Three things Belgium has to offer during winter: it's cold, windy and wet outside. Although hot chocolate and homemade soup never tastes better, winter can take a lot out of you. That's why Sara and I decided to book a winter-escape to Phuket, Thailand. Recharge our batteries and give our body a much needed vitamin D boost. The only umbrellas we had to deal with were stuck in a cocktail glass or a pile of sand next to our beach towel.
We must admit, it was a bit YOLO, but we don't regret lying with our lazy-asses next to our private swimming pool. Imagine the warm sun on your skin and the relaxing sound of the wind going through the palmtrees. Pa-ra-dise.
Earlier this month I went to the exhibition At Home: Building and Living in Communities at C-MINE Genk.
How can building and living together impact on urban and district development? This exhibition shows 21 projects that have been built throughout Europe. Each of them respond with different concepts and structures to changed life plans and diverse locations. The new underlying idea of community sets new and high quality standards. There are a lot of beautiful projects.
It really made me think about my own way of living. I have a three-storey house all to myself. But the idea of living communally is beautiful. It forces you to engage with other people rather than being shut up in your big comfy house. You still have your private life, but together with your neighbors you plan and manage community activities and shared places. You can gather for parties, games, movies, or other events. It facilitates interaction for social and practical benefits like organizing child and elder care, or e...
This spring marked the three year anniversary of owning my house. (I really can’t believe it’s already been three years!)
When I was little I was always busy drawing my dream house or cleaning and organizing my room. My sister never understood why I liked this so much. Until today I’m caught up in the world of interior and decoration. I really believe a house reflects your personality. That’s what we all want, right? A place you can call your home. And at the same time expresses your interests and make friends feel welcome inside.
What’s important for me? Definitely all pops of green. I like to think of my houseplants as nature’s art. Although they need more care than an art piece, they make my house more complete and create a peaceful atmosphere. I use plants all throughout my home. From my living room to my bedroom. They make me happy, they remind me of lovely long walks through nature and they really can calm my mind.
Second, simplicity is key. Unfortunately not so easy to achieve. So...