Best European Interiors Blog & Thank You!

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ou guys, big news! Last thursday I was in London to attend the Amara Interior Blog awards, and I am so very proud and honored to say I won in my category “Best European Interiors Blog”. I was nominated alongside My Scandinavian Home, Gucki, Minoop and fellow Belgian Greet from Belgian Pearls who I’ve gotten to know because of the awards (Thanks Amara!). I think I can’t quite believe it still, because October has been a bit of a whirlwind for me and somehow this all happened in a big haze.
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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

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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!

Young Creatives: Melanie Van Dooren

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Young Creatives: Melanie Van Dooren

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‘ve been wanting to introduce you to my friend Melanie for a while now. She’s one of the most radiant and positive people I know, and I find her a true inspiration so I really wanted to share her story with you. Plus she lives in this huge appartment in Antwerp with the sweetest nursery!
Melanie and I met when she moved into my student house her first year of college and we hit it off right away. She also studied communications so we had a lot of the same classes, and even ended up studying abroad in Barcelona together, where we also shared a flat. She’s actually the person I’ve lived with the longest apart from my boyfriend and parents. I could show you some hilarious photo’s from our student years studying for our most hated course (ICT) in our PJs and greasy hair with the help of a bucket of M&Ms (but I won’t!).
Since we became actual proper adults, Melanie has worked in TV production, moved to Brazil for a year with her lovely boyfriend Hendrik and had the cutest baby named Maurice. She also hit a rough patch last year and decided to take her life into her own hands and change things up. Melanie already started learning jewelry design in Brazil, but now she’s back in Belgium, and recently launched a brand under her own name: Melanie Van Dooren. I couldn’t be prouder of her living life on her own terms, so let me show you why I love this girl!
Young Creatives: Melanie Van Dooren //Inside the home and workplace of a Jewelry Designer

Behind the scenes at Farrow & Ball

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Behind the scenes at Farrow & Ball

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f there’s one thing my inner geek loves it’s a factory visit. So when Farrow & Ball invited me to visit their HQ in Dorset I was super excited! This mini trip to the UK on my own consisted of an afternoon in London, a night in Bournemouth and an exciting day with fellow bloggers from all over the world in Wimborne, the home of Farrow & Ball. The reason for this visit was to celebrate Farrow & Ball’s 70 year anniversary and the launch of their new wallpapers, inspired by the 1940s.
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Vietnam Photo Diary // Hoi An

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Vietnam Photo Diary // Hoi An

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‘ve been holding off on posting my pictures of Vietnam simply because there are just tooooo many. So I’ve decided to spread the content over multiple posts so you guys don’t drown in picture overload and at the same time I’ve published the details and addresses on the Epic Guide. I’m kicking things off with my picture diary of Hoi An. Contrary to popular opinion, this was actually our least favorite stop in Vietnam. We had high expectations because we heard only wonderful things, but I think we were there at an unfortunate time as it was crazy crowded with tourists, up to the point that it became annoying. Nonetheless, there was a lot of visual yummyness going on. See for yourself!

Vietnam Photo Diary // Hoi An

The Robey by Nicolas Schuybroek and Marc Merckx

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The Robey by Nicolas Schuybroek and Marc Merckx

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ver since I spotted the first images in August I’ve been very interested in seeing more of The Robey Hotel, a Chicago based boutique hotel that opens in the fall and was designed by fellow Belgians Nicolas Schuybroek and Marc Merckx. The Robey is situated in a 1929 Art Deco triangular shaped building called  the Northwest Tower, and has been undergoing the transformation from office space to hotel for the past few years.
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10 fun facts about Gilmore Girls

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10 fun facts about Gilmore Girls

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‘ve never really considered myself a huge Gilmore Girls fan, but when Netflix announced a reboot of the show, I started watching the whole series all over again and discovered I had actually seen about 90% of the episodes before.

While I was often annoyed, mostly by Rory’s actions, I got so addicted! Plus the show is such a big deal for women on TV, something I didn’t fully grasp watching it growing up, but I certainly do now. And now that I’ve seen all seven seasons, I’m having some withdrawal symptoms. No better way to fight them than write a nerdy post, right?

5 tips for keeping your flowers fresh

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5 tips for keeping your flowers fresh

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‘ve had a very busy week, including a factory visit at Farrow & Ball, the book launch of a friend, a busy day of styling at Sissy-Boy Ghent and a flower and food workshop at Iittala. It’s been a long time since I had such an inspiring week: meeting new people,  fun with old friends, seeing new things and having the funniest encounters with strangers. I always joke that I love animals more than I love people, but this week the people really took center stage.

5 tips for keeping your flowers fresh

Anyway, I have so much to share from this week, so I’d thought I’d zoom in on the beautiful flower workshop we had at Iittala with Karin from Baltimore and share 5 tips she gave us to get the most out of your flowers.

Around the House #3

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Vanity table makeover in Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball

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i guys! This weekend very much evolved around Farrow & Ball for me. On friday afternoon and saturday I did a mini makeover of my vanity table and on sunday I headed to the UK for a trip to London and Dorset to visit their factory. And to enjoy all the pretty things the UK has to offer, of course. It was an amazing trip, I enjoyed exploring on my own and meeting lovely bloggers from all around the world, I’m still buzzing about it.

Those of you who follow me on social media may have already seen the behind the scenes on Instagram (& Instagram stories), I was so impressed by this efficient tiny factory and I have to say that I definitely grew to love the brand even more, but I will tell you all about that later!

Back to the mini makeover! I’m currently focusing on all things bedroom. I still owe you a post on my DIY bedframe, I’m adding some colour and I’m planning to collaborate with Dutch brand Dille & Kamille for the finishing touches and the full reveal. Today is all about the vanity though, and one of my alltime favorite colours by Farrow & Ball: Stiffkey Blue. God, this is a gorgeous blue. So gorgeous that our green hallway was almost our blue hallway, and I’ve been looking for just the right place to use it in our home.