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    I am pleased and honoured to announce that the Belgian Newspaper DE TIJD / L’ECHO featured our company Lefèvre Interiors in the today’s edition of their weekend luxury lifestyle magazine SABATO.

     

    The picture is taken in our living room we recently panelled.NLText Thijs Demeulemeester / Photography Thomas De Bruyne

    Article in SABATO (16/11/2013), the weekend luxury lifestyle magazine of the Belgian newspaper

    DE TIJD / L’ECHO

     

    Cover SABATO – DE TIJD/L’ECHO 16/11/2013CoverSabato De Tijd/L’Echo

    To discover the article on line, please click here (Dutch) or here (French).

     

    A special thank you goes out to this newspaper’s team !

     

    The paneling in our living room is made by the craftsmen in the workshop of Lefèvre Interiors.

    Lefèvre Interiors workshop

    Paneling Lefèvre Interiors

    WWW.LEFEVRE.BE

     

    I wish you all a wonderful and relaxing weekend !

    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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  • 11/22/13--06:29: For the love of wood
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    I might think that everyone of you agrees that bringing in wood, gives the home a warm and cosy feeling.

    Even in contemporary and more modern designed interiors, the use of wood seems to be crucial to create the cosiness of a room.

    Today I wanted to share some examples of non-traditional wall paneling and wall covering that really look gorgeous to me.

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    For your viewing pleasure !

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    6Interior design by Kerry Phelan Design Office

     

    I absolutely love the sandblasted oak wall covering of one of my favorite designers Pierre Yovanovitch.

    2Interior design by Pierre Yovanovitch

     

    13Interior design by Pierre Yovanovitch

     

    8Interior design by Todhunter Earle Interiors

     

    5Interior design by Todhunter Earle Interiors

     

    10Interior design by Guilherme Torres  Image source : here

     

    9 Bedroom in the London Edition Hotel by Yabu Pushelberg & Ian Schrager  Image source : Pinterest

     

    Again walls covered with sandblasted oak in this bedroom designed by Pierre Yovanovitch.

    3Interior design by Pierre Yovanovitch

     

     

    And I absolutely wanted to share some remakable store wall coverings I discovered recently.

     

    Modern store design at clothes store in Miami 100% Capri

    Wooden screens covering the walls.

    7Giachi Architettura e Design  Image source : here

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    At the Aesop hair and skin care shop on Newbury street in Boston, William O’Brien.Jr. covered the shop’s walls in wooden cornices and created even a functional shelving.

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    4Design by William O’Brien  Image source : here

     

    What do you think about these examples of non-traditonal wall covering ?

    Do you love it or do you feel more for the traditional way of paneling?

    Let’s talk!

     

    xx

    Greet


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  • 11/28/13--04:36: Famous Belgian kitchen
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    The Copenhagen-based restaurant Noma, one of the world’s best restaurants, renovated its kitchen by the Belgian company, Maes Inox.

    Maes Inox was already asked to build a kitchen for some Belgian top restaurants and earlier this year the company was commissioned to build a new and high-end kitchen for the Danish restaurant Noma.

    Noma was chosen as the world's best restaurant several times over the past years, and the chef René Redzepi has built a solid reputation for his innovative approach.

    Noma is the hardest restaurant in the world to get into, with some 20,000 daily reservation requests !

    Noma first opened in November 2003 and after 10 years of being up and running, the restaurant has gotten a complete kitchen makeover.

    6Noma 3D kitchen  Image source http://www.maesinox.be

    Inside the kitchen you notice empty space in order to create plenty of room to maneuver. All of the equipment has been hidden away. Stainless-steel countertops have been replaced by dark granite with compartments for tools built right in.

    3Noma’s new kitchen  Image source here

    4Noma’s new kitchen  Image source here

    As a Belgian, I am very proud that our Belgian company Maes Inox was commissioned to build the kitchen for this renowned restaurant.

    For more information about MAES INOX, please visit their website

     http://www.maesinox.be

     

    As an interior designer I also would love to share with you a few images of the Noma restaurant’s interior that was renovated last year (2012) by the Danish studio Space Copenhagen.

    2Entrance of the restaurant Noma  Image source here

    The designers have replaced the brown hues of the original interior with muted black and grey tones.

