Friday, April 18, 2014

Photoshoot Art & Décoration Magazine

 

Good morning dear friends!

I hope you all enjoy this beautiful time of the year. In Belgium we are blessed with a wonderful Spring time. Sunny days with above average temperatures.

On Wednesday we had a photoshoot for the French magazine Art & Décoration and the photographer had to take into account the sun's rays penetrating into the rooms, which was not easy for her to shoot perfect pictures.

 

The shooting took place in my sister’s home.

While I assisted photographer Sophie and stylist-journalist Céline, by adding and moving the appropriate decoration, my nephew Justin played the piano. The house was filled with beautiful sounds !

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My sister and family friend ‘chef-cook’ Luc prepared a delicious summer meal.

We all enjoyed the alfresco lunch !

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I wanted to thank Céline and Sophie for their patience and enthusiasm while taking all the photos!

Of course I had my camera with and took some pictures myself.

Here is a sneak peek.

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A special thank you to my sister and brother-in-law for the wonderful day and for allowing us to take this photoshoot.

We are all looking forward to the featuring in one of the upcoming issues of Art & Décoration !

 

xx

Greet

All pictures by me

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Contemporary look for French 19th Century settees

 

A little bit of history today.

I would love to tell you some more about a settee, that dates back to the Napoleon III period in France (1852-1870) and that is even suggested by today’s designers : the French ‘borne’. This glamorous, central, social seating arrangement, appearing in the second half of the 19th century, is re-edited and upholstered by designers of today, in a more contemporary way.

But first let me tell you about 2 other settees originating in 19th Century France : the ‘confident’ and the ‘indiscret’.

All these glamorous settees were often seen in French salons, foyers, and boudoirs.

 

The French confident is an s-shaped arrangement, that seats 2 people who can talk to each other without being disturbed, by sitting almost next to each other and by being face-to-face. It is also named ’vis-à-vis’ ou ’tête-à-tête’.

13French ‘confident’    Image source here

 

The French indiscret’  is a settee composed of three armchairs multiplied and brought together by a propeller-blade shaped top rail. In general, in this type of seating, the frame is completely covered.The seat allows three people to take place.The third person may be considered to be "intrusive, indiscreet". This is why the seat is given its name.

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The ‘borneis a fabulous and stylish piece of seating, round or sectional shaped. It originally was a combination of three sofas with two arms and backed with a triangular base. This base is sometimes topped with a heavy ornamental motif in bronze, ceramic, gilded wood. This decorative element can be a kind of jardinière in which were placed flowers. This kind of seat is completely covered, often with velvet.

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11The indiscret and the borne settee at the drawing room of the Napoléon III apartments – The Louvre Paris.   Image source here

 

12The borne with a jardinière on top. Apartments of Napoléon III – The Louvre Paris   Image source here

 

Let’s see what today’s designers have made of this famous borne settee.

8 Los Angeles based interior designer Windsor Smith added a borne settee to her home collection.   Image source here

 

14The borne by designers Julie Massucco Kleiner and Melissa Warner   Image source here

 

15Fashion designer Tory Burch embellished her boutique in Seoul with a borne seat.   Image source here

 

6The ‘Baroque’ seat by designer John Hutton for Interna at the Hotel The Dominican in Brussels-Belgium.   Image source here

 

 

And what made our Belgian designers of this glamorous settee ?

They stripped the model of its glamour to fit in the humility of our Flemish style and covered it with Belgian linen.

‘Less is more’ !

5Sofa ‘Opera’ by Axel Vervoordt.   Image source here

 

A perfect combination of this blue linen covered seat with the pure timber.

7 Interior design by Belgian architect Benoit Viaene.   Image source here 

 

Wishing you a great week !

Greet

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Elegant & stylish

 

Pure elegance for you today…

Enjoy!

 

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Talk to you soon !

xx

Greet

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My friend Céline’s panelled room

 

Being part of the blogger community has delivered me so much inspiration and surprises! Writing my blog for a few years now, abled me to connect with people who share a common passion.

Céline Chollet, the author of the blog Céline Chollet Aquarelles, is one of those persons that I learned to know through blogging. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to meet Céline and to have learned more about all things that keep her busy in life and of course about her work. Céline is a very talented aquarellist, specialized in water-colour paintings of old buildings and interiors. I already wrote about Céline and her work in earlier blogposts (here and here).

