Your next stay in the historic city centre of Bruges

/Your next stay in the historic city centre of Bruges

Your next stay in the historic city centre of Bruges

More and more people, from all corners of the world, do love to come over to visit the historical European cities. Europe is home to some of the world’s most famous cities, as the historic UNESCO World Heritage centre of Bruges that is one of the best preserved medieval city centres of Belgium.

Belgian interior designer Natalie Haegeman, who has always been passionate about historic architecture and who loves to integrate history and authenticity into her interior design projects, is currently focusing on the renovation of historic houses in the heart of Bruges.

Natalie started her interior design company NH Interiors in 1998 in Antwerp, her hometown. With more than 20 years of experience in international design projects and home renovations, in recent years she has been succeeding in transforming some beautiful historic houses into charming guesthouses.

It all started when she had the chance to buy a beautiful house in the city centre of Bruges. As Natalie has always had a dream of creating interiors for hotels or B&B’s, the idea grew to transform this house into a guesthouse instead of renting it out. In 2012 Natalie opened her first guesthouse – apartment, ‘Groeninghe’, the first of her guesthouse series White Rooms. (See my earlier blogpost about this guesthouse here.)

2.NH GroeningheWhite Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Groeninghe   Photo credit :  Claude Smekens Photography

1.NH GroeningheWhite Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Groeninghe   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

3.NH GroeningheWhite Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Groeninghe   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

Two years later guesthouse ‘Dijver’ opened his doors. (See my earlier blogpost here.)

5.NH DijverWhite Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Dijver   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

4.NH DijverWhite Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Dijver   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

4.NH Dijver (2)White Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Dijver   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

Little time after Natalie restored another two apartments into gorgeous guesthouses. Guesthouse-apartments ‘Katelijne’ and ‘Odevaere’ are now also part of the group ‘White Rooms’.

Combining her passion for interior design with her fascination for historic buildings, Natalie restored each historic house, respecting its original features, into a unique and sophisticated environment, where guests are immersed in the charming atmosphere of the Belgian design style and where they do feel at home immediately. As no other Natalie does know how to bring a functional guesthouse design into an authentic context, combining the building’s authenticity with a contemporary urban look, using wooden floors and antique furniture together with beautiful fabrics and pieces of art, resulting in a rich synergy between historic architecture and contemporary interior design.

13. NH Katelijne White Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Katelijne   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

11.NH Katelijne White Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Katelijne   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

10.NH KatelijneWhite Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Katelijne   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

12.NH Katelijne White Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Katelijne   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

14.NH Odevaere White Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Odevaere   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

17.NH Odevaere White Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Odevaere   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

16.NH Odevaere White Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Odevaere   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

15.NH Odevaere White Rooms Guesthouse Apartment Odevaere   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

Natalie’s showroom and office are housed on the ground floor of the historic building (dated around 1820). The guesthouse apartments ‘Katelijne’ and ‘Odevaere’ are housed on the first and second floor.

9.NH ShowroomThe façade of the house, dated 1820, housing Natalie’s showroom and the apartments ‘Katelijne’ and ‘Odevaere’.

6.NH ShowroomShowroom NH Interiors   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

8.NH ShowroomShowroom NH Interiors   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

The often small backyards of these historic houses are providing not that much light. In her showroom, Natalie replaced the existing windows on the back façade of the house by a large steel window, allowing maximum light to come in.

7.NH ShowroomShowroom NH Interiors   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography


For those who are planning a cultural trip to Bruges, be sure to book your stay at one of the ‘White Rooms’ guesthouses.

To discover more of all guesthouse apartments, please, visit the WHITE ROOMS website HERE.

To visit Natalie’s showroom, please contact Natalie at natalie@nh-interiors.be

Follow White Rooms on Instagram

Wishing you a nice stay !

xx

Greet

All pictures posted with permission of Natalie Haegeman

9 Comments

  1. francetaste Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 1:51 PM - Reply

    It’s all beautiful but especially those colors! I can attest to the beauty of Bruges, too.

    • Greet Lefèvre Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 3:08 PM - Reply

      You should visit Bruges, you would love this city!

      • francetaste Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 5:25 PM - Reply

        I’ve been many times, when I lived in Brussels.

  2. billie henninger Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 2:08 PM - Reply

    Greet, what a treat. I want to pack up, see the beautiful city of Bruges, and now I know exactly where to stay. Thanks so much for the information.
    b

    • Greet Lefèvre Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 3:08 PM - Reply

      Yes Billy, you definitely has to come over to Belgium! We could meet at White Rooms! xo

  3. ndemi Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 8:12 AM - Reply

    Wow!Beautiful place to be in.

  4. Heather in Arles Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 11:02 AM - Reply

    This is all so especially beautiful – the photography is amazing!

  5. michele@hellolovely Friday, June 16, 2017 at 3:54 PM - Reply

    I have been devouring your posts about Natalie’s work for some time now, Greet! And since Bruges is our son’s dream trip, I think the perfect graduation gift for him when he finishes law school is a trip and some time at the White Rooms! but I think my husband and I should give it a test drive first, oui? ha! I’m sold! these guestrooms are amazing. merci for sharing so much lovely.

  6. Homes & Weddings Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 1:47 AM - Reply

    These rooms positively took my breath away. Something tells me I will be back on this page again soon. Such beauty.

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