    They used organic materials such as wood, stone, leather, brass and linen, that age beautifully over time and that create an honest and earthy feel.

    5Restaurant Noma - Interior design by Space Copenhagen  Image source here

    Fur cloaks hanging over the chairs.

    7Restaurant Noma - Interior design by Space Copenhagen  Image source here

    The renovation gave the restaurant a more cosy Nordic feel.

     

    For more information :

    NOMA http://noma.dk

     

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    It was already getting darker as we walked through the lane towards Walda’s house to receive our annual dose of   inspirational Christmas decoration.

    Every year, the date of the winter open house at the home of Walda Pairon, is definitely listed in my calendar.

    Since 1985 Walda has thrown open the doors of her home in Kalmthout, near Antwerp. Nowadays she is assisted by her son Raphaël, who works in the design business.

    Entering the property, we were attracked by the charming shed where Walda’s son and garden designer Mikael Pairon presented his flower creations together with a beautiful collection of terracotta pots and planters.

    19The charming shed where visitors discover the beautiful creations and the collection of terracotta planters, presented byMikael Pairon.

     

    1 The Christmas tree at the entrance of Walda’s house.

     

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    Year after year, Walda succeeds in decorating several Christmas trees through the house, in her very personal and exceptional way, which are a treat for the eyes!

    As this ‘all white’ decorated tree, standing in one of my favorite spaces in the house of Walda, the glass-ceilinged orangery. An inviting place to sit, definitely at this time of the year.

    8Christmas tree standing in full glory in the orangery.

     

    Let us take a closer look at the beautiful settings, which the designer created in her typical style.

    Walda loves to bring in color in her interiors and uses orange, red, green and lavender in harmony with the neutral and earthy tones of the walls as the perfect backdrop.

    6Richly covered table with a silk tablecloth.

     

    9Touches of lavender.

     

    4Christmas in the living room. Notice the green and purple tones here. The white fireplace contrasts well with the room’s green painted walls.

     

    3Walda mixes antique items with new glass candles and globes.

    I do love the display of silverware here that contrasts well with the dark stained table.

    Notice the fur cushions under the table!

     

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    More Christmas vignettes in the home.

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    11Candles and pots grouped together in the orangery’s kitchen.

     

    13I was totally smitten by these beautiful covered chairs around Walda’s kitchen table!

     

    2Antique garment as a decorative item!

     

    14Beautiful damask table cloth. Antique Venetian doge chair with authentic leather upholstery.

     

    15The cross on the fireplace mantle is designed by Walda and is composed of buttons.

     

    If you are an antique lover, you will enjoy the antique furniture and decorative items which are all for sale.

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    (All pictures by me)

    I would love to thank Walda and her husband Roger, her sons Raphaël and Mikael for their warm welcome and hospitality.

     

    If you live nearby or in case you visit Belgium the next days, you still have the opportunity to admire Walda’s work next weekend December 6 - 7- 8, from 11 am to 7 pm.

    You shouldn’t miss it !

    For more information :

    WALDA PAIRON

    Kapellensteenweg 544
    B-2920 Kalmthout

    Tel. +32 (0) 3 666 74 17

    e-mail : giardini@myoffice.mobistar.be

    www.waldapairon.com

    If you are interested in reading more of the work of our Belgian designer Walda Pairon, I would like to point out that there is more to read in one of the latest issues of these 3 renowned interior design & lifestyle magazines :

    ‘AT HOME WITH WALDA’ , story appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of MILIEU

    Cover MILIEU

    ‘EINDEJAAR IN GLAS EN ZILVER’ , story appeared in the Nov.-Dec.-Jan. 2013-2014 issue of Tijdloos Wonen

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    ‘ELEGANCE FLAMANDE’ , story appeared in the Mars-Avril 2013 issue of Maisons de Campagne

    Cover MAISONS DE CAMPAGNE

     

    If you missed my last year’s blogpost about Christmas at the house of Walda Pairon, please click HERE.

     

    xx

    Greet


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    Only 3 weeks to go until Christmas and I still have to think about decorating our home for Christmas! Fortunately there is the internet. Browsing the web, I found some really beautiful Christmas vignettes and decorating ideas.

    Some of my favorites this year.

