INSIGHTS_ Sofie Vertongen

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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

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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

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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

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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)

EXPLORED_ Giraffe 2 in Leuven

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Giraffe 2 is the bigger and younger sister of Giraffe Records and Clothing, which has been the place to be for streetwear, spraycans, lomography and of course records for many years.  Two years ago, owner Bram Wijgerde opened their second and bigger store on Leuven’s main shopping street.  Here the women’s collections get a little bit more attention, but you can also find men’s clothing, sneakers and all kinds of accessories.  It’s the place to be in Leuven if you’re tired of high street chains and looking to be dressed from head to toe in something new from brands such as Vans, Komono, Kling and Herschel.

Giraffe 2, Bondgenotenlaan 128, 3000 Leuven - facebook
Giraffe Records and Clothing, Diestsestraat 215, 3000 Leuven - facebook

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EXPLORED_ Mok in Leuven

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In the two and a half years since micro-roastery Mok opened its doors in Leuven, they surely have left their mark on the city’s coffee culture.  They started out as a roastery with an espresso machine to offer their customers a taste of their product.  Since then, owner Jens Crabbé had to move the roastery to a bigger venue.  At the original location you can now find a shop and a coffee bar, where you can try all the different varieties.  (Or you can enjoy their product in the many places that have the delicious Mok coffee on their menu, like Bar Stan.)

Mok is located close to the railway station of Leuven (although you can argue that everything is close to the station in this tiny city), which makes it the ideal spot to start or end a visit to Leuven with.  Their terrace, looking over the more quiet part of one of Leuven’s main shopping streets, is perfect for a sunny afternoon of people watching, or you can head inside for a cozy coffee break in their welcoming interior.  Or, give Mok a go for after work drinks, because these busy bees recently launched their very own Mok Ale!

UPDATE: Mok’s interior has been completely redone by none other than Wøti, whose home you’ve seen here.  Have a look at Mok’s instagram to catch a peek and make sure to visit Mok Brussels, designed by Wøti, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh and Nono & het Staal, who have all been featured on the blog before.  Au pays des merveilles approved!

Mok Micro-Roastery, Diestsestraat 175, 3000 Leuven - website - facebook
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INSIGHTS_ Paulien Herbots

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For this first edition of insights (besides the one covering my own bedroom), I’m offering you a peek into my dear friend Paulien Herbots’ home in Antwerp.  Whenever I set foot in her apartment, I feel just a tiny bit jealous, and I know I’m not the only one.  She managed to find herself an affordable apartment with lots of light and space, in a quiet street in the city center and with a green view.  Paulien has a knack for interior design and turned this apartment into a lovely home.  But that’s not the only reason why we love to visit her: she always treats her guests to the most delicious food and drinks.  This girl might be working as an architect, her real passion is food.  She not only loves to cook herself, but she also enjoys watching cooking shows, strolling through food markets, going out for coffee or treating herself to a delicious egg breakfast.

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EXPLORED_ De Werf in Leuven

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If you’ve ever lived or studied in Leuven, you’re bound to know De Werf.  This babbel en knabbelcafé  (“babble and nibble café”)  is every student’s favorite.  With its quirky interior, filled with construction tools (referring to their name, which translates as “the construction site”) and retro knick-knacks, combined with the huge terrace where everybody gets their own blanket, it’s hard not to love this place.  On top of that, their menu and the presentation of the dishes matches perfectly with the quirkiness of the interior.  The food at De Werf is served in lunch boxes, plastic children’s cups or paper bags and their coffee comes in a giant thermos flask, perfect to share with friends.  If you ask for freshly squeezed orange juice, you get oranges, a glass and your very own juicer: do it yourself at it’s finest!  De Werf offers the choice between “tomato soup with meat balls” and “meat balls with tomato soup”, depending on which ingredient you like the most.    Also recommended are their their delicious desserts and their tasty herb bread with feta cheese, my personal favorite.  It’s nearly impossible to leave this place unhappy, so if you’re in Leuven and in need of a little pick-me-up, you know where to go!

De Werf, Hogeschoolplein 5, 3000 Leuven  - website - facebook

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