Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Belgium- Design as Delicious As Their Chocolate

Last year I discovered "Belgian design." House Beautiful ran a story and a cover about Kay Douglass and the gorgeous home she designed. The interview with her is fantastic. She really articulates the Belgium aesthetic perfectly. Her website, South of Market is full of amazing housewares and design articles.

My friend Pam, after hearing me moon about the perfection of this style- the one which marries, natural elements, industrial materials, comfort, texture and light, rustic modern elements and a classic mix of traditional pieces with the restraint of minimalism, -bought me Axel Vervoordrdt's Timeless Interiors for Christmas last year- and I reach for it often (see the my favorites widget to the right.)
I think his interiors really reflect a conviction to one strong element. His spaces are never overstuffed or 'busy." They set my mind at ease. They seem to have a dreamy yet solid
If Belgium design were personified- my husband would have cause to worry...I am in love. Axel are you listening?

The lamps, large table and mercury wine jars -on top- can be found on the very Belgian inspired sight BOBO. I could drop some serious bank here- so beautiful.
The lovely baskets can be found at William-Wayne & CO.


Anonymous said...

I'm totally getting the book!
Love this site. I check it everyday.

Anonymous said...

Which House Beautifuldid you see this? I think Belgium style will really be hot in 09
Trisha A
Colorado Spgs.