COLLECTION_ inspired by Nathalie Teugels’ home

It seemed you loved Nathalie Teugels beautiful apartment as much as I did, so I’ve compiled a little collection to help you implement Nathalie’s style in your own home.  Marble elements, something to store your magazines and anything related to plants are essential to Nathalie’s interior, but the best way to incorporate her aesthetic into your interior, is of course investing in your very own piece of Teugels Meubels.  So don’t forget to keep an eye on Serax, where you’ll soon be able to buy Nathalie’s coffee table meets magazine rack.  (featured on the blog before here)

  1. Yellow plaid by Vjesbjerg, get it here.
  2. Marble pillow case by Madiva Creative, order it here.
  3. The Design Letters collection with typography by Arne Jacobsen, available here.
  4. Marble cheeseboard by Boska, for sale here.
  5. Metallic paper bag by WarmGreyCompany, buy it here.
  6. Fish vase by Serax, find it here.
  7. Magazine rack by Madame Stoltz, discover it here.
  8. Cactus candle by Hema, get it here.
  9. Letter board by Jay Retro, available here.

 

 

 

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COLLECTION_ inspired by Marijke Vissers’ home

In my last blog post, I shared the beautiful apartment of Marijke Vissers.  Many of you let me know they were really inspired by her interior, so I figured I’d give you a little hand in recreating her apartment’s cosy atmosphere in your own home.  From luxurious materials such as velvet and brass to quirky details such as robots and humorous messages, this collection has got you covered!

  1. Cactus vase by Serax. Get it here.
  2. Reade table lamp in black, by Menu. Buy it here.
  3. Wooden hand by Hay.  Find it here.
  4. Marble and messing floor lamp by QAZQA.  Order it here.
  5. Velvet pillow case by Dutch Decor.  Get your hands on it here.
  6. Lamp letterbox by Sissy-Boy.  Click it home here.
  7. Cubebot puzzle by Areaware.  Find it here.
  8. Eye print designed by Blacknboo.  Order it here.
  9. Glass carafe by Hema.  Buy it here.

COLLECTION_ blush

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While I’m a monochrome girl at heart, I’ve always had a soft spot for, well, soft pink.  That’s why today’s collection is wrapped in blush tones, displaying several ways to see life through rose-colored glasses…

  1.  Pink Stairs print by Annaleena Leino Karlsson.  Buy it here.
  2.  Pastel pink instax mini, currently on sale here.
  3.  Matching pink camera bag, available here.
  4.  Kitchen in the atelier of Belgian sculptor Thomas Lerooy, designed by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen and photographed by Frederik Vercruysse.  See more images here.
  5.  Outtake from Leigh Merrill’s photo series This Place.  Find more photos here.
  6.  Blush colered Le Creuset, get it here.  (photo source)
  7.  Powder pink suede Vans.  Get them here.
  8.  Photo titled “Parallel systems” by Jan Vranovský, taken in Aoyama, Tokyo.  Discover more of his work here.
  9.  Pink, terrazzo and a mirror in Anne Van Assche‘s kitchen, designed by Atelier Dialect.  See more here.

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COLLECTION_ gifts

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With the holidays coming up, I’m sure many of you are still stressing about what gifts to buy.  I’ve collected some of my favorite gifts, all available to order online so you won’t even have to run out the door to get them!  How’s that for relieving your holiday stress!  Once you’ve ordered these beauties, all there’s left to do is wrap them with a pretty paper… Lucky for you, I’ve got some inspiration for that here as well.  Now, get into the holiday mood with these christmas themed blogpost from my archive and go enjoy the holidays!

  1. “Micro-factories: move aside mr. Ford” by John and Masa Kleinhample from Klein agency talks about creative companies that combine traditional crafts with digital communication.  Get it here.
  2.  Rivet necklace in silver by anna + nina, buy it here.
  3.  Scented candle in spiced pumpkin by pommesfrites.  Order it here.
  4.  Handmade macrame wall hanging by Bermudadream, find it here.
  5.  The limited edition “Box of wonders” containing the “Wonders are collectible” book by Animaux Spéciaux’ Jeroen Lemaitre (who you might remember from this blogpost) and an original artwork by the man himself.  Purchase the giftbox here or the book here.
  6.  Kikkerland whiskey glasses and chaise longue whiskey stones to keep your drink cool without the watering disadvantages of normal ice cubes.  Get the glasses here and the stones here.
  7.  Soap hanger from Meraki in bamboo charcoal, sesame scrub or mangosteen, available here.
  8.  Cordon coffee roasts its coffee right here in Antwerp and delivers it at your or your loved one’s doorstep, while supporting my friends’ film project Echangeur at the same time.  Sounds like a win-win!  Get your caffeine fix here.
  9. “Wonderplants” shares the interiors of 20 plant lovers.  Find it here.

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COLLECTION_ all of the lights

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As most of you might have already caught on instagram or facebook, I’ve recently had to move out of my studio due to some unforeseen circumstances.  However, I’ve found a lovely apartment, in a much quieter neighborhood, with a separate bedroom (one that doesn’t double as an entryway!) and with a lot more space to decorate.  This time I don’t need to invest in as many new pieces as after my last move, and I’m quite enjoying the fact that my pieces of furniture have more space to shine now.  However, one thing that I do miss is some mood lighting.  As it turns out, I only own three of these IKEA Ranarp lamps, which is not enough to provide an entire apartment of some cosy light.  So far, I’ve been rethinking a DIY that was meant for my previous home (more on that one later, for sure!) and I’ve collected my favorite table lamps and wall lamps (and I couldn’t resist to squeeze in two gorgeous pendant lamps as well…) from my pinterest. Obviously I can’t buy all of these, so I still have some thinking to do.  Which one is your favorite?

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COLLECTION_ Belgian design

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This week I’m presenting you with my favorite new Belgian designs of late, ranging from 4 meter long tables to tiny hammocks for air plants.

