Exploring Brussels

Just one of the gilded buildings at La Grande-Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

I took some time away from blogging over the holidays but have been looking forward to documenting my latest trip. I spent last weekend in Brussels and had a great time experiencing the city and all that it had to offer. I toured the Magritte Museum, walked around the royal palace gardens, and played around on the docks in Sainte-Catherine. There is more to Belgium then just mussels, waffles, and beer… though, I had my fair share of all of that too!

Chez Richard in the Sablon is a great place for an afternoon snack or a refreshing Leffe beer. Blonde is my go to!

Home Goods in Le Sablon

Pair of leather chairs and illuminated bookcase from Flamant

Le Sablon was my favourite part of the city. The store-lined cobblestone streets and historic cathedral made for a great place to wander around. I stumbled across a beautiful home design store and enjoyed getting lost inside. Flamant is a Belgian brand, but they offer shipping throughout Europe and the UK. Artisan craftsmanship is at the heart of the company’s values and it’s evident in quality of their products. The collections range from classic country to urban contemporary living, so there are many options from which to chose.

Blush pink headboard and crystal chandelier from Flamant
A chaise is a great option for creating a cozy reading nook at home.
I loved this antiqued mirror and glass square coffee table!

Belgian Lace

I was also able to indulge in my passion of fabrics and textiles over the weekend. Belgium is well known for the production of fine lace and trims. I saw some beautiful handwork and made a couple of great purchases. The level of craftsmanship was evident in the detail of each piece; everything was so delicate! Click here to learn more about Belgian lace and its origins. The Lace Palace is a great place to pick some up (1-3, Rue de la Violette).

Intricate needlepoint lace is among the finest and most expensive of kinds of lace available today.
Such detail requires precision and countless hours of work.

 

Placemats and napkins with lace detail and trim

Overall it was a great weekend of culture, shopping, and eating. I’m looking forward to experiencing other parts of Belgium: Bruges just might be next on my list!

Monaco Yacht Show 2016

The Monaco Yacht Show brought 125 super yachts, 40 luxury tenders, 580 exhibitors from 38 countries and nearly 40,000 visitors to Port Hercules in Monte Carlo over four days (Sept 28-Oct 1). The event was a huge success with a great turnout and even better parties. Exhibitors included yacht manufacturers and brokers, architects, and of course interior designers and luxury products for the yachting world.

Though I did get to spend some time exploring the super yachts, most of my visit was spent inside the exhibition tent chatting with interior design pros and reviewing (read: drooling over) stunning display stands of one-of-a-kind furniture, art, and home accessories.

valombreuseValombreuse stood out as the highest quality linens I’ve seen on the market. This Paris maison prides itself of providing 100% hand embroidered products, from complete bed sets to unbelievably constructed tablecloths and placemats. The level of craftsmanship was truly exceptional. The company has a showroom on the Champs Elysées and is available to visit by appointment.val2val1

fullsizerender-7Frette’s stand also had magnificent nautical colors on display and found creative ways of highlighting their bespoke service through beautiful sketches and illustrations of previous projects.

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Luxury superyachts and sailboats sit in the harbor as the sun rises during the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) in Port Hercules, Monaco, on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Over 125 of the world's most luxurious yachts will be displayed in Port Hercules during the 26th MYS which runs from Sept. 28 – Oct. 1. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg