and here.
  9. Berber pillow by Malagoon.  Get your hands on it here.

INSIGHTS_ my home

INSIGHTS - Hannelore Veelaert for au pays des merveilles and ikea-6280

After all that teasing, I’m finally sharing the last post about my ikea x au pays des merveilles collab today!   As you may remember, I was sharing a house before, which had its perks, but after sharing homes for the past 7 years, I really felt the need for a place of my own.  So once I found a job, I kept an eye on the ads and after 6 months or so I finally found that dream place.  With a limited budget (I’m still only an intern after all) it wasn’t easy, but I managed to find a charming place in my old neighborhood of Zurenborg.

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INSIGHTS_ furnishing my home

INSIGHTS furnishing my home - hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles

In this second post about my collab with Ikea, I’d like to give you a closer look into my studio.  As you can see in the image above, it’s quite a small space, where you enter straight into the living and sleeping area, with a small bathroom and narrow kitchen on the left.  Despite the limited square meters and the lack of a separate bedroom, I immediately saw the potential of this studio: there are big windows on both sides of the space where light floods in thanks to the studio being located on the 4th floor and the arches divide the space into a sleeping and living area, while adding a bit of character.

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COLLECTION_ small homes

collection tiny homes via au pays des merveilles

As I’ve mentioned a couple of times before, I’ve finally moved into a place of my own this year.  After sharing a house with others for many years,I felt it was time to take the plunge and get my own apartment, so that’s what I did!  As of January, I’ve been living in a small studio in Antwerp and I’m totally thrilled about it.  Moving into a place of my own for the first time, also meant that I needed quite a few new items of furniture to turn this studio into my dream appartment.    With a little help from Ikea I’ve been trying to do exactly that, and this month I’ll be sharing the process on the blog.  Today I wanted to show a few inspirational images for small homes.  My studio is not big, nor does it have a separate bedroom, so it’s not that easy to achieve the rather minimal look that I adore, while still finding space for all my things.  I’ve lined up a few images of studio apartments that manage to combine different functions in one space while still looking clean (1 – 2 – 6 – 8 – 9) and others (3 – 4 – 5 – 7) that represent that clean look with a bohemian touch that I’d love to achieve.  Be sure to check back here next week for the next post in this ikea x au pays des merveilles project!

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EXPLORED_ Cantine in Vilvoorde

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Vilvoorde might not have the reputation of being the hippest of cities, one particular place is certainly trying to make up for that.  As part of co-working space Firma, Cantine is the place to be for a delicious lunch in a stunning decor.  Their carefully selected (vegetarian!) menu is complemented with daily specials and weekly suggestions, making sure that even the most regular visitor won’t get bored.  Besides food, Cantine also offers a selection of  lovely Vitra goodies, which will soon be expanded even further.  For those who can’t make it to Vilvoorde for lunch during the week, Cantine also hosts a tasty brunch every last Sunday of the month, invites you for an  after work drink (or two!), every second Thursday of the month, and you can even book this gorgeous space for a private dinner club.  And gorgeous it definitely is, but what else did you expect from the talented ladies of BRNSO. aka Baroness O.?

Cantine, Schaarbeeklei 636, 1800 Vilvoorde - website - facebook - instagram

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INSIGHTS_ Paulien Herbots II

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It’s been over a year since I posted my first INSIGHTS blogpost, which featured the home my dear friend Paulien Herbots.  I’ve fallen in love with her interior more and more with every change she made, so I figured it was about time I paid her a second visit with my camera!  So, what’s changed?  A few items have been moved around, some furniture has been added while others have disappeared, even more plants have been added to the mix and let’s not forget about those stunning bedside lamps.  Handmade by her father (with a marble base!), these are surely the eye-catchers in her  bedroom.  Want to see for yourself what her interior looked like before, and read all about Paulien’s interior choices?  Head over here!

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COLLECTION_ workspace

collection workspace via au pays des merveilles

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some interior inspiration, so after showing you my favorite bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and dining rooms, today is all about the workspace.  While the studio I’ve moved into is rather small, I still need a corner where I can focus on my photography and the blog, without turning my entire home into a workspace.  There’s more where this collection of pretty workspaces came from, on this pinterest board to be exact!

  1.   Designer Tess Guinery’s home in Sydney, see more photos by Alex Caryle here.
  2. The 101 Woonideeën collection for Leen Bakker, styled and photographed by Wendy van Woudenberg of BeeldSTEIL.  Find out more here.
  3.  An oven rack used as an office organizer by Antonia from Craftifair.  See more here.
  4.  Designer and art director Sarah Sherman Samuel‘s computer station in studio.  Find out more here.
  5. The office of Hans Verstuyft architecten, photographed by Frederik Vercruysse.  More photos here.
  6.  Designer Jessica Comingore‘s studio in Los Angeles.  See more here.
  7.  A secretary desk in a Madrid apartment designed by Juan Carlos Fernández.  Find out more here.
  8. Berlin apartment styled by Sarah from Coco Lapine Design.  More photos here.
  9. Workspace in a small apartment, photographed by Jonas Berg.  More info here.

EXPLORED_ Kapbar in Leuven

EXPLORED_ kapbar in Leuven - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles-9

 If you’re in need of a new haircut but don’t feel like wasting time sitting around waiting for your hairdresser to be done with the previous client, I recommend you to pay a visit to De Kapbar in Leuven.  Owner Lisa might still be young, but she damn sure knows what she wants!  This gal launched her very own hairdressing salon, where you can enjoy a drink in the bar while you’re waiting for your turn.  Sipping on your cup of coffee surrounded by brick walls, white wooden floors and vintage furniture, you’ll feel at home instantly, but most important: Lisa won’t mess up your hair.  I wouldn’t dare to recommend something I haven’t tried for myself, so I took the plunge and let Lisa work her magic on my hair.  I can honestly say that you’re in good hands with Lisa, so if you’re locks need some help, De Kapbar is the way to go, and while you’re in Leuven anyway, give these places a try too.

De Kapbar, Naamsestraat 55, 3000 Leuven - facebook

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