Thursday, March 31, 2011

Orangery redo – Final version


I am pleased to share with you today the pictures of the finishing part of our orangery-redo. The pictures are taken by me with a cybershot Sony camera, so forgive me for my unprofessional photographie.


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Coffee table executed by our company Lefèvre Interiors.


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The existing sofa is slipcovered with the identical linen as the upholstery of the new large sofa opposite.

BeforeBefore2Photo credit : Fotografie Claude Smekens

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The color of the lime paint is much warmer than the flat cool grey painted walls before.

BeforeBefore3 Photo credit : Fotografie Claude Smekens



At the upper part of the chimney mantelpiece we hung a group of antlers.


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To obtain a more straight and clean look, I have chosen for a fixed upholstered large sofa.


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This will be my new reading corner!

BeforeIMG_6738Photo credit : Efi De Grande

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I just love the color of my antique vase I placed on the chimney piece.


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The orangery is much warmer, lighter, much airier and more peaceful than before. Aren’t you agree?

For my readers who have missed the orangery-redo in progress and who are interested in reading about it, click here, here and here.


Custom made furniture;  seating & decoration : Lefèvre Interiors

Linen fabrics : Libeco

Painting : Dankers Decor


I am curious about your thoughts!



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Kitchens with that little bit more

Do you know that feeling when you see a picture of a dining room or a living room or a kitchen of which you can’t keep your eyes of? Well that happened with me looking at these kitchen images. They all have that little bit more…! Definitely to me!
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Wouldn’t you love to be invited to have dinner in this kitchen? I certainly would !!!

Last week I discovered a beautiful blog of 2 lovely ladies, Renee and Angela. The blog UNDER SPANISH MOSS . My dear friends, I really want to advice you to visit this gorgeous blog! Although Renee and Angela started their blog not so long ago, it looks very promising. You will find the most beautiful images of architecture and interior design.
Browsing through this blog, I came across these beautiful kitchen pictures that Angela and Renee posted, talking about the architect Kevin Harris  HERE. I might think that you will all love this blog!
I couldn’t resist to show you 2 of the pictures of this Tuscan inspired kitchen by Kevin Harris.
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To die for, isn’t it?

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Coming home after work to relax in this kitchen?! No doubt!

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Soft and creamy.

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Notice the way that cabinet is integrated in that kitchen wall.

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I have always loved the entire tiled kitchen walls with “Hollandse witjes”. Don’t you?

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This is a picture of the kitchen of the guesthouse Bonifacius in Bruges! A wonderful place to stay if you ever visit Bruges! Take a look at the website : You will not regret it!

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French inspired! Always charming.

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Gorgeous built-in cabinet with antique doors.

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I love the wall finish here.

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I do love everything about this kitchen!


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Beautiful combination of the white cabinets with the stained table and lovely kitchen chairs!

Since I have discovered the kitchen of Susan, the author of the blog TWO MAISONS ,  I filed the pictures because I just looovvveee this kitchen! No clutter and so airy.

23The old cheese planks that Susan used for the kitchen cabinet doors and drawers are fabulous!
20 Notice the wooden beam!
22 And that beautiful 18th century French pantry door of which Susan scraped off the paint inch by inch!
To read the before and after post of Susan’s beautiful kitchen, click here .
Talk to you soon! In my next post I will show you the pictures of our finished orangery redo!
Sorry for the unknown image sources. If anyone can tell me the source, please let me know. I will be pleased to adjust it on this post.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Orangery redo – Part III & Gardening Belgian Style at Providence Ltd.



First of all a huge thank to my friend Mona of the beautiful blog PROVIDENCE LTD. for posting an interview with me about the Belgian style of gardening! Mona has put a lot of work in this post! Thank you so much Mona for asking me to talk about this subject! I really feel honoured!


If you are interested in this interview, please click on the Providence Ltd. logo.  header_new8

Our garden Our garden (picture of last year).




Today a quick post about the process of our orangery redo. For those who haven’t read Part I & II and want to know more about it, please click here (Part I) and here (Part II).

Part II ended with the plaster coat.


The painters started to paint the plaster coat a first time, as you can see here.



And the day after it looked as this.


After our painter R. had made us some samples to be able to choose the right finishing patina…



…he moved on with the finishing and of course the most important part!!

