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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Belgian Style Kitchen


 Lately I've been looking at a lot of Belgian Style and trying to learn what defines it. It's fairly distinct from, say, French Country with which it shares a few aspects in common. It tends to be simple and clean lined, have a neutral palette, is highly textural, uses reclaimed and natural materials, and incorporates lots of gray and brown. Chalky painted finishes are common with a mix of modern and antique furnishings. Glass, silver, pewter, and crystal is often found, but almost never gold. It can be formal, but most often has an unfussy casual elegance that avoids pattern, and includes a lot of natural fabrics like linen, cotton, wools, and velvets.
It has been described as close to Shabby Chic and Swedish Style, but more masculine. Lace and ruffles are minimal. I was pleased to find the Belgian Style kitchen above which defies a bit of the customary elements and is closer to cottage style. It has lots of stimulating detail, and more than the usual decorative objects for the style. The space is small. Most of the rooms I've seen in Belgian Style are massive. I could hang out here quite happily.


I'm pretending to copy a bit of the style in my own dining room which always has a few European influences
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I'm one up with the textures and natural elements, but one down with the pile of lace tablecloths.


But the neutral colors are right.


There is probably too much pattern in my jug.




Lots of white with natural wood finishes is characteristic. And I've got the vintage cotton and linen thing down. There's even a bit of Belgian tapestry peeking through underneath!







I certainly have a small enough room!
Anyway, thanks for indulging my little Belgian fantasy.
Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline

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24 comments:

afistfullofweeds* said...

Who says you can't have both? I think it looks awesome!

Pamela said...

Your things are just lovely Jacqueline. I like this style too. I love this and French and Swedish. It's great to be able to combine them all. I love what you have done!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

indulge away! this was soooo lovely!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your style can really go any which way with all of the pieces you have. Love them all!

XO,
Jane

Marlis said...

It's quite lovely the way you have described it and put it together. Beauty seems to surround you always!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

So pretty...the first picture is such a lovely space. I am not very familiar with this style but it looks like one that has many elements you could incorporate easily into you home.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Jacqueline, your photos are wonderful! Love the photo of the kitchen! Thanks for your visit and I hope you have a lovely week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Carolyn said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Whatever your style is is always lovely to see!

Carolyn

sissie said...

Lovely post Jacqueline. I once lived in Belgium and it was one of the best experiences in my life. Not only is their style, unique and wonderful, but so are the people.

hugs
Sissie

Amy said...

thanks for stopping in and giving me the hint on the agave plant!
I will try it!
Your home is beautiful and I agree, this is showing your own style within a style you like.
Its putting your spin on a classic look.
Amy

Cozy Little House said...

It's so lovely, but I also like the pattern on the jug!
Brenda

Vintage Gal said...

Jacqueline ~ love your Belgiun fantasy pictures ~ they are lovely ;-)

Rebecca said...

I've never heard of Belgian style-looks interesting!

Olive Cooper said...

I shall stick with Jacqueline Style any day! You do the soft white colors better than anybody.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your style is beautiful. Thanks so much for visiting and leaving such a nice compliment.

Deb said...

Everything looks gorgeous.

SallyLeeByTheSea.com said...

What an interesting post about Belgian style - I love learning about other Country's styles. You put together the elements superbly!

Hope you're having a good week. :O)

Cindy said...

Beautiful post. You have some amazing pieces! Thanks so much for visiting and for your sweet comments!
Blessings,
Cindy

Bella said...

Hi J,
I love your mix, a world without lace and ruffles.... is a scary place!!!
That hydrangea below is amazing.. the ruffled edges, wowy!!!
I hope you had a great weekend:-)
Hugs,
Bella

Blue Creek Home said...

I enjoyed your Belgian fantasy!
I love the look of the natural wood with the whites and creams.
Everything is lovely for sure - Love your jug.
Rhonda

Pat said...

The kitchen is beautiful. What wonderful inspiration.

As usual, Jacqueline, your images are amazing. Incredibly beautiful vignettes.

vignette design said...

Your Belgian Style vignette is beautiful! I love your little pitcher. ~Delores

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a beautiful kitchen to be inspired by!! You always put together such beautiful vignettes Jacqueline, love that last picture! Martina

Linda said...

I loved learning about this beautiful style! I can see you adapting much of it to your decor! Lovely photos!

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