1.  I already own Muriel en Diane’s book about Belgian architects and their interior (which appeared in a previous ‘pretty things’ post about books), and I love love love that book.  So after seeing their newest book about Belgian designers and their interior, this is next on my wish list.

2.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt (I’m sure all of you know him from the movie ‘500 days of summer’) published a book under the motto: “The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories.”  Therefor he asked Americans to send in illustrations and super short stories, of which 60 made it into ‘The tiny book of tiny stories, volume 1‘, which is nothing more than a collection of inspiring mini stories, and that’s probably all it needs to be.  I haven’t read it, but I expect this to be a great gift for a loved one, and I wouldn’t mind getting one myself!

3.  If I were a man, this would be my bible.  ‘The moustache grower’s guide‘ helps every man to achieve his dream mustache, and since my love for mustaches is endless, my male friends can all expect this book as a birthday gift, until none of my friends is without a mustache.  Making the world a better place one mustache at a time!

4.  Stefaan Pauwels and Dominique Nzeyimana from knotoryus released a book (available at colette or as an ibook version), filled with inspirational photos, drawings and words.  Looks like a book I need on my coffee table.  (source)

5.  ‘Living in brussels‘ is a collection of 20 interiors in our Belgian capital.  As far as I can tell from the sneak peeks at I love Belgium, this is another book I’d love to get my hands on.

6.  Photography is unfortunately a very expensive hobby, but luckily you don’t need an expensive camera to make beautiful photos.  ‘Pin hole cameras, a do-it-yourself guide‘ shows how you can make pinhole cameras from objects which you can find in every household.

7.  ‘The guerrilla art kit‘ by Keri Smith (which I’m sure you all know from ‘wreck this journal’) gives you all the inspiration you need to start an arty revolution.  Let’s get crafty!

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PRETTY THINGS: interior inspiration

1.  Beautiful office space, I love the colors (or maybe the lack of colors?), the collage, the geometric patterns and the mustache (of course).  (source)

2.  No Function’s  Daphne and her beautiful studio in Amsterdam.  I love the lack of color in the furniture combined with the colorful accessories.  More here.

3.  Another beautiful black and white workspace, I’m particularly in love with the planner and the string of paper boats.  (via, source)

4.  Insane windows.  (source)

5.  The ceiling of the UNDERCOVER boutique in Tokyo, by Jun Takahashi.

6.  Workplace of S.  from a petty bourgeoisie.  It’s like a piece of art.

7.  Original signage for the home for the elderly in Hottingen, Zurich by Aline Dallo, Tina Stäheli and Kathrin Urban of iA.  (source)

8.  Gorgeous windows, and I love the shelves in front of the glass.  What an amazing space.  (source)

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PRETTY THINGS: interior design

1.  Geometric pillows by Mika Barr for Talents Design.  Available here.

2.  Iphone base station.  (source)

3.  Wooden side table, customized by Jane Dandy to the sizes of your favorite books.  (source)

4.  Kulma, an amazing framing shelf by Martina Carpelan.  (source)

5.  An original take on the classic light bubble: Eric Therner’s diamond lights.  Available at hunting and collecting.

6.  Knit stools by Claire Anne O’Brien.  Pretty amazing! (source)

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PRETTY THINGS: interior design

1. Lucy Moore’s studio.  So much inspiration on that wall.  (source)

2.  Gorgeous wall decoration at the Taiwan Noodle House, by Golucci International Design.

3.  Breathtaking windows.  I’ll take those Eames chairs too!  (So much Eames on this blog lately!)  (source)

4.  Yet another inspirational workspot.  (source)

5.  Precisely stacked magazines.  (source)

6.  Perfectly color coordinated kitchen shelves.  (source)

7.  Incredible window.  I’d love to see more of this place.  (source)

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1.  I need these Studios by ferm living on my wall.  (I’m an architect, I can’t NOT have them on my wall.)

2.  Glass greenhouses by west elm. Pretty!

3.  Stacked books.  Yes please! (source)

4.   Blue D1653, the new contemporary brand by traditional Dutch porcelain company Royal Delft.  Arian Brekveld designed this lovely set for them.  (source)

5.  Invisible speaker by people people, so cool!  (source)

6.  A concrete clock?  That’s probably my inner architect speaking again, but I love it!  It’s called 4th dimension and is a design by 22 DESIGN STUDIO.  (source)

7.  I found this close-up of a print on weekday carnival, but I have no clue who it’s from.  I’d love to have this hanging on my wall though!

