There 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!
I‘ve been hinting at the new purpose of our office on Instagram, and here it is! It’s a cinema room, ta-daaa! Or just a room with a new projector and a bunch of cozy pillows that is perfect for binge watching your favorite shows, but a cinema room sounds so much nicer, no? After Dieter moved his office outside the house we noticed that we used the room less and less as an office and more and more as a space where we dumped our stuff and closed the door whenever we had guests. I have always been someone who moved around in the house with my laptop while working, switching between the living room table, office and couch (bad habits). As a result, one of the biggest rooms of our flat wasn’t used anymore, and was messy all the time, as you can see in the pictures below.
Since 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.
Before fall really gets going, I wanted to show you the changes we made to our terrace. Apart from the doors and ceiling needing a lick of paint, a lamp and a new tabletop, our little piece of heaven is pretty much finished.
I grew up on the countryside in a house with a big garden, so when we started looking for an apartment to buy, a small outside space was definitely on the wishlist. Our terrace isn’t big, but spacious enough to enjoy summer dinners, it has direct sunlight in the afternoon and most of all it’s pretty quiet. We live on a busy street with lots of traffic but our terrace is at the back, enclosed by buildings that are luckily far away and allow ample light.
As I told you here, we decided not to remove the tiles in our lavatory when we were renovating our bathroom. It seemed like a lot of work for a tiny space with a lot of extra nooks, plus we’d have to remove the hanging toilet and well, we just didn’t feel like it.
This left us with only one option: to paint the tiles on the walls. I was a bit intimidated by the project, but in hindsight it worked out great and I’m so happy with the result. I’ve had a lot of questions about the process so I’m happy to share 5 tips for painting tiles I’ve picked up along the way.
So here is the result of my paint work over the Easter weekend. I guess by the looks of this post you could have guessed I was going for black, right? Expect a post on my adventures in tile painting really soon, but for now, check out the before and after, after the jump!
Since my last big living room update, a lot has happened. Some things I have told you about, like the addition of our new artwork and the makeover of our adjacent green hallway, but most of them weren’t really blogworthy on their own.
The coffee table got yet another coat of paint but will hopefully soon be replaced by something Dieter and I are working on. The windows, radiators and shelving finally got a fresh coat of paint, getting rid of the last traces of unpainted MDF in the room. I’ve also added some new plants, some pillows and a lovely New York poster that I gave to Dieter to celebrate his project in Tribeca. Then onto the bigger stuff. Our cowhide got a new buddy, a beautiful blue rug that we got as a Christmas gift by my parents. It came from Kwantum, was amazingly budget friendly and made in Belgium, score!
And then there’s our new table I’ve showed you in my previous post. It’s beech and it is stunning, I love it so. Next up: the lamps. For now I’ve added a lamp that I intended to hang in our bedroom over the dining room table, but we’re on the lookout for something bigger. So here it is, curious to hear your thoughts!
So, here I am with another update on the home renovation front! Back in november, I spent a long weekend painting every last inch of our hallway a deep green. It took me ages, not to mention a couple of mediocre romantic comedies in the background to get through this (This one was actually pretty good! This one was a bit weird, but I’m so into James McAvoy. This one was kinda meh). Anyway, I think I painted for about 36 hours. Three layers on the walls, ceiling, doors and skirting, and then a slight hiccup where I had to start over on the wood work. Phew.
Initially we wanted the wood and walls and ceilings all to be in the same colour. Also initially, we thought we’d paint the hallway some kind of grey blue. Serious contenders were Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey blue and Levis’ Ijzerfabriek (both oh so pretty), but then along came our new artwork and we really wanted to connect the color of our hallway to the piece in some way. We decided on a deep green.
So we started looking for the perfect shade. Not an easy task, I tell you! In the end we headed to the store with one of Dieter’s sweaters so they could scan the colour and mix up the green paint we wanted. We got the exact same paint colour for the walls as the doors and skirting, but it ended up looking, well, not that great. While the colour was a very rich and deep green on the walls, it looked very cheap on the wood. So in the end we went back to the shop and got a darker shade, which ended up looking a whole lot better.
Just a tip when your working with dark colours like this one, be patient and make sure you put on plenty of coats. Oh and preferably use a dark primer ( I didn’t)
Ready for the before and after? here it is:
Resources: Levis Ambiance mur extra mat colour M8.51.20 + Levis Ambiance lak M7.12.12 // Butterfly from Jeroen Lemaitre’s most awesome enterprise Animaux Spéciaux // Pantone Chairs (thrifted & vintage from the 1970s) //B&W picture from my grandparents // African statue from my other grandparents // Vintage lamp from Troc // Poster from the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin // Credenza from the thrift shop
PS1: The complete “before” of our house tour with the original coloured floors is here.
PS2: I really like how it turned out and really look forward to styling it more in the future. I must say I kinda still miss the colour on the walls of our previous hallway. Just in case you missed it, it was this glorious teal below.