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  • 12/09/15--12:30: Getting ready for Christmas

    Earlier this week I finished decorating our home for Christmas and as every year I like to share with you a few pictures of the Christmas vignettes around our home.



    Candles, pine branches, cones and red berries on the fireplace mantel in our living room.11


    This year I have chosen for a small Christmas tree, simply decorated with lights and cones.10


    I love to use branches with bright red berries everywhere in the home.13


    Small touches of decoration in the dining room.14


    Red berries again !17


    Candles and greenery in the dining room fire place.16


    On the kitchen table.9


    Kitchen cabinet shelving.8


    Don’t you love the colour of these pepper berries ?7


    Vase with papyrus branch and dish with Christmas ornaments, cones and antler.6


    Tea light holders grouped together on the orangery coffee table.5


    Pine tree branch hanging on the wall.4


    Front door decoration.2


    Lanterns found at Ikea.3

    All pictures by me


    I am ready for Christmas. Are you ?



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     This time of the year is the perfect time to light your chandelier.

    Crystal chandeliers were the pride of aristocratic families and hung in family residences and castles for centuries.

    Still today a crystal chandelier is evoquing a sense of richness and beauty. A beautiful crystal chandelier can literally take your breath away.

     Crystal chandeliers were usually being bought by people who prefer classic beauty and stylish interiors. But nowadays, crystal chandeliers are even used more often in modern interiors.

    There is a large selection of crystal chandeliers, antique or new made, French-English-Swedish-Belgian or Italian style pieces, I am sure you will find the right sized one for your home décor.

     Chandelier hanging in the dining room at Le Château de Deulin - Belgium   Image source here

     Dining room at Le Château de Deulin - Belgium   Image source here   Photo creditJosé-Noël Doumont

    Showroom Augustus Brandt - UK   Image source here

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     Lefèvre Interiors   Picture by me

    Chandelier at the showroom of Horsch Antiques and Interior Design - Germany  Image source here

    Chandelier found at Horsch Antiques and Interior Design - Germany Image source here

    Chandelier hanging in my living room   Image source Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Claude Smekens Fotografie

    Showroom Brigitte Garnier Interiors & Antiques   Picture by me

     Dining room Brigitte Garnier -  Brigitte Garnier Interiors & Antiques   Photo credit Miguel Flores-Vianna for Veranda March 2011 issue 

     Chandeliers at The Castle of ‘s Gravenwezel - Axel Vervoordt   Image source here   Photo credit Claude Smekens Fotografie

    Dining room by Axel Vervoordt   Image source here

    I would love to introduce you to the Belgian based Louis-Pierre Denil, who is an expert with international reputation and who is trained in chandelier restoration.

    Showroom Louis-Pierre Denil - Belgium   Image source here

    Atelier of Louis-Pierre Denil   Image source here

    Another passionate collector and restorer of crystal chandeliers is Pascal Mestrom, owner of Mestrom Chandeliers, based in the center of Maastricht, the Netherlands.

    Collection of chandeliers of Pascal Mestrom Chandeliers Maastricht – The Netherlands   Image source here

    Pascal Mestrom lighting one of his chandeliers’ candles.   Image source here

    Huge chandelier ‘Sac-à-perle’ at Kanaal - Axel Vervoordt (2010)   Picture by me

    To end this post, I would love to share some interesting addresses, where you definitely will find a suitable chandelier for your home décor.

    Augustus Brandt - UK

    Brigitte Garnier Antiques & Interiors – Belgium

    Horsch Antiques and Interior Design - Germany
    Louis-Pierre Denil - Belgium
    Mestrom Chandeliers - The Netherlands

    Enjoy this time of the year !



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    The 117-year-old Hotel Ritz Paris, which closed its doors three years ago, for an extensive renovation and refurbishment, including the restoration of artworks and antique furnishing, is on its way to the grand re-opening and is now taking reservations from next March.

    A lot of skilled artisans and restoration artists have been working on the renovation since August 2012.

    I followed the renovation on the Ritz Paris Facebook and Instagram page and enjoyed every picture and video of the restoration, the hotel posted.

    For most of us, the Ritz is synonym for a mythic place and inextricably linked with the legendary Coco Chanel, who lived at the hotel for years. How many times did we see the Coco Chanel Suite shared by interior design bloggers?

     Coco Chanel declared: “The Ritz is my home.”

