Saturday, October 29, 2011

A sneak peek

 

Dear readers, I want to thank you for all of your sweet comments and received emails on my post about Mango! I was so surprised and deeply touched by your lovely and supporting words. Thank you so much!

 

A few weeks ago I posted about one of the latest LEFEVRE INTERIORS’ projects we were working on HERE.  The project is almost finished and yesterday we were very busy hanging draperies. We are not finished yet but I do hope that one of the next days I will be able to post a few ‘after’ pictures of the finished project on my blog.

 

Today I will give you yet a sneak peek into the room.

 

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I wish everyone of you a wonderful weekend! And thank you again for following my blog and being so interested in my posts! I so appreciate it!!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

My new love

I might think that some of you do know that I started learning horse back riding a year ago.

As a child I dreamed about learning horseback riding and having a horse of my own. But my parents were very anxious about it and that is why I had not  the opportunity to start taking riding lessons in my childhood.

Since we moved to the countryside about 5 years ago, I noticed horses and horseriders all around because there are a lot of equestrian schools and horse breeding farms in our neighbourhood.

I told Jan that I was so sorry to not have had the opportunity to learn horseriding as a child and that I felt too ‘old’ to start now.

But Jan encouraged me and said that if I really wanted to start learning it, I had to take my chance, even at my age!

And so I did!!!

A year ago I pulled my boots on and took my chance! I took lessons dressage at a local manège and believe it or not, after a few falls and ups (literally!!!),

and many lessons later, I felt ready for my own horse!!! Can you believe it!

 

And here she is! My new love, Mango.

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Mango is a 17 year old mare and is of German origine. Her mother is a Hanoverian and her father is an Oldenburg horse, both known for their gentle character.

 

I ride Mango since the month of May and she is so sweet, so adorable and understanding!! It is so important that as a beginner equestrian, you choose ‘a horse that is able to write and to read’ (a saying we often use here)! So Mango is a 17 years old mare and she is used to have beginners horse riding on her back.

In fact she learned me a lot these past months and she even loves to jump!! She won several jumping competitions.

I am definitely not aiming to start jumping!! Oh no! I will be very satisfied If I could make some progress in dressage in the near future. I will never become a professional equestrian but I don’t care!

My real aim is to enjoy being with her, to ride on her back a few times a week, to take care of her and to give her the opportunity to have a pleasant retirement. She deserves this!

 

5Jan and me and our new family-member.

Sorry for the blurry photos, all taken with my cell phone!

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Me, very concentrated of course!

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With this post I want to thank my husband Jan for encouraging and supporting me to make my child’s dream come true!!

Thank you dear!

 

xx

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Autumn-time = Fireplace gathering

 

I hope you all have enjoyed the Autumn weekend!

I enjoyed gathering around the fireplace with my family!

Autumn-time means fireplace gathering.

 

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I wish you a wonderful start of this new week!

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Display cabinets

I have always loved display cabinets. They add a cozy feeling to your dining room or kitchen and showcase the taste of the owner.

You can change your displays by season if you like.

 

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Beautiful dark stained cabinet on white painted walls in this dining room.

 

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I just love Joni’s gorgeous dining room!

 

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In a classic or contemporary dining room or kitchen, a display cabinet always fits.

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Beautiful green patina here!

 

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Love the shape of the shelves.

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Isn’t this a gorgeous idea to even put a sink inside the cabinet!

 

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Built in display cabinets.

 

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Charming cabinet with the seat (trunk) in front of it!

 

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A Belgian late 18th century oak cabinet. Beautiful to display all of your Astier de Villatte ceramics and glasses!

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Talk to you soon!

xx

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Book recommendation

Dear readers, a lot of you email me asking about my favorite interior design books and where to find them.

The book Country Chic by the Dutch Interior Designer BEATRIX KLEUVER is one of my favorite interior design publications.

Beatrix Kleuver, who lives in the countryside, is a very talented interior designer and country living is a source of inspiration for all of her gorgeous designs!

Not only nature but even history are great sources of inspiration to her work.

In the book ‘Country Chic’ she takes us along the interiors of historic and contemporary country estates.

The book counts numerous beautiful photographs by the Belgian photographer Jan Verlinde.

This book is ‘a must-have’ !  Since I bought this book , I have it on my kitchen table and I love to look inside the book over and over again.

You will love visiting the website of Beatrix Kleuver !!!

http://www.beatrixkleuver.nl

 

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For a preview of the book ‘Country Chic’, please visit the website of Beatrix Kleuver HERE.

To order the book Country chic : www.beatrixkleuver.nl here   or   www.amazon.com here.

 

I really would love to hear your thoughts about the work and the book ‘Country Chic’ of Beatrix Kleuver !!!

xx

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Belgian craftsmanship - Handcarving craft for a staircase post

 

I am so pleased to show you a beautiful carved staircase post at a client’s home!

A lot of you do know that our company Lefèvre Interiors is known for hand-made craftsmanship.

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We are working on the redo of a staircase of one of our clients.

Our client wanted to replace the staircase column by a carved post and asked us for help.

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That is the new wooden carved post.

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We need to complete painting the steps and stairway, but I couldn’t resist to share with you this part of the redo so far.

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I just love the style of the staircase post which fits well with the style of the antique French console table at the entrance hall.

The beautiful antique console table was found at Garnier Antiques.

Foto 024 Console table Brigitte & Alain Garnier Antiques

Stairecase post hand carved by Lefèvre Interiors

 

What do you think about it? I would be very pleased to hear your thoughts!

xx

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All photos by me.