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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Belgian Beauty

This beautiful home is a renovated flour mill based in the Flemish countryside. The mirror in gilded wood was found at a Brussels flea market and the gorgeous chandelier is Venetian. I love the contrast between the glamour and shimmer of the chandelier and the rough wood of the coffee table and the casual linen slipcover on the sofa.
Couverture - un moulin de la campagne flamande
During the restoration, orangery windows were added to the red brick façade. The barns were transformed with the addition of two square towers with a zinc roof.  The landscaped garden, designed by the owners, replaces the corn field that once surrounded the property.

Trellised walkways lined with fruit trees, boxwood carved into a ball, groves of trees, sculptures and cobblestone walkways create a very graphic landscape. The outdoor dining area is furnished with a stone garden table and wicker chairs.

Le salon
 Hushed tones prevail in the living room. The subtle stencil above the fireplace was done by the owner, herself.
 The library, custom made around an old fireplace and a nineteenth mirror, also boasts a beautiful chandelier, antique Henry II chairs and reclaimed tiles that look as if they have been there forever.
La cuisine
The kitchen and dining area is a light and bright space with white being the predominant colour. It is situated into the conservatory extension which leads out into the garden.  A dining table, found in a hospital in Brussels, also serves as preparation space.  The worktop on the island is Belgian blue stone and the beautiful marble and wrought iron table was found in a butchery.

La Cuisine

The husband is a real foodie and practices his skills on this large range cooker found in an old convent.

The dining chairs are Louis XV caned chairs painted white and silver and the crystal chandelier was found is a Brussels flea market.


The bedroom is simply furnished. Internal wooden shutters are the only window treatment and wrought iron garden chairs serve as bedside tables.

Salle de bain

The bathroom is a mixture of modern and rustic. The basins are placed on top of an old wooden bench and the mirrors are made from reclaimed wood. The bath is placed in front of a mirror found at a Brussels flea market.

Wishing you a very happy week ahead. Sadly it is the end of the school holidays so back to school lunches, school lifts, homework and routine. But blogging and the odd glass of wine will get me through!
Till next time
Sharon x


  1. So breathtaking and beautiful! I loved all including those mirrors and contrasts as you mentioned. Have a nice week!

  2. Sharon...what a beautiful home...I adore some of the tile they always find such wonderful homes for us to see.....

  3. Hi Sharon, that's right, blogging and a glass of wine will get ya through:) Beautiful home and love the kitchen. The large kitchen range is amazing! I enjoy cooking so much, have a small Viking and would like something larger.. this would work! :) Gorgeous bedroom, bathroom. The rustic touches are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Sharon you always feature the best homes! I've seen a few pictures of this home from time to time so nice seeing more of it that I haven't seen. Love what people renovate to live in. I can't believe the kids are going back to school already over there, they still have another month and a half here. Enjoy your quiet time!


  5. Hi Sharon, this home is so gorgeous. The colors are so soothing and the design details make me drool. I love it all!

  6. Hi Sharon, what a beautiful home. Yet more lovely inspiration:)

  7. GORGEOUS... But can you imagine needing all those cake plates? Love the bath tub.

  8. Sharon,
    What a beautiful home. I love the old world charm of the library but each room offers a warmth and beauty all its own. I love the architecture and history of the home.
    Have fun with the school routine, the years fly by.

  9. Simply wonderful.
    An amazing home. I'd like to have one like this! My dream ...
    Thanks for the pictures.
    Bisou, Babi

  10. How beautiful! I love the espaliered fruit trees along the wall that you can see through the dining room windows.


  11. Is this home really exist? wow!! i thought this kind of home can only exist in dreams!!! haha!! thanks for sharing pictures!!

  12. softly beautiful.......what might it be like to live in such calm beauty? ......sigh......

  13. Gorgeous dining room and views...what at stove!
    great place for entertaining.