DIFT

i rarely post pictures on here that i didn’t take myself, but i make an exception for projects that combine endless interior inspiration, pictures by a talented belgian photographer and a cool out-of-the-way travel tip. bed & breakfast ARCK ARCHITECTENKAMERS checks off all those boxes.

i thought you guys would appreciate these photos – whether you were thinking of ever spending the night in tielrode, or are just on the hunt for fresh interior inspo. interior architect nele vercauteren and her husband, architect bas wauman, designed this place together. there are just three rooms – one dark, two light and bright and my favorites for obvious reasons. i’m not usually a fan of pastels, but i love how here they are used to create a warm and cozy vibe rather than an overly retro style. the sleek white walls and sparse black details provide a harmonious balance with the wooden accents in both rooms. in short – i could live like this.

photos by ELINE ROS for DIFT

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belgian design lovers have been looking forward to the INTERIEUR 2014 show for a long, long time. the biannual event is as close to milan as belgium ever gets, with international brands presenting their new collections at the trade fair and inspiring designers imagining the rest of kortrijk their playground. i went for a quick visit to the fair on sunday, to scout possible additions to our new home. but i returned this week to devote a little more time to one very cool project in particular.

my friends at DIFT sort of made my wildest dreams come true by combining two of my favorite things – hotel life and creative design. they created EYES/NIGHTS ONLY as a temporary showcase platform for various design brands. in a former school building, they each chose a room to decorate as originally and creatively as they could. the play between modern design and the – literally – old school surroundings is magical, to say the least. but the best part? you could actually book a night at the hotel. i’m still slapping myself around the ears for not having booked a little stay, and if you take one more look at the pics above, you’ll probably understand why.

my favorite room is the one decorated by antwerp scandinavian design boutique ESPOO. i was lucky enough to receive those two exact posters in baby blue and pink by PAPER COLLECTIVE, and am still looking for a nice place for them. i was thinking kids’ room, but inspired by the hotel room now i kinda want to hang them over our own bed instead. if you want to go take a look for yourself, the EYES/NIGHTS ONLY hotel is open tot he public every day from noon to 9pm, until october 26.

photos by stephanie duval

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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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