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  • 08/11/14--05:16: Pure Belgian Design
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    Pure & effortless Belgian design

     

    3Vincent Van Duysen   Photography Frederik Vercruysse   Source here 

     

    1AM Designs   Source here 

     

    4 Nicolas Schuybroek   Source here

     

    8Axel Vervoordt   Source here

     

    2Benoît Viaene   Photo credit Jan Verlinden   Source here

     

    9Timeless Living   Source here

     

    6Glenn Sestig   Source here

     

    7Van Apers   Source here

     

    5Rood3 - Frederique Glorieux   Source here

     

    Talk to you soon !

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    During our holidays I actually found the time to glance (again!) through a lot of my interior design books.

    One of these books, I got very attached to - and which I browsed through for theumpteenthtime - is the book  ‘AnInvitation to Château du Grand-Lucé’ , bymy friend and one of my favorite American interior designers, Timothy Corrigan.

    Readers who are following my blog for quite some time, definitely noticed that I have blogged before about Timothy’s work (here) and even about his book (here).

    Book CoverCover Book ‘An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé’ – Timothy Corrigan

     

    For several years Timothy Corrigan is featured on the AD100 list of the world’s best interior designers and architects.

    I do know that a lot of my American readers are familiar with the work of Timothy, but today I really wanted to blog again about Timothy’s book, because I wanted my European (and especially my Belgian) followers getting introduced to this remarkable and talented designer.

    Timothy, who is passionate about French architecture and design history, bought a neoclassical château in the Loire Valley, France and brought it to it’s glory by transforming it into an exceptionally livable home, his personal retreat where he loves to entertain.

    The book An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucéis about the story of this stunningly restored French château, filled with beautiful images.

    As the château is a national landmark of which every bit of the building, each tree or stone is listed, Timothy had to be very careful with the renovation of the building and its gardens.

    The initial major restoration took approximately 5 years!

    The château needed to be restored in a meticulous way. Of course I was very much interested in the restoration of the paneling present in many rooms of the castle. Like no other, I do know how important it is to restore the authentic paneling, using time honored techniques as applied in the 18th century!  Surrounded by craftsmen and experts, Timothy restored all paneling in respect to the past. The result is outstanding!

    Timothy re-designed all the interiors of the château and filled the rooms with art and antiques.

     

    DSC_0001The book  ‘An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé’  always within reach!

     

    The 18th century national landmark before the restoration.4Image source Architectural Digest

     

    ‘Château du Grand-Lucé’ today.5Image source Architectural Digest

     

    Timothy wanted to share the restoration proces of the château with us and uploaded interesting videos of the transformation.

    2014-08-18_132951Click on image to watch the restoration trailer.

     

    The huge staircase.1Image source Architectural Digest

    Timothy at the grand staircase during the restoration.2014-08-18_135642Image source : video‘An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé - The Restoration Trailer’

     

    Timothy is explaining the proces of the restoration of the original paneling. The paint on the paneling was removed to get back to the beautiful rough wood that was original to the château. Because of fungus that has been growing on the walls over the years, they had to recreate wood panels using the same techniques that were used when the château was built in the 18th century. 2014-08-18_133803Image source : video ‘Timothy Corrigan on Restoration’

    Meticulous removing of the paint on the wood paneling.2014-08-18_143632Image source : video ‘Timothy Corrigan on Restoration’

    I highly recommend to watch the above mentioned videos about the restoration !

     

    Following here, some of the rooms before and after.

     

    Salon de Chinois before7Image source Architectural Digest

    The murals define the Western idea of life in 18th-century China.They were originally painted by the artist Jean-Baptiste Pillement, which was one of Marie Antoinette’s official painters.This salon is one of only three surviving rooms painted by him in the world.

    Salon de Chinois after6Image source Architectural Digest

     

    The Grand Salon before11Image source Architectural Digest

      The Grand Salon with its high ceiling, limestone floor and carved boiserie.

    The Grand Salon after12Image source Architectural Digest

     

    One of the château’s 14 guest rooms before10Image source Architectural Digest

    Timothy Corrigan gave every guest room its own character and style to avoid the feeling of staying in a hotel with identical suites.

    Delightful guest room after.2Image source Architectural Digest

     

    Some images inside the book ‘An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé’ .Inside bookImages source here

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

    To get your copy of the book, please click HERE or HERE.

     

    Thank you Timothy for this wonderful book, which is my constant source of inspiration to design paneling!

    Thank you for your personal note in my copy of your book. It means a lot to me!

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    I wanted to end this post with a beautiful picture of climbing roses and gravel paths around the pear trees in one of the Château Grand-Lucé’s gardens.

    3Image source Architectural Digest

     

    To see more of the work of interior designer TIMOTHY CORRIGAN, please visit his website

    www.timothy-corrigan.com

    Website Château du Grand-Lucé : www.chateaugrandluce.com

     

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    Last Friday, one of my favorite stores, the women’s boutique BOTTHY opened its doors at its new location. Since many years this store is based in the city of Geraardsbergen (Belgium).

    The owners had the opportunity to purchase a beautiful property, very close to the current location of the existing store, giving their customers the opportunity to shop in a more comfortable way and in a very pleasant, urban contemporary atmosphere.

     

    We were of course very honored when the owners enabled our company Lefèvre Interiors to participate in the  realisation of their new store’s concept.

    I am very pleased to share with you today pictures of the result of this huge transformation.

     

    B1BOTTHY Women new store – Geraardsbergen, Belgium

     

    BA 1Boutique façade before & after

     

    The owners wished to see an interior that certainly is not overloaded and wanted to retain as much as possible the authentic elements of the property. They wished to combine fair, fine materials, textures and colors, matching a contemporary store concept. Steel and wood are recurring materials, throughout the store.

    All cabinetry, wooden display shelving, fitting rooms and counters are executed in the workshop of our company Lefèvre Interiors .

    3BOTTHY Inside store – after

     

    DSC04362Inside store – before

     

    The before-after pictures I share with you here below, will able you to have an idea of this huge transformation.

    Before-After

     

    7Steel constructions were added.

     

    5The authentic beamed ceiling was completely refreshed.

     

    9A part of the authentic brick wall is kept visible.

     

    11Combination of mortex covered floor and black painted oak.

     

    34The fitting rooms are very comfortable to help you, being in a relaxed mood, choosing your new clothing.

