Een schattig en comfortabel huisje in Tallahassee, Florida

Jules and Louis Blog - A cute adorable home in Tallahassee - the front of the house with porch and stairs.jpg

Deze keer geen gewone home tour, maar eentje van een huis waar we zelf in hebben verbleven tijdens onze twee weken vakantie in Florida. We verbleven in dit huisje in Tallahassee, Florida voor één nachtje, maar wel een superleuke nacht! Het lijkt een fantastisch huisje, en dat is het ook.

We voelden ons direct op ons gemak in dit cute maar comfortabele huisje, ook dankzij de zelfgemaakte brownie cake die Tara, de eigenares, voor ons had gebakken. Eigenlijk waren de attente details van haar doorheen het huis nog het allerleukst, zoals het papiertje met "probeer me uit" onder een facial mist met rozenwater van Trader Joe's (die ik uiteindelijk ook ben gaan kopen, haha) en lekker eten en drinken klaar in de ijskast en een handgeschreven welkomstkaartje voor ons. 

Jules and Louis Blog - A cute adorable house in Tallahassee - front house.jpg

Zelfs de slaapkamer voor de kindjes was ongelooflijk groot; er kon een queensize bed in én nog een stapelbed. Iedere slaapkamer had zijn eigen badkamer, ook heel positief. En onze slaapkamer was zooo mooi ingericht, het was liefde op het eerste gezicht toen ik het zag op Airbnb en ook toen ik binnenwandelde hier. Zelfs de kleine gezellige bibliotheek met zicht op de tuin was gezellig.

Van alle huisjes waarin we logeerden, was het interieur van dit huis helemaal mijn ding. Daarom dat ik het zeker aanraad als er iemand van jullie ooit in de buurt van het centrum van Tallahassee zou verblijven. Het is rustig en toch heel goed gelegen, en vooral ook: héél proper! Met een fantastisch leuke tuin ook voor kinderen om in te spelen: er is een kleine boomhut (niet te hoog) met hangmat, glijbaan én zelfs een kleine mini-auto voor de kids om in rond te rijden. Als jullie zouden gaan, doe zeker veel groetjes van mij aan Tara! Je kan de rest van de info over het huis hier op Airbnb vinden.

Jules and Louis Blog - A cute adorable house in Tallahassee - inside of the house.jpg

This time it's not your regular home tour, but a tour of a cute and delightfully decorated home I stayed in with my family during our two weeks of vacation in Florida! We only stayed for one night, but it was definitely a great one.

We felt right at home from the moment we stepped inside. Maybe the homemade brownie cake Tara the owner had baked for us, had something to do with it. ;-) How thoughtful, right? I loved all her small and thoughtful touches throughout the whole house: she left a little note "try me" under a facial mist she got at Trader Joe's (that I bought as well, haha), a cute handwritten welcome card and some food and drinks in the fridge. It made my little heart sing! 

Jules and Louis Blog - A cute adorable home in Tallahassee - detail of clock on wall.jpg
Jules and Louis Blog - A cute adorable home  - living room.jpg
Jules and Louis Blog - A cute adorable home in Tallahassee - the kitchen.jpg
Jules and Louis Blog - A cute adorable home in Tallahassee - master bedroom.jpg
Jules and Louis Blog - A cute adorable home in Tallahassee - desk in bedroom.jpg
Jules and Louis Blog - A cute adorable home in Tallahassee - detail pillows master bedroom.jpg

The bedroom for the kids was so big, it housed two beds in them - a bunkbed and a queensize bed. And our bedroom was oh so pretty, I loved the bedding, the pillows, how she decorated it. It was love at first sight when I saw her property on Airbnb and it was no different when I walked through it for the first time. ;-) Even the library was cute...

Jules and Louis Blog - A cute adorable home in Tallahassee - thoughtful touch in bathroom - facial toner mist.jpg

We got to briefly meet Tara, and it was so fun and special to chat with her. I instantly bonded with her, we had a click. I felt like I could talk for hours! I know I made a new friend. :-)

From all the houses we stayed in, this was definitely the one closest to my own taste. It was adorable. A must stay when you're in the area of Tallahassee - it's also conveniently close to the center and yet very quiet to stay in. It also has a fantastic backyard for the kids to play around in - complete with hammock, tree house and even a cool car to drive around in for kids! Take a look at the ad on Airbnb here, and go and check it out yourself!! And if you decide to go, please say hello to Tara from me, ok? If I see this, it takes me right back... I miss it already. 