8.  Pretty vases by mano design.

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1.  Push pins made out of cement, too cool!  You can get them here.  (source)

2.  Great decoration: I love the cardboard rhino, the photo of the black-eyed old man, the dog pictures and the striped tape.  Great color scheme too, I like it simple!  (source)

3.  A great way to serve milk when you’re treating your guests to a hot cup of coffee.  Buy it here.  (source)

4.  A lovely workspace (with more cardboard animals): I adore the pantone color sample in mint green.  (source)

5.  Varpunen bags used to collect trash for recycling.  (Did you notice the paper bag used as a trash can in the previous photo?  It’s a trend!)  (source)

6.  Amazing workspace, there’s no way you can be distracted here!  It goes by the name Rewrite and is a design of Gam Fratesi.  (source)

7.  Stacks:Lamps by Dino Sanchez, they look so great when they’re positioned on your book shelve!  Get them here.  (source)

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PRETTY THINGS: etsy finds

1.  Pretty necklace.  The black one (not pictured here) is my favorite! Buy it here.

2.  Pretty poster.  It’s printed on a plotter (a large format printer mainly used to produce architectural and engineering prints) so I’m definitely keeping this in mind as a DIY!  Now I just have to take the perfect photo.  Buy it here.

3.  Pretty gift for someone you love, you can write about these twelve lovable things inside this notebook yourself!  Buy it here.4.  Pretty laptop sleeve.  Buy it here.

5.  Pretty peter pan collar necklace.  Yes please!  Buy it here.  (Should be an easy DIY too, no?)

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1.  I love how the necklaces are a part of the interior and that dresser is such an easy DIY.  (source)

2.  An easy way to keep your bulletin board organized: envelopes with labels!  (source unknown)

3.  Vintage cameras in frames.  I’ve collected quite a few and not all of them are in use, so I might try this! (source)

4.  You can never have enough pretty things hanging on your wall!  (Remember this post about my own room?) (source unknown)

For more interior inspiration, take a look at my archives here.

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PRETTY THINGS: to do yourself

1.  Pretty bowl with a doily print.  Do it yourself here. (source)

2.  Pretty bangles made out of twigs.  Do it yourself here.

3.  Pretty calendar with your favorite photos. Do it yourself here.4.  Pretty wrap dress.  Do it yourself here.

5.  Pretty leather collar.  Do it yourself here.  (I’m considering saving up for the real thing by Col Claudine, but I might have to try this one first…)

6.  Pretty T-strap bra.  Do it yourself here.

7.  Pretty printed t-shirt.  Do it yourself here.

8.  Pretty notebook.  Do it yourself here.

9.  Pretty headband.  Do it yourself here.

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1.  Antwerp Street Style by Jens Mollenvanger, a young photographer from – you guessed it – Antwerp.  (available here)

2.  Firework Studies by Pierre Le Hors: breathtakingly beautiful.  (source)

3.  Pulled, a catalog of screen printing.  I have two friends who’d be thrilled to have this book, since they’re screen printing their own t-shirts, but I’d be very pleased too.  (available here)

4.  Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey.  True fan here, no explanation needed! (available here)


5.  If you’re not familiar with the if you leave tumblr yet, check it out now.  If you are, you know you should check out their book too.  They describe it as “a collection of contemporary photography, snapshots of a journey made by wanderers who study the mysterious yet uncannily peaceful feeling of desolation and loneliness. it is more concerned with the impact of a single image, rather than a body of work by an individual photographer.”  Sounds promising, if you ask me.    (soon availble here)

6. Aberrant Necropolis by Ellen Rogers.  You can take a peek at some of her pictures here, prepare yourself for some amazing photographs.

PS.  Hungry for more books?  Take a look here, for a previous “PRETTY THINGS: books” post.

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1.  Cute mugs by corduroy. (source)

2.  Pallet bed (source)

3.  Watt lamp by Henk Stallinga for Goods.  The cord can be bent anyway you want. (buy it here)

4.  Tape hooks by Torafu Architects.  (source)

5.  Bin Bin Wastebasket designed by John Brauer voor Essey.  (buy it here)

6.  Porcelain coffee cups by Rob Brandt for Seletti.  (buy it here)

7.  Cloud lamp by Zhao Liping.  (source)

8.  Sewing kit wall sticker.  (buy it here)

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PRETTY THINGS: ready for the summer festivals?

Daydreaming about summer while supposed to be studying, I got to be carried away…  I will spend the first days of my summer holidays roadtripping to the beach of Sète, in the South of France, for Worldwide Festival.  Then I fly home to get a day of rest and then I’m off to my next stop: Dour festival!  Of course I have to prepare well for these nine days of music, friends and laughter, so I gathered my festival essential: light and comfortable clothes, glasses and a hat to protect me from the sun, a camera to document all the fun, a backpack to keep all my stuff and comfortable shoes.  I’m ready!  Are you?

Sunglasses – Urban Outfitters
Fedora hat – ASOS
Open back vest – Topshop
Shorts – Topshop
La Sardina camera – lomography
Brogues – New Look
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1.  At, you can assemble your own dreambike.  Yay!

2.  Over at beg bicycles, you can find (besides charming vintage looking bikes) the cutest accessories for you bike rides, like this leather flask…

… or this adorable basket…

… or a beautiful coolbox.

3. If you’re not that much of a romantic-retro-vibes-loving-person, you’ll be sure to find your fix over at electra.  They have an amazing collection of bikes, which are decorated to perfection.  This ‘koi’ cruiser has the matching saddle to prove it.

