Welcome to my blog! I’m Kathleen, a thirty-something happy-go-lucky girl. My students say I’m a lot like Jess from New Girl, a compliment I’ll willingly accept!

I spend lots of time walking, skating, running and hiking with my best pal Gérard, a slender Beauceron-Collie.

Gérard at the new ecofriendly Western Harbour in Malmö.

Gérard at the new ecofriendly Western Harbour in Malmö.

I live in a beautifully renovated 1930’s house across a forest ideal for doggy walks. Gérard’s brother from another dad -same litter though- lives in that same forest with our best friends, which is a great plus. In spite of the woods close by Gérard’s managed to transform the formerly lush, green lawn in our the backyard into a muddy track by obsessively playing fetch. I should’ve know, he’s a collie.

I’m trying all sorts of things to turn the rooms into relaxing havens or practical but beautiful spaces, collecting ideas from Pinterest, books, magazines, online shops and of course other people’s houses. When I moved in, the place was a blank canvas for me to decorate. Such joy!

What I love doing during winter is to cuddle up on the couch surrounded by big pillows and covered by a duvet, with the fireplace burning nicely and hot tea or ideally cocoa at hand, listening to the rain fall on our windows and the stormy winds that circle the house. If I’m lucky, snowfall once or twice a year pulls me out of that comfy couch and has me run and slide around, entertaining both myself and mr doggy. Because we’re not used to such pleasures, the whole country is in distress and no one manages to properly get to work or to school, but I do. I thrive in below-zero temperatures.

Mountainbike works in wintertime

Ideal weather to cycle those 14 km to work.

I’m totally and utterly in love with Sweden: 12 years ago I spent one year at Uppsala University studying something linguistic that was very interesting. I try to speak Swedish as often as I can, which is nice on the holidays I regularly take there. My dream is to buy a little red house close to a lake. It will make travelling cheaper or at least an investment.

That’s my dream. My ultimate fantasy (read: unrealistic dream) however is to one day live there, enjoying hot summers and icy cold winters that have you wander white streets for months, listening to the muffled sounds of conversations and cars, and -as I do during the gales that strike Belgium during autumn and winter- happily come home in a warm, cosy place with a hot shower and dry clothes waiting for you.

The house in Ryd where we spent a couple of nights to visit friends and the IKEA museum.

A house in Ryd where I spent a couple of nights to visit friends and the IKEA museum.

I’m a big reading enthusiast, I love writing, I’ve been making music for as long as I know and apart from that I adore sports because of the endorphins and, depending on which type, bursts of adrenaline. Oh, and I’m obsessed with IKEA. Want to do me a favour? Take me on a trip to the walhalla of affordable Scandinavian interior design!

cover of the new IKEA catalogue

Pleased as pie on the cover of the new IKEA catalogue, a treat you get at the museum.

What makes you happy? Or what touches you? Leave a comment if you like!