Two Belgian artisans

/Two Belgian artisans

Two Belgian artisans

Today I want to introduce you to 2 Belgian people, both artisans and creative in the outdoor sector.
Stijn Cornilly is a Belgian landscaper, creative in the design and construction of stylish, low maintenance gardens.
“An important specialization of our green business is bringing structure and strength in the garden.
Boxwood, holly and yew are ideally suited as basic elements for a good garden design. They are a permanent fixture in the garden.
A fixed value of remaining strength and decorative green opposite example, the colors of seasonal flowers and plants.” explains Styn Cornilly on his website.

Stijn Cornilly 8

Inside and outside are increasingly interconnected charged. Walls are no longer barriers. The landscaper creates a natural transition between interior and exterior. In his garden design he will take into account the style of house and home. Only then will be your green oasis a nice extension of the house.

Stijn Cornilly 3

To me he is a promising landscaper and I am an admirer of his work. Enjoy the pictures and judge for yourself what you think about the work of Stijn Cornilly!

Stijn Cornilly 6
Stijn Cornilly 02
Stijn Cornilly 9

Stijn Cornilly 2

If you want to see more of Stijn Cornilly’s work, please visit his website HERE.
Landscape and garden designer
Source : all images website Stijn Cornilly – Photo credit : unknown
The second person that I want you to meet today, is a master at designing and construction of beautiful farm buildings, fences and accessories, all related to the traditional Flemish country outdoor living and landscape architecture : Dirk Mortier.
His company is based in Everbeek-Beneden (Brakel) only a few steps from my home.
“When designing I strive for simple and pure concepts without unnecessary decorations. They hark back to the essential uses creating a strong and sober design arises. Many operations done with authentic tools and machinery. Thus we achieve a true-striking result. Behind our achievements of scenic beauty is a profound story of craft, use and culture.” explains Dirk Mortier on his website.

Mortier 19

Rural architecture is characterized by including in the area available materials like stone, straw, wood, clay, etc. .. The use and application of these materials is a local process of thousands of years of experience and Dirk Mortier continues this traditional method – adapted to the current objectives.

Mortier 1 The artisan at work.
Mortier 2 A work in progress.
Mortier 3 Finished outbuilding.

Mortier 6

A lot of attention to details!

Mortier 16
The charming animal shelters of Dirk Mortier contribute in every way to the picturesque romantic atmosphere of your garden.

Mortier 10 A gorgeous hen house.
Mortier 8 A bird cage.
Fences and gates.

Mortier 11
Mortier 13

Mortier 18 A beautiful garden tool cabinet.
For more gorgeous images of Dirk Mortier’s creations in the Flemish traditional way, please visit his website HERE.
Traditional outbuildings, fences and accessories
Source : all images website Dirk Mortier – Photo credit : unknown
I have to admit that I’m still very proud of our Belgian artisans, and this blog ables me to introduce them to you, my readers, and to the world! And I am so pleased about that!
Wishing all of you a wonderful Sunday and a nice start of the new week!


By |2018-07-11T10:56:50+00:00May 22nd, 2011|Categories: Belgian Pearls|Tags: , , , , |44 Comments


  1. Something White Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM - Reply

    Schitterend werk, van zowel de een alsook de ander! Die buxus-vormen en -bollen zijn zo mooi!

  2. Home and Lifestyle Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 11:09 AM - Reply

    Wat een prachtige foto's, vooral de eerste serie spreekt me enorm aan! Super mooi!

    Een fijne zondag Greet! Lieve groet, Ingrid

  3. The enchanted home Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM - Reply

    What a stunning post. The landscapes took my breath away! Then I saw the beautiful work of the fencing and farm buildings…if that hen house was a little bigger, I could easily move in!! Its so beautiful….by far the prettiest hen house I have ever seen. I love the materials and the attnention to the smallest details….since we are in going through this now I have such an immense apprceciation for it. Beautiful! Thank you for the introduction.

  4. La Maison en Wonderboom Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 11:18 AM - Reply

    Wat een vakmanschap, prachtig om te zien Greet.

    Een fijne zondag nog en een lieve groet,

  5. Francine Gardner Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM - Reply

    You just showed me a piece of Heaven! How do they keep these boxwood so tightly trimmed? Beautiful post. To day, am off trimming (if the rains finally stops) all my boxwoods.

