i promised you another post about the little trips we took during our stay at CHATEAU ST. PIERRE DE SERJAC in the french languedoc. we have spent three extended weekends there so far, so it’s safe to say we know our way around the property and have taken full advantage of all the comforts their privately catered homes have to offer. so this time we took their advice and ventured out for two lovely expeditions. at 36 weeks pregnant (and carrying around well over 15 additional kilos) i couldn’t exactly plan entire day trips, but the crew at ‘our serjac’ knew exactly where to send us for family-and-pregnant-women-friendly little getaways.

first of all, we were taken on a guided tour of the vineyards that surround the domain. kerry and her dog oscar took us on winding little paths, and while juliet took turns chasing the dog and running away from him screaming like a terrified little diva, we listened to kerry’s fun and completely un-boring explanations about wine making, grape harvesting and vegetable foraging in the wild. we gathered wild leeks and asparagus, admired the beginnings of spring blossoming on trees and bushes, took a walk through the nearby olive grove and safely returned to the property before my back started protesting. (if you’ve seen THE LITTLE VIDEO we made about our trip last fall, you’ll see the vineyards that we filmed from up in the air.) the only thing i regretted was being pregnant at the end of the walk, because that meant no wine tasting for me. it’s a good reason to go back though – and then i also plan on visiting their brand new wine production facilities on site (and tasting everything they make!)

the other trip was my absolute favorite discovery in a long, long time – the restaurant of oyster farm TARBOURIECH. this was a true insider tip from the serjac crew, who organise private boat tours out to the actual tarbouriech oyster farms, ending with an apéritif and lunch or dinner with a view. we didn’t want to commit to more than two hours, so we opted just to have lunch at their restaurant, and that was a completely amazing experience in and of itself. when you drive up to the property, you’d never guess what you’ll find behind its walls. when we walked through the kitchen (well, the area where they keep and clean the oysters anyway), we had no idea what we would find two meters further… you guys – it’s like you walk onto this cool little ibiza-like island! the view is amazing, the vibe is relaxed and spontaneous, the decorations are nonchalant yet on point at the same time, and the food… oh my god the food. there are only maybe four options on the menu, most of which are raw, and obviously i didn’t sample any of the raw oysters. but i had the steamed mussels and heated oyster dish and it totally rocked my world. the husband had the unthankful task of sampling everything else, and it’s safe to say he was in foodie heaven. luckily we brought something for juliet to eat, because adventurous as we try to raise her, she wasn’t having any of it. but she loved the environment, there were plenty of kids looking for oyster shells on the little beach in front of the restaurant, and she had fun looking for fish in the water. it definitely was our favorite part of the entire trip, and it’s going on our ‘return-to-once-baby-two-is-here’ list.

just for your information – there are plenty more things to do around the chateau st. pierre serjac. you can rent a bike and explore on your own, or have the team come up with a good plan for you. we also wanted to visit the noilly prat production facility and museum in marseillan, which comes highly recommended and looked really pretty from the outside, but unfortunately once we got there juliet was super tired and we decided to return to the domain for her nap (ok, i admit i took a nap as well!) but that one, too, is going on our to-do list for next time. to be honest – whenever we go to serjac we think to ourselves for a split second ‘what if we get bored this time?’ but we’ve never actually thought this once we’ve arrived there. there’s something about the environment that is so relaxing and beautiful and peaceful, that makes us perfectly content just sitting in a chair on the patio – glass of wine in hand and something fresh cooking on the bbq. if you haven’t seen my previous post and don’t know what i’m talking about, then BY ALL MEANS CHECK IT OUT.

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i can’t sit still, i don’t have an incredible amount of patience and i get bored pretty easily. i used to be able to read books, to do nothing, to sleep in. now i feel like i have to be busy constantly in order to feel good and productive. might be a sign that i’m spending too much time on devices, surfing and browsing and clicking and refreshing. or it might just be a sign that i’m nesting, preparing for a new life to enter our lives and our home. i hope i’ll be able to turn off the on-switch for a while during my maternity leave… enjoy the rare moments of peace and quiet, take some strolls in our beautiful neighborhood, go for a cup of coffee just the baby and me – no conversation, no stimulation – just being there.

but up until then, i am going a little crazy in our home. not a day goes by without changing up a corner, rearranging a cupboard, adding a little this or that or browsing online to find the perfect addition to our interior or lives. the husband has wisely decided to let it happen and makes himself useful picking up packages, assembling furniture and getting used to new places for old things in our closets. he even helped me vacuum seal away some blankets and pillows so that i’d have more room to keep everything in order. he knows better than to argue with me in my current state, and he mostly appreciates my efforts to create a cozy environment for our family. some things he even ends up straight up loving, like some recent finds i did on DECOVRY.

to be honest, when i first discovered the shopping platform, i wasn’t an immediate fan. years ago, it seemed to me like they focused on gadgets and gimmicks, and the fact that their offer was always changing actually put me off. i just didn’t know what to expect with it, so i never stuck around long enough to find anything that i truly liked. when i recently was spurred on to take another look at it, i was more than pleasantly surprised with what i found. a good part of their selection is still ever-changing, but they also have many things on permanent offer, which gives you a much better idea of what they stand for. as it turns out, decovry is the perfect place to browse for exciting new brands and inspiring objects to create a cool or cozy home.

during my most recent midnight shopping session, i fell hard for a few moebe frames (you know, the ones that have a clear front and back and the cool rubber band to hang the frame up with), a smokey louise roe vase and a pretty, original ‘good times’ photo book from printworks. they are small but significant additions to our space, and i love them all. i’m using the frames to display some echo photos of our new babe and paintings juliet made last year – the perfect ways to keep our little ones close in our bedroom. the photo album houses the little instax snapshots i am taking of all our visitors who are coming to help us out now that baby’s arrival is due any day. i love that it’s a tactile and immediate way to enjoy photos.

not exactly interior-related, there are two more things that i have been enjoying a lot lately and that i wanted to share on here. the first is belgian all-natural cosmetics brand LIKAMI, which i discovered via belgian bio beauty web shop BIOTYLAB. i have been using their body oil and cream around the clock for the past few weeks, and i can already tell they’ll still be favorites long after my pregnant belly has disappeared. i love everything about them – from the texture to the scent and the packaging. i have to admit i haven’t been super serious about knowing what’s in my skincare and avoiding chemical ingredients. i was always worried the ‘green’ alternatives would not be as efficient or pleasant to use – i mean, there had to be a reason all these other companies are adding the chemical stuff, right? but as i am gradually getting to know more bio brands and products, i have to say some of these are better than anything else i’ve ever used in my life. i haven’t found an alternative for every part of my skincare regimen yet, but i’m starting to believe that i will – and i’m feeling good about gradually switching to less harmful, healthier products.

last but not least, when i saw that LITTLE CARING CUSHION from bezisa at HET LAND VAN OOIT, i bought it on a whim. it looked so cute and pretty i just couldn’t resist, and as i have a soft spot for cherry pit cushions myself i thought our new baby deserved one of their own. this version has such a pretty print and is filled with flax seed and lavender so it smells absolutely heavenly. it’s the perfect size for a baby, so i envision using it against cramps or just for extra comfort, but i have been shamelessly using it for myself in the meantime! it’s a bit small to really target sore muscles, but it’s nice to warm up your neck and the lavender scent definitely helps me drift off to sleep at night. also – how much do i love this packaging? a lot.

photos by stephanie duval • thanks to the brands that allow me to experiment, discover and only share what i genuinely love with you – DECOVRY, LIKAMI and HET LAND VAN OOIT

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