Welcome to the home of Katrin and Maarten. It’s bright and lofty, and they have some pretty weird and wonderful stuff. This place holds countless novels, many dinosaurs and two cats. And like all of the homes I love, it completely reflects its owners’ personalities. Which is actually quite the merit, seeing as Katrin is a creative spirit and Maarten is one of the most rational people you’ll ever meet, but somehow the mix of a hilarious lifestyle journalist and a brilliant finance wizard is a match made in heaven. These two are some of my favorite people in the world and I couldn’t wait to share their house with you. What do you think? Amazing, right?
Confession: I’ve never ever been to Milan. That’s almost a crime for a self-proclaimed design lover slash travel addict like yours truly, no? Well the good news is, if and when I do go, I know where I want to stay: the Room Mate Giulia Hotel by Patricia Urquiola that has been opened this spring.
While in Vietnam, a beautiful new store caught my eye on the world wide web. When I saw all that pink and a bigger version of this sofa there was not a doubt in my mind, this must be India Mahdavi‘s work. Right I was, because the Iranian born architect designed a new flagship store for the Italian luxury brand together with REDvalentino creative directors Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri. The result is a perfectly designed, dreamy space in pink white and yellow, with brass details. I love the colours, but I may even love the materials more, with plush velvet in round shapes contrasting with white terrazzo (which made me think of Chipperfield’s designs of the Valentino flagship stores).
It comes as no surprise that I absolutely love this space. After all, Mahdavi’s Sketch was one of the main sources of inspiration for my wardrobe makeover. Nope, I’m most definitely not tired of pink just yet.
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.