 

Céline and I discovered that we had a lot in common. We both love blogging, we both love horses, we both love antiques, ancient houses and… we both love panelling !

16Le salon des Cernailles. Aquarelle of a panelled room by Céline Chollet.

 

14Céline visited me last year. We became friends by blogging.

Céline, her husband Olivier who is a historian, and their two children Lucie et Camille, live in Auxerre (France), in a gorgeous ancient house  ‘La Tour des Neiges’. The house has a stair tower, actually the most northerly tower in Auxerre, what means that snow will fall on it sooner than on the other towers in the town. This half-timbered house whas already there in the 16th century.

15‘La Tour des Neiges’, the house in Auxerre where Céline and her family live.

By coincidence we discovered that we both were thinking about the redo of our living room. We both wanted to bring in a French styled, 18th century inspired panelling!!! Can you imagine! Yes indeed, we both share the same passion for the 18th century.

This was so exciting for us both and of course we were thrilled to share the progress of the redo of our living room with each other.

 

Céline hit me with this picture of a piece of an antique panelling including a beautiful original painting, she possessed since a long time and which was the starting point to create the new panelling for her living room.

5Panelling detail    Photo credit Daniel Chaslerie

 

Céline’s living room before.

 

6Installation of the panelling in progress. The panelling is executed in poplar wood and is painted by Céline!

 

Lefèvre Interiors Belgium - install. panellingThis reminds me of the time our employees installed the panelling in our living room last year. See my blogpost here.

 

20Céline at work. She started to repaint this 18th century piece of panelling in order to find the original colors of its painting. Céline remains faithful to the authentic gray of the wood panelling, or she likes to start from a grey-green. She is a maniac concerning colors. If she does not like the result, she is able to start all over again !

 

Céline and her husband contacted a local ébéniste to create the panelling.

13I do love this picture of the French ‘ébéniste, carving the mouldings of Céline’s panelling. He is working in the traditional way, respecting the ancient way of making panelling. Exactly as the craftsmen do in the workshop of our company Lefèvre Interiors.

 

Lefèvre Interiors Belgium - traditional way of creating panellingLefèvre Interiors – traditional way of creating bespoke interiors and panelling.

 

7Céline has even mixed different paint colors herself to obtain the perfect color she wanted to see on the panelling. She explained that it was hard to finalize. She had to think about adding more layers of gray, or adding more blue, considering a darker or clearer look,…

 

8I have to admit she has done a wonderful job! Céline has chosen for a perfect painting. The panelling really obtained the look of ‘une boiserie ancienne’ !

 

10This is the finished room. A warm and intimate room where the Chollet family will enjoy having dinner by candlelight !

 

17Céline has painted the skirting with a faux-marble finish. Bravo Céline!

 

19On Céline’s workshop’ desk : water colour paintings and living room skirting, awaiting more layers of paint. What a gorgeous picture! L’atelier of an artisan!   This picture illustrates well what Céline said : ‘J'ai toujours le pinceau à la main, gros ou petit.’ (‘I always have a pencil in my hands, large or small’.)

 

9Even the family cat is happy with this cosy corner she took possession of.

 

18Céline and husband Olivier, enjoying their finished panelled living room.

 

2As you can notice, Céline and Olivier love to bring in antique furniture pieces and accessories, which they took home by visiting numerous flea markets.

 

4A charming view towards the open fire place, the heart of the family home.

 

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Well done Céline!

 

If you have not yet visited Céline’s blog ‘Céline Chollet Aquarelles’, I absolutely recommend you to have a look at this blog and to discover Céline’s beautiful work. If you would love to have a handpainted water-colour of your home, please contact Céline for further details. She will be pleased to paint the exterior as well as the interior of your home.

http://wwwboitedaquarelles.blogspot.be/

If you are considering to panel one of the rooms of your home, please don’t hesitate to contact me at

 info@lefevre.be.

I would be pleased to help you designing your panelled room.

LEFEVRE INTERIORS – BELGIUMLefèvre Interiors panellinghttp://www.lefevre.be/

 

Wishing you all a fresh new start of the week !

xx

Greet

Source pictures of the home of Céline :  blog Céline Chollet : http://wwwboitedaquarelles.blogspot.be/ – with permission of Céline Chollet