Jules and Louis Blog - A cute adorable home in Tallahassee - the library.jpg
Jules and Louis Blog - A cute adorable home in Tallahassee - detail of wooden figurine in library.jpg
Jules and Louis Blog - A cute adorable home in Tallahassee - the kids bedroom.jpg

All pictures taken by me for Jules & Louis.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR DECOR FRESH

jules-and-louis-blog-how-to-keep-your-decor-fresh.jpg

One of the things that I'm always puzzled over is how do other bloggers change their decor so quickly and frequently, always keeping up with the latest trends? It is hard to keep up with the latest trends on interior design without spending too much money - almost impossible. To me it is! And even I sometimes am prone to wanting new things, especially after checking out Instagram and Pinterest and seeing new stuff I'd love to have. But I can't always get what I want, like The Rolling Stones sing... So when you're like me and you don't want to blow your entire budget on things you'd get probably bored of some time later, I have some tips I have learned from my grandmother or tips I always use to keep my decor fresh and new looking without breaking the bank.

Paint or make it yourself

If your favorite piece of art is out of your reach and budget, but you'd love to switch things up, you can easily paint or make it yourself. I can get really creative with paint or ink, but you can be great at taking pictures. So why not enlarge some of your favorite pictures and put them on your wall? You'll feel happy and proud every time you see it because you made it. It will even be a great conversation starter when you have family or new friends coming over for dinner!

Sell

One tip I have learned from my new colleague at work if you want to have new things in your decor very often. She has renewed almost her entire interior by selling all of her furniture and accessories. I usually sell my stuff on Tweedehands or via Facebook, but nowadays people also sell their things through Instagram and other social media. It is definitely pretty easy to sell before buying something new. If I don't find any buyers I will donate it to people who need it more - one of my friends have recommended me donating to Televestiaire, a place here in Bruges where you can donate clothes, beauty and hygienic products, appliances, toys, etc. These things will in return be offered for free or for a small price to people with financial constraints.

Move pieces around

This tip is one I have learned from my grandmother. Unfortunately our living space is too small to move furniture around, but I know I inherited some of her genes, haha. She got bored with her surroundings really easily and moved things around on an ordinary day. And when I came home from school and entered my grandparents' home, it always felt like everything looked completely different and new. Because I don't have much space to move furniture around, I usually move decor and accessories around every now and then. Or I remove things for a while and then I magically put them back after a few months - it keeps things fresh looking in your decor, trust me. And as a bonus: it is fun to “shop” around in my own home and changing up shelves, cupboards and window panes. You definitely look at your old things with a fresh perspective getting them back out after some time and you're less willing to buy new stuff. And I know from experience: less is more!

Try your luck at flea markets

I used to hate strolling around flea markets, because most of them are filled with junk and what not, but over the years I have come to love them. In fact, some of my favorite possessions in our home are from flea markets in Belgium or France. The vintage blue bottles in our cupboard in the dining room I found in l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and in Bruges, the white rocking chair from Antwerp in Louis' bedroom and there are many other 'old' things I have in my home. If you just look close enough you can find true gems! Not all flea markets are cheap, so come early to negotiate if you know what you want and when you know the price.

Souvenirs

One thing I always try to do is score a unique or fun souvenir from our trips during traveling. It can be pretty simple from a candle holder to a cool coffee table book, but I always try to find something that can be used in our decor. Last year in September I bought a pretty white porcelain canal house in Amsterdam in which you can burn a tealight. It is fun, wasn't expensive, it reminds me of our trip there and it adds something extra in our decor. Win-win!

How do you keep your decor fresh and ever changing without you breaking the bank? Do you have any other tips you'd love to share?

OUR CHRISTMAS TREE

Showing you our Christmas tree, before the holidays are over!
jules-and-louis-blog-our-christmas-tree-and-socks.jpg

I figured I hadn't shown our Christmas tree yet... And that for someone who starts decorating her home a month before December! As you may have guessed it: I can never wait until Christmas eve. 

