Oh dear, I can’t believe it’s only 2 (!) weeks until Christmas. Where did 2013 go? So I guess once again I’m a bit late with this post but since it’s starting to become my own little Christmas tradition, here is my late selection of DIY advent calenders. they might come in handy for next year
I don’t know about you but to me Christmas still seems far away. Well actually seemed because I just checked my calendar and in truth there are only 4 weeks left!
So better start stocking up on the essentials to avoid that last minute shopping rush! And what is already essential at this time, I hear you think? Well Christmas cards off course! And what do you know my little online store has a lot of cute designs in offer. Convenient isn’t it
So hop on over and take your pick!
Last weekend I went to visit the new Hay flagship store in Antwerp. I was secretly hoping to indulge in one of my design crushes.
I’m a bit of a metallic addict and not that long ago, after a long withstanding love with gold, I discovered copper. I already invested in a lamp shade but wanted to add Hay’s copper hanger set to my collection. Well turns out that the objects of my desire aren’t made any more… And although the twisted hangers that took their place also have a copper version, I preferred the simple wire ones… So in the end out I ended up not buying anything… I know, first world problems…
Halloween is creeping up on us!
If you’re a procrastinator like me then you’ll probably just realised you’re way too late in finding that perfect costume. No fear, with a little hard work and little hours of sleep you’ll be able to whip out one of the following uber cool DIY costumes by Thursday.
Because let’s be honest who doesn’t want to dress up like a scrumptious piece of birthday cake?
And last but not least, a pirate dog costume for your furry friend:
Altough the blog has been around for quite a while, my online shop is reaching quite a milestone. This month it’s been open for 1 year so I think this deserves a celebration!
And what’s a party without presents? To celebrate I’m giving away an emergency card set. To win simply like our facebook page and publicly share this facebook post on your timeline before 4 Nov. But that’s not all with the code 1YEAR you get 10% discount* in the shop & with every order you’ll get a surprise gift*
*elegible for all orders placed before 4 Nov
Perfection lies in details.
In this edition of ‘the little things’ we look into great ways to show of your art. Are you an artist or just a collector? Then I hope you’ll be inspired by the following photos. They are an excellent example that art doesn’t necessary needs to be framed. It’s much more fun to make inpromptu arrangements. That way even if your working with the same pieces you’ll have the impression that your collection is forever changing.
Today is World Animal Day! So let’s celebrate with some carrot cake and a nice cold Bloody Mary!
I thought I’d share some of the cuddliest and cutest animals running and hopping around on this planet. Because nothing can make me feel happier than puppies and bunnies.
If you haven’t had your cute overdose quite yet, you might want to check out my pinboard. for more super sweet animals.
Marion from Past & Pleasant is doing a great give away on her blog. And what’s even better is that it includes one of my cards!
For a chance to win a “My heart is a bungalow” card and much more fantastic goodies just hop on over to her blog, leave a comment on the post and/or like her facebook page. That’s the only thing you have to do to win this great give away! Good luck!
Some of my Flemish readers might have already noticed that this month our kitchen got featured in interior magazine Feeling Wonen!
I’m so happy to be able to show off my bright kitchen with these great photos shot by the lovely Stefanie Faveere.
Because both my husband and me are graphic designers our kitchen came out very bold and graphic. It’s also the biggest colour statement in our apartment. Most of our walls are white to compensate for the not so high ceilings so we wanted to make the kitchen pop out. The cupboards are actually just standard Ikea. The doors on the other hand are made to order and spray painted. To make the colour not too dominating we hung white open shelves and kept the counter tops and kitchen hood white.
At first we wanted a Corian counter top but after seeing the price (small heart attack) we opted for composite granite. On the bonus side it’s also easier to clean, very durable and environmental friendly since it’s made out of leftover granite.
The tiles of the backsplash are a reissue of a pattern form the sixties (Kho Liang Le from Mosa) and are great fun because you can combine your own pattern.
Most of our kitchen appliances are from Smeg: oven, hood and – my pride and joy – fridge. The lamps are from Habitat.
What’s that you say? You want to see more of our apartment? Just keep an eye out for the next editions of Feeling Wonen, because there is plenty more coming. and don’t worry, you’ll see more on the blog too!
Two days a week I work from home for my own little company Carrie Can. For you who hadn’t had the joy of working for their own yet, this basically means even less time in a day. However I always make sure that at lunch time I get a hearty and healthy meal to keep me going for the rest of the day.
I thought it might be fun to share some of my lunch recipes. So today we’re starting off with what’s in my tummy right now. This Lentil Pear Salad is inspired by a recipe from my grocery store and what I had left in my fridge.
Lentil Pear Salade
– 1 can of brown lentils
– 1 can of chick peas
– 200g mozzarella
– 1 teaspoon dried cumin
– 1 teaspoon dried coriander
– 1/2 teaspoon harissa
– 3 small ripe pears
– small bunch of parsley
Rinse the lentils and peas and let drain in a colander. Meanwhile peel the pears and cut them in little dices. Dice the mozzarella.
Ground the coriander and cumin in a pestle and mortar (you can already use pre-grounded but I just love the way it smells if you do it yourself. If you’re not sure how, check out this video tutorial)
Combine all the ingredients except the parsley in a large bowl. Mix by hand with a spoon. Chop the parsley and put it on top.
Sit down and eat!
Do let me know if you try out this super easy recipe, I would love to see if you find it as delicious as me!