Saturday, June 30, 2012

Simple Country...

I love these simple relaxed spaces.  They remind me to get back to the basics and also to create a home that celebrates the simple things in life!
Nothing I love more than a home that is easy, calm and unpretentious.

One of my favorites quotes that always rings true: 
 'Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated'          
                                                                                                                 - Confucious

I must say - I respect those who have fun creating a home where they're not afraid to explore the art of contrast.  

The art of storage


I just love the way Axel Vervoordt is storing furniture and decorative items.

 Kanaal, a former distillery complex at Wijnegem (near Antwerp) that the Axel Vervoordt company purchased in 2000, is the perfect location to store lots of antique furniture.

It is always so inspiring walking around the warehouses of Kanaal. Visiting Belgium, you really should visit this gorgeous site!

The way Axel Vervoordt is displaying his collection of antiques, turns every single piece into ‘a piece of art’ !

8Axel Vervoordt Photo credit Joël Laiter


7Axel Vervoordt Photo credit Joël Laiter


4Axel Vervoordt Photo credit Jan Verlinde


5Axel Vervoordt  Photo credit Jan Verlinde


1Axel Vervoordt  Photo credit Vincent Leroux


3Axel Vervoordt  Photo credit Jan Verlinde


2Axel Vervoordt  Photo credit Vincent Leroux


10Axel Vervoordt  Photo credit Guillaume De Laubier


6Axel Vervoordt  Photo credit Joël Laiter


What do you think about Axel’s smart way of storing furniture and decorative items?


For more information about Kanaal, click here. For opening hours, click here.

To know more about the Axel Vervoordt Company, click here.





I am so sorry for not knowing the names of the magazines where I found these images. The images, published in earlier issues of magazines, I filed long time ago and I only took note of the name of the photographer.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Earthy Eats...

I have been obsessed with gorgeous food styling lately... what is wrong with me?!!
I could spend all day looking through Roost's images!  This food blog is a must - see!!!
It reminds me to slow down and take time to learn to embrace beautiful cooking/food!  

... a little reminder for me to eat food in its most natural form!

Check out her recipes... not only are they beautiful... they're also healthy!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Makeovers by Top This Top That

Hi Stardust readers! I am Laura from Top This Top That and I am so excited to be spending some time with you and Olga today.  I wanted  to show you a few of my favorite room makeovers that I have done and shared with my readers at Top This Top That . I have lived in my home for about 9 years and each room has probably seen a makeover- at least once. Here's a few of my favorites.

I was recently challenged with what to do with the faux stone effect in my guest bath. This is what it use to look like before

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A Huge Thank You To Nancy Meyers !


What do Belgian Pearls, Habitually Chic and Remodelista have in common?!

They are Nancy Meyers’ daily reads!

Yes indeed, THE Nancy Meyers, the writer/director of films like Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday and Father of the Bride.

Of course we do know Nancy here in Belgium, and love all of her gorgeous films!

A few days ago I received emails from readers telling me that Nancy had named my blog in a short interview in the latest issue of Elle Decor, titled ‘12 things she can’t live without’. Can you imagine how thrilled I was to hear that?! Was this correct?? Where could I see this interview as there are no copies of the issue to find in Belgium?

When finally I discovered the interview on Heather’s blogpost this week (see Habitually Chic blog), I realized this was true! I couldn’t believe my eyes!!!

Next to Habitually Chic and Remodelista, Belgian Pearls was named as one of Nancy’s favorite Home Decor Blogs.

Home Decor blogs


Elle Decor july - august 2012 coverElle Decor cover July-August issue 2012


Interview with Nancy MeyersNancy Meyers 12 Things She Can’t Live Without


Thank you so much Nancy! I feel so very honored !

I do hope you will still love reading Belgian Pearls in future!