design

roomin gent

Toegegeven, ik fronste toch even de wenkbrauwen toen ik zonet merkte dat ik jullie nog niets over Roomin verteld heb. Roomin zeg je? Ja, Roomin, hét interieur design platform bij uitstek. Vergeet Pinterest, Roomin is the place to be wanneer we het over interieur en inspiratie hebben. Naast een online platform op www.roomin.be, vindt ook op regelmatige basis de Roomin offline experience plaats. Na een succesvolle eerste offline editie in Antwerpen is het nu de beurt aan Gent en ik nam vrijdagavond al een kijkje!

roomin gent

Om nog even terug te komen op Roomin: het concept is vrij eenvoudig. Daar waar Pinterest stopt, gaat Roomin net dat stapje verder door zich volledig toe te spitsen op interieurs en op basis van voorkeuren een match te vinden met het interieur waar de gebruiker naar op zoek is. Gedaan met urenlang het internet af te schuimen op zoek naar die ene tafel of die mooie lamp: de mensen achter Roomin gaan voor jou op zoek naar de items die je in de interieurs op Roomin terug vindt zodat je meteen aan de slag kan met de (her)inrichting van jouw interieur.

Omdat online ook maar online is, vinden we Roomin ook regelmatig offline terug en deze keer viel de keuze op Gent. Een stijlvol herenhuis vlak aan de Dampoort werd er omgetoverd tot een waar pareltje dankzij de twintig (!) partners waar Roomin ondertussen mee samen werkt. In de collage hierboven zie je alvast enkele snapshots van het prachtige interieur aan de hand van interieurontwerper én Gentenaar Bart Degryse van Flow Interior.

Naast het opdoen van inspiratie kan je hier ook terecht als co-working space en zijn er tot en met december talloze themaweekends gepland. Mijn oog viel alvast op de Holiday DIY en Shop Small weekends!
Daarenboven kan je ook een bod uitbrengen op je favoriete interieurobjecten waarvan de opbrengst naar SOS Kinderdorpen gaat. Een heel mooi initiatief waar ik zelf ook deel van uitmaak, maar hierover later meer!

Kortom, Roomin Gent is zeker een bezoekje waard. Ik ben alleszins van plan om nog eens langs te gaan, al was het maar om een middag te werken of wat foto’s te nemen. Wie weet kom ik daar één van jullie tegen en drinken we samen een kop koffie in de super cosy zitplaats!

Roomin Gent
24/9 – 18/12
Kasteellaan 495, Gent
donderdag-zondag 11-18u
www.roomin.be

atelier jacques

atelier jacques

Afgelopen week werd complimentendag gevierd. Ik pas deze dag het hele jaar door toe. Maar al te vaak wordt de focus op het negatieve gelegd terwijl iets positiefs ook wel eens in de kijker gezet mag worden, niet?

De mensen van Atelier Jacques dachten daar duidelijk ook zo over en ik vond vorige week dan ook een hele mooie kaart in mijn postvak op het werk terug. Niet zomaar een postkaart, neen. Een unieke postkaart, gemaakt van restanten leder. De afwerking bestaat uit een foliedruk die het geheel nog zoveel mooier maakt.

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opsmuk popup | bruges

opsmuk

With the holiday season in full swing, there’s no denying it: pop-up shops are roaming the streets nowadays. While most of them used to be located somewhere in Ghent or Antwerp, we also get our fair deal of them in Bruges nowadays.

Among them is Opsmuk POPUP. Before launching their pop-up in the centre of Bruges, I was quite familiar with the brand as my colleague Julie was raving about the tables she had them create for her home. But now they’re also curating the most beautiful brands in their pop-up shop in Bruges. Read along to catch a glimpse of the beautiful location and what brands they are collaborating with.

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stephanie duval for diamanti per tutti

If there’s one collab I’ve been looking forward to over the last couple of months, it must have been Stephanie Duval’s second capsule collection for one of my favorite brands: Diamanti Per Tutti.
While her first collection was centered around her nuptials, this one is staged around another milestone in her young life: becoming a mom to the adorable, sweet Juliet (do check Stephanie’s Instagram feed for a look at that cutie pie!).

Click through to read the rest of the story behind You + Me!

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thrifted

The title of this post doesn’t really do the items featured here justice. I could have easily used inherited as a title, but that seemed so big (as in house-big). So, thrifted it is.

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jeff koons | retrospective

On the last day of 2014 we hit the road to Paris to spend New Year’s Eve at Disneyland Paris (which you can read all about here). However, since we had our fair share of Disney over the last half of the year, I really wanted to drive to the centre of Paris during the day. Don’t get me wrong, I love Disney, but it does hurt, visiting Disneyland, knowing that the city of Paris is just behind the corner so as to speak.
Anyway, I love me a good museum (or two) and when I learned about the exhibits being held at Centre Pompidou I immediately knew the plan for the day.