    Enjoy !

     

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    Christmas wrapping ideas…

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    My favorite Christmas tree this year ? The one without ornaments…

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    I hope these images inspired you to decorate your home for Christmas.

    Happy weekend to you all !

    xx

    Greet


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  • 12/09/13--03:49: MILIEU Winter Issue
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    The Winter 2014 issue of the prestigious interior design & lifestyle magazine MILIEU  is out !

    ‘Winter Whites’ is the title of the magazine’s latest issue.

    Indeed, ‘white’ is the topic of this Winter 2014 issue.

    Cover Milieu winter 2014Cover MILIEU Winter 2014

     

    Why does interior designer Kelly Schandel loves using white?

    Can the sculpted leather furniture fabrics of London based Helen Amy Murray, be used to dress a woman?

    You will find out in the Milieu Winter 2014 issue !

     

    Kelly Schandel Interior Design Milieu winter 2014 issueInterior Design by Kelly Schandel (Santa-Monica)  Photography by Dominique Vorillon

     

    Helen Amy MurrayHelen Amy Murray  Photography by Andreas von Einsiedel

     

    The MILIEU team selected your white gifts ! Click here to discover them all.

    H-ChrisHermStoryKelly Double Tour Hermès leather bracelet in white. hermes.com

     

    More to see…

     

    A visit to the famous garden of Barnsley House, the wonderful eighteen-room hotel in the Cotswolds of southwestern England.

    BarnsStoryBarnsley House  Photography by Mark Bolton

     

    The story and photos of the MILIEU launch party !

    Sabine and Tom Verellen, owners of the Belgian-inspired home-furnishings company Verellen, graciously hosted MILIEU’s launch party during the High Point Fall Market in North Carolina. You can see all the party pics in the Winter issue of MILIEU.

    Milieu Launch PartyMILIEU Launch Party

     

    To read the list of what you will find out in the MILIEU Winter 2014 issue, click HERE.

    To download the digital edition (available to print subscribers only) of MILIEU, click HERE.

    If you are not yet a subscriber, please click HERE.

     

    Gift yourself or gift a friend a subscription to MILIEU! To subscribe or purchase a gift subscription please visit  https://milieu-mag.com/Common/Subscription

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    9On both sides of the frontdoor, we placed a tree without ornaments. I do love the natural look of the Christmas trees.

     

    2On a table in our garden : a lantern, antlers, some pine tree branches and pine cones.

     

    3A pine branch on the wall of the orangery.

     

    1White candles, pine branches and cones in the fire place of the dining room.

     

    5This year we installed the Christmas tree in our dining room. Christmas lights are the only decoration.

     

    8Very simple and very cozy, this decoration in the kitchen.

     

    7A bunch of mistletoe next to the cupper pans.

     

    4A touch of Christmas decoration on a table at the entry.

     

    10Candles, pine branches and cones on the mantle in our living room.

     

    6So far this year’s Christmas decoration!

    If you might be interested in my Christmas decoration of last year, click here.

    Talk to you soon !

    xx

    Greet

    All pictures by me.


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  • 12/18/13--06:16: Crazy Holiday Rush
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    Found time to buy all of your Christmas gifts yet ?! I didn’t ! Every year I notice that hustle and bustle crazy busy time before Christmas Holidays.

    The previous days I had several clients’ meetings and had to finish design projects. Yes, I was so very busy that I hardly had time to blog or to do my Christmas shopping! So, time to slow down and to enjoy this Holiday Season!

     

    Today I wanted to share a sneak peek into a client’s home. The Lefèvre Interiors’ team designed all doors and paneling, manufactured in the workshop of LEFEVRE INTERIORS.

    1Lefèvre Interiors   Picture by me

    2Lefèvre Interiors   Picture by me

    More photos later.

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    And I have to share with you this exciting news today!

    Did you know that Rose Uniacke, one of my absolutely favorite London based interior designers, won the 2013 Andrew Martin Designer of the Year Award ? The award is the pinnacle of the interior design industry and is described by the London Times as “the Oscars of interior design industry”.

    Rose Uniacke has been recognized for her fresh approach to interior design. As the 17th winner of this award, Rose joins a prestigious line-up of the most celebrated and recognized names from the international interior design world.

