Bienvenue Chez Serge Hologne

Serge Hologne - actor - comedian

Bienvenue Chez Serge Hologne

The Actor, the Comedian,the Musician, the Union Bhoy

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Serge Hologne is an artist living in Saint-gilles, Bruxelles. He is an actor, a musician, a painter, and a devoted union bhoy. I am happy to welcome you in to his home..

Stepping in to your home, I get a strong feeling of the one living here. It’s very personal and filled with character. Do you think that your home reflects you?

Probably.. as any appartment normaly reflects the person who lives there. It’s true that it can look particular as it’s filled with objects. People who visit me sometimes say that it’s like a museum and they ‘re not completly wrong. I tend to collect things, like old toys for example, mostly little cars “Dinky toys”. Most of them used to belong to my dad when he was a kid.

You seam to be drawn to vintage, retro and odd objects.. 

It’s true that I’ve always been interested in all that stuff we call “vintage”. It’s a word that I don’t especially like as it is used in fashion.. ( why should I be the only one allowed to love things from the past? ) but yes, I particulary like de 50’s design.

I see a lot of old photos in golden frames and funny postcards all over you place. Where do you find these things?

I go to the flea market several times a week, mostly just before it’s closing. By then all the sellers really prefer to sell things for one euro and get rid of as much as possible, instead of packing everything up and carry it back. That’s the perfect time for buying stuff that might have ended up broken and abandoned on the ground or in the garbage. Sometimes I’m attracted by one of those old frames with, as you said, pictures of people that more than probably are dead today. When I  hang them on my wall, it’s like they were part of my own family, even if I have no idea who they were. I like the idea that they are hung side by side, even if one has nothing to do with the other. In a way it’s also sad to see pictures abandonned on the ground, ( I can’t buy all of them ) as they are traces of moments of life.

What about your own style, in terms of clothing etc.. Is this an image that you are conscious about when you get dresses in the morning?

No. I don’t think I have a particular style. My only thing is that I always wear shirts and pull over’s of a certain brand, but it comes from a long time ago. I wanted to wear it because it was associated (and still is) with the music I was listening to at the time ( rocksteady – roots reggae ). I still wear the same brand because I’m used to it and I still like that kind of music, but for me it’s more of a habit than a conscious choice.

Let’s talk a bit about your work.. How do you deal with being a freelance artist? Do you have good self diciplin?

I consider my work as an actor as my main activity.. so I’m depending on what I’m offered as work. It’s not really up to me to decide when I work, but I do my best to make myself known by the film directors. I check websites everyday for casting announcements and I’m referenced in casting agencies. Most of my work at the moment is acting in advertising which it is sometimes interesting. They are short movies after all and I earn a living doing it. I would like to work much more often than I do!

Working with music and drawing.. no, I don’t have good self discipline, but I consider those stuff more like hobbies.

Tell me about you as the singer Eddy Tornado. How and when did that start?

Eddy Tornado is defenetly a character( as in comic strip ) that I played. It was interesting for saying things without being responsable for, because it wasn’t serge Hologne, in a way. In the beginnig I knew that he was going to be a rock’n roll singer. The idea was to make him sing things in french on surf music, and to compose lyrics that people wouldn’t know how to interpret .. ” Is it serious? or is he kidding?” between first and second degree. Eventually, even I didn’t know sometimes.

I started to make concert of what I used to call “karaoké surf’n roll” (understand that I used to sing on instrumental surf records, in bars). Then somebody told me how nice it would be if Eddy Tornado would play with a band, which he later did. The band was called Eddy Tornado et Les Scandaleux. After 5 years of great moments, I got a bit bored with the style of music that we were playing and that was it.

I kept the name Eddy Tornado for starting a new “career” as a comedian and played a one man show for three years.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a musical solo project. I’m not sure its gonna last. There’s also another musical band we’re starting, called MORSE. It sounds like shoegazing.

What’s up next for you?

I’m playing live with my solo project and I’m acting in a short movie. It’s called ” Le zombie au vélo” by Christophe Bourdon. It’s kind of a parody (and tribute at the same time) of movies by the Dardenne brothers. Besides that, I’m waiting for news from a casting that I made for a french movie. If I get it, I will be working on that in September.

What about football and the club l’Union.. It seams to take up a lot of your time and focus?

Yes, it’s the club of my heart. I discovered it by a hazard.. 15 years ago during a walk in parc Duden here in Saint-Gilles. I was with a friend and we heard the sound of a football match somewhere close by. So we had a look trough the trees and asked the people next to us what team it was. The next game, we decided to have a look from inside the stadium … and since then, we never quit being Union supporters.

