Sunday, August 14, 2011

Belgium Style

For the most part I think images like this one is what most of us think of when we think of " Belgium Style". The lack of color, things that look old and used, yet so beautifully put together.





I prefer a Belgium influence to the real thing . . . I love to celebrate the less than perfect, but I also need a bit of color.





To me the Belgium look is a look of simplicity. . . it speaks quietly and like a person of few words, will always get your attention.







Sometimes just a hint is all that's needed. It's knowing when to say , "stop". A room not afraid to have a bit less, knowing all the while, it will always be more. . .










20 comments:

  1. All of these rooms are lovely. I do like the 'pop' of the red chair against all of those nuetrals. I agree with you...one of the hardest things for me to do in decorating is knowing when to stop!

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  2. Since I once lived in Belgium, I think that the above photos are very much like their style. I know that they never throw anything away and have homes full of lovely antiques.

    hugs

    Sissie

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  3. I really like your explanation of Belgium style. It is a nice understated way of decorating a home. I always enjoy seeing this style. I'm like you in that I like a bit of color around, too.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  4. Lovely photos .... simplicity is refreshing.

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  5. OMG I love it. I love them all actually. I like the cracks and worn look.

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  6. And P.A.T.I.N.A.!!! Cannot be reproduced. It is what it is!

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  7. Room Service ~ Decorating 101August 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Yes!!!! PATINA ! That is it!

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  8. If you are having trouble signing in on others blog do this. Don't check the little box with a check. For some reason it is the problem. Kathy

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  9. I love the worn look and the shabby faded feel, but I get heaps of moans from my mum and sisters if I consider this option in my cottage makeover that I am doing at the moment. They make me feel so ashamed that I dare to allow breathing space to that piece of old junk, as they put it. My mum just gives me that look! She has influenced me up to now but I can feel a break out from what my family see as their kinda house. I bought a wonderful glazed cabinet and I got so much greif on Thursday when they came round as it was in pieces ready to paint. So I may need a bit of support from all my shabby chic, rustic worn but beautiful sisters out there!

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  10. Room Service ~ Decorating 101August 20, 2011 at 5:53 AM

    Debbie, I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but like so many others I was unable too. Don't ever let anyone tell you how to live and what to love. If it makes your heart sing, go for it. I can't wait to see the magic that you create.

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  11. The style is definitely the Belgium style. Old but with style and grace. They really are fascinated with old stuffs.

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  12. Just love the comfortable feel of neutrals. Makes me want to curl up with a good book, sip from my favorite beverage (wine or port for me, but choice your own poison) and feel good. The pop of color from the chair is a great touch ... or flowers ... or something colorful that you love. Good stuff. Thanks. Bob

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  13. Its definitely the Belgium style that i love! because everything it takes, whether it be old or new ends up looking amazing!

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  14. WoW! that was really fab. . super love the photos..

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  15. Elegance is the word to describe the set up.

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  16. The pictures are beautifuulll! But more than that the contrasts and the set up is breath taking, seems like something out of a story book :)

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  18. less clutter even with full amenities is what I think about "Belgium Style".

    - Herman Swan

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