• Breakfast hotspots in Antwerp

    Breakfast in Antwerp. The ideal combination. When I go on a citytrip, I always search for the best breakfast spot in town. Going on a holiday is not complete without enjoying the luxury of not having to cook and tasting the local cuisine. In this......

  • How to create the home office of your dreams

    I live in Antwerp and since space in the city is very expensive, I live in a pretty small apartment. However, when I started my business I knew I wanted to dedicate a room for my home office/workspace. Nothing huge or too fancy, just my......

  • Style your outfit with an Oiseau Perdu

    Hello my loves!  This week I want to show you guys how you can style your outfit with a Oiseau Perdu clutch! I will also go more in detail about this must-have fashion item, like how you can use it & what’s so special about it! So......

Style your outfit with an Oiseau Perdu

Hello my loves! 

This week I want to show you guys how you can style your outfit with a Oiseau Perdu clutch! I will also go more in detail about this must-have fashion item, like how you can use it & what’s so special about it! So keep on reading… 

Breakfast hotspots in Antwerp

Breakfast in Antwerp. The ideal combination.

When I go on a citytrip, I always search for the best breakfast spot in town. Going on a holiday is not complete without enjoying the luxury of not having to cook and tasting the local cuisine.

In this blogpost I gather all my favourite breakfast spots in my hometown: Antwerp. For the healthy food fans but also for the foodies who like the whole enchilada.

Barchel -“Come for the eyecandy, stay for the soulfoud”.

My absolute fave in Antwerp is Barchel. You can find them just outside the city center and next to one of our biggest parks. The interior is so lovely you’ll want to unpack your bags and move in.
The food is delicious and just as they claim, eye-pleasing.

pictures: Inneke Gebruers

Café Kamiel

Also just outside the city center and nearby another park Café Kamiel find their spot. An ideal place to take your children. They

can go hog wild in the ‘kiddie play corner’ or if they are a bit older on the playground in the park.
If you are hungry, Café Kamiel is a great place to go because they do not only offer yummy dishes but also a breakfast bar! You can choose the size of your plate and the rest is up to you. Healthy stuff like a quinoa salad is yours to take but don’t worry if you have a sweet tooth. They are plenty pancakes and other sweets.

 

Mokkakapot

Are you staying in the North side of our city. Go and check out Mokkakapot. 

At Mokkakapot you get surprised by the creative interior. Once a month they invite an artist to show his/her work. So you are not only getting a great breakfast, you can enjoy local art as well.

 

Not found what you are looking for? I have lots more on my other site www.ontbijteninantwerpen.be

 

How to create the home office of your dreams

I live in Antwerp and since space in the city is very expensive, I live in a pretty small apartment. However, when I started my business I knew I wanted to dedicate a room for my home office/workspace.

Nothing huge or too fancy, just my little area where I can create my products and work on my projects. So whether you’re running your business from home or  you just want a place where you can focus and be creative, you can set up a home office that is perfect for you.

Step 1: find your space

How much space will you need? Do you need a desk to pay your bills once a month or do you need a space to get creative with paint and brushes? Some of you will  have enough with a nice space in the living room while others will need a whole room. Be creative with your space. Renovating an entire room can be costly.

Step 2: choose a color scheme & lay out the room

Are you attracted to bright colours or are you more of a black & white kinda gal? Whatever tickles your fancy, before you go and rush off to your nearest paint store, take the time to create a colour scheme. Not only is it fun to do, it’s also very helpful when you go out shopping for furniture & decoration. By taking your time, you’ll know what matches with your walls. Forget ‘office beige’. You need a colour that gets your motor humming.

How to create a colour scheme? You can take all of your magazines and start creating a collage or you can use Pinterest and pin your heart out. I have prepared some colour schemes for you. Happy pinning!

I know, you just want to start painting and decorating by now but before you do, think a second about which furniture you want where in the room. If you can, give yourself a view. Position the desk so that you can stare at something more interesting than a blank wall (even if you love the colour of your wall). A window’s natural light is ideal, but if you’re in a windowless space, hang a pretty picture above the desk.

Step 3: Organize vertically and horizontally

Just like mine, many home offices are petite. So use your space wisely. Hang floating shelves on the walls to get your equipment off the desk and the floor. If you prefer a clean desktop, designate one drawer for your “to-do” papers. Are you a stacker or a filer? If you tend to make piles, it’s smart to invest in a nice basket to tame your mail, notes and papers.

Step 4: invest in chair, choose your furniture

Your desk, shelves and storage should serve you, not the other way round. Look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional. Home office furniture should be comfy and homy. Want to splurge? Be sure to check out these beautiful chairs by Hay. Want to have a nice chair but still some money in the bank? Ikea has great office solutions.

Step 5: inspire yourself

Set up an inspiration board. A piece of framed art, an inspirational quote, a special photo.. that motivates you to create and get some work done. I have a huge picture of my grandma, the woman who inspired me to set up my own business. And since I am a ‘more is more’ type of person, I also nagged my husband into hanging this beautiful pegboard for me. Here I can hang my fabrics & photos but also organize my sewing stuff and so much more. Want more tips on how to use one of these beauties? Check out French By Design.