Tuesday, May 31, 2011

abandoned house

not only in Detroit they have it
in Belgium as well
the fascination about a house standing empty
lonely walls, broken windows
nobody who takes care of
except some unknown artists

in this building in Antwerp I always wanted to enter with T.
I'm glad I didn't, even if I would like to get an old sink-but please without layers of shit!

Monday, May 30, 2011

tree houses

I think there is nothing more poetical then tree houses
maybe the old seeking of coming closer to the sky or getting higher to god
like the tower of Babel
step away from the ground
have a better look to our little life on earth
or just get away for a while

takasugi-an by Terunobu Fujimori

more tree houses

nameless cat

she stays
she actually decided that I'm her new boss
my favorite place on the couch is also hers
and my favorite carpet she likes as well!
still have to find a name for her

tonight she even got a visit from a tom cat
she does better then me :-)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Art Nouveau - Art Deco

There are too many nice buildings in Gent

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


last stop before summer
vooruit Gent
friendly little city in Belgium with beautiful houses and water
Vooruit: once the socialist building, now a centre for music, theater, dance
we finally had a real fire with barbecue

Saturday, May 21, 2011

fern obsession

what survives best in shade and humidity is the good old fern.
They are poetical, evergreen and need nearly no care, behalve of mostly a lot of water
The victorians were obsessed by them, so do I.

on the wall of the castle in Angers
Staghorn Fern (Platycerium) mini and midi
unknown species from Brooklyn
Blaufarn (Phlebodium Blue Star)
athyrium japonicum "metallica"
athyrium otophorum "okanum"
polystichul setiferum "plumosum densum"
onoclea sensibilis

good articles in "Garden Design vol. January/February 2011"

waiting the cat

Tired from the journey back from Angers to Antwerp I waited for the cat.
She slept during my absence on my bed.
Precisely at 8pm. she came back.
Even more sweet then last times.

This morning she was hungry and I had nothing for her. Actually I'm not sure anymore if it is really a girl!
The neighbours dog was barking, the cat was scared to go out.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


beautiful little city
nice and very modern theater
friendly stuff and a lot of fun
the smell at night in this city is full with jasmine, herbs, burning wood, roses
a little back in time
artisanal bakeries

Monday, May 16, 2011


one city after the other
On our journey today from Maastricht to Angers, we stopped in Chartres for the kathedral.
In Maastricht I went for a short visit to the contemporary art space marres. Very nice.
The old fashioned drugstore was never opened, which I found a pitty!

Saturday, May 14, 2011


ok, I'm back on tour.
Had to leave the sweet cat in Antwerp-she came back all last nights!-and do my suitcase again:
Figured out, that I have during summertime less weight, cause of the lighter clothes, but much more shoes, cause I can't decide, which sandals or pumps may come with me!

my ultra light suitcase is still wishfull thinking-I was therefore never a backpacker!

Already had some nice terrace in Maastricht and a quick glimpse in the bookshop in an old Dominican monastery.
Nice little city.

Monday, May 9, 2011

late night visit

Yesterday she finally visited me: the grey cat out of my dream, I had 3 years ago!!!!
She entered through my toiletwindow, first very shy, but later very friendly.
Stayed the whole night and went back in the early morning to her real place.

I'm wondering if she will come back?

vintage summer

There are days on the fleamarket where you can smell it when you enter the first stand that it will be a successful day.
Saturday was such a day.

Thrifted my complet summer wardrobe in one of my favorite colors: cognac-camel.
Missing is only the sand under my feet. Or sitting in this rocking chair from Solarshop and dreaming I'm in Louisianna!
Summer can come!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

secret plants

This weekend it was again one of the biggest plantfairs in Belgium.
Went on Friday, and was for sure one of the youngest, the only one who came from far with the train and with no companion :-)
I did my best and was overwhelmed with the choice of plants.
The effect:
I have 18 new species on my terrass, actually not enough space anymore, my back hurts and my gardenwoman E. will have a big job when I'm back on tour!
I choosed mainly shadeplants, mainly ferns and Epimediums, dark plants, nice colored leaves.
I'm really longing for a real garden!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

collector maniacs

I'm not alone!
Feel always kind of better when I spot other people who are even worse in their collecting attitude then me.
Like Merle who has one of the biggest pastel service collection I ever saw. It's not her shop it's in her apartment!

Or like Ford Wheeler said in his portrait in the tmagazine:

"Collecting is kind of like drugs for some poeple, it can be hard to determine when it is just too much."
Ford Wheeler 1
Ford Wheeler 2

In my kitchen there is a pattern:
I collect old aluminium and emaille
I collect wooden objects
I collected red with white dots and brown with white dots
I collect Arzberg 2025
and new I collect nice japanese tea ceramics and porcelain
I don't collect things with chips
I don't spend mostly over 10 euros for something
I don't buy in ebay or etsy

tony takitani

A beautiful movie about loneliness and longing.
The music walkes through every picture, emotion and thought.
Eating a bowl with rice, green vegetables and a dashi bouillon with tofu while watching.

Monday, May 2, 2011

light in a stone

Beautiful pendant in silver.
Beautiful setting of the stone.
It's danish as well.
Like this photo from Cate Blanchett from tmagazine.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

dansk furniture II

This weekend it's Design furniture market in Brussels.
A big hangar filled with the most beautiful furniture from the last 60 years, not only the common pieces like the Eames chairs in all variations also rare and special pieces.

Felt in love with a very nice plywood chair from Eames. The man kindly told me the high price and the story behind:
Charles Eames gave this chair as a gift to Harry Bertoia. Both names are written on the underside: the price 4500.-- euros

As always with dealers, there are nice ones and asholes.
One told me by asking for the price of 4 tiny wooden spoons: "It's wenge! You know wenge? This are no papplepels (papspoons)."
But another one sold me the pendant for all the money I have left in my purse, which was the half of what he was asking for first.

There is the stool pk33 from Poul Kjærholm. He was sold for 4000.-- euros. I have the copy in simily leather and found the perfect tray to build it into a coffeetable. The wood is beautiful-no wenge for sure, maybe rosewood or palisander!!!
Salt and pepper fishes I got as a late birthday present from E.
They are too cute!