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Mezzanine – Fishing nets, ladders and plywood

I love a space with a great height, the day we buy our own place, I hope that we find a place with a high ceiling so we can use the space horizontally and vertically. This gives a great dynamic to the space.

A mezzanine is also a good solution for small places. If you have a place with few m² but a high ceiling, then definitely go for a mezzanine!

Here are a few examples of how to do it right 🙂

Appartment in Amsterdam – by MaMM design

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Moodboard – Deep blue and green -Outgrowing the Whiteness

It’s been a while that I am after everything bright and white with a few touches of natural colors. The Scandinavian interiors stole my heart, but something has changed. My home is bright and white and I love it but more and more I am looking at heavier colors that go with that brightness of white.

Is someone out there who is feeling the same way?

Deep dark blues and greens combined with walnut wood and gold is the vision in my head…A little like these

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AirBnb Wishlist – Top 10 coolest locations Around the world

Airbnb is a booming way to book a temporary residence for a citytrip or a longer holiday. Me and Mr P. are big fans of this new way of booking. The fun thing about Airbnb is going through different apartments ans looking at the fun ways to make a small place as functional as possible. It is comparable with Pinterest, when you start looking for a place specifically for you destination, lets say Côte d’Azure (our summer destination :p ), you somehow end up looking at apartments at LA (is what happened to me)!! So therefrom followed my wishlist (top 10)  that I would like to share with you guys 🙂

Do you know any fun places to visit? let me know in the comments bellow 🙂

1. SEXY AND CENTRAL, BALCONY Chueca  ****(and a half) – Madrid -From 65€/n

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2.QUIET TOP FLOOR LOFT WITH VIEWS ***** – Brussels from 135€/n

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3.Beautiful house by the ocean-Stockholm Yxlan- from 190€/n

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4.Modern townhouse, 160 m2Stockholm – from 214€/n

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5. Secluded Intown Treehouse -***** Atlanta – from 327€/n

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6. Your best house in Latina (50 m²)– ***** Madrid – from 79€/n

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7. Art Deco Flat, Place Flagey ****(and a half) – Flagey Brussels – from 125€/n

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8. B&B Marie Reine in old Monastry – ***** Ghent – from 80€/n

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9. Beach front lighthouse Marlera – ***** Medulin Croatia – from 250€/n

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10. Vintage Caravan Urban Glamping! ***** – Oakland – 79€/n

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The portal – Bazar Noir – Berlin

Hello sweeties,

If this is the first post your are reading from me, thanks for stepping by , and if not thank you for sticking with me :).

Before, I talked about a few of Brussels concept stores. This Saturday I am finally visiting Delbôve Cosmetics together with my good friend and great Make Up artist Cosnic. I will tell you all about it this weekend, I am pretty excited about it I must say :).

But for now I want to share an other Concept store with you guys. It is not because I have visited it but I just read an article about it and I am impressed with its Interior Concept. Bazar Noir. The name of it alone, makes me fantasies about the interior of this store.

The design studio Hidden Fortress is responsible for the concept. The main goal was to create a unique interior and they realized that by creating a great contrast between the store area and the mezzanine. When we think of a contrast, the first think that might come to mind is a black and white image. The contrast here is made by using a monoton dark tone in the store , and unpainted maritime pine in the floating staircase and a mezzanine.

The strong visual of this concept is made by these 3 elements.

1. Daring to use the same tone of dark grey, almost black, in the whole store. A lot of people are frightened to use black as the main color in their interior. It might seem to be unpleasant or even suffocating. But as we see here, the use of the natural pine, in this light almost golden color, breaks the heaviness of the dark tone in a way that the space is completely well balanced.

2.The use of different materials in the same tone and color. This is a challenge to make this possible in this grade. Our eyes see a monotonous image but the touch and feel of the space varies because of the different textures.

3. And of course, the floating staircase!!!!!! This bright floating box in the middle of the dark space made me think of a staircase into a different dimension. I would be curious to go and see what is going on up there.

