COLLECTION_ Belgian getaways

COLLECTION_ Belgian getaways - where to sleep on a city trip in Belgium

Exploring cities close to home might not sound that exciting, but it’s something I’ve always been a fan of.  Spending a few days in a city that’s only a train ride away, to catch up with old friends and discover the city’s newest additions… Sign me up anytime, really!  Staying in a beautiful hotel or holiday home brimming with interior inspiration is the cherry on the proverbial cake if you ask me.  To convince you to take a city trip in Belgium for a change, I’ve collected nine places to sleep all over the country.  Ranging from luxurious hotels to affordable Airbnb’s, there’s surely something for everyone here.   (By the way, if it’s your first booking on Airbnb you can get a discount through this link.)  If you just can’t get enough of this list, I recommend you to take a dive into my archives for a lovely cabin in the woods and stunning B&B’s in Bruges and Knokke-Heist.

  1. Rooftop loft with a fantastic view over Brussels, book it here.
  2. One of my favorite examples of Belgian architecture, the brutalist home designed by Juliaan Lampens.  Make your reservation here.
  3. Cosy room in a bright and airy house in Ghent.  Tested and approved by yours truly!  Arrange your stay here.
  4. The Boho Cave in Rica Guesthouse brings Ibiza vibes to Ghent.  Make sure you check out their Apollo Suite too!  More info here.
  5. The architects of Blancooo hosts no less than three holiday homes in Antwerp, all impeccably decorated with young Belgian designers.  Discover them here.
  6. You might never want to leave Bea b&b on the Belgian seaside. It’s ran by interior designer Bea Mombaers so expect to be wowed!  Book your stay here.
  7. Graanmarkt 13 is not only the home to a mouthwatering restaurant and a beautiful shop, but it’s also a gorgeous holiday home, designed by famous Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen, for 6 people in the center of Antwerp.  Find more info here.
  8. Clouds 9000 is a coffee shop meets webshop meets b&b in a former chapel on the outskirts of Ghent. Make your reservation here.
  9. Hotel Pilar is the place to sleep in the South of Antwerp, while simultaneously taking care of your food and shopping cravings.  Discover Pilar here.
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EXPLORED_ Las Salinas de Torrevieja

EXPLORED_las salinas de torrevieja - hannelore veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog

A few weeks ago, Eline, Lies and I spent a few days at the Costa Blanca in Spain, a regionthat is mostly associated with beach tourists. and elderly people.  While it’s definitely not the most adventurous holiday destination, the region does have a few surprises up its sleeve.  You’ll have to wait a little bit longer for a blog post about the main reason of our stay (I did share a little bit on Instagram already), but today I wanted to focus on Las Salinas de Torrevieja, a mesmerizing pink salt lake.  (So no, these images aren’t photoshopped!)

Centro de interpretación Parque Natural la Mata Torrevieja, e - website

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COLLECTION_ interior diy’s

Now that I’m making big changes in my apartment (more on that later!), I’m constantly on the look out for affordable solutions that will easily help me give my interior a unique touch.  Reminding myself that everything looks different with a fresh coat of paint is one approach, scouring the internet for interior DIY’s is another one!  Since I have a hunch that you too might be interested in my favorite finds, I’ve collected my most recent discoveries in this blog post.   Curious for more? Have a look at my archive or Pinterest board then!

  1. Magazine rack, discover how to make it here.
  2. Faux granite trivets, find the instructions here.
  3. Ikea IVAR hack, read all about it here.
  4. Brass and wood ring holder, learn how to do it yourself here.
  5. Sidetable, find the how-to here.
  6. Hanging ladder, discover the tutorial here.
  7. Wall mounted open wardrobe, find out how to make it here.
  8. Punch rug art work, discover the instructions here.
  9. Plywood floor mirror, learn how to make it here.
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EXPLORED_ The Dammhus

EXPLORED_ The Dammhus - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

Spending a few days in a cabin in Sweden has been on my wishlist for quite a while, but I haven’t made it there yet because Scandinavia is so damn expensive and time is always an issue.  However, I don’t have to fly to Sweden anymore to make my cabin dream come true!  The Dammhus brings that Scandinavian feeling to the North of Belgium, and does so in style.  A while ago, I was asked by a Belgian magazine to photograph the recently opened cabin, which had been on my must-visit list ever since I first scrolled past in on Instagram, so you could imagine my delight!  Unfortunately I didn’t get to spend the night at the time, but if the beds are as comfy as the interior is pretty, waking up here must be a dream come true.  Speaking of that pretty interior; the couple of the Dammhus had a little help from their inlaws of Espoo, which explains the picture perfect Scandinavian look!