     

    Congratulations Rose !

    3Interior design by Rose Uniacke   Source Rose Uniacke

     

    Enjoy this beautiful time of the year!!!

     

    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

    Season's Greetings 2013


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    Norway is one of the countries on our ‘to visit’ wishlist. Especially this time of the year must be a wonderful time to spend your Christmas holidays in Norway.

    Norway is known for its breathtaking nature. Its mountains, fjords and waters, its snowy winter landscape, the Northern lights and so many more.

    Let me show you some pictures of Norwegian nature.

     

    Norwegian pine trees that are the most beautiful Christmas trees in the world !

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    The famous Norwegian fjords

    Image 32Image source here

     

    The Northern lights

    Image 33Image source here

     

    Norwegian reindeers

    Image 14Image source So Chic Tendances Deco by Christophe Rocca FB page

     

    Norwegian sled dogs

    Image 16Image source So Chic Tendances Deco Chic by Christophe Rocca FB page

     

     

    Imagine, spending your Christmas holidays in a beautiful Norwegian cabin or lodge…

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    Wouldn’t it be magical to walk to the entrance door of this fairy tale-like wooden house?

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    And to enter this wooden hallway?

    Image 6Image source So Chic Tendances Deco Chic by Christophe Rocca FB page

     

    You just walked into an inviting and beautiful decorated holiday retreat.

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    You could change your snowboots for your slippers at this cabin corner.

    Image 17Image source Slettvoll

     

    Rooms where the wooden floors are covered with the flat woven and traditional Norwegian patterned tapestry.

    Image 18 Source here

     

    Where candles are the only source of lighting…

    Image 19Image source Slettvoll

     

    A place to relax,…

    Image 20Image source Slettvoll

     

    … to read a good book.

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    If I had the chance to spend the holidays with my family in a Norwegian mountain cabin, then I would make it comfortable for all the family members.

    Image 12Image source Odette Welvaars

     

    And while everyone is outside, I would prepare dinner and set the Christmas table.

    Image 7Image source So Chic Tendances Deco by Christophe Rocca FB page

     

    Maybe I could bake fresh bread in the oven…

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    …or I could search for typical Norwegian food receipts in the cabin found cookbook.

    Image 21 Cover book Norwegian Cakes and Cookies

    I might think I would try the ‘deer antlers’ cookies.

    Deer AntlersImage 24Deer Antlers recipe and image source here

     

    After baking time, I would relax in a comfortable fur-covered outdoor chair to enjoy the beautiful mountains…

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    …awaitingthe rest of the family to join me to have warm drinks !

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    Image 15Image source So Chic Tendances Deco by Christophe Rocca FB page

     

    Maybe a cappuccino for everyone ?

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    I would hand out wam blankets to keep everyone warm.

    Image 30Image source Slettvoll

    …and I would place the wooden stools around the fire outside.

    Image 25Wooden stools from Norwegian company Krosser  Image source here

     

    And when evening falls and all children are tired of playing in the snow,…

    Image 31Image source Slettvoll

     

    …I would invite all family members to go inside…

    Image 28Image source Axel Vervoordt

     

    …to enjoy the warmth of the cabin interior.

    Image 26Image source Slettvoll

     

    And finally we would all gather around the table to have Christmas dinner.

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    At the end of the evening I would be pretty sure that everyone would have a peaceful night in the beautiful decorated cabin bedrooms.

     

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    Image 29Image source Slettvoll

     

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    ‘God Jul’Image 22Image source here

     

    I like to share with you some (there are so many more!) of my favorite Norwegian interior design related websites and blogs :

    SLETTVOLL

    CHRISTIAN’S & HENNIE

    KROSSER

    ELLE DECORATION BLOG NORWAY

    BONYTT.NO

    ARCHITECTURE NORWAY

    ANETTESHUS BLOG

    KARNASHUS BLOG

    LOPPELILLA BLOG

     

    And I do have to say that I still miss one of the most fabulous blogs ever, the blog ‘The Essence of The Good Life’ of my Norwegian friend Lene!  I do hope she will ever start posting again! Fortunately we can follow Lene on‘The Essence of The Good Life’ FB page here.You will fall in love with Norway, visiting Lene’s page.

