Can Industrial be Cosy? Restoration Girl on Belgian Style


This is the dream – to raise from the crumbling dusts of Farmageddon, a happy, welcoming, contemporary rustic space for our family and guests; the type of setting in which people feel deliciously warm and at home but still has a bit of industrial bite.  No-one does happy industrial better than the Belgians (and they do a right good pint too).


During an extraordinary year living and working in Antwerp, I got lucky.   I managed to blag an interview with Ann Demeulemeester and Axel Vervoordt, the pioneers of understated, modern Belgian style.  My head was turned by their mode of simple luxury; the warmth of blonde wood punctuated by the gentle brutality of dark steel, acres of timber, soft industrial lighting, curvaceous stone fireplaces, loose-covered linen sofas, steel windows, classical art, reclaimed objets and greige..….blisssss.

Belgium is a small country that punches well above its style weight…. Do you think this’ll go down alright in Yorkshire?


Friends, let’s gawp at some piccies…….Firstly the sitting room:

And some gratuitous sitting room shots just for fun…..

Next, the imposing double-height stone granary, currently home to one lonely bat. He’s getting a new bat pad and we’re getting a party room!

And lots of yummy stone feature walls…..

Steel or bronze openings with itsy bitsy sightlines….


Thanks for listening to my musings about a way to create a warm, livable industrial space.   If the Belgians can do it, this rag tag Yorkshire crew can do it too!

Sincere thanks to my friends at Corvelyn and Timeless Living for the images, inspiration and support.

For more Belgian style loving, please pop in to Greet Lefevre’s inspirational blog, Belgian Pearls.

Until next time……  Kat xxxxxxx

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