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  • 05/08/14--06:54: Flower your home
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    Whatever your style is, flowers and plants are the perfect way to add beauty to your home.The personal touches you add make your home interior unique. Your flower arrangements reflect your personality.

     

    Need some inspiration?

    Enjoy!

     

    3Designer Cristina Azario - Photo credit Francesco Lagnese   Source Veranda

     

    1Designer Cristina Azario - Photo credit Francesco Lagnese   Source Veranda

     

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    It’s your turn now to be creative !

    xx

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  • 05/13/14--07:03: Wall paneled bedrooms
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    If you are planning to redo your bedroom and you would love to see the room - or one of the walls - paneled, these pictures should inspire you.

    From traditional paneling to rustic or contemporary wall paneling.

    The choice is yours.

     

    1Source here

     

    2Palacio Ramalhete Lisboa

     

    4Source Pinterest

     

    6Source unknown

     

    3Le Chalet Zannier

     

    7William Smalley

     

    5Source Fjäll

     

    8Source Pinterest

     

    11Source Matter  

               

    9Source here

     

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    12The House Hotel Galatasaray Istanbul

     

    14 Erin Martin Design

     

    13Source here

     

    Talk to you soon!

    xx

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  • 05/19/14--02:45: A Barn Conversion
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    One of the reasons I do love browsing Pinterest, is to get the opportunity to learn to know a lot of interesting architectural and interior design companies worldwide.

    One of the companies I really would like to introduce to you today is McLaren.Excell.

    Established in 2010,  McLaren.Excell is an ambitious and energetic design-led, London based architecture practice, co-directed by Luke McLaren and Robert Excell.

    Working primarily on private residential and commercial projects, both architects are driven by their genuine passion for good design.

    They strive to deliver well-crafted and conceptually clear buildings and interiors.

    Every project of McLaren.Excell is unique. The architects create a distinctive aesthetic that is contemporary in its proportions and detail while drawing on a language of craftsmanship and understanding of materials.

     

    One of the remarkable McLaren.Excell projects is the conversion of a barn in Oxfordshire into a unique and comfortable living home.

    The building is taken back to the bare elements of the barn’s agricultural origins.

    The architects opted for a limited palette of sober materials to ensure a sense of consistency and calm throughout the building : white-oiled oak, Bath limestone, Italian basalt and natural fibre floor coverings.

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    The fire place and chimney have been conceived as one huge sculpted object.

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    The architects created a series of light, open spaces.

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    Solid oak columns and beams.

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    The staircase weighs one tonne and is completely fabricated from black steel.

    Site photoMcLaren.Excell image 2Image source McLaren.Excell

     

    McLaren.Excell image 5Image source McLaren.Excell

     

    To see more of McLaren.Excell projects, visit their website here.

    For more information contact the architecture practice at studio@mclarenexcell.com.

    Unit 3.07, The Plaza,
    535 Kings Road,
    London, SW10 0SZ

    http://www.mclarenexcell.com/

     

    Wishing you all a fresh start of this new week !

    xx

    Greet

     

    Text and images source : http://www.mclarenexcell.com/


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    M. ELLE DESIGN is a design team, based in Santa Monica,California.

    The team is comprised of Mary Lynn Turner and her daughters Marie Turner Carson and Emily Turner.

    As a company, they are dedicated to creating sophisticated spaces that are authentic, yet reflective of their clients’ personal style and identity.

    M. Elle Design creates edited designs that embrace the mood and soul of the interiors.

    The pictures of a mountain home, designed by M. Elle Design, and featured in Elle Decor Magazine issue December 2010-January 2011, were spread all over interior design blogger world.

    This featuring introduced me for the very first time to the sophisticated interiors of M. ELLE DESIGN.

    Two years later, the M. Elle Design team made it to the Elle Decor cover again!!

    The picture of this European influenced room of a Mediterranean styled California seaside retreat, slapped me in the face by the first look at the cover of the Elle Decor July 2013 issue.

    Riding-the-waves-EDC-08-13-03-xlnSource Elle Decor   Photography by William Abranowicz

    I have to admit that I can’t throw away this magazine, so it is still flinging around somewhere in my home.

    ellejulycoverCover ELLE DECOR July 2013

    It felt as though a Belgian designer decorated this house.

