Bedroom Stories

September 22, 2015 • Home DecorKidsStyle

don’t worry, i haven’t gone missing, and i most certainly have not abandoned this blog (i mean, i could never). i have been working hard on pulling off this career + having a kid thing, and though most days i’m succeeding, sometimes i am not. and when something’s gotta give, it means i try to unplug a little more often. if you want to stay in the loop though, you can always find me on INSTAGRAM, where it’s easier for me to share little stories more frequently. that said – i have been playing catch up with the hundreds of photos i still needed to edit and stories i needed to put into words, and i have so many great things to share with you in the coming weeks. it’s a good thing fall is knocking on our door – what better than rainy weather to sink into your sofa with a blanket and some reading material, right?

first up is something i’ve been wanting to share for far too long. one of the biggest perks of having this blog, is that really cool people sometimes find and contact me to show me what they’re doing. personally, i think there is no bigger compliment than that. last spring, i received two such emails one right after the other. and though they couldn’t be more different, they have more in common than you’d think at first sight. one came from the belgian designer duo behind HAUSMERK, a new and directional brand of original and minimal interior design objects. the other came from the netherlands, where an entrepreneurial young woman launched COISA, her own brand of gorgeous knitwear clothing and accessories. young people creating beautiful things with a soul – it was a good mail day alright.

i was wrong before – the biggest compliment is not having these talented people get in touch, but them putting their trust in me to take their creations and present them to you in a meaningful and beautiful story on my blog. they had to wait a long time before i got to it though. these past few months have been a whirlwind of launching my own marketing company with a partner, getting used to life as a family of three, traveling back and forth between switzerland and belgium and juggling assignments and projects like never before. i rarely stopped to smell the roses, so to speak. until one day i decided – enough already.

i took half a day off from my inbox and phone, and spent it with juliet. we went around the house, taking our time to discover every little thing in every single room. i showed her every knick-knack and told her the story behind every object. it was so fun to see her face light up discovering new shapes, colors and textures. she touched everything she could get her little hands on, her eyes filled with wonder (and drool dripping everywhere the second before she tried to put everything into her little mouth). i often say things like ‘i want her to grow up appreciating the things in life i love the most,’ but i realized i need to take the time to really get her interested and introduce her to those things. i am surrounded by so much beauty – the denim scarf by coisa and the wall knobs from hausmerk among them – but i tend to live too fast to really enjoy them. it’s hard to say who enjoyed our little tour around the house more – juliet or myself.

in any case, it presented the perfect opportunity to finally take some photos of my daily surroundings. juliet doesn’t sleep in her leander crib anymore, but i can’t get myself to put it away just yet. instead i often put her in there while i tidy up the room, fold laundry or take pictures – like in this instance. i’ve put the marble and wood SUNNY SIDE UP KNOBS from hausmerk against the wall where my muuto dots used to hang – they are the exact same size for screws, so they’re super easy to alternate. i love how they are a small detail that makes a big difference. (and i don’t need to explain how much i love the use of marble in them, right?) i use them to hang items i use regularly, like my robe from PLUTO ON THE MOON, or totes that are easy to grab and fill up when i need to head out the door.

i also love to have beautiful accessories lying or hanging around, because if they are not – i always forget putting them on. coisa makes such beautiful SCARVES in natural fabrics and colors, they are the perfect finishing touch to any basic outfit. i have honestly not taken their scarf off ever since i got it, and i always get the nicest compliments about it. i strongly suggest you peruse their LOOKBOOK, which is excellent outfit inspiration for minimalists and lovers of basic like myself. i am seriously contemplating just printing out all of their pictures to take them shopping with me to replicate every single outfit.

wall knobs by HAUSMERK // scarf by COISA // juliet’s playsuit by HUXBABY and headband by HOUSE OF MIA // bedding by OOH NOO // crib by LEANDER // tote by EMOI EMOI // photos by stephanie duval

