Monday, January 19, 2009

Bruxelles or Brussels

I only thought I had been to Brussels!

I took the Eurostar from London to Brussels
once, spent the day at Grand Place and
soaked up the culture. Ate waffles for lunch,
washed them down with beer, (they have over
400 brews), stuffed my face with decadent
chocolate while shopping for lace, then roamed
the artist stalls with my entourage of pigeons
close behind.

Well, that was the Dutch version.

The French version, Bruxelles, I missed!

With dreams of Paris on my mind, I didn't
linger long in northern France.
Perhaps, if I would have known about
Bruxelles Antiques in Ennelevin, close
to Lille, that rental van would have
taken a detour.

What a stunning antique store and just my style!
My container would have been full before
heading south and I could have saved on the
transport to LaHarve.

I won't make that mistake again!

They even have a restaurant, a good excuse,
to linger for the afternoon.

and perhaps dinner too!

J'adore la version française !!

Nothing against the Dutch mind you, I just happen to have a French fetish going on here.

Jeetje, I mean ça alors, I wish I would have known! Visit their website here if you would like to see more.

Brussels or Bruxelles?

Now, on another note..... Someone out there, sent me an email about demi-johns. I was too quick with the clicks and accidentally sent you to cyberspace! I apologize !!!@!

I have a large inventory ranging from 8" to 18". Clear and varying shades of green. All are $125 each, regardless of size or color. If you are interested email me back.

Bisou mes ami's et bonne journee!


Enzie at World Market Portraits said...

Lovely images - wants me to pack my case and fly off! Visit my blog for the One World One Heart Giveaway!

sandra/tx said...

That looks like a wonderful place to shop and eat. You always find the best stuff!

Blue Muse said...

Oh Shawn! This is the best morning. Coffee in hand, gorgeous rooms to swoon over via your lovely pictures... who could ask for more. Well, ok, if that living room were MY living room. ;)

Waffles and beer, antique shopping, visiting the most lovely places in the world - you have the best life, ever!

xo Isa

mimi charmante said...

I am not sure I could adore this post any more if I tried... How totally, completely, incredibly lovely~
You certainly aren't helping curb my desire to relocate to beautiful France...

Chrissy said...

Another breathtaking are just plain good for the soul!!!

Jackie said...

Such beautiful pictures!! Makes me happy just looking and getting lost in them! I LOVE that wooden chandelier in several of the photos and the amazing armoire in a couple of them and that wall treatment in the first one - that I may have to try in my daughter's room! Thank you for making my morning more lovely!!

siren said...

Im out of words...unbeliveable beautiful pictures!

mimi said...

Oh, too lovely! I am jealous, jealous, jealous.

Topsy Turvy said...

Such fabulousness, and food too! I'd be in heaven. Wonderful post.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Your taste is what I am aiming for! Beautiful images and lovely photography skills! Vive la France! Anita

Monica said...

I love the pink tulips in several of the pictures. They brighten my smoggy day!

Barb said...

Happy New Year Shawn,

What a beautiful post. I just love your pictures. Dutch or French, I love them both. A long, long, LONG time ago, I lived in Epe in The Netherlands. That photo brought back lots of good Dutch memories.
Thank you.


Miss Kris said...

Hi Shawn!

Oh, my gosh! I Love these images! The Beautiful velvet sofas in front of the stone fireplace I could easily call home. You are amazing to bring all these beauties to us.

Kathleen Ellis said...

Aaaaaahhh! Once again you've lured me to "la la land" to dream of the french countryside...I don't want to wake up now!
So beautiful to look at and dream about!
Thank you, Shawn!
have a happy week!

Kenza said...

L'endroit à l'air magnifique! Merci pour le lien, je ferai certainement un détour pour une visite et pourquoi pas un déjeuner!
Bise et à très bientôt

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh my goodness Shawn....these photographs are just breathtaking!!!! I love each and every one ~ what an amazing place this is! Thank you always for such beautiful French inspiration ~ xxoo, Dawn

cityfarmer said...

mere words.........

I, I, I, am speechless

Millie said...

A somewhat belated, but very warm New Year greeting to you Shawn. But I think you are too hard on yourself here. So many exquisite finds, so little time!!

I had the funniest image of you driving that rental van at top speed, careering down country lanes in hot pursuit of all those wonderful objets to whisk away back home! Although I hasten to add, all the while in your most inimitable & elegant style though.
Millie ^_^

The Rustic Victorian said...

Over the top beauty once again. thank you for sharing the dreamy european interiors.

Love Your Homes said...

Thanks again for leading me into the right direction.
I guess the summerroad will be long this year.

I am so glad you liked my little iron shelf from France.

By the way, have you ever visited the grand annual fleamarket that takes place in Belgium, in September.

Take care,

Jen r. said...

Beautiful pics and interios!

Antiques and More said...

Your pictures are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing such beauty.



Cote de Texas said...

I DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ColonialEast said...

Wooow! Absolutely love your pictures! And love Brussels / Bruxeles as well :-) Take Care!!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Shawn~
It's award time again! I know...nice to receive...hard to decide who to pass on to!
Well, I chose you because you inspire me with your beautifully staged shots of another place and time...your blog allows me to travel to a place I can only dream of right now...many of your posts take my breath, thank you, dear blogger friend! You are a very talented lady and I do so hope to visit your lovely shop one day soon!
xv Kathleen...stop over to receive your award!

Tea Time With Melody said...

Oh, I so want to soak in that large tub! If tubs could be like that now how relaxing it would be.

Di Overton said...

If I could live in a website I'm not sure whether it would be yours or Bruxelles Antiques. Would you make me coffee on a regular basis? :)


OMG! That great big tub right smack in the middle of that beautiful room with that fantastic chandelier overhead! I'M IN HEAVEN!!!

time-worn interiors said...

What a fabulous place! I would love to shop there sometime! I'll just have to be satisfied with your fabulous shop for now!


What a super fabulous post!!! I love this look! Thank you for sharing these delightful pictures.


Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

I always admire the french design of decorating. It may be due to the fact I have a little french in me. The look of french decorating always captures a feeling of romance even in the simplest form of architectural design..Love it!!

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

Oh, my gosh...these photos made me drool...absolutely drool! I saw the first picture and my jaw dropped and I thought I couldn't go farther...then I moved on to the second one...and on and on and on! Nothing has made me want to travel more that YOUR photos! Wowee! Keep 'em coming!



Antique Furniture said...

Nice blog. Like the antique pieces that you present. Wish i could own them.

Antique Furniture said...

Nice blog. Like the antique pieces that you present. Wish i could own them.

Mélanie said...

Lille and Bruxelles art great places to go " chiner " Belgiums have such a style

Anonymous said...

Thanks for showing us Brussels that way. When I see your pictures, I miss my country though I love living in France.

Lori said...

Those velvet couches look yummy! Love the smokey color.

breugels said...

I love ALL of those pictures. The french in front really does mean it's something beautiful.