In the closet of Caroline Van Thillo

People In the closet of Caroline Van Thillo

Posted:
11 juli 2014

IN THE CLOSET OF CAROLINE VAN THILLO

Busy interior starlet, super mum, fashion and fundraising addict as she is, she welcomed us into her home a couple of weeks ago to show us her one and only closet filled with shoes, bags, shoes, clothes and did we say shoes?

Essentiel Antwerp - In the closet - Caroline Van Thillo

 

CAROLINE, YOU'RE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER BUT HOW DID IT ALL START?

Interior has always been my passion. I guess it all started when I helped out more and more friends with their interior. One day, my husband suggested to do it for a living. And so I did. Today I work for different clients and on different interior projects. Besides that, I step into the fashion world once a week. Every Tuesday I work at Natan, I help out Edouard and his team and give advice about the collection and interior design topics. I designed the new Natan store in Antwerp for example

 

Essentiel Antwerp - In the closet - Caroline Van Thillo

 

SO TELL US, HOW DO YOU GET INSPIRED? 

I always start my interior with one main piece. My entire interior is based on the Syrian closet in my living room. In general, I love to mix up the old with the new. I change my interior a lot (go figure ;)), so the most important thing is to start from a sober base. For me, this means a white wall and a neutral floor. And then, you can go bananas whenever you want.

 

 Essentiel Antwerp - In the closet - Caroline Van Thillo

 

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

David Hicks (decorator), Lauren Hutton, the Delevingne sisters and Phoebe Philo

HOW DOES A NORMAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU? 

Chaos (laughs). I like to start my day with swimming some laps. Most of my clients are women and they like to meet up in the morning which means my mornings are filled with meetings. In the afternoon I work at home.And of course, on Tuesday I go to Brussels to work at Natan’s Headquarters. My Wednesdays are for my kids and yoga-sessions.

 

 Essentiel Antwerp - In the closet - Caroline Van Thillo

 

AND WHAT ABOUT SUNDAYS?

Sundays are very relaxed over here. Everyone does their own thing. Usually, I get behind my desk. Sometimes we go to Paris in the weekend, we have a place in Montorgeuil. I try to go there once a month for some wandering around. We also have a place at the seaside. The seaside really reminds me of my childhood and always has been a family place for me.

 

 Essentiel Antwerp - In the closet - Caroline Van Thillo

 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? 

Colorful, feminine, flowery. Everything depends on the day. I like to wear casual clothes, clothes I feel comfortable in. On Tuesdays, when I go to Natan, I always dress up but I will make sure my outfit still feels comfortable.
The best moments for me are when we go out. I loooooove dressing up for a party. It’s a special ‘Me, my closet and I’ kind of moment.

 

Essentiel Antwerp - In the closet - Caroline Van Thillo


WHAT ARE THE MUST-HAVES THIS SUMMER ACCORDING TO YOU? 

Skirts, pastel, Greek sandals, a perfecto & a kaftan.

WHERE DO YOU RECOMMEND BEING SPOTTED THIS SUMMER ON A TERRACE SOMEWHERE? 

Sophie’s place (at the Graanmarkt in Antwerp).

 

.Essentiel Antwerp - In the closet - Caroline Van Thillo


IT'S TIME FOR A BUNCH OF LITTLE QUESTIONS, ARE YOU READY? 

Hit me!

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SEASON? 

Summer.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY IN PARIS? 

Just wandering around the city.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? 

Amélie Poulin.

WHAT'S A BOOK YOU PLAN ON READING? 

The 3-volume saga of Katherine Pancol.

ON A SCALE OF 1-10, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT LIFE RIGHT NOW? 

8 – fantastic. Less chaos would be nice, though.

WHO SHOULD EVERYBODY BE FOLLOWING RIGHT NOW? 

Angelie Jolie, because she uses her fame for good causes.

 

Essentiel Antwerp - In the closet - Caroline Van Thillo 

 

WHAT'S THE COOLEST THING IN THIS ROOM? 

My Syrian closet & my Valérie Belin painting.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT? 

Il magnifico.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? 

Asian.

WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE FOOD? 

I will never eat horse meat or rabbit.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE DESSERT? 

Dame blanche.

DARK CHOCOLATE OR MILK CHOCOLATE?

Dark.

 

Essentiel Antwerp - In the closet - Caroline Van Thillo

 

WHAT'S THE HARDEST PART OF BEING A MOM? 

Feeling guilty because of my busy life.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE BAND? 

Jamiroquai.

IF YOUR LIFE WAS A SONG, WHAT WOULD THE TITLE BE LIKE? 

Go on the way you go.

BEST GIFT EVER RECEIVED? 

My children.

LAST GIFT YOU GAVE A FRIEND?

A watch for my daughter Morgane.

PERSON YOU WANT TO HAVE COFFEE WITH? 

My mum.

 

Essentiel Antwerp - In the closet - Caroline Van Thillo

 

FAMOUS HISTORICAL PERSON YOU WANT TO HAVE COFFEE WITH? 

Andy Warhol.

HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR COFFEE? 

With rice milk and sugar.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY TO VISIT? 

Thailand.

WHAT'S A COUNTRY YOU WISH TO VISIT? 

India & Rajasthan.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? 

Blue/Green

WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE COLOR?

Lilac.

 

Essentiel Antwerp - In the closet - Caroline Van Thillo

 

DIAMONDS OR PEARLS? 

Both.

CHEAP SHAMPOO OR MORE EXPENSIVE? 

More expensive.

HEELS OR FLATS? 

Flats by day, heels by night.

PILATES OR YOGA? 

Yoga.

JOGGING OR SWIMMING? 

Swimming.

IF YOU HAD ONE SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

The power of helping the world.

 

Essentiel Antwerp - In the closet - Caroline Van Thillo

 

FAVORITE ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET? 

Jeans.

ADDICTED TO? 

Shoes.

YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? 

Shopping.

THINGS YOU REALLY DON'T LIKE TO DO? 

Accountancy.

WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB? 

Meeting people, visiting beautiful places, the creative part.

YOUR LIFESTYLE MOTTO?

Enjoy what you have and let other people enjoy it while you're at it.

 

Essentiel Antwerp - In the closet - Caroline Van Thillo

 

FAVORITE DESIGNERS? 

Hermès.

FAVORITE STORE?

Net-a-porter.

FAVORITE PLACE TO BE? 

Home.

FAVORITE APERO? 

Gin & Tonic (Hendrick's & Fever Tree).

 

 

Thanks for the interview, Caroline! 

LOVE IS ESSENTIEL