Three Going On Four

by Waltrui


A new school year, a new season. When I was looking for blankets to cover the colder nights, I dug up Mon’s corduroy pants from last year. It made me realize how much he has grown. Suddenly he’s not the smallest kid on the playground anymore. He knows it all but still asks a thousand questions, mostly about The Rolling Stones. He plays his own guitar and has his own, very strong little will.

He’s also getting picky when it comes to clothing – anything that smells like babies is a big no-go. So yesterday, we visited one of the coolest places Mechelen has to offer, brewery Het Anker, to take some pictures of his current favorite Bobo Choses cardigan (found at Goldfish). And sing Satisfaction on the way, of course.

In collaboration with Goldfish

Pictures by Waltrui


Office Talk

by Waltrui


I've been planning to write something about my home office for a while now, but ironically, I had to wait for the summer holidays to find the time. Not that it's all peace and quiet here now. We've reached that stage where Mon and Daan are crazy about each other – until there's a simultaneous interest in one particular toy and World War III breaks out. Thank God for afternoon naps, right?

Back to the office talk. After a period of trial and error at different jobs, I chose to become my own boss and work at home, at least as long as the boys are little. That's mostly practical – being an architect slash blogger, I'm able to set up a flexible work schedule and take a break when the school bell rings. Second big plus: I never face traffic jam, I rarely even use the car during the week. And when I miss a colleague, there's always another freelancer around who's willing to join me for lunch.

But the best thing about my home office? It's mine. I can play the music that motivates me or prepare my favorite drink to counter a deadline. And although my work studio's not nearly ready, I never say no to pretty stationery. At Le Chat Noir Design, the lovely online shop of my friend Noémie, I found the most beautiful office supplies from Monk & Anna. The design reminds me of Japan and completely fits my current state of mind: zen. Don't wake up yet, sons.

In collaboration with Le Chat Noir Design ・ The stationery's also available at BASIL NOIR, a concept store popping up in Tienen, co-hosted by Noémie. Make sure to check out the cute baby section as well!

Pictures by Waltrui


The Very Best Of Lisbon ・ Escape To Cascais

by Waltrui


I just realized I took a million pictures of the ocean when we visited Cascais. After spending some time in Lisbon, we felt the need to trade the city for this lovely fishing village. The train ride alone was worth the effort – it's considered one of the most beautiful scenic routes in the world, and I can only agree.

I've never been to a place where the ocean has so many faces. Rough around the cliffs' edges, calm and mystical at the horizon. Long story short: these are my favorite sea views from that day. On the way back, we had calamari at a charming little restaurant. The perfect end of our trip.

Pictures by Waltrui


The Very Best Of Lisbon ・ Walking On The MAAT

by Waltrui


It was on top of my to-do list when we arrived in Lisbon: discovering the beautiful MAAT building. The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology opened its doors only half a year ago, so none of my many travel guides mentioned it. When I stumbled upon this blogpost just in time, my architect's heart skipped a beat.

Because the weather was perfect that afternoon, we only admired the outside of the museum, shining brightly in the spring sun and looking over the Tagus. We were eager to visit the area's other highlights, too, so we decided to stroll along the river from the Torre de Belém to the Ponte 25 de Abril. Ah, holidays!

Pictures by Waltrui