Antwerp is without a doubt in my top five most loved European cities. It has such a unique, fresh energy to it. From the diverse community that has chosen to live here, the fact that it’s under a huge phase of development at the moment to (most importantly) that it’s a real hidden gem for design.
I was reading Milk Magazine recently and was stopped in my tracks by this stunning apartment and event space, located, unsurprisingly, in Antwerp. It has all the hallmarks of honest, Belgian aesthetics. Maison Jackie is the result of a beautiful collaboration between real estate agent and interior designer Ellen Wauters and a visionary group of craftspeople.
I can only have full admiration for Ellen who, following motherhood, divorce and a burn-out felt she needed more creative connection in her life. She began hosting gatherings for like-minded female entrepreneurs which in time led her back to real estate, this time embracing her love of collaboration and design. Thus – Jackie Bohéme was founded and Ellen has since gone on to realise several beautifully appointed apartments and homes in her organic, natural style.
Maison Jackie is a soulful house, combining an event venue, shoot location and concept store with a quiet getaway for two in the rooms above. The history of the building, a former monastery and home to the last sisters of Niel is allowed to shine through, flooded with natural light and original features. Now a soothing apartment, it exudes modest luxury in the materials she has chosen, from the herringbone parquet flooring to the soft linen curtains and bespoke bamboo kitchen designed by Olso based eco kitchen designers Ask og Eng.
As soon as you step into Maison Jackie, you step into the slow living movement. We created an enclave of aesthetics and calmness where craftsmanship, interior design and spirituality engage in an enriching dialogue. A place where everything is possible and where your own creativity can thrive.Ellen Wauters
As a minimal space, every detail has been intentionally chosen by Ellen, extending to a personally designed capsule collection, allowing you to take home a piece of Maison Jackie style. I absolutely love her linen kimono collection, created in collaboration with textile designer Nathalie Van der Massen.
I genuinely can’t wait for travel to open up again so I can treat ourselves to a short stay here. It looks truly wonderful. Want to see more from Antwerp? Take a look at my visit to St Vincents concept store and Valerie Traan art space.
Prices start from 165 EUR per night for 2 with a 2 night minimum stay.
Images courtesy of Jackie Bohème, with thanks.