JUST ONE YEAR AGO THAT SHE MOVED TO BORDEAUX, LEAVING BELGIUM AND TEN YEARS IN THE WORLD OF FINANCE. THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETHINK THINGS, EXPERIMENT AND TRY NEW AREAS. PASSIONATE ABOUT BEAUTY, USEFULNESS AND FUNCTIONALITY, IN SEARCH OF SIMPLICITY.
WHAT IS YOUR DECORATION PHILOSOPHY?
It can be summarized in 3 words: less is more. I think it’s better to surround yourself with less but better, with things you really love. I am a moderate minimalist, I do not seek to reduce my possessions at any price but to surround myself only with what is essential to me. As with everything, it is a question of balance. I prefer as much as possible what is local, sustainable and respectful (of the environment, of man,…), I search a lot (you can find wonders in flea markets or at Emmaus) and I try to encourage the work of passionate craftsmen. In my opinion, an object must be beautiful, useful, functional and contribute to everyday life. If he meets these criteria, he has every chance of finishing at home! I have always been passionate about decoration and pretty things. It would have been easy to fall into excess so I think I naturally always took care to be vigilant. By choosing timeless and quality objects that last over time, we avoid a lot of unnecessary (over)consumption. I like to tidy up, sort and organize and I regularly sort to give a second life to what is no longer useful to us or no longer has its place at home. Last year, our move to Bordeaux was the occasion for an even more drastic sorting, going from a house to an apartment that is 1/3 of its size, it helps!
WHAT ARE THE DIFFICULTIES THAT YOU MEET IN YOUR STEP?
The most difficult thing for me is the guilt related to the objects received from which we can’t / don’t dare to part because they have been offered to us. In the end, I think you just have to communicate and explain your approach to your family. I think you have to do things at your own pace, listen to yourself and don’t put pressure on yourself, you can’t revolutionize everything at the same time. Sorting makes it possible to know what is really important for you and from there to make more thoughtful choices, whether in terms of decoration, consumption,… nothing is ever perfect, the important thing is to be in line with your own expectations. I would like to strive a little more towards zero waste, I give myself time to make small changes one after the other to ensure that they are sustainable.
WHAT IS YOUR FETCHED OBJECTIVE?
Two objects are particularly dear to me. A magnificent mirror all in gold received by my grandfather. It is a souvenir object, which warms the heart on a daily basis. And a stilnovo midcentury lamp found when we arrived in Bordeaux. I have a crush on it and I like to find things by chance, so we didn’t have a lamp until then. I love it, it was worth the years of waiting!
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD AT HOME?
“I CONSIDER HOME AS A REFUGE.”
I need an environment that allows me to feel soothed and to recharge my batteries. A fairly refined cocoon where objects and furniture that have meaning, a history or evoke a memory, natural materials and plants mingle. We add a cup of tea, inspiring reading, music and I don’t go out anymore!