     

    19A combination of white painted and dark stained wooden built in closet cabinets .LEFEVRE INTERIORS

     

    BA2Cabinetry all custom made by LEFEVRE INTERIORS.

     

    BA9                 Combination of steel and wood. LEFEVRE INTERIORS

     

    BA11Custom made wooden display shelving on steel clothing racks.

     

    BA12Carefully chosen vintage furniture by the owners of the store.

     

    Botthy GeraardsbergenTo follow BOTTHY on Facebook, please click HERE .

     

    I do hope you enjoyed this Lefèvre Interiors before & after project.

     

    If you would like our company to provide the interior arrangement of your commercial 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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    All pictures by me


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  • 08/31/14--02:39: Bedroom inspiration
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    Today, for you, some of my favorite and inspiring bedrooms.

    Enjoy!

     

    6Interior design Thierry Lejeune   Source Thierry Lejeune Ontwerpburo

     

    2Interior design Joseph Dirand   Source The Standart

     

    3Interior design Gilles & Boissier   Source DPages

     

    1Interior design Richard Lane   Source RSA

     

    7Aman Canale Grande Hotel, Venice, Italy   Source Yatzer

     

    4Interior design Annelle Primos Barnett   Source Decorating with Stephanie Tuliglowski

     

    5Interior design John D. Murray   Source John D. Murray Architect

     

    8Interior design Lefèvre Interiors   Source Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Claude Smekens

     

    Wishing you all a nice and relaxing Sunday!

    Talk to you soon.

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  • 09/03/14--08:04: Wishing it was real
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    The Belgian chocolatier GODIVA brand (founded in 1926) is known in over 80 countries around the world and owns and operates more than 450 boutiques and shops worldwide from New York to Paris, Tokyo to Dubai.

    In 2009 Godiva opened the shop ‘Chocoiste’, a new concept store in the popular Harajuku district in Tokyo, Japan. The famous Japanese basedinterior design firm Wonderwall, founded by Masamichi Katayama, completed this exceptional shop design.

    The shop has a primarily classical interior, combining humorous and fun design details such as the “melting chocolate” ceiling, which looks as if it's dripping with chocolate.

    Visitiors would wish it was real and could eat chocolate off the walls and ceiling.

     

    2Melting chocolate seems to drip from the walls and ceiling.

     

    1‘Dripping chocolate’ wall downstairs.

     

    6Detail of the chocolate-coloured paint.

     

    3Absolutely stunning! Simulating chocolate running down the walls.

     

    4Second floor café, where visitors can enjoy their time with chocolate.

     

    Godiva chocolatier's shop in Harajuku, Japan

    7The two-storey shop with its glass front, is open to the street, so passers-by can view both its entrance as well as the customers enjoying their time with chocolate on the second floor cafe.

     

    GODIVA CHOCOISTE HARAJUKU, TOKYO  - JAPAN

    Godiva chocolatier

    Interior design Wonderwall Japan

    All photos by Kozo Takayama– Source Wonderwall

     

     

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    Nancy Meyers is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She is the writer, producer and director of several big-screen successes, including The Parent Trap (1998), Something's Gotta Give (2003), The Holiday (2006), and It's Complicated (2009).

     

    Nancy MeyersNancy Meyers

    Nancy is currently working on her new movie ‘The Intern’.

    Nancy-Meyers----The-Intern-1_thumb4Source Nancy Meyers’s Instagram page

    I will come back later to Nancy’s new movie ‘The Intern’, but first I would like to tell you something more about her previous movies.

    Nancy Meyers is known for her absolutely amazing filming locations. The houses in her movies all look fabulous, the kind of houses people dream about. Nancy is a director with a passion for decoration. For Nancy, the look of the movie is very important because she likes to define the characters in the movie through the places they choose to live. ‘A house tells you so much about a person.’, Nancy explains. On each set Nancy works closely with set decorators and interior designers.

    When I started blogging a few years ago, I discovered, on almost every interior design blog I visited, several pictures of the interior of the beach house in the Hamptons, the filming location of the movie ‘Something’s Gotta Give’.

    Many people fell in love with this beach house and became obsessed with it. They wanted to incorporate the look of this house into their own home and designers were commissioned to design and to decorate their clients’ home inspired by this ‘SGG’ house.

    Almost every decorator has at least one client who wants a room straight out of a Nancy Meyers movie, whether it’s the appealing kitchen in ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ or one of the bedrooms in ‘The Holiday’.

    The table that was used in the SGG bedroom was found at Rose Tarlow and a lot of people wanted that table to have in their home. It seems that they never stopped making it. It’s now called the “Something’s Gotta Give table”.

     

    ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ : The beautiful beach house in the Hamptons with its timeless and Swedish influenced living room, soft toned dining room and appealing kitchen.Something's Gotta GivePictures source Cote de Texas

    SGG Table - Rose TarlowRose Tarlow “Something’s Gotta Give table”

     

    ‘The Holiday’ : California contemporary versus cozy Cotswold style.The HolidayPictures source Cote de Texas

     

    ‘It’s Complicated’ : The Santa Barbara house with its fabulous garden and cozy rooms.It's ComplicatedPictures source Cote de Texas

    One of my favorite rooms is the beautiful dressed up living room in ‘It’s Complicated’. I love the warm color palette used here. Nancy chose the color orange as an accent. I do notice several Belgian style elements here in this room, as the painted cabinet, the coffee table, the slipcovered seats and the beamed ceiling.

    It's Complicated - living roomLiving room in ‘It’s Complicated’.

    If you are interested in finding out more of these 3 gorgeous movie houses, please check the informative blogposts written by my colleague blogger Joni from Cote de Texas (here, here and here).

     

    Coming back to Nancy’s upcoming movie ‘The Intern’.

    About 3 months ago Nancy started with the filming of ‘The Intern’.

    ‘The Intern’ is a comedy that stars Anne Hathaway as Jules Ostin, as the founder of a fashion based e-commerce company who hires Robert DeNiro's character, a 70-year old widower bored with retirement, as her intern.

    Having in mind the succes of ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, ‘The Holiday’ and ‘It’s Complicated’, expectations for the upcoming movie are high. Spectators and especially interior designers (including me !) do hope to see a location to fawn over !

