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  • 08/12/13--11:05: Southern accents
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    I am still enjoying these beautiful summer days! What about you?

     

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    Back to work on Monday August 19 !

    xx

    Greet

     

    Source images 1,2,3,4 : http://www.lizarriturry.com/arquitectura.html

    Source images 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,14 : http://www.elmueble.com/categoria/casas

    Source image 13 : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Benoit-en-Bernard-Dewitte-Restaurant-en-Catering/217198954998640


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  • 08/17/13--04:25: New founds
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    Today I would love to share with you new founds I really love.

    Enjoy!

     

    Interiors1_950A beautiful painting of an interior by London based young artist Georgina Crisford.

     

    2013-08-17_110723The ‘King Edison Pendant Lamp’ designed by Young & Battaglia,combines the pure simplicity of an Edison light bulb with the romance and glamour of a Kings chandelier. A perfect tiny chandelier suspended inside a glass lightbulb and hung on braided silken cable. Dimensions: 15 cm diameter x 21 cm H.  Find out more at Mineheart.

     

    RL‘Straton’ Candlestick Triple (American Stag Horn, Nickel Plated Brass, Painted Wood Base) at Ralph Lauren Home.

     

    2013-08-17_132213Linen slipcovered sofa ‘Marrit’ at Puylaert Home Basics.

     

    pascale_serax_41138rCeramic pottery of the ‘Pure’ Collection by Pascale Naessens.

     

    P_1473_3__19858.1338131410.375.388This wondrous piece of petrified wood is a remain of huge forest existing millions of years ago. This fossilised wooden piece turned to a marble like stone through the age and climatic changes, can be find in Indonesia, South and Central America but also closer to us in Belgium. This piece can make a beautiful bowl or yet an organic piece of art for your home. For more information, please visit Gong.

     

    2013-08-17_114259Handwoven Kelim ‘Gashgai’ (170 x 250 cm). IKEA

     

    2013-08-17_113955Armchair ‘Outline’. Driftwood, satin white lacquered stainless steel, Diamante white seat
    8 finishings available. Bleu Nature

     

    2013-08-17_113827Lamp ‘Outline’. Driftwood, satin white lacquered steel. Bleu Nature

     

    41WjJRNhCdL._SX260_The book ‘Audrey Hepburn In Hats’ by renowned fashion writer June Marsh, celebrates Audrey Hepburn wearing a selection of her most beautiful, stylish and outrageous hats - from legendary designs such as Givenchy, Mr. John, Dior, Cecil Beaton and Balenciaga.

     

    Enjoy the weekend !

    xx

    Greet


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    Those who are following my blog since a few years, will have noticed that in September 2009 I wrote a blogpost about the opening of the new showroom of Belgian renowned antiques dealers Brigitte & Alain Garnier (click HEREto read this blogpost).

    Years ago the Garnier family bought the old property ‘Vaucelleshof’, used to be an abbey with about 10 monks living there. The family restored the house with passion and with respect for its history.

    ‘Vaucelleshof’ is wonderfully situated in the green and open surroundings of the medieval village of Damme, only 10 minutes from Bruges. The property now consists out of buildings of the 17th, 18th and 19th century, all carefully restored.

    ‘Vaucelleshof’ Collage GarnierSources : Image 1 website Garnier; Image 2 photo by me; Image 3 Claude Smekens Fotografie; Image 4 Magazine Vivere Country 2011 Photo credit Claude Smekens Fotografie; Image 5 Photo by me; Image 6 Magazine Vivere Country 2011 Photo credit Claude Smekens Fotografie; Image 7 Magazine Veranda March 2011; Image 8 Claude Smekens Fotografie 

    Who doesn’t remember the cover of Veranda Magazine March 2011, where the dining room of the Garnier family was shown. Or the orangerie of Vaucelleshof that made it on the cover of the gorgeous book Quiet Living.

    Cover Veranda & Quiet Living

    ‘Vaucelleshof’ is not only the residence of the Garnier family, but also accomodates the showroom, full of antiques!

    To discover the antiques collection, please visit their website http://www.garnier.be.

    Opening Garnier Antiques Showroom Summer 2009Opening Showroom Garnier Antiques – Summer 2009Photo by me

    The property with its facilities is even rented out for several events as weddings, parties, photoshoots and seminars.

    669931_maxWedding table setting at VaucelleshofPhoto source website Garnier

     

    Four years after the opening of their antiques showroom, the Garniers are pleased to announce the opening of their Luxury B&B ‘Vaucelles’ – The Little Monastery.

    The small hotel currently counts 3 rooms. Two more rooms will be finished in 2014.

    All rooms are decorated by Brigitte Garnier.