  1. Siblings Glenn and Sylvie Buydaert launched their label Bultin about a year ago, with these minimal lamps as their rather stunning first collection.  More info here.
  2. Photographer and designer Luca beel creates gorgeous “Luca Bowls”.  More pictures here. (You might have seen them before in this INSIGHTS blogpost.)
  3. Axelle Vertommen saves old ironing boards and residual wood from the trash and turns them into these unique shelving systems.  Read more here.
  4. Nicole Brock designed this ingenious modular vanity table, including a detachable suitcase.  More info here.
  5. Nathalie Teugels stands for magnificent minimal furniture in steel and marble, all handmade by Nathalie herself.  This magazine side table is one of my favorites.  See more here.
  6. Leather accessory designer (and one of my best friends) Lies Mertens (you’ve seen her before on the blog here) designed this cute Hammock for the air plants of Phyt (which you’ve seen on the blog before here).  Buy it here.
  7. With The Lab Brewer, you can easily make your very own cold brew coffee or botanical gin, and impress your friends with your newly acquired brewing skills .  Get it here.
  8. This lovely mirror, called Dome, is designed by the Brussels based Hausmerk and made in Belgium.  Find it here.
  9. Studio Sergeant developed Alfons, a clever extendable table that can seat up to 16 people and extends in small steps, ensuring it fits any situation and any space.  Find out more here.

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COLLECTION_ my home

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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.

COLLECTION_ small homes

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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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COLLECTION_ workspace

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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.

COLLECTION_ stationery

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Stationery is one of my weak spots and something I can never get enough of, so for today I’ve rounded up my most recent discoveries.  It’s a selection of both Belgian and foreign design, and both young designers and established brands, but all of have simplicity, interesting details and monochrome prints in common.  Hopefully you like them as much as I do!

  1. The Daily Fiction collection by Normann Copenhagen.  More photos here, the collection is available in Belgium at Espoo. bütik and La Fabrika.
  2.  Brassing ballpoint pen by Ystudio, on which you can create a personalized brassing effect by removing the paint on the surface with sanding paper which is attached in the product’s package.  More info here.
  3.  Wynnie notebook by Monki.  Get it here.
  4.  Spring scissors designed by Lex Pott, available here.
  5.  Notepad created out of waste paper by Re_Do,  find it here.
  6.  Geometric paper clips by Fundamental.  Buy them here.
  7.  Moon poster by Mayken Craenen, only today still available here, so be quick!
  8. Oversized paperclip that can be used as a staple, bookmark or paper weight, designed by Carl Auböck.  Get it here.
  9. Notebooks by Selma Lamai.  Get your hands on them here.  (Photo by Riika Kantinkoski.)

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COLLECTION_ de invasie + give-away

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Next weekend De Invasie is finally taking over Antwerp again.  This platform for young talent will invade several locations in the city, where over 80 Strijders – warriors – will present their newest creations in fashion, interior design, illustration and many other domains.  To celebrate the launch of her first collection of leather goods at De Invasie, I’ve teamed up with my friend and one of my favorite Strijders Lies Mertens.   Keep an eye on my instagram account today to find out how you can win one of her handmade designs!

  1. Lies Mertens designs and makes beautiful leather goods, sized to fit modern life.  (You’ve seen her on the blog before here.)  More info here. (Photo by Eline Ros.)
  2. Margot Thyssen creates ceramics that are stunning in their simplicity. Find out more here.
  3. Architect and all-round creative Anouk Taeymans is presenting an innovative design-shelf with her label byANOUK.  See more of her work here.
  4. Atelier Belge is the brand behind the beautiful modular organizer Loopholes, find out more here.
  5. Ophelia creates gorgeous lingerie by hand, inspired by contemporary art, vintage, and modern women.  Read all about it here.
  6. Textile designer Jente Hendrickx is the brains and hands behind a collection of stunningly fragile textiles.   See more of her work here.  (Photo by Eefje De Coninck.)
  7. Nord interior design is the furniture label of interior designer Femke De Witte.  Soon more info here.
  8. Graphic designers Linde Luyten en Tille Lingier from RE_DO give new life to paper waste from printers and turn them into unique notepads and weekplanners. Find out more here.
  9. Leen Vanbroekhoven founded Oh My Kids, a brand of graphic sweatshirts for kids.  See more here.

For more info about De Invasie, the Strijders and the locations they’ll be invading, take a look here.

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COLLECTION_ bedrooms

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After sharing my favorite bathrooms, diy projects, kitchens and dining rooms, it’s time to share my favorite bedrooms!  As I moved from a shared house to my own studio, I already had all the necessary bedroom furniture (see my old bedroom here!) but extra inspiration is always welcome of course!  That’s why I’ve collected nine beautiful bedrooms to share with you today.  For more bedroom inspiration, take a look at my pinterest board here or take a look at my interior archives!

  1. Gorgeous bedroom in The apartment by The Line, a fashion and design store.  Find more photos here.
  2. Minimal bedroom by interior design studio We are Triibe, photo by Nicolette Johnson.
  3. Williamsburg bedroom designed and photographed by Jenny J Norris, more pictures here.
  4. Wardrobe in the bright bedroom of Holly Marder from Avenue Lifestyle, discover her bedroom make-over here.
  5. Bedside table of architect Elena from Facing North with Gracia.  Find more photos here.
  6. Bedroom of content creator and stylist Jordana Nicholson.  Follow her on instagram for more photos of her home.
  7.  Elevated bed in an apartment in Wiesbaden, designed by Studio Oink.  More pictures here.
  8.  Bohemian bedroom of Levi and Claudia; discover their home photographed by Emily Beetleshack on her blog.
  9. An original wardrobe solution, separating the bed from the rest of exhibition designer Mira Schröder’s home.  Find more photos by Marlen Mueller (and an elaborate interview) here.

COLLECTION_ bathrooms

COLLECTION bathrooms via au pays des merveilles

Inspired by my recent move, I have already shared interesting DIY projects for your interior and beautiful kitchens and dining rooms, so today I wanted to show you the most beautiful bathrooms I’ve discovered on the worldwide web.  Take your time to click through and find out more about these gorgeous bathrooms and the houses they occupy!  And if after all that you’re still in need of more bathroom inspiration, take a look at my pinterest board.

