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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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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COLLECTION_ best of 2018

Now that 2018 has come to an end, I wanted to wish you all a very happy New Year and collect the best of 2018 on Au pays des merveilles.  Looks like you’ve been particularly fond of peeks into my apartments and beautiful places to stay!  In terms of my home, I’ve got good news as I’m excited to share more of my home in 2019.  When it comes to beautiful hotels and guesthouses… I’ll see what I can do!

  1. EXPLORED_ The Bunkers
  2. EXPLORED_ Kind of OJ
  3. FRAGMENTS_ my living room
  4. EXPLORED_ Casa C’alma
  5. FRAGMENTS_ home office
  6. EXPLORED_ Rice ‘n Roll
  7. EXPLORED_ Santa Clara 1728
  8. COLLECTION_ inspired by Think New Modern
  9. FRAGMENTS_ Brutalism in Lisbon

In case you’re a brand new reader, I’ve also collected some of my most read blog posts ever.  For extensive city guides and inspiring insights into creative twenty-something’s homes, have a look below.  As my New Year’s resolutions, I solemnly swear you can expect more of those in 2019 as well…  See you soon!

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EXPLORED_ Dear Breakfast

EXPLORED_ Dear Breakfast in Lisbon - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog

For a breakfast lover as myself, it’s no surprise that last year’s favorite discovery of my yearly trip to Lisbon was Dear Breakfast.  Obviously I just had to visit again and introduce this café properly on the blog.  With a menu that’s filled with fresh juices, delicious coffees, fingerlicking good avocado toasts and tasty pancakes, Dear Breakfast is a taste bud tingling ode to morning foods.  However, it’s not only the menu that will make sure your day is off to a great start.  The architects of Studio Astolfi mixed bricks, concrete, velvet, marble and luscious plants with arches, vaulted ceilings and the occasional dash of dark blue and pink (make sure you visit the toilet downstairs!) and turned Dear Beakfast into a sight for sore eyes that will make any trace of a morning mood disappear in a hearbeat.   Located right around the corner of my old appartment, I wish this breakfast walhalla would have been around during my time living in the Portuguese capital.

Dear breakfast - Rua das Gaivotas 17, Lisbon - website - facebook - instagram 

Planning a trip to Lisbon soon?  Don’t forget to have a look at my Lisbon city guide.  Written after living there for 5 months and updated with every visit, it is packed with tips that will make your stay in Lisbon an absolute dream.

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COLLECTION_ a gift guide

With the 25th approaching, of course I couldn’t stay behind with helping you pick the perfect gifts for your loved ones.  So here’s my last minute gift guide, featuring everything from young designers to wellknown brands. With prices starting at €20, there’s something in here for everyone. Happy shopping!

  1. Balance candle holders by Firm Living.  Buy them here.  (Also crushing hard on this bowl, this candle holder and these glasses from the Danish brand.)
  2.  A white facade, five floors and an open door – a book about one of Antwerp’s finest places, for sale here.
  3.  Milky way mirror with marble foot by Jentendesigns, order it here.
  4.  Dit is een goede gids – a book for those interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle.  Get it here.
  5.  Speckled cups by Maevo studio, available  here.
  6. Snug candle holder (available in different colors) by Sanna Volker, find it here.
  7.  Art cheques from kunst in huis – a subscription to their library of art.  Find the campaign I shot for them here and (featuring enthusiastic clients) here.
  8.  CMMC bag with a limited edition print by Lies Mertens.  Get your hands on it here.
  9. Bow earrings with hoops by Barelli Manon.  Discover them here.
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EXPLORED_ Botanisk Have in Copenhagen

EXPLORED_ Botanisk Have in Copenhagen - Hannelore Veelaert for au pays des merveilles

It’s been a year since I rediscovered Copenhagen all over again, when I visited my family in their new Danish home. Of course a visit to the botanical garden couldn’t miss on my itinerary, so we spent some time in the infamous Botanisk Have, which turned out to be the perfect place to warm up after a stroll through the city. While winter turned Copenhagen rather dark (and extra cosy), I still managed to snap a few analog shots while we marveled at all the beauty. Scroll along for luscious plants and intricate details of the beautiful greenhouse and don’t forget to add this one to your must visit list for any future trip to the Danish capital!

Botanisk Have, Gothersgade 128, 1353 København - website - facebook



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COLLECTION_ dining room chairs

COLLECTION_ dining room chairs

You might have caught me crushing on my brand new dining table if you follow me on Instagram, but there’s just one eyesore left that is keeping me from considering my dining room finished.  At the moment I have only four chairs, one of which I found on the streets and has no proper seating.  The other three beautiful hand-me-downs from my grandfather’s aunts, but since I’d like to sit more than three people at my table at the same time, I’m in need of something new.

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EXPLORED_ Espoo

EXPLORED_ Espoo in Antwerp - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog

When interior architect Edith Macken (who I’ve worked before here) asked me to photograph her work for design store Espoo, I couldn’t say no.   Dries was the first to introduce Nordic design to the city of Antwerp when he opened his store back in 2009, and since then Espoo has become the place to be for interior lovers far beyond the city of Antwerp.  At their brand new location, designed by Edith Macken, they offer even more interior inspiration then before.  With brands such as Menu, &tradition, Ferm Living and Frama, it’s unlikely they won’t be able to still your hunger for beautiful furniture and stylish accessoires.  They even have your reading habits covered with a great selection of magazines and coffee table books.    If you needed yet another reason to spend a day in Antwerp, this is it.  They’re open on Sundays too, so there’s no reason not to stop by!  Can’t make it to Antwerp after all?  No worries, you can find all your favorites in the Espoo webshop.  Happy shopping!

Espoo - Kloosterstraat 75-77, 2000 Antwerpen - website - facebook - instagram - pinterest

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WORK_ kunst in huis

WORK_ kunst in huis - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblogThis Summer, I was checking out options on how to integrate more art into my home without going bankrupt, when Kunst in Huis contacted me to shoot their upcoming campaign.  This organization can be described as an art library – for a mere €12 a month, you can borrow an art work from their extensive collection.  In other words: exactly what I had been looking for.  They asked me to shoot several of their clients’ homes and their brad new location in Brussels, which I wanted to share with you today.  (You might have already caught a glimpse in last Thursday’s edition of national news paper De Standaard though!)  I’ve already been scrolling through the Kunst in Huis online library to select my favorites and can’t wait to find the perfect spot for my pick, which you’ll surely see on my blog or Instagram soon!

In other news: Kunst in Huis has asked me to be part of their Art Sunday, which means I’ll be giving one on one interior advice in their venues in Leuven, Brussels and Antwerp today!  Have a look at the program for more info, and maybe I’ll see you there?  Oh and if you can’t make it – I collected a ton of inspiration on how to integrate art into your own home on my Pinterest.  Enjoy!

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