The combination of these three elements in an harmonic way, makes the image complete and near to perfection.

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Cosmetic meets Design – 5 Brands to pimp Up your Bathroom

Bathroom, Often one of the smallest room of the house.

It is a space were we are most vulnerable and want to relax. The necessities are already present. All we can do is adding a few elements to make it more cosy.

There are some products that are perfect for this purpose. Beside the cosmetic use, these products also have a strong visual value due to the perfect branding. That is why they can easily be used as design object that give the bathroom that little finishing touch.

1. Aesop

My all time favorite, I think that a Aesop kit will be my Christmas present to myself. I still need to find a dealer in Belgium tho, anyone any ideas?

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I already managed to find a concept store in Brussels where I can buy this products. So this is also an option for christmass!!

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3. Terrible Twins

Fun little products with a vintage vibe.

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4. Studio Oliver Gustav

This brand has a higher luxurious look and handmade package. The price range is naturally a little bit higher but worth it.

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5. Delbôve Cosmetics – Brussels

Last but DEFINITELY not least, I am proud to present to you this Belgian Brand.

I wasn’t able to visit the store yet but my holidays start from next week and visiting Delbôve at Abdijstraat 67 – 1050 Brussels is on my to do list. Stay tuned for more about this amazing brand.

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Vintage + Retro = This is how to do it right

This small apartment is located in Ghent City in Belgium. This interior just brings a smile on my lips. So fresh, young and colorful. The specific combinations of vintage objects may seem random at the first sight, but there is a lot of thinking and and a pair of good eyes for details behind all of this.

This interior shows us that a color explosion ins an interior is possible. the use of lighter and pastel colors in combination with the white walls and a great amount of natural lighting, keeps everything balanced and fresh looking.

The Rococo looking wallpaper is the finishing touch . It insures that all the pieces fall into their places just perfectly.ghent1 (11)

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Not just a Paper Bag – be-pôles Review

As you already know, I am a huge fan of typography. I think that introducing typography into an interior can be seen as a sort of pop-up visuals of your thoughts.

Be Pôles Studio is a branding studio based in Paris and New York. Their work is based on typography and simplicity. By using facts and translating those facts into a visual by using text and pictures, they make an image that lasts.

What I love the most about their amazing work is the purity of it. No blabla. Just Black and white on paper…  and they are still able to produce such a strong visual and meaning.

Beside the branding, they also have a few items, mostly stationary, and a few other things like garbage cans in the same style. But I must say…these items are not JUST stationary. Their uniqueness is made by their simplicity.

I am very happy to be able to post about this “IT-item” by be-pôles: Le Sac en Papier #1.

This bags are made the old fashion way, the brown paper is the same brown bag that was used as a sugar storage. These bags ARE NOT one-time usage bags. They are strong and sustainable enough to be used multiple times for multiple purposes. Sustainability is one of the bullet points of be-pôles afterall.

That is the fun part! The style is so Minimal that it fits everywhere. I am using one for my plants and the other one as a storage for my blankets. But we are planning to redo our home office and I can’t wait to use them in there. I already have an idea of what I am going to use them for next…

Don’t forget to visit their website www.be-poles.com

and their Shop : http://boutique.be-poles.com/

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And Lets not forget about the minimalistic and,at the same time retro packaging.

The white paperbag comes in packs of 5 and the price is only 20,00 €.

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Thanks to the be-pôles team for making this post possible.

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Gordon Matta Clark Anarchitectural Resurrection

Gordon Matta Clark was an American artist who studied Architecture but didn’t practice it. He referred to his work as “Anarchitecture”. Gordon Clark got famous for his “building cuts”. He made controlled demolitions in abandoned buildings which gave an other dimension to their architecture. He didn’t create by constructing,by putting brick on bricks… but by demolitions,revealing and subtracting… That is why he called his work “Anarchitecture”.

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The HUBflat, a work of CH+QS arquitectos situated in Madrid,Spain can be seen as a modern resurrection of his work.

