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Sint Jacobs B&B

August 21st, 2012


I have a confession to make. Two weekends ago I visited Bruges for the very first time of my life. Even though I’ve been born and raised in Belgium, I had never visited this charming city before. For this last minute weekend getaway I luckily still managed to book a room at Sint Jacobs B&B. Compared to most B&B’s in the city  (think lots of froufrou, an excess of antique furniture and heavy chandeliers) it seemed perfect to my taste: straightforward, calm and airy. Don’t be fooled by the first picture. After a burst of lime green in the majestic hallway a peaceful oasis awaited in form of a spacious room in different shades of white.

Crisp white sheets and an occasional quirky detail made me feel at home straight away.

The next day I woke up extra early to take pictures of the dining area, annex kitchen, where breakfast was served. The room is perfectly executed in a black and white colour scheme with pops of bright colours. There I got a chance to talk to the owner Thierry who explained the history of the house (it used to house a textile company) while he was making freshly squeezed orange juice. All very laid back and relaxed. The meal did not disappoint: home made bread, fresh fruit salad, different types of cereals, yogurt and a nice crispy baguette.

I loved the juxtaposition of the black chairs with the painted wooden floor…

not to mention the design. Like a modern day version of an art deco seat. I forgot to ask the name of the designer but I’ve emailed Thierry and will add the info asap (chairs are Phillipe Starck for Kartell). So when in Bruges you know where to stay.

St. Jacobs B&B
Oude Zak 20
8000 Brugge

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The riddle

August 13th, 2012


Guess where I was this weekend? The swans give it away, no?

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