FRAGMENTS_ Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Fragments_ Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon - Hannelore Veelaert for au pays des merveilles

The combination of plants and rough concrete is one that is always a win in my book and Lisbon‘s Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian proves my point with conviction.  This brutalist museum houses the art collection of the foundation named after businessman and philanthropist Calouste Gulbenkian.  While the ancient and modern art collection is supposed to be impressive (I have to admit I only ever visited the library), it’s the surrounding gardens that truly make my heart beat faster.  The fragments I’m sharing in this blogpost should give you an impression, but why not plan a trip to Lisbon and visit the Gulbenkian yourself?  In case you do: boredom won’t be an option because I’ve updated my Lisbon city guide

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EXPLORED_ Casa C’Alma in Lisbon

It doesn’t take much for me to feel at home in the city of Lisbon (I studied in the Portugese capital for five months and have visited countless times since), but Casa C’Alma feels exactly as the calm home that this guest house‘s name suggests.  Scandinavia meets Portugal in the mix of hardwood floors, white walls, an occasional dash of color, carefully chosen furniture, luscious plants, excellent selection of reading material and delicious Portuguese breakfast.  The cherry on the cake in this spacious apartment is a dreamy light blue kitchen, making it hard not to fall in love with this boutique bed and breakfast that feels like a breath of fresh air.  Yes, whether you want to retreat into the privacy of one of their serene bedrooms or enjoy the spacious common living room while chatting with your fellow guests, stepping into Casa C’Alma will always feel like a breath of fresh air.   Its location couldn’t be better either, with Copenhagen Coffee Lab (perfect if you’d like to stick with the Nordic atmosphere), bakery Tease and the shops of Principe Real only a few minutes away, making it an excellent starting point to explore the city.   For a good night’s sleep in the city center of Lisbon and a dose of Scandinavian interior inspiration, this is exactly where you want to be.

Casa C'Alma - Praça das Flores, 48 1° Floor,  1200-192 Lisbon - website - facebook - instagram - booking

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FRAGMENTS_ MAAT

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you have without a doubt noticed I spent the end of the year in my beloved Portugal.  Before meeting up with my family for the holidays, I spent 5 days on my own in Lisbon, doing what I love to do most.  I revisited my favorite places from when I used to live here, discovered new places and wandered the streets of my favorite city with my camera in hand.  I’ll soon blog about my favorite discoveries, but first I wanted to share a few images of the MAAT, Lisbon’s museum for Architecture, Art and Technology.  Last year, the majority of the museum was closed to the public, but this year I had better luck.  While the expositions I visited were interesting, the museum building itself that was the true highlight of my visit.  I couldn’t resist snapping a few new pictures of all the different textures on the billowing facade and the extraordinary view over the Tejo.

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EXPLORED_ kind of OJ

EXPLORED_ Kind of OJ, a bed & breakfast in Bruges

When walking through the Guido Gezellelaan in Bruges, number 36 might not seem that different from its neighbors. Only a subtle sign – Kind of OJ – on the front door alerts you that something might be going on here. However, first looks can be deceiving. Once the front door of Kind of OJ opens, it’s instantly clear: this is nothing like your typical hotel in Bruges. The majestic hallway, where statues of half naked punks by Rotterdam design label Nightshop greet you, gives you just a first impression of all the wonders that are waiting here for you. Welcome to Kind of OJ: part bed and breakfast, part gallery, part showroom, and all kinds of surprising.

kind of OJ - Guido Gezellelaan 36, 8000 Brugge - website - facebook - instagram - pinterest - booking

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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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INSIGHTS_ Jana Rymen

After regularly seeing her work pop up on social media here and there, Jana Rymen’s sense of style and eye for detail sparked my curiosity for her own interior.  When she launched her own studio, I figured it was the perfect time for a chat about her home and work.  “An aesthete who tries to see the beauty in everything”, that’s how she describes herself on her website.  That’s the least you can say about this girl who combines art direction, interior styling, table dressing and food styling under the name of Studio Kroes.  Where she got the inspiration for her studio’s name, isn’t too hard to figure out once you meet the curly haired Jana in person.  Yes, it’s all about the hair.

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COLLECTION_ terrazzo

Although I still love a beautiful marble print, terrazzo has slowly but surely been taking marble’s place as the go-to print for interior fanatics.  The composite material of stone or glass chips mixed with cement is available in every possible color combination, speaking to both black and white aficionados and color lovers.  Lately, the speckled texture has spread from floors and kitchen counters to paper and fashion accessories, so there’s no need for a new kitchen when you’re looking to incorporate some terrazzo into your home.  In this collection I’ve gathered a few of my favorite terrazzo (printed) products, a tutorial to make your very own terrazzo coffee table and a bit of terrazzo inspiration!

  1. DIY terrazzo coffee table by Heju.  Find the instructions here.
  2. Sidetable by Serax.  Buy it here.
  3. Terrazzo printed wallpaper by Papermint. Discover all the colors here.
  4. Konfetti Komma necklace by Emma Odenkirchen.  Get it here.
  5. Terrazzo kitchen in house DOMA, by Russian architect Nachman Kaplansky and renovated by MJVanHee architecten and MADE architects.  Discover more photos by Olmo Peeters here.
  6.  Organic wrapping paper by Nuukk.  Order it here.
  7.  Details in Bar Copine in Lokeren, explore the interior here.
  8.  Birthday card by à l’aise stationery.  Available here.
  9.  Pink terrazzo candle holders by BakeryStudio.  Find them here.

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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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EXPLORED_ bar copine in Lokeren

When it comes to interesting cities in Belgium, Lokeren might not be the first one that pops into your mind, but there is one place that makes a visit to this Flemish city worth a visit.  At Bar Copine, located on Lokeren’s main square, you can find anything from interior accessories furniture to delicacies, care products and fashion.  However, Bar Copine is not only a shopping destination, here you can also stop by for a cup of coffee, a piece of cake and a healthy lunch or breakfast.  When they asked me to shoot their new interior, designed by Man architecten, and their menu, I got the chance to try some of their dishes and let me tell you: these dishes not only look splendid, they taste absolutely delicious as well.  Bar Copine is not only a dream come true for its owner Kim, but it is dreamy on its own, dressed in pastel hues, terrazzo and dashes of gold.  So, next time you’re in the neighborhood of Lokeren and you’re in need of caffeine, something new or a meal… you know Bar Copine is the place you’re looking for!

Bar Copine, Markt 71, 9160 Lokeren - website - facebook - instagram - pinterest

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