The  HUBflat which is originally a co working space began to have a large success as an event space. The question was then, how to combine these two functions without losing the look and feel of the space? By adding stuff? Touching without touching? What does it mean? Subtracting? Removing? Yes ! The creation of a new environment by removing.

They came up with a controlled demolition and for that they used a huge cone and two spheres and subtract those volumes from the existing walls , ceiling and the floor.

what I really like about this project is the unexpected. The element of surprise.

Interior Architecture is not only adding walls and volumes… sometimes we have to think outside the box and see what can be done without constructing? Using the existing elements and the beauty of them.

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Halloween Made of Paper

Halloween is coming … Different holidays are fun, no doubt about that. We try to be more creative  every year then the year before. But buying all that decoration can cost a lot of money. I never use a holiday decoration 2x in a row, that is why I don’t want to spend a lot of money in buying them. As I told you before, I like to change what is around me (except for Mr P. of course !) … For the first Halloween in our new apartment, I decided to make something my self. A few days ago, I bought a silver skull  (just because I like skulls) and I tried to match that with other origami decoration and create a complete wall for this Halloween. I used of black tape to give my paper sugar skulls some personality. I like the results to be honest, it definitely is Halloween-ish, with a small touch of irony.

Let me know what you think in the comments bellow.

You can find the printable for the Packman ghost garland by clicking here.

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Stay tuned for tonight’s  big post and… a give away!

Ikea Basic Crush #3

You have already noticed that I am a BIG fan of lighting, but it can become really expensive very soon, specially when you have a job like me and you see all the big brands in different projects everyday. But I often have to compromise… I have a few favorites that I will buy in the future (no doubt about that) but in the meanwhile I try to be creative without spending too much money.

So for today’s post , I prepared a Ikea  Hack pendant  lighting. This one is hanging in our office for the moment but as I told you before, the office is not finished yet, therefore the total picture of the office will be up later ( hopefully soon).

The total cost of this project is 16,98 €.

It is a combination of Ikea SEKOND in red and the LEDARE bulb.

The LEDARE bulb has a few texts and Ikea branding on it which I didn’t really like so I decides to cover them with a Black Matt tape.

I made a knot to make the whole thing more interesting. You can find the different kind of knots and how to do them by clicking here.

See …you don’t have to pay a lot to have an up to date interior 🙂 .

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Copper and Peachy Pink – Colors of 2015

In my previous post, I talked about the Pantone color forecast for the upcoming year. 2 of my favorites (in my selection) were Strawberry ice and Marsala.

you can read the full post here.

Pantone gave a full forecast based on the fashion shows and catwalk colors but it is enough to surf through the websites about interior design and design brands, and soon enough you will get a idea of the direction they are going to … and my 6th sense says Copper Orange and peachy pink are the upcoming color trends.

The months of October and November are the two most important months of the year for the interior designers. Why? The fashion shows are just finished and a lot of home accessory and furniture brands bring out their new collections during this period. There are also a lot of interior and design fairs going on. This Friday is Interieur Kortrijk 2015 in Belgium that I will be going to, Next week is Orgatec in Cologne, I will be attending that too and… begin November will be my favorite fair because it is going to be a special trip to somewhere magical, but I will tell you about that later on 🙂 .

Back to business . Here is my moodboard of the orange copper and peachy pink products.

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Last year we saw a lot of relaxing pastel colors and a lot of gray and white in our interiors. 2015 seems to bring a little bit of warmth into our homes. If you think that coloring the walls is a bit too harsh for your taste, using colored accessories is a great way to introduce colors into your interior.

1. Bloomingville Candle holder

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2. Bloomingville Copper Basket

3. Muuto Mika Tolvanen Storage basket

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5. Bent Hansen Chocolate Cushion

6. Norman Coppenhagen plaids

7. Hay Slit table

8. Tom Dixon Copper shade

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I will start my shopping soon, which one is on your list?

