INSIGHTS_ furnishing my home

INSIGHTS furnishing my home - hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles

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

collection tiny homes via au pays des merveilles

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

collection workspace via au pays des merveilles

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.

WORK_ Trans architectuur & stedenbouw

WORK_ Trans - Hannelore Veelaert for au pays des merveilles - 1476

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some of my commissioned work, so today I wanted to give you a peek into the atelier of TRANS architectuur & stedenbouw, a Ghent based office for architecture and urban planning.  What you can expect?  White walls, lots of light, a big collection of inspiring books, an overload of schemes, plans and photos on the walls and a familiar face at work.  Curious for the projects of TRANS?  Take a look at their website here or keep an eye on the blog!

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COLLECTION_ bedrooms

collection_ bedrooms via au pays des merveilles

After sharing my favorite bathrooms, diy projects, kitchens and dining rooms, it’s time to share my favorite bedrooms!  As I moved from a shared house to my own studio, I already had all the necessary bedroom furniture (see my old bedroom here!) but extra inspiration is always welcome of course!  That’s why I’ve collected nine beautiful bedrooms to share with you today.  For more bedroom inspiration, take a look at my pinterest board here or take a look at my interior archives!

  1. Gorgeous bedroom in The apartment by The Line, a fashion and design store.  Find more photos here.
  2. Minimal bedroom by interior design studio We are Triibe, photo by Nicolette Johnson.
  3. Williamsburg bedroom designed and photographed by Jenny J Norris, more pictures here.
  4. Wardrobe in the bright bedroom of Holly Marder from Avenue Lifestyle, discover her bedroom make-over here.
  5. Bedside table of architect Elena from Facing North with Gracia.  Find more photos here.
  6. Bedroom of content creator and stylist Jordana Nicholson.  Follow her on instagram for more photos of her home.
  7.  Elevated bed in an apartment in Wiesbaden, designed by Studio Oink.  More pictures here.
  8.  Bohemian bedroom of Levi and Claudia; discover their home photographed by Emily Beetleshack on her blog.
  9. An original wardrobe solution, separating the bed from the rest of exhibition designer Mira Schröder’s home.  Find more photos by Marlen Mueller (and an elaborate interview) here.

INSIGHTS_ Julie Wijckmans

INSIGHTS Julie Wijckmans - Hannelore Veelaert for au pays des merveilles-4

If you’re on Pinterest, you might have come across today’s host Julie Wijckmans. This web designer is one of Belgium’s leading ladies on the inspirational platform, but she’s got many more talents than merely collecting pretty pictures on the internet. Julie is an interactive designer at Flemish newspaper De Standaard and runs her own label JW, for which she creates logos, visual identities and business cards and designs and codes websites. She lives in Antwerp with her boyfriend Thomas and on the weekend she loves to stroll over the market at the Theaterplein, to indulge in wafels van ons bomma (“Those waffles with frangipane are truly amazing!”) and bring home eucalyptus branches or a bouquet of flowers.

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COLLECTION_ bathrooms

COLLECTION bathrooms via au pays des merveilles

Inspired by my recent move, I have already shared interesting DIY projects for your interior and beautiful kitchens and dining rooms, so today I wanted to show you the most beautiful bathrooms I’ve discovered on the worldwide web.  Take your time to click through and find out more about these gorgeous bathrooms and the houses they occupy!  And if after all that you’re still in need of more bathroom inspiration, take a look at my pinterest board.

