Home Renovation: Black Kitchen Walls

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Home Renovation: Black Walls in the Kitchen / No Glitter No Glory / Pitch Black -Farrow & Ball


ere I am with the reveal of our black kitchen walls! Back in the day this was our kitchen inspiration, and here was the result (holy moly, those pictures are awful!). We set out to make our kitchen black and white with a bit of a vintage twist because we kept the original Cubex cabinets, and it turned out “okay” but I never really “felt” the room because it doesn’t get much sunlight and the white walls made the space feel quite drab.
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Home Renovation: Kitchen update

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Hi Guys! Wonderful news, well at least for me! My kitchen is about 99% done. The cabinets are installed and painted, the walls have had a fresh coat and it looks like a proper kitchen now. I almost can’t believe it. The only thing missing are two handles on the new cabinets, optimizing some of the storage by adding some extra shelves in one of the cupboards and we might add some tiles above the counter, but apart from that, well, it is pretty much done!

So let me walk you trough it. A lot has changed, but unlike our bathroom renovation, we decided to work with what we already had. What we had wasn’t that much though: fifties cupboards and yellow and terracotta tiles (You can see the before here)! Because of the floor we decided early on (as I told you in my inspiration post here) to keep our colour palette pretty simple: black, white & wood. In the end we decided to switch the black to very dark grey (Levis Clear Grey c80, to be exact), which feels a bit softer in real life. I’m really happy with the choices we made here, because the colours make the space feel a lot more contemporary. We wanted to keep the original elements but not have it feel too vintage.

We had some extra cupboards and shelving made in MDF and installed a new oak countertop, porcelain sink and an exhaust hood (You can see that step here). And then there was painting, a looot of painting. Anyway, here are the results! Curious to hear you thoughts!


The kitchen is actually George’s area, so I decided to so a very quick and easy DIY for the little guy. This is actually the box the bathroom sink arrived in. I nailed the top to the side, added a cat scratcher and a cork attached to a piece of rope. I half placed it under the table so he’d have a place to feel comfy and he absolutely loves it! Not pictured here (but I’ll write something about it in the future) is the cupboard where we placed George’s litter bin. It has an opening so he has easy access, yet it is out of sight for us!


So for those of you who are curious about the materials we used:

Levis clear grey c80  Mat from the Colour Mix  collection & Levis lak in white from the ambiance collection on the cupboards. Levis Ambiance mur extra mat on the walls.
Molnigt Exhaust Hood, Djomsö sinkEdsvik faucet & knife holder from Ikea.
Magazine rack from Hema.
Chalk board made by my grandfather (and it still has some glitter from my childhood days attached to it).
Vintage chairs & IKEA table from our previous living room.

10 fun facts about Orange is the new Black

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In just two seasons Orange is the New Black has become a true classic. The show has done a great job portraying life in women’s prison as written down by Piper Kerman in her bestselling 2010 memoir of the same name describing a year as an inmate. The in-depth portrayals of the prisoners in their current micro world are backed up by their stories,  and alternated with scenes from the outside world where life goes on as usual make this show a mix with a brilliant comi-tragic feel. Did I mention the ton of witty references? Oh the witty references!

I love that the stories are expertly sketched to make a detailed world. The show’s creators obsess over the seemingly irrelevant little details. They take the time to outline everything. And it works. These are some fun facts on the show which made me love it even more.

Home Renovation: Kitchen Inspiration

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My boyfriend and I have shifted gears when it comes to planning our home renovation. Moving day is coming closer, so we needed to step up our game. As far as the kitchen is concerned, we’ve decided to keep some of the original elements in the space like the vintage cabinets and red and beige tiled floor.

To give the space an update, we’ve decided to keep the color palette and materials quite neutral: black, white and wood. Here’s some of our inspiration!

Tumblr, Modern HepburnAnn Street Studio, Because I’m addicted, Coco Lapine design, Grey & Scout, Panda HousedominoLas cositas de beacheau

Kind Of OJ // Bruges

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KOOJ-11If you follow along on Instagram, you may have noticed that I spent a cosy weekend in Bruges last fall. For many Belgians it’s like an open air museum you visit once or a few times in your life, but now there is a new, very good reason to frequent Bruges more often…The recently opened Kind Of OJ, that serves not only as a B&B but also as an architect’s showroom and art space.

We headed to Bruges with a big group on what was the rainiest, windiest and grimmest weekend of fall, but it didn’t matter as we were quickly immersed in the Kind Of OJ spirit once the door behind us closed and we entered the world of interior designer Jo Hoeven and his family; his wife Eleonore, their daughter Tattou and their family dog Nelson.

