Monday, February 28, 2011

It is all about craftsmanship

 

One of our clients contacted us with a rather unusual question. A few years ago he had bought a beautiful 19th century gothic styled architectural element for its beauty and the craftsmanship this piece radiated.

So this client asked my company LEFEVRE INTERIORS not only to restore this damaged wooden element but even to design a bookcase in which this element could be integrated! Not that simple!

First of all we had to restore the damaged woodcarving of the existing element and second we had to find the suitable gothic design details in order to start the design of the bookcase. I browsed into all the books I could possibly find about gothic ornaments and here is what we made of it.

Finally our client was most pleased with the result!

 

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This is the bookcase brought in at our client’s home.

(picture by me)

 

2It all started with this existing gothic element we used as the upper part of the bookcase.

(picture by me)

3 This is the new gothic paneling of the lower part of the bookcase.

(picture by me)

4 I can’t find a before picture of the existing element anymore, but you should notice that the wood was mostly uncolored. Our client wanted to have a ‘tobacco’ finish of the wood.

The bookcase now is ready to be filled with books!

(picture by me)

I do love working with antique elements and thinking about a way to integrate them in an interior design project.

As this French walnut 18th century double door I bought in France some years ago. I couldn’t resist its beauty!

7 The door is awaiting its final destination into a client’s home, or maybe brought in at my own home one day!

Can you imagine this door used in a design project as in these French styled paneled rooms :

(picture by me)

9image source : The Neo Lifestyle

13image source : www.miresparis.com

11image source : Gypsy Purple

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10source : unknown

 

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Isn’t the detailling of the hand woodcarving stunning?

image source : Lefèvre Interiors

8 One of our craftsmen at work.

image source : Lefèvre Interiors

LEFEVRE INTERIORS

 

Whether you like these shown antique elements or not, it is all about the craftmanship, don’t you agree?!

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

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Friday, February 25, 2011

The decorative art of a painter-artist

 

Earlier this week I was contacted by Christophe Biret-Jacques, a decorative painter from France, who recently installed his company in Belgium.

He wanted to introduce me to his beautiful decorative art : trompe l’oeil, murals, painted ceilings, marble and wood imitations.

I couldn’t withdraw you from the beautiful images he emailed me. So I asked Christophe permission to post them on my blog!

Christophe Biret-Jacques is an autodidact and is very passionate about his “métier”.

The artist’s references are multiple and international, in public or private sector.

Christophe’s recently started company DECORATIVE-EFFECT proposes diverse services, from interior design to decorative art, its notoriety.

‘Decorative-effect’ guarantees the most competent decorative art for all of your national or international design projects.

 

WWW.DECORATIVE-EFFECT.COM, an address to file.

 

Enjoy !

 

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renaissance

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toscany

toile

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book mabres rouge

marbre blanc 2 - copie

FRESQUE PLAFOND

The website of Christophe Biret-Jacques www.decorative-effect.com is under construction.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Beautiful finds to share with you

 

As an interior decorator I am always on the search for the right pieces of furniture and decorative items to bring into my client’s home.

The passed days I was looking for some items to finish a project I was working on and I came across some beautiful pieces of furniture, old or new, and some fabulous decorative stuff!

I wanted to share with you these items together with the addresses where I found all of it, because I might think that maybe you could be interested in it.

Proposing my client a new piece of furniture or decorative item, I always try to show the item on the hand of design images on which the chosen piece is seen.

That is why here today I post the discovered item together with an image that is helpful to imagine the item brought into your home.

 

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A trestle coffee table with an 18th century Italian walnut panel 

AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

50  A trestle table by Axel Vervoordt (image source unknown)

 

34 A coffee table with 18th century Italian walnut panels on iron frames

AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

33 Coffee table by Jean-Loup Daraux (Photo credit Mario Ciampi)

 

16 Low bench, the Alps

AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

4 Bench in hall way.  Image source AT EASE INTERIORS

 

39 French bench

AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

38These benches are wonderful placed around a large table as in this mountain house.

image source The Essence Of The Good Life

 

9A console table, walnut, Italy, 18th century.

AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

21Would you ever have thought about using a console table this way in your powder room ? Fabulous isn’t it?

image source ISABEL LOPEZ QUESADA

 

31 Italian folding table, pine, Italy early 19th century

AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

32 Folding table by ATELIER AM (image source Veranda, photo credit John Coolidge)

 

28Leather chair French Alps, 19th century

AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

27 What a beautiful still! (image source Inspiring Interiors)

 

17Set of 6 os de mouton chairs, bleached, upholstered with old linen, French 19th century

AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

1 Do you remember my post about the redo of my sister’s orangery? I placed os de mouton chairs around the dining table.

(photo by me)

 

20Table Dolomites 19th century

 AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

18 This kind of table used as a desk!

(image source The Architectural Antique Review)

 

14 Italian cupboard 18h century

AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

51image source unknown  (Photo credit Morten Holtum)

 

47 Collection of Italian stools, 19th century

AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

48 Stool as a coffee table by Darryl Carter

(image source Wreckorated)

 

19 Spanish tians, 19th century

AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

2Isn’t that wonderful to place these tians as decorative items or even using them as a functional item in your kitchen?

(image source unknown)

 

10 French pudding molds, 19th century

AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

52 In my kitchen I hung the mold on the wall  (right corner) as a decorative item.

(Photo credit : My kitchen photographed by Jo Pauwels for Beta-Plus)

 

8Chinese oil lamps, late 18th century

AM PROJECTS  www.amprojects.be

 

49 Place the oil lamps in a group, as I did in my living room, and you will create a wonderful ambiance!

(photo by me)

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICES OF ALL THE PREVIOUS ITEMS,

PLEASE CONTACT AM PROJECTS at www.amprojects.be

 

All images of the AM PROJECTS items are posted with permission of AM PROJECTS.

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Today I discovered some beautiful pictures at the blog Malvini of my friend Veronique.

She wrote about the wine tables which are homemade and handmade at her company MALVINI.

41 Malvini wine table, oak (image source Malvini)

I love adding wine tables in the house. You always find a place to bring them in, in your kitchen, your living room, wine cellar, conservatory,…

The pictures of the Malvini wine tables in French chateaux were posted by Veronique on her blog yesterday! HERE

Gorgeous!!!

image source Malvini blog

A good idea to place them in your garden!

image source Malvini blog

Wouldn’t you love to sit here for a moment right now!!

 

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And this is a monastery table by Malvini

45 Whether you place this table in …

44Image source The Essence Of The Good Life

a contemporay interior or…

 

35Image source www.collection-privee.com

in a classic styled interior, it looks nice!!

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICES OF THE HOMEMADE FURNITURE,

PLEASE CONTACT MALVINI at www.malvini.be

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A few months ago, I posted about ALEXANDRA SIEBELINK, an interior designer from The Netherlands.

I really love her design style! She is so talented and knows to create the most wonderful interiors!

Alexandra is also a blogger. Discover her blog HERE. You will not be disappointed!

 

Here is what I found on Alexandra’s website.

 

12A Han Vase 220 before C- 200 after C, transformed into a table lamp.

 

6 Don’t you love the way Alexandra is placing all those gorgeous items together!?

 

11Han dynastie Hu vase

Notice that patina!

 

13 Incense burners Han dynasty

 

5 I might think that Alexandra uses the incense burners as planters here on that wine table.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICES OF THESE ANTIQUES,

PLEASE CONTACT ALEXANDRA SIEBELINK at www.alexandrasiebelink.nl

All images are of the website of Alexandra Siebelink.

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And last but not least, I discovered some gorgeous pieces of furniture at TROVE GALLERY.

 

22 As this gorgeous 19th century Catalan chalk painted table.

TROVE GALLERY www.trovegallery.com

 

23 This kind of table made me think about the one I brought into my sister’s orangery.

(photo by me)

 

30 And this Swedish baroque cupboard, late 18th century. Definitely one of my favorites!

TROVE GALLERY www.trovegallery.com

 

29 The cupboard reminded me of a picture of ALEXANDRA SIEBELINK I posted earlier. The cupboard from Trove Gallery looks very familiar with the corner cabinet here.

 

25 Mountain cupboard Italy, 17th century

TROVE GALLERY www.trovegallery.com

 

3 You could store the earlier showed molds and pottery from AM PROJECTS in it!

TROVE GALLERY www.trovegallery.com

 

37 What do you think of this beautiful primitive 18th century chair from Switzerland?

TROVE GALLERY www.trovegallery.com

 

36 I love the way Walda Pairon placed these mountain chairs around her kitchen table.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICES OF THESE PIECES OF FURNITURE,

PLEASE CONTACT TROVE GALLERY at www.trovegallery.com

or discover the Trove Gallery furniture on 1stDIBS here.

The images of the antiques pieces of furniture ar of the Trove Gallery website.

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I hope this post was inspirational to you to find the right furnitue and decorative items for your home?!

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