OUR STATEMENT BEDROOM WALL (BEFORE AND AFTER)

31 January 2018 · posted in interiors

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Triangle love

Our bedroom is definitely the room I am most proud of from our apartment renovation, because of this incredibly beautiful triangle statement wall. Every day when I walk in the bedroom when it's time to go to sleep my inner artiste still sings oh la la, we did good (think horrible french accent, stripes, dungarees and paint brushes!). Creating this wall certainly wasn't our fastest or easiest project during the renovation but it was for sure time well spent. It's also the part from our renovation we've gotten the best reactions on. Obviously the rest is also coming together nicely and the entire apartment looks way more modern that it did before, but this statement wall is so unique, daring and eye catching that it scores very well on the wow!-how-did-you-do-that?? front. So well, today I'm sharing with you how we did it.

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The design

As with many of the other rooms in the apartment we immediately tore down wallpaper and removed flooring. We weren't living here yet at that time so it didn't really matter whether it was a mess or not. Stripping away all previous styling meant we had a completely blank canvas to work with. We knew we wanted a lot of white and some statement shapes and colours and we had found some ideas and inspiration on Pinterest but we still needed to actually make a plan for our wall. So once it was stripped we took a photo from the room and began painting, digitally. We fairly quickly decided we were going for something with triangles because you know, triangles are awesome! After a lot of brainstorming, shooting ideas, trying different parts of different walls and adjusting shapes and colours a thousand times over, finally we both liked the design of our wall. This process fits into one sentence now, but believe me when I say, it wasn't always pretty and we had quite a few major breakdowns over this wall design. Well maybe that's not entirely correct. I had quite a few major breakdowns over this wall design as I was really the one designing it, while Ruben mostly used his veto. (Sorry bae, but you know it's true.)

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The painting

A lot of people tell us we did everything backwards in our renovation as it's apparently the norm to do flooring before painting and we didn't. But we figured it was much easier to paint ceilings and wall when you don't have to be scared of paint dripping, so we painted first. Before we could start on our designer statement wall we painted the entire room white. After that, the fun part started! We divided all our triangles into two groups of not overlapping / connecting triangles. We taped and painted one group first completely (one layer with a brush, one layer with a roller) and only when they were completely finished and dry we started the second group. What we discovered is that for flawless straight lines it's best to remove the painter's tape when the second layer is still a little wet. This way, you can still fix any minor bleeds under the tape very carefully with a sharp knife.

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Before and after

I obviously know what our apartment looked like when we bought it and that we changed it pretty dramatically, but seeing photos taken from almost the exact same spot from before and after still shocks me a little. (Use the arrows on the right photo to see the before!) At the same time, I also can't stop clicking back and forth in awe and proudness of how much better it looks now (or at least I think it does!). Did I inspire you to go for a bold statement wall yet? Let me know in the comments below!

xo,
Margot

ACCESSORIZING WITH GREEN

13 January 2018 ·  posted in interiors

Learning to love green

If you'd tell me at seventeen that I would be dreaming of an urban jungle apartment 10 years later, I would've laughed. Plants? Truly you must be talking about someone else. But things change and one of those things is my love for house plants. I still find it very hard to keep them alive. I still don't know if they need more light, less light, more water or less water when they're looking sad and I still don't know which plants grow best where in the apartment. But I do know that I love filling our spaces with green.

Your space is alive!

Having plants around makes a space so much more alive, literally. They live, they breathe and they need to be cared for. Some days I'm better at it than others though. Some days I forget. Some days I notice them looking sad, but I carry on whatever I'm busy with anyway and later I forget. I feel a little guilty about that. I've unintentionally killed plants and I've completely given up on one sad looking plant because I just couldn't figure out how to make him better, so I threw him in the bin. I'm not very proud of that though. I'm learning to care for our plants better and while I'm learning, my love for decorating with greens is growing still, but I've come to realize that the wonderful urban jungles I've been admiring on Instagram are not totally practical to live in. More than once I've walked into a flower pot, toes hurting afterwards.

