WORK_ home office by studio boîte

WORK_ home office by Studio Boîte by Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

Some projects are an absolute joy to photograph, of which Edith Macken‘s designs definitely are a perfect example.  Since our last collaboration, she has teamed up with her husband Arnaud de Vicq as Studio Boîte, but the keywords of their work have remained the. same.  Colors, textures and attention to detail are a given, as this shared home office for wedding photographer Sleen and architect Davy Nekkebroek proves.  Curious to see more of their work?  Have a look at their website, my portfolio or my archives.

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COLLECTION_ ceramics

When talking about interior trends in 2019, handmade ceramics is one that you cannot miss.  I’m not usually one to follow trends (I prefer to buy things that I will love for a long time, more on that here), but buying objects made with love by talented designers is something I can get behind.  These items might cost a little bit more than your average coffee cup or teapot, but if you look at them as functional pieces of art – they are pretty affordable.  I’ve collected a few of my favorites from local and not so local artisans, but if you can’t get enough: have a look at my pinterest board!  You can already find one of these designs in my home (can you guess which one?), but looking at these, I might have to add a few more…

  1. Teapot by Ghost Wares, available here.
  2. Loop handle mug by Iandyourceramics, for sale here.
  3. Apricot and speckled cups by Maevo Studio.  Get it here.
  4. Black and white mugs by KBclay.  Order them here.
  5. Candy plate by Clay Club.  Find it here.
  6. Speckled espresso cups by Lauren Van Driessche.  Buy them here.
  7. Ripple espresso cups (cast from a 3D printed mold) by Bilge Nur Saltik.  Get your hands on them here.
  8. Speckled mugs by Barton Croft.  Discover them here.
  9. Coffee dripper by Birdmans Home.  For sale here.

WORK_ Caroline Notté

WORK_ Caroline Notté by Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

A few months ago I was asked to photograph the studio of Caroline Notté for De Morgen Magazine.  Not knowing her work, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered my shoot location of the day.  When I showed a few sneak peeks of the interior on Instagram and asked if you’d be interested in a blog post about it, you were pretty clear.  So here it is!

The studio of the Brussels interior designer and architect is located in Ukkel, a rather fancy neighborhood in Brussels. The gallery found its home in architect Louis Herman de Koninck’s former home.  Built in 1924 by the designer of the famous Cubex kitchen himself, the building is an absolute icon of Brussels modernist architecture.

Caroline Notté gave the iconic building a new life as her office and a “collector’s cabinet ” where avant-garde designers, artists and visual artists are displayed and for sale. The gallery, with works by David Umemoto, Pol Quadens and Sammode Studio  is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2pm to 6pm and absolutely worth a visit.

Caroline Notté Gallery - Avenue Fond'Roy 105, 1180 Ukkel - website - instagram

PS. Curious for more of my work?  Have a look at my portfolio, my archive or stay up to date through Instagram!

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FRAGMENTS_ my bedroom

FRAGMENTS_ my bedroom - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

An interior is often a work in progress and that’s no less true for mine.  Change is coming in my home (more on that later), but first I wanted to update you on what it looks like at the moment.   It’s hard to believe I haven’t shared pictures of my bedroom here before, as it’s been one of the most finished rooms for a long time.  The finishing touch however, was the carpet that I moved from the living room.  Now the space feels much lighter, less empty and the carpet is a joy to set foot on when I wake up in the morning!  I’ve kept the rest of the bedroom light too, thanks to my parents’ old sideboard which I gave a coat of white paint and white linnen sheets.  They let my plants, clothes, jewelry and the few decorations I have on display take all the attention.  Enough talking now, let’s see those pictures!

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COLLECTION_ pink cafés around the world

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It wasn’t my intention to devote this post to just one colour, but when I started collecting beautiful interiors of cafés, it quickly became clear that pink’s moment is not quite over yet.  During my search I bumped into every possible shade of pink, from subtle blush accents to full on millenial pink interiors.  Have a seat and enjoy this dreamy trip around the world with me!

  1. Art nouveau meets the seventies in Louie Louie.  The French inspired American bistro is located in Philadelphia.  See more of the design by Rohe Creative here.
  2. For pizza in a pastel interior, you need to go to Toronto’s True True.  Find more images of the design by Pencil here.
  3. Inspired by 70s pools, Pink Pool café in Seoul is sure to welcome you with a splash.  Check out their instagram for more photos.
  4. The Budapest Café in Chengdu, China, is inspired by Wes Andersons’ film The Grand Budapest Hotel.  Discover more photos of this coffee bar designed by Biasol here.
  5. Sketch in London is probably the most famous place on this list and the OG of pink interiors.  Discover the restaurant designed by India Mahdavi here.
  6.  Nude is Kortrijk’s place to be for casual food and fancy cocktails.  Have a look at their instagram for more images.
  7.  Pastels meet minimalism in Vacation café in Melbourne, designed by local studio Therefore. Find more photos here.
  8. Willmott’s Ghost is located inside The Spheres (a trio of plant-filled glass orbs) at Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. See more of the project by Heliotrope Architects here.
  9.  Copper in Antwerp is an excellent occurence of #plantsonpink and was designed by the owner herself.  See more on their instagram.

