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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FRAGMENTS_ home office

When I moved across the hall almost a year ago, I quickly decided that the brightest room of all had to become my home office. Nothing as depressing as slaving away behind your computer in a dark room, no?  While I already owned enough furniture to decorate the rest of the apartment, I never had a home office before and thus had to start with a blank slate.  I knew straightaway my grandfather’s  drawing table (which you’ve seen before here)  would make its comeback as my desk, and when I discovered the Veberöd shelving units at IKEA, I decided to team up with them to create the home office of my dreams. 

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COLLECTION_ home office

One of the reasons I moved to my current apartment, is the extra room that I could turn into a home office.  I was tired of working from my dining table and the constant mess I was creating there and felt that a seperate workspace would not only increase my productivity but also make my sparetime around the house more relaxing.  Also, what’s not to love about another room to decorate…  Soon I’ll show you this new atelier of mine, but for now I’m leaving you with a ton of home office inspiration.  

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WORK_ Foon by Pinkeye Design Studio and Edith Macken

WORK_ Foon by Pinkeye Design Studio and Edith Macken

As I’m currently spending the majority of my time either behind the camera or behind my computer, I figured I’d show you a glimpse of the kind of projects I photograph for a living.  Last winter, I shot the brand new hearing center Foon in Leuven, designed by Edith Macken (who I’ve worked with before here) and Pinkeye Design Studio.  Having hearing protection made to measure is not exactly the most pleasant experience (been there, done that), but it’s certainly no punishment when it takes place in an interior like this.  So if you’re ever in Leuven: take care of those ears of yours and enjoy this beautiful interior while you’re at it.

Foon, Mechelsestraat 7, 3000 Leuven - website - facebook - instagram

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COLLECTION_ cleaning supplies

COLLECTION_ cleaning supplies with method

You may or may not know that I try to live my life as sustainable as possible.  I don’t eat meat or fish, rarely cook anything other than a plant-based meal (get yourself one of these cookbooks if you’re curuious), prefer public transport over cars, compensate my carbon footprint through Treecological whenever I take a flight, avoid plastic bags and take the production process into consideration whenever I buy something.   That’s why I switched to Method‘s cleaning products.  Made out of natural ingredients only and wrapped in 100% recycled plastic, Method doesn’t consider sustainability a trend but a necessity.  No green-washing here, these products are actually people and planet friendly.

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FRAGMENTS_ brunch

It’s about time after ten months, but the interior of my not-so-new-anymore apartment  appears to be finally coming together this summer.  You might have caught a few glimpses of a new dreamy carpet and a fabulous sideboard on my Instagram already, but I still wanted to show you these photos I snapped in my dining room right before a family brunch a few months ago. As you can see, the furniture I took from my tiny apartment doesn’t really live up in this rather spacious new home of mine, but I’m working on it!  After all, creating a home takes time (and some saving up) and as this blog is as much about beautiful interiors as the way they grow and evolve (just dive into my INSIGHTS archives in case you don’t know what I’m talking about),  I wanted to share images of this in between stage as well.  Keep an eye on the blog for more updates on my home soon!

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EXPLORED_ Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon

Explored_ Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon - Hannelore Veelaert for au pays des merveilles

It’s early in the afternoon when I cross Campo Clara, a square which is home to the famous flee market Feira da Ladra twice a week.  When I lived in Lisbon a few years ago, I spent many hours wandering this market, looking for second hand treasures, but today I have a different goal.  I’m heading to Santa Clara 1728, a hotel hidden in an old convent on the often busy plaza.  Once I step foot inside the majestic entrance hall, the lively city couldn’t seem further away though.  

Santa Clara 1728 - Campo de Santa Clara 128, 1100-473 Lisbon - website - facebook - instagram 

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COLLECTION_ Wonderplants 2

Collection-wonderplants 2 by au pays des merveilles

This week, Irene Schampaert and Judith Baehner launched Wonderplants 2, another book filled with urban jungle interiors and tips on how to keep those plants alive.  As I’m a big fan of both beautiful books and luscious plants, I couldn’t resist rounding up some Wonderplants inspiration in a COLLECTION blogpost.  You’ll discover a few that are also featured in the book, two interiors that are part of my INSIGHTS series and lots of inspiration from the world wide web.  Can’t get enough of these green interiors?  Get the Wonderplants 2 book here!

  1. Bathroom garden styled by Bianca Sotelo and photographed by Ashley Batz.  More images here.
  2. Architect Anouk Taeymans‘ lovely interior, shot by Jan Verlinde, is also featured in the book.  Get a sneak peek here and stop by her open days and stock sale next weekend if you like her style.  (I know I do…)
  3. Wonderful livingroom.  (source unknown, please tell me if you know the author of this image)
  4. The home of fashion designer Paloma Lana (from the appropriately named label Paloma Wool) is another interior that is featured in the Wonderplants 2 book.  Find a sneak peek of her home, shot by Cesar Degarra, here.
  5. Sofie Vertongen introduced the air plants in Belgium with her webshop Phyt and runs a very successful plant shop called The Plant Corner.  I featured her interior on the blog a few years ago, you can find it here.
  6. Clapton Tram is a plant filled film & photography daylight studio, based in a Victorian historic tram depot in London.  Shot by Haarkon here.
  7. Lovely dining room shot by Caro Langton & Rose Ray, see more here.
  8. Snapshot from Jeannie Phan‘s beautiful studio.  Find the full size image here.
  9. Plantlovers Miguel and Lisa’s apartment in Brussels, get all the insights here.
Lannoo kindly gifted me a copy of Wonderplants 2.  However, all opinions are 100% my own.  Thank you for supporting partners that allow me to provide you with new content!

EXPLORED_ The Bunkers in Knokke-Heist

B&B The Bunkers Knokke-Heist - Hannelore Veelaert for au pays des merveilles

When driving through the polders in Knokke-Heist, it’s Jonas Van Put’s Observer emerging above the horizon that confirms we’ve almost reached our destination.  Amidst the meadows, sprinkled with bunker ruins dating back to 1785 and the occasional flock of sheep or herd of cows, The Bunkers has found its place in a former barn that has been beautifully renovated by architects Govaerts and Vanhoutte.  While this historical site’s architecture is remarkable, the true protagonist of the experience is the wide view over the luscious green polders, only occasionally disturbed by a few trees or bunker ruins, one of which is now serving as a sheep stable.  Upon our arrival, it’s immediately clear: partner in crime Lies and I have sucessfully managed to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and our daily lives.

The Bunkers - Burkeldijk 18, 8300 Knokke-Heist - website - facebook - instagram - twitter

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