Friday, April 27, 2012

Weekend decoration tips

As we do have a long weekend here in Belgium, I invited some friends to come over!

So I was browsing into my ‘decoration tips’ file. Since I started blogging I filed a lot of inspirational images which are very helpful whenever I have to create my tablesetting or if I want to redecorate my home bringing in only a few little changes. As I was printing some of the images, I thought that maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to share them with you.


First thing I always think about are flowers! I can’t imagine my house without flowers!

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5I love this silver bowl filled with flowers.  Source here


4Or this marble mortar filled with roses!  Source here


7Even in th kitchen I love to bring in flowers.  Source here


6A vase with flowers on the kitchen table.  Source here


Not only inside the home, but even outside I love to see decorations with flowers.

9Unfortunately I only have one of these Hermès bags!  Source unknown.


2Love this way of decoration.  Source here


And the second thing I think about is ‘how to decorate the guests’ powderroom.

31With a touch of flowers and a some candle light. Picture by me


29Love this basket filled with soap lathers. Source here


32Gorgeous idea!! I need to find these boots!  Source unknown


And after this, I love to decorate my bowls and plates with fruit. This is very inviting, isn’t it?

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13And I love to see pots and jars filled with herbs, on the kitchen shelves.  Source here


And then…the atmosphere bringer : lots of candles! In all variations.

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11Love this!  Source here


After all candles are given the right place, I start thinking about redecorating some room corners.

15Ceramic jars and table lamp, wooden spheres and flowers, brought together in a group.  Source unknown


16I am going to try to create a still as this here! Gorgeous!  Source here


The moment I am satisfied with all this, I start thinking about how to serve the food and how to set my table.

22Apero time!  Source here


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One of the most important things to create a succesful tablescape, is the way you display the napkins. Don’t you agree?

What will I do?

17Do you prefer to display them in this way?  Source here


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26Or this one with the key! Isn’ t this lovely? I found it at Jermaine’s blog French Kissed.  Source here


Die mit Rosenknospen bestickten Hohlsaumservietten werden mit Schleifenband umbunden. Wahlweise werden echte Rosen oder Kuchengabeln mit Rosenmotiv hineingesteckt.<br />Feine Gestecke Ohne Rosen oder Rosenstickerei kommen die Hohlsaumservietten nicht auf den Tisch. Ein hellblaues Schleifenband hält alles zusammen ? Kuchengabeln sind auch mit im BundOr should I go for the roses?  Source here


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And yes of course, candles on the table! Always!

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After dinner, dessert time.

1A dessert tray with strawberries and cookies!  Source unknown


8Or a fruit buffet.  Source here


27Don’t forget candies for the children.  Source unknown


And now it’s time to start cooking!


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It promises to be a succesful evening ! Don’t you think?


I wish everyone a wonderful weekend!



Monday, April 23, 2012

Starting this new week with a few things to share

I hope everyone of you have had a gorgeous weekend! To start this new week, I would like to share with you a few things.

I am always thrilled to announce the new BETA-PLUS publications, as you know that these books are one of my favorite sources for architectural and interior design.

Here are the 4 new April 2012 titles.

Cover 1Cover ‘The 100 BEST SWIMMING POOLS’

Beta Plus 1 Image source : preview ‘THE 100 BEST SWIMMING POOLS’  here.


Beta Plus 1-1 Image source : preview ‘THE 100 BEST SWIMMING POOLS’  here.


Cover 2 Cover ‘THE 100 BEST LIVING ROOMS’

Beta Plus 2Image source : preview ‘THE 100 BEST LIVING ROOMS’ here.


Beta Plus 3  Image source : preview ‘THE 100 BEST LIVING ROOMS’ here.


Cover 3 Cover ‘THE 100 BEST BATHROOMS’

Beta Plus 6 Image source : preview ‘THE 100 BEST BATHROOMS’ here.


Beta Plus 11  Image source : preview ‘THE 100 BEST BATHROOMS’ here.



Beta Plus 8 Image source : preview ‘THE 100 BEST CONTEMPORARY INTERIORS’ here.


Beta Plus 10  Image source : preview ‘THE 100 BEST CONTEMPORARY INTERIORS’ here.


To order these publications, please visit the BETA-PLUS website HERE.

Ordering all new 2012 titles now : – 30% !

To discover all the Beta-Plus publications, click on Beta-Plus logo.

All images and with the permission of Wim Pauwels.



La Cornue new line : LA CORNUE W. by Wilmotte

The French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte designed a new kitchen for the renown kitchen manufacturer LA CORNUE.


Induction table and  kitchen hood.

La Cornue 5

La Cornue 4

La Cornue 3

Clean lines and charcoal colored enamelled aluminum.

La Cornue 1


Vaulted oven

La Cornue 7

La Cornue 8

Oven with top storage cupboard and bottom storage tray.

La Cornue 6

To see more of this fabulous new La Cornue range, please visit the website of LA CORNUE.

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New online magazine! MORE THAN CLASSIC

One of my favorite Dutch interior design & lifestyle magazines MORE THAN CLASSIC is now on line!

I am sure you will all love it.

MTC 2 Cover of the latest MTC issue.


MTC 1 Landing page of the online magazine MTC.




Unfortunately my blog ‘Belgian Pearls’ is not nominated for the award of the Belgian online Magazine Knack (See my earlier post here).

Anyway I wanted to thank everyone of you who has voted for Belgian Pearls!

And congratulations to all the nominated Belgian blogs!

These are the nominated Belgian blogs in the category DECO DESIGN :

If you want to discover all the categories of nominated blogs, please click on this ‘Weekend Blog Awards’ logo and vote for your favorite!

Blog awards



I wish everyone of you a fresh start of this new week!