Rabu, 27 Februari 2013

New Look and a Instagram Giveaway

I am in the process of revamping all of my web stuff

Shoppe is the first to debut its makeover and I really love its new look

In celebration I am partaking in a Instagram Giveaway as well as Free Shipping on all pillows!

If you do not follow along with me on Instagram get involved! The name is 


 like and #regram my Shoppe Giveaway and on Friday I will pick a winner to walk home with 

you can tweet about it also for an additional chance at winning!

Good Luck and get supportin!


Spring is coming and this NECKLACE IS EVERYTHING....

I will wear it everyday of the rest of my life.

PLUS there is a HUGE SALE going on at ShopBop...

Christmas came early lovers!

IKEA Flatwoven Rug

I'm kind of obsessed with the idea of this ALVINE rug by IKEA right now....
via IKEA
For a handwoven rug, 100% wool, reversible, $299 is about as good as it gets (unless you live in the US in which case it's only $249!).
And of course, I'm loving the pink... I know, you're shocked.
Decor wise, my room could definitely use a rug (and curtains but that's a whole other blog post), but I probably won't bite the bullet. I will only be here for another year or two before I hopefully get a bigger apartment with my OWN kitchen. That's the dream people, and when I will really start investing in pieces. But this sure would look good in my lil studio as is!
via IKEA
I haven't seen it in person yet...have any of you!? I'm curious how it looks. The first image I posted looks gorge, but the second one looks a little muddied.

Selasa, 26 Februari 2013

My contribution to MILIEU


I am thrilled to introduce you to MILIEU, a brand new American magazine of style, to be launched this fall !

I do know that a lot of my American readers will have heard yet about this magazine by following blogs of some of my American blogger colleagues.

I really wanted my European readers and readers from all other parts of the world get introduced to this magazine.


6Picture by me

Founder and Editor in Chief is the renown Houston based interior designer Pamela Pierce.

5Homepage website Pam Pierce Designs

Since I was introduced to Pam’s work, through blogging (I have to credit Joni of the blog Cote de Texas for introducing me to Pam’s work), she became one of my favorite American designers! I love her design approach. Pam’s projects all show clean lines and authenticity and Pam loves to bring in natural and elegant materials and isn’t afraid of mixing antiques with pieces from today. She creates gorgeous timeless interiors.

Pam definitely has an eye for beautiful fabrics and I just love her way of furnishing! Don’t you love this living room designed by Pam? Notice the elegant furniture, the natural materials as the linen slipcovers. Beautiful antique mirror on the wall. A very carefully chosen color palette. The color of the rug and the neutral linen fabrics are all related to the background color of the stone walls. In this room everything is merging. Simply gorgeous!

7Source website Pam Pierce Designs  Photography by Peter Vitale, courtesy of Veranda Magazine


Pam’s work is been featured in many interior design magazines and some time ago she decided to found an interior and lifestyle magazine herself, which will be launched this fall !

The brand new magazine MILIEU.

The quarterly print magazine will show the readers great houses and gardens in the United States and Europe. Milieu aims to introduce readers to the best designers and projects, and to interesting people and never seen places.

‘Milieu speaks directly to readers who are sophisticated about design, worldly, well-traveled, and possess a discerning eye, but who also are playful, free-spirited, insatiably curious, and unafraid of the new and the bold.’ (text Milieu website)

In order to introduce the magazine to potential advertisers, the team of MILIEU has produced a small issue of the magazine, the MILIEU ‘mini-mag’.


3Cover of the Milieu mini-mag   Photography by Peter Vitale


When I first read about the MILIEU magazine on Joni’s blog Cote de Texas, I couldn’t get my eyes off this image, one of the pictures published in the MILIEU mini-mag.

Again a very well chosen color palette. I love everything in this room. The gorgeous paneling and stone mantel, the silk carpet… And I noticed an influence of the Belgian style as well here! Steel windows as we do see them in Belgium and a Belgian inspired sofa !

