Sometimes you find a place, hotel, street or shop that completely takes your breath away. It doesn’t happen to me very often (I find so many things FABULOUS that I’d pass out if my breath was taken away every time), so when it did on my trip last year to Belgium, I just had to write about it. Boulevard Leopold Bed & Breakfast is one of the most spectacular, intriguing and divine accommodations I’ve ever had the pleasure to visit. Its shabby chic, gothic styling is a interior stylist’s dream.
The idiosyncratic styling is reminiscent of a bohemian Grand Dame’s boudoir and a 14th Century church. With religious iconology and plush textiles, Boulevard Leopold optimizes old-world splendor.
This elegant mansion built in Antwerp’s traditional Jewish quarter in 1890 was renovated to celebrate the history and style of the building. The decorative ceilings and panelled walls have been lovingly restored, and the muted milk-wash paints provide a contemporary nod to the past. Above the original parquetry flooring, the vintage sideboards groan with religious iconology, photographs, books and taxidermy. Breakfast, which consists of simple yet perfect bread, jam, eggs, yogurt and fruit, is served in the light-filled jungle of a conservatory. This was perhaps my favourite space in the whole B&B. The vintage table settings and reclaimed leather couches were perfectly offset by the unruly palms and cast iron wall-sconces.
Yet the B&B doesn’t feel stuffy or overdone. It simply tells a story, creates a mood and provides unending interest while boasting the modern touches we’d expect from top-notch accommodation.
This curiously brilliant B&B was featured in Karen McCartney, Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel‘s gorgeous interior book, Perfect Imperfect. The exquisite photographs in Perfect Imperfectwere actually my inspiration to stay at the B&B when I was next in Antwerp. Boulevard Leopold truly is the best place to stay in Antwerp for those looking for an out-of-the-ordinary experience in the design-conscious city.
Now for the practicalities. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and availability, or just check out the website for more information. And get yourself a copy of Perfect Imperfect. It will make you want to visit Boulevard Leopold and Antwerp even more!
All images taken by Gingerfinch. I would have posted more but I was told by Mr Finch to stop. I can get a little over-excited when I stumble across interior design (imperfect) perfection!
(This is not a sponsored post. I stayed at the B&B at my own expense. I just want to share the love when I find really great places around the world.)