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i wish i would have had more time to check out everything going on in kortrijk during the BIENNALE INTERIEUR 2014 these past few weeks. unfortunately i only made it to the actual fair twice, and visited very few of the side projects in the city – though i doubt any of these could have been more special than EYES/NIGHTS ONLY. still, i spotted some cool brands, new products and interesting installations at the fair, which i wanted to share with you right here.

there were only a handful of surprises at the fair for me, but those more than made it worth the trek out to kortrijk. for starters, it was a delight to discover the booth of my beloved belgian design brand SERAX, designed by STUDIO SIMPLE. likewise, i was impressed with the decorations around the food spaces, some of which seemed to be made of metallic fire blankets. don’t you love their golden shiny effect?

more things i loved // the iconfetti booth – a collaboration between boutique REWIND B.L.A.C.K., architecture firm DOORZON, artist KASPER BOSMANS, gallery EMELY, gallery TATJANA PIETERS and natural stone atelier VAN DEN WEGHE // the colorful knick-knacks of LOODS 5 // the japanese design with neon accents of KARIMOKU // the pretty installation and branding of german brand NYTA // the collaboration between tenue de nîmes and PASTOE // the gorgeously minimal bathrooms of dutch company NOT ONLY WHITE // the elegant lighting of belgian label TRIZO

all photos by stephanie duval

a little while ago, i got an email from one of flanders’ most popular women’s magazines – FLAIR – to ask if i would be interested in sharing some pictures of our interior with some of my favorite tips and tricks for home design. it actually came at a very weird time for me, as we were smack in the middle of deciding whether we wanted to move and where to. i ended up taking a whole bunch of new photos of our tiny geneva apartment, as i realized it might be the last chance i’d ever have. and right i was – this past monday, we locked down a new apartment for us to go live in from october 1st.

of course you’ll hear all about it (for now, let me just say that yes, we are staying in switzerland, and yes, we will have a (partial) view on the mont blanc from where we will live) but for now i wanted to take the opportunity of the flair issue coming out this week to say a proper goodbye to our old place. i’ve loved living here – on and off for a year and then permanently for two. and even though it is tiny, it had everything we needed and wanted, and we have really felt at home here. as excited as i am to start a new chapter in our lives abroad, i will be a little sad to close the door behind us.

luckily i get to bring all my design goodies with me to our new place. i’ve had some questions about some of the objects mentioned in instagram snaps that i’ve shared, so i decided to go full-on catalogue on you and try to share as many brands and shops as i can remember, but don’t hesitate to drop me a line in the comments if anything should be unclear!

BEDROOM – string shelf // fermliving planter // our/berlin vodka // sigurd larsen cement letter // muji calendar // byredo candle // uashmama basket // ork posters manhattan and brooklyn // HOME OFFICE – monomini luck poster // new york sleeps by christopher thomas // ohdierliving nerd sign // luceplan costanza lamp via master meubel // hay marble chop block via hay antwerp // artemide tolomeo lamp via master meubel // banter banner #stephandmatti // serax antonino sciorentino lamp // serax wire basket // serax cement planters and geo object // winkreative design stories by gestalten // the kinfolk table by nathan williams // plenty by yotam ottolenghi // LIVING ROOM – bold and noble typographic poster // ikea couch // pillows from p-lo, gewoon and bruka // zara home plaid throw // underscore striped throw via ezisliving // luceplan costanza lamp via master meubel // snowpuppe lamp // vitra eames chairs via master meubel // ikea tv console // vitra eames bird // serax wine bottle vases // wind light via magazyn // tivoli radio // muuto felt basket via espoo // calendar poster via cocolapinedesign //
KITCHEN – serax catherine lovatt ceramics // mason shaker via comptoir des objets // serax glass bottle // aesop handwash and cream


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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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