  1. Marble bathroom in the home of architect Dieter Vandervelpen and Patricia Goijens of No Glitter No Glory.  Find out more on her blog.
  2. Interior designer Elizabeth Heier designed this beautiful concrete sink in her own bathroom.  More info and photos on her blog (norwegian) or here (english).
  3. Messing (I think) bath tub in the home of architect Hans Verstuyft.  More photos by Frederik Vercruysse here.
  4. Cute tiles and DIY refillable bottles in the bathroom of interior stylist Fleur Holl and her boyfriend Nick.  More photos by Elisah Jacobs here.
  5. Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi’s marble bathroom with a pop of color.  More photos by Jason Schmidt here.
  6.  Pink bathroom with a view by the interior architects of Doorzon.  More photos by Stijn Bollaert here (look for project ANL).
  7.  Mint green sink in fms house by Dierendonckblancke architects.  More pictures by Filip Dujardin here.
  8.  Interesting tiles in the bathroom DWA designed for a creative studio.  More images by Davide Lovatti here.
  9. Pink combined with marble in the bathroom Esther Bruzkus from architecture, interior and furniture design office BRUZKUS BATEK.  More pictures by Jens Bösenberg here.

COLLECTION_ diy

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If there’s one thing that makes me want to get crafty, it’s having a new place to decorate.  I’m craving some spare time to work on a few DIY projects to decorate my new studio, and these projects that I found through pinterest are a great source of inspiration.  I’m not tired of the marble trend yet and I’m particularly excited to experiment with copper pipes, as the possibilities seem to be endless.  To be continued, for sure!  In the meantime, check out my pinterest board for more diy inspiration!

  1. Mini copper and marble shelves by The Merrythought, find the tutorial here.
  2.  Pegboard by Fall for DIY, find the instructions here.
  3.  Neon letter light by I spy DIY, read the explanation here.
  4.  Hanging copper planter by A bubbly life, see the tutorial here.
  5.  Marble hexagon coasters by Homey Oh My, find out how to make them here.
  6.  Marble tray by Almost Makes Perfect, see the instructions here.
  7.  X-shaped coasters by François et Moi , read the how-to here.
  8.  Copper coffee maker by Homemade Modern, discover how to make it here.
  9.  Marble dipped vessels by Sugar & Cloth, find the tutorial here.

COLLECTION_ kitchens and dining rooms

COLLECTION kitchens and dining rooms via au pays des merveilles

As I mentioned before, I’ve recently moved into a tiny studio of my own.  Even though it sometimes feels as if I’m camping in my own home, I’m truly enjoying picking out furniture and decorating the place. One area I never really paid a lot of attention to (decoration-wise) in my previous homes, was the kitchen and the dining room, as these were always shared.  Now that I have a tiny kitchen of my own, I’ve been looking for inspiration on line and I’m in awe of all the beautiful spaces I’ve come across.  I’m renting my studio, so I can’t change a lot, but that doesn’t keep me from dreaming about pretty kitchens.  Take a look for yourself at my favorites (make sure you click through to the sources to find out more!) and if you want to see more, take a peek at my pinterest board here.

  1.  Lovely dining area with Tuckbox furniture.  (source)
  2.  Katrien van Doren from KOMAAN! Architecten designed this beautiful apartment in Antwerp for Caroline.  More photos by Lisa Van Damme here.
  3.  Mint green and copper in a kitchen by Ballingslov.  More photos can be found here.
  4. Standard Studio and CASA architecten turned the teachers lounge and a classroom of an a school building in Amsterdam into an apartment.  More info on archdaily.
  5.  Kitchen in Swedish interior design store Östlingh & Schedin.  More photos by Frida Ramstedt here.
  6.  Kitchen designed by Made architects and shot by Olmo Peeters.  More pictures and info on the architects’ website.
  7. Deli Hally’s, located in London, has a beautiful open kitchen with brick walls.  It is designed and owned by Alexander Evangelou and James Waterworth of London design firm Alexander Waterworth Interiors.  Find out more at Remodelista.  (Photo by Helen Cathcart.)
  8.  The beautiful loft of Jeanette Moncada and Mikul Eriksson houses this airy kitchen.  More photos by Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom on apartment therapy.
  9. The lovely home of  Kimberley Dhollander and Philippe Corthout, via de-dujes.  Photo by the talented home owners themselves. (You might know them from their instagram accounts porcelainhope and shortwood.)

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Lately I’ve been drawn to small but detailed silver and copper rings and earrings, accompanied by a statement necklace.  As my wallet doesn’t allow me to buy all the jewelry that catches my eye, I figured I’d share my favorites in a collection blog post, so I can hopefully make you happy with my discoveries!  These pieces of jewelry, all made by independent designers, would make beautiful Christmas presents for a loved one… or yourself.  I won’t judge!

  1. Dot dot dot chain earring from Anna + Nina, available here.
  2. Horizon ring from Rebecca Gladstone, find it here.
  3. Ursa necklace in black by Sternum, buy it online here or in Antwerp in the Ik Koop Belgisch Brand Store.
  4. Thin open ring by StefanieSheehan, get it here.
  5. Curved bar ear climber from UndergroundDesigns, for sale here.
  6. Double Beaded New Moon studs by Nimzu, find them online here or in Antwerp in the Ik Koop Belgisch Brand Store.
  7. 3 moon phases earpins from Fashionology, purchase them here.
  8. Arma skinny ring from Paper & Chain, get it here.
  9. Line hoop earrings by ag.Jc, buy them here.

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COLLECTION_ design

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Even though at the moment I have forbidden myself to buy anything interior related, I can’t stop dreaming about a place of my own filled with beautiful design.   I currently have no more space left in my interior, but there’s no harm in dreaming, right? So today I’m sharing my current favorites with you, from affordable to… not so affordable.  As long as I’m wishful thinking… For more good stuff you can take a look at my pinterest board here.

