Friday, November 30, 2012

Beta-Plus latest publications, the perfect Christmas gift



I would love to inform you about the latest Publications of Beta-Plus Publishing.
Each one of these 4 new titles could be a perfect Christmas gift.
 
!!!THIS IS A ‘MUST HAVE’ BOOK ! It is a gorgeous publication!!! You will love it !
Antique building materials immediately give timeless, inimitable style to a new or restored home. Reclaimed wooden floors, terracotta tiles, traditional Burgundy slabs, old roof tiling, antique fireplaces ... these all fit perfectly into contemporary or classic surroundings. This new book presents dozen of inspiring examples and also provides addresses of dealers in antique construction materials.
Building and Renovating with Reclaimed Materials (2)‘Building and Renovating with Reclaimed Materials’   Source : preview (here)

Building and Renovating with Reclaimed Materials (1)‘Building and Renovating with Reclaimed Materials’   Source : preview (here)

Building and Renovating with Reclaimed Materials (4)‘Building and Renovating with Reclaimed Materials’   Source : preview (here)

Building and Renovating with Reclaimed Materials (3)‘Building and Renovating with Reclaimed Materials’   Source : preview (here)
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In our quickly changing living environment, the kitchen is one of the most important locations in the interior. It is here that the family members meet every day, where they cook and eat, where they also work and play.
Interior architects and kitchen designers pay a lot of attention to the arrangement and organisation of open-plan kitchens in their new projects. This book offers readers dozens of useful addresses and visual tips for the design and realisation of their dream kitchen.
The New Living Kitchen (2)‘The New Living Kitchen’   Source : preview (here)

The New Living Kitchen (3)‘The New Living Kitchen’   Source : preview (here)

The New Living Kitchen (1)‘The New Living Kitchen’   Source : preview (here)

The New Living Kitchen (4)‘The New Living Kitchen’   Source : preview (here)
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The fifth edition of this reference work on contemporary architecture & interior design. With technical plans.
Contemporary Architecture & Interiors Yearbook 2013 (2)‘Contemporary Architecture & Interiors – Yearbook 2013’   Source : preview (here)

Contemporary Architecture & Interiors Yearbook 2013 (3)‘Contemporary Architecture & Interiors – Yearbook 2013’   Source : preview (here)

Contemporary Architecture & Interiors Yearbook 2013 (1)‘Contemporary Architecture & Interiors – Yearbook 2013’   Source : preview (here)

Contemporary Architecture & Interiors Yearbook 2013 (4)‘Contemporary Architecture & Interiors – Yearbook 2013’   Source : preview (here)
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The architecture and design of Wood Marsh Architects has been judged as possessing great conceptual strength and clarity. Contextual issues of locality and region are used as a foundation for ideas that bring bold and sculptural architecture to our communities. This beautifully published book showcases a selection of their best public and private projects.
Marsh Architects - Residential work (1)‘Wood Marsh Architects – Residential Work’   Source : preview (here)

Marsh Architects - Residential work (3)‘Wood Marsh Architects – Residential Work’   Source : preview (here)

Marsh Architects - Residential work (2)‘Wood Marsh Architects – Residential Work’   Source : preview (here)

Marsh Architects - Residential work (4)‘Wood Marsh Architects – Residential Work’   Source : preview (here)

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TO ORDER CLICK HERE.
Be sure to stay informed about the publications to come out in 2013! Contact Beta-Plus at info@betaplus.com.
I wish you all a nice weekend !
xx
Greet
.All images & text : website www.betaplus.com with the approval of Wim Pauwels.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas at the Home of Belgian designer Walda Pairon


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
Yesterday we visited the beautiful home of one of my favorite Belgian designers Walda Pairon.
I already posted about Walda here.
Two times a year, in winter and in summer time, Walda organizes open house weekends.
At this moment Walda’s private home is decorated for the Christmas season! We so enjoyed walking around and admired Walda’s gorgeous creations! She is a real artist!! Like no other she knows how to combine colors and creates the most cozy rooms with her carefully chosen and exquisite pieces of antiques.
Walda’s style is authentic and radiates a perfect harmony. Her work is widely known. She works with passion and love. Her special good taste is her secret. Color is favorite in her decor. Walda is inspired by Italy, especially by Tuscany.
Every time I visit Walda, I am inspired to redecorate my home!

