I just adore the home in today’s post. Not only is it fabulously eclectic, full of texture and intrigue, it is also in Ixelles, the part of Brussels, Belgium that I used to live in. Originally featured in Milk Magazine, I couldn’t resist sharing it with you for a cheeky dose of design inspiration.
The house belongs to interior designer, Muriel Bardinet, and before becoming this stunning home, it used to be an orphanage and then a Japanese restaurant! It’s located in one of my favourite parts of Ixelles – close to Flagey market and the Ixelles ponds (des etangs d’Ixelles). This area is wonderful, with some truly striking art nouveau houses and the excellent food market every weekend on Place Flagey. I highly recommend you check it out if you’re ever in Brussels.
The house features a very neutral colour palette, inspired by Moroccan and Scandinavian influences, and including a lot of natural textures – wooden furniture, lots of fabrics and a beaten up leather sofa. The kitchen is dominated by a huge rustic wooden table which jars nicely with the more contemporary blue moulded plastic chairs tucked underneath it.
With the exception of the taxidermy (I just don’t love it – though I know it’s super popular at the moment – it freaks me out!), I want most of the items in this house. The distressed wood cabinet is a real gem and works well with the carved wooden stool. Both of which would look pretty impressive in my bathroom….just sayin’….
I think what works well with this home is the extremely neutral overall colour palette. It almost looks like you’re stepping into an old photo with sepia-type tones. But of course the styling brings it all bang up to date. I also really like the personalised touches – vintage finds, items from overseas travel – it all makes this space unique. This is exactly what I’m trying to achieve myself. And whilst I need more colour in my life than is on offer here, I think this house will really resonate with some of you preferring a more understated global look.
So what do you think? Ideas to steal? Let me know in the comments below.
Happy travels, and shopping,