    Let’s take a look inside the rooms.

     

    The Landlord’s Room

    A Luxury mezzanine room with spa-haman & sauna and a large livingroom. Offering minibar, nespresso coffee & tea facilities, flat-screen TV, WIFI, custom made bedlinen, bathrobe.

    683085_maxVaucelles – The Little Monastery , The Landlord’s Room

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    Marguerite’s Room

    A second luxury mezzanine room with minibar, nespresso coffee & tea facilities, flat-screen TV, WIFI, custom made bedlinen, bathrobe.

    2013-08-20_133759Vaucelles – The Little Monastery , Marguerite’s Room

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    The Summer House Room

    Romantic room above the orangerie, offering coffee & tea facilities, custom made bedlinen, bathrobe.

    2013-08-20_144840Vaucelles – The Little Monastery , The Summer House Room

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    For more information and reservation :

     info@garnier.be 

    www.vaucelleshof.be

    T + 32 50 313119

    The new website of  B&B ‘Vaucelles’ will be online soon.

     

    If you plan to visit Belgium and if you love to spend some time in the countryside, then B&B ‘Vaucelles – The Little Monastery’  is definitely your place to stay !

     

    xx

    Greet

    All images posted with permission of Brigitte Garnier.


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  • 08/28/13--10:53: Our living room-update
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    Previous weeks I got a lot of emails from readers who were interested in our living room redo and who asked me when I would be able to post some ‘after’ pictures.

    The very first post about our living redo dates from January 30th this year (see it here) ! Almost 7 months ago !

    We are currently finalizing the decoration of the room. The passed days Jan took care of adding the picture lighting fixtures while I was thinking about the furniture and decorative accessories to bring in.

    I have to admit that I am not finished yet with all the decoration of the room. That is why I only have posted a few pictures of the redo so far. More to come within a few days.

     

    2I absolutely wanted to have placed again, the French painted commode, earlier seen in the living room.

    This chest is made and finished after an antique piece, in the workshop of our company Lefèvre Interiors.

    The patina of the commode looks wonderful with the gray finish we have given the wooden floor. To read more about the floor finish, read my post about it here.

     

    1The decorated French commode against the custom made, bespoke paneling by Lefèvre Interiors. To read more about the paneling, please read my posts here, here, here and here.

     

    3The painting above the commode is of the artist Jean-Marc Louis.

     

    4Decorative accesssories

     

    8  Gateleg table Bie Baert. Antique Italian sconces Garnier Antiques. All seating furniture Lefèvre Interiors.

     

    5Antique French régence walnut chimney piece Cheminées Anciennes Jean Zunino.

     

    7  Seatupholstered with Libeco linen. Balloon shade fabric C&C Milano. To read more about the window treatment, please read my post about it here.

     

    9Antique Italian sconces Garnier Antiques. Window treatment by Patrick Ponseele.

     

    11As you can see here in this picture, the room isn’t finished yet. I am thinking about which fabric to choose for the upholstery of these 2 French 19th century walnut armchairs I found in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (France), a few years ago.

     

    I hope you enjoyed this living room redo update post ! More pictures later!

    xx

    Greet

     

    If you would like us to help designing and manufacturing your paneling, feel free to contact us at info@lefevre.be

    For more Lefèvre Interiors realisations visit our website atwww.lefevre.be


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    I have always loved to see turtle shells displayed or hung in a room.

    What about you?

     

    1The turtle shell now hanging in our hall way was found on one of our trips to the Cotswolds at Lorfords Antiques in Tetbury  (Picture by me)

     

    2Albino turtle shell Image source Jamb – Hawker Antiques

     

    4Beautiful setting by Bunny Williams Image source Muraca Design Notebook

     

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    5King & Grove Tides Restaurant Miami - Interior design by Kelly Wearstler  Image source Caribbean Living

     

    6A shell displayed in the library of Samantha Boardman  Image source Simply Smitten

     

    7A mini shell in a tablescape designed by Sasha Adler and Lauren Gold  Image source Simply Smitten

     

    8 Collection of authentic turtle shells on steel display stands  Image source 1stdibs

     

    To find your favorite turtle shell, please visit the webpage of 1stdibs here.

     

    Have a great start of this new week !

    xx

    Greet


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    Dearest friends, I do have to share with you a few things that you might be interested in !

     

    SUZANNE TUCKER’S NEW BOOK

    Did you know that our famous San Franciso-based designer Suzanne Tucker is publishing her newest book this fall ?

    We all agree that her first monograph “Rooms to Remember”, was a success ! 

    Her new book Interiors,The Romance of Design looks very promising indeed!

