We are so happy to welcome Patricia Goijens to the blog today to share her lovely home with us! I live in the centre of Antwerp, Belgium in a big bright apartment from the 1930s together with my boyfriend. My flat is on the 9th floor, which you don't see a lot over here. It's mostly low-rise buildings. I absolutely love the view, the amazing light, my walk-in wardrobe, the hardwood floors and original details. I've mostly decorated the space with vintage pieces (a lot of them from my family) and travel souvenirs, which to me adds so much sentimental value to the space. Both my boyfriend and I work from home, so it’s very important our space is inspiring, because we spend a lot of time there! I have a lot of pieces that I cherish, most of which I got from my grandmothers and parents. One thing I really love is the silver fish on our fireplace, It’s the first gift my mother gave to my father back in the seventies! It ended up in the attic, because it didn’t fit their decor anymore. And I was very happy to give it a second life!
The rocking chair in the living room is another piece that always draws attention when we have people over. Everyone loves it! I have a video of me falling out of it when I was a toddler (I was fine), and I love that I got to take it with me from when I was a little girl until now! Three years now, and we will be moving soon to a new apartment that we bought. All the big pieces have been here from the start. We went on a shopping spree at flea markets, antique stores and thrift shops before we moved in. Our elevator is too small for big items, so we had to make sure we had most things before we moved in. That’s when we bought our Chesterfield sofa and the sideboard in our living room. But it’s definitely gotten more like home over the years! We’ve added more plants and painted some of our furniture pieces like the rocking chair to tidy the place up a bit and make it feel more "grown up”, and somehow, we keep buying chairs. It’s kind of an addiction! We have a big living room that’s great for dinner parties and having friends over! I can’t count the hours we’ve spent chatting the night away with a bottle of wine. We’ve even had dinner with over 20 people here! The space also serves as a great blank canvas for the photo shoots we do each season for the webshop and various other projects. We’ve even climbed on our roof a couple of times with great results. I’ll definitely miss this place when we move! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us, Patricia! You can find more of Patricia over on her blog No Glitter No Glory or her web shop. xo.