Blog anniversary & our summer holidays so far

Although I was planning to slow down blogging a little these days, I wanted to announce my 2nd blog anniversary today! I can’t believe I am blogging since 2009, July the 31st !!

And I want to thank all of my readers, followers and blog colleagues, for supporting me to go on with my blog and for all the nice comments on my posts!

Without all of you there would be no BELGIAN PEARLS blog at all !

So thank you so much!!  I hope to bring you more of inspiring blogposts in future!


As you know already we enjoy our summer holidays these days and I promised myself to spend not that much time on my computer because I really need to relax and to have some quality time with my family. We are not traveling, we hope to enjoy spending some time in our garden and inviting friends and family.

But today I wanted to post some pictures of the things that kept us busy during this first week of our holidays.

Jan’s daughter Nele, her husband Tom and the children Alexa and Tristan joined us for a couple of days. We were looking forward to their visit!


Foto 027The family (and the half of their household!) arriving at our home.


2011-07-31_152849 A drink on our time together.


Foto 011 Alexa was proud to offer Jan the drawing she had made for pappie and mammie (= Jan & me).


Foto 018 Alexa & me.


Foto 022 Preparing the meal.


The weather wasn’t that nice the passed days, but fortunately it wasn’t raining so Tristan and Alexa were able to cycle !




In the afternoon we went to my mum’s house, where there is a swing in the garden.

Foto 032 Jan and Anthony installing the swing for the children.


Foto 036 So Jan had to push his grandchild of course.


Foto 044 Anthony tried to teach his godchild Alexa how to use the scooter.


Foto 030 Aren't they just cute ?!


The other day we went for a walk in our neighbourhood and had lunch in an idyllic situated restaurant 'De Zwalmmolen’.





In the afternoon we all went to the manege ‘De Paardebloem’ where Nele and me wanted to practice horse riding.

Foto 053Tom and Tristan walking along the horse stables.


Foto 054 This is me on the back of Mango.


Foto 075 Alexa is watching her mum.


Foto 095 Nele and Mango.


Foto 082Jan is encouraging his daughter.



Foto 100 A future horse rider?


Foto 081 Alexa and me, Ralph and a friend !


Summer 2011

I hope you enjoyed this holiday post.


Talk to you soon!



2011 Perfect Kitchen

8 items for your perfect kitchen
  1. Range hood - Although your kitchen may not be as large as this one, you can still get a great range hood to fit your space.
  2. Deep sink - A deep sink is more of a necessity than you probably think.
  3. Savvy storage - Dishes, pots, pans, cutlery,with so many kitchen essentials, it's also important to have storage for all those items.
  4. Functional island - For anyone who likes to entertain, a functional island is much needed in the kitchen.
  5. Marble countertops - They may be on the high-end of the spectrum, but if you can afford to go the way of marble, you won't regret it.
  6. Wall oven - To maximize space in your kitchen, go for as many built-in appliances as possible.
  7. Fabulous backsplash - A great way to update your kitchen is to put in a showstopper backsplash.
  8. Extendable faucet - If you're an avid baker or cook, you'll understand the need for an extendable faucet.

Decorated wall tables

Today some inspirational pictures of beautiful decorated wall tables.

All different kind of tables and all decorated in a paricular way.

CDCampagne Décoration n°70 2011  Photo credit Eric D’Hérouville


E&N Emily et Nous


NH Natalie Haegeman Interiors


ADAD Espana n°60 2011  Photo credit Pablo Zuloaga


Garnier Garnier Antiques

Beautiful decorated and at the same time used as a desk.


Atelier AM Unknown


Cote de Texas  Unknown


CP Collection Privée


Are you inspired?



A Thank You !

I would love to thank my friend Tina of THE ENCHANTED HOME, for asking me to take part in her Behind the blogger’ series. Tina has interviewed lots of her bloggerfriends and I feel so honored she asked even me to take part in the series.

I was thrilled and touched by reading all of the sweet comments on this interview!

Thank you so much Tina for this post


a thank you to all of you who wrote a comment on this post ! You are all so sweet!!!

For those who are interested in reading the interview or do not know yet Tina’s blog The Enchanted Home,

please click here

Tina has a wonderful blog and she is in the middle of building a gorgeous new house. You can follow the building process on her blog every week!

I became addicted to the every-week posts about her home! It is a must-read and must-see!


GreetRecap image by Tina about my interview at The Enchanted Home.



Another Thank You to my friend Veronique of the blog MALVINI.

Veronique awarded me with her ‘Natural Sharing Award’.

Veronique wants to award people who share information, aiming to help and support each other in this competitive world.

It is a new award that Veronique introduced into the blogging community and I am the 1st person who received her brand new award!

To read more about it, please read Veronique’s post here.


Thank you Veronique, I am honored to be the first receiving your Natural Sharing Award!

NATURAL SHARING AWARD I would love to pass on this award to 3 blogger colleagues who definitely deserve this Natural Sharing Award :

Brooke from the blog Velvet & Linen

Monika from the blog Splendid Willow

Sabine from the Home Interior and Lifestyle Blog


Maybe they will pass on this award to some of their blogger colleagues.



As our Summer Holidays start today, I might maybe slow down blogging a bit the coming days.

Today I share with you some holiday atmophere eye candy images!

Let’s dream away…!!!


1Image source Brillante


2Image source unknown


9Image source unknown


5Image source here


8Image source unknown


6Image source The Enchanted Home


7Image source Providence Ltd


10Image source Providence Ltd


12Image source Trouvais


TB_186_07.tifImage source Architectural Digest


13Image source Home Bunch


4Image source here 


Enjoy your holidays!      



Sorry for the unknown sources. If someone of you knows the source of the images, please let me know.