     Coco Chanel Suite - Ritz Paris    Image source Ritz Paris Facebook page  

    Important to mention is that the hotel will now house the world’s first Chanel spa, offering guests customized treatments using Chanel products.

    Renovation in progress  - 2013   Image source here

    Renovation of the Salon César Ritz in progress.   Image source Ritz Paris Facebook page

    Painters at work.   Image source Ritz Paris Facebook page

    Restoring the woodwork in the Salon Proust.   Image source Ritz Paris Instagram page

    Salon Proust, the perfect place to take your afternoon tea.   Image source Ritz Paris Instagram page

     The scaffolding on the façade has been removed.   Image source Ritz Paris Instagram page

    Furniture has been restored and brought in.   Image source Ritz Paris Facebook page

    All rooms are given a fresh new look.   Image source Ritz Paris Facebook page

    I can't wait to revisit the Ritz and to take a closer look to all this legendary beauty.    Ritz Paris 2005    

    I would love to end this post with a picture of the hotel Ritz façade decorated for Christmas in 2011, before the renovation.   Image source Ritz Paris Facebook page

    Rendez-vous at the Ritz Paris next year !



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  • 12/24/15--03:17: Merry Christmas !

  • Merry Christmas to all my friends and readers !



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    Recently, by browsing Instagram and Pinterest, I came across some beautiful pictures of elegant interiors and gorgeous antique furniture pieces and objects, that caught my eye. I soon discovered that most of the images were initially found at the Pinterest and Instagram page of Nicolas Horsch, owner of Horsch Antiques and Interior Design.

    Horsch Antiques and Interior Design is run by husband and wife team Charlotte and Nicolas Horsch, both art historians. Their showroom is located in the beautiful rural village of Ashausen, about twenty minutes drive from Hamburg, Germany.
    They are both passionate about Gustavian, Belgian and French antiques and love to mix antique pieces with Mid-Century Modern, 20th Century Design, Asian ceramics and unusual finds.They are one of the leading specialists in Scandinavian Mora and  Bornholm clocks and have been dealing in this field since the 1990's.

    I was enchanted by the beautiful antiques pieces, visiting the website of this company I hadn’t heard about before. Today I am pleased to introduce you to Horsch Antiques and Interior Design.

     Setting at the Horsch Interiors showroom in Ashausen, Germany.  A mix of Gustavian & Belgian furniture.   Image source Horsch Interiors Facebook page

     Mora clock, Swedish Baroque chair, Belgian table and Belgian hand made pottery jar lamp.   Image source Horsch Interiors Pinterest page 

    Chinese Han style pottery lamps and earthenware pots.   Image source Horsch Interiors website

    Bleached oak, Chinese Han pottery and hand painted chinoiserie Limoges coffee cups.   Image source Horsch Interiors Instagram page

     Horsch Interiors even offers a full interior design service and creates warm and elegant interiors by using authentic materials and antiques.
    Their website page ‘Interior Design’ is currently under construction, but very soon Nicolas and Charlotte will share pictures of their recent finished projects.

    Here is a sneak peek into the hall of a recently finished project. Very chic and very promising !

    Interior design by Horsch Interiors.   Image source Horsch Interiors Instagram page

     I absolutely love this Zoffany wallpaper as backdrop for the mantelpiece still at the house of Charlotte and Nicolas.   Image source Horsch Interiors Instagram page

    Beautiful built in cabinet, made from a French 18thC LXV placard and a Louis XVI window, that Charlotte and Nicolas installed at a client’s house.   Image source Horsch Interiors Facebook page

    Exceptional and unusually decorated ca 1840 Danish Bornholm Clock.   Image source Horsch Interiors website

     Detail of a beautiful and richly carved late Gustavian Sofa, Sweden ca. 1790- 1810   Image source Horsch Interiors website

    To see more of all the gorgeous antique pieces Charlotte and Nicolas have to offer, please visit their recently renewed website at

    Or follow Horsch Antiques on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.


    Dear readers and friends, as this is my last post of this year, I wish you all a great end of the year and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year !



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  • 01/01/16--02:02: Happy New Year !

  • Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and

    Prosperous     New Year !



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  • 01/09/16--07:35: Belgian Pearls ALERT !

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    After more than 6 years of blogging, I felt it was time to ‘reset’ my blog and to move Belgian Pearls to its own domain, giving the blog a refreshed look.

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