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The curtains

The curtains

I like to think that, in some aspects, I'm an original. But for others, I'm very much drawn to classics. In the same way that I'm sensitive to the classical appeal of a white shirt, I consider curtains to be the most beautiful when white and flowy. High quality and impeccable finish are therefore crucial and I could count on Heytens to help me out with that!

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I guess I'm very close to having my sanctuary completely decorated. This Art Déco apartment that has become my home, one I'm still very much in love with for its ancient charm and distinctive details. The only thing that was still missing were curtains. In order for them to fit with the history of the rooms while staying true to my personality, I wanted them to combine a classical appeal with a minimal vibe. And so I pushed the doors of Heytens to find what I was looking for.

I knew very well what I wanted so I didn't spend that much time with my advisor. Still, I was surprised at the many possibilities and things to consider when ordering curtains! Luckily I could count on the expertise of advisor Patricia. She showed me tens of different white fabrics (who knew there were so many different whites!?) and all the other details to think of (things I had never considered before since obviously I only know and care about aesthetics). At the end of our meeting a date was set for the team to take the measurements at my apartment and a few weeks later they came back to do the installation. Flawless!

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I'm really happy with the result, not only because it looks great, but also because Patricia thought of interesting, practical features. In the living room, a special extra layer was added behind the white fabric to provide isolation. Indeed, in summer this room can get very hot because the sun is shining from morning to noon. Whereas in the bedroom, another kind of layer was added, one to completely block the light and thus assure a profound sleep.

These extra layers did pose a challenge for the overall white and flowy look. So even after our meeting, Patricia continued her research in order to find layers that would guarantee the special features without compromising the result. During summer, I was surprised she called me to tell me she had found layers that were even better suited because they would ensure the look I wanted: light and white (instead of yellowish). As for the finishing touches, we chose a double pleat at the top, for its classic yet not old look (considering one pleat is very minimal and modern, three pleats is rather heavy and ancient). All in all, the perfect addition to my apartment, one I hadn't imagined to have so much impact.

All pictures by Studio Volbloed for Heytens.

A night out in Antwerp with DIGEL move

A night out in Antwerp with DIGEL move

The wardrobe

The wardrobe