    Richly photographed and visually stunning, Suzanne takes us through ravishing rooms layered with art and
    antiques transitioning between classic and contemporary, casual and formal. Her new book is an utterly
    inspiring glimpse into her clients’ homes and her creative world.’
    , is to read in the press release on the new book.

    To see a preview of this book, please click HERE.

    STucker_TheRomanceofDesign_LRCover “Interiors,The Romance of Design”  by Suzanne Tucker

    I posted some ‘teaser’ images from the book!

    S_Tucker_book_2_Edward_Addeo“Interiors, The Romance of Design”  by Suzanne Tucker – Photo credit Edward Addeo

     

    S_Tucker_book_1_Matthew_Millman“Interiors, The Romance of Design”  by Suzanne Tucker – Photo credit Matthew Millman

     

    S_Tucker_book_3_Lisa_Romerein (1)“Interiors, The Romance of Design”  by Suzanne Tucker – Photo credit Lisa Romerein

    A huge thank you to Vera Vandenbosch, director of marketing at Tucker & Marks/Suzanne Tucker Home, for giving me the permission to post these beautiful images of the book!

    To order the book online, click HERE.

    I can’t wait to receive my copy!

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    CONGRATULATIONS SALLY AND JOHN !

    My friends Sally & John of Boston-based Wilson Kelsey Design and who write the beautiful interior design blog Wilson Kelsey Design, made it to the cover of the September/October issue of Design New England, with one of their projects.

    The magazine features a 1670 farmhouse on the north shore of Boston — one of the oldest homes ever to appear in Design New England. The story tells about restoring the house of which Sally & John designed the interior.

    1305Cover_blog-thumb-600x725-112213Cover September/October issue of Design New England.

    2013-09-06_141153Image source Design New England Photo credit Michael Lee

     

    2013-09-06_141317Image source Design New England Photo credit Michael Lee

    To read and see the featuring online, click HERE.

    Congratulations Sally & John!  Well deserved!

     

    And if you want to know how to design your small condo to maximize the space, well then, Sally will tell you all about it, as she did at Boston Design Center Style Watch!

    Click image below to watch the video.2013-09-06_143035Sally Wilson at Boston Design Center

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    INTRODUCING SOPHIA

    I would love to introduce you to the lovely Sophia, a blogger colleague and interior designer, based in the beautiful Weald of Kent, England (UK). Sophia runs her own interior design and project management company,  Sophia Wadsworth Interiors.

    Sophia has a beautiful blog, Sophia Home, where she loves to write about interior design in general and about her beautiful house that she and her husband designed and built four years ago. Their home and the landscaping of the garden is Sophia’s ongoing passion along with her family, travel, nature, art and design, gardening, food and cooking.

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    Today, I posted a few pictures of her blog to stir up your curiosity.

     

    Gorgeous tablescape by Sophia!

    DSCN3649Image source Sophia Home

    Notice the artichokes gone to flower.

    And here you can see Sophia’s beautiful dining room with the beamed ceiling.

    2013-09-06_142521Image source Sophia Home

     

    DSCN3376A snapshot of Sophia’s garden. Image source Sophia Home

     

    DSCN3367Sophia picking leafy vegetables from her garden to create a salad. Image source Sophia Home

    I do know you will all love Sophia and you will enjoy her blogposts!

    To read Sophia’s blog Sophia Home, click HERE.

     

    I wish you all a great weekend !

    xx

    Greet


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    I am thrilled to announce that the brand new interior design & lifestyle magazine MILIEU has arrived !!!

    Cover MILIEUCOVER MILIEU Fall 2013

    This new home décor magazine, that finds its way to the newsstands this month, is founded by the renowned Houston based interior designer Pamela Pierce.

    In this luxurious quarterly print magazine, Pam wants to show us beautiful international houses and gardens on thick, glossy paper. And it has to be said, that indeed, all pages of the featured houses look fabulous!

    What also makes MILIEU different to other interior design magazines, is, that Pamela wanted to search for designers who haven’t been published that much.

     

    An interesting article about Pam and her new magazine MILIEU appeared in the Home & Garden section of The New Your Times, last month.

    NY TimesPam Pierce, photographed by Fran Brennan for the article in The New York Times Published: August 28, 2013

    To read this article, click HERE.

     

    Designers featured in this first September issue of MILIEU.Milieu Fall 2013 Designers' ProfilesScanned page 16 - MILIEU Fall 2013

     

    Most of you do know that I am officially assisting Pam and her team in scouting European locations and designers. See my blogpost about my contribution to MILIEU here.

    Can you imagine how proud I am with the featuring of the house of our Belgian designer Walda Pairon in the first issue of this brand new American interior design magazine?!

