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Decorating • The study

Decorating • The study

We have the luxury of having two other rooms besides the main bedroom. Obviously we turned one into a dressing (and even then half of my clothes are stored at my parents') and the other one became a study. The decoration of this room was a real success, even if I say so myself. It's almost picture perfect (I know most people find the idea of living in a catalog horrible but I love it). Because the room is small, there isn't much space for items so it's all about picking the few, right ones.

The centerpiece of the room is of course the desk. This design from Made.com really caught my eye thanks to its clean lines and color blocking aesthetic. Apparently I wasn't the only one that was seduced by it because it was very well received by the press too (it was picked favorite by ELLE DECO). Once you have the desk, you can start looking for the shelves. In my case the choice was made easily. The String shelves are an original design from 1949 by Swedish architect and designer Nisse Strinning and they have a timeless appeal (pretty much like those chairs in our living room). They are pricey but the combination possibilities are infinite so you'll keep them forever.

We're still in the presence of that Scandinavian vibe, but with a little twist. Framed butterflies, stuffed animals, corals... These are all items that you might find in so-called 'cabinets of curiosities'. These wonder rooms that go back to the 16th century were the ancestors of museums and held collections of extraordinary objects of the natural world. It's a very hot inspiration right now, so I'm happy we were able to bring it to our study. And that vintage poster I got from a friend was the perfect, finishing touch!

Another hot trend right now is pink. It's everywhere these days, from your Pinterest board to your wardrobe, whether you're a boy or a girl. It's part of this general movement of society towards gender blurring and as such I really like it. Be careful though, not any kind of pink will work on your walls. We went for a soft pink that leans towards salmon.

Made.com desk - String shelves from Espoo (Vlaamse Kaai 49-50, 2000 Antwerpen) - Carpet via Westwing - Sheep skin from Oui (Aldestraat 50, 3500 Hasselt) - Vintage poster - Ikea plant - Desk lamp via Westwing - Karlsson wall clock via Vente-Exclusive - Hay office furniture - Small plant from Walter van Gastel (Mechelsesteenweg 146, 2860 Sint-Katelijne-Waver) - Hay boxes - Phyt. airplant - Pufferfish from Liesbeth Couvreur (Zaagmolenkade 2, Rotterdam) - Hay hourglass - Framed butterflies from Etsy - Coral via Westwing

Decorating • The living room

Decorating • The living room