    Two weeks ago Nancy posted this peek inside a home in the upcoming movie and captured it with the words ‘A peek inside Jules's brownstone’. If you ask me it looks very chic and beautiful ! What do you think ?

    Nancy Meyers The Intern - P1‘A peek inside Jules's brownstone’   Source Nancy Meyers’s Instagram page

     

    Another peek inside to see on Nancy’s Instagram page, captured ‘Annie's desk in The Intern.Our first day of shooting at her startup!’. The filming location is an old factory in Brooklyn. Notice thepainted brick walls of this loft style location. This is propably the factory, where the fashion company is based. Eye-catcher is Kartell Ghost chair by Philippe Starck.

    Nancy Meyers The Intern - P16‘Annie's desk in The Intern’   Source Nancy Meyers’s Instagram page

     

    In the nick of time, preparing this blogpost, I discovered another picture added by Nancy on her Instagram page, captured  ‘The latest kitchen appliance. The Alexa.’. Notice the children’s play corner with the lou lou ghost child chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell ! Does Jules has children? We will have to find out…

    Nancy Meyers The Intern - P17‘The latest kitchen appliance.The Alexa.’   Source Nancy Meyers’s Instagram page

     

    Love love love the inspiration board Nancy posted on Instagram! I love her design aesthetic ! This board definitely shows the designer within her.

    Nancy Meyers The Intern - P12‘Inspiration board’   Source Nancy Meyers’s Instagram page

     

    More ‘behind the scenes’ pictures of ‘The Intern’ on Nancy’s Instagram page, I enjoyed.

    The Intern - Behind the scenes of the set Source Nancy Meyers’s Instagram page

     

    If you would love to see more ‘behind the scene’ pictures of The Intern’, please follow Nancy’s Instagram page here.

    Instagram-Nancy-Meyers_thumb6Nancy Meyers’ Instagram page

     

    ‘The Intern’ will come out in one year. Until then we will have to keep following Nancy’s Instagram page! I will certainly do, hoping to see more peek inside pictures.

    A huge thank you to Nancy for allowing me to post all these ‘behind the scene’ pictures. As one of her biggest Belgian fans, I do wish her a lot of succes with The Intern’!

    I will try to grab a front row seat when the movie is released in Belgian cinema.

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    All images with permission of Nancy Meyers.


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    I would love to invite you to tour the home of New York based interior designer Cheryl Skoog Tague.

    Her home is featured in the September/October issue of Veranda magazine. It even made the cover if this issue!

    Cover VerandaCheryl’s dining room on the cover of the September/October issue of Veranda.

     

    Cheryl’s company CORE HOME designs, builds and furnishes high end residential and commercial properties.

    Cheryl went all over to Europe to find reclaimed materials and antiques. By using salvaged materials and antiques her house looks very old and authentic.

    On one of her trips to Europe, I met Cheryl here in Belgium as she was looking for antique chimney pieces!

    Cheryl Skoog Tague 1European fire place in one of the rooms of Cheryl’s home   Image source Core Home

     

    Cheryl Tague in Veranda (1)Reception room at Cheryl’s home   Source video Veranda

     

    Please click on the picture below to see the house tour. I am sure you will love this home!

    Cheryl Tague - Veranda video

    Congratulations Cheryl. Your home looks absolutely gorgeous !

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    We stay in New York to spot the MILIEU Fall Anniversary Issue in the streets of New York !

    MILIEU in NYMILIEU Fall Anniversary Issue in the streets of NEW YORK   Image source

    For those who didn’t know yet, MILIEU's first anniversary issue is on the newsstands.

    MILIEUCover MILIEU Fall 2014 Issue

    MILIEU is one year old now and features so many interesting articles to read, as the article about the tile murals at the Parisian home of Juan Pablo Molyneux, about the rooms of a Westchester County home, designed by Vicente Wolf, about a New Orleans house project by Valorie Hart,… and so many more.

    Milieu featuringsImages source MILIEU Fall Issue 2014

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    I do have to share with you today an exceptional design project, just completed by Virginia based interior designer BARRY DIXON for the exquisite jewelry boutique Liljenquist & Beckstead.   

    I absolutely love this! Love the whole concept, the paneling, the furniture, the lighting fixtures and all materials Barry used here!

    Congratulations Barry. Excellent work!

     

    Pictures below showing :

    “Athena" chairs by Barry Dixon and a custom bronze table. "Oeuf" pendant from Avrett. OCHRE’s "Seed Cloud" fixture set into a hand crafted plaster dome.

    Chandeliers, pendants and sconces from Avrett, OCHRE and Magni Home Collection.All so well chosen!

    Barry Darr Dixon -Store project 1Jewelry boutique Liljenquist & Beckstead   Interior design by Barry Dixon   Image source

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    I am pleased to mention that our company LEFEVRE INTERIORS is featured in the latest issue of the magazine Art & Décoration.

    I want to thank stylist Céline Hassen and photographer Sophie Lloyd for their commitment to realize this article.

    Lefèvre Interiors dans Art & Décoration 2014 (1)Lefèvre Interiors featuring in Art & Décoration Septembre 2014

     

    Lefèvre Interiors dans Art & Décoration 2014 (2)Lefèvre Interiors featuring in Art & Décoration Septembre 2014

     

    Art & Déco coverCover Art & Décoration Septembre 2014

    To read the full article click HERE.

     

    I hope you enjoyed my today’s post.

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  • 09/18/14--09:25: Belgian style living rooms
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    Elegant Belgian living rooms.

    If you like to decorate your living room in the Belgian style, you should combine rustic elements with a modern aesthetic to create a simple, not boring, yet cozy and comfortable room.

    Choose for a neutral and soft color palette, no strong colors. Notice that nowadays there is a growing tendency to paint walls in a pure white.

    Bring in rustic elements as reclaimed ceiling beams, reclaimed wood floorboards or reclaimed stone flooring.

    Pay attention to the fire place and keep it in proportion with the architecture of the room.

    Combine antique pieces with modern furniture.

    Coffee and side tables can be made of metal or wood, or have a metal base mixed with a wooden or stone top.

    Avoid decorative excess to keep the room clean and simple.

    Add well-chosen accessories, as wicker baskets, antique or new made pottery and ceramics, in combination with simple artwork.

    Use Belgian linen for seat upholstery, slipcovers, pillows and drapes.

    Add throw pillows, using them as a color accent in your living room.