Gender Neutral Nursery

March 18, 2015 • Home DecorKids

our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery

while i’m waiting for the last baby essentials to arrive here in switzerland, i’ve been using every free minute i have to arrange and re-arrange our little one’s nursery. it’s fairly gender neutral so far – not only because we’re keeping the sex of the baby a surprise, but also because i wanted to create a clean canvas to start from. i’m not a big fan of color (big surprise, eh?) but i do realize i can’t – and shouldn’t – raise this child in grey, black and white. it’s just that i want to add color little by little, and only the ones that i really like.

we’ve been adding some little details to the room lately, and i thought i’d share some of my favorites. in addition to the lovely IKEA SPRUTT items, we’ve put together the OEUF NYC SPARROW crib and i made the bed with MIKMAX bedding. after deliberating about different lighting options for way too long, i finally bumped into the perfect ceiling lights at IKEA. i love the black-and-white striped textile cords and the paper pendants, especially when put up this nonchalantly.

in the corner where i want to create a little seating area, we’ve put up the superb SHY SERIES BY PLAYTYPE. i love the interplay between the dreamy graphics and the delicate word, and in my opinion it’s the perfect fit for a nursery. we got the black aluminum frames at INTERIO. on top of the SPRUTT CABINET i’ve found a new place for my LUCK BY MONOMINIPRINTS poster, and we’ve put up the small VIPP SHELF to display some knick-knacks.

the nursery sort of feels more like a storage room right now, as we’re keeping all our baby essentials in here, too. just because i know i’d be curious, i snapped some pics of those as well. i’ve always loved this BABYBJÖRN BOUNCER but i especially love it in this perforated version and silver colorway. for the MAXI-COSI CAR SEAT we bought a cover and sleeping bag from FUNDAS BCN, and my husband keeps joking it looks so comfortable he’d like to sleep in it himself. and you’ve already met our gorgeous BUGABOO STROLLER, right? i don’t even mind one bit that we’ll have it around inside of the apartment – it looks amazing in every corner i put it. lastly, i’m also crazy about our ANGELCARE BABY MONITOR – now there’s a sentence i never thought i’d speak. but the angel shape looks so cute, right? and it does give me a sense of calm to know that we’ll be able to monitor baby’s movements thanks to angelcare’s sensors.

for my belgian readers out there, i also wanted to share which places i shopped at for most of these baby essentials. first of all, i was invited to go and discover the refurbished location of ORCHESTRA in zaventem – 5000 square meters of everything you can image you might ever need for the arrival of your little. i’d have to say skip the clothing, but take your time to investigate the rest. they carry each major baby brand under the sun and often have the entire range in stock. check out THIS REPORT about the opening of the shop if you’re curious. they even have a coffee bar in the front, so that’s pretty much a win in my book.

secondly i visited HET LAND VAN OOIT, which is close to where my parents live and thus very convenient, but also one of the most beautiful baby shops in belgium that i know of. they carry the major brands but often also have unexpected smaller labels, like the aforementioned fundas bcn, for example. i found walking around their showroom very inspiring, and all of the ladies there are super helpful and friendly.

for some items, i wanted to stay closer to home, and i looked for a shop in or near to switzerland. i found everything i wished for when i came across KIDS LOVE DESIGN. it’s an online shop with a tiny little showroom about 15 minutes from where i live, and they carry some of my favorite brands for nursery furniture and interior decoration. our oeuf nyc crib and LEANDER CRADLE are both from here, and i’m pretty sure i’ll be returning there soon to add more cute accessories by scandinavian brands like muuto and ferm living. they deliver worldwide, so make sure you check out their recently renewed webshop!

last but not least, i’d love to introduce you to a brand new belgian webshop called STUDIO AIMEE. we’ve decided to register here because i simply love everything owner marissa has selected to sell. it’s a mix of clothes, toys, decoration and necessities, and the focus is on smaller niche brands and unique products. can’t wait to show you what we decided to register for!

photos by stephanie duval


Filter through posts by category.

The Road Less Taken

Travel through posts by city.


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.


site by —
matthias deckx