Design Inspiration: Belgium Travels

Travelling to different places provides wonderful new design inspiration. We love finding new makers as it brings such excitement to an interior. Below I am delighted to share all my favourite finds from my recent trip to Belgium.

Sims Hilditch Belgium Travel Inspiration Interior Design

How often do you go on trips for design inspiration?

I go on around four trips a year to seek out fresh ideas that inject excitement into our interiors. It is important to keep finding new makers from inside and outside the UK so we can continue to offer something unique. I see it as one of my major roles as Creative Director. 

Sims Hilditch Axel Vervoodt Interior Design

Your most recent trip was to Belgium. What’s the appeal?

I love the understated, natural and elegant aesthetic in Belgium, which is characterised by weathered timber floors, heavy linens and cool lighting. It is a look perfectly captured by Axel Vervoordt (, who is an absolute Master of Design. 

Sims Hilditch 1898 The Post Interior Design

Where did you visit?

I spent some time in Ghent staying at 1898 The Post (, which has amazing cocktails made by an award-winning barman. Ghent is such a pretty city with stunning buildings and canals. It reminds me of Amsterdam, but without the tourists.

I also visited Knokke-Heist, a charming seaside town unexpectedly full of great fashion and interiors brands. I dedicated a day to walking around the historic Old Town of Brussels and finally squeezed in a trip to Antwerp where I stayed at Hotel Julien ( and hired a bicycle so I could explore the cycle paths along the river.

What were your favourite finds?

Mosiac Zellige (, which makes beautiful Moroccan tiles. I can’t wait to show the samples to our clients..

De Puydt (, a company that supplies wonderful Geo Flamant fireplaces.

Bruder Rugs, ( because they are handwoven in India from Tibetan wool and have strong graphic designs.

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