  1. Hoop chair from SonadoraInLove, get it here.
  2. Ceramic french press from Yielddesignco, available here.
  3. Monte monochrome rug from Pampa, buy it here.
  4. Admiral’s tray by KatySkelton, find it here.
  5. The Link Shelf by Studio Hausen, unfortunately sold out here.
  6. Ring dish from Julia Kostreva, for sale here.
  7. Foldwork clothing rack and wall piece by Studio Berg, more info here.
  8. A4 Lightbox, unfortunately sold out here.
  9. The Coleman barcart by GretadeParryDesign, purchase it here.

COLLECTION_ packaging

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Beautiful packaging can always convince me to spend a few extra euros on a product.  It’s just such a delight to not only buy something useful, but something that’s easy on the eyes as well.  Here are few examples of stunning packaging designs, if you want to see more of them, you can take a look at my pinterest.

  1. Ice cream packaging by Natasha Chuvinova, see more here.
  2. “Wishbone brew” coffee packaging by Also known as and Christopher Williams,  more info here.
  3. Ecopal wood-free colour pencils by Kathrin Honesta, find out more here.
  4. Le Cord textile cables, buy them here.
  5. Classic soaps by & other stories, get them here.
  6. The patrimony by Object Matter, more images here.
  7. “Tear off a scoop” packaging by Yang Guo, Qiaoge Yang & Wenju Wu, get to know more here.
  8. Rice paper samples, more photos here.
  9. Moller Barkenow sandwich wrap by Tobias Moller and Rasmus Erixon, discover more here.

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COLLECTION_ plants

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From your reactions to the posts in my “insights” series, it is evident that you love plant filled spaces as much as I do.  That called for some extra inspiration!  I’ve collected other beautiful collections of plants, ideas on how to incorporate them into your own interior and pretty plants that easily survive.  For more inspiration, take a look at my pinterest board here.

  1. Airplants and terrariums from phyt., get them here.
  2. Photographers and founders of Have a nice book Salva López and Yosigo combined plants with bricks and wooden crates in their home.  More photos by Silvia Conde and an interesting interview with the duo here on the freunde von freunden site.
  3. Amsterdam plant shop Wildernis, find out more here on the binti home blog.
  4.  Nicole Valentine Don posing with all her plants.  More photos by Luisa Brimble here.
  5. Macramé plant hangers from Modern Macrame, learn how to make them here or buy them here.
  6. Retro wire plantstands by Modern Amsterdam, get them here.
  7. Folliage wall by The Merrythought, more photos here.
  8. Backdrop with hanging glass jars and succulents, find out how to make it here.
  9. Loopholes by atelier belge serves as an awesome home for plants.  More info here. (photo: @estalldesign)

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After an intense Saturday (thanks to Horst Arts & Music festival), I want to do nothing but relax on this Sunday.  It’s the perfect day for spending too much time on Pinterest and drawing inspiration from images like these beautiful prints and patterns, for example.  For more inspiration, take a look at my prints and patterns pinterest board here.

  1. Flamingos by Abby Galloway. (full view)
  2.  Pattern sample, 2012 by Caitlin Foster. (full view)
  3.  Terrariums by Maya Bee Illustrations. (full view)
  4.   Windows by A pattern a day.  (full view)
  5. Synchronized Swimmers by Jeannie Phan. (full view)
  6. Black and white winter trees by Ashley G.  (full view)
  7. Cacti print from Dahl House interior. (full view)
  8.  Linocut print by the big harumph.(full view)
  9. Ladies at the beach by Danielle Kroll. (full view)

COLLECTION_ interior

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Recently I’ve been shooting a few homes for new editions of the INSIGHTS series, which left me super inspired for my own interior.  I can’t wait to share the photos of these lovely interiors with you, but until I find the time to edit the photos and write the interviews, you’ll have to do with some sneak peeks I’m sharing on instagram and the other inspiration I’ve found on the web.  As you can see I have a soft spot for white interiors with wooden floors, lots of light and natural accents.  I wouldn’t mind calling one of these pretty interiors my own at all!

I strongly encourage you to click the “more” link after each description, because gushing over the rest of these interiors is totally worth your time.  I’ve also included the links to all the photographers and home owners (after all quoting pinterest or tumblr as a source doesn’t really count as giving credit), so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy your Sunday with this collection of inspiring homes and interesting people!  (And if you’re done with these and still hungry for more, you can check out my pinterest board on beautiful homes over here.)

  1. Bathroom of the Oslo based photographer and stylist Line Kay.  (more)
  2. Home office of interior designer Fleur from Studio 188. (more)
  3.  Studio of camellia fiber company and sonadora, shot by Mikaela Hamilton
  4. Living room of  Refinery29 editor Angela Tafoya, shot by Mario del Rio. (more)
  5.  Loft of designer duo John and Masa from LMBRJK and Klein, shot by Bart Kiggen. (more)
  6. Bedroom shot by Brooke Baker Eide.
  7. Wardrobe of blogger, designer and stylist Madelynn Furlong from Wide Eyed Legless, shot by Wing Ta.  (more)
  8.  Kitchen of blogger Dorothée Lafontaine from l’appartement living. (more)
  9. Home office in an apartment renovated by Josefin at Byggfabriken.  (more)

COLLECTION_ books

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Written by women I admire and fellow bloggers, and covering topics such as architecture, inspiring people, photography, interior and food, there’s no doubt I’d be happy to come home from my new job and relax with one of these inspiring books.

  1. Friends of friends by Freunden von Freunde, get it here.
  2. L’amateur by Murielle Scherre, get your hands on it here.
  3. Thursday dinners by Louise De Brabandere, buy it here.
  4. Not that kind of girl by Lena Dunham, available here.
  5. De helden van het echte eten by Johanna Goyvaerts,Barbara Serulus and Mayken Craenen from Alle Dagen Honger, for sale here.
  6. The New Nomads by Robert Klanten, find it here.
  7. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, get your hands on it here.
  8.  The first bad man by Miranda July, buy it here.
  9. Ugly Belgian Houses by Hannes Coudenys, get it here.

