Home Renovation: Closet Progress

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Home Renovation: Closet ProgressThere is one room in our house that hasn’t made it to the blog in the 1,5 years we’ve had our home, and it is one of the rooms we’ve had the biggest plans for from the start: our dressing room. As you could see here, our previous rental apartment had a pretty sweet built in closet already, and I can tell you this: it’s not easy going back after that. Also, yes I know I have a lot of shoes, and yes, I have a lot of clothes and nope, there’s no way this would all fit in a regular closet.

So with the help of pen, paper and sketch up, the architect boyfriend and I designed a wardrobe to fit our needs, in a small room without windows, adjacent to our bedroom. Today I’m showing you what it has looked like from the day we moved in. The bones are there, but if you only knew what we have in mind. I’ve had my plans mapped out for so long that I’m getting just a tad impatient, but have been putting it off because it will be such a big job. I need to move all my clothes out of the room, we won’t be able to sleep in our bedroom, and it will take quite some time to paint all the little nooks.

But now I’ve partnered up with Farrow & Ball for a wonderful collaboration, so I’ll finally be starting the project soon! They have just the right colour I’ve been dreaming of. I’ve already tested the shade on my walls and it looks goooood. Can you guess the direction we’ll be going in?

For now, I’m leaving you with these quick pictures of the before and current state of our messy & badly lit dressing room. Keep an eye out on the blog, because you’ll also have the chance to win some Farrow & Ball paint for your own home very soon!

Skinsavers

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Skinsavers // My favorite beauty products for acne-prone skin

I’ve always had a troubled relationship with my skin. Ever since I was 12, I’ve had acne. Sometimes it got better, sometimes it got worse. Until a couple of years ago I abandoned all hormonal treatments only to be left with skin that was worse than when I was a 16 year old schoolgirl.

2016

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2016 // noglitternoglory.comnye sparkles

Happy 2016 folks, hope the new year is going well for you so far! 2015 kicked my ass in many ways and I’m not sad to see it go. I’m curious, excited and a bit anxious about what 2016 will bring. I already know it will be a year of big changes for me, but more on that later!

2016 // noglitternoglory.comPink and red christmas with Lily and the Lady, Bimba y Lola and Marlies Dekkers.

I quickly wanted to share my New Years resolution with you here along with a couple of snaps from my holiday break. No gym goals, or career goals or travel goals in particular at the moment, just one thing that will likely influence all of the above: Respect my own boundaries a lot more and take better care of myself. Shouldn’t be such a hard task right, but I fear for most of us it actually is harder than it seems and oh so important.

It’s something I also wish for all of you, and I hope you have a spectacular year! How about you? Did you make any resolutions this year?

Elderflower Cointreau Fizz Royal

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Elderflower Cointreau Fizz Royale Cocktail Recipe // No Glitter No GloryJust like last year, I’ve been experimenting with a holiday ready Cointreau Fizz recipe. In the past year and a half or so, I’ve been having a bit of an elderflower obsession, so even though this ingredient already introduces some spring vibes, there’s another ingredient that definitely amps up the party: I’ve replaced the sparkling water by a dash of sparkling wine. It gives your Cointreau Fizz that festive little kick!

Elderflower Cointreau Fizz Royale Cocktail Recipe // No Glitter No Glory

New In: Foscarini Lumiere

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Foscarini Lumiere by Rodolfo Dordoni

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our newest addition in the light department, lighting up the grey days of Belgian fall: the Lumiere from Italian light manufacturer Foscarini. I was over the moon when Foscarini contacted me for a collaboration because of the 25th birthday edition of this modern classic, designed in 1990 by Italian architect Rodolfo Dordoni. The Lumiere was inspired by the classic table lamp, but updated and streamlined to fit the modern interior.  
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Nathalie and Michiel’s Arty & Eclectic Apartment

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Nathalie and Michiel's Arty & Eclectic Apartment // Palm Wallpaper print, brass vanity & panther statue

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f you’ve been following me for a while, you must have seen Yayzine‘s Nathalie & Michiel’s names pop up on many occasions. We often work together on shoots (sometimes for the blog, sometimes for Lily and the Lady), Michiel is the talented artist of the lipstick artwork in our living room, and most of all Nathalie and Michiel are some of the best friends a girl could wish for.

