I don’t know if the overload of beautiful images on Pinterest or this thing called age and wanting a place of your own are to blame, but my interest for all things related to interior has very much grown over the past year or so. Sometimes, I’m even more tempted to buy pretty things for my home than adding new clothes to my closet – gasp. Since I enjoy spending a lot of time browsing for pretty stuff, I’ve gathered some of my favorite interior spots along with pictures of my purchases. As you can see I have a thing for plants, pastel, rattan and shiny things – and as with my clothes, I love to mix things that cost a little extra with some budget pieces as well.
For original things that most likely won’t serve any practical use in your home, check out Wunderkammer (Steenhouwersvest 13) in Antwerp. It’s filled with fun stuff, like corkboard maps, beautiful greeting cards, quotes to hang on the wall, trendy baskets and so much more. This tiny shop is pretty much the equivalent of hipster heaven. And if you’re there, be sure to cross the street and visit Bazar Bizar (Steenhouwersvest 18) as well. Candle lovers or fans of all things cozy with a Moroccan vibe will definitely spend too much money here – as I always tend to do. Exhibit: this beautiful lantern that brings an instant cozy vibe to my room.
Hay bamboo basket via Espoo – Brass pot via The Recollection – plant via Dille & Kamille – tiny brass pot via de Kringwinkel – dotted straws via Kookpunt
Next on the list (and in the neigborhood) is a lovely spot in the Kloosterstraat. Browsing this area is one of my favorite things to do on Sunday, since all the shops are open then as well. Drop by The Recollection (Kloosterstraat 54), and you won’t be able to resist leaving the store without a little something something. The store itself is beautiful and has even more lovely stuff – and mostly it won’t even break your wallet in the way you first expect. You’ll find everything gold slash copper colored you desire, as well as some really great plants and original lighting for your home. Aesop lovers will also go nuts here. Since you’re almost there anyway, stop by De Prinses Op De Erwt (Graaf van Egmontstraat 1) – don’t be fooled by the child-orientated stuff, they have some really pretty things for the home for sale as well (the two-tone white vase in the first picture is something I picked up here).
A little further, but still within walking distance is Espoo (Vlaamse Kaai 57 and 49). Here you’ll find two stores selling all that minimalistic but absolutely gorgeous Nordic design with brands like Ferm Living, Hay and Norm Architects. I picked up the bamboo basket you see above on sale there recently. If you’re in Brussels, I suggest you stop by La Fabrika (Antoine Dansaertstraat 182) since they sell a lot of similar brands and products here. The fun straws are something I bought at Kookpunt in Rotterdam a while ago.
There’s nothing wrong with a little high street in your closet, or your home for that matter. I attended the opening of our first H&M Home in Ghent (Lange Munt 33-36), and immediately fell for their linen sheets and soft blankets (some fellow bloggers may have seen me going a little crazy in a corner somewhere, frantically trying to decide what to buy). Zara Home (Meir 58) is another one of those spin off interior brands that I like to explore, even though I find they’re often a tad too expensive. That doesn’t mean I don’t dream about decorating with their stuff, or simply buy something during sales – like this rattan basket that is perfect for storing random things you don’t want lying around.
For plants, I highly recommend garden centers (usually open on Sunday as well). The plants are cheaper and you don’t know which one to buy first, which may result into your apartment quickly feeling like an urban jungle. One of my favorites is Van Uytsel in Kontich (Pierstraat 276), where you also have plenty of choice between plant related decoration from cool brands like Serax (here’s where they sell those cool cactus pots everyone’s been craving) and many more, like my bamboo pot pictured above. If you’re in need of a serious mood booster, step inside Bloemen van Cornelis (Sint-Jorispoort 30, Antwerp). This what happiness smells (and looks) like for me.
Thrifting has without a doubt become the cool thing to do, and I’m totally on board with this. The Kringloopwinkel (plenty of locations, just look up the one closest to you) is one of my favorites, since it doesn’t succumb to the trendiness of it all and always remains super cheap. A lot of my vases and plant pots are thrift shop finds, I quite enjoy the process of stopping by regularly and scoring something pretty and original for a low price. I also love the fact that it’s for a good cause and always donate my own stuff that I don’t use or wear anymore. Another one that deserves a little peek on a regular basis is Sissi Boy (Nationalestraat 36 & Meir 107). This Dutch clothing store chain also sells household textiles and decoration at an affordable price, which can be a plus if you’ve fallen for a trend but don’t feel like spending all your cash on it (example: the copper-colored basket thing above).
When talking about interior favorites, one can’t really forget about IKEA – but that one hardly needs an introduction. Still a great place to be when you’re looking for affordable trendy things. Another major favorite (in fact, I find their stores so cozy I secretly want to live in one) is Dille & Kamille (Vleminckstraat 9, Antwerp). The cute kitchen gear, plants, flowers, candles – just give me everything, pretty please? And if we’re talking well-known favorites, I always make sure to take a look at what fun stuff Hema or Urban Outfitters have to offer in their deco section as well.
Since sometimes, we all just like to be lazy and browse for stuff online – be sure to click and explore the charming Wander & Co (for flamingo candles and prettiness by the House Doctor) or the very big, but convenient for practical purchases Fonq (I know it’s totally boring, but I’ve got my eye on a pretty trash can here). What are some of your favorite spots to shop for interior?