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.)

INSIGHTS_ Sofie Vertongen

INSIGHTS_ sofie vertongen - by hannelore veelaert for au pays des merveilles-43

Lately, everyone in our little country of Belgium has been falling for the epiphyte, and there’s only one person to blame. A few months ago, Sofie Vertongen started Phyt. a webshop for air plants, and it has been taking Belgium by storm.   After having seen a few pictures of Sofie’s beautiful apartment on instagram, I asked her if she wanted to share some thoughts on her home and let me photograph it. As it turns out, her interior was even more impressive in real life than what I had seen on instagram so far. No surprise, if you know that Sofie studied to be an interior designer.

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COLLECTION_ design

collectio_ design via au pays des merveilles

Even though at the moment I have forbidden myself to buy anything interior related, I can’t stop dreaming about a place of my own filled with beautiful design.   I currently have no more space left in my interior, but there’s no harm in dreaming, right? So today I’m sharing my current favorites with you, from affordable to… not so affordable.  As long as I’m wishful thinking… For more good stuff you can take a look at my pinterest board here.

  1. Hoop chair from SonadoraInLove, get it here.
  2. Ceramic french press from Yielddesignco, available here.
  3. Monte monochrome rug from Pampa, buy it here.
  4. Admiral’s tray by KatySkelton, find it here.
  5. The Link Shelf by Studio Hausen, unfortunately sold out here.
  6. Ring dish from Julia Kostreva, for sale here.
  7. Foldwork clothing rack and wall piece by Studio Berg, more info here.
  8. A4 Lightbox, unfortunately sold out here.
  9. The Coleman barcart by GretadeParryDesign, purchase it here.

INSIGHTS_ Reinaart Vandersloten

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Reinaart Vandersloten and I met during our architecture studies, but we only started talking when we were both at Interieur Kortrijk. At the time, I was an intern with Baroness O., while he was there to present his Space+ design, a multifunctional wall object that I was really impressed with. His beautiful design already implied that Reinaart had good taste, but I was still surprised when I first entered his apartment, which was filled with beautiful vintage design and interesting details. “Everthing you see has a story or a meaning.” Reinaart said, “It doesn’t exactly come together easily, as I’ll never just go to Ikea to buy a few lamps, but it’s a work in progress.” It might be a work in progress, but I just had to ask him to share his home in the Insights series.

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COLLECTION_ plants

collection_ plants via au pays des merveilles

From your reactions to the posts in my “insights” series, it is evident that you love plant filled spaces as much as I do.  That called for some extra inspiration!  I’ve collected other beautiful collections of plants, ideas on how to incorporate them into your own interior and pretty plants that easily survive.  For more inspiration, take a look at my pinterest board here.

  1. Airplants and terrariums from phyt., get them here.
  2. Photographers and founders of Have a nice book Salva López and Yosigo combined plants with bricks and wooden crates in their home.  More photos by Silvia Conde and an interesting interview with the duo here on the freunde von freunden site.
  3. Amsterdam plant shop Wildernis, find out more here on the binti home blog.
  4.  Nicole Valentine Don posing with all her plants.  More photos by Luisa Brimble here.
  5. Macramé plant hangers from Modern Macrame, learn how to make them here or buy them here.
  6. Retro wire plantstands by Modern Amsterdam, get them here.
  7. Folliage wall by The Merrythought, more photos here.
  8. Backdrop with hanging glass jars and succulents, find out how to make it here.
  9. Loopholes by atelier belge serves as an awesome home for plants.  More info here. (photo: @estalldesign)

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COLLECTION_ interior

collection_ interior via au pays des merveilles

Recently I’ve been shooting a few homes for new editions of the INSIGHTS series, which left me super inspired for my own interior.  I can’t wait to share the photos of these lovely interiors with you, but until I find the time to edit the photos and write the interviews, you’ll have to do with some sneak peeks I’m sharing on instagram and the other inspiration I’ve found on the web.  As you can see I have a soft spot for white interiors with wooden floors, lots of light and natural accents.  I wouldn’t mind calling one of these pretty interiors my own at all!

I strongly encourage you to click the “more” link after each description, because gushing over the rest of these interiors is totally worth your time.  I’ve also included the links to all the photographers and home owners (after all quoting pinterest or tumblr as a source doesn’t really count as giving credit), so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy your Sunday with this collection of inspiring homes and interesting people!  (And if you’re done with these and still hungry for more, you can check out my pinterest board on beautiful homes over here.)

  1. Bathroom of the Oslo based photographer and stylist Line Kay.  (more)
  2. Home office of interior designer Fleur from Studio 188. (more)
  3.  Studio of camellia fiber company and sonadora, shot by Mikaela Hamilton
  4. Living room of  Refinery29 editor Angela Tafoya, shot by Mario del Rio. (more)
  5.  Loft of designer duo John and Masa from LMBRJK and Klein, shot by Bart Kiggen. (more)
  6. Bedroom shot by Brooke Baker Eide.
  7. Wardrobe of blogger, designer and stylist Madelynn Furlong from Wide Eyed Legless, shot by Wing Ta.  (more)
  8.  Kitchen of blogger Dorothée Lafontaine from l’appartement living. (more)
  9. Home office in an apartment renovated by Josefin at Byggfabriken.  (more)
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