  6. Fay Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 11:39 AM - Reply

    Greet buongiorno from Hoh hot hot firenze
    the sensual gardens for the first home are exquisite arent they more beautiful than a painting I would niver tire of them >Im used to and love Topiary but not in those shapes DELICIOUS.The 2nd one is like a fairytale too in such a different way but completely delightful England has lots of thatched houses but usually not next to water ,what a fabulous combination of nature and craftmanship Love fay xxx enjoy the weekend Im waitng for the evening ! when its cooler for a stroll

  7. Maison de lin Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM - Reply

    Bonjour Greet,

    Superbe blogspot, j'aime bien ce paysage plat qui est typiquement Flamand. Je viens de lire l'interview de vous sur le blog "Classic style". C'est vraiment bien fait.

    A bientôt

  8. desde my ventana Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12:19 PM - Reply

    Hello Greet,
    So, so wonderful post!!! The topiary, the landscapes are absolutely beautiful.

    Enjoy your sunday,


    P.S.My husband too….and ALONSO goes the first.

  9. Lost in Provence Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12:49 PM - Reply

    Hello Greet,

    I am really enjoying discovering the quintissential elegance of Belgian design through your blog.

    I was fascinated by the roofs on Mr. Mortier's buildings. They actually reminded me a lot of the traditional alang-alang roofs that I so love in Balinese architecture.

    Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!


  10. Luciane at Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 1:12 PM - Reply


    I'm truly wowed by these people! It's just amazing and I'm so impressed by this beautiful post, Greet.

    I hope you're having a very relaxing weekend, my friend!


    Luciane at

  11. La Petite Gallery Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 1:14 PM - Reply

    This was pure Magic. The thatched roof and the gardens look as though a wizard did it. Been
    a little depressed, my dog had a stroke. Thank you for this fantastic fairyland.


  12. The Fine Life Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 2:18 PM - Reply

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and the work of these two very talented men! This is a great introduction to Belgian landscape design. It is so lush and full. I am very impressed!

  13. Charlotta Ward Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 3:07 PM - Reply

    Greet these two companies are amazing – thank you for sharing! x

    I love the landscaping pictures and am always amazed at people who are able to sculpt and design a thriving garden that looks good all year around. It is so hard!

    The work of Dirk Mortier blew me away. I just love the organic feel of his creations and I sat and looked at that stunning fence for ever before scrolling down! Wow!

    Just beautiful – all of it!

    Big hugs from Sydney

    xx Charlotta

  14. Acquired Objects Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 3:26 PM - Reply

    You are so fortune to live in such a beautiful area but not only that but to have such talented people too. That hen house is probably the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and we live in an area where you see a lot of hen houses, I wonder how those roofs would hold up under snow and rain? I just went back and looked at the pictures and they have a quiet calm to the landscapes. They aren’t busy with a lot of little gardens but everything is elegantly placed, I wish I had that talent. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday Greet.

  15. kettyvictoria Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 3:38 PM - Reply

    Hola ,Buen Domingo!!!
    Soy Nueva en este Blog,y me parece una Belleza,Felicitaciones!!!.
    El Señor Dirk Mortier es un privilegiado con su arte; convertir lugares tan comunes y poco atendidos en sitios maravillosos ,lenos de arte y utilidad!!!! me parece increible!!.
    Yo voví en el campo por 10 años,que fueron los más hermosos de mi vida,por eso la emoción que siento.
    Desde Guayaquil-Ecuador-Sur América

  16. John Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 3:44 PM - Reply

    Two artists to be sure! BRAVO! Keeping the traditional styles of design and construction alive is so important in a world that is quickly beginning to confuse mechanics who simply assemble with artists and artistry, those individuals who truly understand the materials they use and how they go together.

  17. Mona Thompson Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:00 PM - Reply

    Thanks so much Greet. I'm just crazy for both of their work. Such beauty and craftmanship. You are such an ambassador for Belgium. I knew nothing about your country and all of it's beauty before I met you. I continue to be amazed at what a wonderful place it is and such fabulous people. I think that I would love to live there. Have a great week. Mona

  18. Teresa at Splendid Sass Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:45 PM - Reply

    I can't show this to my doggie. She would be so jealous.
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful home.

  19. Katherine Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM - Reply

    You are wise to keep these traditions alive. Great examples of high quality design and execution.

  20. Sevier and White Interiors Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 5:46 PM - Reply

    Beautiful home and gorgeous landscaping! Love the hydrangeas!

  21. Els Manning Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM - Reply

    Oh lovely! It is amazing to see these. Thank you for sharing!

  22. mwaxter Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 7:14 PM - Reply

    Such beautiful workmanship. Breathaking images, thank you for sharing.