    The photoshoot was taken by my favorite Belgian photographer Claude Smekens, introduced to Pam on her first visit to Belgium in June this year.

    I am sure you all will love the featuring of Walda’s beautiful countryhouse near Antwerp.

     

    Walda Pairon (2)Interior design by Walda Pairon     Image MILIEU– Photo credit : Claude Smekens

     

    Walda Pairon (1)Interior design by Walda Pairon     Image MILIEU– Photo credit : Claude Smekens

     

    Pam invited a lot of other designers to tell their story in this first issue of MILIEU as Tom Boland, Aaron Rambo, Ernie Sulpizio and many more.

     

    A house that designer Tom Boland is completing for a family in Beverly Hills.Tom BolandInterior design by Tom Boland     Image MILIEU – Photo credit :Peter Vitale

     

    A Houston loft designed by Aaron Rambo.Aaron RamboInterior design by Aaron Rambo     Image MILIEU – Photo credit :Peter Vitale

     

    There are a lot of interesting articles published on the editorial pages of this MILIEU issue. I really enjoyed the article about designer Marie Warren sharing her nine secrets for success!

    Marie WarrenMarie Warren     Image MILIEU – Photo credit : David Schilling

     

    Not to forget to mention that each issue of MILIEU will feature a favorite blog! Do you have a favorite blog, please share it with MILIEU. Email editor@milieu-mag.com

    The first blog featured in this September issue of MILIEU is COTE DE TEXAS by Joni Webb.

    Congratulations Joni!

    Joni has also written a nice article about MILIEU. To read it, click HERE.

     

    And finally I want to thank Pam for mentioning me and the photographer Claude Smekens here at this page!  Wonderful to see us, Belgians, between mostly American people, contributing to this magazine.Milieu Fall 2013Scanned page - MILIEU Fall 2013

     

    I am currently searching for more European locations to be featured in future MILIEU issues.  Watch out, we recently found a gorgeous Belgian home to be featured in one of the next issues!

    I do hope MILIEU will make its appearance on the Belgian newsstands as soon as possible. I am sure that the Belgian design enthusiasts will love the magazine!

    Cover MILIEU

    Subscribe MILIEUTo subscribe, please click HERE

     

    xx

    Greet


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  • 09/13/13--06:41: Cozy corner
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    No matter the size of your home, everyone should have a cozy corner, a cozy place to curl up with a book, to listen to your favorite music, to have a cup of tea, to enjoy the warmth of the fire place or whatever you love to do in this favorite room !

     

    This week I finished decorating the cozy corner in my sister’s house.

    Ready for Fall !

     

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    Happy Weekend !

    xx

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    I can’t hide I do have a preference for linen !  I love to use linen in clients projects, as in this living room I nearly finished.

    I might think that our renowned Belgian decorator & antiques dealer Axel Vervoordt has influenced a lot of us, designers, to bring in linen fabrics in our projects. He introduced us, in particularly, to the world of the slipcovered seats. And I have to admit, I wasn’t immune to this gorgeous new look !

    For my client’s living room here, I have chosen linen fabrics for the window treatment as well as for the seat upholstery. Linen provides a full range of colors. You can be sure to find that subtle shade you are looking for.As to notice here in this living room, I was looking for a particular color shade for the bergère upholstery to have a match with the old rose marble color of the antique chimney piece. And I found this lilac shade of Belgian linen in the collection of our Belgian company LF-Trading.

     

    I am currently looking for a linen rug to bring in here.

    1Interior design Greet Lefèvre for Lefèvre Interiors - Paneling & seating furniture Lefèvre Interiors - Window treatment Natalie Haegeman Interiors - Linen fabric for curtains and blinds C&C Milano - Belgian linen for seat upholstery Lf-Trading  (Photo by me)

     

    Today, I would love to introduce you to the beautiful 100% Belgian linen rugs by the Belgian linen company LIBECO.

    This Libeco linen carpet, has a more rustic look, combining old green with chalk, old red and blue.

    This Penny Lane rug could work in this room up here !

    12aLibeco Penny Lane rug 100% Belgian linen

     

     

    15Belgian architect Frederique Glorieux

    This Libeco Big Wave rug could be an alternative to bring into the room above. The design of this rug is inspired by vintage surf boards.

    16aLibeco Big Wave rug 100% Belgian linen

     

     

    6Living room in a Belgian country house.  Source Homes & Gardens Magazine FB Page - Photo creditMark Luscombe-Whyte

    Linen rugs in neutral colors work beautifully in nearly every room in the house. My personal choice of rug for this living room up here : Libeco Portobello Road carpet, in flax or gray.

