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Bruxelles

June 29th, 2012

Elisabeth

Brussels holds a special place in my heart. It’s the city where I can still walk for hours and get lost. It’s odd to feel like a tourist in your own capital but at the same time it is rather refreshing. Makes you keep your eyes and ears wide open. Walk from Place Brugmann to Molenbeek, as I did today, and you’ll see people from all walks of life. Some say Brussels it’s too noisy, too filthy. I’d say it’s raw and in your face but at the same time it’s like this shopwindow. Beautiful if you take the time to look behind the dirt.

Next week I’ll share pictures of an amazing place worth your visit. In the mean time have a great weekend.

picture by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com

Why I do what I do

June 26th, 2012

Elisabeth

I was asked yesterday to explain my story and why I started this blog. I thought about what I wrote in my about section. It’ all true but…words can only say so much. So i pondered some more and then a picture came to mind. This is the one. Back then I was still using this ultra crappy camera you got as a gift with your cellphone. I wasn’t interested in high resolution (yet) I just wanted to snap away as I was doing already for many years. Without questioning, very intuitively. I love this picture. It brings me back to that exact spot, to that precise moment.  To the most beautifully curated exhibition I ever saw.

I knew something special was about to happen. I just needed to wait. The dress, the setting, the light, the complementary colours, her reflection and stare…

Instead of rotting away on my hard drive today I can share it here and hopefully some of you will know to appreciate it. That’s why i do what i do.

picture taken on July 22nd 2011 at le Musée Bourdelle in Paris by elisabeth (because i felt like it)

Magazyn

June 25th, 2012

Elisabeth

I’ve been eager to talk about this shelter but a busy schedule made it fairly impossible until today. Magazyn. A tiny tine shop, located in Antwerp’s last remaining gallery, showcases a beautifully curated collection of daily objects. If you are looking for timeless and elegantly handcrafted quality pieces this place should be on top of your list. This is the shop where I found my Cire Trudon candle.

The shop is the brainchild of Thomas Haarman who explained me he has always been attracted to different materials and textures. Those two elements are paramount whenever he makes his selection for the shop together with shape and level of handcraft. All different utensils from cutlery to glassware, from towels to blankets, together with the furniture, constitute a cohesive whole. Here you can experience a great attention to detail and consistency, that’s why this shop is an aesthetic shelter to me. Whichever object you’ll go home with, whether it’s a gift or a treat for yourself you can rest assured your purchase will not only age beautifully it will be cherished for many years.

MAGAZYN

Huidevetterstraat 38-40
Nieuwe gaanderij 23
2000 Antwerpen

all pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com

 

Flea market finds

June 22nd, 2012

Elisabeth

You need to know that thrifting can be frustrating. This weekend a beautiful mid century wooden table was snatched right in front of me. I was just a couple of seconds to late down that aisle. You should have seen my face! I figured the fleamarket gods wanted to let me know I did not need another coffee table so I took it as a good sport and went on with my quest. This time I went home with a brass elephant which I learned it’s trunk should face the window in order to bring good luck…

and a tini tiny painting which I love for it’s abstraction. Just a couple of brushstrokes to set a mood and capture the silhouette.

What I am the most excited about is this interesting relic of days gone by, capturing a time before internet, HGTV and Martha Stewart. These two publishings could qualify as the encyclopedia for the perfect housewife in the fifties. One is called from timble to ironing board the other would translate as smooth housekeeping. Yes, I admit, I was attracted by the gold details in the cover an the beautifully designed embossed logo, but what I really like is to see some of the most coveted vintage furniture in it’s original setting. But, I must add it also contains some odd words of advice…

Seriously if a ring ever get’s stuck I would not advice you to try this at home.

all pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com