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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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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INSIGHTS_ Lies Mertens

A few months ago, when I was escaping the renovations in my studio until I could move into my new apartment, my friend Lies Mertens welcomed me with open arms into her two bedroom flat in a quiet neighborhood in Antwerp.  The apartment, part of a 1930s art deco building that used to house a cinema, has undergone quite a renovation process before it turned into the cosy home and atelier that it is now.  With every visit to Lies’ home it became more and more clear that her home was the perfect candidate for an INSIGHTS interview, and this sleepover was the perfect time to do so.  However, sometimes life gets in the way of these interviews to get finished.  That’s why I’m sharing this shoot only now, after Lies has already redecorated her apartment about a dozen times, but more on that later.

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reset the table + giveway

There are few things I love more than delicious food and good company, so when Iittala asked me to host a dinner for my friends to highlight their Reset the table campaign, I didn’t have to think twice.  I invited Lies, Eline and Paulien, stocked up on flowers and wine, set the table with the dotted blue plates and light blue bowsl from Iittala’s Teema collection, complemented with items from their Kastehelmi collection. Pro tip from someone who’s clumsy and living on a budget: mixing and matching is the solution when you can’t afford to buy a whole set of tableware at once or when you happen to drop a plate once in a while, plus it gives your table setting an original twist!   Iittala understood and made sure that all of their tableware goes together, allowing you to create a set that matches your taste perfectly.  Good news by the way, you can win a set of Iittala tableware for two on my instagram right now!  (Or just buy them here.)

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COLLECTION_ inspired by Liene and William’s home

In my previous blogpost, Liene and William told all about their ongoing renovation process and their “brutal chic” style.  Brutal chic, you say?  Think items that merge esthetics and function perfectly, classic design pieces, industrial elements and an occasional dash of kitsch.   Next, combine all of these in beautiful still lifes for the finishing touch to an interior that tells a story.  If you want to bring a little bit of their style to your own home, I’ve got just what you need in this week’s collection…

  1. Acapulco chair by Fair furniture, get it here.
  2. Cork family A stool by Jasper Morrison for Vitra, available here.
  3. HK Living pillowcase, for sale here.
  4. Morpho Didius One by Animaux Spéciaux, order it here with a 5% discount by using the code AUPAYSDESMERVEILLES.
  5. Tradition kettle by Le Creuset, find it here.
  6. Glass bell with cork base, sold out, but you can get a similar version here.
  7. Plant stand by Ferm Living, buy it here.
  8. Tiger dishcloth, available here.
  9. Vintage industrial lamp, order it here

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INSIGHTS_ Liene & William

While Liene shares mostly fashion, make-up and hair inspiration on her Instagram account, it’s her interior that truly grabbed my attention.  That’s why almost a year ago, I contacted her and her husband William for an interior shoot.  As it turned out, their home renovation was still in full force, Liene just knew which corners to frame!  We kept in touch and eventually they welcomed me into their home for a chat about their ongoing renovation process and William’s interior and furniture design business Wøti.

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INSIGHTS_ Jeroen Lemaitre

portrait of Jeroen by Eline Ros

Up until a few years ago, taxidermy was considered rather tacky and cruel.  If anyone is responsible for turning that image around, it would be Jeroen Lemaitre of Animaux Spéciaux.  He single-handedly updated taxidermy’s image by limiting himself to animals that died a natural death, combined with his impeccable taste and artistry.  Jeroen describes himself as a treasure hunter, someone who tracks down interesting collectables or makes them himself by hand, from colorful insects preserved under cloches or in frames, to taxidermy, intriguing accessories, exotic plants and even artworks.  These are all for sale in his beautiful shop Animaux Spéciaux in Leuven (which I blogged about earlier here) and his webshop.  Well… not all of them are for sale, as some of his most intriguing pieces ended up in his own home, which he was kind enough to show me.

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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, sold out, but you can get a similar version here.
  9. Letter board by Jay Retro, available here.

 

 

 

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INSIGHTS_ Nathalie Teugels

Ever since I first laid eyes on Nathalie Teugels’ furniture in the Convoi pop-up shop hosted by the ladies behind Phyt and Sternum, I was curious to find out more about Nathalie and her clean aesthetic.  When I found out she recently moved to a new apartment, I figured it was the perfect moment to ask this furniture designer to share some INSIGHTS of her home.

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