Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My contribution to MILIEU

 

I am thrilled to introduce you to MILIEU, a brand new American magazine of style, to be launched this fall !

I do know that a lot of my American readers will have heard yet about this magazine by following blogs of some of my American blogger colleagues.

I really wanted my European readers and readers from all other parts of the world get introduced to this magazine.

 

6Picture by me

Founder and Editor in Chief is the renown Houston based interior designer Pamela Pierce.

5Homepage website Pam Pierce Designs

Since I was introduced to Pam’s work, through blogging (I have to credit Joni of the blog Cote de Texas for introducing me to Pam’s work), she became one of my favorite American designers! I love her design approach. Pam’s projects all show clean lines and authenticity and Pam loves to bring in natural and elegant materials and isn’t afraid of mixing antiques with pieces from today. She creates gorgeous timeless interiors.

Pam definitely has an eye for beautiful fabrics and I just love her way of furnishing! Don’t you love this living room designed by Pam? Notice the elegant furniture, the natural materials as the linen slipcovers. Beautiful antique mirror on the wall. A very carefully chosen color palette. The color of the rug and the neutral linen fabrics are all related to the background color of the stone walls. In this room everything is merging. Simply gorgeous!

7Source website Pam Pierce Designs  Photography by Peter Vitale, courtesy of Veranda Magazine

 

Pam’s work is been featured in many interior design magazines and some time ago she decided to found an interior and lifestyle magazine herself, which will be launched this fall !

The brand new magazine MILIEU.

The quarterly print magazine will show the readers great houses and gardens in the United States and Europe. Milieu aims to introduce readers to the best designers and projects, and to interesting people and never seen places.

‘Milieu speaks directly to readers who are sophisticated about design, worldly, well-traveled, and possess a discerning eye, but who also are playful, free-spirited, insatiably curious, and unafraid of the new and the bold.’ (text Milieu website)

In order to introduce the magazine to potential advertisers, the team of MILIEU has produced a small issue of the magazine, the MILIEU ‘mini-mag’.

COVER OF THE MILIEU MINI-MAG

3Cover of the Milieu mini-mag   Photography by Peter Vitale

 

When I first read about the MILIEU magazine on Joni’s blog Cote de Texas, I couldn’t get my eyes off this image, one of the pictures published in the MILIEU mini-mag.

Again a very well chosen color palette. I love everything in this room. The gorgeous paneling and stone mantel, the silk carpet… And I noticed an influence of the Belgian style as well here! Steel windows as we do see them in Belgium and a Belgian inspired sofa !

4The Schatte residence   Interior design by Pam Pierce  Image source MILIEU mini-mag  Photography by Peter Vitale

 

Pam and her team also created the MILIEU website where people can read interesting articles about all things related to interior design and lifestyle.

‘We created a website suited perfectly for Milieu readers – people who are sophisticated and worldly, insatiably curious about the world of style, and open to the new and bold.’ , is to read on the MILIEU website.

I am sure you will all love the MILIEU website articles.

This is a picture of the latest article (posted 2/22/13) about Houghton Hall (UK).

2Houghton Hall, UK    Image source MILIEU-website Photography provided by Houghton Hall

 

Ok, now you all wonder what I do have in common with this brand new magazine !?

I am thrilled and honored to tell you that a few days after I first read about this brand new magazine – to be on the stands this fall –, I received an email from Pam Pierce herself to ask me if she could call me the other day because there were a few things she wanted to discuss with me! Can you imagine how thrilled and curious I was?

Well, Pam called me indeed and we talked about how exciting it is preparing the launch of a new magazine. Finally, Pam asked me if I could be interested in assisting her and the MILIEU team to do some scouting for the magazine here in Belgium and in Europe!  Of course I was interested! How exciting was this!!

So, since a few days I am trying to help Pam and her team to find interesting projects, people and places to feature in one of the first issues of the magazine.

And I am so pleased to tell you that Pam will come over to Belgium in the month of June, when a photoshoot will be taken of our first MILIEU-project in Belgium! I can’t wait to meet her in person.

The Editor At Large published an article about MILIEU and I was so thrilled to see my name on the list of all the magazine’s contributors. To read the article, click HERE.

 

I can’t wait to receive my copy of the first issue of MILIEU this fall !

 

1Photography by Peter Vitale

DISCOVER MUCH MORE ABOUT MILIEU AT http://milieu-mag.com

If you are interested in advertising in MILIEU, please click HERE.

For information about subscriptions, please click HERE.

8Milieu mini-mag cover   Picture by me

I am sure you will all love this new magazine ! And I do hope that MILIEU will be seen on the European and Belgian stands as soon as possible.

xx

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

From Rome to Bruges

 

ROME

The renowned piano duo and sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque grew up in southern France and moved all around Europe the past 25 years. Today they live in a historic building in Rome and collaborated with Axel Vervoordt for the design of their gorgeous apartment and studio.

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Image source here

Since Katia and Marielle met Axel Vervoordt in the early ‘80s at the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, they collaborated with him on everyone of their homes.

 

1Living room of the apartment in Rome, designed by Axel Vervoordtsource AD  Photo credit Simon Watson

 

To read the complete story and to see more pictures, please visit the website of Architectural Digest HERE. And here is a beautiful video to watch. The Labèque sisters are talking about their Rome apartment and studio !                

                                                                                                          

Katia and Marielle Labèque talk about their apartment and studio, designed by Axel Vervoordt. Source Architectural Digest

 

To read more about this renown piano duo, please click HERE.

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BRUGES

I want to congratulate my friend and interior designer Natalie Haegeman with the featuring in the Belgian magazine TIJDLOOS. The February issue of the magazine features the guesthouse White Rooms in Bruges, which is completely decorated by Natalie. A few months ago I wrote about the guesthouse HERE.

