Saturday, February 23, 2013

From Rome to Bruges



The renowned piano duo and sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque grew up in southern France and moved all around Europe the past 25 years. Today they live in a historic building in Rome and collaborated with Axel Vervoordt for the design of their gorgeous apartment and studio.


Image source here

Since Katia and Marielle met Axel Vervoordt in the early ‘80s at the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, they collaborated with him on everyone of their homes.


1Living room of the apartment in Rome, designed by Axel Vervoordtsource AD  Photo credit Simon Watson


To read the complete story and to see more pictures, please visit the website of Architectural Digest HERE. And here is a beautiful video to watch. The Labèque sisters are talking about their Rome apartment and studio !                


Katia and Marielle Labèque talk about their apartment and studio, designed by Axel Vervoordt. Source Architectural Digest


To read more about this renown piano duo, please click HERE.




I want to congratulate my friend and interior designer Natalie Haegeman with the featuring in the Belgian magazine TIJDLOOS. The February issue of the magazine features the guesthouse White Rooms in Bruges, which is completely decorated by Natalie. A few months ago I wrote about the guesthouse HERE.

2Guesthouse White Rooms in Bruges


3Guesthouse White rooms in Bruges featured in Belgian interior design magazine Tijdloos February 2013 

Photography Claude Smekens 

To see the full report, please click HERE. You will love it !


If you plan to visit Bruges and you would love to stay in a guesthouse, decorated in the Belgian way, please visit the White Rooms website :

To see more of Natalie’s work, please visit her website :


I wish you all a great weekend !




  1. Hello Greet,

    Very interesting to read your post about the Labeque sisters.....I shall also add this guesthouse's details to my address book for a much anticipated visit to Bruges in the future!

    Do hope you are well? Have a lovely weekend.....

    Sophia x

    1. Thank you Sophia! Have a great weekend too!

  2. Thanks so much for the B&B suggestion – looks like the perfect place for me & my hubby and hopefully my sister & her hubby! Our dates were still available so we're booking it :)

    1. Axel Vervoordt does such amazing and livable design. I missed your white rooms post and now going off to read.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend Greet!


  3. I've been in Bruges twice, and I love this city. Next time I would definately visit this guesthouse.


  4. Beautiful house and studio and I love their piano playing too! What a fabulous city, Rome, I have a niece living in Italy in an apartment that is hundreds of years old. I can't imagine living in a place that is that old!

  5. I lived in Belgium for a few yearswhen young and have always loved all things Belgian! Lovely post on Bruges-thanks!

  6. thank you for all this lovely, greet! what an incredible life these sisters lead and enjoy! the video is special and what gracious women to allow us a peek. the belgian guesthouse also appeals, and i am happily dreaming of staying here in bruges. we will get there!

    love to you.