     

    To all of you and especially to all my Norwegian blogger colleagues and readers ‘ GOD JUL’ !

    xx

    Greet


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  • 12/24/13--17:03: Merry Christmas !
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  • 12/29/13--08:55: This year’s last blogpost
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    Hello my friends,

    I do hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and that you enjoy the holiday season!

    This is my last blogpost of 2013 !

    I hope you enjoyed my 2013 blogposts and hope to bring you more interesting and inspirational posts next year!

    I leave you this year with images that show a typical Belgian design style.

     

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    3Le Chalet Zannier

     

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    9Lefèvre Interiors

     

    See you next year!!!

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  • 12/31/13--15:48: HAPPY NEW YEAR !
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    Happy to see you in 2014 !

     

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  • 01/04/14--03:16: Belgian dining tables
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    Thank you so much for all the New Year’s wishes I received !

    I hope that you all had a great start into this new year!

     

    My first post this year is about Belgian design, in particular about Belgian dining tables.

    I noticed that a lot of you, my dear readers, are very much interested in the Belgian style dining tables.

     

    The natural or bleached or greyed or weathered oak Belgian table is used in the dining room as well as in the kitchen, as in the garden or in the garden house.

    For a lot of inspirational pictures of beautiful Belgian dining tables used in kitchens as well as in dining rooms, I would recommend the Beta-Plus publication ‘The 100 Best Kitchens & Dining Rooms’.

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    cover_thumbCover The 100 Best Kitchens & Dining Rooms

    Only a few copies of this book are available. If you would like to order your copie of the book, please click HERE.

     

    I would love to share with you some images of a few Belgium made tables. By clicking on the name of the manufacturer which is mentioned under the image, you will find more information about the table or you do have to contact the respectively furniture manufacturer.

     

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    9ST-PAUL HOME

     

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    11VIKTOR & SANDER

     

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    15JEAN-MARIE WAELKENS

     

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    Enjoy this first weekend of the New Year !

    xx

    Greet


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    A few months ago, I had the pleasure to meet the Belgian interior designer Natascha Persoone.

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    We had a long and interesting conversation about architecture, interior design and craftsmanship which is the backbone of our Belgian design.

    I was impressed by Natascha’s sense of style and her approach to interior design.

    6Image source website Natascha Persoone

    For more than two decades Natascha Persoone is active as an interior designer.

    Her work includes many private residences, commercial offices and medical practices.

     

    Without doubt, Natascha gained a lot of experience and is always looking for new challenges. Running her projects, she is determined to collaborate with professionals and she loves to be surrounded by the best Belgian craftsmen.

    15In this living room the designer used beautiful fabrics including Belgian linen for the stores and the sofa upholstery.    Image source website Natascha Persoone

     

    3French oak library    Image source website Natascha Persoone

     

    Creating high-end interior design, requires expertise and know-how and are of paramount importance to the interior designer. Selecting the best skilled joiners, cabinet-makers, painters, window treatment manufacturers,…  means choosing for quality without a single concession.

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    22I love the beige-brown-gold color scheme Natascha has chosen for this living room.Image source website Natascha Persoone

     

    Natascha aimes to design new houses or redesign existing residences in a timeless way, respecting proportions, materials and light, depending on everyone's possibilities.

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    Ancient art or a valuable object can be the starting point, evolving into the theme of the entire design of a space or a home.

    ‘In this way you create a personalized interior, fully tailored to the customer's wishes. A good design is independent of trends and budgets. Whether it's a traditional, classic, country, eclectic or modern styled design.’ , explains Natascha on her website.

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    8Moroccan style sitting room    Image source website Natascha Persoone

     

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    A Belgian styled kitchen

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    Natascha Persoone creates personalized interiors, where the passion for her work is visible.

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    If you would love to see more of Natascha’s work, please visit her website at

    WWW.NATASCHAPERSOONE.BE

    Contact Natascha at info@nataschapersoone.be

    NATASCHA PERSOONE

    Genkersteenweg 442

    3500 Hasselt

    BELGIUM

    Tel. +32 (0) 11 34 39 52

     

    I hope you all enjoyed this Belgian inspired post of today!

    xx

    Greet

    All pictures of website Natascha Persoone and posted with permission of Natascha Persoone


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    If you plan to spend this year’s holidays in France, you absolutely should stop nearby the village of Rouffignac–Saint-Cernin de Reilhac (Dordogne) and spend a few days at the fabulous Château Laudonie!

