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Archive for January, 2012


January 16th, 2012


Three beautiful eclectic bedrooms. Wherever I have lived my bedroom has always been my favorite space. I just love to sleep and my bed often doubles as office, atelier and dining area (the worse habit ever I know). My current bedroom has great potential: a high ceiling, wooden floor and I am fortunate enough to have an adjacent terrace big enough to comfortable hang out and dine. Still until today the room misses a soul; it feels like a nicknack of Ikea furniture combined in an uninspired way (I spare you the pictures). So I am looking for some  inspiration for my next big project on my to do list. Pictures found here, here and here

Jungalow Fever

January 11th, 2012


I discovered Justina Blakeney’s blog fairly recently checking out Refinery 29 list of home decor blogs to bookmark. It instantly caught my eye since is quite different from what you currently see on most design blogs. She defines her signature style as ‘Jungalow’, where colours, plants, layers of fabrics and rugs room freely. It has a bohemian feel with plenty of room for vintage finds, upcycling furniture an bold prints. She recently started devoting a tumblr to this aesthetic called Welcome to the Jungalow. What makes this lovely globetrotter’s aesthetic even more interesting is that even dough her style if quite different from mine (which is constantly evolving and being defined as I go, I only recently allowed leaving creatures, aka plants, in my own home…) I saw many pictures on her tumblr which I also bookmarked in the past months. If I were to live in sunny California I might infuse my personal style with some Jungalow fever. Here a some pictures of her own Jungalow.

She frequently visits the Rose Bowl, a flea market in Los Angeles held once a month, where she finds the most amazing and exotic treasures. For a flea market aficionado as myself I just want to book my ticket and leave Belgium with many empty suitcases. For helpfull tips on turning your own place into a jungalow click here.


January 10th, 2012


There are plenty of interesting websites, blogs and tumblrs out there, yet only a few make your jaw drop. That was exactly what i did when i stumbled upon those ‘pictures’ during one of my late night wanderings on the world wide web. I was familiar with the gif format but Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, creators of the cinemagraph, have taken it to the next level. I was definitely one of the most exciting things, if not the most exciting phenomena I saw on the net in 2011.

Can’t wait to see what this creative duo has up its sleeve for 2012. For an insight into their work click here.

Let there be light

January 9th, 2012


I think this is by far the most dramatic light fixture I have ever seen. The first time i walked into this space I was in awe. I would never consider, let alone dare, to position an oversized chandelier in the middle of a living room. That’s just how my friend Rodrigo, owner of this lovely apartment, is: never afraid of a bold statement or a challenge. I truly admire him for that. He just fel in love with the piece and decided to make it work. Even the shop assistant, at first, tried to discourage him of his purchase, mentioning several times that this type of fixture was designed for hotel lobbies or grant hallways. Still Rodrigo went for it and I am happy he did. This is a great example on how to think outside the box in order to create something unexpected and  beautiful. This is my shelter of choice whenever i am in need for a cut with some hot gossip and bubbles (Rodrigo is the only person i trust with scissors near my hair) or an delicious home made chili con carne.

As you have noticed Rodrigo’s apartment was in full Christmas spirit when I took these shots. Still these pictures are more relevant now than ever since he gave me this interesting tip regarding decorating your place on a budget. Basically he starts shopping for holiday decorations a year ahead during the January sales. It  makes the holiday spirit last a little bit longer he says and, as a die hard Christmas fan, he already get’s to daydream about his next tree. Sweet.

pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter