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A flat with muted tones and minimalist style. The DRD apartment by Vincent Van Duysen

A Belgian flat in muted tones

A few weeks ago, I added this beautiful kitchen to the CASA PYLA feed. I was really taken by its muted tones, simplicity and minimalist style. It’s not the first time that I find spaces designed by Belgian Architect Vincent Van Duysen beautifully stylish, simple and timeless. The man is a master at architectural spaces with muted tones and textured minimalist walls. Residence DRD is a duplex penthouse in Knokke with sea view of the Belgian coast. The main kitchen island is made of a single slab of granite to form the counters and the sink. The tap looks similar to the beautiful minimalist taps designed by Cocoon. It’s a weekend home designed to unwind as well as to be together with family and friends. The use of white and light, natural colours and natural light contribute to the feeling of calm. In the main living area, Van Duysen designed low-level storage space connected to the wall. They serve as seating too. If you pay attention, you will see that the height of these volumes also perfectly align …

10 must-haves in the Hush sale

10 must-haves in the Hush sale

When it comes to stylish, fun, affordable fashion must-haves, Hush Homewear is my go-to brand. They always have fantastic knitwear and dresses and they deliver around the world. As the HUSH SALE is on, here is a round-up of all my favourites, should you wish to grab a bargain ;-) To be updated on the latest blog posts. please follow me on Bloglovin’ or sign up to my E-news. #1: The grey marl jumper Grey jumpers and sweatshirts are my guilty pleasures. The pile goes up and down in my wardrobe but it remains my colour of predilection. This grey marl lurex jumper (£99 now £50) ticks several of my boxes. It comes in a beautiful, soft grey (first box ticked!) but has also lurex stripes which fulfil my second guilty pleasure: sequins & glitter and happy people like glitter ;-) Its cut makes it the perfect item to wear over boyfriend jeans during the day or at weekends. In the evening, I would pair it with black trousers and a pair of Chilton heels or gold slingback pumps (loving these heels from Prada) BUY IT NOW …

Inspiring and affordable ceramics for your home

Inspiring, affordable ceramics for your home

Inspiring, affordable ceramics for your home is always a good thing, right! It’s one of life’s small pleasures that uplift our spirits don’t you think?   First of all, let me wish you a wonderful and happy New Year filled with lots of precious moments with your loved ones, a sense of well-being and great, exciting projects. The end of 2018 was for us one of the best in many many years. I joked that nobody died this year but 2015 & 2016 were pretty awful for our family and I’m grateful we could end the year feeling lighter this time around. I also know that some of you have experienced painful loss (we all do at some point in our lives sadly) and I hope you will see brighter days in the near future. For what it worth, when my dad died, travelling was one thing that really helped me to keep my head out of the water and move on from the pain. To Mila‘s delight, Steve got a new job for a large …

Christmas styling table with Portmeirion

Grey & white Christmas styling table

Have you planned your table settings for Christmas yet? If you haven’t, maybe you are in for some inspiration. This year, my table setting is in soft grey, white, black with a touch of green and I’ve used the beautiful Spode Pure Morris tableware which can be mixed and matched. William Morris designs are timeless. His work can be admired at the William Morris gallery in East London and earlier this year, H&M released a beautiful collection bearing his prints (there are some pieces left here). My aim was to bring together William Morris’ classic designs and a modern, table setting to create an inviting and beautiful Christmas dinner table. Tableware To create a stylish table, I first used the large 11-inch plates with the Strawberry Thief design as the base, then add the pasta bowls and these cereal bowls that I will be using for serving soup. If you already have plain white plates at home, these are perfect to complement your existing tableware. I also added these beautiful Droplet red wine glasses which I love. I’m not sure the picture does any …

Le relooking de notre cuisine blanche, minimaliste

Our white kitchen makeover

I’m so excited to finally reveal our kitchen makeover which you may have spotted on Instagram. Having used it daily for the past three months, I’m delighted to say that this is now the perfect kitchen for us in terms of storage, usability and design. I absolutely love it! In fact, there isn’t a single thing I would change. At home, our living space (kitchen, dining, lounge) is open-plan. So this is really the heart of our home and the room we spend most of our times as a family. We eat, cook and entertain friends and family. It’s where we all gather and hang out together. I also work from there on a corner of our Norman Copenhagen dining table. SHOP OUR TABLE: The kitchen before The first time we did the kitchen up (and the whole house) was 12 years ago. At the time, I wasn’t cooking much and a lot of my decisions were based on look, design and budget. The kitchen had decent storage. Not so much after we relocated from London with …

How to make your own advent calendar

How to make your own advent calendar

I know that all children (including Mila) are eagerly waiting to open their advent calendar and get a little treat before going to school. This year, I’ve made our own advent calendar with plain white matchboxes and hung them with Command Brand transparent plastic hooks. Both can easily be found on Amazon. These Command™ Clear Decorating Clips hooks are fantastic to hang Christmas decorations without damaging your walls. I also use them on styling projects, to hang garlands in Mila’ bedroom or for her birthday party. The other thing I use a lot all year long is their picture hanging strips. I think is worth mentioning this article again because I regularly see people on Instagram asking how they can hang picture frames without drilling into their walls. Each time I’m like “Command Brand people, Command Brand!” (please read it if you haven’t done so, you will thank me). Once you have everything listed below, it should not take you more than 20 minutes to make your own advent calendar. To make this advent calendar, you will …

Organic Basics - Basically better made

Organic Basics – Basically better made

Have you heard of Organic Basics before? It’s a Danish brand created in 2015 which designs and produces sustainable, better made basics. Like me, they think fashion produces too much waste and that there is a better way of doing things, of consuming things and enjoying fashion. In the case of Organic Basics, that means better fabrics and basics like t-shirts, socks and underwear that last longer. It’s a no brainer I think. You can also trust the Danes to come up with some fantastic branding and packaging to deliver the message in style. Isn’t this soft pink packaging gorgeous!? I love the colour so much that I think I’m gonna recycle it and re-use it to store things. With its big white logo on brown padded envelope, the Arket mail order packaging is pretty cool too. I’ve ordered the organic complete pack which includes 2 briefs, 1 pretty triangle bra and 1 basic soft t-shirt. They currently have some Christmas packs for her here and for men here. I had a full on day dealing with …

The winter coat I swear by

The Winter coat I swear by

I’m not one to have dozens of winter coats in my wardrobe. To tell you the truth, I get stressed out when I can’t see what is in my wardrobe and it overflows with clothing. If you are like me, read these 15 helpful tips to declutter your home. My Autumn Winter coat capsule includes at the most 5 pieces which already sounds too much… Two Winter coats (the new one & one purchased 2/3 seasons ago), a 10 years-old timeless trench coat from Comptoir des Cotonniers (really loving the style of this Arket trench), a raincoat and now a parka so I can watch Mila surfing in the winter time. SHOP MY FAVOURITE TRENCH COATS THIS SEASON For the past two years, I wore an oversized coat from Monki that I really loved. This season, I fell in love with this belted coat from H&M. Based on the cost per wear (£119.99), it has proven to be a good investment already! Belted coats really enhance your waist and give you that extra confidence in your step. I …