Zalig Aan Zee

January 15, 2018 • KnokkeTravel

if you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll have noticed i am big fan of the ZALIG AAN ZEE properties at the belgian seaside. last year we not only celebrated my husband’s birthday in ONE OF THEIR BEAUTIFUL HOMES IN KNOKKE, but we also took some family time out with my parents in another one of their houses. since i always get so many questions whenever i share any glimpse of these houses on instagram, i thought i’d share some more photos from our last stay in november.

we completely lucked out with the weather – november can be super grey and dreary in belgium, but if the sun is going to come out at any place, it’s at the seaside. we went for walks on the beach every morning, collecting sea shells and building sand castles along the way. but for the rest of the day we mostly preferred to stay in at our beautiful home away from home and enjoy its lovely open plan kitchen, dining space and living room with fire place. if you’re interested in renting the same place, HERE is the link to it on the zalig aan zee website. this one had two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and an extra bathroom all on the first floor, and a really big attic with lots of really cute beds for kids (or adults who don’t mind sleeping in single beds). juliet loved having the attic to herself! there wasn’t a lot of natural light to work with to photograph the house, but i hope the snapshots above can give you an idea of how stylish and practical the interior really is.

photos by stephanie duval • rental house from ZALIG AAN ZEE • special edition canopy for the stroller is WEAREHANDSOME x BUGABOO • mommy-daughter pajamas are from THE BRIGHT COMPANY • my light grey knitted sweater is from PLUTO ON THE MOON, juliet’s dark grey knitted cardigan is from MINIMALISMA

A Tour Of Our Bedroom

December 21, 2017 • Home Decor

our master bedroom may be the most neglected room in our house. after all, we’re the only ones who see it, and for the longest time it just made more sense to spend time and energy on decorating the living room or juliet’s room, for example. but with a second baby on the way i have started to rethink our current living situation – trying to figure out where the heck we’re going to put this kid – and it made me realize we needed to do something to make our room nicer, too.

we’re probably going to share it with the new baby for a little while, so it really needed an upgrade in terms of softness and coziness. once again it was LORENA CANALS to the rescue, with the prettiest terrazzo rug you ever did see. just like juliet’s colorful rug in her room, this one is super soft and washable. i was going to add something here about that being a big plus in a home with kids, but i just spilled candle wax over our wool rug in the living room myself last night – so really washable rugs are a good idea for anyone?

i admit i went to juliet’s room to steal some of my favorite items to decorate the rest of our bedroom, because i like to experiment a bit before i commit to a new style. i’m so in love with juliet’s color scheme of pinks and mustards, i wouldn’t mind copy-pasting it to our room, but that might not be masculine enough for every member in our household, ahem. i guess juliet is getting her cushions and blankets back, but that’s ok because it gives me the opportunity to try something different entirely.

the rug we chose has different colors – pink, yes, but also blue-ish grey and a kind of dark beige. i think i feel most attracted to the beige to further explore. maybe i should add some natural color linen bedsheets? it would also play well with white, black and light wood scheme we’ve got going on above our dresser. i might even consider painting the wall behind our bed – though i’ll have to figure out how to paint this awful chalk paint they put on walls everywhere in swiss rental homes… if you’ve got any advice for me – i’d love to hear it!

photos by stephanie duval • rug by LORENA CANALS • string shelf unit via KIDS LOVE DESIGN • black lamp from SERAX • wall hooks are from MUUTO • camel sweater from M BY M and scarf from EMOI EMOI • white laundry baskets from SERAX • mustard home wear with bird print from PLUTO ON THE MOON • quilted pink blanket from CAMCAM • dusty pink pillow from HVID • yellow flower print pillow case from CAMOMILE LONDON • natural woven basket from LORENA CANALS • knitted blankets from HVID • house pillow from CAMOMILE LONDON • amber vase from HOUSE DOCTOR • black bedside table from ANNE LINDE


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