I‘m back from one of the longest blogging breaks I’ve ever been on (I haven’t posted since March 3d, eek!), but with good reason! My life became a bit of a whirlwind in the spring, since I was gearing up for my own wedding, honeymoon and summer wedding marathon. We’ve had high highs and low lows with the former outweighing the latter, but I needed some time to let everything sink in and land on my feet.
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Happy saturday folks! How have you been? These shots are from a slow morning last week, and oh how I love those. Belgium’s been cold but sunny lately, and that’s all you can ever wish for in winter over here, so I’ve been pretty pleased! (Edit: it just started snowing, lol.)
I think the thing I love most here in this shot (apart from the pictures Dieter and I took at our amazing hotel in Barcelona) is that cup of coffee. Made with my new coffee machine (I’ll show you later) and served in my new Vinga cups from Decovry (a perfect size for lattes). What better way to start the day?
Lately I have been crushing hard on a colour that is so 90s I’d never thought I’d love it again: terracotta. Of course we’ve seen a lot of planters in terracotta over the past few years but the colour’s revival is just getting started… The key to styling terracotta the right way so it feels “new” is all in the use of other colours. Modern day terracotta works best with deep reds, blush pinks and berry colours. I’m sold, what about you? Would you consider painting your walls terracotta?
Since it’s still the beginning of 2018, I thought I’d make a mini series about the goals I’ve set for myself this year. The past few years my new years resolutions were very brief and focussed mainly around being kind to myself and respecting my own health, but this year it’s all about clear goals.
The first one I wanted to talk about today? Spending more time in the kitchen. Fun fact: I’m not a bad cook, if I want to be. My dad’s a wonderful cook and I inherited his skill of whipping together a meal when there’s seemingly nothing in the fridge (and then being awfully smug about it). But when a busy schedule gets the better of me, I hate cooking and we end up ordering in way too much or eat junk food and waste money on stuff that’s not at all healthy for us.
If 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.
You may have noticed on social media that I had a shoot with Rituals a few weeks ago. They asked me to share some of my favourite uses of their products and scents for Nest Magazine and I was happy to take part.
You see, for me, Rituals was the first brand that even made me come into contact with home scents. When I was a university student in Leuven, I’d spend some of my budget on their “under a fig tree” candle, and it always made my room feel like home. Plus, it felt like such a luxurious splurge that was at the same time well within reach of my student budget.
It’s the small, everyday things that help me structure my busy schedule.
Today I wanted to share some tips for balance if you’re a scatterbrain like me. As a freelancer, I have a very diverse schedule, which is fun but also difficult. One day I’m shooting photos on location, one day I’m stuck behind my desk. I’ve discovered that for me, it’s the small, everyday things that help me structure my busy schedule.
Not coincidentally, this is completely in line with Rituals’ core values. The brand is all about slowing down, taking a step back and enjoying the moment, whether it’s in your beauty or home routine. Finding comfort in everyday moments and making them more enjoyable.
I don’t always follow my own advice, like everything in life it’s been trial and error, but the things below help me to structure my days, so I thought they might help you too.
Iwanted to share this outfit I wore to a family gathering when fall just started, and it has become a favorite since then. I love the combination of the deep red color and the floral print. Red has always been a constant in my wardrobe, and this coat feels like a real statement that upgrades every outfit. Hope you have lovely plans for the weekend! I’m celebrating my 30th birthday on saturday so I’m hoping the weather won’t be too horrible.
I’ve been loving the idea of big or many plants in a bathroom. Our own bathroom doesn’t really have a lot of space for extras but I’ve added some airplants, which are thriving in the humid atmosphere. Until I get some more space for some green friends, I’m showing you my 10 favorite bathrooms with plants of the moment. Have a happy tuesday!
Happy Saturday guys, hope you’re all doing well! When Juttu reached out to me to highlight their #ikkoopbelgisch pop up shop I didn’t have to think twice. My love for Belgian design runs deep, from the brands I used to sell at my own shop to the work of some of my most talented friends.
I think “support your local scene” is something we should all do more often, and even more so because starting as an entrepreneur in Belgium is definitely no joke, but that’s a whole different blogpost! So today I want to introduce you to two brands from Juttu‘s #ikkoopbelgisch pop up shop.
These beautiful new poufs by Ferm Living landed in my inbox today, and I don’t think I have to tell you guys twice that this colour palette is completely my thing. And the velvet. And that sculptural allure they’ve got going on. So I hopped on over to the Ferm Living website and discovered that the rest of the fall/winter collection is looking pretty fine as well, and the styling is gorgeous. I wouldn’t mind that room divider to hide our recently purchased home trainer. And one of those oval poufs, drool!
PS: This room divider is the ultimate proof that lacquered finishes are back! (Called it! And planning to do something with it this fall.)