EXPLORED_ Maison Jackie

EXPLORED_ maison jackie bohème- hannelore veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

Gather a few talented women, each with their own super power, give them a building to use as a blank canvas and what do you get?  A whole lot of female energy and a wonderful place called Maison Jackie.  Founder Jackie Bohème, née Ellen Wauters, has a heart for real estate, an eye for beauty, a soft spot for understated luxury and a drive that gets things done.  During her morning scroll through our country’s real estates websites (a habit she kept from her former career as a real estate agent), she instantly fell in love with this former convent and knew she just had to have it.  She gathered a few talented woman around her, from the architects of Studio Sober, the sisters and contractors Adriaensens, textile designer Nathalie Van Der Massen, kitchen designers Ask og Eng, steel welder and designer Esther De Vos,  carpet designer Tata Tapis, ceramist Alex Gabriels, and let them work their magic.  Fast forward a few months and Maison Jackie opened its doors for the public.  The house in Niel will serve as Jackie Bohème’s office and the showroom for Atelier Jackie, a lifestyle collection with pillows, scarves and kimono’s which will launch in the near future (you’ll find a sneak peek below).  Maison Jackie is too good not to share though, so you’ll be able to rent the house for photo shoots, boutique events and vernissages, or short (or longer) stays to escape the city.  One thing is for sure, no matter how long you’ll be staying, Maison Jackie will feel like your home away from home.

Maison Jackie - Dorpstraat 36, 2845 Niel - website - instagram 

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COLLECTION_ ikea ivar hacks

Because you all seemed to love last week’s post about my new bedroom interior and the accompanying Ikea Ivar hack, I’ve collected eight more ways to customize the popular  storage system.  The options to adapt the Ivar cabinets to your wishes appear to be endless: you can hang them or add legs to them, paint them in a contrasting color or give them the same tint as the walls, dress up the doors and add door knobs or leave them plain and let one element shine or combine as many elements as you like.  See, I told you options were endless!  I’ve collected a few examples, some super simple, some a little more challenging, that I hope will inspire you to make the Ikea Ivar cabinets your own!

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FRAGMENTS_ my bedroom with ikea ivar hack

Ikea Ivar hack wardrobe - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

When I wrote about my bedroom before, I already hinted at the big changes coming up in my home, and it’s time I showed you the result!  If you follow me on Instagram you probably already picked up on the fact that my boyfriend moved in over the summer.  While he didn’t bring a lot of furniture with him, he did need a proper workspace (we both work from home) and thus we quickly decided to swap the bedroom and the home office.  The result?  A much more spacious atelier for the both of us (which I’ll show you later), and a very cosy bedroom, which (thanks to its cute balcony and green view) often feels like it’s somewhere in Paris rather than Antwerp.  Click read more to read about our decoration process and to discover our Ikea Ivar hack!

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FRAGMENTS_ Collectible 2019

Collectible 2019 - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.beA few months ago I visited Collectible, the Brussels fair dedicated to design that balances on the fine line between art and design.  It’s safe to say, Collectible feels more like an expo than an actual fair.  The pieces displayed vary greatly, from reissues of old classics by Pierre Paulin, to the intricate fabrics by Nathalie Van der Massen or the pillar inspired chair by Destroyers/Builders (who was named Designer of the year just this week).  One thing they do have in common, these design are here to stay, no matter how long it’s been since the fair took place.   Needless to say, March 6-8 2020 is already marked “Collectible” in my calendar!

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WORK_ timeless bungalow by Eddy Francois

timeless bungalow by Eddy Francois - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

Ever since I turned photographing interiors from a hobby into a career, this blog has been a bit neglected… but that doesn’t mean I’m not still very fond of my own little internet corner!  So, to breathe new life into this blog of mine, I wanted to share one of my favorite interiors shoots of the past few months.  At first sight, it’s hard to pinpoint when this house was built, as this single story house designed by late architect Eddy Francois feels timeless while also referencing those typical bungalows from the seventies.  With its green surroundings, interesting mix of materials and textures and owners Alexandra and Peter’s impeccable selection of furniture, this home is high up on my list of dream houses. If you’re curious to find out more about the house and its owners, have a look at the original feature here  (only in Dutch).  For related interior inspiration have a look here  and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for regular updates!

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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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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.
COLLECTION_ interior DIY via aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be - plywood floor mirror by the merry thought
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COLLECTION_ interior DIY via aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be - brass and wood ring holder by the merry thought
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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

Fragments_ dining room - Hannelore Veelaert via aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

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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