Thursday, July 31, 2014

Belgian Pearls 5th Anniversary


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


Monday, July 28, 2014

Fabulous holiday home in Germany



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.


The beautiful and serene dining room.clip_image001



The beautiful country home.clip_image002


Home terrace, garden and surroundings.clip_image003


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Nearby kitchen.clip_image005


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



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 :

Märkisches Landhaus No8
Forststrasse 13
16775 Großwoltersdorf / OT Buchholz


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

email :




All pictures with permission of Anette Stolle

Photo credit Claude Smekens Fotografie

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Good reads


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 saw a 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 !



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tablescape for summer dining


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 !



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Renewed Mauritshuis - The Hague


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.

2014-07-10_141952Mauritshuis   Image source here


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              




Thursday, July 3, 2014

Perfect panelling


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.

3Source unknown


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

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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   Source website Joseph Dirand


Parisian chic. By Joseph Dirand.

14Interior design Joseph Dirand    Source website 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    Source website 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!!!



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