Mieke Verbijlen is a photographer based in Antwerp, Belgium. Six years ago, she moved into the second floor of this old house along a tree-lined street with nice galleries nearby. As a collector of beautiful things with a love of second-hand pieces, Mieke’s style just fell into place. She’d love to have a couch, but her home is too small for that, and she’d rather have the space open than make it feel too full. Thankfully, the wooden floors and nice windows make up for the less-than-perfect bathroom and kitchen, and the price is right. All the great light helps keep her plants happy (her good care helps, too). You can find more of Mieke’s work on her blog, which she shares with Veronik Willems. Mieke also started shooting her friends’ apartments about a year ago, a project typically done on film in order to capture the atmosphere of each place. She feels that shooting her own place is the hardest, so Sophie Schellekens kindly helped with some of these shots, as well. Thanks, Mieke and Sophie! — Anne
Image above: I bought this cupboard when I first moved here. One of the glass windows broke when friends tried to get it upstairs, and I never repaired it. I initially I bought it for the kitchen, and for a long time my cups and plates were in it. I used to have shelves on the wall for the books, but I like changing things around, so later I decided to bring the cupboard into the living room for the books. Not all of them fit, so there are piles on the ground, but I don’t mind. I think a place can never have enough books.
Image above: This table by the window in the living room is the spot where I am all the time when I work at home, but also for computer stuff, eating, visitors and so on. The tablecloth is from Fog Linen Work and is my all-time favorite. The pillow on the chair is made by my friend Renilde from At swim-two-birds. The drawing on the wall is by my friend Charlotte Koopman, who is my favorite illustrator in the whole world.
More inside Mieke’s Antwerp home after the jump . . .
Image above: My bed next to the stairs. I used to sleep in the front room for the first four years, but this spot is much better, although it’s a bit strange perhaps because it’s the room where you enter [the apartment]. The curtain used to be my grandmother’s, but as you can see, her windows were not that big, so my mother stitched them together to make it long enough for my window.
Image above: I painted the stairs with a color from Farrow and Ball six years ago. I’m not sure if I would still choose that color at this moment, but somehow I still like it. I found the shelf in that color, and it’s almost the same. The mobile is from Flensted. From here, you can see the kitchen windows, which I really like.
Image above: I don’t sit at the kitchen table very often but sometimes in summer. I use it more when I’m cooking. In winter, it can get very cold! The two white cabinets are from my brother. He found them in the basement of the house he bought and wanted to get rid of them. The two fig trees and a huge sparmania are making this corner very green. The Pinocchio on the wall is a funnel and must be the only Alessi item that I like.
Image above: The stacks of books I mentioned in the caption above. The plant is pilea peperomioides. This was my first one, but I have many of them around the house, and new babies keep growing. Now all my friends have ones that I grew here!
Image above: The bathroom I don’t like with the same tiles as the kitchen. I really wonder who thought of a blue bathtub! But yeah, I can live with it. After checking out new apartments, I’ve seen worse, and besides, the tiles and the bath are quite cozy in my opinion. The wardrobe was in the first room where I lived as a student, and when I left, I asked the landlord if I could take it with me (I gave an Ikea wardrobe in return). The little cabinet is a very old one that used to be my grandmother’s.