    18bLibeco Portobello Road rug 100% linen

     

     

    19Interior design Greet Lefèvre for Lefèvre Interiors - Seating furniture Lefèvre Interiors - Belgian linen for seat upholstery Lf-Trading -  Belgian Libeco linen for curtains - Kelim cushions Natalie Haegeman Interiors  (Photo credit Montse Garriga)

    This fall I would love to see the Libeco Cambridge rug on the floor of our orangery. One of the Cambridge rug’s colors will certainly match the linen upholstery and Kelim cushions.

    11aLibeco Cambridge rug 100% linen

     

    For more information about all LIBECO rugs, please visit the LIBECO website HERE.

    Or browse the latest LIBECO CATALOGUE HERE.

     

    Libeco catalogueLIBECO catalogue

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    LEFEVRE INTERIORS for more information, contact info@lefevre.be

    NATALIE HAEGEMAN INTERIORS for more information, contact info@nataliehaegeman-interiors.be 

    LF-TRADING for more information, contact info@lftrading.be

    LIBECOfor more information,consumer contact here ; wholesale contact here

     

     

    xx

    Greet


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  • 09/24/13--13:19: A nip of fall
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    Pretty colors of fall …

     

    3Image source : Home Bunch

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    16Image source : Immo Dochy

     

    5Image source : Marcus Design

    11Image source : Haute Design

     

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    18Image source : Natalie Haegeman Interiors

     

    19Image source : Costersveld

    15Image source : Natalie Haegeman Interiors

     

    9Image source : Content In A Cottage

    17Image source : De Puydt

     

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    4Image source : Pinterest

    10Image source : Pinterest

     

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    13Image source : Libeco

     

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    22Picture by me (our home)

     

    I Love Autumn , don’t you ?

     

    Talk to you soon !

     

    xx

    Greet


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    I am finalizing the decoration of our living room.

    This week framed intaglios and reupholstered armchairs were brought in.

     

    5 - kopieFramed intaglios on paneled wall in our living room.  Paneling by Lefèvre Interiors

     

    7 The intaglios with custom made frame, I ordered at Empel Collections.

     

    In my previous living room update post, I told you about the pair of French 19th century walnut armchairs we had to reupholster. The upholstery was finished this week.

    3French armchair with hand carved frame.

     

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    I chose for the La Seyne Check pattern by Brunschwig & Fils.

    1Upholstery fabric Brunschwig & Fils - La Seyne Check

     

    What do you think about this week’s new items? Do you love them?

     

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    Enjoy the weekend !

    xx

    Greet

     

    If you would like us to help decorating your home, feel free to contact us at info@lefevre.be

    For more Lefèvre Interiors realisations visit our website atwww.lefevre.be


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    Yes, it is finally here! The book we all have been waiting for!

    Timothy Corrigan’s newest book ‘An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé, Decorating a Great French Country House’.

     

    CoverCover  book ‘An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé’ by Timothy Corrigan – Rizzoli – Photographer Eric Piasecki

     

    Timothy Corrigan is one of my all times favorite designers who not only recognizes interior design styles of different ages, he really is passionate about earlier design styles and knows all about 18th century castles.

    As being an avid student of French architecture and design history, in 2004, Timothy purchased the historic French Château du Grand-Lucé, located outside of Paris, in the Loire Valley in France.

    The beautiful images in this book show the efforts Timothy made to restore this historic landmark and to create a warm, inviting and livable country home he wanted to share with friends.

    The initial major restoration took approximately 5 years!

    Click the trailer below to see the restoration of the Château du Grand-Lucé.

    Restoration of the Château du Grand-Lucé by Timothy Corrigan

     

    2The Château with its formal gardens. Image source Architectural Digest– Photo credit Eric Piasecki

     

    The book travels from the welcoming entry hall to the delightful bedrooms.

     

    1In the Salon Chinois, neoclassical paneling borders 18th-century painted-canvas scenes by Jean-Baptiste Pillemen. Image source Architectural Digest– Photo credit Eric Piasecki

     

    4Rose-pink formal dining room. Image source Architectural Digest– Photo credit Eric Piasecki

     

    3In the master bedroom, the headboard is painted in the Italian Renaissance style. Image source Architectural Digest– Photo credit Eric Piasecki

     

    5Partial arial view of Château du Grand-Lucé taken by Eric Piasecki (source blog Timothy Corrigan)

     

    If you are like me and you love to see and to learn more about 18th century casltes, this book is a MUST HAVE !

    I already received my copy!

    6Me, browsing Timothy’s book …

    To purchase the book online, click HERE

    To know more about the book signing tour, clickHERE

     

    And if you are interested in reading my earlier blogpost about Timothy Corrigan, please click HERE.

