A Peek Into Our Living Room

January 30, 2018 • DesignHome Decor

you guys, do you remember when our living room looked LIKE THIS?? i could hardly believe it looking back at these photos. i mean, i still think it looks picture perfect and i am still head over heels in love with our sofa, but overall it looks kinda cold and not so cozy – right? our current living room looks a lot different… it is a continuous work in progress – if only for the fact that we keep most of juliet’s toys in here, so it feels like i spend half my waking time trying to control and clean up the mess she makes in here. i wouldn’t have it any other way though – for now, i can’t imagine her having a playing room somewhere else. i like having her close by and i love watching her play. besides, she’ll have plenty of time during her teenage years to lock herself up in her room as far away as possible from us, right?

so our living room has to be a kid-friendly place, but of course i don’t like to sacrifice our home’s style for that. so i am always, always looking for beautiful baskets to store juliet’s toys away from sight – is there anything uglier than duplo, i ask you? (luckily it’s also about the most fun toy that ever existed and juliet can play with it for such a long time). the teepee we’ve had since before she was born, and i love how it adds coziness to our large and open living space. juliet loves to sneak in there to do all the things she knows i would not approve of.

but the thing we struggled with for quite a while, is the coffee table. we used to have a fun little wire basket from ferm living, which i still love, but which didn’t prove to be very stable when a certain little human started pulling herself up by it. we’ve spilled everything from coffee to candle wax on our carpet because of it, and then finally decided it was time to look for a replacement. design webshop FLINDERS invited me to take a look at what they have on offer and i was pleasantly surprised by the sheer volume of beautiful brands and products they have on offer. i am a huge fan of HAY so i first looked at every little table they have – but it was THIS BEAUTY from muuto that i ended up falling in love with. sturdy and stable so we don’t have to worry it topples over, available in a variety of beautiful colors (we chose the oak, but i also really like the green!) and with a gorgeous design that is simple but at the same time interesting enough to not be ‘just another coffee table’. it’s also really big compared to what we had before, so we can have much more elaborate aperitifs (so, so important in life) and i can go to town decorating yet another little nook in our living room.

looking back on the photos of our old living room, it makes me realize what having a kid does to you. you collect a lot more STUFF, but you also invite a lot more coziness and warmth into your home. i will choose our current cozy mess over anything else, any day. i’ve tried to sum up below whatever else you can see in the photos above, but if you have any other questions don’t hesitate to drop them in the comments!

photos by stephanie duval • post created in collaboration with FLINDERS • brass and glass hurricane light from POMAX • brass round tray set from MALLING LIVING • moroso gentry sofa via MASTER MEUBEL • foscarini twiggy lamp via MASTER MEUBEL • björk rug from DESIGN HOUSE STOCKHOLM • cross blanket by PIA WALLEN • wall shelf from IKEA • moebe frame via NORDIC LIVING • brass square candle holder from MALLING LIVING • little wooden birds from KAY BOJESEN • leather mat in teepee from GATHRE • pink leather gathre mat in basket via ZOEN VOOR GUST • black aal82 chair from hay via MASTER MEUBEL • basket with handles from MALLING LIVING

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


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