     

    5 Thierry Lejeune Art & Architecture  Source here

     

    19AM Designs

     

    16Evelyn Moreels

     

    24Vlassak-Verhulst

     

    23Vlassak-Verhulst

     

    13Magnus Villas   Source here

     

    20Vlassak-Verhulst

     

    3AM Designs

     

    22In Tempo

     

    14Rood3

     

    25Lefèvre Interiors

     

    15Sphere Concepts

     

    26Oscar V

     

    Are you inspired by these Belgian living rooms ?

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  • 09/24/14--04:46: Autumn Red
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    Fall,…with its particular beauty,…season of leaves changing colors…,

    browns, yellows, oranges and

    REDS.

     

    12Image source here

     

    7Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Sophie Lloyd

     

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    17Image source here

     

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    16Natalie Haegeman Interiors   Image source here

     

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    14Garnier Antiques   Image source here

     

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  • 10/01/14--07:08: Bathroom inspiration
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    I would love to share with you today bathrooms with special materials and textures.

    11Combination of travertino chiaro and wood. Design Bonetti&Kozerski for Donna Karan   Source here


     

    4Stunning bathroom design. Beautiful materials.  Hotel San Pietro, Matero, Italy   Photo credit Piermario Ruggeri   Source here

     

    3Soft color palette.   Source Pinterest

     

    5Exceptional bathroom designed by Lionel Jadot.   Photo credit Jean-Luc Laloux   Source here

     

    2Simplicity   Source Pinterest

     

    15Notice the ceramic floor tiles, giving the impression of a rug.   Source here

     

    16Morrocan style bathroom   Source here

     

    14Wabi Sabi style master bathroom of the Greenwich Hotel’s Tribeca Penthouse. Design by Axel Vervoordt.   Photo credit Nikolas Koenig   Source here

     

    13Design by Axel Vervoordt . Love the freestanding bathtub on the concrete floor.   Source Axel Vervoordt

     

    In a lot of the bathrooms shown here today, you will notice special techniques used. If you like these, I would recommend you to visit the website of Belgian company ODILON CREATIONS. The Odilon team has a passion for all ancient techniques, which they reinterprete and transport into a current context to personalize your project.

    Discover their different techniques, all made out of natural products :  Tadelakt, Pastellone, Graniglia, eARTh,…

    Odilon Creations TadelaktTadelakt by Odilon Creations (source website Odilon Creations)

     

    Exclusive handmade technique Odilon CreationsExclusive handmade technique by Odilon Creations (source website Odilon Creations)

     

    For more information :

    http://www.odiloncreations.be/

     

    xx

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    Authenticity and sustainable design are becoming major components in the concept of today’s restaurant design. Designers are moving to a more refined and authentic design. There is a trending towards a more crafts-focused artisan aesthetic, we are all hungry for the hand of an artisan after so many years of industrial design.

    Customers become more interested in the heritage, culture and values of the restaurant they are eating in. Designers try to tell a story that starts from the moment customers enter the restaurant until they leave. They move away from the domestic style of previous years. With their design aesthetic, designers try to create immersive environments that may have some nostalgia, because eating in a restaurant is about more than food. People want to escape from their usual home dining environment. The restaurant of today is a destination that offers a culinary satisfaction along with a cultural experience.

    Sumptuous, glamorous restaurant interiors are created, evoking an atmosphere of grandeur, luxury and decadence.

    In restaurant design makeovers we notice that the designers try to preserve authentic elements and materials or they try to bring in new materials referring to the restaurant’s initial establishment, in respect of the historical significance of the building or restaurant’s area, and in respect of the national heritage and the historic environment.

    Authentic and impresssive, massive interiors as backdrop to sophisticated materials and refined, personalized, custom made furniture. A space where one can feel a synergie between classic craft and contemporary design. Subtly-chic, understated elegance interior design.

    All these characteristics are translated into the choice of materials, color tones and textures, artisanal custom made furniture and lighting fixtures.

    Designers move away from minimalist tones to more rich, bright and saturated colors.The use of brass and gold brings a feeling of warmth and a sense of history to a room. Brass is making its comeback in the design world, although this is more of a classic accent rather than a trend.

     

    Today I want to share with you some recently designed restaurant interiors, designed by renowned European designers.

    These pictures will bring you more insight on the latest design trend of European restaurant interiors.

     

    MONSIEUR BLEU

    Monsieur Bleu is a restaurant designed by the Paris based architect Joseph Dirand and is located inside Palais de Tokyo, the museum of modern and contemporary art in Paris.

    In most of his projects Joseph Dirand prefers to work with a black and white color scheme. Also in this restaurant black and white are basic colors, complemented by shades of green along with gold detailing.

    Marble is seen everywhere (floor, fireplace and back of sofas) in this massive, art deco influenced, interior. Warmth is added by using brass and bronze elements, smoky mirrors, and shades of green velvet upholstery.

    An interior with clear art deco influences.

    1Restaurant Monsieur Bleu in Paris - Interior design by Joseph Dirand  Photography Adrien Dirand  Image source here

     

    2Restaurant Monsieur Bleu in Paris - Interior design by Joseph Dirand  Photography Adrien Dirand  Image source here

     

    3Restaurant Monsieur Bleu in Paris - Interior design by Joseph Dirand  Photography Adrien Dirand  Image source here

     

    THE JANE

    The Dutch designer Piet Boon has recently completed the transformation of the church of a former military hospital into The Jane, the restaurant of Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman, located in Antwerp, Belgium.

    Contemporary furniture and lighting contrast well to the preserved authentic elements of the church as the original mosaic flooring and weathered ceiling.

    Again we notice that earthy green tones, brass and bronze elements complement and complete the black and white basic of this massive interior.

    Striking element is the 800 kg chandelier designed by the Beirut-based studio .PSLAB. This studio also designed the other specific lighting fixtures for the restaurant. Notice the beautiful brass uplighters on the wooden separations.

    4Restaurant The Jane in Antwerp - Interior design by Piet Boon  Photography Richard Powers  Source here 

     

    4Restaurant The Jane in Antwerp - Interior design by Piet Boon  Photography Richard Powers  Source here 

     

    5Restaurant The Jane in Antwerp - Interior design by Piet Boon  Photography Richard Powers  Source here 

     

    SONG QI

    The interior design of Song Qi , a new haute-Chinese restaurant in Monaco is inspired by the 1930s Shanghai style. This restaurant’s interior is designed by Monaco based design firm Humbert & Poyet. Although the decor is contemporary, there is a hint of chinoiserie in the crackled black-lacquer walls and brass accents.

