Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sun rooms

 

Who could resist spending some time in one of these charming sun rooms?

They’re a great addition to any home and are perfect for relaxing at any time of the day.

Today, for you, some gorgeous sun rooms to drool over.

Enjoy !

3Image source here

 

11Image source here

 

10Image source here   Photo : Claude Smekens Fotografie

 

12Image source here   Photo : Paul Costello

 

1Interior design Furlow Gatewood   Image source here   Photo : Paul Costello

 

8Image source here   Photo : Bernard Touillon

 

9Interior design Lefèvre Interiors   Photo : Claude Smekens Fotografie

 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Unique personal belongings of designer Eileen Gray

 

I am absolutely sure that a lot of you are familiar with the furniture, designed by Eileen Gray and do love some of her iconic design pieces as the E-1027 table and her Transat chair. As an admiror of her work, since several years, I collected books and articles about Eileen and her design work. Not so long ago I came across an interesting article appeared in the December 2010 issue of the magazine The World of Interiors, titled ‘Souvenirs of a Pioneer’. In this article Peter Adam, British filmmaker and author, who was a long-time friend of Eileen Gray, reveals some of the personal belongings of the designer. He also published a book about the designer, titled ‘Eileen Gray, Her Life and Work’ (first published in 2009 by Thames & Hudson).

The architect’s table and the plan chest of Eileen Gray, both unique pieces pictured in this article, and now belonging to Peter Adam, caught my attention !

Eileen Gray personal architect's tableEileen Gray’s personal architect’s table with miscellaneous objects she displayed in her Paris flat or in her house in the south of France, as her cigarette case and a stone found on the beach. Source The World of Interiors December 2010 – Photo credit : Eric Morin

 

It is not my intention to write an extensive article about the life and work of Eileen Gray today, as there is so many to read and to see about this designer. However I wanted to give you a short introduction to this iconic designer.

Eileen Gray (1) Eileen Gray photographed by Berenice Abbott, Paris 1926  Source here

Eileen Gray (1878 –1976) was born into a wealthy Scottish-Irish family in County Wexford, Ireland. She was the youngest of five and daughter of James Maclaren Gray, an amateur artist who encouraged her artistic interests. Eileen underwent her studies, first at Slade School of Fine Art in London, then to Académie Julian and the Académie Colarossi in Paris before returning to Slade.

In 1900 she went on her first visit to Paris with her mother where she saw the Exposition Universelle, a World’s fair that celebrated the achievements of the past century.

Gray moved to Paris in 1906 to an apartment where she remained for much of her working life. A few years later she opened up a small shop in Paris, Jean Desert, to exhibit and sell her work and that of her artist friends.

She was a furniture designer, architect and a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture (the term is often applied to modernist movements at the turn of the 20th century).

After WWII, Eileen Gray was almost forgotten by the design industry. But her work, that traverses the Art Deco period and the modern movement, got rediscovered in the 70’s by lovers of design like Andrée Putman (French interior and product designer, 1925 – 2013).

 

Eileen’s E-1027 table (1926-29) is one of the most popular design icons of the 20th century. Originally conceived as a night table or simply for people who “breakfast in bed,” it was later also used as a side table in living rooms. Its origin as a night table explains the asymmetrical shape. The ring at the base could be pushed under the bed and, thanks to the opening, can fit around the foot of the bed; the height of the tabletop allows adjustment for the thickest down quilts and can double up as a tray.

It is named after the summer house E 1027, Maison en Bord de Mer at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, that Eileen Gray built for herself and for her collaborator, Jean Badovici. The secret code-name comes from her: E is for Eileen, 10 for Jean (J is the 10th letter of the alphabet), 2 for B(adovici) and 7 for Gray (G is the 7th letter on the alphabet).

E-1027 tableE-1027 table, circa 1926-29, designed by Eileen Gray  Source here

 

Another of her classic designs is the transat chair (1925-30) that was designed for use on the terrace of Eileen's house E1027 at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.

Transat chairTransat chair, circa 1925-30, designed by Eileen Gray  Source here

 

The ‘E-1027 house’ in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the south of France, on which Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici (Romanian architect and writer) started working in 1924 (they were lovers at the time when built). The house was completed in 1929. Since years the French government has been working on the renovation of the house and it is hoped that the house will be open to the public very soon.

E-1027 House Source here

Eileen also designed another house in the south of France, named ‘Tempe à Pailla’ (completed in 1934). Both of her houses are examples of the spirit of the Modern Movement.

 

Coming back to the story in the article of The World of Interiors, where Peter Adam tells about a few of Eileen’s personal belongings he kept, and which he uses daily, feeling that her spirit is still with him.

Peter Adam with architect's table of Eileen GrayPeter Adam, personal friend of Eileen Gray, standing behind the architect’s table, on which the designer did all her drawings.   Source The World of Interiors December 2010 – Photo credit : Eric Morin

Wouldn’t you love to own this gorgeous and unique architect’s table, with visible traces, spots of ink or paint, that are witness of many years of design work ?

