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Architectuur & design

Rich in history: The former train station-turned-rental home

© Geike Verniers

Designed and renovated by Kyo-Co Atelier, La Micheline is a modern reinterpretation of a classic train station in Bioul, Belgium. Plenty of space What was once a simple train station has taken on new life thanks to both Stephane Lebrun of Kyo-Co and the interiors of Jean-Lux Laloux. A classic silhouette provides space for friends and families alike to enjoy the Belgian countryside, its 25-acre lot located just an hour away from the capital city of Brussels. Complete with…

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Citytrip

Discover nice terraces in Paris, Amsterdam & Gent

© Alex Harmuth

Paris, Amsterdam, Gent… wonderful places all, beautiful destinations and universally beloved for their beauty, their many cafes, bars and restaurants with great terraces to enjoy the view. Now that the warmer months are approaching, you may be ready for a trip to one, or more, of these great cities. But how to choose which cafes or restaurants to hit between museum visits? We’re here to help. Below is a roundup of our favourite spots to enjoy people watching in Paris,…

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How To

SPACE TO GROW

Organising

…helps you become the best version of yourself A tidy house begets peace of mind. A kind of calm and quiet that leaves more room for other things; the things that make you happy. This, in short, is the philosophy of tidying and planning coach Lieselot Hemeryck. She believes that tidying up is important for both your physical and your mental space. Read her tips and tricks for a tidy home and tidy mind below.   With Space to grow…

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Ideas for a relaxed brunch & outdoor party

© Duncan Shaffer

As winter is (finally) on its way out, guess what is on its way in: party season! Whether you’re a veteran hosting pro or are just dipping your toes into entertaining, the prospect of a meal (or just drinks — no judgment) with a few, or many, good friends is always exciting. Sure, there are some pitfalls and challenges unique to hosting. But that’s what we’re here for. See some of our pointers, tips and tricks for the perfect occasion. …

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Spring clean checklist

© Arno Smit

Days are getting longer and the sun is out more. This means that the dusty mess that happened to all of us over the Christmas holidays and then just dragged on and on just will no longer do. Spring is about rebirth and refreshment, about purity and focus: it’s time for us to get our act together and clean our homes to harness that spring power. Here are our tips to inspire you, help you stay focused and motivate you…

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How To

How to design an outdoor living room

© Lissete Laverde

If you’re like us, you feel like summer can’t come fast enough. A great way to prepare for the sunny season is to show your outdoor areas some much-needed love, and there’s nothing like a great garden setup to make the most of the warmer months. If that sounds like too much of a commitment, fear not! You can make any ordinary garden into a magical oasis with just a few, smart and easy edits. Here are our tips for…

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Conscious revolution: tips for a more sustainable life

There is no planet b

Living in a way that’s better for the planet is better for you, too. And we know it can sound like a huge shift, but honestly, it really is much easier than it seems. A few small changes make a life easier on the wallet, the planet, and your conscious. Sound good? Let’s get to it. Organic materialism Making the switch from mass-produced synthetics isn’t just important, it also feels good. Start with your bedroom for an easy way into…

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Create a cosy outside

© Randy Fath

We know, there’s nothing like lazing on your living room couch after a long day. But there’s no reason why you should have to be satisfied to leave the cosiness indoors. We say move the comfortable outside! Winter is receding, and spring is just around the corner, so to help you get a head start on making the very best of the outdoor area in your home, we’ve come up with a few useful pointers, tips and tricks to make…

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Design talk

DESIGN TALK: Politura

Design Talk: Politura

Design talk means it’s time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we’d like you to get to know furniture design label Politura. A Polish company based in Berlin, Politura is on a noble mission: to revive forgotten design classics from behind the iron curtain of Eastern Europe. “Our furniture was designed for the working class. For ideological reasons, we weren’t allowed to design extravagant things. Yet we knew that people deserved more.” — Edmund Homa (1927 –…

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Architectuur & design

Outdoor design walks: Labiomista & Verbeke foundation

© Yana Vandeborne

Design and nature go together like, well, design and nature. We’ve rounded up two of our favourite Belgian destinations that combine these to impressive effect: Labiomista, in the city of Genk, and Verbeke Foundation in Kemzeke. Both are about an hour from Brussels, and Kemzeke is just outside of Antwerp, so you can easily visit both on your next trip to Belgium. Before you go, we want to introduce you to these magical havens of art and design, so you…

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