     

    Here is another view of the room.

    The kitchen banquette is covered in a Holly Hunt linen, the vigneron table is custom made and reminds me of the custom made tables of our Belgian furniture company Malvini. The armchairs are by Lucca Studio . The beams and ceiling are reclaimed barn wood. The shades are of a linen by Raoul Textiles. French chandelier from Kristen Buckingham.

    rd_king_mg_3687_fSource website M. Elle Design

    The European, and even Belgian design influence, seen here, could perhaps be explained by the fact that one of the designers, Marie Turner Carson, studied and lived in London for a few years. She received her Master’s degree in Fine and Decorative Arts from Christie’s Education. She stayed in Europe for some years to work on design projects in several European countries.

     

     

    Wing chair upholstered in Belgian linen, which is maybe found at LIBECO Linen.

    French white oak flooring.

    rd_king_mg_3741_fSource website M. Elle Design

     

    Lime stone floor for the dining room.

    The walls throughout the house are hand-troweled plaster, which is more than often to see in a lot of Belgian houses.  AD Applications is one of the Belgian companies specialized in plaster and lime wash techniques.

    Custom made table which reminds me of the tables of the Belgian company PH Collection.

    Riding-the-waves-EDC-08-13-08-xlnSource Elle Decor     Photography by William Abranowicz

     

    The look of this hall reminds me of several entry halls of Belgian houses seen in the Belgian Beta-Plus books.

    The hanging lights remind me of the authentic light fittings of the Belgian company Tekna.

    Riding-the-waves-EDC-08-13-27-xlnSource Elle Decor   Photography by William Abranowicz

     

    The master bedroom is to die for !!

    Again the beamed ceiling with the plastered walls. Great attention to detail here.

    Riding-the-waves-EDC-08-13-22-xlnSource Elle Decor   Photography by William Abranowicz

     

    Finally 3 images of other homes designed by M. Elle Design.

    6__0093Source website M. Elle Design

     

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    To discover more of the casual and elegant style of this designers team, and for more eye candy from their portfolio, please visit the website of M. ELLE DESIGN.

     

    For your information, Belgian companies featured in this blogpost  :

    Malvini, furniture company

    PH Collection, furniture company

    Libeco, Belgian linen

    AD Applications, plaster & lime wash techniques

    Tekna, lighting fixtures

    Beta-Plus Publishing, high-quality books on architecture, interior design and gardens

     

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  • 05/26/14--08:55: Lefèvre Interiors in Berlin
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    More than a year ago I was contacted by readers of my blog who asked me if I could help them designing a bookcase and if our company would be interested in installing the cabinet in their home nearby Berlin, Germany.

    I didn’t hesitate for one moment and started sketching after receiving some pictures of the existing situation of their living room.

    1Concept & realization Lefèvre Interiors     Photography Claude Smekens

     

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    The intention was to build a library cabinet on either side of the window.

    As I noticed that the window was not centered on the wall, we suggested our client to replace the existing window by a new designed window and to have it centered in order to obtain a symmetrical cabinet arrangement. A profound change on the exterior of their home, but still attainable!

     

    Lefèvre Interiors - SketchMy first sketch of the new window and cabinet.

    The cabinets are connected by a cornice extending the entire wall. The panelled sides of both cabinets and the created ceiling form a niche towards the window.

     

    A few days ago, our Belgian photographer Claude Smekens travelled all the way to Berlin to take a photoshoot of the beautiful home of our client, and sent me these pictures of the living room with the Lefèvre Interiors library cabinets.

    After

    2Concept & realization Lefèvre Interiors     Photography Claude Smekens

     

    The beamed ceiling was painted in a shade of white and the walls were given a new color.The dining table, and a new chandelier found by a local antiques dealer, are now placed at the center of the room.

     

    4Concept & realization Lefèvre Interiors     Photography Claude Smekens

     

    I absolutely would love to thank our German clients for their confidence in our company and for giving their permission to publish the photos on my blog.

     

    Wishing you a fresh start of this new week!