Nathalie and Michiel's Arty & Eclectic Apartment // Brass bar cart

They are both some of the kindest people I know, and they live their lives in a totally unapologetic manner, doing what makes them happy regardless of what others think, which is very inspiring and uplifting to be around. I have been wanting to share their home for a while, but they’re forever improving and curating and editing, so just when you think it can not get better, it does.

Nathalie and Michiel live in a 30s apartment in Antwerp’s Expo neighborhood, together with their border collie dog Vanna (nicknamed Vaansie), who always greets you by running around you in a happy frenzy when you arrive. Dogpaws on the old hardwood floors, that’s the sound of a warm welcome in this house.

The couple has filled their home with unique and interesting pieces, ranging from a vintage brass bar cart to an antique Chinese credenza and matching screen serving as a headboard, from a weird but wonderful huge African lamp to the latest addition: a bright blue egg-style chair that they got from Michiel’s grandparents.

Discover the wonderful and inspiring world of this creative duo (and meet Vaansie!), after the jump!

Festive Holiday Table with Air Plants

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Festive Holiday Table with Air Plants // noglitternoglory.com

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i guys, less than a month until Christmas is here, can you believe it? 2015 has been a tough one for me, so I must say I’m looking forward to 2016. I already know it will be a year that will bring a lot of changes for me, which has me feeling a bit anxious, but for the first time in a long time, also excited. Anyway, enough about me, time for some holiday inspiration!

Festive Holiday Table with Air Plants & Eucalyptus  // noglitternoglory.com

Today I’m showing you a holiday table I styled for Knack Weekend‘s Black Feest edition. I wanted something colorful yet moody, classic yet original, something that fit the rest of my house. I ended up with this plant filled tabletop, a beautiful deep blue table runner and a mix of modern and vintage tableware.

I built the table around the centerpiece, yet tried to keep it low and practical so it is easier for conversation. What I really like about this one is that you can use many of the items later, you can eat the pomegranates and cranberries and give the air plants a new home around the house after your party. They also make great gifts for your guests to take home! Prepare for picture overload!

Moody George

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Moody George // British shorthair cat

Just a quick hello & some pictures of my cat George to amp up the fluff factor on this cold thursday. I’ve been making some moody shots lately around the house, and George has been a willing subject. Like a true model, he slightly tilts his head every time I snap a new picture. Poser.

I’ll be sharing my friends Nathalie & Michiel‘s home soon on the blog, here’s a little preview on instagram. And for some early holiday vibes, get your hands on Knack Weekend‘s Black Feest, which is the party edition. My holiday table is featured in the issue. Party indeed!

Young Creatives: Sofie Vertongen

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Young Creatives: Sofie Vertongen // Inside her home and studio - via noglitternoglory.com

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he first time I heard about Sofie, must have been about 8 years ago. We had a mutual friend and every now and then she’d tell me about Sofie, although to me she was just this apparently fabulous interior design student, and I had no idea who she actually was and what she looked like ( this was pre-facebook, oh how times have changed.)

Just like me, she lived in Barcelona and London for a while in her early twenties, and it was in the latter city we finally met for the first time, strolling down Hampstead High Street with another mutual friend. We became Facebook friends (within a mere 3 years, it had become all the rage), and I sporadically picked up on her adventures abroad until this year, when she moved from Berlin to my own hometown Antwerp.

Since a few months, Sofie and I have one more thing in common, because she has jumped into the deep end and started her own online shop. Her e-store Phyt sells airplants a.k.a epiphytes, a type of plant that originates in Central and South America and is marked by the fact that it doesn’t need soil to grow. The plants have been quite popular in the US but difficult to get a hold of in Belgium, until now!

Young Creatives: Sofie Vertongen // Inside her home and studio// Airplants - via noglitternoglory.com