Detail architect's tableClearly visible traces of the many years of design work the designer did on her architect’s table.

 

Actually I wanted to pay extra attention to this personal plan chest of Eileen Gray. It was designed by Eileen and made in 1926, for her own use. It was not one to sell !

Eileen Gray personal plan chestPlan chest designed by Eileen, which stood in her Paris apartment. Source The World of Interiors December 2010 - Photo credit : Eric Morin  

This plan chest stood in the workroom of her Paris apartment in the Rue Bonaparte and it is a companion piece of her architect’s table on which she did all her designs. It is now belonging to Peter Adam, film maker and author and personal friend of Eileen.

In the chest are still some original architectural drawings and it still contains keys, nails and other things that the designer labelled. One drawer is divided up in different sections, neatly labelled for their purpose in her own handwriting : vis (screws), clous (nails), trucs de toute sorte (all sorts of things).

Plan chest insideSource Book ‘Eileen Gray, Her Life and Work’, by Peter Adam

It is made of plain oak, and is well-proportioned and well-scaled, which was always a primary concern of Eileen Gray when designing furniture.

The top is screwed to the base and can be easily removed. It stands on wheels to allow it to be moved without difficulty.

Some drawers can be locked, others not. Apparantly it is a simple plan chest, but one being full of surprises : the different size of the drawers and the asymmetrical arrangement of the handles, which all add interest and individuality.

I am actually wondering if anyone has ever been thinking about re-editing this gorgeous piece of furniture ???

It carries the hallmarks of the designer : practicality, functionality and subdued elegance.

Eileen was incapable of designing a banal or dull object. In her hands the most ordinary became extraordinary. She pursued her ideas about furniture with a rare and uncompromising force which made every piece unique. She liked things to work well, things that are nice to live with. ‘Furniture that surround us have to be tamed, like domestic animals’, Eileen said.

 

Eileen Gray (2)Eileen Gray photographed in 1975 in her Paris apartment on the Rue Bonaparte, her main home since 1907. She died there, aged 98, in 1976.  Source The World of Interiors December 2010 

 

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Greet

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

French doors

 

My file of French style doors is still expanding. I love to collect images of French doors as a source of inspiration to design custom made Lefèvre doors for client projects.

 

1Interior design Chahan Minassian   Photo by Massimo Listri via AD Italia Source here

 

22Source here - Photo credit Jean-Luc Laloux  

 

18Source unknown

 

13Source here

 

19Source Pinterest

 

15 Source here

 

7Source here

 

12Source here

 

11Source Art & Décoration Mai 2011 – Photo credit Gilles Trillard

 

5Source here – Photo credit Photo Laëtitia & Philippe Rissetto

 

16Source Magazine Juliette & Victor n°31- 2012  - Photo credit Louis-Philippe Breydel

 

8Source here

4Source unknown

 

9Source here

 

The following images are of custom made doors by Lefèvre Interiors

Lefèvre 2French style oak door - Lefèvre Interiors

 

Lefèvre 1French style oak door - Lefèvre Interiors

 

Lefèvre 3French style oak door with patina – Lefèvre Interiors

 

Lefèvre 4French style oak door with patina – Lefèvre Interiors

 

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

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

xx

Greet

Monday, April 27, 2015

Weathered wood, Belgian linen and pure accessories

 

After several years working as a tv editor, mainly focused on interior design and lifestyle programs, Marie Masureel decided to start courses in interior design, to put her knowledge and her year-long passion for interiors into practice.

Since 2008 Marie is decorating homes with a relentless enthusiasm. Additonally, she also works as a stylist for several interior design magazines.

Marie welcomes her clients into her private home in Heist-op-den-Berg (Belgium) that serves as the perfect backdrop for design inspiration.

Weathered wood, lime paint, beautiful linen, unique antiques and pure accessories are characterizing her interiors.

All pictures in today’s blogpost are of the private home of Marie Masureel.

 

Marie’s living room with its lime painted walls, linen draperies and upholstered seats, a weathered oak built in cabinet and a timeworn coffee table top.

In other words a typical Belgian style living room.

Marie Masureel 3Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens for Magazine Landelijk Wonen

 

Coffee table with weathered wooden top.

Marie Masureel 4Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens for Magazine Landelijk Wonen

 

A comfortable and inviting family room. Notice all windows dressed in Belgian linen.

Marie Masureel 2Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens for Magazine Landelijk Wonen

 

As me, Marie grew up in the Belgian flax growing region, which will probably declare our preference for using linen in the homes we decorate.

Marie tells us that as a child she was always fascinated by the purple flowering flax plants. ‘Later I realized that the real beauty does not lie only in the flower but as much in the final product, the textile made from flax, the beautiful powdery linen.’  (text website Marie Masureel)

 

Belgian linen upholstery.

