INSIGHTS_ Joni Vandewalle

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When searching for interiors to photograph, I always look for interiors that display the inhabitant’s personality and passions, and Joni Vandewalle’s interior is the perfect example.  Just like our past two INSIGHTS interviewees, Joni has a passion for flowers, which is undeniably present in her interior.  This freelance journalist and stylist recently turned her hobby into a side project and started flower atelier Bloe Monday.  Together with a friend, she offers bouquets to order and decorates events and parties.  Flowers thus can be found in all shapes and sizes all over her apartment.  “I think every table in every room needs flowers, as they add color and match with everything.  There’s no such thing as an ugly flower, right?”

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INSIGHTS_ Hanna Moens

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Those of you that spend some time on Instagram or Pinterest once in a while, have probably come across Hanna Moens.  Her impeccable eye for aesthetics and her bright and airy photos filled with beautiful design have gathered quite a few fans, me included.  We met when I did an internship at Baroness O., a design studio where until recently she was responsible for communication and content creating.  Nowadays she’s freelancing as a copywriter in addition to her part time job in a library and enjoying her newfound free time.  Posting pictures on Instagram is a hobby that got out of hand quite some time ago and she recently enrolled in a flower class, as she’s been arranging flowers for friends’ parties for quite a while.

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COLLECTION_ all of the lights

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As most of you might have already caught on instagram or facebook, I’ve recently had to move out of my studio due to some unforeseen circumstances.  However, I’ve found a lovely apartment, in a much quieter neighborhood, with a separate bedroom (one that doesn’t double as an entryway!) and with a lot more space to decorate.  This time I don’t need to invest in as many new pieces as after my last move, and I’m quite enjoying the fact that my pieces of furniture have more space to shine now.  However, one thing that I do miss is some mood lighting.  As it turns out, I only own three of these IKEA Ranarp lamps, which is not enough to provide an entire apartment of some cosy light.  So far, I’ve been rethinking a DIY that was meant for my previous home (more on that one later, for sure!) and I’ve collected my favorite table lamps and wall lamps (and I couldn’t resist to squeeze in two gorgeous pendant lamps as well…) from my pinterest. Obviously I can’t buy all of these, so I still have some thinking to do.  Which one is your favorite?

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INSIGHTS_ Miguel & Lisa

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When I arrived at the front door of this Brussels based couple, Miguel en Lisa were still on their way home and I had to wait on their doorstep for a while.  Luckily the sun was shining and the duo had a good reason for being late: the plant and flowers they bought on the market turned out to be rather difficult to transport on their bikes.  The sunlit apartment they inhabit is a Walhalla for plant lovers, but these two always have room for another green friend.  With huge windows on both sides of the living room and their green fingers, it’s no surprise that plants thrive in here.

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COLLECTION_ my home

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After last week’s post about my interior, I received some questions about where to find certain items.  I collected them in this post, together with a few other of my personal favorites.  Hopefully you’ll be able to find the answer to all your questions here, but don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you’re still wondering about a certain item!

  1. Polar carpet by Zuiver. Get it here.
  2. Hanging planter by Bloomingville.  Buy it here.
  3. Light bulb by Sylvania.  Find it here.
  4. Copper lamp socket case. Purchase it here.
  5. Fox pillow by Zuiver.  Get your hands on it here.
  6. Miniature green house by Dille & Kamille. Unfortunately sold out here. (But maybe they can still help you out in their shops?)
  7. Tomado shelving system. Buy it here.
  8. Copper kitchen tools.  Sold out, but you can find similar ones here .
  9. Berber pillow by Malagoon.  Get your hands on it here.

AT HOME_ my home

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After all that teasing, I’m finally sharing the last post about my ikea x au pays des merveilles collab today!   As you may remember, I was sharing a house before, which had its perks, but after sharing homes for the past 7 years, I really felt the need for a place of my own.  So once I found a job, I kept an eye on the ads and after 6 months or so I finally found that dream place.  With a limited budget (I’m still only an intern after all) it wasn’t easy, but I managed to find a charming place in my old neighborhood of Zurenborg.

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AT HOME_ furnishing my home

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In this second post about my collab with Ikea, I’d like to give you a closer look into my studio.  As you can see in the image above, it’s quite a small space, where you enter straight into the living and sleeping area, with a small bathroom and narrow kitchen on the left.  Despite the limited square meters and the lack of a separate bedroom, I immediately saw the potential of this studio: there are big windows on both sides of the space where light floods in thanks to the studio being located on the 4th floor and the arches divide the space into a sleeping and living area, while adding a bit of character.

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COLLECTION_ small homes

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As I’ve mentioned a couple of times before, I’ve finally moved into a place of my own this year.  After sharing a house with others for many years,I felt it was time to take the plunge and get my own apartment, so that’s what I did!  As of January, I’ve been living in a small studio in Antwerp and I’m totally thrilled about it.  Moving into a place of my own for the first time, also meant that I needed quite a few new items of furniture to turn this studio into my dream appartment.    With a little help from Ikea I’ve been trying to do exactly that, and this month I’ll be sharing the process on the blog.  Today I wanted to show a few inspirational images for small homes.  My studio is not big, nor does it have a separate bedroom, so it’s not that easy to achieve the rather minimal look that I adore, while still finding space for all my things.  I’ve lined up a few images of studio apartments that manage to combine different functions in one space while still looking clean (1 – 2 – 6 – 8 – 9) and others (3 – 4 – 5 – 7) that represent that clean look with a bohemian touch that I’d love to achieve.  Be sure to check back here next week for the next post in this ikea x au pays des merveilles project!

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COLLECTION_ workspace

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared some interior inspiration, so after showing you my favorite bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and dining rooms, today is all about the workspace.  While the studio I’ve moved into is rather small, I still need a corner where I can focus on my photography and the blog, without turning my entire home into a workspace.  There’s more where this collection of pretty workspaces came from, on this pinterest board to be exact!

  1.   Designer Tess Guinery’s home in Sydney, see more photos by Alex Caryle here.
  2. The 101 Woonideeën collection for Leen Bakker, styled and photographed by Wendy van Woudenberg of BeeldSTEIL.  Find out more here.
  3.  An oven rack used as an office organizer by Antonia from Craftifair.  See more here.
  4.  Designer and art director Sarah Sherman Samuel‘s computer station in studio.  Find out more here.
  5. The office of Hans Verstuyft architecten, photographed by Frederik Vercruysse.  More photos here.
  6.  Designer Jessica Comingore‘s studio in Los Angeles.  See more here.
  7.  A secretary desk in a Madrid apartment designed by Juan Carlos Fernández.  Find out more here.
  8. Berlin apartment styled by Sarah from Coco Lapine Design.  More photos here.
  9. Workspace in a small apartment, photographed by Jonas Berg.  More info here.
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