    1Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

    ‘Laudonie, nestling between woods and hills, is located 4 km to the east of Rouffignac–Saint-Cernin de Reilhac. The estate comprises 53 hectares that are partly in the commune of Plazac and partly in the commune of Rouffignac–Saint-Cernin de Reilhac. A little communal no-through-road leads to the property. The buildings will impress you as soon as you arrive. They are perched on a ridge offering a stunning view over the surrounding valleys and hills.
    The inner courtyard is the heart of the estate. It is bordered by the Manor House, the four towers and the barn.’
    (text  Laudonie website)

    2Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

    The old accountancy books reveal that Laudonie had been bequeathed to Sieur Debord, Lieutenant of the Port of Bordeaux, sometime around 1500 AD. This family took the name of the Laudonie locality for the family.

    4Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

    The Laudonie estate has been sold and re-sold on several occasions. In the late 1990’s, this ‘castle’ was bought by Pierre Caron who fell in love with the property. With a huge enthusiasm and dedication he started the renovation of the historical estate to share it with family and friends.

    After Pierre Caron passed away in 2005, his wife Fanny Van Herzeele, continued the restoration and completed the work of her husband with the help of the Belgian architect Stephane Boens.

    3Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

     

    The Manor House can easily accommodate twelve people.

    5Manor House hall first floor  Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

    10Manor House salon  Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

    7Manor House kitchen  Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

    8Manor House one of the bedrooms  Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

    11Manor House terrace  Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

     

    In the North Tower, there is an apartment of about 100m² (1000ft2) that is ideal for two people.

    6North Tower living room  Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

    9North Tower kitchen  Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

    12North Tower terrace  Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

     

    The West Tower is similar to the North Tower, in terms of accommodation. However, it does not have a private terrace.

    13West Tower living room  Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

    14West Tower Bedroom  Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

     

    The South Tower is the smallest of the four and serves as an extension to the Manor or Tower North. It has four beds (bunk beds) and is equipped with a bathroom but with no kitchen. It is ideal for a group of youngsters.

    15South Tower seating area  Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

    16South Tower bedroom  Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

     

    Laudonie offers his visitors an extended recreation area, where you will find a swimming pool, a sauna, a tennis court and a petanque pitch. In addition, Laudonie is located in close proximity to a golf course.

    17Swimming pool  Image source website Laudonie– Photo credit Dirk Goethals

     

    I would love to recommend you to visit the gorgeous website of LAUDONIE, where you will find much more to read about the history of the estate and were you will find more information together with an extended photo gallery of the property.

    http://laudonie.fr

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    Lieu dit Laudonie - 24580 Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de Reilhac - France
    Fanny Van Herzeele
    E-mail :
    info@laudonie.fr
    Telnr : +32 476 41 88 81

    You can find Laudonie on FB HERE.

     

    I am curious to know your thoughts about this French ‘jewel’.

    xx

    Greet


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  • 01/20/14--14:28: In love with libraries
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    As I have a passion for books, in particular interior design books, I love spending hours in our library.  When I need inspiration to design a client’s library or complete interior design project, I close the door of our library, put on my favorite music and start consulting my collection of interior design books.

     

    1One of my favorite images is this library designed by Axel Vervoordt   Imagesource here

    Can you imagine, sitting in a comfortable chair next to the fire place, curling up with a book? Definitely a treat for the soul!

     

    Designing a library, you have to pay attention to details.

    Notice the bookcase details here. Awesome!

    4Image source here

     

    And I do love to bring in secret library doors, if possible.

    2Library design Axel Vervoordt   Imagesource AD July 2003 - Photo credit Durston Saylor

     

    3Image source Pinterest

     

    What I love more in all these shown libraries, is the painted back of the bookcases.

    5Library design by Axel Vervoordt   Image source here - Photo credit Christian Sarramon

     

    This is exactly what I did with the cabinetry in our own library.

    6Library design Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Thomas De Bruyne

     

    7I am still thankfull to my blog colleague Michelle Morelan for the rendering she made of our library a few years ago.

