Friday, January 30, 2015

Charming Belgian country house

 

Ingrid Segers and Annemie Coppens of the Belgian company Porte Bonheur were commissioned to design this Belgian farmhouse and to furnish all the rooms. And they did a great job. The house is furnished in a charming, casual way, peculiar to the Belgian country style.

 

To give the house the charming look of an old farmhouse, Ingrid and Annemie used antique materials as wooden beams, doors etc.

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The house has several places where you can sit and enjoy the outside view.

The designers preferred to use natural colors as sand and terracotta, combining well with the green of the garden.

And opted for natural fabrics, such as linens and cottons.

2The dining room with the view towards the living room.

 

3Belgian linen slipcovered sofas can’t be missed.

 

4The kitchen as a family meeting point.

 

From May until September the owners have the possibility to intensely enjoy outside life because of the several outbuildings as the porch and the poolhouse.

 

5Having breakfast or lunch at the porch must be wonderful.

 

6Absolutely gorgeous sitting area.

 

7The poolhouse accommodates the bar. Very practical to give outside parties.

 

All images EL MUEBLE

More pictures of this project here.

 

If you are interested in my earlier blogpost about another project of Porte Bonheur, please click here.

To see more projects of Porte Bonheur , please visit their website at http://www.portebonheur.be

 

Happy weekend !

xx

Greet

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pure Belgian

 

Those who are following my blog since a few years, will absolutely have read my earlier blogpost about the Belgian artisan Dirk Mortier.

Dirk designs and creates beautiful wooden rural outbuildings, home extensions, fences and accessories, all related to the traditional Flemish country outdoor living and landscape architecture.

Dirk’s father was an architect and painter and painted the idyllic landscapes and farms of the Flemish Ardennes. Due to his father’s paintings, Dirk’s passion for the traditional Flemish landscape architecture was born. He now continues his father’s work in a three-dimensional way.

Designing wooden constructions, fences, etc, Dirk opts for simple and pure concepts without useless decorations, going back to the authentic, essential use.

The construction is done with authentic tools and machines.

Behind Dirk Mortier’s realisations of scenic beauty lies a profound story of craft, practise and culture.

Dirk’s workshop is based in Everbeek-Beneden, a village in the Flemish Ardennes with its magnificent landscape. His home is only a few steps away from our home, and every time we walk around the orchards of his property, we enjoy the beautiful wooden fences, all made by Dirk.

Even though Dirk is skilled in the construction of more than only fences and gates, today I want to show you some pictures of his beautiful hand made wooden fences. To see more pictures of his wooden constructions and accessories, please visit the photo gallery on his website here.

 

16One of Dirk Mortier’s hand made fences in the Flemish countryside.

 

2Trees are usually cut by Dirk himself.

 

17All designs are made by Dirk.

 

10The finished product goes directly to the end customer.

 

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11Dirk at work in his workshop, accompanied by a close friend !

 

3Orchard fence.

 

19Even these donkeys seem to enjoy their fences.

 

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Fences in the snowy Belgian landscape.

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Fence and gate.

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Some of Dirk’s beautiful wooden fence gates.

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8How charming is the look of this weathered gate?

 

7Dirk Mortier

If you would love to have your property fenced in the traditional Flemish style, please contact Dirk at info@mortier.eu 

To see more of his hand made realisations, please visit the photo gallery on Dirk’s website here. You will be charmed !

 

MORTIER BIJGEBOUWEN

Traditional outbuildings, fences and accessories

BREEDSTRAAT 7 • 9660 EVERBEEK-BENEDEN (BRAKEL)

BELGIUM

TEL. 0032 (0) 477 80 98 81

INFO@MORTIER.EU

WWW.MORTIER.EU

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend !

xx

Greet

All images Dirk Mortier website http://www.mortier.eu/

With permission of Dirk Mortier

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Delightful Irish design

  

Today I would like to introduce you to one of the most renowned and talented Irish interior designers.

Miriam Peters is the owner and driving force behind the succesful Irish interior design company ‘Minnie Peters’. Along with her staff - including architects, project managers, interior and landscape designers -, Miriam provides a service from beginning through to completion for every project undertaken. Miriam supervises all projects from start to finish.

The succes of ‘Minnie Peters Interior Architecture & Design’ is due to Miriam’s capability to surround herself with the most skilled professionals, each in their field. She doesn’t shrink back to travel to the European continent and beyond to meet professionals, manufacturing companies and to visit international design related events and exhibitions.