Visit Serge at sergehologne.com

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La Frenésié – Vintage Interior Design & Decor

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La Frénésie – Vintage Interior Design & Decor

A furniture & design-shop where Caroline Moreau has created her own vintage paradise..

The newly opened shop La Frenésié is located next to the popular vintage market Marché aux puces in Bruxelles. It’s a place where you can find vintage interior design furniture and decor, as well as flowers and outdoor plants.

The owner Caroline Moreau is originally from France but based in Bruxelles since a long time where she lives with her man and their 2 kids. In her shop she has managed to create her own little paradise where she has gathered all the things that she loves. Stepping in to La Frénésie is like traveling to the 50’s, except for the space it self which is fresh and light and simply a perfect canvas for all the beautiful furniture and cute little objects.

Caroline collects and renovates vintage interior design pieces that she sells in her shop. She also repaints decor that she combines with fresh flower arrangements. At the moment you will find bright pastels and fresh colors that suits perfect for summer.

Before she started her own shop, Caroline was working as a florist. This is something that she decided to take with her. In between that and opening her shop, she was unemployed for a couple of years. This period was crucial, she tells me. This is when she finally decided to realize the dream that she had since a long time. During meetings and brainstormings with other people in search of their next career move, Caroline gradually started to shape her dream in to a reality.

When I get up in the morning, it never really feels like I am going to work because I always look forward to being in the shop..”

Working is now a pleasure for Caroline and the area around the market offers a lot of social interaction between the different shop owners. The market is full of visitors during the weekends but in the week the tempo is calm and it let’s her the time she needs to work on renovations and other arrangements. Caroline has succeeded to combine all the things that she loves in her shop. Since there are so many different things to work with, the job stays interesting and exciting.

When she is not working with the shop, she is devoted to music which is another one of her passions. She sings in the Rockabilly band “The Saint-Gillbillies” and their records are sold in her shop. The band is a group of friends who share the love for rockabilly/country/surf music. During the summer they play live at several locations. If you like that kind of music, make sure to check out the band page for upcoming concerts.

“I have never been happier..”

Caroline is a woman who lives her 50’s image and she happily invites the visitors in to her universe at La frénésie. The shop is not that different from her home that’s also filled with vintage interior design but she has now found her very own space where she decorates and rearranges as she pleases. When she finds a break in her day, she can simply sit down next to her flowers and look out over the market and chat with friends passing by..

For more style and inspiration you can follow Caroline on Pinterest. Also check out her facebook page for shop updates and special events!

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Visit La Frénésie

The shop is located on 67 Place du Jue de Balles, 1000 Bruxelles.

Many People come to Place du Jeu de Balles during the weekend to dig trough the vintage market and listen to live music. It’s a meeting point for “les Bruxellois” and well oriented visitors who are looking for unique design furniture and deco, as well as clothing and accessories.

La Frénésie is open from Thursday – Sunday, 10:00 – 18:00.

Patty Smith & “Just Kids”

Patty Smith Autobiography "Just Kids"

Patty Smith

Her autobiography “Just Kids” have opened my eyes for Patty Smith..

I wanted to tell you about it the other evening but I will do it now. I Think that at least for my generation, the book “Just Kids” comes just in the good moment. It’s funny how well I know the name Patty Smith, without knowing anything about her. I am sure that I have heard her music, but I would not be able to sing you a single tune if you asked me. When I am reading her book though, I feel as if she has sent me a personal invitation to her personal sphere and I am honored to have passed a few hours there.

It all started at the airport in Stockholm where we landed to sleep for a night before to continue to our holiday destination, Grand Canary Island. I love to take the opportunity to read, once I am on holiday and that’s why I was determined to find a book that would suit my idea about holiday reading. After the breakfast I rushed to the “pocket shop” but my mind was focused on books that I wished that I hadn’t already reed. The woman who was working the morning shift noticed my desperate and stressed search so she came to offer her assistance. After I presented her my early morning dilemma, she purposed me a few options, first the titles that I wish I could have un-reed somehow. After these unfortunate attempts to help me, she picked up “Just Kids” together with 2 or 3 other titles, but I decided to pick this one and then I rushed to get some water for the 6 hour flight that was ahead.

This story is about Patty Smith’s autobiography “Just Kids” but that’s about as far as I will go in terms of revealing any content in this private sphere. If you have a chance to go there, I certainly hope that you will recognize some of your own disasters and moments of clarity described with pure and clear writing.

If you are looking for what to read, the best and most inspirational reading and best book of the year is to me clearly “Just Kids” by Patty Smith.

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Bauhaus – The early days

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Bauhaus

Back to the very beginning of the Bauhaus..

I have always been drawn to the aesthetics of Bauhaus designs and art work. I find the designs and the approach to be very natural and basic, much as what I try to achieve with my clothing. I thought that it was time that I took a dive in to the subject. To share with you a bit of the history that I have discovered, I have decided to show you some works from the first artists and teachers. Amongst them you will find painter Paul Klee, expressionist painter and caricaturist Lyonel Feininger and designer and sculptor Oskar Schlemmer.

The school was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919 as a merger of the Grand Ducal School of Arts and Crafts and the Weimar Academy of Fine Art. One of the main objectives of the Bauhaus was to unify art, craft, and technology. This approach was incorporated into the school curriculum.

Even before the Nazis came to power in Germany, the political pressure was difficult for the school. Nearly from the start, the Nazi movement denounced Bauhaus for its “degenerate art”and they were determined to break it down due to the foreign, probably Jewish influences of “cosmopolitan modernism.” Bauhaus was pressured to close in April 1933. Many of the artists involved with the Bauhaus fled, or were exiled by the Nazi regime and therefor succeeded to spread the ideas around the world.

The Bauhaus had a major impact on art and architecture trends in Western Europe, the United States, Canada and Israel, including the “New Bauhaus” of Chicago.

In 2004, Tel Aviv was added to the list of world heritage sites by the UN due to its abundance of Bauhaus architecture.

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The Ramirez Brothers Live in Bruxelles

The Ramirez Brothers live in Bruxelles

THE RAMIREZ BROTHERS

LIVE AT BAR DU MATIN IN BRUXELLES

♫ ♪ The Ramirez Brothers – Kama Sutra

Thursday nights at Bar du Matin is concert night and this time it’s the Israeli band The Ramirez Brothers who take the stage. Their music is often turning in our home so when we heard that the band was coming together in Bruxelles to play, we were really happy. The concert was fantastic and the mood was on top. Since two of the band members live in Israel, it’s not everyday the band gets the chance to play together. During this Bruxelles visit, they played two concerts and I was there to see them both.

If you have not yet discovered their music, this will certainly be a pleasant surprise..

Make sure to check out their band page for news about concerts and album releases.

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Featured Icon – Audrey Hepburn

Featured beauty icon - Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn is truly one of the most beautiful women I can think of and I felt it was time to feature her as a beauty icon.

I have selected some of my favorite Audrey looks. It’s amazing that she can wear just about anything and still look fantastic. Her face and those eyes are shining through you hardly notice what she is wearing, although she is always tastefully dressed and the looks suit her body well.

Perhaps the most iconic image of her is the one from Breakfast at Tiffany’s but I prefer her more casual and natural looks. The movie Sabrina, from 1954 shows another Audrey that is very different from her look as Holly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Home and Closet Visit at Anne-Maria’s

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Home and closet visit at Anne-Maria’s..

Welcome to Anne-Maria’s lovely home, a place where flowers come to bloom..

As soon as you step foot in the door you realize that this is a home where flowers come to bloom. The home is in a lovely old industrial building that has been remade in to apartments. She lives here together with her boyfriend and they met in Bruxelles just a couple of years ago. Since then, they have lived for a year in Dublin since her boyfriend is form Ireland and they just recently moved back to town. Anne-Maria is a good friend of mine so I am truly happy that she is living 5 minutes away.

Anne-Maria is born in Finland, in a small town called Kankaanpää. She visits her hometown when she goes back to Finland since her mother still lives there. She studied art in North Karelia, a town in the north of Finland, close to Russia. The art studies also brought her to St. Petersburg and Paris before she got her degree. She says that living in all these different places has opened up new sides in her and that it’s something that she will always carry with her. After her art degree, she moved to Bruxelles and got her business degree. Since then, she has worked and lived here.

I am really happy to feature her and her lovely home and I hope you will enjoy the visit..

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Kitchen

Welcome to the kitchen..

The kitchen is a place where she spends a lot of time being creative. Anne-Maria is a vegetarian and has been for as long as she can remember. Weekends are spent in the markets, shopping for fresh bio vegetables for the week. When I visit her, she has just returned from the bio market with her boyfriend and she makes me a lovely lunch salad with bio fries.

