Autumn inspiration: Steal this home’s warm elegance & Belgian style

This Southern home, designed by Kay Douglass, opens the door to stylish fall comfort and classic Belgian interiors.

Simon Upton | Interior Archive 

It’s not every day that rustic-cozy meets modern-comfort, but that’s exactly what this Southern home, designed by Kay Douglass, has achieved. With a distinctly clean Belgian interior style, marked by natural wood, stone and iron details, the house captures all the charm of a peaceful log cabin with just the right amount of soft chairs, warm accents and quiet elegance to make it an extra restful space. It’s the kind of house where you could read a good book, have deep dinner table conversations over red wine, or get lost in your thoughts.

To create a similar chic and relaxing atmosphere in your own home, let these interiors inspire you—and shop the look, right down to the wall paint color. Many of the pieces are from Douglass’s Atlanta store, South of Market.

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A feeling of earthy simplicity is immediate from the entryway, with bluestone floors, an antique table and plenty of natural light. The minimalist approach—an antique planter and an understated lantern from South of Market—feels spacious, but still friendly. The wall color is Seapearl. Simon Upton | Interior Archive
Easy retreat: Though the furniture is simple and sparse, the antique wooden doors give a stately air to the space, making it feel more like a sanctuary than a sitting room. (But they really hide a TV!) Dusty orange accents quietly reflect the fall season. Simon Upton | Interior Archive
Pull up a chair: This intimate kitchen space with high backed chinese wood chairs is inviting and elegant. A large window floods the South of Market farm table in morning light, and a simple rustic chandelier hung from a raw wood ceiling provides ambiance at night. Simon Upton | Interior Archive
Chic seats: The soft modern curves of these high backed chairs instantly add sophistication to this european style dining room. The oyster colored silk curtains are from J. Robert Scott, who specializes in natural color palettes. Simon Upton | Interior Archive
Earl-y to bed: The master bedroom has two upholsted Earl chaises from SOM at the foot of the bed. You can get the look for less with this Mitchell Gold Earl chaise or a plush Emerald Home Earl chair on Overstock. Simon Upton | Interior Archive
Tall touches: The high headboard (which is actually an antique door), tall lamp and window drapes all draw the eye up, giving the impression of high ceilings. Simon Upton | Interior Archive
Chock full of wood: How much wood could a wood hearth hold? This fun approach to the home’s fireplace creates a natural focal point and a sense of warmth without ever building a fire. You can buy the medium orange bowl at SOM. Simon Upton | Interior Archive
Rise and shine: The linen curtains, in a calming shade of sea green, pull back on either side of the bed for a sunny morning wake-up call. The wrought iron bed frame is a rustic Belgian touch. Get the look with this iron Restoration Hardware frame. Simon Upton | Interior Archive
Time to recline: This space is the perfect reading nook, complete with individual floor lamps. Pops of yellow make the sunroom cheerful. Simon Upton | Interior Archive
Sweet symmetry: These matching twin beds even have identical wall art above the headboards. The layering of pink pillows and throws add fun and warmth, perfect for a kids room. Simon Upton | Interior Archive

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Natalie van der Meer
Natalie van der Meer

Senior Editor Natalie van der Meer is a former editor for Redbook, Woman’s Day, Reader’s Digest and Allure, covering fashion, beauty, travel, family, book reviews, and much more. She lives in New York City.

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