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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

i noticed the other day that i haven’t really shared any photos of our guest bedroom on here yet, but the explanation is very simple. it’s our all-purpose room that not only houses our guests when they come visit from belgium – it also functions as a laundry room, storage room, tax filing room and whatever else room we might need on any given day. one corner is taken up by our stationary bike (while baby’s crib takes up its previous location in OUR BEDROOM), another is filled with juliet’s largest toys, bike and autoped, and the guest bed is flanked by a huge wardrobe on one side, and a desk table on the other. as you can imagine, it’s not the coziest room right now, and it is in desperate need of a makeover.

but the thing is – i have no clue yet what its main purpose will be over the next few years. will baby sleep in juliet’s room soon? will she need a separate space? do i move juliet to the big room then, or do i create a cozy nook there for the baby? where will our guests sleep? where will we put everything else? i certainly don’t want baby to sleep in a room that is dominated by a stationary bike, piles of laundry and a printer… soooo many questions, and very, very few answers. so the only thing i can do right now, is make the best of it and try to make the space a little more welcoming by adding some nice details.

we originally thought to create a home office in this room, but in the end i didn’t like spending my days isolated like that and we put the computer screen in the living room. but in order to keep that space uncluttered, we left the printer on the table in the guest room. it is now the table where paper work gathers, finished books and empty frames collect dust, and everything else that i want to get out of the way ends up in one big mess. needless to say, i had a different vision for this space, and i recently went to work to finally create it. i browsed the DESIGN ACCESSORIES section of my favorite design web shop for a while, in search of some small items that could possibly make a huge difference.

when i first laid eyes on the ORGANISE LARGE OFFICE SET, i knew this could be part of my solution. i love its sleek look – which is similar to the see-through frames i already own and love from MOEBE, and i figured it would be the perfect way to display some pretty office supply goodies, while simultaneously offering a place to put a cell phone, a pair of glasses or whatever our guests would love to keep safe and close during their stay. for now, it’s the perfect place to keep my collection of greeting cards that i found at LE CHAT NOIR. i love to surprise friends and family with a card from time to time, knowing how a pretty piece of snail mail can make someone’s day.

i still have a way to go to get this space ready for whatever its new purpose will be. i know it will involve some serious decluttering and repurposing of objects, furniture and wardrobe contents. part of me wants to get on with it as soon as possible (clearly nesting is taking over large parts of my brain), but the other part wants to wait and see what life will actually be like with another kid in the house (the sensible part of me that has learned nothing ever goes the way you plan it with a baby). i’m curious to know though – if you have more than one kid, how did you arrange for them to live in your home? do they share a room (don’t they wake each other up all the time?) or did you sacrifice a home office or guest bedroom to create another kids room? i’d love to hear your advice if you have any!

photos by stephanie duval • organise office set by STUDIO MOEBE • post in collaboration with MISTERDESIGN.BE

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