COLLECTION_ midsummer night’s dreams

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While you’re reading this, the end of my holidays and my return to Belgium are slowly coming near.  That doesn’t mean the end of my summer plans though, I’m still longing for endless summer nights and I am planning to spend the rest of my sunny sparetime with pink cocktails, campfires, vegetarian barbecues, festive decorations, cute food trucks, gorgeous table settings and maybe even outdoor movie nights?  One things is for sure, there will definitely be some dancing and sleeping in the woods involved.  So here are a few ideas that might inspire you to make those upcoming summer weeks even better, I for one can’t wait!

  1. A mix and match of thrifted gold-edged plates and brown glassware for Sophie and Ivar’s wedding, photographed by Melissa Milis.  More info and photos here.
  2. DIY tin can tumblers, found here.
  3. A rooftop movie night, more inspiration here.
  4. Rose water cointreau fizz cocktails, find the recipe here.
  5. Bubby’s Burrito stand, more info here.
  6. DIY chalkboard banner, the tutorial can be found here.
  7. Tee-pees and campfires, more photos here.
  8. Baked falafel with spicy feta dip, get the recipe here.
  9. Bohemian midsummer dinner, more photos and info here.

COLLECTION_ summer wardrobe picks

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As I spent last summer focusing on my graduation, my summer wardrobe has been seriously neglected and I’m left with almost nothing to wear this season.  Which means that I have some serious shopping to do during the summer sales!  To prepare myself for some sale shopping, I created this collection featuring my ideal summer wardrobe: lots of black and white, graphic prints, simple silhouettes and interesting details.  Oh, and comfort is key.  Confession: I already bought those black shorts and they are such a joy to wear that I don’t want to take them off anymore.  Ever.

  1. Hiker bikini top by made by dawn, available here.
  2. Cotton twill shirt dress by COS, buy it here.
  3. The real marble hand watch by Taste, get it here.
  4. Gessi shorts by Samsøe & Samsøe, find them here.
  5. Round leopard sunglasses by & other stories, for sale here.
  6. Brush strokes silk racerback crop top by zoemiyorifujii, buy it here.
  7. Pleated dalmation shorts by & other stories, get it here.
  8. Really simple sandals by Clay + Bros, worn here and available here.
  9. Playsuit with open back and pleat detail by ASOS, find it here.

COLLECTION_ bags

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  1. Backpack III in navy by Mum & co, find it here.
  2. Laptop case by Lies Mertens, soon available here.
  3. Bucket in Haze by Building Block, buy it here.
  4. Gama Zeus in rose by Annelies Timmermans, get it here.
  5. Backpack by Avalanche, soon for sale here.
  6. Clutch bag by Jujumade, unfortunately sold out here.
  7. Metallic leather backpack by COS, buy it here.
  8. Reid backpack by Herschel, available here.
  9. Collection of bags by LRNCE, find it here.

COLLECTION_ DIY

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  1. DIY bedside table lamp by Emma-Jane Harbour and her husband Dylan, for Elle.
  2. Gilded marble hexagon serving boards by Sugar & Cloth.
  3. Do-it-yourself tassel garland by Chapter Friday.
  4. DIY vintage tennis racket mirrors by apartment therapy.
  5. Hand sewn clutch by Baroness O.
  6. Hanging rope shelves by a pair and a spare.
  7. Handmade mini macramé plant hangers by free people.
  8. Faux marble drawer knobs by a merry mishap.
  9. DIY hanging table by the merry thought.

View my pinterest board on diy’s here.

COLLECTION_ stationery

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  1. Colored pencils with brass holder set from Schoolhouse Electric, available here.
  2. Gold foil any-year daily planner in crème, designed by Julia Kostreva.  For sale here.
  3. Marbled notebook from Scout & Catalogue, buy it here.
  4. Classic brass paperclips at Present&Correct.  Purchase them here.
  5. Gold notebook with pastel green and black cover from ARMINHO, find it here.
  6. Customizable calendar stamps by Mizushima, via swiss miss.
  7.  Serax stationery via 70percentpure.
  8. Weekly journal, designed by Els & NelSold out for now, but worth keeping an eye out for next year.
  9. Shapes postcard from Present&Correct.  Available here.

Find more beautiful stationery on my pinterest board.

PRETTY THINGS: tote bags

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My daily bag is most definitely a canvas tote.  Whether you need to bring just your daily necessities, do some groceries on the way home or bring an extra sweater: it always fits and it’s never too bulky.  There’s just one problem: they don’t last a very long time.  Now that my favorite tote bag (I’m talking about the white version of the “my bauhaus is better than yours” tote from this post, which already replaced the black version) has  developed holes big enough for my keys to fit through, it’s time to think about replacement.  I’ve been keeping an eye out for a pretty substitute and I’ve gathered my finds here.  Number 2 is probably my favorite, although I have a hard time picking just one.  (Especially when I look back at this post from two years ago, where number 4 and number 6 caught my attention again.)   Which one would you pick?  (And feel free to share if you found other great designs!)

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PRETTY THINGS: etsy finds

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It’s hard to imagine that some of you have never bought anything on etsy, but if that’s the case: this is your chance.  If you register on etsy now via this link, you’ll get € 5 discount on your first purchase, not bad right?  Etsy offers an amazing amount of pretty things and it’s easy to get lost when you’re looking for something specific, so I’ve selected a few of my recent favorites that I think you might like as well. 

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PRETTY THINGS: press day favorites

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If you’re into the blogosphere, you probably noticed the past weeks were filled with press days and new collections.  I joined in on the fun a little bit and discovered lots of pretty things!  Totally appropriate for a Pretty Things post, so I’ve selected 8 brands you want to keep an eye at for next season.

