Happy shopping, friends! Not only is today Black Friday, but Gilmore Girls -A Year in the Life started streaming on Netflix which means I’ll be very busy this weekend. I have high expectations for the new episodes but before I go watch my favorite girls and shop myself to exhaustion, I want to share with you a cool design find.
I came across the work of Belgian designer Nathalie Haegeman accidentally ( if scouring Pinterest like a maniac can be called that… lol) and soon became hooked on her fun choices of color, interesting shapes and clever use of scale. All of her interiors are infused with a strong European flair, which I love. Flemish antiques are mixed with unexpected modern art moments to create a contemporary take on traditional Belgian style. What can I say, it was love at first sight!
Belgian style has become mainstream during the last few decades, following the work of famed designer and antiquarian Axel Vervoodt. Imported antiques, Belgian linen, ironstone and salvaged construction pieces from Belgian farmhouses are just a few ways in which so many decorators here in the U. S and around the world imbue their work with Belgian charm.
A wee country like Belgium becoming first class influence in the world of interior design is something that has always amazed me. Apparently it has to do with a strong upper class presence in Belgium that creates the need for great design. Whatever the reasons, Belgian style is more than a trend, it’s a lifestyle. Rooted in the strong traditions of Belgian farmhouses, its vision is that of rustic refinement and chic simplicity. Although it sounds simple, this look is quite hard to achieve (by the way, I love American designer Kay Douglass’ take on Belgian style. Have you seen this home she designed? Fab!).
Clean-lined furniture pieces with rugged finishes and lots of untreated wood. Simplified floor plans and comfortable interiors. Farmhouse antiques and a myriad of textures are only some great marks of Belgian style. In general, Belgian interiors are devoid of too much detail. When used, décor is often oversized but simple. Lighting plays an important role. Fixtures are often over scaled in comparison with the rest of the furnishings. In Belgian style homes you’ll find plenty of natural elements, like wood, linen and wool. Velvet is another preferred fabric. Traditional Belgian interiors were decorated with a muted palette of whites, creams and grays while contemporary Belgian interiors are more vibrant and colorful, yet still following the traditional aesthetic.
One such example of contemporary Belgian design is the work of Nathalie Haegeman of NHi, based in Antwerp. I was blown away by her portfolio as she has done some awesome design work in historical Belgium and around Europe. She specializes in restorations and projects that have a strong sustainability character. I hope you’ll love her work as much as I do! 🙂
”It is my passion to renovate old characteristic houses so they become a warm environment in modern hectic times, make them energy efficient with all modern comfort.” NHi
”We use energy efficient principles and sustainable refurbishment. This means recycling as much as possible, including building materials, design features and décor. Restoration projects were carried out in UNESCO cities like Bruges.” NHi
Pretty awesome, right? If you were wondering about those crazy pretty lampshades and pillows, Nathalie has her own line of fabrics and handmade lampshade goodies. You can check them out on her website! Have a nice weekend!