Sunday – finally! I’ve been working my ass off this week and so you can imagine my delight when I found myself sitting outside my balcony with – GASP! – nothing urgent to do. Oh sure, there’s the interview with fashion designer and QVC legend Sheila de Vries I really should start preparing now and there are a few new blogposts I’m working on for Kunstuitleen Rotterdam – but other than that, I thought I’d take it easy this afternoon and soak up the sun. Of course, leave it to me to get bored after about five nano seconds and so I figured it was time to catch up on the one gazillion interior design magazines that had been gathering dust this winter on my desk. I started off with Dutch Elle Decoration which had a three sentence book review about , sitting outside, enjoying some afternoon tea and a vegan cookie when I read opened the latest issue of Dutch Elle Decoration and read about this new coffee table book called Belgique Excentrique.
Now, I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for Belgium. It’s about an hour’s drive from where I live and I’ve written some of my best blogposts about our southern neighbors (and if you don’t believe me, check out my interview with Gert Voorjans, or my epic visit to the city of Ghent last year). Anyway, I digress – back to Belgique Excentrique. This apparently massive book features (and I’m quoting from Elle Decoration here) ‘daring homes full of curiosities, exotic trouvailles, flashy patterns and a touch of ugliness – because that’s okay. Featuring amongst others fashion designer Gerald Watelet and interior stylists Geoffroy Van Hulle and Jean-Philippe Demeyer’. Okay, I think, time to Google those names and include the search term ‘Belgique Excentrique’ as well. And wouldn’t you know it? A veritable treasure trove of amazing interiors opens up to me and I spend the rest of the afternoon inside while the rest of Europe enjoys its first day of spring. Am I obsessed by interior design or what?
You can order Belgique Excentrique directly at Luster.be.
Photography by Diane Hendrikx