Christmas has always been my favourite holidays ever. Nothing more festive than seeing all those lights outside and inside, who create a wonderful atmosphere this time of the year. The idea behind Christmas to spend more time with the people you love couldn't be more beautiful, right? 

Since a few years we are celebrating Christmas eve at our home with just the four of us. It's so fun to see the kids get excited about all the presents and how they have to wait until dinnertime before they can open them. I usually make my already well-known roasted lamb chops with veggies and after that we have big chunk of ice cream in front of the television with the kids. That is if we're still hungry, usually we don't eat that much, haha!

jules-and-louis-blog-our-christmas-tree.jpg
jules-and-louis-blog-our-christmas-tree-tray-with-candles.jpg

This tray filled with tealight holders of Iittala was a birthday present I got from my husband Bart. And they look so amazing on my pretty round coffee tables of Hay, I got at one of my favourite stores in Brasschaat: Corifeo. These are one of the prettiest things in our home lately, and I'm truly in love with them. 

This New Year's eve will be as cosy as Christmas eve, at my parents' home with our kids. I don't feel like partying this year, so the new year will ring in quietly but cosy. Time to think about my goals for my blog! One of them, like I said here, is to inspire you more with more, new and improved blog posts! 

What are you planning to do between Christmas and New Year? Are you celebrating alone, with friends or family? And what kind of presents did you find under the Christmas tree this year? 

WHAT HOME MEANS TO ME

Today I'm wondering what home really means to me...
Jules and Louis Blog - What Home Means To Me - a little white house

Home sweet home. That is exactly how I feel like when coming home after a long hard day at work. Especially these days, because the past few weeks have taken its toll on me for many different reasons. So you can imagine how much I love coming home! 

I was wondering the other day what home means to me. It is a safe haven, our home. It's where I feel most at ease and comfortable. It is the same when I visit my parents' house, where I immediately feel relaxed as well. It is only normal, I guess, because it's the home where I grew up in. Although it's not only their house, it's also the place that gives me that relaxing feeling... We now live just outside of the city of Bruges in a small part of town where all is quiet and our neighbours are always friendly and helpful. It's good where we live. I love living here, although I sometimes wished we lived a bit closer...where I grew up. It's strange and difficult to explain. Don't get me wrong, I love being at home. There is this feeling I still have and had when I first saw our house - love at first sight. I do still think of our home as the most pretty one in the whole street!

My biggest wish would be to work from home the majority of my time (which, I'm proud to say, I'm working hard on to realise my goal/wish). And no... I hear you thinking, I wouldn't mind spending so much time at my home. Would you? To be honest, I also love to spend a lot of my personal time - when we have nothing planned in a weekend - within the comfort of my own four walls. You know, at home is best. :-) Yes, I sound like a total boring hermit, haha. I know I'm not, it's just that I prefer being at ease at home with my family. One of my other dreams is to spend a day relaxing in bed, with the kids playing (and no arguments or fights), reading books, drinking tea and in the evening have my husband cook us dinner and me and the kids are enjoying the appetizers. But that is probably all too much of me to wish for! ;-)

And to make sure you guys don't think of me as a complete nun, I do get out of my house once in a while, haha! I love traveling so much - and I never want to go back when I'm out exploring the places I'm going to, but when I've arrived home, I'm happy to be back as well. And I do get out to shop, to have a walk at the beach or to go out with friends and enjoy some great laughs, food and wine. But I always sigh with contentment when I open our front door and I get to kick off my heels or sneakers and curl up in my sofa and just enjoy my home. I guess you could say that home is my happy place. It's where I feel most comfortable and safe.

There are, of course, other people out there who might not get what I'm talking about. When I take a look at my close friends, I know there are a lot of different personalities - the extraverts, the party animals and the wanderers who love to travel and don't want to stay at home when they have a few days off, to the more introverts and the ones like me who are most happy at home... So, I was wondering, are you a homebody too? Do you refuel your batteries at home or elsewhere? Is "Home Sweet Home" exactly how you feel as well, when coming home? What does home mean to you?