Saturday, May 28, 2011

PARIS - Je t´aime

This weekebd  I am participating in a Blogparty via lovely blog
where we celebrate Paris
When I think of Paris
(in addition to the accordion music that automatically sounds in my head)
Even this:
First: The Eiffeltower

Le Fantome d lÓpera,1910 by Gaston Leroux, The novel sold very poorly at that time.Today, it is considered to be a Classic French Literature.
Black and white fashion pictures

I hade the opportunity to visit Paris a couple a years ago..
and I feelt in love with all the beautiful buildings...
the cafe´s..the antiques stores..Lovren, Notre Dame, the ..hole Paris..:))
the city of light,love & passion

I agree with Audrey Hepurn..
Paris is always a good idea

photo source: picture no 1 women in dress haning out of the eiffeltower via mistressmaddie
the phantom of the opera via the studio ton, the black and white picture with a fashion lady in a hat via go to glamour,
the black and white picture with a lady in a black hat from the back at the eiffeltower via analoque chic.
all the others inspirational Paris pictures via weheartit

Friday, May 27, 2011

Industrial Style

Let´s get Industrial
White Kitchen with an Industrial twist 

 look at this fifties vintage kitchen elow ,complete with footrest that :)

Classic mixed industrial style with more rustic decor

D.I.Y Industrial
Open cage industrial lights pendals, just take off the textils..
and "voala" ..industrian twist ;)) think of that next time you throw of a old lamp with ugly fabric..reuse it...

images; Beautiful white kitchen with an industrial twist via sarahsenvelope, industrial country living via blog trollcode, BLACK via grange the charme, Living room with rustic decor and industrial feeling from candystore.
 lovely bedroom with brickwall from vintage home and garden

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bathroom to Dream about

Bathrooms... sooo adorable 
Bathroom is nowadays not only a place we should take a shower or a bath
Its has became a symbol for of refuge and where you can get recovery and more energi
a own Home Spa is one of the most requested on a wish list.
Here is a few adorarble Inspiration Bathroom pictures..
I would love to hear wich one is Your favorite..and why :))

My favorite is No 1,
Because : This Bathroom gives me a sence of balance, relaxation and the feeling of luxury , I like the volume of the room and love the window, when you open it I guess you se a beautiful garden as you can look out for when you taking a bath, If it to shining and light you can pull the curtains of the window and light candles for a guite relaxed moment, its a small dressingtable where I can powder my nose....

and my beautiful soft and luxurious bathrobe is of course in the beautiful chair..

you got the feeling ..right?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Profile Lefèvre Interiors

One day I have received a message on my blog from a person that prosested her love for interior design and taht she found inspiration at my page, I was overjoyed...Immediatley I visit her blog and ...I fell in love.
and when I discovered that she ran a family business as a Interior designer based on traditional craftsmanship with a sense of harmony I was impressed and Overhappy that she find me. I can assure you I was overjoyed and start dancing at my kitchen floor. anyway..her style was just like mine..everything I had inside In my head..She creates Everyday. 
The Classic Elegant Traditional Interior design Style.
We began to share each other´s home and ideas 
(the links you find at the end of this post)

Iam Honored to introduce you to 
Talanted Interior designer Greet Lefèvre

So tell me Greet:
What made you want to join the cabinet making family business?
Greet:Since I was a little girl I have always been surrounded by design,
interiors and antiques.
My father involved us by any project he was working on and took us along to
musea, castlesand a lot of exhibitions related to his business.
As a child I loved to go in our working places to see our cabinetmakers, 
real craftsmen,working on a piece of furniture or wood paneling 
and loved touching the wood and loved the
smell of the wood! So I grew up between the wood and the sawdust of the wood.
My intrest in design has been growing unconsciously during all these years.
So my husband and I run our family business for the 4th generation at these days.
I really think that love for interior design is something you are born with!
After being graduated, I joined my father in the company, 
by assisting in the administration department of the company 
for the first few years.
At the same time I finished my studies as an antiques dealer 
and in weekends I started working in the antiques shop 
from a well-known antiques dealer in our region.
Together with these studies and the experience I gained in the antiques business ,
 my passionfor antiques was growing! I met so many interesting people 
in the art and interior business.
In 1998 we started a new showroom of interior design and made-to-measure 
furniture andthis was definitely the start of my career as interior designer.

What responsibilities do you have at Lefèvre Interiors
I am not only one of the owners of our family business Lefèvre Interiors, 
counting a lot ofspecific responsabilities, 
but I am also the designer of the clients’ projects.

Primary attributes to Belgian Design
Belgian designers are very loyal to their ancestors. 
They have a lot of respect for their work
and try to live and work further in the mind of those. 
They take over from father to son their
skills and craftsmanship. That explains why there are a lot of companies in Belgium who are
still ran by people of the 3rd, the 4th or even the 5th generation.
So there is a treasure of experience among the 
Belgian craftsmen, designers and architects.
Belgian Designers have an enormous respect for their history.

