Monday, December 17, 2007

My MUST SEE tip in Brugge...

I have shown this shop after my last trip to Brugge in August. This is a must see shop in the city! It is just THE best shop. The shop is called 'De Binnentuin' and is a treat for the eyes before you ever enter...

As you approach the shop during the holiday season, the outside is draped in green swags and pretty white lights. As with any season of the year, you really must look at all the window displays before even going indoors. This is a real joy and the windows stretch all the way around the corner of the building.

Just look at all the beautiful things they have for the festive season.....

Don't forget to click the photos so you can enlarge them and really see the details.

You are greeted in this shop by the two owners who really have a great flair for how to put things together. They make the floral arrangements you see in the photos themselves. We arrived to hear they felt it was very chaotic in the shop as they were in the middle of putting out some of the new holiday items but we found it to be so pretty as usual. Jos laughed as he says I say that also when I am in the middle of being creative with my decorating. He says it might seem chaotic but to others it looks wonderful. I guess I can now see what he means when I do the same thing.

I must admit that I went into the shop this time with a goal in mind. I bought four very pretty frames to use for some miniature portraits and was very fixated on that goal. I now look at these photos myself and think why did I not look more closely as a number of items. *Sigh*

Everywhere you look there are 'rooms' made up through the arrangement of furniture and vignettes. I could live in this shop. I did not take photos everywhere and there is just so much more to see.

I find so much inspiration of how to use the items I even already have with sometimes buying items to go along with these things. It is truly an amazing place to shop. If you are ever in Brugge, do stop by and see all the wonderful things. In the meantime, I hope you may find some holiday inspiration from the photos!


Kristen said...

Oh it is all beautiful! Isn't it wonderful to draw ideas from all the sights around us! I love to do the same thing! Sounds like you guys had a great time! By the way, I LOVE the Nat King Cole song! It is is one of my favorite CD's!

Nancy said...

Wow, what an amazing place! I know this must add so much magic to the holiday season. Glad you enjoyed your trip Heidi!

Dena said...

What a magical place! I love those swags :)


Nancy said...

Well, I am trying to remember this shop. I have one pictured, but I don't know if it is this one. I am
sure I must have been in it though.
Love you, Mom

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

How lucky you are to get to go to Brugge! I can see why you are so inspired. Each photo is splendid. Ok, off to catch up on other posts you have shared.


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Wow Heidi! I wish I was there shopping with you! That store looks amazing. WOW!

Mary said...

Heidi I love the glittery curtains and that red tablecover - stunning. The floral displays are lovely - they must be a very creative couple. I'll put it on my list for when I get to Brugge - and go there prior to digesting all those chocolate truffles!

This week Bob is home and we have lots to do. Today we attended granddaughter Jasmin's school to hear her sing (with the chorus) in the Christmas concert - it was lovely. Tomorrow her school field trip is downtown to Memorial Auditorium theatre to see 'The Nutcracker' with the NC Ballet. She's been several times with us but of course one can always enjoy it annually. I just love Christmas traditions, don't you? I baked some of my traditional cookies today - more tomorrow.

Hope this week is going well and that you have a great party on Wed.

Shari said...

Hi Heidi!
It's your cousin Sharon. I peek in on your blog every now and then when I get a chance. You are a very talented girl. I love this shop! I am coming to Europe summer of 2009. How far is this from where you live?

Mandie said...

how beautiful!!! Oh I really want to go there!!!!! But then again I want to go everywhere...HA HA HA! I just love going to new places and seeing things. They really do a wonderful job of decorating the shop and the window displays are just gorgeous! Looks like you really had a nice trip!

Love you!

Ragged Roses said...

I think I could live in that shop too, it is so pretty and so much to see. Thanks for showing us the photos, if only there was time to do more decorating!!!!!!

Teresa said...

Your last few posts have been such a gift. The pictures are a feast for the eyes. I would love to spend hours in those shops. I love the lights on the buildings. It is all so beautiful, something dreams are made of.

Thank you

Teresa said...


I am so sorry I spelled your name wrong in the previous post. Some days my fingers get ahead of me on the keyboard.

Take care