A deep cleansing breath of warm, minimal, European inspired, peaceful, zen-lovely beauty from understated interiors awaits. Modern Belgian Design Elements in a Stunning Minimal, Zen, Organic Home is inspiration from a Houston new build on the market a couple of years ago. Doesn’t it appear to be established and old!?! Maximalists will ask BUT WHERE’S THE ART AND STUFF while dreamers may fill in all of the white space with their imaginations.
Modern Belgian House Tour
Location: 2240 Shakespeare Street in Houston, TX
Architecture & Construction: Kelly Cusimano and Marcellus Barone of Southampton Homes
Source: Real Estate Listing ($2.3m)
This exquisite new construction with Old World style home is 3,056 square feet and was built in 2015.
Inspired by a Belgian Modern aesthetic, there is so much interior design inspiration and architectural brilliance to celebrate!
Aren’t the exterior and surrounding gardens charming?
Modern Belgian House Tour: Entry
Inside the front door, the style feels MCM and understated. Notice the very simple staircase details and clean lines.
Rustic design elements and elegant architecture as well as zen-like interiors to encourage timeless tranquility.
Modern Belgian Design Inspiration: Living Room
I love the fireplace with its modernized look yet nod to Old World style. The lighting is minimal and modern, and even the window treatments are barely there.
Notice how the trim is painted white in the family room area and stained in an adjacent room open to it.
Dining Room With Modern Belgian Style
Beautifully finished accents and fixtures, meticulously crafted moldings and window casings, and breathtaking wide plank oiled walnut and basalt stone flooring work harmoniously together.
I’m loving the interior transom window over the doors to the kitchen…there’s separation with French doors, yet it feels open and airy thanks to all the glass and light.
With less ornamentation and embellishment, things like wood grain and a chair’s silhouette are elevated and magnified.
Modern Belgian Style Design Details
Modern Belgian Style Kitchen
Custom oil rubbed oak cabinets, Venetian plaster walls, and modern lighting contribute to the natural beauty and uncommon warmth of the interiors. Isn’t it a nice touch to have a counter stool area on the working side of the peninsula?
An abundance of intelligently placed windows and oiled Mahogany French doors grace this home and bathe it in precious natural light.
Floating shelves stretch across windows, and the effect is so light and fresh!
The range hood is another kitchen design feature where an absence of ornamentation (no trim or metal strapping or shiplap in sight) contributes a modern aesthetic.
Belgian House Tour: Sunroom
Don’t you love how this sun room is distinguished with the wood ceiling?
Calming, peaceful, and charming garden views connect the lucky owners with lush landscaped outdoor rooms.
Modern Belgian House Tour: Study
Belgian Bedroom Design Inspiration
I love the shutter design – so minimal and unobtrusive.
Minimal Zen Bathrooms: Design Details
Belgian Style Architectural Details: Exterior
Patio & Garden at a Zen Belgian Style Houston Home
Designed for easy yet elegant living, the outdoors boasts Bluestone slate patios and ponds as well as a soothing fountain.
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I can’t say I like the Modern Belgium house. The floors are too dark, the cupboards look old, etc. However, the video tour home was stunning. I liked the finishes, the lighting, the baths & closets in each bedroom, the mud room, the all white kitchen and that hidden pantry – brilliant! The only piece I didn’t like was the white brick fireplace. I would prefer one with a different stone and more impressive mantel. But, then I’m not buying it, am I?
Have a wonderful Sunday, Michele.
Thanks, Joanna. I agree there are lots of things I would change in the modern Belgian. The exterior is so storybook charming though, and those gardens! 🙂 Thanks so much for keeping the discussion going.
I love the exterior of this home too, Michele. And, I’m a Nature Girl, so my favorite part is the landscaping. I do wish the interior had some ‘storybook charm’ too. Instead, it looks like a place to walk through, rather than a place to linger. The idea of Zen/Prayer Room with very few distractions appeals to me, but living in a totally stark environment would be like living at the North Pole (minus Santa’s workshop) for me. The saving grace was the views from the windows. While it’s definitely not my cup of tea, I always enjoy seeing what others enjoy. Thanks for the the video too. Los of interesting ideas. WOW, that kitchen pantry!
The gardens are so beautiful – yes. The house was staged for sale when the photos were taken so that explains why they feel so lonely. After touring our present home, I can tell you some of us like to see a house in this state because our imaginations delightfully fill in all of the finishing details. 🙂 I think we all have different tolerances too. For example, for six months, we have been living with temporary furnishings in our bedroom’s sitting area. They weren’t horrible, and they were functional, but when we removed everything this weekend to start construction, we instantly liked the space with nothing in it! Hahahaha. My husband and I like a lot of space for the eye to rest, and maybe we’re just exhausted but we’re all comforted by different things it seems.
I have grown to love the minimal zen look/feel for my own home at this point in my life! Even though I love art and color in others’ homes. The only thing I’d prefer in this home would be lighter wood floors instead of the darker ones. I’ve yet to hang anything on my walls except 3 deer heads, and a couple other small things…mostly I’ve leaned mirrors & other decorative things against the walls whether on tables/dressers or even on the floor. We’ve recently bought some land nearby but farther out that has a small house which we call “the farm” and I may venture into more things on the walls there for a change, but for now “zen is in” for me! Haha!
How wonderful to have another lab that you can experiment with! That idea appeals to me as well. I agree about the floors. I just can’t live with dark under my feet. It takes courage to become self aware enough to know what fills up your soul and what depletes it. I think a lot of folks consider decorating to be covering wall, window, and floor space so that it is clear life is happening. As I type this, I’m at my desk in a space where nothing is hung on the walls yet. It doesn’t feel cold or uninviting to me! If it were a piece of music, it would be classical piano accompaniment – no voices or orchestra, just a pared down delicate composition. 🙂
So true, Michele…” comforted by different things”. And, aren’t we happy about our uniqness!