    Predominance of black and white (floor and crackled lacquer walls). Touches of brass (lightings and frames). Silky green velvet (banquettes and chairs).

    7Restaurant Song Qi in Monaco - Interior design Humbert & Poyet  Photography Matthieu Salvaing  Image source here

     

    8Restaurant Song Qi in Monaco - Interior design Humbert & Poyet  Photography Matthieu Salvaing  Image source here

     

    9Restaurant Song Qi in Monaco - Interior design Humbert & Poyet  Photography Matthieu Salvaing  Image source here

     

       Ô COCOTTES

    The brasserie of Belgian hotel Crown Plaza in Liège, Ô Cocottes. The restaurant’s interior is created by a collaboration between Eric Goffin et Dominic Minguet.

    The softness of velvet counterbalances the white walls and black tables. The vivid violet banquettes bring warmth to the restaurant’s interior.

    11Brasserie Ô Cocottes - Interior design Eric Coffin et Dominic Minguet   Photo credit Visual Eye  Image source here

     

    10Brasserie Ô Cocottes - Interior design Eric Coffin et Dominic Minguet  Photo credit Visual Eye  Image source here

     

    12Brasserie Ô Cocottes - Interior design Eric Coffin et Dominic Minguet  Image source here

     

    LE FLANDRIN

    Le Flandrin is another restaurant revamped by renowned Paris designer Joseph Dirand. Le Flandrin has occupied a historic railway station building since 1932, serving traditional French cuisine to some of the city’s finest clientele. Joseph Dirand succeeded in restoring the restaurant’s decor to its former glory by using materials that evoke classic luxury as rare marbles, dark woods, polished brass, mirrored glass and velvet upholstery and a classic geometric-patterned tile floor.

    19Restaurant Le Flandrin– Interior design by Joseph Dirand  Photography Adrien Dirand  Image source here

     

    21Restaurant Le Flandrin– Interior design by Joseph Dirand  Photography Adrien Dirand  Image source here

     

    20Restaurant Le Flandrin– Interior design by Joseph Dirand  Photography Adrien Dirand  Image source here

     

    CHRISTOPHER’S

    The restaurant houses in a grade II listed building with an interesting past of its own, including a period as a papier mâché factory and opening in 1870 as London’s first licensed casino. Originally opened in 1991 in the heart of Covent Garden, Christopher’s has established itself as one of London’s prime American restaurants.

    The restaurant re-opened las year after the refurbishing of the bar, dining room and club room, recalling the heady-glamour of the Modern American era.

    London based architect and designer De Matos Ryan was commissioned to redesign and refurbish the spaces.

    The restaurant is decorated in muted, heritage grey and a splash of gold velvet. A classic contemporary two-tone grey panelling and a silver gilded ceiling cornice. Antique mirrored panels. The accents of gold velvet counterbalance the rather cold backdrop of grey panelled walls and grey leather upholstery.

    16Restaurant Christopher’s - Interior design De Matos Ryan Image source here

     

    17Restaurant Christopher’s - Interior design De Matos Ryan Image source here

     

    18Restaurant Christopher’s - Interior design De Matos Ryan Image source here

     

    RESTAURANT FRU K

    Fru K is the restaurant of the hotel The Thief in Oslo, Norway. Interior design by Oslo based firm Mellbye Architects.

    The designers played with a mixture of black, bronze and gold, creating an ultra chic look. Again we notice dark woods, velvet upholstery, brass light fixtures.

    24Restaurant Fru K - Interior design Mellbye Architects  Image source here

     

    15Restaurant Fru K - Interior design  Image source here

     

    22Restaurant Fru K - Interior design Mellbye Architects  Image source here

     

    The Ritz Hotel in Paris closed for renovations, on 1 August 2012. The reopening was originally scheduled for Summer 2014, but it’s now been pushed back to early 2015.

    I can’t wait to see this legendary hotel’s new look! I am very curious about the restaurant L’Espadon new interior. And I am wondering who the designer might be! Somewhere on the internet is to read that New York based designer Thierry W. Despont might be commissioned to the hotel’s new interior.

    Hotel-Ritz-Paris-Espadon-RestaurantRestaurant L’Espadon before closure in 2012   Image source here

     

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  • 10/16/14--02:35: Cape Dutch inspired home
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    The moment I came across the article in Architectural Digest, featuring this Cape Dutch house, I could hardly believe that this house was built in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    8Baton Rouge Cape Dutch inspired house, seen by the lake.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

     

    Reading the full story (here) I discovered that the owners are well-traveled people, knowing a lot of Dutch architecture and history.

    They had fallen in love with Cape Dutch architecture during their travels and commissioned Alabama based Architect Bobby McAlpine of McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and interior designer Ray Booth of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors to build a Cape Dutch inspired house in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    Bobby McAlpine is absolutely one of my favorite American architects (his book ‘The Home Within Us’ is a never leaving coffee table book). Sensing this house ‘of his hand’, definitely confirmed his architectural skills, his understanding of using authentic building materials. Bobby McAlpine is a competent architect, a connoisseur of different architectural styles.

    Cape Dutch architecture is an architectural style found in the Western Cape of South Africa (Dutch colony), primarily built in the 17th century.

    Houses in Cape Dutch style have a recognisable design, and are distinguished by a grand, ornately rounded gable, as seen on 17th century Holland townhouses. The Cape Dutch houses have whitewashed walls and reed-thatched roofs. They are usually H-shaped.

    9A South African Cape Dutch house   Image source here

    Most of these Cape Dutch buildings have been lost, however the design tradition is still to see in some historical South African towns, such as Stellenbosch.

    15 Rounded gable townhouses in Amsterdam   Photo credit Klaas Schoof   Image source here

     

    Let’s go back to the Baton Rouge house.

    The owners paid careful attention to details, bringing in soulful European antiques and art throughout their home.

