For the second year after leaving Paris in the fall, Antwerp's Hotel Julien has provided the perfect space to unwind, collect my thoughts, and be inspired by the utter minimalism of Belgian interiors. Two interior courtyards add to the visual serenity of the common areas- as do the floor to ceiling steel windows. Waxed oak floors contrast with the matte finish mouldings on the ceilings. Eames chairs sit alongside antique Bergeres upholstered in [Belgian] linen. The rooms and suites are a study white and naturals. The bathrooms alone are worth an extra nights stay to take advantage of the freestanding tub and deep walk-in showers. Honed white marbles accent the space and lighting is superbly moody.