FRAGMENTS_ Muller Van Severen studio

FRAGMENTS_ muller van severen studio - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to visit the studio of Muller Van Severen as part of the Collectible fair. This relatively new fair in the city of Brussels is dedicated to contemporary collectible design – a match made in heaven with the Belgian duo whose work balances on the fine line between art and design. Their studio is where Fien and Hannes, the couple behind Muller van Severen, design and make their work.  It’s filled with materials, tools and pieces, some of which are more finished than others.  Eye-catcher of the day was their Carpet blue/yellow, which would be presented at the Collectible Fair later that day. Similar to their first tapistry, also a collaboration with Ashtari Carpets, the design is based on a collage of Fien’s previous work as a photographer. As a long time fan (they first appeared on the blog here in 2015) I obviously couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of the Muller Van Severen studio and sharing them with you. Keep an eye on the blog though, as this was not the only inspiring visit I made thanks to Collectible

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WORK_ Niko Inspiration Center

Niko Inspiration Center by Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

If you follow me on social media, you might have already seen it, but a few weeks ago I launched my brand new portfolio website!  Ever since, work has taken over and life has been a bit of a rollercoaster, hence the blog silence.  Today however, I finally found some time to share this new baby of mine on the blog as well!   While I’m at it, I figured I’d share some of my work as well.  In this blog post you can discover the Niko Inspiration Center in Antwerp, the place to be if you’re looking to automate your home.   The interior is designed by We Want More studio in a premise previously renovated by Egg interior architects.  The stunning staircase is a remnant of that renovation.

So, if you’re in the market for a photographer, content creator or social media strategist focused on interior and design, head to my new website!  It will give you a much better overview of what I’ve done in the past and what I can do for you in the future… and in the meantime, keep an eye on my socials for your regular dose of interior inspiration.

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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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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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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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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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COLLECTION_ inspired by Think New Modern

COLLECTION_ Think New Modern - via aupaysdesmerveillesblog

When it comes to my interior, I want to create a space that feels both minimalist and cosy, mixing rough materials with soft textures and vintage pieces with modern design.  Exactly the kind of interiors that are featured in Piet Swimberghe and Jan Verlinde’s brand new interior book, Think New Modern.  This addition to their series of interior books features a few of my favorite Belgian architects and thus I could not resist adding it to my book shelf.  It’s filled with soulful interiors that mix bohemian with minimalism in an effortless way, making me want to move in ASAP.   In this blogpost, I’ve collected a few interiors from the book, accompanied by inspiration from the world wide web that feature the same clear lines, sober colours and rough materials.   Do you want more?  Get your hands on Think New Modern here or have a look at my Pinterest.

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