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TASCHEN winter sale

I must admit: I love myself a good coffee table book (or two perhaps). I love to display them around the house, going through them at times, just looking at their beautiful covers. When reading this, I guess it will come as no surprise, that I have a penchant for TASCHEN books.
They are currently hosting their winter sales and I’m stopping by tomorrow to hopefully expand my ever-growing coffee table books collection. Since I have a keen interest in photography, I selected five items from their huge collection which I wouldn’t mind having in our home.

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set the table

In case you didn’t know already, I love throwing dinner parties and entertaining our guests. While the food is, of course, very important, so is the setting (in my opinion, at least). Over the years I’ve found myself opting for the safe side and use a couple of candles for the table setting. No big fuss, you know. This year, however, I tried to throw together what one could call a centerpiece.

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having a ball

As the photos will prove I have a love for pretty Christmas tree ornaments. Preferably those with a story to it as well. Whenever we’re on vacation, I now try to buy at least one Christmas tree ornament. You can find them anywhere and anytime nowadays.
Below you will find a recap with my precious ornaments, most of them Disney ones, purchased during our visits to Disneyland these past few months.

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gift wrap ideas

These photos didn’t exactly turn out as I wanted them to (flash light can be a bitch at Christmas). Of course, I only made these at 1am the night before and took the photos right before we dashed off to my parents’ to celebrate Christmas Eve.
However, they should be able to give you an idea about this year’s gift wrapping and maybe they’ll inspire you on future gift wrapping joints.

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diamanti per tutti pop-up

diamanti per tutti
diamanti per tutti
diamanti per tutti
diamanti per tutti

Over the weekend, I finally got the chance to experience the beauty that is Diamanti per Tutti, the Antwerp-based diamond fashion brand.
I remember them starting out not that long ago and have come to appreciate them over time. When I learned they would be popping up in Antwerp this December, I was in for a visit.
Though I must admit that one of the main reasons I wanted to check out their pop-up shop, was their collaboration with Belgian journalist and lifestyle blogger Stephanie Duval (look out for a special post on their Diamanti per Tutti x 70percentpure collab soon).
I have to admit, upon entering the shop, I fell in love. The interior is so stylish and beautiful and the jewellery couldn’t be displayed in a better way.
I think their presence in a shop, albeit a pop-up shop, during this holiday season was a smart move. After all, I wouldn’t have left with two boxes if it were to be bought online.
And as to what was in the two boxes… well, I guess you’ll just have to wait and see, or maybe check my Instagram on Christmas Eve for some sparkles.

this is not another pop-up

Plantshop

When I read a press release with the sentence “this is not another pop-up”, I’m intrigued. Especially when it also talks about a new generation of pop-up concepts and that the likes of Baroness O. (online store/creative studio) and Sofie Claes (fashion designer) are involved.
Let me introduce you to The Plantshop. Based in Antwerp, from November 21st until December 28th, The Plantshop promises to spoil us with coffee, design, magazines and plants. But there’s more: the temporary restaurant will stuff your stomach every Thursday night (reservation required).
These creative gals also worked together on a special project. Top-secret as for now, the only thing we know for now is that it is a cross-over of sorts between fashion and design.
Furthermore, Baroness O. will present her capsule collection Jacky by Baroness O. together with other items from the webshop.
Designer Sofie Claes will present her AW13 capsule collection which she will complement with a line of silver leather garments.

The Plantshop
Vlasmarkt 30
2000 Antwerp

Opening hours – Thursday through Sunday – 11am-7pm
Also open on December 23 & 24, 27 & 28.

For dinner reservations, please send an e-mail to hello@baronesso.com or wolf@sofieclaes.be

de vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

De Vitrine

I finally got round to visit De Vitrine yesterday, a bi-annual fair set in the lovely decor of La Brugeoise in Bruges.

The event was started a couple of years ago by the brains behind Lola Life Lines, a hip & retro webshop, based in Bruges. The first edition had a mere 12 stands, but now hosts over 80 stands ranging from webshops to designers.

I think it’s safe to describe De Vitrine as a real-life Etsy fest mixed with a couple of gift webshops. It’s nice to be able to see and touch the things you usually browse online in real-life.

The best thing about the fair though is that the entrance is free and it’s probably the ideal spot for a business to get recognized.

If you want to take it in yourself: the spring edition of De Vitrine is set for March 22nd and 23rd, 2014.

LostNFound

WM A groot

Scanned Document

LOST AND FOUND Photo Alexander Meeus

LOST AND FOUND Photo Alexander Meeus

I already told you about DesignMarkt which is taking place this weekend in Ghent, but I also promised you to have a more detailed look into LostNFound.

The fall edition of Designmarkt will have the honor to present the reissued Boomerang table by renowned Belgian architect Willy Van Der Meeren. It’s the first in a series of long-forgotten design classics from the twentieth century that will be reissued. Other visionary designs will include work by Renaat Braem and Lucien Engels, but first up is Van Der Meeren.

Frederic Rozier, design expert and founder of DesignMarkt, is the brains behind LostNFound, the collective that is responsible for the reissuing of these designs. He claims it’s a pity these designs got forgotten over the last couple of decades and hopes to give them the recognition they deserve.

As for the production of these items, quality is important to Rozier. For instance, all objects will carry the Made in Belgium label in order to maintain the authenticity. However, the collection will be available outside Belgium as well.

Sales information
Set of three tables black (L), red (M) and grey (S): 770 euro
Separate:
black (L): 285€
red (M): 275€
grey(S): 265€

For sale at Galerie Rozier / Design 7 Nieuwpoort 7 – 9000 Gent
Online at www.lost-and-found.be

DesignMarkt Ghent

Designmarkt Gent

Designmarkt Gent

Designmarkt Gent

Designmarkt Gent

The weekend of November 9-10, the ICC in Ghent will welcome the fall edition of DesignMarkt also known as the home of vintage design. From what I’ve heard, a wide range of items will be available, be it affordable or that one master piece you’ve been hunting down for a while. The former might be a good thing if you weren’t sure of going yet. I admit, I usually skip these things because they never offer something affordable, so I hope this one proves to be different.

Next to the vintage design market, there are also some other activities such as the 101 Lights exhibition in co-operation with Design Museum Gent. This exhibition serves as an overview of the design light fixtures through the years. Most vendors will be bringing extra vintage lights, so if you’re looking for a fancy light for the coming winter months, I’m sure you’ll more than find your way here.

Another exhibition is hosted by LostNFound, founded by the man behind DesignMarkt, Frederic Rozier. They aim to re-issue the long-forgotten iconic design pieces by famed Belgian architects and designers.
First in the series and to be presented exclusively at DesignMarkt will be the Boomerang T3 table by Brussels architect Willy Van Der Meeren.

Keep an eye out on the blog as I will dedicate a special post to the re-issued Booomerang on the occasion of DesignMarkt 2013, the fall edition.

And if you were wondering what COS is doing in the photos above: the Swedish brand will be present at DesignMarkt with a special, mobile pop-up store. I’m curious to see what that is all about.

Hope to see you there next weekend!

Show-up Shop Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

pop-up Baroness O. x Bureau Jacky

Earlier this summer we visited the show-up shop in Ghent hosted by none other than siblings Anne and Line of Baroness O. who did a collab with the talented Dagmara of Bureau Jacky.

Anne and Line are the brains behind Baroness O., both a blog and pop-up webshop. Pop-up as in the fact that they only offer twenty selected items. They carry these items in limited quantities, so when a product is sold-out it is simply replaced by a new product. Their webshop features the most beautiful design objects and you’ll surely agree with me that every visit is very tempting.

Dagmara of Bureau Jacky is a very talented lady whose work and approach I truly admire. She has the most rad concepts when it comes to promoting her services. It’s just one of the many reasons I’d hire her.

The idea behind the show-up shop was to let people see & touch the items the ladies of Baroness O. are selling in their webshop. After all, Belgian customers aren’t exactly the most fervent online shoppers.
For the people who were looking for a new logo or site design, it was the perfect opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Dagmara and exchange ideas. I think the threshold is rather low in this case.

From what I’ve heard Baroness O. is planning more of these events. I’ll be sure to post any news on the Coineanach Facebook page as it comes available.

(oh, and kudos to the ladies of Baroness O. for creating the best goodie bag ever (office supplies addict typing here)).

Rad and Hungry

Rad and Hungry

Rad and Hungry

Rad and Hungry

Rad and Hungry

Rad and Hungry

Rad and Hungry

Rad and Hungry

Rad and Hungry

Rad and Hungry

Rad and Hungry

I’ve been planning on blogging about Rad and Hungry for a very, very long time. There’s just one reason for this: every self-proclaimed office supply geek (e.g. me) should know about the existence of Rad and Hungry because, as their name says, they’re one of the raddest companies out there on the interwebs. If you subscribe, they will sent you a monthly office supply kit, but not just any kit. No, every kit has been thoroughly searched for and consists of four office supply items from a different country each month. I’ve coveted their kits for a very long time so when they had the best offer ever back in January, I didn’t hesitate and purchased four kits at once. Just look at how thoughtful the packages have been wrapped and I haven’t even mentioned the personal note from the brains behind all this, the wonderful Hen, that was included in every single one of them. Seriously, I have never seen my name written out so beautifully, so many times.

(on a side note: did you spot my fancy Rah Rah Club card?)

HAY House

HAY house

HAY house

HAY house

HAY house

HAY house

I think I pretty much became a HAY addict overnight, so when we visited Copenhagen last month, I just had to pay a visit to HAY house. Think a large two-story apartment with a great selection of furniture, rugs, homeware and other design objects by the Danish brand. Located in the heart of Copenhagen, I could spend hours browsing this store (and possibly spending lots of cash). Oh, and did I mention their stationery selection yet? Buying only three notebooks, I’m still convinced I was a good girl that day.