    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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  • 05/31/14--09:12: What is not to love here?
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    This week found images of interior design I love.

     

    1John B. Murray Architect

     

    2Home of photographer Pablo Gomez-Zulóaga   Source here

     

    5Source Pinterest

      7Vincent Vangheluwe 

     

    4Magnus Villas   Source here

     

    3Steven Harris Architects   Source Pinterest

     

    Enjoy your weekend!

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    All the images of today’s post do illustrate what architect & designer John Saladino, once said :

     “ If you want a traditional feeling, it doesn’t mean you have to have swags and ruffles.”

     

    6Interior design by John Saladino   Source House Beautiful

     

    10Interior design by Rose Uniacke     Jo Malone Headquarters, London   Photography by Simon Upton

     


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    7Traditional cabinet and table   Source Pinterest

     

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    16Interior design by Alexandra and Michael Misczynski of Atelier AM   Source here

     

    2House in Brussels   Source here

     

    3Interior design by John B. Murray Architect

     

    5Interior design by Miller Dahlstrand De Jean Architects   Photography by Carl Mayfield

     

    8 Interior design by architects Gilles & Boissier     La Villa Paris restaurant/bar/lounge     Source here  

     

    9Source Pinterest

     

    I do hope you enjoyed these images as much as I did !

     

    xx

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    After their children had left home, these homeowners wanted to renovate the upper floor of their home.

    They had in mind some rough ideas to create a contemporary bathroom, master bedroom and dressing room.

    They contacted our company Lefèvre Interiors, and together with this couple, Jan and me, started to discuss their ideas and wishes to concrete the concept they had in mind.

    We assisted our clients also with the choice of all materials, bathroom accessories, flooring and color palette.

    As the renovation is completed since a few months, I am pleased to share with you today, some pictures of the result.

    I would love to thank the homeowners for the trust and confidence in our company, for the pleasant collaboration and for allowing us this photoshoot !

     

     

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    The bedroom

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    On both sides of the bedroom is created a walk-in closet.

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    I do love the idea of the shelves on both walls of the bedroom.

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    Wishing you all a wonderful new week !

    xx

    Photo credit : Photography Claude Smekens

    Greet

    If you would like us to design your bathroom, bedroom or dressing room, feel free to contact us at info@lefevre.be

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


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  • 06/13/14--04:24: Warm Weekend Wishes
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    From my home to yours…

    Warm weekend wishes to all of you my dear readers and friends !

     

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    Warm weekend to you all !

    xx

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  • 06/16/14--06:29: MILIEU Summer 2014 issue
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    The first summer issue of the interior design & lifestyle magazine MILIEU is out !!!

    Dream away magazine cover !

    Cover MILIEU Summer 2014Summer 2014 Cover of MILIEU

    ‘Second homes do reveal another version of us’ How we live in our primary residence differs greatly from the way we occupy our second or weekend home.’ , is to read in the editor’s say of this summer issue of MILIEU.

     

    In this issue, MILIEU visit designers and business people from the US and abroad, to see how they live in their second homes.

     

    Soulful getaway in Alys Beach, Florida. Interior design by Rozanne Jackson.

    10Source MILIEU Summer 2014    PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER VITALE

     

    The second home in the Fayette County,Texas, of Houston-based interior designer Eleanor Cummings.

    3Source MILIEU Summer 2014    PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIM STREET-PORTER

     

    The mediterranean retreat of Barcelona-born and –based designer Eduardo Arruga.

    2Source MILIEU Summer 2014    PHOTOGRAPHY BY JORDI SARRA

     

    What is more to find in theSummer 2014 issue of MILIEU?

     

    MILIEU shares with us their journey to Amsterdam, cruising the city’s canals, visiting the canal houses and their courtyards and the Rijksmuseum. And MILIEU introduces her readers to The Dylan, Europe’s first boutique hotel that opened in 1999.

    One of the sixteen rooms and suites of The Dylan that Dutch designer Remy Meijers was commissioned to redo.

    11Source MILIEU Summer 2014   

     

    Let’s go shopping with MILIEU and discover furniture and other items, collected by MILIEU; as this custom Belgian-made bench armchair at W.Gardner, Ltd.