    Blogpost Timothy Corrigan 2011

    To see more of the design work of Timothy Corrigian,

    please visit his website athttp://www.timothy-corrigan.com

     

    With respect to you Tim, for the tremendous work and huge efforts you made to restore this château to its former glory !

    Congratulations !

    xx

    Greet


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  • 10/07/13--02:48: Losing our best friend

  • What a sad news I have to tell you today.
    We lost our beloved and sweetest friend Ralph.
    Last Friday we had to let him go… our sweetie, our baby, the centre of our family, our heart, our Ralph.
    Ralph suffered from mitral valve disease, which led to heart failure. This appears in most Cavaliers King Charles Spaniel at some point in their lives and is the most common cause of death.
    Our sweetie was only 6 years old. I can not express how much pain we feel, it is unbearable at this moment.

    RalphOur sweetest Ralph

    We loved you so much sweetie, you were the centre of our family, our closest friend. You meant everything to us…you were our family therapist. We can’t believe we won’t see you, won’t hear, won’t feel you anymore.
    You will be in our hearts forever. We are so grateful we have had you in our life and we are blessed we have been given the chance to take care of you the past years.
    Thank you for all the love and joy you have given us, dearest friend, we will never forget you.

    " Grief is the price we pay for love "

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    Dear friends,

    Thank you so much for all your words of comfort about the loss of our beloved Ralph! I received so many comments and emails that I really wasn’t able to reply all of them! But please, do know, that I absolutely appreciate every comment or email of each and everyone of you and that I do feel so grateful that you all have taken the time to write me, expressing your condolences. I never had expected so many of you to comment or to email. I now realize that sharing my grief with you, was the best thing to do, helping me to get over this loss.

    A sincere THANK YOU to all of you for your heartwarming words !

    Ralph________

     

    Today I would love to inspire you with Belgian designed interiors. I posted some pictures of the work of some Belgian designers you might love.

    Enjoy!

     

    1Interior design Severine Jaspar

     

    2Interior design Natascha Persoone

     

    7Interior design Lefèvre Interiors   Photography Claude Smekens

     

    6Architectural design & interior Frederique Glorieux

     

    9Architecture & Interior design Vincent Van Duysen Architects   Source here

     

    5Architecture, historic renovation & property design François-Xavier Van Damme

     

    3Interior design Brigitte Garnier   Source B&B The Little Monastery   Photography Claude Smekens

     

    4Interior design Eveline Moreels

     

    12Interior design Axel Vervoordt   Source here

     

    8Interior design Natascha Persoone

     

    11Interior design Lefèvre Interiors   Photography Claude Smekens

     

    10Interior design Walda Pairon

     

    13Interior design Natascha Persoone

     

    And for those who love the work of Axel Vervoordt, his new publication ‘LIVING WITH LIGHT’ is out!

    To see a preview of the book, please visit the online magazine Architectural Digest here.

     

    Cover  New Book Axel Vervoordt

    To purchase the book, click here or here.

     

    Talk to you soon !

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  • 10/16/13--06:31: Beamed ceilings
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    Don’t you love beamed ceilings?

    Beamed ceilings are of all ages, the Romans loved to use wooden beams to decorate the ceilings of their villas.

    Palladio (1508-1580) tried to recapture the splendour of antiquity in the villas he built. This is the ceiling of one of the rooms of Villa Saraceno, Vicenza – Italy, built by Palladio around 1550.

    9Image source here

     

    Nowadays architects and designers do love to work with wooden ceilings in their new-built or restored houses. A beamed ceiling adds an important architectural element to any room design.

    1Image source Decostruct

     

    14Image source Antiek Anresto

     

    6Axel Vervoordt  ‘Living with Light’  Photo credit Laziz Hamani  Image source The Visual Vamp

     

    8Image source Rik Storms

     

    To update your room, you can add a new coat of paint to the wooden ceiling beams.

    12Image source Axel Vervoordt

     

    4Image source Garnier Antiques  Photograpy Claude Smekens

     

    2Image source Sextantio Hotel

     

    10Image source Lefèvre Interiors  Photography Montse Garriga

     

    3Image source Joris Van Apers

     

    Beautiful ceiling in the Venetian Palazzo of Axel Vervoordt.

    13Image source Axel Vervoordt

     

    Notice this gorgeous beamed ceiling. Interior design by Ann Holden.

    11Image source Holden & Dupuy

     

    Addresses in Belgium where to find reclaimed wooden beams :

    RIK STORMS http://www.rikstorms.com

    JORIS VAN APERS http://www.vanapers.be

    ANTIEK ANRESTO http://www.antiek-anresto.be

    ANTIEKE BOUWMATERIALEN VERSCHAEVE http://www.verschaevenv.be

     

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    Aren’t you agree with me that it must be wonderful to work in one of these library-studyrooms , especially at this time of the year when days become shorter and it is getting colder outside. I love to be surrounded by wood, that definitely makes a study room warm and cozy.

