AT HOME_ living room update n° 3

It’s been a year and a half since my latest living room update and a lot has changed since then! A few months after my last update, my boyfriend moved in with me and while he didn’t bring a lot of furniture (that’s an understatement), we were in desperate need of some more storage space.  Staying home for the past year made us very aware of other aspects we wanted to change.  A dividing curtain between the sofa and our “hallway” is still on my wishlist (but probably won’t happen as we’re hoping to buy a house soon), but other than that this room feels pretty finished to me! Curious for the result?  Read along!

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COLLECTION_ Let’s play house

Let's play house - Joni Vandewalle - Hannelore Veelaert

Toys and kids rooms are often missing from house tours, but lifestyle journalist and young mother Joni Vandewalle was determined to prove they deserve the spotlight too.  She collected twenty playful interiors from all over the world in the book Let’s play house.  In these homes clutter creates atmosphere,  toys and design are interchangeable and creative storage solutions are key.  The book Let’s play house is a must have for parents and parents-to-be and a very early Christmas gift idea from me to you!

It’s no secret I love a good interior book, so you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to contribute to one!  Joni and I met when I asked her to be part of my Insights series.  Back then, she was living in a rental apartment around the corner of the home she was renovating.  We chatted about her love for vintage, color and flowers and we’ve been collaborating regularly ever since.  Our most exciting collaboration is definitely this book, for which I shot all of the Belgian homes!

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AT HOME_ dining room update with Master Meubel

AT HOME_ dining room update with Master Meubel - Flos IC S1 - hannelore veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog

My obsession with interior design and architecture started when I just learned how to read and discovered my parents’ collection of interior magazines.  At the time, they were decorating their newly built home and took my little sister and me to quite a few interior design stores.  While some kids undoubtedly might have found this boring, I absolutely loved it.  I still vividly remember when they took us to Master Meubel, where I was almost star-struck upon seeing all these designs I knew from  the magazines in real life, not to mention how impressed I was with the stunning modernist architecture.  You can imagine my delight when they contacted me to collaborate!

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WORK_ family home by Erica Jacobs

WORK_ Erica Jacobs shot by Hannelore Veelaert - aupaysdesmerveillesblog

Leuven based architect Erica Jacobs asked me to a photograph a few of her projects, all of which were a joy to shoot.  I’ve shared a few fragments on Instagram already, but felt that these lovely interiors deserved a blog post as well! The first project I wanted to share here, is this renovation of a family home.  The bathroom is probably my favorite room in the house (and I know you loved it too!) thanks to its play on transparency and combination of materials. The rest of the house however, with its custom-made furniture, steel window and brick wall, are pretty impressive too. The styling in collaboration with Plek shop (a must visit when your in Leuven!) formed the finishing touch to this stunning interior.  I hope you like the result as much as I do!

For more interior inspiration have a look here, for more of my work click through to my portfolio.

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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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AT HOME_ 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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