2Guesthouse White Rooms in Bruges

 

3Guesthouse White rooms in Bruges featured in Belgian interior design magazine Tijdloos February 2013 

Photography Claude Smekens 

To see the full report, please click HERE. You will love it !

 

If you plan to visit Bruges and you would love to stay in a guesthouse, decorated in the Belgian way, please visit the White Rooms website : http://www.white-rooms.be/

To see more of Natalie’s work, please visit her website : http://www.nataliehaegeman-interiors.be/

 

I wish you all a great weekend !

xx

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Belgian white

 

White in the spotlight !

All pictures of today are of Belgian interiors.

 

5Lefèvre Interiors  Photo credit Claude Smekens

 

1Bieke Van Houtte Interieur

 

2Source Magazine More Than Classic Augustus-September 2012  Photo Credit Guy Obijn

 

9Axel Vervoordt  source Architectural Digest

 

8Lefèvre Interiors  Photo credit Claude Smekens

 

10Axel Vervoordt  source Litwin Davies blog

 

11AD Applications  source FB page

 

6Lefèvre Interiors  Photo credit Claude Smekens

 

3White Rooms in Bruges

 

4Brigitte & Alain Garnier

 

7Lefèvre Interiors  Photo credit Jo Pauwels

 

12Natalie Haegeman Interiors

 

As you all know I am very busy with the redo of our living room! I will post about it later!

xx

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Our living room redo - part II

 

For those of you who are interested in our living room redo, today’s post gives an update of it. In case you missed my earlier post, please click HERE.

The previous days, all required electricity and plumbing works were finished. Next week we will start to treat the parket floor to give it an aged and greyed look.

1 (2)Our living room today.

In the meantime my husband and our team of employees were really working hard on the manufacturing and assembly of the paneling in our workshop.

LEF18Sketch view chimney.

The construction of an 18th century French styled paneling is a huge and extensive work from start to finish!

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After sorting out the wood carefully, we have to prepare the oak wood trunks into different parts with the required length and width.

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Every part of the paneling is precisely noted down on the technical plans of the paneled room.

 

I posted a few of my favorite pictures of ‘the making of’. Enjoy!

 

LEF 1Mouldings made after detailed drawings.

 

LEF 10Frame supports.

 

LEF 5Detail of some of the mouldings.

 

LEF 14Different treatments to give the wood a more aged look.

 

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Joining of the different parts into the frames.

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LEF 4Mortice-and-tenon joining technique.

 

LEF 3Ready to bring in the panels.

 

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LEF 9Everything assembled! Ready for the montage.

 

One of the most delicate jobs is to find the right patina to bring on the natural oak paneling.  A lot of color samples will be made by mixing different ingredients and will be treated by the hands of the artist.

LEF 16The artist-painter is trying to find the patina that we have in mind! We would love to give the paneling a very aged look. Finally the painter will bring on the patina after the paneling is assembled in our house.

 

Yesterday our employees started to build up the paneling in our workshop.

Here is a sneak peek !

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By the end of next week I will show you the complete montage of the paneling in our workshop.

I hope you enjoyed this post about the progress of our living room redo.

To be continued…

 

If you would like us to help designing and manufacturing your paneling, feel free to contact us at info@lefevre.be

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

 

xx

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day !

 

 

Even on Valentine’s Day the flu isn’t gone yet ! But it is the first day I do feel a little better.

Thank you for all your lovely words of support !

 

I wish everyone of you a Happy Valentine’s Day !

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xx

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Knocked down by the flu !

 

Dear readers, first of all I want to thank you for all your lovely comments and emails on Anthony’s 17th Birthday ! So nice to read all of them! Thank you so much !

And yes, I really am knocked down by the flu since last Thursday! I feel so very sick! And I am terribly behind on my work!

So today no very creative post !

I only share with you a few images I love.

2Image source Wilson Kelsey Design Blog

 

1Image source El‘lefébien

 

3Image source here

 

4Image source unknown

 

I do hope I will feel better within a few days! Talk to you asap!

 

xx

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Wing chairs, the choice is yours…

 

I have always loved wingchairs. Fabric or leather upholstered, slipcovered, I love them all.

Placed next to the fire place, at your desk or mixed with chairs around your dining table, there always is a suitable place for a wing chair.

A wing chair (also, wing-back chair or wing-back) is an easy chair or club chair with "wings" mounted to the back of the chair typically but not always stretching down to the arm rest. The purpose of which was to enclose the head or torso areas of the body in order to provide comfortable protection from drafts, and to trap the heat from a fireplace in the area where the person would be sitting. Hence, in historic times these are often used near a fireplace. Currently most examples of wing chairs are fully upholstered with exposed wood legs, but, many of the oldest wing chair examples have an exposed frame with padded cushions at the seat, arm rests, back and sometimes wings.

Though there are many types of wing chairs there are two standard wing styles - the flat wing and the scroll wing. There are also bat wings and butterfly wings just to name a few. The length, depth, vertical position and shape of the wings may vary from chair to chair. (Text wikipedia)

 

1Ralph Lauren Home

 

2Pam Pierce  Photo credit Peter Vitale

 

5Restoration Hardware

 

16Source here

 

18Source here

 

15Marc & Liesbeth Soudant

 

3Source here

 

10Darryl Carter Source here

 

8Source here

 

12Source here

 

6Source Book Lichfield Style : Classic Country Houses of Connecticut by Annie Kelly – Photo credit Tim Street-Porter

 

4Todhunter Earle Interiors

 

7Plain English

 

11Am Projects

 

13Source here

 

If you want to see more wing chairs images, please visit the HOUZZ website wing chair page HERE.

 

I wish you a happy start of this new week !

 

xx

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