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PRETTY THINGS: packaging

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Surely most of you have seen photos of the latest Chanel fashion show, for which Karl Lagerfeld and his team turned the Grand Palais into a supermarket, where every packaging down to the last detail was redesigned (see number 1).  The result was of course amazing and turned the show’s guests absolutely crazy.   It made me dream of a real life supermarket with nothing but well designed products,  thereby improving my everyday groceries experience, but also be very painful for my wallet, without a doubt.  So I figured it was about time I shared my favorite pretty products with you again!  It’s been a while since I did (see here, here and here) and I had a very hard time picking favorites from my pinterest board, so I figured why not share a few extra favorites?

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PRETTY THINGS: tattoos

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I’ve explained to you before what my opinion is on tattoos, and I haven’t changed my mind.  I see a tattoo as a way to remember something, maybe to communicate a message with others or yourself.  A message that is valuable and important to you and by eternalizing it becomes a form of poetry.  So no fake tattoos for me, no too fashionable tattoos either.  I’ve been toying with a couple ideas lately but I haven’t made up my mind yet, so for now I’m just looking at pretty tattoos on others.  I’m in love with the work of Stanislava Pinchuk, a designer known as Miso, who tattoos her friends at home with delicate constellations and flora (as seen in number 1, 2 and 3) in exchange for a drawing, a dinner…  Other favorites are the skyline, a perfect way to remember a favorite city (as seen in number 4) and the literary tattoo that is part of Shelley Jackson’s Skin project (as seen in number 8).  This is a story published exclusively in tattoos, 2095 tattoos for 2095 volunteers.  It can never be read in its proper order, but the story exists out there.  It reminds me of the Human Rights Tattoo, a project where volunteers donate one square centimeter to a letter of the human rights declaration.  For more tattoo inspiration, take a look at my pinterest board.

PS. This post on Booooooom is really eye-opening on facebook and how facebook pages work, as many people who liked a page and want to receive its updates, won’t ever see them unless the facebook page owner pays money.  Despite the fact that this blog has over 600 followers on facebook, some posts only reach 6 people.  Less than one percent.  So if you want to stay updated, go to the au pays des merveilles page, click on “Liked” and select “Get Notifications” in the dropdown menu.  In theory you should receive all the au pays des merveilles facebook posts now and be able to stay up to date!

PPS.  I’m selling some clothes on Flemish facebookpage Louvintage, take a look at what I’m selling here.  It’s in Dutch and aimed at Belgian girls, but if you’re really interested in something you can always send me an email.

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PRETTY THINGS: notebooks

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I firmly believe you can never have enough notebooks.  Where else will you jot down ideas for diy’s and blogposts or collect your favorite places in a city you’re getting to know, take notes during class or write down memories?  It gets even better when you have a collection of pretty notebooks to choose from!  I have a decent amount of notebooks lying around, quite a few still waiting to be used for the first time, but I wouldn’t mind adding these to my collection at all.

  1. Woodpecker notebook by tale, bringing the trees back to the paper.
  2. Notebook with geometric print, available at papier tigre.  They have lots of other pretty stuff (like number 6 on this list), so take a look around in their webshop!
  3. Notebooks with horseshoe print, handmade by Nightjarbooks.  This shop is closed for the moment, so you’ll have to wait patiently until March for this one.
  4. Forest notebook, handmade by dozi, who sells all kinds of stuff with pretty prints.
  5. Perforated notebooks, available at present & correct.  This amazing webshop sells pretty paper and office objects inspired by homework, the post office and school.
  6. Functional notebooks, available at papier tigre.
  7. Message postal notebook from Moleskine, a notebook that transforms into an envelope so you can send your thoughts instantly by mail.
  8. Sloane stationary sells bespoke notebooks:  you can choose a color and an engraving.  (Photo by Carmo)

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Currently on rotation / waiting to be used: (from left to right) muji planner (customized with washi tape from ikea, labels made with hema label maker and baker twine), hema black leather look notebook (customized with gold dot stickers from school supply shop), black notebook from muji (customized with white paint marker), notebook with angular lines from marnix & ally press days, muji cardboard notebook, flying tiger cardboard notebook.

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PRETTY THINGS: DaWanda finds

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With a lot of birthdays coming up in the next weeks, I’m already researching ideas for gifts.  I love giving something I made myself, but I don’t always have enough time on my hands.  When I’m buying someone a present, I still want it to be something unique and that’s when a website like DaWanda comes in handy.  This ‘on line design market’ is the home to many independent designers.  Here you will surely find something special for a loved one… or yourself!  To make it a little easier, I’ve collected my favorites below.

  1. Lasercut virgo necklace by Asymmetree, available in all zodiac signs.
  2. Wooden tripod by Renna Deluxe to give a classic clip lamp an update and turn it into a beautiful standing lamp.  (After all, how many pretty vintage desk lamps does one need?)
  3. Geometric necklace from SNUG, available in different colors.
  4. Stunning macbook sleeve by TheNavis.
  5. Pastel colored necklace in leather by Missismiss.
  6. Platter from SNUG, who you might know from this beautiful calendar (as seen on the blog before here) and number three above. They also have beautiful posters and cardboard vases, so be sure to check it out.
  7. Geometric earrings in silver by Danielle Vroemen jewelry.
  8. Origami birds from birdtoldme, available in different colors.

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PRETTY THINGS: from Portugal

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This blog post has been on my mind for so long, but it’s only now that I’ve found some time to actually finish it.  During my 5 month stay in Portugal (and the several trips I’ve made there ever since), I’ve discovered lots of Portuguese talent that I’ve been wanting to share with you, so here they are!