Marie Masureel 6Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens for Magazine Landelijk Wonen

 

White paneled walls.

Marie Masureel 13Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens for Magazine Landelijk Wonen

 

The kitchen, with its clean-lined cabinets and grayed oak farm table, determines the Belgian penchant for simplification.

Marie Masureel 8Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens for Magazine Landelijk Wonen

 

These grouped candles, eye cather on the kitchen isle, bring in a pop of color into the kitchen’s neutral palette of whites, grays and browns.

Marie Masureel 5Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens for Magazine Landelijk Wonen

 

Marie loves to highlight her interiors with only a few, but well chosen and pure accessories as the pottery table lamps on the kitchen counter, the chandelier above the kitchen table or the bright colored candles on the kitchen isle.

Marie Masureel 9Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens for Magazine Landelijk Wonen

 

Beautiful pottery table lamps placed on the Belgian blue stone kitchen countertop.

Marie Masureel 10Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens for Magazine Landelijk Wonen

 

A beautiful bench vignette outside the house.

Marie Masureel 14Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens for Magazine Landelijk Wonen

 

You can call upon Marie for one of the services she has to offer :

- Professional color and interior design advice + project realisation (in various styles)

- Photo styling

- Staging (advicing on how to make your home more attractive to potential buyers)

 

Curious to see more of Marie’s projects? Please visit her website at  http://www.mariemasureel.be

Become a follower of Marie’s blog here

Contact Marie Masureel at info@mariemasureel.be

 

xx

Greet

All pictures posted with permission of Marie Masureel and Photographer Claude Smekens

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Gorgeous furniture collection by Belgian company JNL

 

Today I would love to introduce you to the Belgian furniture company JNL.

Since years this company offers a wide range of gorgeous contemporary furniture.

 

I just love this image with the gorgeous upholstered JNL fireside chairs in a paneled room.

JNL 1Image source JNL

 

JNL bench and floor lamp.

JNL 4Image source JNL

 

JNL dining table and chairs.

JNL 3Image source JNL

 

JNL console table and armchairs.

JNL 2Image source JNL

 

To discover the complete JNL Furniture Collection, please visit JNL website 

 WWW.JNL.BE

For more information, please contact JNL at

 INFO@JNL.BE

 

xx

Greet

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kitchen love

 

Today I do hope to inspire you, sharing pictures of kitchen designs that caught my attention.

This stunning kitchen in a restored Amsterdam historic home is realized by the Netherlands based design duo Rene van der Leest and Sigrid van Kleef of Studio Ruim. I love the contrast of the restored wood paneled walls and 18th century paintings against the contemporary kitchen furniture.

13Interior design RUIM The Netherlands

 

This Belgian kitchen is to die for and is a realisation of Belgian architects duo Alexis Herbosch and Wim Van Reeth. Neutral color palettte, use of natural wood and soft tone countertops and flooring.

6Interior design Herbosch – Van Reeth Belgium   Photo credit Liesbet Goetschalckx

 

Dark cabinetry and a concrete countertop. I never would have thought about bringing together metal and bronze as we notice here. A patinated bronze pendant together with metal-framed bistro chairs. This kitchen is realised by Milan and Moscow based architects Raboni.

4Interior design Raboni Architetti Milano – Moscow

 

Solid, stylish, custom made kitchen as an eye-cather at Molitli Interieurmakers. A combination of concrete, steel and wood.

12Interior design Molitli Interieurmakers The Netherlands

 

Rough,raw wood furnishings in combination with marble countertops and back splash in this kitchen designed by London based company Blakes. Notice the recessed space for herbs into the kitchen isle’s countertop.

1Interior design Blakes London

 

Another kitchen design by Blakes, where is opted to cover a part of the island with a sheet of brass.

9Interior design Blakes London

 

Kitchen design by Belgian architect Benoît Viaene. For this kitchen isle the architect opted to combine walnut with a very rare and exceptional marble countertop.

5Interior design by architect Benoît Viaene Belgium

 

Accents of brass, copper and chrome are added in this bespoke kitchen designed by UK based company Artichoke.

11Interior design Artichoke UK

 

Dare to use color as in this Belgian kitchen.

2Image source Exclusive Living Belgium

 

Stunning kitchen in a barn-style house on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts.  Gorgeous to have this large window seat integrated in your kitchen.

7Image source Architectural Digest – Photo credit Nikolas Koenig

 

Belgian antiques dealer and decorator Axel Vervoordt used reclaimed 17th-century wood for the kitchen cabinetry in a Rome flat.

8Interior Design Axel Vervoordt Belgium  Image source Architectural Digest - Photo credit Simon Watson

 

To end this kitchen post, a charming kitchen in a West-Sussex manor house.

3Image source JJ.Locations London

 

I do hope you are inspired by this post, whatever your favorite kitchen design might be.

xx

Greet