    1The center hall is paved with well-worn black and white marble, has a beamed ceiling and runs from front to back. The room is evoking the atmosphere of a Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) painting.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

     

    13‘The Concert’ (1666), painting by Johannes Vermeer.   Source here

     

    The center hall of the Baton Rouge house reminds me of an entrance hall of a Belgian home, designed by Axel Vervoordt.14Dutch style entrance hall designed by Axel Vervoordt   Image source here

     

    2Hand-troweled plaster walls and custom-made raised oak paneling at the entrance hall. A circa-1740 Baroque painted table and a 17th century portrait.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

    18Original 17th century Dutch Baroque table   Source here

     

    3The living room is a nearly 50-foot-long space.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

    As the owners requested to give their home the look of a an old house, there was opted to add antique-style glass in the windows.

     

    11 Dutch spirit 17th century bronze chandelier and wall sconces.  Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

    21Original Dutch Baroque chandelier   Source here

    19A large late 17th century Dutch brass wall sconce   Source here

     

    4I absolutely love the view from the kitchen towards the sitting area.  Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD 

    17Fire place mantel  Museum of Appingedam– Holland

     

    5Pantry with view towards the sitting area. Notice again the small Dutch chandelier above the table.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

     

    6The box beds in the guest room evoke a 17th century bedroom.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

    16Box bed Museum of Appingedam– Holland

     

    10Thatched-roof dining pavilion.  Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

     

    To see more pictures of this Cape Dutch House and to read the full story, please click HERE.

     

    Congratulations to all the people who were involved with the building of this gorgeous house, the owners and the team of McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors !

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    Architect Richard Found, founder of London based Found Associates successfully succeeded in adding a super-modern extension to an idyllic18th century Cotswolds’ cottage, to make of it a relaxed family home.

    The addition to the historic structure is completely different and has a contemporary design.

    To achieve the modern design the architect had in mind, he used contemporary methods with traditional materials. For example, the dry stone used for the exterior of the addition is similar to that of the cottage but laid in a modern way, with the mortar set far back so it’s not visible.

    As Richard Found didn’t want a long and unbroken extension, he designed a series of different planes, respecting the surrounding landscape and the old cottage.

    He also completely refurbished the cottage, which has its own living room and kitchen, making it perfect for weekend guests.

     

    1The property with the 18th century cottage and the new constructed addition.

     

    8The dry stone used for the exterior of the addition is similar to that of the cottage but laid in a modern way.

     

    2South-facing glass wall that runs the entire length of the kitchen and sitting room.

    The architect wanted to be able to stand in his living room and feel like he was standing in the forest with no visual interruption, which was a challenge. He had to found out how to construct this building without columns supporting the cantilevered roof, often used for parties.

     

    4 Roof terrace with concrete paving slabs.

     

    3Living and dining room with view to the cottage.

    The architect wanted to obtain a clean, minimalist look. The audio speakers are embedded into the walls above the fireplace and are covered with 3 millimeters of plaster.

     

    11 Uncluttered look even in the kitchen, with closed cabinets to hide all appliances.

     

    5TV room with concrete desk.

     

    6Honey-coloured -that leans towards the beige cottage stone- concrete hall and glass connection to the original cottage.

     

    10Glass doors to the bedrooms slide away into wall cavities.

     

    12Master bedroom with bathroom.

     

    9Main bedroom – landscape view.

     

    13The 18th century cottage guest house with its stone floor and wooden beams.

     

    7The property has won the Royal Institute of British Architects National Award 2012.

     

    FOUND ASSOCIATES

    14-16 GREAT PULTENEY STREET

    LONDON

    WWW.FOUNDASSOCIATES.COM

     

    Source images HOUZZ.COM   -  Photo credit HUFTON & CROW

     

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  • 11/01/14--04:50: All Saints' Day
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    Remembering my dad

    Today, I remember my father, who ushered in the 3rd generation of Lefèvre cabinetmakers and founder of our company Lefèvre Interiors.

    The older I get, the more I miss him. His listening ear, his wise advice and his ability to find answers to all problems.

     

    Jacques Lefèvre (3)Jacques Lefèvre (1936 – 2001)

     

    1998My dad and me on a business trip toLʼIsle-sur-la-Sorgue, France - October 1998

     

    ‘ One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.’   (George Herbert)

     

    Remembering my dad…

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    My friendLeslie Sinclair, the author of the blog Segreto and owner of the Houston based company Segreto Finishes, recently published her new book ‘Segreto Style’.

    We all have noticed that great pictures of Leslie’s work appeared in bloggerland since her first book Segreto was published.

    As owner of a decorative painting company, Leslie Sinclair is constantly exploring new techniques and finishes that appeal to a vast multitude of styles and personal tastes.

    Her new book ‘Segreto Style’ takes us touring thirty-nine exquisite house projects, of which Leslie’s company Segreto Finishes took care of the mural as of the cabinet plaster and paint finishes.

    Leslie’s books, the first as well as the new book, are a testimony to her talent of being a true artist and entrepreneur!

     

    Segretostylecover - CopyCover of the book ‘Segreto Style’ by Leslie Sinclair

     

    Here is a sneak peek at this gorgeous new book.

    north10wLilac velvet seat in front of a paneling finished by Segreto.   Photography by Wade Blissard

     

    100saddlebrook2A formal living room. Finishes by Segreto.   Photography by Wade Blissard  

     

    buckingham2- Deep hues of plaster enhance the dramatic feel of this dining room.   Photography by Wade Blissard  

     

    broad5Hand-painted wine label by Segreto.   Photography by Wade Blissard     

     

    DBM_2350-Edit-3186190700-O-Love this painted monogram by Segreto!    Photography by Blake Mistich

     

    DBM_2616-Edit-3186283762-O-RecoveredCreamy plaster in the hallway of a Normandy style home.   Photography by Blake Mistich

        

    Terry Vine PhotographySegreto was commissioned with mural painting and restoring plastered ceilings at the renovation of this 1930’s designed French style château.   Photography by Terry Vine

     

    I am absolutely sure that Leslie’s decorative paint and plaster finishes to see in this book will appeal to many of you.  Segreto Style is the perfect Christmas gift!

    All images with permission of Leslie Sinclair.

     

     Segreto Style Segretostylecover - CopyTo order, please click here or here 

    SegretoSEGRETO FINISHESTo order, please click here or here

    Enjoy !

     

    Wishing everyone of you, my dear readers, a nice weekend!

    xx

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    Today I would love to introduce you to one of my favorite contemporary Belgian artists, the painter Isabelle Bossuyt.

