This week the Remodelista editors found design inspiration in Flanders, where some of the best designs have a flavor of both Belgium and the Netherlands. Here are five Flemish design ideas to steal.
Simple SofasJulie’s latest discovery: Functional, Understated Furniture from Belgian Designer Marina Bautier.
White Faucets“If you’re going for a full-on modern look in the kitchen or bath, you’ll need the right matte white faucet,” the Remodelista editors note. “Brands like Vola, California Faucets, and Watermark offer a white finish for most models—even Ikea makes one.” See our picks in this week’s 10 Easy Pieces post.
Baseboards: Remodeling 101
Architect James Dixon helps us navigate the many arcane rules behind choosing and installing molding. In this week’s installment of Remodeling 101, we tackle baseboards. “All the trim should be part of the same family, with similar detail and proportions,” Dixon says. “While I love an 18-inch-high, elaborately carved baseboard, it won’t feel right in a tiny room with a low ceiling.”
Designer Merckx’s ICO collection of furnishings and accessories includes a Profile chair (shown above), suitable for use outdoors or in—with a weather-resistant steel frame painted black and a perforated seat and wood armrest. See more of the collection at Elegant Household Objects from Belgian Designer Marc Merckx.
During a remodel project, German designer Valentin Loellmann noticed that a curious effect occurred after a rainstorm. “The sun came out and there was this shimmering light throughout the entire house reflected from the water, so I figured we needed a pool,” he says. See more of this project in 100 Percent Handmade: Valentin Loellmann’s Historic River House in Maastricht.