Thursday, November 26, 2015

House redo part III


Dear readers, those among you who have read my previous blogpost, do know that since a few weeks I am working on the redo of a client’s home. As all paint work is finished, last week I started redecorating. If you missed my earlier blogposts about this home redo, please click here and here.

Yesterday, I spent the entire day working on the decoration and tried to combine new decorative items with accessories present in this home. As the home owners collected beautiful furniture over the past years, there was no need to replace furnishings, only a few seats need to be reupholstered.


You doesn’t always need to look for expensive items to create a certain atmosphere. Sometimes bringing in a pop of colour, adding a simple touch, will do to give the room just that little bit more. 



I absolutely love the colour of the red berries in combination with the colour shade of the wall painting in the breakfast room.



On the existing console table in the breakfast room an alabaster grape together with a pair of terracotta Khmer objects used as tea light candle holders, found at the shop of Brigitte Garnier. The lamp is refreshed with a new green tinted shade, reflecting the colours of the painting.



In my previous post I already mentioned that my friend Brigitte Garnier of Garnier Antiques assisted me with the decoration. We carefully sorted out some beautiful decorative items Brigitte brought from her antiques shop. I also asked her for advice concerning the new curtains to hang in the kitchen. We will definitely choose for a gorgeous Italian linen fabric.



Brigitte is presenting ceramic plates to hang on one of the kitchen walls.



Combination of green and blue in the orangery’s cabinet. Chinese vases, a pair of 18th century Makkum ceramic plates and a set of blue and white 18th century Tournai ceramic dinner plates.



The orangery ready to bring in the Christmas tree.

To be continued…


If you would like me to help you with your home decoration, please feel free to contact me at





Thursday, November 19, 2015

House redo part II


Dear readers, a few weeks ago I posted about a project I started working on. In collaboration with Dankers Decor, the Belgium based artisanal painting company, we try to give a ‘well-worn’ look to some of the rooms of a client’s home.

If you missed this post and if you might be interested in reading about the start of this project, please click HERE.

After several weeks of intensive work, the painters have done a great job to add that missing ‘well-worn’ part to the rooms by using artisanal mural paintings and wall finishes. Not only the walls were taken on, but even the oak beamed ceilings were weathered and kitchen furniture was greyed to obtain a more authentic look.

The orangery, the breakfast room and the kitchen are the rooms that needed a remodelling.

However, the job is not quite done yet ! We do have to bring in all furniture and have to redecorate the rooms, which is my favorite part of the job.

Redecoration of the rooms is planned next week, but I couldn’t resist to bring in a few decorative accessories into the kitchen already.

1Start of the redecoration of the kitchen.   Photo by me


One of the next days I will take more and enhanced pictures, but today I wanted to give you a sneak peek at the current situation of the rooms.

Orangery so far. Artisanal wall finish by Dankers.OrangeryPictures by me


Orangery before with natural oak beamed ceiling and flat painted walls.Orangery before Photo credit Montse Garriga


Breakfast room so far. Wall finish and painted ceiling by Dankers.Breakfast roomPictures by me


Breakfast room before with natural oak beamed ceiling and flat painted walls.Breakfast room beforePhoto credit Montse Garriga


Kitchen redo in progress. All oak cabinetry and doors are greyed.In progress 1Pictures by me


Kitchen walls are given a lime painted finish.In progress 2Pictures by me


AfterAfterPictures by me


Kitchen before with natural oak cabinetry and inner doors and flat painted walls.Kitchen beforePhoto credit Jo Pauwels


Detail of the artisanal painting technique applied by Dankers employees.6-1Picture by me


Kitchen hood before. Notice that the cornice is now painted too (see picture above).Detaill kitchen hoodPhoto credit Jo Pauwels


Kitchen cabinet before.Kitchen cabinet beforePhoto credit Sophie Lloyd


I contacted my friend Brigitte Garnier, antiques dealer and owner of Garnier Antiques, to assist me with the decoration of the rooms. Brigitte has an extremely good taste and, as no other, she knows how to decorate and how to bring in a soul in one’s house. We met at the client’s home earlier this week to discuss about the decorative items and accessories to bring in.

Brigitte was eager to start decorating already!7Picture by me


Cabinet shelving look, only a few moments after Brigitte put her hands on it !8Picture by me


As the home owner was so enthusiastic, we decorated a second kitchen cabinet that day.10Picture by me


We will continue our job next week.

11Brigitte Garnier and I


To read the first part of this house redo, please click here.


To be continued…


If you would like us to help you with your home remodelling, please feel free to contact us at We would be pleased to help you.



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hortense & Bernadotte


Jacques Garcia is a French architect, interior designer and garden designer, best known for his contemporary interiors of  hotels and restaurants.

The timeless interiors of Garcia are inspired by Napoleontic extravagance and are characterized by French elegance.

Jacques Garcia has designed his own extensive furniture collection and I absolutely love the armchair ‘Hortense’ and lounge chair ‘Bernadotte’, produced by Italian furniture maker Interna.


Jacques Garcia Seats by InternaArmchair ‘Hortense’ and lounge chair ‘Bernadotte’ by Jacques Garcia.   Image source Interna


Both chairs are regularly seen in interiors of hotels and restaurants designed by Garcia.


Selman Hotel Marrakech

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Selman Hotel Marrakech

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Selman Hotel Marrakech

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Selman Hotel Marrakech

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Hôtel Costes Paris

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Hotel The Pearl Marrakech

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Hôtel Costes Paris

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Both chairs are offered in the Interna fabric range or can be ordered upholstered in your customized fabric and finish. Please visit the website of Interna here and here.

I am planning to propose the chairs in a client’s project.

Lefèvre Interiors 1Presentation by Lefèvre Interiors

Lefèvre Interiors 4Presentation by Lefèvre Interiors