Greetings from Hoi An, Vietnam! How has your summer kicked off? We’ve been enjoying everything Vietnam has to offer, if you’d like to follow along, both my boyfriend and I have been pretty active on Instagram. I thought it would be nice to share some of the things I have packed for our trip with you! There are some new additions and some things I always take on our trips, so let’s get started.
Lately I’ve been crushing hard on statement ceilings. The prettiest of them all are high and elaborately detailed and obviously beautiful, but much more attainable are the ones that are simply attained with a splash of paint! I often joke that if I had a tagline for the DIY-er in me it would be “paints all the things”. It’s just my favorite high impact quick fix: a fresh coat of paint can make anything from a room to a handbag feel like new again.
It actually occurred to me that I’ve used this styling trick way back when I moved into my student room in a townhouse years ago and chose a delicious berry pink for my bedroom. So lovely! So how about adding a pop of colour to your ceiling? I’ve rounded up some of my favourite rooms with painted ceilings for inspiration.
Meet Dcember bags: designed in Belgium, made in Italy, beautifully crafted to last a lifetime. And the best part? You can customize your Dcember bag to your own liking. When Antwerp based designer Florien Pénard saw her kids personalizing their schoolbags she got the idea to develop a bag you can adapt according to your mood, the season and the occasion.
Last weekend Dieter and I jumped into the car for a mini roadtrip to France, and we had a good reason. When I was about 12 years old I developed an obsession with the work of Claude Monet, and had a big poster of the Nymphéas next to my bed. Just in case you needed proof of that, I found a terribly glossy analogue picture of my room from circa 2001, including my cat Flurk (who passed away only last year) and he was definitely not supposed to be on my bed (sorry mom). Behold my kitschy room that I decorated myself, with the pièce de résistance being the purple wall colour to resemble Monica’s apartment in Friends. Phew.
Since then, I have always wanted to visit Monet’s home and gardens but somehow it never happened even though Giverny is about a 4 hour drive from Antwerp, so you can imagine that I was pretty happy to finally be there after 15 years. And I must say that even though it was pretty crowded (and I do not like crowds), it was so beautiful and lived up to all my expectations. I was very much looking forward to the wisteria above the Japanese bridge being in full bloom in the water garden. The flower garden was equally beautiful, bursting with colours from different kinds of flowers, but in my opinion the tulips in front of the house were the most beautiful part here.
Although I’m still very happy with our marble bathroom with black hardware and I wouldn’t change anything about it, I’ve been crushing on a new kind of bathroom combo lately: Copper / rose gold hardware and black, even if it’s just a detail like a planter. Maybe preferably with a little bit of concrete involved. There’s just something about the combination of the materials and colours that just works really well and feels very masculine and feminine at the same time. What do you guys think, do you like it?
Iwas pretty excited when Delbôve cosmetics opened their Antwerp store earlier this year, not only to discover their products but maybe most of all because I’d spotted the beautiful interior of their Brussels store a few times on Pinterest, and it did seem pretty flawless.
Both the impeccable branding and interior are the work of interior designer Christophe Remy, who is a freelance art director and interior designer, and has worked for various impressive clients like LVMH and NATAN. Apart from his current freelance work he spent 2 years in an interior design studio restoring and decorating period style properties, something I feel is really apparent in his work for Delbôve. It is obvious Remy has a great eye for detail and I absolutely love the whole atmosphere of the place. It just oozes timeless elegance yet feels so modern, totally my style. Sooo I thought I’d share it here with you. What do yo think, beautiful, right? Also, I’ve been using their Gel Perfection for the past few weeks, and it’s pretty great, can’t wait to test more of their products. But more on that later…
When I first started to “learn” about design, my favorite chair was Mies Van Der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair. I liked the lines and the fact that Barcelona was my favorite city seemed to be quite fitting, so I’d imagine one day having a black leather Barcelona chair in my living room. Since then I’ve discovered that the chairs aren’t all that comfy, and although I still love the pavilion they were made for, I don’t like the chair all that much anymore.
Since then, I’ve had a lot of chair crushes, ranging from affordable to “keep dreaming”. And one of my ultimate “must get my hands on it someday” crushes is definitely Platner’s arm chair. I only recently discovered Knoll released the chair in gold, which is the way Platner intended it when he designed it in 1966, but there was no technology to produce it yet. Well now there is, and behold: it is perfect. Not only the gold version looks good though, I’d take the chair in polished nickel any day. How about you? Do you have any expensive chair crushes?
Iloved editing Cuba In Pink back in october, so I wanted to follow up on that post with all the pretty pink things I spotted in Barcelona. Barcelona’s pink is much less pastel than Cuba’s pink, more subdued and leaning towards terracotta. Hope you like it!
Icame across some beautiful Serena & Lily napkins on Pinterest a while back but they were sold out (plus the shipping and taxes from the USA would probably cost me more than the napkins themselves). Soooo I decided to stamp some napkins myself for an extra touch. They are loosely inspired by the Serena & Lily ones, but painted in stead of embroidered to make things easier. Here’s how I made them!
Those of you who follow me on Instagram have probably seen a few snaps of Villa Cavrois appear in my feed. A couple of weeks ago Dieter and I jumped in the car for a day trip to this magnificent Art Deco gem near Lille, France.
It was a sunny and beautiful day, and we were lucky enough to beat the crowds. The beautiful house is so big it is actually registered as a castle, but not like the ones we are used to in Europe. The modern day palace was built by French architect Robert Mallet-Stevens for the family of industrial Paul Cavrois in 1932, but was nearly completely gutted by the end of the last century. The place had been occupied by the German army during world war 2, afterwards it was looted and vandalized, there were trees growing indoors and part of the facade crumbled.
Luckily, the French government recognized this property was quite something. In 1990, the villa was registered as a monument, in 2001 it became government property and slowly but surely, renovations began to restore Villa Cavrois to its former glory. It took 13 years an unbelievable amount of research and 23 million euros but last year, Villa Cavrois opened its doors to the public. It now looks exactly the way it did in 1932.