    I have to admit that I am really intrigued by Isabelle’s work. Every time I see a new painting appearing on her Facebook or Pinterest page, I am amazed by the emotion and the power, emanating from her paintings.

    Isabelle Bossuyt (°1977) graduated as ‘Master in Expressive Arts, option Textile Design ' at Sint-Lucas Academy Ghent, Belgium.

    Driven by her never gone away passion for painting together with her huge interest in textiles, textures, colors and in fashion, Isabelle opted, since several years, to focus on full-time painting.

    Isabelle's passion for fashion, enclosed in an artistic jacket, results in an intriguing series of paintings.

    1Isabelle at work in her studio.

    The artist is not only bringing together colors, fabrics and textures, but is also searching to reproduce facial expressions of her characters.

    Isabelle likes to paint fashion models and also the movements on the catwalk are fascinating her. Not what is shown interests her, but the stately elegance of the models, the comings and goings of fashion trends, the power of those few minutes on the catwalk, the moments that pass away very quickly, the short duration power.

    The catwalk as a sublime encounter between power and beauty. Superhuman, hastily and unreal. As a theatre is.

    Her characters are lifelike and if you look closely you can see them move.

    7Show time   oil on canvas   150 cm x 150 cm

     

    9Kom naar me toe   oil on canvas   150 cm x 150 cm

     

    8Mirror me   oil on canvas   120 cm x 120 cm

     

    10De dames   oil on canvas   100 cm x 100 cm

     

    ' Clothing is giving a certain character to a person and I like to emphasize the character traits of the figures in the painting by making them look subdued or vice verca, giving them a self-confident and triumphantly look by showing them wearing high heels.’, clarifies Isabelle on her website.

     

    ‘Black & White’ is her most recent series of paintings.

    The cool atmosphere in these black & white series is evoking the 'film noir' with its predominant moods of melancholy and alienation, where the 'femme fatale ' plays the leading role.

     

    ‘Black dress’ is one of my favorite paintings !  It reminds me of Coco Chanel.

    3Black dress   oil on canvas   80 cm x 80 cm

     

    4Wool   oil on canvas   120 cm x 120 cm

     

    6Qui est cette fille   oil on canvas   100 cm x 150 cm

     

    5Friday night   oil on canvas   100 cm x 100 cm

     

    Dear readers, art lovers and fashionistas, if you love the paintings shown here or if you would love to have a personalized work of Isabelle Bossuyt , please contact Isabelle

    at isabelle@spherebox.be

    TIP: one of Isabelle’s paintings as the perfect Christmas gift !

    To see more of Isabelle’s paintings, please visit her Website or Pinterest page here and here.

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    Isabelle Bossuyt

    Rijksweg 224

    8710 Wielsbeke (Belgium)

    +32 (0) 56 66 45 07

    isabelle@spherebox.be

    xx

    Greet

     

    All pictures of paintings with permission of Isabelle Bossuyt


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    Lefèvre Interiors  designs, makes and installs bespoke classic or modern panelling. Through artisan means and with a passion for interior decorating and style.

    Today I want to share with you French style panelled rooms, created by the employees and artisans working in the workshop of Lefèvre Interiors.

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 2Bespoke French 18th century style panelling - made of French oak.   Photo credit Jo Pauwels

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 1The French style ornaments are carved by hand.   Photo credit Jo Pauwels

     

    The boards - still shaped like the tree - lie in the warehouse to dry. When they start an assignment, the carpenters open up the pile like a book. They can read the wood's character, the uniformity of the grain and the colour.

    Lefèvre Interiors 38Boards lie in the warehouse to dry.  Photo credit Koen Snauwaert

    Then, each board starts its own artisan journey, to become panelling,…

    Lefèvre Interiors 39Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

    …made by the craftsmen in the Lefèvre Interiors workshop.

    Lefèvre Interiors 40Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 3French 19th century style panelling - made of French oak.  Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 4French 19th century style panelling with integrated doors.   Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography 

     Lefèvre Interiors 5Detail panelling.   Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography      Detail cornice.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 7French painted panelling.   Photo credit Koen Snauwaert

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 6Hand carved ornament.   Photo credit Koen Snauwaert

     

    All panelling is made in the workshop of Lefèvre Interiors in Belgium.

    Lefèvre Interiors 28Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 27One of our employees is scraping the wood. When you scrape the wood, instead of sanding it, you are still able to see and feel the texture.    Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 35Joinery.   Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 34A Lefèvre woodcarver at work.   Photo credit Koen Snauwaert

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 33Plaster ornament models in our workshop.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 36All Lefèvre panelling is made of noble wood.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 32Each and every panelling has its own specific mouldings, according to the style of the panelled room. Frequently new designed mouldings are added to our existing collection.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 14Our employees installing the panelling in the client’s home.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Whether the panelling is stained, waxed or painted, finishes and patina are brought on by hand, at the client’s site.

    Lefèvre Interiors 24Stained panelling.   Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 26Hand painted patina.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 25 Panelling finishes at client’s site.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 16French 18th century Régence style panelling with built in cabinet for flatscreen.  Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 13Panelling and shutters by Lefèvre Interiors.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 18Panelling with integrated French style door.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre                        

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 19Panelling details : sunk moulding panelling.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 41My husband is minusculy taking over moulding details of an antique French panelling.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 17Panelling with curved panels.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 20Trumeau mirror above French marble chimney.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 9Panelled room by Lefèvre InteriorsPhoto credit Claude Smekens Photography

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 10Focal point in this room and starting point to design the panelling, was the French 18th century Régence walnut chimney piece.   Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 12In contrast with the panelling in the previous room, this panelling has raised mouldings.  Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 11Panelled wall with secret door towards the entry hall.  Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 10bPanelling and French chest by Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 30Hand painted panelling finishes by Lefèvre Interiors.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Lefèvre Interiors 31Stained wood finishes for panelling by Lefèvre InteriorsPhoto credit Greet Lefèvre

     

    Out of respect for and in memory of my father Jacques Lefèvre, not a single piece leaves the workshop without the brand of J. Lefèvre.

    Lefèvre Interiors 29LEFEVRE SIGNATURE   Photo credit 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 .

     

    Leading our family-owned business, together with my husband, - and this for the 4th generation (since 1890) -, I am honoured and pleased to mention that Lefèvre Interiors will be featured in the newest Belgian book ‘MANUFACTUM’.

