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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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Around the web Clipboard I

October 5th, 2012


Here are some things I’ve been coveting lately. I must admit I am not a huge online shopper but I do spent time looking for beautiful objects regularly, just for the pleasure of the hunt. Since a couple of you have requested advice on where to shop in the digital world I figure I might just start sharing my favorite websites.  Some sites I have talked about before, some are local, others will take you to a far away exotic country. I would love to hear your tips and addresses.

I. vintage wishbone chair | II. ceramic jar | III. toiletry case | IV. brass cuff | V. flat ankle boots | VI. incense sticks  | VII. tufts cushion

Bonnie & Jane

August 8th, 2012


I saw yesterday on the shops Facebook page how the new collection is bit by bit arriving in store. It reminded me I urgently needed to share the pictures of this little gem called Bonnie & Jane located in Brussels Ixelles neighborhood. I discovered the store end of June strolling through the streets of our lovely capital. Back then the sales hadn’t started yet but Anne, who runs the shop together with her friend Laurie, was so kind to let me know that if there was anything I liked a discount could be arranged. I still regret I didn’t pick up that beautiful kaftan pictured below. Why oh why was I too lazy to fit anything that day. It ‘s everything i am currently craving for…something airy and breezy with dip dye and pompoms…

Everything in the shop is for sale, from the clothes to the furniture. This isn’t a new concept in retail but what makes this place so special is it genuinely  feels as if you were hanging out at a friends place. A friend with great taste in clothes, a quirky taste in vintage furniture and with the cutest courtyard. All this thanks to the laid back and down to earth attitude of both shop owners. Seriously, like I had known them forever, they asked me where I found the bag I was carrying and they both loved, meanwhile inspecting it with enthousiasm. When later I inquired about the Emmanuelle chair, which unfortunately was sold already, Laurie was so kind to give me some tips on where to source a good one.

I just fell in love with their tiny courtyard and their mirror installation on the back wall. It inspired my latest DIY project which I hope to share with you really soon.

Told you, like being at an ultra cool friends place… which will soon, on September first, celebrate it’s first birthday. So Happy Birthday to Bonnie & Jane and thank you to Laurie and Anne for the coffee and chat.

Bonnie & Jane
Rue Darwin 34
1050 Bruxelles

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