vrijdag 16 september 2011

As for all the things you taught me It sends my future into clearer dimensions (Simply Red, Stars)


Humming to a Simply Red song while writing this post.


The little boy seen here above is my son. He's one of the 'models' willing to pose for a tiny online magazine Henny Waalwijk and I would like to publish. Just sharing what we like, beautiful pictures - anything white ... Just need to figure out what's the best way to publish it so everybody can see what we like to share for free... so stay tuned for that one !
Oh yes, the magazine will be named (drumroll) .... wit, etc magazine.

donderdag 15 september 2011

Why do you stand by the window Abandoned to beauty and pride (The Window, Leonard Cohen)

my view of our garden

Had an appointment with the plan B painter last evening. We strolled through the rooms and ended up in what will be my kitchen pretty soon. This room has the most corners and is probably every painter's nightmare. But J. was very kind and said the rooms I've shown him were pretty easy to paint ; a walk in the park. So sweet of him. The appointment was brief but accurate ; I guess he might become our plan A painter. Next week his offer will drop in my mailbox (oldskool way, love to have an offer on paper and not by email) .. So when we say GO colours will be our next issue. I'm already pretty sure what I want. Icy, chalky grey-ish colours. Very toned down, not too much fuss and compatible with any piece of furniture.

woensdag 14 september 2011

Starfish and coffee, maple syrup and jam Butterscotch clouds, a tangerine, a side order of ham (Starfish & Coffee, Prince)

peppercino coffee @ Starfish & Coffee, Antwerp

Everybody 's got their own little secret place. Starfish & Coffee is one of mine. When I need to  get some paper and glue and other stuff, I always grab a peppercino at this coffeeshop just across AVA***

dinsdag 13 september 2011

You got me spinnin', baby You know I'm in a trance (Knock on Wood, Amii Stewart)

Marie and her dad gathering lost wood

We have this large dressing in the new house ; lots of extra space to hang our clothes and shoes but one thing is a bit unfortunate. Some of the upper closets are build in at an height, even my tall hubby has a problem fetching something out of them. So we were thinking about a nice design step, just to make it easer (and avoid sleepy head morning accidents) to get to the top of those highest doors.
I've know Veronique from http://www.malvini.be/ through my shop ; being a graphic designer she often made birth announcements and customized pin buttons for kids. Her husband is a craftsman (with beard an all, perfect typecasting) and he makes the most beautiful furniture out of wood. I love their big chunky tables ; we also need one for our kitchen slash livingspace.
Maybe Malvini could help us out with a nicer version then an aluminum design step ; it still looks like it came out of a DIY shop, but with a more exclusive pricetag .. So I'd rather pay the same for a handcrafted item that looks timeless and chic.

Tu es la vague, moi l’île nue (Je t'aime, moi non plus - Serge Gainsbourg et Jane Birkin)

Lara Stone - V magazine
Just wanted to share these pictures with you. I'm in love with the Kelly bag ... (click on the pics for a closer view)

maandag 12 september 2011

I'll put all your clothes in a nice neat little pile (Diane, Therapy)

What I would wear ...

Fashion week is fully running and I love to check out all the labels (at least my favourite ones)  and what they have in store for us, upcoming season. I've picked the Diane von Furstenberg show cause Diane was born in Brussels, she's a strong and independent woman and she has an amazing label.
I really love her classics - the wrap dresses - but unfortunately, they are not for my figure. I do own 2 DVF dresses however. A bright red and white one, floaty floral design and a black one (LBD) with shimmering gold detail.
If I would choose something from this upcoming collection it would be the outfit on the left. The colours match amazingly. It's totally me. The cropped trousers, the brogues and skinny shirt. The little jacket would be perfect for my height (only 5'4"). As for the picture of Anna Wintour. She always get's it right. 

zondag 11 september 2011

I rock the place I rock the place that's pumpin' Bass (I'm in the house, Steve Aoki)

I really love the old parts in my house ; they give it soul 

As promised, a little collage and first impression of the hall and our future living room.
I really am in love with those old tiles ; even though some of them are crooked, I never ever want to
change them. It's the first thing you notice when you come through our door. The 1st door on your left gives a little hint that this is not a recently built house. My intention is to look it up ; maybe a visit to the city archives will learn us more about that.

Today we met Frank, a housepainter who was highly recommended to us by Henny Waalwijk. A very nice man ; I'll try and catch his picture once he starts painting. Our hope is he can start soon, now the house is still empty and it's way easier to work with no furniture standing in his way.