  23. VictoriaArt Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 9:59 PM - Reply

    Greet, this is all so beautiful! Adore the workman ship and the garden artistry! Would not know what I like best! It's all so gorgeous!
    Wish I had a garden artist like that at hand!!!

  24. Heather@SatisfyingSpaces Monday, May 23, 2011 at 2:15 PM - Reply

    I can see why you are proud. Gorgeous work!

    Have a great week!

  25. Kris Monday, May 23, 2011 at 3:45 PM - Reply

    Such gorgeous landscaping ( i especially love photo #4 with the hydrangeas) so lush and green and what beautiful workmanship in the images presented in rural construction and the hen house.

    I can see why you would be so proud of the artisans in your country. Gorgeous!


  26. designchic Monday, May 23, 2011 at 5:55 PM - Reply

    What a gorgeous garden – fits wonderfully with the style of home and welcomes you to sit and enjoy the beauty. And the hen house…amazing!!

  27. Cindy Monday, May 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM - Reply

    Hello my friend,
    Belgian has some fabulously talented artisans, and it is so nice to be able to read about them and see examples of their work. I love those outdoor buildings, so picturesque.
    I still adore the thatched roofs, they instantly draw me into the fairytale world.
    Have a lovely week.
    Hugs, Cindy

  28. Room Seventeen Monday, May 23, 2011 at 7:00 PM - Reply

    Hallo Greet, ha dat is grappig, je bent op zoek naar een foto van mij 😉
    Ik ben allesbehalve fotogeniek dus veel foto's zijn er niet, maar je kunt me vinden via:
    Daar zie je een vakantie foto van mij en mijn kids 😉
    Lieve groet Hennie

  29. Room Seventeen Monday, May 23, 2011 at 7:09 PM - Reply

    Vergeet ik helemaal te zeggen dat ik dit een mooie post vind, prachtig die ontwerpen van Stijn Cornilly. Ik ken eigenlijk alleen maar de Belgische Ludo Dierckx.

  30. under spanish moss Monday, May 23, 2011 at 7:43 PM - Reply

    Wow Greet, Dirk's work is truly a work of art. He is a true artisian. Love his work and attention to details!

  31. Fashion Mom Monday, May 23, 2011 at 8:39 PM - Reply

    Dank je Greet voor deze post, ongelooflijk mooi! Was mijn nieuw huis en tuin ook maar zo mooi 🙁
    zo een rieten dak is misschien te hoog gegrepen voor ons nieuw huis maar wel interessant dat kippenhokje, zo leuk x

  32. Ideezine Monday, May 23, 2011 at 9:30 PM - Reply


    Great post and great appreciation for the art of place be it landscapes or buildings. Wonderful photos love the tool cabinet!

  33. quintessence Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 2:06 AM - Reply

    Oh my – both are exquisite. What incredibly talented artisans!! The amazing hen house takes the cake!!

  34. Claudine Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 5:59 AM - Reply

    I'm enchanted, and completed envious – those of us who live in postage stamp sized yards here on the West Coast of US have major garden envy!
    Love the post.


  35. eclecticrevisited Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:55 PM - Reply

    so lovely, Greet…
    beautiful gardens and out buildings..I love getting a glimpse of life in Belgium through your blog….


  36. Barbara@HausDesign Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 1:48 PM - Reply

    Such gorgeous images – I especially love the gardens – the simplicity lets nature do what it does best!

  37. Rhônya Holman Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM - Reply

    Beautiful homes and the landscapes as well! Amazing it would be hard to pick a favorite. Great post keep it up!

    Cheers! =(^.^)=

  38. Blue Fruit Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 1:42 AM - Reply

    Thoroughly loved this post. Especially those gorgeous hand made timber gates – oh delightful! – and the cloud topiary.

  39. Karena Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 4:02 AM - Reply

    Greet I miss you!! try to come by tomorrow it is the last day of the fabulous giveaway from Serena & Lily!

    Art by Karena

  40. Debby Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM - Reply

    The gardens/landscaping is just amazing… LOVE! xo

  41. Malvini FF Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 9:19 PM - Reply

    Ik hou van de deze ambacht ode's.
    Lovely post … beautiful craftmanship!


  42. Kifus Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 9:34 PM - Reply

    Ohh, yes! I could totally move into that hen house! A lovely post, Greet. Admirable craft work!

  43. Chookie Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 12:55 PM - Reply

    Both sets of pictures are filled with beauty! I love the thatch; I doubt there are more than two thatchers in all of Australia. But that woodwork is so honest and true!

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