  1. Marble bathroom in the home of architect Dieter Vandervelpen and Patricia Goijens of No Glitter No Glory.  Find out more on her blog.
  2. Interior designer Elizabeth Heier designed this beautiful concrete sink in her own bathroom.  More info and photos on her blog (norwegian) or here (english).
  3. Messing (I think) bath tub in the home of architect Hans Verstuyft.  More photos by Frederik Vercruysse here.
  4. Cute tiles and DIY refillable bottles in the bathroom of interior stylist Fleur Holl and her boyfriend Nick.  More photos by Elisah Jacobs here.
  5. Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi’s marble bathroom with a pop of color.  More photos by Jason Schmidt here.
  6.  Pink bathroom with a view by the interior architects of Doorzon.  More photos by Stijn Bollaert here (look for project ANL).
  7.  Mint green sink in fms house by Dierendonckblancke architects.  More pictures by Filip Dujardin here.
  8.  Interesting tiles in the bathroom DWA designed for a creative studio.  More images by Davide Lovatti here.
  9. Pink combined with marble in the bathroom Esther Bruzkus from architecture, interior and furniture design office BRUZKUS BATEK.  More pictures by Jens Bösenberg here.

EXPLORED_ Thelma Coffee & Design in Leuven

EXPLORED_ Thelma coffee & design in Leuven-5

If the combination of white walls and marble already makes your heart flutter, try adding some pink terrazzo and an abundance of plants to the mix and you’ll end up in the wonderful world of Thelma Coffee & Design in Leuven.  Former dentist Katrien Vandenberghe always had a passion for interior design and was already freelancing left and right for interior projects, when she decided to follow her dream.  As of today she is treating the city of Leuven to a new hangout that blends coffee, design and fashion into a perfect mix.  Thelma, named after her daughter, offers a collection of foremost Belgian and Scandinavian brands (with something for everybody’s budget) in a beautiful bright space, created with the help of Lino from that other Leuven gem Koffie & Staal.   After spending all your money on LN Knits, Sternum necklaces, Phyt plants (remember the beautiful home of owner Sofie?) and Serax, you can take a seat and enjoy a cup of Mok coffee, a bowl of soup or some granola.

If I haven’t convinced you yet, just take a look at the pictures below and you’ll find yet another reason to plan a visit to Leuven.   Need another push?  We’re handing out a gift card worth €50 on instagram!

Thelma Coffee & Design, Vaartstraat 12, 3000 Leuven - facebook - instagram

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COLLECTION_ kitchens and dining rooms

COLLECTION kitchens and dining rooms via au pays des merveilles

As I mentioned before, I’ve recently moved into a tiny studio of my own.  Even though it sometimes feels as if I’m camping in my own home, I’m truly enjoying picking out furniture and decorating the place. One area I never really paid a lot of attention to (decoration-wise) in my previous homes, was the kitchen and the dining room, as these were always shared.  Now that I have a tiny kitchen of my own, I’ve been looking for inspiration on line and I’m in awe of all the beautiful spaces I’ve come across.  I’m renting my studio, so I can’t change a lot, but that doesn’t keep me from dreaming about pretty kitchens.  Take a look for yourself at my favorites (make sure you click through to the sources to find out more!) and if you want to see more, take a peek at my pinterest board here.

  1.  Lovely dining area with Tuckbox furniture.  (source)
  2.  Katrien van Doren from KOMAAN! Architecten designed this beautiful apartment in Antwerp for Caroline.  More photos by Lisa Van Damme here.
  3.  Mint green and copper in a kitchen by Ballingslov.  More photos can be found here.
  4. Standard Studio and CASA architecten turned the teachers lounge and a classroom of an a school building in Amsterdam into an apartment.  More info on archdaily.
  5.  Kitchen in Swedish interior design store Östlingh & Schedin.  More photos by Frida Ramstedt here.
  6.  Kitchen designed by Made architects and shot by Olmo Peeters.  More pictures and info on the architects’ website.
  7. Deli Hally’s, located in London, has a beautiful open kitchen with brick walls.  It is designed and owned by Alexander Evangelou and James Waterworth of London design firm Alexander Waterworth Interiors.  Find out more at Remodelista.  (Photo by Helen Cathcart.)
  8.  The beautiful loft of Jeanette Moncada and Mikul Eriksson houses this airy kitchen.  More photos by Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom on apartment therapy.
  9. The lovely home of  Kimberley Dhollander and Philippe Corthout, via de-dujes.  Photo by the talented home owners themselves. (You might know them from their instagram accounts porcelainhope and shortwood.)
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