     

    5Source MILIEU Summer 2014

     

    Meet Chris Hardy, a Houston born, Altlanta based designer, who studied sculpture from a master stonemason and who loves to design industrial pieces for people concerned about the craftsmanship, beauty and balance, of the things in their homes.

     

    Spirit Bench by Chris Hardy. Created from a half ton of solid marble.

    6Source MILIEU Summer 2014

     

    And don’t forget to read about the story of the remarkable Richard Hampton Jenrette, who is in love with grand American homes, which he collects, restores and opens for the public.

    12Source MILIEU Summer 2014

     

    Those who love to know all about social events co-hosted with MILIEU, will enjoy reading the article about the cocktail reception at Rose Tarlow Melrose House in celebration of their new partnership with Cox London.

    4Source MILIEU Summer 2014

     

    Decorative Center Houston hosted the Spring Market Event that honored some of the best talents working today in the industry. CONGRATULATIONS to the MILIEU editor-in-chief Pam Pierce, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her design practice, Pierce Designs.

    Congratulations Pam !!!

    Spring Market Event  - Decorative Center Houston13Source MILIEU Summer 2014

     

    Now! Time to get your copy of the MILIEU summer issue! Enjoy all the gorgeous summer houses and don’t forget to read the evocative piece ‘The Other Home’ (page 42), written by guest essayist Rebecca McClanahan. You will love it!

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    To see the list of what you will find out in the MILIEU Summer 2014 issue, click here 

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

    For subscription, click here

    If you are interested in advertising with MILIEU, please download a PDF of MILIEU magazine’s media pack here

     

    As contributing editor of MILIEU, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about our latest issue!

    xx

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  • 06/19/14--12:17: Open Door at In Tempo
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    IN TEMPO is an interior design company based in Luxembourg.

    Brigitte and Luc Leroi, the owners of IN TEMPO focus on private projects in Luxemburg and in Belgium. They accompany their clients not only in creating their home interior but they also assist them in the planning to landscape their garden.

    “Our goal is to help you create a serene and timeless atmosphere by the exclusive use of natural and noble materials,implemented in an artisanal way.”, explain the owners.

    Solid wood, chalk paints, natural stones and pure linen are their favorite materials.

    Passionate about interior design and outdoor decoration, Brigitte and Luc, have selected for your interior a wide range of furniture, furnishing fabrics, linnens and lighting.

    For your garden, you will find both classic outdoor teak furniture and a more contemporary range of metal and wood.

    IN TEMPO also offers a large choice of antiques, all unique items, found in Europe.

    The next 2 weekends , June 21-22 & June 27-28, Brigitte and Luc open their doors for the annual house tour. They welcome us for an inside look into their house and an outside walk in the garden.

    At both of their houses - their home in Eischen and their new project in Steinfort - IN TEMPO welcomes us to experience a timeless atmosphere and to discover a sample of their exclusive articles.

    Meanwhile, a lot of artworks will be presented, as sculptures of Belgian artist Odile Kinart and paintings of French artist Benoît Trimborn.

     

    Today, a sneak peek of what IN TEMPO has to offer.

    1Bleached oak table and slipcovered chairs

     

    24Wonki ware ceramic hand made in South Africa and hand made reedition of glassware

     

    14Chalk painted wall  - antique 17th century cupboard -  new made vigneron table from the Home Collection

     

    2Furnishing fabrics

     

    9Furniture and decorative items

     

    8Hand made candle holders

     

    23Tailor made seating, beautiful bed linen and antique furniture

     

    6Pure linen

     

    7Spanish 18th century hanging cupboard

     

    17Teak garden furniture and Odile Kinart sculptures in the garden of the Eischen home of Brigitte and Luc

     

    22Outdoor lighting

     

    15Interior design project by IN TEMPO

     

    19A structured garden by IN TEMPO

     

    21Benoît Trimborn painting

     

    25Odile Kinart bronze

     

    If you are free one of the next 2 weekends, and if you are in the neighbourhood of Luxembourg, a visit to the IN TEMPO house in Eischen or in Steinfort (where Brigitte and Luc present their latest house project for sale), is worth a detour.