     

    4Interior design Christine Bekaert

     

    7Image source Thorsen Construction

     

    10Interior design Decoration Empire

     

    6Home office of antiques dealer Lee Stanton  Source Lee Stanton blog

     

    3Interior design Antiek Amber

     

    9Interior design Natalie Haegeman– realization Lefèvre Interiors

     

    8Interior design Beatrix Kleuver

     

    2Interior design Grant Larkin

     

    1Image source Immo Dochy

     

    5  Thompson Custom Homes  Image source Houzz

     

    Work with joy!

     

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    I am pleased and honored to announce that our work is featured in the latest issue of one of the leading Belgian interior design & lifestyle magazines : TIJDLOOS wonen !

    About a year ago the Belgian interior designer Natalie Haegeman asked our company Lefèvre Interiors for help to realize a library project she designed for one of her clients. Both, Natalie and I, were enthusiastic about this project and now we are proud to show you the result of our teamwork.

    The library is made of French oak, not treated, which will give the cabinetry a used, natural patina.

    This is a picture of the finished library, decorated by Natalie ! This is one of the featured pictures in the latest issue of the magazine TIJDLOOS wonen.

    2Image source : Belgian Interior Design & Lifestyle Magazine TIJDLOOS wonen Nov-Dec-Jan 2013-2014 -Photography Claude Smekens

     

    For more information :  WWW.LEFEVRE.BE       WWW.NATALIEHAEGEMAN-INTERIORS.BE

     

    I would love to thank the entire team of the magazine TIJDLOOS wonen for this featuring. A special thank you to our renown Belgian photographer Claude Smekens for the gorgeous photos !

    2013-10-26_113742Cover Belgian magazine TIJDLOOS wonen Nov-Dec-Jan 2013-2014

    This latest issue counts a lot of interesting articles with beautiful inspiring pictures as the featuring about the Christmas decorated home of our Belgian designer Walda Pairon.

    The cover of this issue of TIJDLOOS wonen shows the Christmas decorated living room in Walda’s house.

    2013-10-26_114216Image source : Magazine TIJDLOOS wonen Nov-Dec-Jan 2013-2014 - Photography Claude Smekens.

     

    This latest issue of the magazine TIJDLOOS wonen is now on the Belgian magazine stands !

    I wish you all a wonderful fall weekend !

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    If you would like us to help realizing your library project, feel free to contact us at info@lefevre.be

    For more Lefèvre Interiors realisations visit our website atwww.lefevre.be


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  • 10/30/13--13:37: A paneled bedroom
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    Today I would like to tell you something more about the design of a bedroom I am currently working on.

    One of our clients asked us for help to design and to decorate their master bedroom. They definitely wanted to see their bedroom paneled. As our company Lefèvre Interiors is known for creating paneling, custom made, according to tradition, I was very pleased to start designing this bedroom.

    After having browsed a huge file of bedroom images, this image of a bedroom designed by William Heffner, was definitely the kind of bedroom my client wanted us to realize !

    1Interior design by William Heffner

     

    I had to take into account that our client absolutely wanted to see a fireplace in the bedroom.

    2Image source Home Bunch

     

    After having discussed our sketches, we started to make the final plans of the bedroom.

    Paneled bedroom Lefèvre Interiors www.lefevre.bePlan for paneled bedroom  -  Lefèvre Interiors

     

    The montage of the paneled room is finished.

    Below you can see pictures of the paneled room finished with a base coat.

    Paneled bedroom with base coatPaneled bedroom with a white painted base coat - Lefèvre Interiors

     

    In the meantime, I prepared a proposal of the color palette to use in this bedroom.

    3Images : source unknown

     

    As the master bedroom looks out over the beautiful garden, I suggested to bring in a shade of green into the room.

    The niches on both sides of the fireplace are of French oak, which I wanted to be limepainted in a shade of green.

    5I made a selection of Farrow & Ball paint colors for the room,

    together with a selection of fabrics and furniture finishes.

    Belgian linen will be used for the window treatment.

    Color palette

    We finally have chosen for F&B Clunch to finish the paneling and F&B Breakfast Room Green to limepaint the display niches.

    Farrow & Ball paint colors

    I do know that what you see here on this picture below doesn’t look as the chosen colors, but you have to know that it is almost impossible to reproduce the exact colors. Taking these pictures, the niche LED lights arranged in lighting strips were turned on. And using a lime paint finish on oak wood has a totally different look than using an eggshell paint finish.