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The middle road

So we're trying to find a balance between our love for greens and a practical space. Putting the right plants in the right spot so that they grow happily, look beautiful and are not preventing doors from opening (very annoying!). My brother in law once told me that we're looking at the whole 'decorating with plants' thing wrong. We fall in love with a certain type of plant on someone's Instagram feed (hello Monstera!) and then we buy that plant for a specific spot in our apartment because 'it will look nice there'. But truth be told, he's right, the plant isn't always happy there.

Inverse plant adoption

So instead of looking at which plants we like, he told us we should look at our apartment climate and figure out which plants would be happy living here. I guess finding plants this way goes a long way to ensure your plants' happiness later. But how can I give up a dream of having a little house tree in our living room when all I see on everyone's feed are gorgeous fiddle leaf figs? I haven't figured out ideal living environments for fiddle leaf figs yet, and I'm a little scared to do so, just in case I discover it won't thrive here. So until we save up some more to spend on inside greenery I can still dream, right?

Plant lust list

I know I just said that it would we wiser to let the plants choose our home instead of the other way around, but we still have a little lust list of plants we would love to add to our collection to decorate our spaces. Recently we already adopted our first monstera but I think they are so cool that he still deserves a spot in this lust list. We're still on the fence about the calathea as we absolutely love the pattern on the leaves but we're not sure about the dark red underside of the leaves, although it is cool, we're still debating whether or not we have a space for it. The last one in the list is entirely my lusting as Ruben hates cacti. I on the other hand am absolutely loving the cool vibes of the tall cacti that were so trendy last year. I hope I can still do some convincing and get one of these babies soon.

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pilea peperomioides

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monstera

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fiddle leaf fig

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calathea

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mini orange tree

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a tall cactus

 

What about you?

Which house plants are on your urban jungle lust list?

xo,
Margot

SHARING OUR INTERIOR ITEMS

7 January 2017 · posted in interiors

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From our home to yours

The reason I started this blog, with this name, at the time we bought our first apartment is simple: I wanted to share my love for beautiful spaces and I wanted to record how we make ours beautiful without a huge budget or a lot of knowledge about renovating. Almost three years have gone by since we signed for the place, and two and a few months since we moved in. Yesterday we hung the first light fixture. Before that, there were just bulbs hanging from the ceiling. I'm not telling you this because I'm proud of our oh so slow progress, I'm telling you this because I've been realizing lately that for us, however slow, this is the pace at which we are changing our spaces and it would be a fantasy to think we could do it any faster. However, in those almost three years, a lot has been changed, and I think it's time that I start sharing more bits and pieces of our home because that was the whole reason I started this blog.

Shop our home

So over the last week, when I redid the blog design for the millionth time, I added a shop where you can find clickable pictures of all our furniture and home items. That way if you ever see something beautiful in any of the photos, even if it's not linked in that particular blog post it will probably have a link in the shop. If ever you cannot find an item that you're curious about, just pop me an e-mail. I know lots of bloggers (especially bigger fashion and beauty bloggers) are using RewardStyle for their blog shops but I am nowhere near that kind of audience or consistent content, yet?) so I put together the pictures and links myself. Since all the links on the blog go through SkimLinks it is possible that I earn a little something when you make a purchase through that link. Being a blogger from tiny Belgium, with a lot of readers in the UK and the US, I tried to find the most universally accessible links possible (international shipping) but lots of items I could only find from their original store in Belgium, so forgive me if some items are not available for shipping to your country, but maybe having more details on an item will help you find a dupe.

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Our home on a page

Seeing most of our interior items together on one page was a little weird at first, but I absolutely love how in the shop you can really see that everything, although sourced from different places and at different times, is coming together to create a bright and hearty home. Since we aren't done decorating all of our spaces yet (in search for the perfect items) and are constantly lusting for new things to add, there is also a home lust list with some items that we're looking at to maybe add to our home. For all the item that I personally am lusting for in all other areas of life there is a life lust list, which will probably serve as my memory and birthday wish list (you're welcome friends!). The first lust item has already been added to the life lust list because yesterday I fell in love with one of my friends' new pair of glasses, and I'm totally considering buying the exact same frame. Would that be weird? Anyway. I hope you enjoy shopping our home!

xo,
Margot

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