     

    To see more of what IN TEMPO has to offer, please vist their website athttp://www.intempo.lu/

    For more information about the Open Door Weekends, please contact IN TEMPO

    at  info@intempo.lu

     

    In Tempo

    Brigitte & Luc Leroi

    13a rue de Clairefontaine

    8460  Eischen

    Luxembourg

    Phone: +352 48 39 68

    Email: info@intempo.lu

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    xx

    Greet

     

    All pictures with permission of Luc & Brigitte Leroi


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    Since the penthouse on top of Robert De Niro’s (and other partners) Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, New York City, opened its doors last May, American and European newspapers all had to report about this remarkable Wabi-Sabi inspired 6,800-square-foot hotel amenity. On Pinterest, pictures of this project are actively pinned and re-pinned.

    Belgian decorator and antiques dealer Axel Vervoordt, who wrote the book Wabi Inspirations, was enlisted to design  a penthouse hotel suite based on the principles of wabi-sabi, a philosophy that embraces quietude, simplicity and humility.

    Axel used natural materials and time-worn objects that evoke the essence of this Japanese philosophy.

    A wabi-sabi inspired interior needs furnishings that look rustic, showing signs of age. The wabi-sabi spirit stands for imperfection and elimination of inessentials. As each piece has to be carefully selected, Axel and his team spent years to find the ‘im-perfect’ penthouse furnishings.

    All used materials such as the massive fireplace stones, the weathered wood, the rough plastered and painted walls, evoke the impression staying at a farm house somewhere in the countryside, far away from the city.

    Anyone who can afford a few days stay at the wabi-sabi inspired hotel penthouse, is invited to experience the luxury of silence and emptiness.

     

    Wabi atmosphere in the living room.  Massive fireplace stone. View towards the kitchen.

    15Image source  Chris Pitanguy    Photo credit Andrey Furmanovich

     

    Dining room.

    16Image source The Hollywood Reporter    Photo credit Nicholas Koenig

     

    The master bedroom.

    21Image source  Chris Pitanguy    Photo credit Andrey Furmanovich

     

    The bathroom consists of an antique timber frame and a tub that is made from a 17th-century farm trough.

    20Image source  Chris Pitanguy    Photo credit Andrey Furmanovich

     

    The drawing room with the textured walls and neutral color palette.

    19Image source Vanity Fair    Photo credit David Prince

     

    Flowers and branches are brought inside as works of art.

    1Image source The Hollywood Reporter    Photo credit Nicholas Koenig

     

    Exterior view of the penthouse on top of the hotel, with its 4,000 square feet of outdoor space.

    18Image source The New York Times Style Magazine    Photo credit François Halard

     

    To see and to read more about The Tribeca Penthouse, I would love to share with you a few online articles :

    http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2014/07/axel-vervoordt-greenwich-hotel-penthouse-photos

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/photos-robert-de-niros-greenwich-704718

    http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/07/axel-vervoordt-greenwich-hotel-wabi-sabi-penthouse/

    http://www.christinapitanguy.com.br/home/tribeca-penthouse-em-nyc-para-sensacao-unica-de-conforto-e-acolhimento

    http://www.tijd.be/nieuws/coda_lifestyle/Axel_Vervoordt_duikt_in_bed_met_Robert_De_Niro.9502622-3431.art?highlight=axel%20vervoordt

     

     

    Wishing you all a fresh start of this new week.

    xx

    Greet


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    Not so long ago I was introduced to the beautiful work of the Japanese artist Shinobu Hashimoto by discovering several pictures of his work on Pinterest and by visiting his Facebook page.

    I fell in love with the design of these works of art. Ceramics with a simple shape and only a few embellishments.

    On some of his ceramics, Shinobu Hashimoto uses a gold glitter on a black backing which gives the pots an ironware look.

