The internet has made it possible for us to be ‘unlimited’ – I think that’s the right word. To be unlimited in our quest for information and knowledge. To find out about something the minute we think of it. To virtually visit any corner of the world. It has unleashed our creativity, and made photographers, artists, writers and creatives of so many of us, and connected us with other creative people. The internet has also made virtual home tours possible! What is it about a home tour that is so intriguing? Home tours may have become popular for the decor ideas they offer, but with sites like Pinterest, there is a lot of inspiration readily available.  But we still love our home tours! In my opinion, people like them because it offers us a view of what someone holds special. After all, a home is our sanctuary, our refuge from the rough and tumble world. Whether we share a room or live by ourselves in a house, we surround ourselves with what makes us happy, And we are all curious about what makes our fellow humans happy. What do they love about their home? What are their favorite possessions? Do they love the light as it slants in the evening? How close it is to their favorite coffee shop? A story goes into the making of a home and these virtual tours share some of that story with us and make us feel connected to each other. And that is so beautiful! What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

Today, I want to share with you glimpses into the Lier, Belgium, shabby chic apartment of Marielle, an artist, and her family. With every word, Marielle tell you what she loves about her home.


 

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“Let me introduce myself. I’m Marielle, and I live in this apartment with my daughter and husband. We bought it 1.5 years ago. It’s in the middle of the city center and is full of life because of the shops. Slowly, it’s becoming a home. I have several favourite rooms. I love my living room, with the large windows. Especially my built-in bookcase and to watch my fast-growing book collection.”

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“The balcony and rooftop terrace are great for sitting outside with a cup of tea or coffee. It’s so quiet there, even it’s in the middle of Lier. See how the plants grow! We even have squirrels who visit us.”

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“I love my bedroom. It’s small and cozy, but I have enough space to make my paintings. When I’m in my bedroom and painting, it makes me happy and brings a smile to my face.” – Marielle
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If I had to pick a favorite in Marielle’s apartment, I have to say yes, the living room is gorgeous and having that book case with that sitting area opposite it is awesome, but her kitchen wins, hands down! It reminds me of the nicest tea shop!

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Visit Marielle on her Instagram account here.

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All images are courtesy of Marielle.

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