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your stylish travel guide through the many wonderful cities of Belgium (and more).

Decorating • The living room

Decorating • The living room

I guess the living room is the most important room in your home. Not only because you're spending most of your time in it, but also because it should reflect who you are. Of course there are things that are a given, such as the light, the space and the materials. Still you're the one in charge when it comes to what the room will be saying, through your choices of furniture and decoration. Again our inspiration was mostly Scandinavian, with just a few elements that are pure 'Gerrit'.

 Kenzo sweater - Zara trousers - Cluse watch

Kenzo sweater - Zara trousers - Cluse watch

Mint green is my ultimate favorite color. This is especially true when it comes to decorating. This color on our walls (code S2010B90G) turned out really great because it changes throughout the day. It goes from this sophisticated green when it's dark, to a lively pastel color when it's hit by sun rays.

About the chairs, I'm sure you know them but do you know their story? They are inspired by the 'Fiberglass Side Chairs' by Charles & Ray Eames, who are among the most important American designers of the 20th century. They got noticed for their innovative use of plastic and their ability to make furniture in round shapes. This design dates back to the 50s but you can still see it everywhere, which is more proof that the 50s were an incredibly inspiring decade.

We are blessed in this room with gorgeous light in the afternoon and beautiful molding details on the ceiling. The room has an L-shape and is rather big so we divided it into three 'sections': the dining room with one of those long tables in wood that looks a little bit raw; the reading corner with comfortable armchair and nesting tables to make you feel as if you're sitting in some cool, hipster coffee shop; and the lounge area that's centered around the marble coffee table (I was all about finding that one, perfect, marble coffee table).

To achieve that Scandinavian vibe in your interior, there are a few simple guidelines to keep in mind: lots of white, clear wood and as many cozy elements as possible. I'm thinking plaids, pillows, sheep skins and fluffy carpets. All of these will confer a warm feeling to your interior and really awaken that cocooning mode. Oh and by the way, those black, string armchairs are called 'Acapulco Chairs' and they also happen to be a design from the 50s!

Here's a little do-it-yourself trick I'm giving you that will make your interior even more personal and will save you a lot of money: Instead of spending a lot of money on frames (you'll need your money for many other things when decorating), you can just look online for illustrations that you love, print them and frame them yourself! And to display these, instead of hanging them on the wall, you can display them on shelves. This way you don't need to worry so much about screws and stuff and you can easily rearrange your frames when you feel like it. Our wall of frames is all about Los Angeles, iconic fashion photography, flowers, mermaids and the occasional car (that's Jérémy's touch obviously).

Table via Westwing - Made.com wall clock - Artificial magnolias from Walter Van Gastel (Mechelsesteenweg 146, 2860 Sint-Katelijne-Waver) - Decorative bottle via Bol.com - Placemats via Bol.com - Maisons du Monde armchair - Round carpet via La Redoute - Side tables via Westwing - Plant from Walter Van Gastel (Mechelsesteenweg 146, 2860 Sint-Katelijne-Waver) - Home24 floor lamps - H&M Home pillows - Diptyque candle - Ikea TV stand - Maisons du Monde large carpet - Pouf via Westwing - Monstera plant from Groendekor (Bergensesteenweg 408, 1600 Sint-Pieters-Leeuw) - Cloche from Oui (Aldestraat 50, 3500 Hasselt) - Phyt. airplant - Coffee table via La Redoute - Home24 couch - Acapulco chairs from Oui (Aldestraat 50, 3500 Hasselt) - Baskets via Westwing - Sheep skin from Oui (Aldestraat 50, 3500 Hasselt) - Amethyst from Dirkx (Witte de Withstraat 23a, Rotterdam) - Artificial bouquet from Liesbeth Couvreur (Zaagmolenkade 2, Rotterdam) - Pomax vase from Walter Van Gastel (Mechelsesteenweg 146, 2860 Sint-Katelijne-Waver) - Ikea shelves - Hema frames

Decorating • The study

Decorating • The study

Decorating • The hallway

Decorating • The hallway