     

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    To discover more of Shinobu Hashimoto’s ceramics, please visit his website hashimotoshinobu.com

       

    All images :    Facebook page Shinobu Hashimoto https://www.facebook.com/hashimotoshinobu/photos_albums  & Website Shinobu Hashimoto  http://hashimotoshinobu.com/

     

    Wishing you all a happy Monday !

    xx

    Greet


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  • 07/03/14--13:11: Perfect panelling
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    As a lot of you do know, our company LEFEVRE INTERIORS is specialized in custom made panelling. It is therefore not surprising that I am always looking for inspiring pictures of perfect panelling, preparing a sketch to design a new panelled room project.

    Today I posted pictures of panelled rooms, ranging from natural or stained wooden to painted panelling, from the more traditional to the more contemporary panelled rooms.

    Even a traditional styled panelling looks great in combination with modern furniture or modern art.

    This first image is a Tudor styled panelling designed by Belgian architect Benoît Viaene. I do love the ‘Concetto spaziale’ painting by Lucio Fontana on this oak panelling.

    Notice the secret door on the left!

    18Belgian architect Benoît Viaene   Source website Benoît Viaene

     

    Again an example of combining traditional panelling with modern furniture and modern art.

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    Traditional styled walnut panelling here.

    7Source Pinterest

     

    I have always loved the panelling of Parisian restaurant La Villa, decorated by French architects and designers Gilles & Boissier.

    On the restaurant’s panelled walls, a contemporary designed wall lamp by Gilles & Boissier.

    1Interior design Gilles & Boissier   Source Pinterest

     

    Adding panelling creates an intimate atmosphere.

    6Source Pinterest

     

    English traditional panelling.

    12Interior design Bill Ingram   Source website Bill Ingram Architect

     

    Even a dog’s room can be integrated in your panelled room !!

    10Source Brooks & Falotico  

     

    Tudor interiors were typically heavily paneled. This room is been given a softer look by painting the panelling, which is the perfect backdrop for contemporary designed furniture.

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    Painted panelling

    13Source Pinterest

     

    Love the contrast of the white painted panelling with the dark stained oak floor.

    2Source Pinterest

     

    Choosing for a white color palette gives the room a contemporary look.

    8Source Dering Hall

     

    White painted panelling in an art deco styled room by one of my favorite French designers Joseph Dirand.

    19Interior design Joseph Dirand   Sourcewebsite Joseph Dirand

     

    Parisian chic. By Joseph Dirand.

    14Interior design Joseph Dirand    Sourcewebsite Joseph Dirand

     

    Who doesn’t love the Paris apartments in the Hausmannien buildings, with their high ceiling panelled rooms?

    20Presentation of B&B Italia furniture in a white painted panelled room.

     

    Painted white or even black !

    17Interior design Joseph Dirand    Sourcewebsite Joseph Dirand

     

    Have you ever thought about panelling your kitchen?

    21Source Contemporist

     

    These pictures here show a sneak peek of a room we panelled not so long ago.

    You will see the image of a panelled room that inspired me to design this room.

    Photographer Claude Smekens has taken pictures of the room last week and I will come back to you later to show the entire finished room.

    LEFEVRE INTERIORSPanelling by Lefèvre Interiors (2 pictures above) ; design sketch by me; inspirational image of panelling.

     

    I wish all my American readers a Happy 4th of July!!!

    xx

    Greet

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

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


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    A few weeks ago, one of the world’s most celebrated museums, the Mauritshuis in The Hague, re-opened  after a two-year major renovation.

    The Mauritshuis is a beautiful 17th century Dutch palace.

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    The museum houses the world famous painting collection that will again be displayed in the fully renovated and expanded Mauritshuis.

    The renovated Mauritshuis doubles its surface with an underground expansion into a building on the other side of the street. A big change is the relocation of the main entrance to the forecourt.

    The new wing will house the exhibition space, the brasserie, and the museum shop. It will also accommodate the educational Art Workshop, a library and an auditorium.

     

    Renovation Mauritshuis

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    10468155_667304533338034_7751455121156950265_oInside the new museum wing.   Picture by Ronald Tilleman   Source here

     

    10450733_667304696671351_3112146938269688903_n Part of the painting collection at the original building of the Mauritshuis.  Picture by Ivo Hoekstra   Source here

     

    The Mauritshuis is also the home of Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'.