At ‘Minnie Peters’ the greatest emphasis is placed on providing quality, skills and products for each tailor made project. And as no other Miriam knows how to mix old and new throughout her projects.

The timeless quality along with the elegant style of the bespoke interiors, are giving this Dublin based interior design company, an international profile of residential and commercial clients.

 

Let’s take a look at some of Minnie Peters’ delightful and elegant realisations.

Minnie Peters 1The utmost in quality and elegance.

 

Minnie Peters 11Entry hall with a bespoke iron staircase. Notice the hidden door.

 

Minnie Peters 2How gorgeous is this kitchen corner with the French dining table, the Belgian bench and dining chairs on a Belgian blue stone floor.

 

Minnie Peters 3Formal dining room with antique chairs and chandelier with a bespoke hand-crafted dining table.

 

Minnie Peters 4Beautiful French painted secretaire and armchair.

 

Minnie Peters 5Bespoke wardrobe design.

 

Minnie Peters 6Bleached oak kitchen larder and island. Stunning!

 

Minnie Peters 7This bespoke bathroom design, has a French commode transformed into a vanity unit.

 

Minnie Peters 12Master bedroom with carefully chosen bed linen and exquisite night stands.

 

Minnie Peters 8Amazingly elegant !

 

Whatever the client’s taste, Minnie Peters provides traditional as contemporary design.

Minnie Peters 10Traditional dining room.

 

Minnie Peters 9 Contemporary designed dining room.

 

Minnie Peters 14Living room corner in a restored Victorian home.

 

I had the honor to meet Miriam at her office in Dublin, November last year.

Minnie Peters 13Miriam and I at her office in Dublin, discussing a project we are working on together (november 2014).

 

To see more of ‘MINNIE PETERS’ projects, please visit their website

http://www.minniepeters.com/

Enjoy!

Pictures source : Website and Pinterest page of Minnie Peters

 

xx

Greet

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Timeless library designs

 

Dear readers,

This is actually my first blogpost of this new year and I want to wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015 !

I do hope you will enjoy my future blogposts this year.

The previous days were perhaps more relaxing, but now it's time to start working on new projects.

I am preparing a library room design and wanted to share with you today some of my favorite inspirational library pictures.

All these library designs feel timeless.

20Interior design by Christine Bekaert   Image source Christine Bekaert

 

2Interior design by Annelle Primos   Image source Kevin Harris Architect

 

1Image source ZsaZsa Bellagio

 

5Interior design by Axel Vervoordt   Image source El’ Lefébien

 

6 Interior design by Axel Vervoordt   Image source here   Photo credit Christian Sarramon

 

Lefèvre Interiors Library oak (2)Interior design by me, realized by Lefèvre Interiors  Image source Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Claude Smekens

 

Lefèvre Interiors Library oak (1)Interior design Natalie Haegeman, realized by Lefèvre Interiors   Image source Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Claude Smekens

 

2015-01-08_144843My library moodboard so far.  Lefèvre Interiors 

 

I am off to prepare some library sketches.

Talk to you soon!

xx

Greet

If you would like us to design your library, feel free to contact us at info@lefevre.be .

For more Lefèvre Interiors realisations visit our website at www.lefevre.be .

Thursday, January 1, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

 

 

NEW YEAR 2015

Wishing all of you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015 !

 

I will be happy to see you this year !

 

xx

Greet

Monday, December 29, 2014

THANK YOU !

 

Dear readers and friends,

With this last post of this year, I absolutely want to thank each and every one of you for following my blog. For the friendship I receive from all of you, for the encouragement and support you give to me, to go on with ‘Belgian Pearls’.

I owe you my gratitude, because if you weren’t there, ‘Belgian Pearls’ wouldn’t make sense. You are the ones who give value to my blog.

You are all so very dear to me!

In the past years, so many of you have sent me wonderful emails and comments with touching and heartwarming words. This means a lot to me!

Today I posted some random chosen comments I filed over the past years. Words coming from you…

There are only a few of so many lovely comments, but I am very thankful to every one of you reading my blog and for all of your heartwarming words.

Sincerely yours,

Greet

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I do like to end this blogpost with this beautiful quote.

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I thank you all for your part in Belgian Pearls’ journey!

I hope to see you again next year!

Take care!

xx

Greet