The application of the final and definitive patina!!!



Our lovely painter, B. was giving the lightswitches and plates the suitable paint color.

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A final check up with the chosen upholstery fabrics.

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And here you can see the result! Jan and me are really excited about it!

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We are really happy with the patina that matches, in an excellent way, the stone of our chimney piece.


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A huge thank to the painters R. and B. for their incredible effort to finish our orangery room according our wishes! 

Thank you guys, you are the best! You can be very proud of your job!


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The orangery is awaiting to be furnished!




Monday, March 21, 2011

Let’s go Swedish today…


As I noticed that a lot of my Belgian readers love to know more about Swedish interior design and because I am searching for a beautiful Swedish table for one of my clients, this post of today is about some great finds I came across browsing the web this weekend.

I thought that a lot of you might be interested in what I have discovered.

To start this Swedish post I posted a picture of a detail of a Swedish styled woodpaneling, I have always loved,

executed by my company LEFEVRE INTERIORS.

Lefèvre Interiors  image source : Lefèvre Interiors


And this is a picture of a Swedish decorated dining room I just love!! To die for, isn’t it?!!!

This picture I found on Joni’s blog COTE DE TEXAS here.

Zweedse stijl 264 (Lisa Luby Ryan via Cote de Texas)image source : Lisa Luby Ryan via Côte de Texas

The Swedish chairs are gorgeous and notice that beautiful chest! A wonderful ambiance here!

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I might think that these chairs are new- made, but they look really pretty here in this ‘green’ room.

In my latest post I already mentionned the Swedish blog CLASSIC STYLE . Marie, the author, is a Swedish native and I do love her interior design taste. Her blog is very beautiful!

This is a picture of Marie’s dining room! It is not to hide she is a Swedish native! What an elegant room!

Dining room (Classic Style) image source : Classic Style blog

The picture of the cupboard cabinet I found at the webshop of my friend Hennie of the beautiful Dutch blog ROOM SEVENTEEN here. At Hennie’s webshop you will find the most beautiful decorative furniture and accessories at moderate prices! Visit her webshop HERE.

Room Seventeen 1 image source : Room Seventeen


These Swedish chairs for sale I found at an antiques dealer in Holland, INTRAMUROS. They have some gorgeous antique pieces for sale.

For more information about these chairs, please visit the INTRAMUROS website HERE.

Intramuros image source : Intramuros

If you love to have more information about this Swedish slagbord table, please contact the Belgian antiques and interior design company AM PROJECTS here.

Swedish slagbord table (AM) image source : AM Projects


This picture I filed since a long time under my VELVET & LINEN computer file. I have always loved the Swedish secretary and this exceptional Swedish armchair. Brooke did a wonderful job bringing together these 2 beauties.

Velvet & Linen image source : Velvet & Linen


Because I was searching for Swedish tables at the websites of a lot of European companies and antiques dealers, I came across some interesting websites as the one of LA CHAMBRE D’OR. You really should take a look at this website! You will discover a very classic and elegant design.

La Chambre d'Or 1 image source : La Chambre d’Or

La Chambre d'Or 2 image source : La Chambre d’Or


JUULE, the scandinavian interior design and gift shop, from the Netherlands, is another address I want to share with you.

Look at these beautiful finds here at this webshop.

Swedish clock (Juule) image source : Juule

A Mora clock.

!!!  My friend Lene of the blog THE ESSENCE OF THE GOOD LIFE wrote a most interesting post about the origin of Swedish MORA CLOCKS here. !!!


Swedish table (Juule) image source : Juule

A beautiful table from the 1930’s.


And if we think Swedish, we think IKEA.

I discovered a beautiful velvet upholstered seat of the Ikea Stockholm Collection HERE.

Ikea Stockholm collectionimage source : IKEA

Seat Stockholm collection Ikea image source : IKEA


And for those who haven’t enough yet of all things Swedish and would love to pack to fly to Sweden, here is an address of a hotel in Stockholm : HOTEL SVEN VINTAPPARE .

Hotel Vintappare 1image source : Hotel Sven Vintappare

Hotel Vintappare 2 image source : Hotel Sven Vintappare

Authentic Swedish hotelroom.


I hope you enjoyed the Swedish tour of today!