  1. Best Sunday Dress stands for everything I could possibly desire from a fashion brand: apart from working only with sustainable and ethical materials, they also aim at a sustainable design aesthetic by using simple lines and special details, resulting in items that are interesting and basic at the same time.  I own the runner shorts, made out of the softest recycled polyester and I wouldn’t mind adding more items from their line to my wardrobe.
  2. Wetheknot makes board shorts out of the textiles of broken umbrellas, resulting in unique items.  Also worth checking out: their limited edition backpacks out of quilted cotton.
  3. Raquel Castro and Francisco Vieira Martins, alias Alma Geméa (Portuguese for soul mate) designed this beautiful tea set for their product line ‘The Whistler’, named after one of the oldest cork oak trees of the world, which can be found in Alentejo.  The line beautifully mixes cork with ceramics and I’m absolutely in love with it.  Available here.
  4. Handmade Emílio Braga Notebook, with a cover made from vintage Portuguese wall paper and named after the founder of one of Lisbon’s best stationary shops which is now over a century old.  Available here.
  5.  Handceramics makes pan stands and coasters with prints inspired by the typical Portuguese tiles.  Available here.
  6.  Toyno is a collection of cardboard animals that are willing to hold your stuff for you, every one of them with their own personality.  Their office used to be located in my street in Lisbon and walking past it would always bring a smile to my face.
  7. White Tent is the brand of Russian-Portuguese duo Evgenia Tabakova and Pedro Noronha-Feio, which gives a lot of importance to sustainability and exploring new design concepts such as laser cutting, combined with a minimalist aesthetic.  Available on asos.
  8. I’ve already proved to you that Portugal has the most beautiful packaging, and this is yet another example: O Melhor shaving cream, after shave and soap by
    Confiança, a company founded in Braga in 1894.  Available here.

If you do happen to go to Portugal (Lisbon in particular) and you want to score some original Portuguese products, you should go to A Vida Portuguesa, Feira das Almas, Fabrica Features or LX factory, but you can read all about that (and more) in my Lisbon guide.

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PRETTY THINGS: calendars

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To celebrate the start of 2014, I collected the prettiest calendars around.  There’s a little bit of everything, from year calendars to monthly calendars, there’s one you have to embroider yourself and there’s one from which you can fold pretty origami shapes.  For more pretty calendars, look at my pinterest board or look at last year’s pretty calendars post since a lot of the designs are being sold again for 2014.

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PRETTY THINGS: gift wrapping

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If you know me, you know that I love giving presents and I love wrapping them!  So here are my current favorite inspiration shots to help you get all your presents shining on time before Christmas.  Although I have to admit I had a very hard time choosing just eight!  Find more inspiration on my pinterest board, last year’s pretty things: gift wrapping post and the gift tags I made as a freebie.

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PRETTY THINGS: outfit inspiration

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A few outfits I’d love to wear now… as you can see I’m really into neutrals and combining different fabrics these days.  However, when I look at this post from about a year ago, it’s clear that these themes have become a constant in my wardrobe.  It feels good to enjoy qualitative pieces that can last a long time without looking dated at some point and not craving the newest trend piece every week.  Makes dressing in the morning that much easier.  More outfit inspiration on my pinterest here.

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PRETTY THINGS: bicycles

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  1. Spiran bike by People People.  It’s really beautiful, but take a look at the gif animation here to understand how innovative it is as well.
  2. Bike trophies by Andreas Scheiger, via the amazing bike blog De Velotariër.
  3. Concept for MONIKER bike handles by Taylor Simpson, made from genuine deer antlers and recycled material.
  4. The Ride Life is a monthly video tour through brussels by locals on  their bike.
  5. Beautiful copper bike.  Want!  (source)
  6. Conceptual transparent bike by German studio Designaffairs, made from a polymer called Trivex, which was developed for helicopter windscreens and fighter jet canopies. (source)
  7.  Wooden handlebars designed by Adam Brackney.  This pretty bike was on sale here.  Was…
  8.  FIXA bike shelf and storage unit, by Chrome Ltd.

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Last but not least: the prettiest one I know.  I’m always jealous of Machiel‘s bicycle!  (FYI: He’s also the cyclist you see in this blogpost.)

Find more love for bikes on my pinterest, this pretty things: bicycles post and this blogpost.

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PRETTY THINGS: DIY

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It’s been 2 months since I moved into my new home in Antwerp, but I haven’t gotten over my decorating slash DIY obsession just yet. As you can see, my current favorites can be found in the world of concrete, plaster and metal.

  1.  Copper pipe wall sconce, I already know the perfect place for this one in my room so I might give this a shot soon! (source)
  2.  Porcelain hands from etsy seller Hruskaa, unfortunately sold out (although they have similar ones here) but I think a similar result is achievable with some concrete or plaster and rubber gloves.
  3.  Easy DIY for a fancy kitchen towel rack.  (source)
  4.  Copper and plaster candle holder. (source)
  5. A much simpler candle holder, also in copper.  (source)
  6. Super cheap but super pretty stool.  I think I’m going to try this one!  (source)
  7. More copper with this pretty bud vase. (source)
  8.  Bulletin board made out of chicken wire.  (source)

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If you follow me on facebook, you already know that I’ve been a bit creative myself!  Find the tutorial for this paper globe here.

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PRETTY THINGS: DIY

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As most of you know, I recently moved to Antwerp.  Obviously, a new place equals a new interior but unfortunately I’m still on a student budget.  Luckily, DIY’ing  is a lot of fun and a lot better for my wallet!  I’ve already started by making my first piece of furniture from scratch thanks to the workshop Libre Objet (expect a full photo report soon!) and my handmade Existenz lamp is still looking pretty after three years and one move.  But my room is far from finished yet (the piles of books on the floor can testify) so I can’t wait to create more pieces myself!  (If you’re looking for more inspiration, go to my pinterest or my previous blogposts.)

  1. Concrete ‘plastic cups’ for candles, reminding me of these.  (source)
  2. Wooden crate lights. (source)
  3. A merry mishap always has the best DIY’s, like this concrete diamond.  (source)
  4. Clock made from a tray. (source)
  5. Shelf – I’m so gonna make something like this. (source)
  6. Geometric paper lamp (source)
  7. Tin can pencil holders. (source)
  8. Clipboard inspiration wall. (source)

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PRETTY THINGS: interior

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With a move in the near future, I’ve been collecting interior inspiration with even more enthusiasm than usually.  Therefore (and also to make up for my absence lately and the fact that it’s been ages since I’ve shared pretty interiors) I made this extra long pretty things post devoted to interior inspiration only.  As you can tell, I love bright white spaces with lots of personal touches, a mix of vintage and industrial accents and lots of green.  If this isn’t enough inspiration for you yet: take a look at my pinterest board here.