     

    If you need inspiration to furnish or to decorate your library, I discovered an interesting feature on 1STDIBS with great addresses to find library furniture and accessories.

    8If you are feeling bookish, click here to discover the 1stdibs library collection.

     

    Wishing you all a wonderful day!

    xx

    Greet

     

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

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


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  • 01/24/14--06:30: An alternative use
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    A few days ago we visited a client's house where we installed a kitchen 2 years ago and to my surprise I noticed that the kitchen cabinet space that was meant to store the cutlery, was now used to place the wine bottles!

    I actually think it is a splendid idea and a gorgeous alternative use.

    I absolutely wanted to share the idea with you today.

    Lefèvre Interiors Kitchen cabinet detail LEFEVRE INTERIORS kitchen design   Photo by me

     

     

    Lefèvre Interiors Kitchen cabinet LEFEVRE INTERIORS kitchen design   Photo by me

     

    Enjoy the weekend!

    xx

    Greet

    If you would like us to design your kitchen, feel free to contact us at info@lefevre.be

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


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    The currently Paris based Belgian designer Ramy Fischler of the firm RF Studio, was asked to renovate and to breathe new life into a duplex apartment in a listed Art Deco building in Paris.

    He wanted to get a lot of daylight into the paneled rooms and brightened up the rooms by painting the top of the French 18th century paneling with the same brilliant white as the ceiling.

    The paint fades out, leaving the natural-finished oak visible.

     

    2Living room    Image source here– Photography by Paul Graves

     

    By taking tradition and craftsmanship as a starting point to create contemporary design, Ramy Fischler shows respect for authentic elements.

    Although the paneling is given a modern twist, the rooms retain their authentic look but lighter and fluffier for the eyes.

     

    7The making of the woodwork in the living room. Image source here - Photo RF Studio

     

    4Dining room   Image source here– Photography by Paul Graves

     

    8Image source here - Photography by Eric Laignel

     

    6Image source here - Photography by Eric Laignel

     

    5Image source here– Photography by Paul Graves

     

    1Image source here– Photography by Paul Graves

     

    9Image source here - Photography by Eric Laignel

     

    Ramy Fischler founded his design firm in 2010. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale de Création Industrielle, ENSCI-Les Ateliers and was the exclusive partner of Patrick Jouin for nearly nine years.

    To see more of Ramy Fischler’s work, please visit his website RF Studio.

     

    I just love Ramy Fischler’s design approach.  Really brilliant!

    What are your thoughts about it ?

    xx

    Greet


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  • 01/31/14--03:23: Cupboard love
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    I have to admit that I do have a weakness for antique cupboards. This type of furniture can be placed in several rooms of the house and can be used for different purposes. They can be functional or they can be used as a decorative piece of furniture.

    In a dining room they can be used as display cabinets, in a kitchen they can be used as storage. You even can use them as curiosity cabinets in your study room.

     

    A beautiful antique cupboard in a house in France.

    1Photo credit James Balston   Image source here

     

    Beautiful cupboard in the dining room of Brigitte Garnier.

    3         Photo credit Miguel Flores-Vianna   Image source Veranda Magazine March 2011  

                                 

       This cupboard Brigitte Garnier placed in her kitchen, has a functional use but even looks very decorative.  

    4Image source Vivere Country Magazine 2011   Photo credit Claude Smekens

     

    Another beautiful antique cupboard at Garnier Antiques. French oak cabinet with painted interior.

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    French 18th century painted cupboard I placed in my sister’s home.

    6Lefèvre Interiors

     

    A cupboard used as a ‘cabinet de curiosité’ in the study room of Belgian fashion designer Edouard Vermeulen.

    3a38cb329faa50b016b3f5307268fc8aPhoto credit Claude Smekens

     

    I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

    xx

    Greet


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  • 02/05/14--11:36: Beautiful fabrics
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    Beautiful upholstery fabrics I discovered recently.

    I am so sorry I do not know the brand of the fabric. If someone does, please let me know. I would be grateful !

     

    2Image source Todhunter Earle Interiors

     

    3Image source Todhunter Earle Interiors

     

    1Image source Pinterest

     

    4Image source unknown

     

    Talk to you soon!

    xx

    Greet


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