    ‘MANUFACTUM’ is the title of a new book that will be published in December 2014. The book highlights 20 Belgian high-end artisans and craftsmen.

    MANUFACTUM COVERCover ‘Manufactum’

    by Dirk De Moor (text) & Philippe Debeerst (photography) – Snoeck Publishers Belgium

     

    ‘MANUFACTUM’ is abook on 'masters in handcraft', that highlights Belgian people & companies that manufacture products where manual labor, knowledge, tradition and skills are essential. Products that by their quality, uniqueness and exclusivity only can be produced by human hands. A touch of exclusivity and tradition. Mastery after all.

     

    The book will be available in Dutch, French and English. The presentation to the press will take place on December 11.

    ’Manufactum’ will be available at the bookstore next month.

     

    I will keep you updated!

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    If you like antiques and art, together with Belgian architecture, I would like to remind you that within 2 weeks, Ann-Sophie and Charles Destoop, the owners of Belgian based company ‘Authentic Antiques’, open their house for private sales.

    1Photo credit Nicolas Schimp

      Ann-Sophie and her husband Charles invite you to the ‘Winter Viewings’ in their beautiful home in Merchtem, near Brussels.

    7The house located in the Belgian countryside.   Photo credit Nicolas Schimp

    As an art historian and art consultant for auction house Christie’s, Ann-Sophie has always been passionate about art & antiques.

    Twice a year (winter and summer) Ann-Sophie and Charles open the doors of their beautiful house located in the Belgian countryside.

    13Photo credit Ann-Sophie Destoop

     

    The old farm house, completely renovated by Belgian architect Benoît Viaene, is the perfect setting for showing antique and vintage furniture, lamps, ceramics and glass work, together with unique objects, photography and art, that Ann-Sophie and Charles have to offer.

    15Photo credit Nicolas Schimp

     

    14Photo credit Ann-Sophie Destoop

     

    They are currently working on a new website http://www.authenticandso.com/, that will be online soon.

    ‘Winter Viewings’ will run Friday December 5, Saturday December 6, Sunday December 7 & Monday December 8, from 11 am to 6 pm.

    Address and info see invitation below.

    Winter Viewings Authentic Antiques

    An event not to be missed. Be sure to note!

     

    xx

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    All pictures posted with permission of Ann-Sophie & Charles Destoop


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    Following trends in interior design, we all have noticed that it became very trendy to paint paneling in white, evoking  the atmosphere of the Haussmannien apartments in Paris.

    But what do you think about oak paneling in modern interior design settings?

    Isn’t that beautiful !?

    Take a look inside the couture boutique NATAN located in the Avenue Louise, Brussels. Natan is one of the most exclusive couture shops in Brussels. Belgian fashion designer Edouard Vermeulen is worldwide famous and designs stylish and sophisticated pieces.

    Belgian architect and interior designer Vincent Van Duysen was commissioned to design the boutique’s interior.

    It is absolutely fascinating to see how Van Duysen knew how to combine modern design with the traditional paneling.

    N5 NATAN Boutique Brussels   Source Vincent Van Duysen website

     

    N1NATAN Boutique Brussels   Source Vincent Van Duysen website

     

    N4NATAN Boutique Brussels   Source Vincent Van Duysen website

     

    N6NATAN Boutique Brussels   Source Natan Facebook page

     

    N2NATAN Boutique Brussels   Source unknown

     

    N3NATAN Boutique Brussels   Source unknown

     

    The interior of restaurant ‘La Villa’ in Paris is another example of a perfect mix of traditional and contemporary design.

    Interior design by Gilles & Boissier architects.

    GB1Restaurant ‘La Villa’ Paris   Source Pinterest

     

    GB2Restaurant ‘La Villa’ Paris   Source here

     

    GB3Restaurant ‘La Villa’ Paris   Source here

     

    GB5Restaurant ‘La Villa’ Paris   Source here

     

    GB4Restaurant ‘La Villa’ Paris   Source here

     

     Rouge Tomate in Brussels is a cozy restaurant to have lunch or dinner, being surrounded by oak paneling.

    RT1Restaurant ‘Rouge Tomate’ Brussels   Source Rouge Tomate website

     

    RT2Restaurant ‘Rouge Tomate’ Brussels   Source Rouge Tomate website

     

    RT3Restaurant ‘Rouge Tomate’ Brussels   Source Rouge Tomate website

     

    Oak paneling as a backdrop for contemporary art and furniture.

    NM1Source Magazine Côté Paris Juin-Juillet 2012   Photo credit Nicolas Millet

     

    NM2Source Magazine Côté Paris Juin-Juillet 2012   Photo credit Nicolas Millet

     

    Wishing you all a wonderful and relaxed weekend !

    xx

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  • 12/04/14--14:58: Christmas styling
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    Every year I absolutely love to share with you my favorite Christmas decoration ideas.

    I do hope you will enjoy this year’s ideas and I might hope they will inspire you to try them out for yourself.

    Enjoy!

     

     Christmas decorations inside the home…

     

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    Mistletoe is one of my favorite Christmas decorations ever.

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    Lots of candles around.

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    Different kinds of Christmas wreaths. Christmas wreaths don't have to be made from traditional evergreens,  mix them up with eucalyptus leaves, boxwood, lotus pods, etc.

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    Simplicity…

    Group some golden candles.

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    Add greenery to the candlesticks.

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    Take your silverware out of the closet…

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    Dried berries on a silver plate.

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    Decorating the stairs…

    Wrap the railing in garlands.

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    Put candles on the stairs.

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    Decorate your home furniture…

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    Let’s decorate the Christmas tree…

    I am thinking about decorating this year’s tree with only pine cones.

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    Would you dare to put burning candles in your Christmas tree this year ?

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    Or would you rather opt for an abundantly decorated tree?

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    What about these beautiful glass ornaments with sprigs of holly, bayberry, and evergreens.

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    This year’s favorite Christmas wrapping ideas…

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    Traditional wrapping, always perfect.

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    What a gorgeous idea is this nutshell wrapping!

    60Source here

     

    Christmas table setting ideas…

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    Love this idea for table place cards.

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     Don’t forget to give your food that little Christmas twist…

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    Let’s go decorate outdoors…

     

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    Gorgeous!

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    And don’t forget to decorate your horse stable !

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    Time to get ready for the most wonderful time of the year!

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    Happy decorating !

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