We talk about creativity and inspiration and she tells me that she really enjoys the kitchen for exactly that reason. It’s a great way to let your creativity flow and it’s always nice to make the meal look as beautiful as it tastes. With her full time day job, it’s sometimes difficult to take on big projects in the free time. She loves art’s and crafts but at the same time she enjoys it as a hobby. In this way, she does not feel pressured in her creativity.

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Living room

The spacious living room is nicely furnished with vintage finds and new design pieces. Many of the furniture are found in second hand shops for no price at all. Still the room looks and feel very luxurious. Anne-Maria is just like me, a big fan of candles. The classic Finnish Ittala candle holders are placed in the center of the room, giving the space a cosy and warm atmosphere..

This kind of architecture is very difficult to find in the scandinavian countries. The high ceilings and the beautiful wood floors is a dream for a creative person like Anne-Maria, who loves interior design.

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Bathroom

Let’s have a look at the small but charming bathroom..

This space is really well decorated and I love the calm and southing feeling that you get when you step in here. The beautiful stones and decorative wood piece, along with the natural light flowing in from the garden, really makes this simple bathroom a dream space. Who would not wanna have a beauty day in here..

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Bedroom

The simple bedroom is just above the hall entrance. We take the stair up from the kitchen to have a look..

This space has only the necessary elements of a bedroom. A futon bed, two nightstands with soft light and and that’s about it. Simple and beautiful! Waking up in the morning you have the view of the garden and the morning light coming in through the light white curtains..

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Closet

Last but not least, we took a dive in to her closet. Overfull with designer dresses and vintage treasuries, she found some favorites to share with us. Funny enough, she pulled out a collection of little black dresses, as if she knew that it was my favorites as well..

Anne-Maria has been involved with fashion in many ways. She has worked as a model in Finland and later as Assistant Designer for a Finnish designer in Paris. She also makes her own clothing designs and she loves to shop for fabrics, as well as designer clothing and vintage shoes and accessories.

As it’s autumn, we have a look at her newest purchase, a lovely black coat from 5th Avenue Shoe Repair. The blue coat that she is wearing is one of my new designs that Anne-Maria laid her eyes on at my place. It will soon be available to order in my shop..

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Thank you Anne-Maria for showing us your home!

Anne-Marias blog 3rooms+kitchen is a great lifestyle blog full of beauty and inspiration. Make sure to check it out!

Featured Icon – Jane Birkin

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Beauty Icon Jane Birkin

Let’s have a look at some of Jane Birkin’s best looks..

Jane Birkin is one of my favorite style and beauty icons. I get a lot of inspiration from her effortless style and unique touch. Here I have selected a few of her most memorable looks..

I think one of the things I like the most about her style is that it’s so simple. The hair and make-up is always very basic and what really shines is her natural beauty. The way she dresses also complements her and does not take up too much of the focus. The fact that she chooses to dress in clothes that suits her personality and her body shapes, rally makes her that iconic timeless beauty.

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Featured Icon – Madonna

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Style and Beauty Icon Madonna

Let’s have a look at one of the biggest icons of our time, Madonna..

Madonna, one of the biggest and most inspirational style icons of all times. The woman with so may looks and personal style, Madonna, has truly been an big influence in fashion. She has worn just about everything you can imagine and she has made everything look great. When she designed for H&M a few years back, I was truly surprised by the clothing that she made. I was expecting something different and she came with this clean and sophisticated look in black and white. Hopefully she will continue to surprise for some time..

Her look has change and evolved for as long as she has been in the spotlight, and she has truly many faces, not only in clothing but also in beauty. Here you will find one of my favorite beauty shots of Madonna. That blond full curly hair in contrast to the accentuated eyes and eyebrows.

The jeans and t-shirt look with that punk edge that worked so well for her. I also really love to see some of these early pictures of her with interesting settings and a clear time influence. Her look in general works so well with her image, the hair and make up and the perfect accessorizes to really make this outfit pop. The very last image is how I remember getting to know Madonna, before she really captured everyones attention. A young woman with a very personal style, always fun and easy. Madonna as we first got to know her was a beautiful young woman with a great smile and from here she has grown to become one of our most loved style and fashion Icons.

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Featured Icon – Edit Piaf

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A late night thought goes out to you Edit Piaf..

Last night I was thinking about life so far, experiences and learnings that I have been through. At some point I heard a song from Edit Piaf playing downstairs and I felt that it suited well the moment so I have listened to her for hours. When I was in the Swedish Ballet School, my first ballet teacher there always used to call me Edit Piaf.. perhaps because I was so short but full of character. Any way, I always took it as a great compliment. What a woman, and what a story.. what great music!

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