Sarah’s Moody Antwerp Abode

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Sarah's Wonderful Moody Antwerp Abode // Living room in Farrow and Ball Hague Blue


y friend Sarah’s one bedroom in Antwerp is quite something. She spent so much time meticulously planning the decoration of her home during the remodel that my jaw litteraly dropped when I first walked in there. Her place looked as if she’d lived in it for years, not weeks, and everything seemed so finished I started to feel jealous thinking of the unfinished corners in my own home. Three years in the making and there was my bathroom radiator, still leaning up against the wall, mocking me from the back of my mind.Sarah's Wonderful Moody Antwerp Abode // Living room in Farrow and Ball Hague Blue

A Spring Tablescape With Lemons

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A Fresh Spring Tablescape with lemons // No Glitter No Glory // #dillekamille


i friends! Over the weekend I gave a workshop on table styling at Dagen Zonder Vlees Tafelt in collaboration with Dille & Kamille. Today, I recreated this tabletop and am sharing some of the tips I gave to make your tabledeco a little more sustainable. The reason I chose this topic was because Dagen Zonder Vlees (which translates to Days without meat) encourages people to go veggie for 40 days. They have organized this campaign for the past 6 years here in Belgium, but this year they wanted to kick things off with a food festival, with foodtrucks, readings and workshops to really bring the campaign to life.
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Around The House #5

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The 15 minute fireplace upgrade that makes all the difference! / No Glitter No Glory


i guys, how have you been? I’ve been struggling a bit with winter blues over here. The lack of sunshine in Belgium is definitely bugging me. It happens every year around this time and while last year I was lucky enough to beat my blues with a whole week in Barcelona, this year we’re staying put for the first months of the year (although we have trips planned later this year).

So I’m dreaming of my sunny getaway and infusing some happy vibes inside our home. My preferred way of doing so involves a lot of flowers and DIY, as you may know if you’ve been following me for a while. After visiting my friend Sarah’s amazing new place, I fell in love with her moody walls and thought my home needed less white walls and more punch. Luckily, my friends at Farrow & Ball agreed, and we made arrangements for two projects. The paint arrived on monday, and in just two evenings I have finished my first project: transforming my kitchen with a coat of Pitch Black. It looks amazing and I can not wait to photograph the space and show you! There’s a little preview on instagram right here.

Since I had some Pitch Black left I used it for a 15 minute revamp of our fireplace. It adds a bit of much needed contrast in the living room. Both the boyfriend and I love it, as it feels a lot more luxurious. What do you think? Do you like it better now or before?

Home Renovation: Bedroom Reveal + How to make your bedroom fall ready

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Home Renovation: Bedroom Reveal + 5 tips to make your bedroom fall ready


i guys, it’s been super busy over here, so I’m happy I have the chance to drop in for a lengthier post on the home renovation front, one that’s alllll about our bedroom in collaboration with Dille & Kamille!

If you follow me on instagram you’ve maybe seen that I’ve spent 3 days in Amsterdam with W hotels (more on that later). Later this month I’ll be going to London, France and maybe even Milan. I’ve been working on and planning some really lovely projects so definitely exciting times over here.

Home Renovation: Bedroom Reveal + 5 tips to make your bedroom fall ready

Back to the bedroom! I’ve teamed up with Dille & Kamille for a complete restyling of our tiny but cozy bedroom. As you maybe remember from this post, I initially wanted to create an all white space, but i quickly got a bit bored and wanted more colour so I decided to change things up. The new plan was to create more harmony with the pink closet, because you see the room from our bedroom. The first step was building my own bed (DIY to come) this mini makeover of my vanity, and then I reupholstered a set of vintage chairs with a dusty pink fabric that matches the closet walls perfectly (also coming up). You may remember the “headboard” as this DIY project I did two years ago. Dille & Kamille provided me with the finishing touches and voila, here we are! A more grown up bedroom that no longer has just a mattress  on the floor, and is completely fall ready!

Home Renovation: Quick Living Room changes

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Home Renovation: Quick Living Room changes via noglitternoglory.com


ince the last living room update, we’ve moved some stuff around. Still no new lamps, no curtains, and no new coffee table, but we did move the Chesterfield and replaced it with this midcentury sofa that used to be in the office. We also threw out our TV and stored our DVDs somewhere else, which makes for a much lighter atmosphere. I see I already disliked that particular corner because I didn’t share any images of where the TV used to be in my previous post, and now that it’s gone I’m still searching how to style the shelves. Right now there’s a smaller Chesterfield in that corner that we will move soon to my boyfriend’s new office space.

Home Renovation: Quick Living Room changes via noglitternoglory.com