    10433305_667304676671353_1392640461631171_n'Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Johannes Vermeer   Source here

    JohannesVermeer (1632 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life.

     

    I will never forget, that years ago, I had to describe the work of David Teniers the Younger, to graduate as an antiques dealer. I found a lot of information about this 17th century Flemish painter at The Mauritshuis, as this musem houses several of his works.

    0261jpg‘The Alchemist’ by David Teniers the Younger   Source here

    David Teniers the Younger (15 December 1610 – 25 April 1690) was a Flemish artist  born in Antwerp, the son of David Teniers the Elder. His son David Teniers III and his grandson David Teniers IV were also painters.

     

    All the works of art of the Mauritshuis collection can now also be admired online. Most of the collection has been photographed in high resolution, allowing you to zoom in to the smallest details.

    This is gorgeous! You really have to try this out. Browse the Mauritshuis collection HERE .

    The images of the collection can even be downloaded for free from the website for private use, by using the 'Download for private use' button (more information HERE).

     

    The Mauritshuis is definitely worth your visit !

    To discover more of the museum collection and for all further information to plan your visit, please visit the Mauritshuis website  WWW.MAURITSHUIS.NL              

     

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  • 07/15/14--13:36: Tablescape for summer dining
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    It’s almost holiday time…

           I do hope we will be blessed with good weather the next weeks, enjoying long and warm summer evenings and al fresco dining.

     

    Here are some ideas to dress up your outdoor dining table !

    1 Table with wines, cheeses, bread, grapes and lots of candles.   Source Pinterest

     

    5Inviting all your friends to gather around this table!   Source Pinterest

     

    6 Love the wing chairs at the table ends.   Source Pinterest

     

    2Again a beautiful setting.   Source unknown

     

    4Dining at the courtyard.   Source unknown

     

    7Vineyard dining.   Source Pinterest

     

    9 Lemon pots!   Source Pinterest

     

    8Dinner for two!   Source Pinterest

     

    Wishing you all a very warm and wonderful holiday time !

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  • 07/19/14--08:44: Good reads
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    I hope you all enjoy your summer holidays !

    Today I want to share with you some good reads.

     Domaine, which is an online magazine about shopping, style and inspiration for the home, featured about Rose Uniacke’s London home and posted gorgeous pictures of this Georgian Revival-style home.

    1Interior design by Rose Uniacke   Source Domaine

    To read the full article and to see more pictures, please visit the Domaine page here.

     

    Another interesting article on Domaine, is about how to get the CHANEL look at your home. The Chanel Fall 2014 Haute Couture show provides a whole new way to approach decorating. The space of the latest runway show was stark, almost sterile, except for two huge marble fireplaces at either end of the catwalk, which glistened with digital flames inside and were topped with old baroque mirrors above the mantles. Karl Lagerfeld’s inspiration was drawn from the Paris apartment of legendary architect and designer Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier introduced new materials and innovations to the design world, as has Lagerfeld. (text Domaine)

     

    2Source Domaine

    To read the full article, please visit the Domaine page here.

     

    3Runway show Chanel Fall-Winter 2014/2015 Haute Couture   Source Chanel

    See the Chanel Fall-Winter 2014/2015 Haute Couture show video here.

     

    On Style.Com I sawa picture of one of the Chanel Haute Couture dresses and where was mentioned that Karl Lagerfeld made this dress with concrete in it. Yes concrete! The designer was probably inspired by architect Le Corbusier, who used concrete in modern architecture.

    4Source Style.Com

     

    Wishing you a warm and sunny weekend !

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    If you would love to travel to Germany and if you are looking for a very calm place to stay,

    Märkisches Landhaus No.8 in Buchholz, only about an hour driving from Berlin, is your perfect holiday retreat.

    This country house is the perfect place to escape from everyday life.

    Buchholz is a very little village, far away from any roads with only 22 houses and a baroque church. The village is part of the NaturPark Stechlin, well known for its forest and lakes. The big “Stechlin-lake” is the inspiration for the nature park’s name and is the most famous clear water lake of North-Germany.

    Landhaus No.8 stands on an extended area of 6000 square meters and is surrounded by forest and meadows.