    Paneled bedroom finishedFinished room paneling - Lefèvre Interiors

     

    The previous days I was thinking about the decoration of the bedroom and I would love to see some beautiful decorative items displayed in the niches on both sides of the mantelpiece.

    Decoration open cabinetryImages source clockwise : Lefèvre Interiors; Mary McDonald; Atelier AM via Veranda; Home Interiors

     

    Our client still has to make a lot of choices before the bedroom is totally finished. Furniture, bedding, nightstands, lighting fixtures, bedlinen,…

    Vaughan sconcesSconces Vaughan

     

    I would love to see the nightstands with a cream or celadon finish.

    FurnitureBedding Styldecor; Nightstand cream Moissonnier; Nightstand celadon De Bournais

     

    This pair of beauties will definitely be seen in the bedroom.

    I found the chairs at Garnier Antiques.

    Chairs Garnier

    I hope you enjoyed my post of today and I do hope to show you the finished bedroom within a few weeks !

     

    Talk to you soon !

    xx

    Greet

    If you would like us to help realizing your paneling, feel free to contact us at info@lefevre.be

    For more Lefèvre Interiors realisations visit our website atwww.lefevre.be


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    Dear readers, Christmas time is coming our way and we do have to start thinking about our Christmas decorations !

    If you would love to impress your guests with a richly adorned Christmas tree this year, you absolutely will love the Christmas ornaments designed by the Belgian company Goodwill M&G.

    Goodwill M&G designs and makes gorgeous seasonal decorations and accessories that are sold all over the world.

    Today I take you to the house of Jean-Paul and Isabelle Meus, the owners of the Antwerp based company Goodwill.

    Every year the family Meus enjoys the ritual of dressing their Christmas tree and decorating their home, by opening their treasure boxes full of glass baubles, figurines and trinkets, collected over the years.

     

    A red and amber Christmas wreath embellishing the front door.

    SHOOT-814-156519-bewerktPhoto credit Claude Smekens

     

    The red walls of the entrance hall are the perfect backdrop for the ten-foot tall Christmas tree, which is dressed to impress.

    SHOOT-814-156463-bewerktPhoto credit Claude Smekens

     

    Some of the nostalgic Christmas tree ornaments

    SHOOT-814-156425-bewerktPhoto credit Claude Smekens

    SHOOT-814-156400-bewerktPhoto credit Claude Smekens

    SHOOT-814-156391-bewerktPhoto credit Claude Smekens

     

    Chimney candle-holders…

    SHOOT-814-156436-bewerktPhoto credit Claude Smekens

     

    …and flickering tealights.

    SHOOT-814-156446-bewerktPhoto credit Claude Smekens

     

    The dining table is covered with a rich velvet cloth. Isabelle Meus painted the chairs in eye-catching colours.

    SHOOT-814-156281-bewerktPhoto credit Claude Smekens

     

    The table candle-holders are chosen to match the dining room colour palette.

    SHOOT-814-156264-bewerktPhoto credit Claude Smekens

     

    Florist Vincent Moens designed this festive artwork, which is a cluster of branches wrapped in moss and wire and hung with glass icicles.

    SHOOT-814-156380-bewerktPhoto credit Claude Smekens

     

    Glass icicles

    SHOOT-814-156382-bewerktPhoto credit Claude Smekens

     

    Red berries on the kitchen table. And a coloured bauble wreath decorates the kitchen hood.

    SHOOT-814-156587-bewerktPhoto credit Claude Smekens

     

    Bauble wreath

    SHOOT-814-156615-bewerktPhoto credit Claude Smekens

     

    To discover the Goodwill Christmas Collection, please visit the Goodwill webshop by clicking on the Goodwill logo.

    2013-11-05_135002http://www.goodwill.be

    For those who are regular visitors of Maison & Objet in Paris, I want to let you know that Goodwill M&G will participate Maison & Objet Paris 2014 (24/01/2014 - 28/01/2014).

     

    If you are interested in seeing more of the beautiful Belgian house of Jean-Paul & Isabelle Meus, a featuring of their house can be seen in the latest issue of the British magazine Homes & Gardens and in the latest issue of the Belgian magazine Tijdloos wonen.

    Cover Magazines

     

    I hope you enjoyed my first Christmas decoration post !

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    Greet

     

    All pictures in this article are posted with the approval of photographer Claude Smekens.


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  • 11/08/13--04:54: Black or white ?
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    Hard to choose!

     

    7Source Pinterest

     

    3 House of Patrick Gilles & Dorothée Boissier in Paris    Source Pinterest

     

    9Source Pinterest

     

    6Source Kendall Wilkinson

     

    Happy weekend !

    xx

    Greet


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