4The Schatte residence   Interior design by Pam Pierce  Image source MILIEU mini-mag  Photography by Peter Vitale


Pam and her team also created the MILIEU website where people can read interesting articles about all things related to interior design and lifestyle.

‘We created a website suited perfectly for Milieu readers – people who are sophisticated and worldly, insatiably curious about the world of style, and open to the new and bold.’ , is to read on the MILIEU website.

I am sure you will all love the MILIEU website articles.

This is a picture of the latest article (posted 2/22/13) about Houghton Hall (UK).

2Houghton Hall, UK    Image source MILIEU-website Photography provided by Houghton Hall


Ok, now you all wonder what I do have in common with this brand new magazine !?

I am thrilled and honored to tell you that a few days after I first read about this brand new magazine – to be on the stands this fall –, I received an email from Pam Pierce herself to ask me if she could call me the other day because there were a few things she wanted to discuss with me! Can you imagine how thrilled and curious I was?

Well, Pam called me indeed and we talked about how exciting it is preparing the launch of a new magazine. Finally, Pam asked me if I could be interested in assisting her and the MILIEU team to do some scouting for the magazine here in Belgium and in Europe!  Of course I was interested! How exciting was this!!

So, since a few days I am trying to help Pam and her team to find interesting projects, people and places to feature in one of the first issues of the magazine.

And I am so pleased to tell you that Pam will come over to Belgium in the month of June, when a photoshoot will be taken of our first MILIEU-project in Belgium! I can’t wait to meet her in person.

The Editor At Large published an article about MILIEU and I was so thrilled to see my name on the list of all the magazine’s contributors. To read the article, click HERE.


I can’t wait to receive my copy of the first issue of MILIEU this fall !


1Photography by Peter Vitale


If you are interested in advertising in MILIEU, please click HERE.

For information about subscriptions, please click HERE.

8Milieu mini-mag cover   Picture by me

I am sure you will all love this new magazine ! And I do hope that MILIEU will be seen on the European and Belgian stands as soon as possible.



Life according to my phone....

My phone tends to tell stories.... 
It tells Tall tales of a life spent looking at fancy things, sunning myself on pristine beaches, and hours and hours of free time to DIY and teach my child to ride her bike.

don't be deceived by its allure of grandeur.. 

last weeks "behind the scenes" story mainly involved a  super grumpy baby, seriously snotty tissues, and crazy overwhelmed parents

here is my jerky phones version of what happened the couple weeks.

I installed some stuff at various clients..

 a custom chair ...

some amazing art by Jenny....

some cute wallpaper...

and a couple gorgeous mirrors in a master bath

then I whipped together some pretty pillow combos from the shoppe,

 and some other pretty pillows were pulled for the most perfect of clients

 Me and the duck got inspired and started a crazy DIY project.

and I was inspired to do even more DIY after a quick visit to Anthro.
 I am gonna paint some rocks!

 My BABY learned how to ride a bike...with double pink eye and a double ear infection no less

Then to reward her we decided to take her to Disneyland...
which earned me a giant  GOLD STAR at parenting...

Then we remembered she had double pink eye and a double ear infection which made her miserable and me a giant asshole at life...especially at parenting.

sounds like a week chock full of fun and excitement.....but in reality MOST of it was spent nursing my wee one on the couch .


Pink Curtains in the Washroom

I'm all about bold curtains in the washroom, whether in the form of a shower curtain or window treatments. Washrooms are comprised of mostly hard, cold, shiny and monochromatic surfaces. Textiles are a great way to soften up the space and inject warmth, pattern and color. And hey, if that color happens to be pink, I'm certainly not complaining!
via Design Maze
^Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe hit the window treatments out of the park with this graphic, chinoserie inspired fabric from Quadrille.
via Design Maze
 Unfortunately the clients weren't crazy about pink.... I'd gladly take these off their hands!
via Design Manifest
^ Naomi of Design Manifest amped up the personality of this little girl's bathroom with dual custom shower curtains with Mint Fleur Chinoise by Caitlin Wilson Textiles.
via Caitlin Wilson Textiles
Do you like the idea of curtains in the bathroom, or does the idea of drapery in a humid environment make you uneasy? What about pink curtains? I wish I could do something like this in my current bachelorette pad...I just know the boy will veto it the second we live together, much like my dream of a pink sofa....

Senin, 25 Februari 2013


My First Fully Rendered Perspective

Hi Loves. This term, there hasn't been too much school work to share on the ol blog because most of it has been detailing and/or technical work, which doesn't make for the most exciting post.
But last night, I finished my first fully rendered perspective drawing!
I'm actually really proud of the way it turned out:

Basically for this assignment, I had to take these 2-D plan and elevation views:
and turn them into an accurately spaces and proportioned 2-pt. perspective drawing (a bit of complicated process!), and then render it using the different techniques we've been learning, such as natural lighting, artificial lighting, wood grain, shadows and tile!

Hope you enjoy this little peek into my Interior Design School life!

Sabtu, 23 Februari 2013

From Rome to Bruges



The renowned piano duo and sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque grew up in southern France and moved all around Europe the past 25 years. Today they live in a historic building in Rome and collaborated with Axel Vervoordt for the design of their gorgeous apartment and studio.


Image source here

Since Katia and Marielle met Axel Vervoordt in the early ‘80s at the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, they collaborated with him on everyone of their homes.


1Living room of the apartment in Rome, designed by Axel Vervoordtsource AD  Photo credit Simon Watson


To read the complete story and to see more pictures, please visit the website of Architectural Digest HERE. And here is a beautiful video to watch. The Labèque sisters are talking about their Rome apartment and studio !                


Katia and Marielle Labèque talk about their apartment and studio, designed by Axel Vervoordt. Source Architectural Digest


To read more about this renown piano duo, please click HERE.




I want to congratulate my friend and interior designer Natalie Haegeman with the featuring in the Belgian magazine TIJDLOOS. The February issue of the magazine features the guesthouse White Rooms in Bruges, which is completely decorated by Natalie. A few months ago I wrote about the guesthouse HERE.

2Guesthouse White Rooms in Bruges


3Guesthouse White rooms in Bruges featured in Belgian interior design magazine Tijdloos February 2013 

Photography Claude Smekens 

To see the full report, please click HERE. You will love it !


If you plan to visit Bruges and you would love to stay in a guesthouse, decorated in the Belgian way, please visit the White Rooms website : http://www.white-rooms.be/

To see more of Natalie’s work, please visit her website : http://www.nataliehaegeman-interiors.be/


I wish you all a great weekend !



Jumat, 22 Februari 2013

Favourite Furniture Fridays: Just a Girl and her Little Dog

Thank you so much for giving us a peek at your fab new home Kristen! I adore this chesterfield, the tufting is perfection. Cannot get over how cute little Lola looks in this last picture!
Be sure to stop by Kristen's blog to meet her and Lola, and the newest addition to the fam, a little bird named Love.

Kamis, 21 Februari 2013

Belgian white


White in the spotlight !

All pictures of today are of Belgian interiors.


5Lefèvre Interiors  Photo credit Claude Smekens


1Bieke Van Houtte Interieur


2Source Magazine More Than Classic Augustus-September 2012  Photo Credit Guy Obijn


9Axel Vervoordt  source Architectural Digest


8Lefèvre Interiors  Photo credit Claude Smekens


10Axel Vervoordt  source Litwin Davies blog


11AD Applications  source FB page


6Lefèvre Interiors  Photo credit Claude Smekens


3White Rooms in Bruges


4Brigitte & Alain Garnier


7Lefèvre Interiors  Photo credit Jo Pauwels


12Natalie Haegeman Interiors


As you all know I am very busy with the redo of our living room! I will post about it later!