we’ve been living in this apartment for almost five years now, and slowly but surely the walls are starting to fill up. that, to me at least, is the hardest part of decorating a home. what do you put on the walls? photos, posters, garlands, mirrors… the options are endless, and i guess that’s what makes deciding so difficult. as i knew this room would in progress until we knew for sure how many kids would sleep in there, i avoided committing to too many things. and so the walls in juliet’s room are bare for the most part.

but now that we’ve decided juliet won’t be sharing her room with eloise anytime soon, i started thinking about how to make the space feel even more like her. i love when kids’ rooms showcase some of their favorite toys or pieces from their wardrobe, so i looked at some fun ways to do that. there are endless options of cute, kiddie-proof wall hooks, but for as long as i can remember i’ve been in love with THE DOTS designed by LARS TORNOE. i love how the design is super simple and yet playful. it’s a perfect fit for a little girl’s room that can stick around until she’s a teenager (or even beyond that), so that choice was easily made.

we have the black versions from MUUTO in our own bedroom, but for juliet’s scandi-style room the oak was a better match. i went for the entire set, but decided to divide the hooks over two separate places. i placed two above her little desk area to hold her favorite toys of the moment, and three next to her dollhouse on the wall facing her bed. that way, she can prepare the next day’s outfit and see it before she goes to sleep (she definitely got her obsession with fashion from her mama). it currently holds her collection of adorable hand bags, which are just within reach so she can grab them herself.

i have to say i keep falling in love with this little room, a little more every day. there are days when i hate that i can’t paint the walls in this rental, but when i see the different elements in her room come together likes this – the light oak agains the clean, white background – i don’t really mind as much. tell me – what’s up against the walls in your home? frames? photos? decorations? i’d love some more inspiration because i want to get started on some other walls in the living room and eloise’s room, too!

photos by stephanie duval • COAT HOOKS kindly gifted by MISTERDESIGN.BE

over the years, i’ve come to realize that a big part of creating a warm, cozy home, comes down to adding texture. literally, by mixing fabrics and materials, but also by collecting little objects and accessories that each add a layer of depth to your home’s story. it’s not something you can just decide to do one day – it’s something that develops over time, as you find pretty little things and take them home with you.

i used to get insecure whenever i considered bringing home a new accessory or object – i started wondering whether it would ‘fit in’. now i know that – because i love the object enough to want to buy it, that’s enough to make it fit in. even if the color is not an exact match, even if it’s a slightly different style than anything you’ve bought before. your style will change, the objects will, too, and that’s completely fine. it’s much nicer to create your personal style in this way, than to follow some kind of guidebook or buy everything at once in one store, because you feel like that is the only way to control the outcome. which is not to say that an ‘eclectic’ style is the only truly personal one – i just like things to be 70 percent pure. on the surface, it might seem like it’s one style or flavor, but if you look more closely, you’ll see there’s other ingredients mixed in there. and that’s what makes anything really interesting – at least in my opinion.

i really love moving things around in our home. small items i may have bought for one of the kids’ rooms end up in the living room, and the other way around. a vase moves from one shelf to another side table, and frames first hold photos and then art work from the girls. i recently added this SINGLE CANDLE HOLDER from FRITZ HANSEN to the mix. JAIME HAYON is one of my favorite designers of the moment – he has an uncanny ability to combine warm materials with a sleek and timeless design. because even though i love to add and change things in our home occasionally, i don’t like to get rid of things entirely, so i try to avoid buying things that i know i will get sick of quickly.

my first instinct was to buy the two different versions of this candle holder at once, because they obviously go so well together. but then i realized that i would be trying to reproduce the images on the website and in the catalogue, instead of creating my own story with it. i really love how the item matches with some of the things we already owned, and frankly i look forward to creating a collection of completely different CANDLE HOLDERS that all share one red thread – because i love their design, they become a piece of the puzzle that is our home.

photos by stephanie duval • post in collaboration with MISTERDESIGN.BE

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my name is stephanie duval, and i am a storyteller. this blog is where i share my favorite stories about design, travel, fashion and the nice things in life.

 

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