4.  Or why not choose a cruiser tandem?  Your bike  ride won’t go unnoticed!  (electra)

5.  Something entirely different, but so cool: Rob’s hand painted woodgrain bikes. (via 70% pure)

6.  If you have to leave your real bike at home, you can always prove your love for the bycicle by sporting this double finger ring.  (buy it here)


Oh well, I just couldn’t resist.  Perfect soundtrack to this post!

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PRETTY THINGS: caffeinated

This week is my first week of a month of studying and taking exams.  Needless to say: I’m craving caffeïne!

1.  Espresso machine in concrete, by Shmuel Linski (source)

2. Although probably intended for alcoholic beverages, wouldn’t your daily caffeïne fix taste de-licious when sipping from this beautiful flask?  (buy it here)

3.  Espresso machine in wood, by Øystein Husby, Audun Grimstad, Åsne Kydland and Mariko Kurioka Rohde.  They wanted to give the espresso machine that typical ‘scandinavian design’ look, I think they succeeded!  (source)

4. Cute eco cup in porcelain, with silicone lid and sleeve (to keep your coffee-craving hands from burning).  (Buy it here.)

5.  Vintage coffee pots, like this one.  (Buy it here.)


1.  Training Dresser by Peter Bristol, a dresser for kids with drawers shaped like their contents. (via swissmiss)

2. Clever design by kompott.  Shouldn’t be to hard to make yourself, no? (via 70% pure)

3.  It’s no secret that I have a thing for birds, so I love love love this Pigeon Light by Ed Carpenter. One day this will be mine!  Buy it here.

4.  BOSKKE Sky Planter by Patrick Morris.  I blogged about this before after seeing it at Interieur 2010, but back then I didn’t know who the designer was.  Mystery solved!  Buy it here.

5.  Antlers by Alexander Taylor.  So clever!  Buy it here.

6.  Alarm dock for your iPhone, by Jonas Damon.  If I would have an iPhone, this would already be on my nightstand.  Buy it here.(via swissmiss)

7.  Clever DIY hanger by Love Aestehtics.

8. Information desk at TU Delft library, made out of recycled books. Genious! (source)

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PRETTY THINGS: cameras & friends

1. Supercute 110 camera with hedgehog print.  There’s also a ladybug version!  Only 10 dollars at the four corner store.


2.  Holga lens for Canon + holga fisheye set: this would allow me to take fisheye photos with my DSLR, without an extremely expensive lens!  I want this so badly!  Also at four corner store.

3.  The camera bag Andy from Stylescrapbook designed for kipling.  So pretty.  Better be quick, because it’s limited edition!  More info here.

4.  Not as pretty as Andy’s bag, but there’s extra space for other lenses.  Buy it here.

5.  This one is extremely handy:  a little bag that keeps your camera safe, which you can put in any bag you want!   I often put my camera in my handbags without any extra protection, this would make me feel a lot safer!  You can find it at the photojojo store.

6.  Diana F+ Qing Hua.  Everyone knows the beauty of Diana photos, but if the Diana itself is this pretty?  Even better.


1.  Triangle necklace by Laura Lombardi.  Buy it at Pigeon Toe.

2.  Forget me knot ring in sterling silver by Kiel Mead.  Buy it at areaware, also in 14k gold, black, white or red powder coat, brass and platinum.

3.  Silver feather ring by fashionology.

4. Porcelain key – lucky dip and gold plated pewter key necklace.  Both of them from nonesuch things.

5.  More earcuffs!  These are from Etsy seller JeeraFs, who offers many different earcuffs at affordable prices.  (I’ve bought a pair with her before and I’m very pleased with both the service and the quality.)

6.  Porcelain brooches by Etsy seller andOdesign.


1.  “Belgische architecten en hun huis”, or Belgian architects and their home.  Since I’ve been photographing the home of some architects for our magazine Unité, this a subject that interests me a lot.  In this book, several well known architects are portrayed, followed by a reportage about their home. Buy it here.

2.  This little book with photos of Tamara Lichtenstein.  Available for only 8 euros at pogobooks, where you can find many other affordable little books with beautiful photos.

3.  “The solitude of prime numbers“, by Paolo Giordano.  I’ve wanted to read this for so long and now I’ve finally bought it.  Now all I need to do is find some time to dive into the story.

4.  This little book with the first one hundred photos by Angels & Ghosts.  (I’ve blogged about them before.)  Unfortunately it’s sold out.

5. Hedi Slimane: Anthology of a Decade.  It’s a collection of his photographs of the last decade.  I’m a big fan of his work so this should be good!

5 things I’ve fallen in love with this week

  1. These beautiful ‘Bardot gloves’ by Minna Parikka.
    minna parikka bardot glove
  2. The Alice in Wonderland movie by Tim Burton.  It hasn’t come out yet but I can’t wait!

    alice2click images for the source

  3. Cute vinyl stickers by RedVelvetart. The mustaches are my favourite!
  4. Barry M nailpolish in mint.  I ordered it online here, can’t wait for it to arrive!
  5. The floral lace bra and panties by American Apparel.

    PS.  Please take a look at Heleen’s blog, she’s been so sweet to make a lovely post out of my photomanipulations!