New Year


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Jan and me wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2011 !


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My last blogpost of this year is dedicated to all of you !

My dearest readers, followers, blogfriends and blogcolleagues, I would love to thank all of you for this wonderful year, joining me at Belgian Pearls.

This year I met so many new readers and blogcolleagues, and a lot of you became real friends! It is amazing how many lovely people I learned to know through blogging!

Starting my blog, I never could have imagined that meeting all of you, would have such an impact on my life!

All those sweet and lovely comments on my posts, all these emails I received from you, were to me a huge support and motivation to go on with my blog!

‘Belgian Pearls’ wouldn’t be of any meaning without all of you!

I do hope that even in 2011, I will be able to bring you blogposts you will love and enjoy! I promise to do the best I can to not disappoint you!

I also want to make my apologies to all the people amongst you, who have sent me an email on which I have not answered yet! Sometimes I am so busy with my job and my family (I am also a wife and a mum, you know !), that I really don’t find enough time to blog or to answer all my emails!

We are only a few days away from a new year, and the next two days I will have to prepare everything for New Year’s Eve because we have our family to join us. So there are still a few things to do!

This post will be the last one of this year.

To thank you for your support and friendship the past year, I want to treat you with some random chosen eye candy images from my files !

Thank you so much for being a reader, a follower or a blogfriend!

You are all so dear to me!



1Source : Four Seasons Hotel Florence

8 Source : Tim Clinch photography


Source : Magazine Seasons Januari 2011 Photographer Kat de Baerdemaeker

9 Source : Robert Couturier

7 Source : Campagne – Décoration


Talk to you in 2011 !!



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Subdued color palette

I do hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas !

I want to thank everyone who has sent me their warmest Christmas wishes! I wish I could have been able to write every reader or blog colleague to give my personal wishes. But unfortunately, I wouldn’t know where to start!

There are only a few days left to a new year! Can you believe this?!

Today I love to share with you some images of Belgian interiors with a soft, subdued color palette.

They all radiate a certain serenity and calmness.




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Wish you all a wonderful last week of the year!



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Merry Christmas !

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Meet Fay


A few days ago I discovered the new blog “A MELANGE ET MOI”, which I really love to visit! Fay, the author is English, but is living in Florence, Italy, for the past two years (she was living in London and Paris before)! She is such a very nice person! And her blogposts are so delightful!

So I definitely wanted to introduce you to Fay!

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The lovely Fay in the snow!


Fay is living in the historic centre of Florence… and this is the view from her kitchen window…..!

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...in summer …and …

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…in winter…!!!


Fay enjoys all the good things in life.

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And she has a lot of passions as…


… art and history,


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literature, opera,…


Fay fully enjoys life and appreciates the little things in life as…


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…baking a Christmas cake…


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…and tasting the delicious French macarons…


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or walking with her dogs in Firenze!


Writing her blog “ A Melange et Moi “, Fay tries to share with us her passions and daily delights!

Please , click on logo of the blog and discover the wonderful world of our new blogger colleague Fay!



  Let me know your thougts! I (even Fay, I might think) would love to hear !



Christmas wishes

All images : blog “A Melange et Moi”

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Outside cold – Inside warmth

“King Winter” is ruling over Belgium at this moment! This weekend he treated us again with lots of snow! I know, I know,.. a lot of traffic misery… but on the other hand, gorgeous picturesque scenery!

We were fortunate to be at home this weekend and enjoyed winter time mostly from inside the house.

We tried to hang some Christmas decoration around the house, but we didn’t atteint that far.

Yesterday afternoon we went Christmas “snow” shopping. In Belgium, this time of the year, shops are open on Sundays.

I want to share with you some pictures I took this weekend from inside our home.

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Foto 20 december 2010 035 Again the outbuilding and surrounded garden.

Foto 20 december 2010 018 Do you see the whirling snowflakes?

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Here on below you can see the Christmas wreaths we hung at the balcony fence and at the entrance gate.

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The wreaths are covered with snow! You can hardly see them.

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Last week I decorated inside the house.

Here you can see the Christmas decoration in our orangerie.

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This year our Christmas tree is standing in the living room.

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To warm you up (especially to my readers who live in countries where it is very cold and where it is snowing), I treat you with some pictures of interiors with a warm color palette.


7 (Victoria Hagan via 1st dibs)source : Victoria Hagan via 1dibs

8source : unknown

1( Katie Leede) source : Katie Leede

3 (Axel Vervoordt Knack Weekend December 2010) source : unknown

2( Katie Leede)source : Katie Leede

6 (Scot Meacham Wood)source : Scot Meacham Wood

9 ( Visual Vamp blog) source : Study room of Valorie from the blog Visual Vamp

12 (www.guadarte.com) source : Guadarte

10 (Valckenborg Kapellen) source : Valckenborgh

13 (Coté Ouest n° 86) source : unknown

15 (miresparis) source : Mires

14 26 Ray Coggins source : Ray Coggins

11 (miresparis) source : Mires

16 (Decoration Empire)source : Decoration Empire

Aren’t they all beautiful and warm?!



Christmas wishes

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