    The owner of the house, Mrs Anette Stolle, knows exactly how to decorate the house to provide her clients a feeling of comfort and well-being. She has an eye for decorating and for detail, seen in every room of the house.

    Her country house awaits you with a calm and exclusive atmosphere, offering modern comfort combined with timeless and highclass furnishing.

     

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    Every room of the house is decorated with an eye for detail.clip_image006

     

    The charming library with ancient paneling and open fire place.clip_image007

     

    The sauna with panoramic view.clip_image008

     

    The house has 2 bedrooms with box-spring-beds, flat-screen and walk in wardrobes.clip_image009

     

    One of the bathrooms with well chosen materials and furniture.clip_image010

     

    A charming and beautiful decorated corner in one of the two bedrooms.clip_image011

     

    Anette’s eye for detail here again.clip_image012

     

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    If you would like to see and to know more about this charming country house, please visit the Landhaus No.8 website HERE.

    Contact and booking : info@landhaus-no8.de

    Märkisches Landhaus No8
    Forststrasse 13
    16775 Großwoltersdorf / OT Buchholz

    Germany

    Phone : + 49 (0)33082 40947
    Cell phone Anette Stolle :  0173 8753070

    email : info@landhaus-no8.de

    http://www.landhaus-no8.de/

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    All pictures with permission of Anette Stolle

    Photo credit Claude Smekens Fotografie


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    Dear friends and readers,today I ceIebrate the 5th anniversary of Belgian Pearls. I can’t believe that I am blogging for all these years now !

    Five years ago, I opened up my free blogger template and posted my first blogpost. I had no idea what this virtual world would bring me. Five years later, I learned to know so many readers and blog colleagues. The already more than 500 posts I wrote, brought me so much joy and so many friends from around the world!

    I sincerely thank you for the fine comments and emails, for being there, following Belgian Pearls from behind your screen. It is because of you that my blog Belgian Pearls, means something in this big blogger world.

    I do hope you will understand that I really can’t find the time to reply all the emails I receive. I wished I could, but combining blogging and a full time job is not always that evident.

    Please apologize my sometimes late reply on your email. And if you have not yet received an email back, please send me your question or inquiry a second time. I will try the best I can to answer you.

    Sincerely thank you to all of you !

    Belgian Pearls 5th anniversary

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    First of all I would love to thank you for all the comments and emails I received from you, on Belgian Pearls 5th Anniversary.

    All those kind words and compliments mean a lot to me and motivate me to continue writing my blog.

    Onward to the next five years!

     

    Today I am pleased to tell you that our company Lefèvre Interiors is featured in the latest issue of the Belgian interior design magazine TIJDLOOS.

    TL_COVER_H14.inddCover latest issue of Belgian Magazine TIJDLOOS Aug-Sep-Okt 2014

     

    The article tells about different kind of paneling realized by Lefèvre Interiors and is accompanied by a lot of pictures.

    Here are some of the pictures seen in the magazine’s article.

    Lefèvre Interiors ph1 - Photo credit Claude SmekensLefèvre Interiors paneling   Photo credit Photography Claude Smekens

     

    Lefèvre Interiors ph2 - Photo credit Claude SmekensLefèvre Interiors paneling   Photo credit Photography Claude Smekens

     

    Lefèvre Interiors ph3 - Photo credit Claude SmekensLefèvre Interiors paneling   Photo credit Photography Claude Smekens

     

    Lefèvre Interiors ph4 - Photo credit Claude SmekensLefèvre Interiors paneling   Photo credit Photography Claude Smekens

     

    To read the full article and to see more paneling realized by Lefèvre Interiors,

    please click on picture here below.

    Page 1 Featuring pages about Lefèvre Interiors’ paneling in Magazine TIJDLOOS Aug-Sep-Okt 2014

    A huge thank you to the team of the magazine for the interest in our company’s work and  a special thank you to our Belgian photographer Claude Smekens for the effort he made to take all the photo shoots.

     

    PubLefèvre Interiors’ advertising page in Magazine TIJDLOOS Aug-Sep-Okt 2014  Photo credit Photography Claude Smekens

     

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

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

     

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