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Home Office – Inspirations

Since we moved in our new apartment, all the rooms are practically done. But the office is still hanging in there. A lot of people (me included) forget about their work space at home. Of course we do have a table, a chair and a computer in there ( the necessities to be able to do your job) but the office can be one of the places where you spend a big amount of your time in and it must not be left behind. Specially in our home, keeping in mind that I work in a company who is specialized in the conceptual design, total renovations of offices and the NWOW(New Way Of Working)…

I am still searching for a good composition for our work space but in the meanwhile here are some (Pinterest) inspirations for you guys.

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Ikea Basic crush #2 Nordic Wall Lighting

Hello Everyone,

Sorry for my delay, I have promised to post an Ikea Basic crush each Saturday but unfortunately I don’t feel very well this weekend so I had a good long rest under the covers yesterday. Mr. P is taking a very good care of me… Green tea and honey, Soup … It feels good to have a caring person around.

Anyways… Back to the subject, when we moved in this apartment, we had two big holes in our wall which were supposed to be the connections for wall lamps. I hate wall lamps… So I decided to make something in between a pendant and a wall lamp (you know … compromise)! With a little help from the web I came up with this creation. It is something unique and everybody seems to like it even though it has a very particular Nordic style (which I love).

So today’s Ikea Basic Crush is a composition of 2 Ikea products. EKBY VALTER Console and SEKOND pendant cable.To hide the plastic lampholder, I used a beige cord.

The Lamp is a PLUMEN collection.

Total cost = 4,99 € + 2€ + 28,99€ = 35,98 €

The Plumen Lamp is a bit pricey compared to the total composition but you can choose any lamp you want for this project. Next Saturday I will show you an other DIY pendant creation in our office with a pimped up Ikea Lamp and a total cost of 18,98€ so stay tuned.

Do you have an Ikea crush?

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Ikea Basic crush #1

When you have studied art or interior architecture, you might get the impression that Ikea is the symbol of cheap design. I disagree. Ikea is the playground of design lovers. You can find a piece of Ikea in EVERY interior (maybe not in the queen’s palace but I doubt that too 😉 )

What I really fell in love with, are some of the Ikea basic products. There are a few of these objects that you can buy and use it as a base for your own designs. You can easily change the color or, if you are more creative, use it for an other purpose in an other combination that you came up with. AND the good part is… your pocket will be very thank full too !!

Each Saturday, I will show you one of my Ikea favorites and what I did with it.

This weeks basic Crush is the BEKVÄM step, 9,99€ in wooden finish.  This object is very handy because of the fact that it is very flexible, it can be used as a chair, a step or you can put a flowerpot on it. You can easily change the color of it and when you are tired or you decide to change the interior … just repaint it!

What is the first Ikea product you can see right now? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a lovely evening (or day 🙂 )

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DIY stars on the wall

As a child, I wanted to become a astronaut, like almost every child in the world. But as I got older I stayed fascinated with the night sky.

I moved to Belgium when I was 11 which means that I am far away from a lot of my family members but every time I look up, I feel a connection with my birthplace, where home used to be. That is why I decided to bring that in my interior.

My vision of a home is, that it should be personal. By introducing feelings and experiences in an interior you give an identity to a space.

This project is a DIY that didn’t cost (almost) anything. I used felt chair feet pads and  black sewing thread to connect them. The smaller circles are made by black tape that I cut out in circles.

You can download the plan here and choose whatever shapes that you like to put on your wall, window or anywhere your hearts desires. I chose the Ursa Major, Ursa Minor and the dragon for our wall 🙂 .

This piece of home which is our sleeping room, got a whole other atmosphere by doing this. Now I don’t have to look up everynight to look at the stars. Specially when you live in Belgium where the sky is mostly cloudy. Now I have my own night sky.

PS:For the artlovers among us… I have a website where I put my professional Interior and art works on,  I made a painting that you can find by clicking on this link which is also about … ra ra ra the nightsky !

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