For more pink moments, have a look at my blogposts about Copine and Thelma coffee and design.

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FRAGMENTS_ Muller Van Severen studio

FRAGMENTS_ muller van severen studio - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to visit the studio of Muller Van Severen as part of the Collectible fair. This relatively new fair in the city of Brussels is dedicated to contemporary collectible design – a match made in heaven with the Belgian duo whose work balances on the fine line between art and design. Their studio is where Fien and Hannes, the couple behind Muller van Severen, design and make their work.  It’s filled with materials, tools and pieces, some of which are more finished than others.  Eye-catcher of the day was their Carpet blue/yellow, which would be presented at the Collectible Fair later that day. Similar to their first tapistry, also a collaboration with Ashtari Carpets, the design is based on a collage of Fien’s previous work as a photographer. As a long time fan (they first appeared on the blog here in 2015) I obviously couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of the Muller Van Severen studio and sharing them with you. Keep an eye on the blog though, as this was not the only inspiring visit I made thanks to Collectible

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WORK_ kunst in huis

WORK_ Kunst in Huis - Hannelore Veelaert via aupaysdesmerveillesblog.beDuring the month of August, I devoted most of my time to shooting for Kunst in Huis, an organization that has a library of more than 5000 artworks from which you can borrow in exchange for a very affordable monthly fee.  For a campaign in a national newspaper, they asked me to shoot two of their venues (one of which I’ve shared on the blog here) and several of their clients and their homes.  My absolute favorite to shoot was this surprising duplex apartment hidden on top of a somewhat boring apartment building in Antwerp.  The owners’ love for books and the art is present in every corner of the apartment.  Have a look below to discover their stunning home and find the interview about Kunst In Huis with owner Annelies here. (Only in Dutch.)  Also fun to explore is this shoot, which was done four years ago, when Annelies and Georges just moved in… Enjoy your Sunday!

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WHERE TO GO IN LISBON

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!

Last update: December 2018

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WORK_ Niko Inspiration Center

Niko Inspiration Center by Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

If you follow me on social media, you might have already seen it, but a few weeks ago I launched my brand new portfolio website!  Ever since, work has taken over and life has been a bit of a rollercoaster, hence the blog silence.  Today however, I finally found some time to share this new baby of mine on the blog as well!   While I’m at it, I figured I’d share some of my work as well.  In this blog post you can discover the Niko Inspiration Center in Antwerp, the place to be if you’re looking to automate your home.   The interior is designed by We Want More studio in a premise previously renovated by Egg interior architects.  The stunning staircase is a remnant of that renovation.

So, if you’re in the market for a photographer, content creator or social media strategist focused on interior and design, head to my new website!  It will give you a much better overview of what I’ve done in the past and what I can do for you in the future… and in the meantime, keep an eye on my socials for your regular dose of interior inspiration.

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FRAGMENTS_ living room update

FRAGMENTS_ my living room with sofacompany - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

As some of you might have seen on Instagram, my living room got an update ever since I first shared it on the blog.  It was the first room I ever showed here of my current apartment, as it felt as the most finished space around the house at the time.  However, my interior (and yours too, I’m sure) is always a work in progress.  The majority of the pieces in this room had been with me ever since I was living in my studio apartment and thus I couldn’t resist making a few changes!  I moved a few plants around the house, hung a print from Studio Proba and a photo made by my late grandfather and added a few small accessories, but the biggest change is my brand new couch by Sofacompany!  I chose my previous sofa because of its storage compartments, which were a lifesaver when living on merely 35 square meters.  However, placed  in my current 90 square meter apartment, the proportions suddenly felt a little off and I started dreaming of something that fitted my current living situation better…. and that’s were Sofacompany decided to lend a helping hand!

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EXPLORED_ Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

EXPLORED_ Mosteiro dos Jeronimos in Belém, Lisbon - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog

When I visited Lisbon for the first time, with my parents in 2011, we wanted to visit the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos but ended up finding ourselves in front of closed doors.  Despite my regular visits to Lisbon and Belém in particular, it somehow never occured to me to give it another try.  Until now that is, and it was definitely worth the wait!  Built in the beginning of the 16th century by King Manuel I to celebrate the Portuguese discoveries, the monastery was afterwards donated to the Jerónimos monks.   With its national and religious Portuguese symbols, nautical motifs, exotic plants and animals carved in limestone, it’s a striking example of the Manueline style.  No wonder it has been classified as Unesco World heritage!  Despite it being winter, we were lucky to visit the monastery on a sunny day.  The light pouring through the cloisters casted mesmerizing shadows on the walls and floors, while it turned the columns of the church into colorful works of art, thanks to the stained glass windows.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos - Praça do Império, Lisbon - website 

Curious for more must-visits in Lisbon?  Then have a look at my city guide, where I’ve collected no less than 90(!) tips for you, during the 5 months I lived in Lisbon and my many visits afterwards.  I promise you won’t be bored when visiting the Portuguese capital!

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