Let’s go inside to make a home tour.
DSC_0095Entrance of the garden house.

Entering this part of Walda’s property, you already feel the warmth and cosy atmosphere. The house is filled with candlesticks, candleholders and hurricane globes.
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One of Walda’s favorite decorative items are spheres. You can see them throughout her house.
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Georgeous settings all over the house.Beautiful antique pieces and decorative accessories to discover!
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Walda has a preference for bringing in all shades of purple, orange and green as you will notice in the following pictures.
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Walda is born with the skill of making vignettes. Her ability to group accessories, stack books, and arrange flowers is amazing.
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And here is the first Christmas tree we discovered!
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And the festive tablescape with a purple silk taffeta tablecloth !
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And again some of Walda’s vignette creations.
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Entering the conservatory of greenhouse we noticed the second Christmas tree. Decorated in white and silver.
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Notice the wood storage cabinet ! And that beautiul wooden chair !
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I was totally smitten by this chair with fur seat cushion.
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Touches of green, orange, purple…
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A group of terracotta jars on a table with a greyed and weathered tabletop.
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Decorative table setting at the greenhouse.
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Kitchen of the greenhouse where Walda’s husband Roger Souvereyns - who is a renown Belgian cook - prepares the most delicious meals for his guests.
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Christmas decoration even in the kitchen.
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We enter the main building of the property and arrive at the dining room.
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Notice the antique Venetian doge chair with authentic leather upholstery.
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Kitchen of the house.
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The cake looked delicious!
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And we discovered a third Christmas tree in the living room.
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DSC_0082Every light bulb in the tree Walda wrapped in silk paper to create this special glow !!! Gorgeous ! Can you imagine how much time this took?

2012-11-26_134238I could sit here for hours enjoying the cosy atmosphere in Walda’s living room.

2012-11-26_135022Jan and me in conversation with Walda.

If you live nearby or in case you visit Belgium the coming days, you still have the chance to admire Walda’s work next weekend (November 30 – December 1 & 2).
You shouldn’t miss it !
For more information :
WALDA PAIRON
Kapellensteenweg 544
B-2920 Kalmthout
Tel. 00.32.36667417
If you want to see more of Walda’s work, I would recommend you her latest book ‘Interiors With A Soul’.
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What are your thoughts about the work of Walda Pairon? Are you inspired by her work to decorate your home for this Christmas season?
xx
 Greet

All pictures by me and Jan







Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Staddle stones

 

Virtually unchanged in design for many hundreds of years, Staddle Stones, (also known as mushroom stones) were originally used to raise barns and granaries off the ground.
This kept the produce from spoilage by damp, and also prevented mice and other vermin from interfering with it, as they couldn't climb past the staddle stone caps.
Due to regional influences,they come in various types of stone with slight variations of form. They are extremely popular as garden ornaments especially in rural areas such as The Cotswolds and The West Country (UK).

In Middle English staddle or stadle is stathel, from Old English stathol, a foundation, support or trunk of a tree.

1Staddle stones used as garden ornaments. Source here

 

3An old barn supported on several Staddle Stones at Boscombe, Wiltshire. Source here

 

5A building sitting on staddle stones, at the Somerset Rural Life Museum. Source here

 

6Granary, Weald & Downland Museum. Source here

 

2The store house in the garden of Sheldon Manor is built on staddle stones, designed to keep out the rats. Source here

 

4Granary on staddle stones, Lower Bottom House Farm, Chalfont St Giles. Source here

 

8A haystack standing on staddle stones. Source here

 

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12Assorted staddle stones Source here

 

9 A set of 6 staddle stones for sale. Source here

 

Nowadays these gorgeous ‘mushrooms’ are used as decorative garden ornaments.

16‘Mushrooms’ in the garden. Source here

 

15Staddlestones along the driveway. Source here

 

21Staddle stones as a garden fence. Source here

 

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Where to find staddle stones for sale?

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Here are only a few addresses of so many to find in the UK.

Below Stairs of Hungerford

English Garden Antiques

MASco Architectural Salvage

Beeston Reclamation

Leominster Reclamation & Architectural Salvage

 

 

I wish all my American friends and readers a HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!

784px-The_First_Thanksgiving_Jean_Louis_Gerome_FerrisThe First Thanksgiving (1621), painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863-1930)   source here

 

xx

Greet