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PRETTY THINGS: office supplies

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everything from muji, hema or random office supply stores

Pretty office supplies make studying so much more fun, don’t you think?  (Ok, I admit, I don’t exactly need an alphabet stamp set, fancy envelopes or watercolor paint to help me learn all about concrete or acoustics, but they do make for fun (and creative!) study breaks…)  I think I’m set when it comes to pretty notebooks and pens for a while, especially since my days of studying are coming to an end.  One more day.

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PRETTY THINGS: interior design

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  1.  Sweeper and dustpan by Jan Kochański.  The handle of the dustpan can be used as a funnel to dispose the dust.  (source)
  2.  Gorgeous desk called solo, available here.  (source)
  3.  Pattern of Recycling by young design studio VDPP (a talented friend of mine).
  4.  Wallpapered table by Friis & Black, available here.  It’s inspired by traditional wallpapering tables and carries a wallpaper print on the table top. (source)
  5.  Armchair designed in 1953 by Pierre Guariche.
  6.  Crest Bottle Openers by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings of Fort Standart. (source)
  7.  Ray Bathroom by Michael Hilgers for ex.t, inspired by Ray Eames’ famous chairs. (source)
  8. Geo rug by Ella Doran, available here.

More interior design inspiration can be found on my pinterest board or in my archive.

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PRETTY THINGS: summer wardrobe

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While you are reading this, I’ve arrived in Lisbon and I’m soaking up the sun.  Going from 17 degrees and rain in Belgium to 32 degrees in Portugal (and even up to 37!) asks for a little bit of preparation.  Therefore I’ve gathered some items that would fit perfectly into my summer wardrobe.

  1. Nothing is more fun to wear than a maxi dress (instantly makes me feel like a princess, and super comfortable at the same time), especially when it’s hot.  This one is by Mango and available here.
  2. Bikini with a fun and unexpected leopard print by Anna & Boy.  Available here.
  3. Espadrilles are my favorite footwear for the summer.  I usually by mine for a few euros in the supermarket, but I wouldn’t say no to a pair of these two toned espadrilles by Mint & Rose.  Available at Just Julia.
  4. Leather might not be the first fabric that crosses your mind to wear in summer, but how amazing does Laura from The World Looks Red look in these leather shorts.  Makes me want to order these rightaway.
  5. When it gets a little colder at night, these scarves with a gorgeous photo print by Jen Altman would perfect to keep me warm.  Available at Cisthene.
  6. On a hot day, I prefer one simple piece of jewelry that makes a bit of a statement.  Like this upper armlet, found on etsy.  Simple, but effective!
  7. Gorgeous sunglasses (unfortunately way above my budget) by Illesteva, available here.
  8. Give black and white graphic print, combined with some gold and I’m happy.  So here’s the perfect boho bag, available (on sale!) at Plümo.

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PRETTY THINGS: go green

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Since the Belgian weather isn’t really co-operating on giving us some spring, we have to do it ourselves, by bringing some green into our homes for instance.

  1. I love this ‘living wall’ created by urban landscaper Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design.  Gives you some green, some light and some privacy.  Perfect.  More photos of this house here.
  2. These concrete planters seem like an easy DIY, but if you’re a bit lazy: you can also buy them at Joanna Wojtkowiak’s etsy.
  3. Jeremie Egry and Aurelien Arbet did a series called Underground, consisting of plants growing in the most unlikely places, such as these books, a cap and a jean jacket.
  4. You can use this mobile prism as is, but it is also the perfect size to hold air plants.  I’m kind of confused about what exactly air plants might be (or more exactly, what they live from), but it looks really pretty.  You can buy this ‘Himmeli’ (referring to the finish tradition of celebrating the winter solstice and serving as a means of good fortune for the future, Himmeli is swedish for sky, or heaven) here.
  5. Textile designer Isabel Wilson lives in a gorgeous home filled with plants, and -as they always do- freunde von freunden captured it beautifully.  More here.
  6. Beautiful hanging vases by textile and fashion designer Jurgen Lehl.
  7. These hanging copper and brass vases by The Workshop Gallery are handcrafted.  So beautiful.
  8. Here you can find these wonderful concrete and steel vases that do a pretty good job keeping your single flower straight.

More ideas can be found in this and this old post, or in my pinterest.

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PRETTY THINGS: light bulbs

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Despite – or maybe even thanks to?- the energy saving lamp, designers have been focusing their attention to the classic light bulb for a while, giving it new shapes or putting it in the spotlight with beautiful sockets.  I’ve collected my favorites for you!

  1. With some help from a talented grandmother, you might be able to make your own version of this knitted lamp from byBLINE, no?
  2. If you’ve got some swedish up your sleeve (or google translate on your side) you can figure out how to DIY this golden beauty.
  3. The beautiful Marble Light Collection by studio vit. (source)
  4. Small Spica by Iacoli & McAllister gives a beautiful light bulb all the attention it deserves.
  5. This mint version is my favorite, but Muuto’s E27 pendant lamp is available in many other colors as well.
  6. Noam Rappaport puts the light bulb in the spotlight with just some wood and plastic cables.
  7. I think I featured this one on the blog before, but Ferro Watt produces the most beautiful lightbulbs, based on Edison’s authentic design.  The beautiful packaging is a bonus.
  8. Base is a design from the NUD collection, and nothing more than a lightbulb with a beautiful concrete socket and a cord that comes in 44 colors.
  9. The atelier lamp by Frama is a beautiful twist on the regular lightbulb.  Available here.
  10. Eric Therner’s Diamond Light has been going around the blogosphere for a while, but I had to include this one!  You can buy a similar one here.
  11. This work lamp inspired golden girl is available here, but I have to admit I really like the classic work lamp as a design element too.  (It’s a pity I can’t remember where I have seen this being used…)

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