Around the house #8: New Bed!

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h. My. God. Can you feel my excitement? We have a new bed! I loved my previous DIY bedframe but it lacked quality and most of all a quality mattress. When Belgian company Beka reached out to me for a collaboration, I was over the moon. I have some shoulder & back problems (hello 31!) and I really needed some custom advice to finally choose a good bed.

The first week (this was in june) I had a bit of trouble adapting. I woke up a bit disoriënted in the mornings, but after those first days it felt like waking up in a cloud. I’m a notoriously bad sleeper and even my husband has noticed that I toss and turn a lot less. And his sleep quality has improved as well, which we didn’t really expect since he is the kind of guy who once slept on his backpack on the streets of Tokyo and still claimed to have slept well. I felt so lucky going home after our month long China trip and still feel like I’m sleeping in a hotel bed every night. If that isn’t #goals, I don’t know what is. Funny story: the day our bed arrived, George slept for 7 hours straight before we even had the chance to try it out, haha! My Aristocat knows what’s good for him.


Casa de Serralves, A pink Art Deco lover’s dream

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Image © Taste of Portugal


orto has just moved up on my bucket list, because I wouldn’t mind spending an afternoon at Casa de Serralves, an Art Deco lover’s dream! In many ways it reminds me of Villa Cavrois, but with two extra advantages: it’s in a warmer climate and there’s more pink. You can feel me swooning all the way from here to where you are, right?

Have a look at these amazing images of the place made by Liliana from the online magazine Taste of Portugal, a must visit website if you are looking for Portugal travel tips or are interested in Portuguese design.

Casa de Serralves was built between 1925 and 1944 and is a rare example of Streamline Moderne Architecture. The villa is now part of the Serralves Foundation in Porto’s western suburbs, Its first owner was Carlos Alberto Cabral, the second Count of Vizela , a man with a passion for contemporary  architecture who was part of Porto’s industrial elite. He commissioned architect José Marques da Silva to construct the Villa, a proces he was closely involved in.

Make sure you check out more images here.

5 Interior Boards to follow on Pinterest

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5 interior boards to follow on pinterest
Hello darlings! Hope you’ve had a wonderful start of 2019? You may or may not know I sort of live on Pinterest. I love it there. it’s by far my favorite social channel. Unlike Instagram or Facebook, it never irritates me and only brings me inspiration. If Marie Kondo would ask me: “Does it spark joy?” my answer would be: “Hell yes!”.

The thing about pinterest is that it only becomes fun when you start following the right people. So I thought it might be fun to share the sources that inspire me so they can maybe also inspire you! Here we go…

Behind the scenes at Iittala

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Kaasa candleholder designed by Ilkka Suppanen in 2015


ongtime readers of this blog may know that I love a good factory visit. I previously visited the Farrow & Ball factory, and had the chance to visit another truly inspiring company earlier this year when I was invited to take a peek behind the scenes at one of my favorite interior brands Iittala! Before the factory tour we learned a lot about Finland’s design icons who often worked closely with Iittala, like Alvar and Aina Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala and Kaj Frank, and then we got to see how these designs were actually made, brought to life by the skilled craftsmen and women at the factory.

Here you can witness the production of glass artefacts, as the artisans create glasses, plates, and vases as well as Oiva Toikka birds from molten glass. And I must say, watching these men and women at work is almost like a meditation. They are so focussed on the job, and they have to be, because the material they are handling is piping hot. The way they behave themselves is almost like visual poetry. Calming and soothing, or that’s the way they make it look.


Kastelhelmi plate, designed by Oiva Toikka in 1964

So I thought I’d share some striking facts from our visit here, as well as some images I’ve created to celebrate the beauty of some of the design objects. Here we go!

Fall living room update

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Hi guys! Hope you’ve had a lovely week. Mine has been great, since it was my birthday on sunday and I got to spend it in my favorite city, Barcelona!

But let’s circle back to our home, and more specifically, the living room. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with this space. When we first moved in it was a bit of an underloved mish mash of things from our previous place because all of the renovation budget had gone to the reno. Since the changes in the living room went slowly, it has been a bit of a frustrating endeaver for me.

The Epic Guide to Helsinki

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The Epic Guide to Helsinki - Noglitternoglory.comA while ago, I got to visit Finland for the very first time on a press trip with Iittala. The main focus of our trip was our visit to the glass blowing factory to see where the wonderful items were being made, but more about that fascinating process later. Despite the fact that it was a pretty short visit, I got to see enough of Helsinki to share a few favorite spots!

The Epic Guide to Helsinki -

Design Profile: Arne Jacobsen

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Image source: Fritz Hansen

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.


n one of her latest posts Patricia showed you 3 ways to style Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 Chair. This time we circle back to Arne Jacobsen again, as I’m going to write more about his life and work as an icon of midcentury design. He was one of Denmark’s most influential 20th century architects and designers and is known for combining modernist ideals and his love for naturalism. In his work every detail is overthought and nothing has been left to coïncidence. This is a very functionalist thought.  

The architect’s first big success was designed in 1929 – House of the future. This house is very important for his future designs as it shows his affinity for geometric shapes for the first time. It also resulted in a lifelong partnership with Fritz Hansen, who still produce many of Arne Jacobsen’s designs today. While he viewed himself an architect first and foremost, he is mostly known by the public for his furniture. The Ant Chair, Swan, Egg and the Series 7 Chair, are examples of well known designs that show how much he loves to work with modern lines but also his inspiration from nature.

Designer profile Arne Jacobsen // Grey wood Ant chair - via noglitternoglory

Image source: Jens Bangsbo

Weekend links: on Blogging

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appy 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?

5 x Droolworthy Terracotta

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ately 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?
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