Claude Monet’s Garden and House in Giverny (+ 5 tips for your visit!)

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 ast 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.

Claude Monet's Garden and House in Giverny (+ 5 tips for your visit!) - noglitternoglory.comClaude Monet's Garden and House in Giverny (+ 5 tips for your visit!) - noglitternoglory.com

 

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.

DIY Stamped Napkins

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 came across some beautiful Serena & Lily napkins on Pinterest a while back but they were sold out (plus the shipping and taxes from the USA would probably cost me more than the napkins themselves). Soooo I decided to stamp some napkins myself for an extra touch. They are loosely inspired by the Serena & Lily ones, but painted in stead of embroidered to make things easier. Here’s how I made them!

10 Fun Facts about Jane The Virgin

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10 fun facts about Jane The Virgin

So, I have to be honest about it. I think the title of this show was holding me back for the longest time to start watching it. And when I heard what the show was about, a 23 year old virgin being accidentally inseminated during a visit to her doctor, I thought “no way!”.  But when my friend Nathalie told me one weekend that she was binge watching the show my interest was sparked. And so, when I saw Jane The Virgin appear on Netflix, I gave the woman a chance and oh was I happy that I did! The funny dialogues and the telenovela drama has been exactly what I’ve been missing ever since Ugly Betty went off the air. (Which reminds me, I really like Eva Longoria’s new show Telenovela as well, do check it out!) Since I started watching, I’ve converted many a friend to team Jane myself, and because Jane The Virgin seemed like a show that has a lot of fun facts, I couldn’t wait to start digging! So here they are:

Home Renovation: Closet Progress

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Home Renovation: Closet ProgressThere 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!

Young Creatives: Sofie Vertongen

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Young Creatives: Sofie Vertongen // Inside her home and studio - via noglitternoglory.com

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he first time I heard about Sofie, must have been about 8 years ago. We had a mutual friend and every now and then she’d tell me about Sofie, although to me she was just this apparently fabulous interior design student, and I had no idea who she actually was and what she looked like ( this was pre-facebook, oh how times have changed.)

Just like me, she lived in Barcelona and London for a while in her early twenties, and it was in the latter city we finally met for the first time, strolling down Hampstead High Street with another mutual friend. We became Facebook friends (within a mere 3 years, it had become all the rage), and I sporadically picked up on her adventures abroad until this year, when she moved from Berlin to my own hometown Antwerp.

Since a few months, Sofie and I have one more thing in common, because she has jumped into the deep end and started her own online shop. Her e-store Phyt sells airplants a.k.a epiphytes, a type of plant that originates in Central and South America and is marked by the fact that it doesn’t need soil to grow. The plants have been quite popular in the US but difficult to get a hold of in Belgium, until now!

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Get the look: Romeo + Juliet

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Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece

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 while back I wrote this post reuniting my love for movies and interior, and it certainly had me craving for more.  There’s something really satisfying about analyzing the design of a movie and translating it to 2015. To me, at least, I guess I’m just nerdy like that. Because it can’t be all Wes Anderson all the time (can it?), I thought I’d focus on one of my other favorite directors of all time: Baz Luhrmann. And the movie that made me fall in love with his work and Leonardo DiCaprio as a pre-teen: Romeo + Juliet.

Get the look: Romeo + Juliet // Interior inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 masterpiece - Claire Danes

DIY: How to paint your designer bag

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DIY: How to paint your designer bag // Repainting leather Proenza Schouler PS1

So, back in 2011 I spent a decent amount of cash on a Proenza Schouler PS1 keepall in the beautiful shade Midnight Blue. I remember the whole experience like it was yesterday. From contemplating what model I should buy to clutching the Harvey Nichols bag while riding the tube on the way home (I lived in London at the time). I must say I was quite disappointed when my dream bag started fading only a couple of months after my purchase. The beautiful blue hue slowly but surely turned into an unappealing, uneven grey.

When I went back to the store about 18 months after I bought the PS1 (I no longer lived in London by then), they told me this was normal and there was not a lot they could do due to the fact I’d had the bag for “such a long time”. I don’t know about you, but the reasons I pay a premium for a designer bag is the fact that it a) will last a long time and b) I will get good service when something needs fixing. Neither of those things were part of the package here, so I was not happy.

Fast forward to 2015, when my beloved bag was gathering more dust than any other item in my closet. My PS1 looked shabby and used, even though I hadn’t used it anywhere near as much as I’d liked. So I felt I had little to lose and started thinking about having the bag repainted. But, because I’m crazy like that, I wanted to try it myself first, and if it wouldn’t work out, I’d just have it painted black.

The risk paid off, and it turned out to be a whole lot easier than expected.

Lucky me, my risk paid off, and it turned out to be a whole lot easier than expected. Let me take you trough the process.

10 Iconic looks from 7 seasons of Mad Men

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10 Iconic looks from 7 seasons of Mad Men

Mad Men came to an end last night after 7 seasons of beautiful and elaborate (visual) storytelling. There are many memorable moments in the series’ 8 year long stretch on the small screen, ranging from lawnmower accidents to LSD trips, but I thought I’d pay homage to the series my way, dissecting some of the sartorial clues Costume designer Janie Bryant and Make up artist Lana Horochowski have left for viewers. While some bloggers go as far as to claim the characters are clad in green or blue before they cheat, Bryant says: “My job is to tell the stories of these characters through these clothes. There is definitely symbolism there, but sometimes it’s a bit more overt.”

Here are 10 outfits and style elements that helped tell this tale of midcentury drama: 10 iconic looks from 7 seasons of Mad Men.

1. Betty Draper’s nightie – S1E9 “Shoot”

10 Iconic looks from 7 seasons of Mad Men

For most of the first season, Betty Draper is a picture perfect Barbie doll, dressed up in flawless getups that were heavily influenced by Grace Kelly.

However, when Betty looses out on a Coca Cola commercial, she works out her anger and frustration by blasting the pigeons of her neighbor, Mr Beresford, out of the sky with a rifle. She does so in a semi-transparent nightgown, cigarette hanging from her lips, dead look in her eyes.

The scene happens just after a moment of seemingly domestic bliss, as Betty sends Don of to work, does a load of laundry and can’t help but smile at her children jumping off the bed upstairs. “My Special Angel” by Bobby Helms plays in the background, and TV magic was made.

An afternoon at Thermae Boetfort

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his week, the boyfriend and I had two unexpected mini breaks on our agenda. The latest was awhirlwind trip to Barcelona with Vueling, but earlier this week we had a sunny break at Thermae Boetfort. While Barcelona was inspiring and bustling as always, Thermae Boetfort was an excellent place for us to finally really relax. No phones, no e-mails, just a moment of peace and quiet.

No phones, no e-mails, just a moment of peace and quiet.

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