Surrounded by a private forest, overlooking a picturesque lake,  housing four bedrooms, no less than twelve beds and two bathrooms and only an hour away from Antwerp city, it’s the perfect getaways for families and groups of friends that want to escape the city for a few days.  I’m already checking my calendar as to when I can try out those beds myself…

The Dammhus - 2382 Poppel, Belgium - website - instagram

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FRAGMENTS_ my dining room

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Of all the rooms in my house, the dining room took the most effort to get together.  I arrived in this apartment with a simple table and the three chairs (I couldn’t fit more) I borrowed from my parents for my studio apartment.  The combination already looked bleek in the dining room of my next apartment (which was a little bigger), but when I upgraded again, the dining room looked downright sad.

I could easily picture what I wanted it to look like, but it took me a good year to find the perfect pieces and – not entirely unimportant – save money to be able to afford them. I didn’t exactly buy the furniture in a logical either, as I was still saving money for my table and chairs when I bumped into the perfect sideboard at a vintage web shop and couldn’t resist buying my dream carpet at a 40% discount (which I have moved to the living room, where it’s safer from stains, and have replaced with a different one recently).   A few months later the carpet and sideboard were joined by a marble table, after which I only had to decide on the color combination of my chairs (with a little help from you in my Instagram stories!) and wait patiently for the custom color combination to arrive at my doorstep…  My plants and deco still regularly switch places here (as they do in the rest of the house) but the core pieces of this room are definitely here to stay.  Enough talking now, let’s have a look at the final result!  In case you’re wondering, you can discover where I bought all these pieces at the bottom of this post.  I’m curious to hear what you think!

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COLLECTION_ interior inspiration by Studio Scott

COLLECTION_ interior inspiration by Studio Scott via aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

Real homes are an endless source of inspiration for me, and with a little help from Studio Scott I’ve collected nine of those in this blog post!  Studio Scott is the place to be for unique locations for photo shoots, film sets and events, but even if you’re not scouting locations or occasionally want to rent out your own home, their website is worth checking out.  With over 400 very divers locations, there’s no doubt you’ll find some interior inspiration there!  I’ve gathered nine of my favorites here, but you might want to have a look at their website or Instagram account for more!  You might even spot a few that I shot for the blog in the past…

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FRAGMENTS_ another living room update

FRAGMENTS_ living room update - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

My home is a never ending work in progress, a point I want to proof today by showing you the result of my latest living room update.  You might have caught a glimpse of it already on my Instagram stories (you can relive the evolution of my interior in detail here) or in a few magazines (that’s right, my interior has been published both in Sjiek magazine and the Belgian and Dutch Flair magazine in the past few weeks), but I still wanted to share the result in detail on the blog.

The biggest change with my previous update is probably the carpet swap.  I initially bought this super cozy carpet for the dining room but ended up stressing too much about stains to thoroughly enjoy it.   Thus I moved the previous carpet to the bedroom and moved this fluffy wonder to the living room.  I’ve also moved my DIY sidetable (which I’ve made years ago) to the wall, where it is less distracting.  I’m super pleased with the result, as it is much calmer than before (you can see the evolution yourself here and here), but I have to admit I’ve made more changes since I took these shots… I’m not quite done with this room yet, so you can expect more updates in the future.  In the meantime, I’m curious to here what you think of this update!

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WORK_ Opum development

WORK_ Öpum Development by Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

When selling real estate, the details are everything.  Nothing makes a potential buyer dream more of moving in than a well thought out (temporary) interior and an impeccable styling… The people behind Öpum are well aware of the advantages of home styling and thus the couple asked to shoot their own home – their masterpiece – to kick-start their business on social media.  It’s been almost a year since I took these pictures and I don’t know why I haven’t shared them sooner.  With it’s overload of authentic details and carefully selected vintage pieces, this home is brimming with interior inspiration… I for one wouldn’t say no to that deep blue velvet Togo sofa… Even if buying or selling real estate is not on the agenda anytime soon, you still might want to take a look at Öpum’s website, since they also have an online shop where they sell some of their (vintage) interior finds!

Interested in more of my work for Öpum?  Have a look at my portfolio!

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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.

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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