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Let’s swoon at Athena Calderone’s

July 31st, 2013


hbz_athena calderone 05Time for some more tangible inspiration and what better way than to take a tour at Athena Calderone’s exquisite Brooklyn home. I first discovered Athena’s world and work early 2012 when her Amagansett home was featured on Tales of Endearment. This talented interior designer splits her time between her house in upstate New York and her stunning Brooklyn home.

hbz_athena calderone 01refinery 29 athena calderone 03rawlinscalderone 04My heart almost skipped a beat when I saw her open plan kitchen in shades of dark grey with notes of brass and marble.

refinery 29 athena calderone 02SousStyle_AthenaCalderone_LiannaTarantin-24-750x500[1]rawlinscalderone 01What I like most, besides her capacity to mix and match different styles and textures, is that she dared to stay away from all white walls and instead opted for a rich colourpalette turning the high ceiling spaces into a warm cocoon.

refinery 29 athena calderone 07refinery 29 athena calderone 07_bisWhen I discovered through her lifestyle blog Eye Swoon she loves cooking as much as she loves interior design I was completely sold…

SousStyle_AthenaCalderone_LiannaTarantin-2-750x500Buratta-Mint-Pea-Mainand does it come as a surprise, after seeing her gorgeous home,  that she has great personal style and an exquisite taste in shoes? Yes I so swoon too.

hbz_athena calderone 02Pictures 1, 2 & 12 via Harpers Bazar
Pictures 3 & 5 via Refinery 29
Picture 4, 7, 8, & 9 via Rawlins Calderone
Picture 6 & 10 via Sous Style
Picture 11 via Eye Swoon


April 9th, 2013


 MAGAZYN 09_bOne of the qualities I admire most in people is consistency. This is especially the case when talking about design, fashion or any other creative discipline. When I heard MAGAZYN, the brainchild of Thomas Haarman, which I featured as a shelter before, had moved to a new location I couldn’t wait to have a look. Thomas embodies consistency from his selection of objects to, may I say, the way he dresses. I was extremely eager to see what he would do if he had more square meters at his disposal to showcase his exquisite curation.

MAGAZYN 10_greyMAGAZYN 20_greyMAGAZYN 03_greyThis new location is the perfect fit to display Thomas’ unique finds and the opportunity to now also present furniture to his loyal customer base. From chairs made in a small Danish atelier to a robust German table made in Berlin. While I was wondering around I confessed I could live in his shop. His genuine smile gave away I wasn’t the first visitor to mention this.

MAGAZYN 19I would trust Thomas blindfolded to furnish my house. His world is one of texture and restraint without becoming cold or minimal. Think an elegant and harmonious mix of warm grey tones and natural materials like wood and stone with a dash of concrete.

MAGAZYN 13What’s not to like? The more I look at this picture the more head over heels I am with this shelving system.

MAGAZYN 11MAGAZYN 05MAGAZYN 14MAGAZYN 07MAGAZYN 21So whether you are looking for new bedlinnens or some timless tableware, furniture that will stand the test of time or a gift for a loved one…


Steenhouwersvest 34A
2000 Antwerp

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Anne-Marie Witmeur

October 17th, 2012


When it comes to interior decoration I have a soft spot for brass objects and colourful fabrics. If you are looking for the latter Anne-Marie Witmeur’s shop in Ixelles is the right place to be. I discovered the shop the same day I stumbled upon Bonnie & Jane (it is located a bit further down the same street). Here you’ll find a great selection of handwoven blankets and throws from India and killims and pillows from other far of places.

The shop also offers a great selection of handcrafted furniture, objects and jewellery. Every object has a story to tell and the warm and kind shop owner is more than happy to share them with you. I fell head over heels for these painted wooden screens. Ever i saw similar ones here and here I am dying to find my own to hang in the bedroom.

These colourful bowls, made of recycled phone wires, were sourced in South Africa. I wouldn’t mind having these at home to brighten up those gloomy autumn days…

Anne-Marie Witmeur
Rue Darwin 52a
1050 Bruxelles

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Ampersand House | Brazilian edition

September 27th, 2012


A couple of weeks ago, in the midst of our very short Indian summer, I was invited by Ike and Kahtryn of Ampersand House for a private viewing of their current exhibition: Brazilian Modern, Icons and Innovation. As I experienced during my first visit the selection of furniture, art and objects was exquisite and refined adding a new dimension and perspective to this maison de maitre. My favorite space this time was the dining area. Think beautiful handwoven rugs, dark exotic wood and  striking lighting fixtures.

The lovely enthusiastic galerist Laurence of Gallery Transversal, who represents the exhibited artists, talked me through most of the pieces. This is how I got to know the work of Mariannita Luzzati.

Beautiful, isn’t it? The other spaces were off course as thoughtfully curated.

And this time a gorgeous selection of jewelry made by Brazilian artists Vera Cortes and Bettina Terepins was also on display. I fell head over heels for Laurence’s ring.

Needles to say I’m starting to cultivate a deep crush for Brazil. Make sure to check the outtakes on the Facebook page.

Brazilian Modern: Icons and Innovation (till Saturday 29th September)
Ampersand House
30, rue Tasson Snel
1060 Brussels

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