Do you participate in projects exclusive to Belgium or all over the world?
We participate in mostly Belgian projects but over the last years
we noticed that the demandto work in other countries, was growing.
The passed years we worked in a few other
European countries as France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzeland.
Because we are a very small company, that works with real craftsman,
we can not grow thatfast (and this will never be one of our intentions –
because otherwise the real craftsmanshipwould disseapear)
and so we only have the capacity to execute a certain number of projects a

What is your favorite project you have done?
About 5 years ago, an existing client, asked me if we were
interested in renovating anddecorating a double apartment he bought in Cannes,
 the South of France! He was so pleased
with the interior design of his home we did already in Belgium,
that he would definitely giveus a chance to design his project in France.
And he wanted only Belgian craftsmen to finish the job.
Of course I was excited! It became a wonderful project that we
finished within about 8months!
The apartment walls were stripped down and I had free choice to redesign it.
It was a wonderful time!
Every year I try to follow on TV parts of the Cannes film festival
and I always hope to see a glimpse of the building because the apartment
is located somewhere in front of
 the ‘Palais des Festivals’.
What is your typical day?
In the morning I start checking my emails and see if there are any questions 
regardingcurrent projects we are working on and try to answer them. 
Even sometimes I have to find asolution for any problems there might be, 
regarding the design project.
Afterwards I try to prepare a new project by thinking about the lay-out, 
the required furnitureand fabrics in order to start making 
some design sketches, Or I have to do the follow up of a current projects
 in our onw work shop, where I discuss the process together with my husband 
and the employees.Sometimes I have to go to a meeting at the client’s 
home where I have to discuss things with
other craftspeople as the plumber, the painter, …
 in order to lead the further progress of the
project in an appropirate way.
And last but not least I have to make the price offer for the projects executed by our company.

What inspires you?
That is a tough question! I am inspired by a lot of people and things!
First of all, I love to study the work of a few well know past and todays
architects and designers.
As I told earlier I am very inspired by the 18th and 19th century
architectural anddesign styles!
Whether it are the architectural details at ancient
buildings or whether it are the interiors of the ancient houses,
everything about this period inspires me.
Belgium is a land of castles and I love to walk around in these beautiful,
wonderful creations! Somethimes I am really overwhelmed by their beauty
and unconsciously I am influenced bythe castle designs in my work.
One of my favorite (not to say my most favorite) designers is our Belgian decorator and
antiques dealer Axel Vervoordt ( he lives in a castle!). I admit I am,
we all Belgian designers are, influenced by his work.
Interior magazines and publications are a source of an inspiration to me. I love to browse
through the wonderful Beta-Plus publications. They really are a wonderful resource to
discover the Belgian architectural and interior design.
Design blogs are defintely a source of inspiration!
And last but not least : nature!
The most wonderful inspiration for interior design colors.

Do you have any advice for me as a designer student?
Be yourself and try to create your onw style! 
Do not copy other designers but be inspired by them!
Feed yourself with visits to interior design exhibitions, 
read about other designers,
 choose a few good publications to read or search for blogs to follow.
Stay tuned for design influences from around the world 
but be loyal to your background. What I am trying to say is that you need to have respect for 1) 
the wishes of your client, 2)the cultural heritage of the country or 
region where the project is running and 3) 
the specific elements (country, city, climat,…) 
and materials (kinds of wood, brick, stone…) 
available in the area you are working in.
And what is very important to me is that you are aware of all the 
earlier ancient styles. Try to recognize the different century design styles 
because every designer and architect on his turn,
is inspired by earlier design styles. My favorite styles are the 18th and 19th century
 French and English design styles.

                                                Here you can see some of the work the Company has done
The Designer helself in action. I notice her
working Shoes...I LOOOVE ;)

Visit theire Homepage Lefevre 
Greets Blog Belgian Pearls 
Greet and I have shared oour home and ideas earlier you can read about her post about Swedish design here were she show lovely pictures of Swedish and Scandinavian Style
Before and After pictures are always fun to see, 
read about some of Greet project Here 

Wish you  a Great day  //Marie

Friday, May 20, 2011

Grange de Charme

Let´s Go French
Her taste is...gorgeous,wondrous,
delightful,divine,lovely,tasteful, inspiring, creative...
Im talkning about the french Vintage blogger

The blogg is SOO inviting, just like you visit french, she writes to us in french BUT most of all she Shows us BEAUTIFUL Pictures, she puts toghether images in a very tasteful way,some are her privateand she is a talented photographer.
If you LOOOOVE  Shabby Chic, Vintage , Garden, french, provance Style..You need to visit Tanias Amazing BLOG..
I have to warn will get addicted ...

With this i wish you all a happy weekend
and dont miss Sunday about a talanted designer from Belgium..

A BIG HUG from me to you 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Shabby Chic Dining Room

Are you like me ?
Just LOOOOVE this White Classic Shabby Chic Style
yes I call it Classic Shabby Chic Style because I think there is differences
in the Shabby Style.
Like -take these t different images  I presents, all of them goes under the same seach Shabby Chic Dining Room.
The *mother* of Shabby Chic- Dining Room at Raschel Aswell

This two pictures below are more like kitchen dining rooms..but 
I think they show the different quit well , Imagine these furniture where still in their original paint..
what would you call them?
Country Style?..
..but since they are painted White, they called Shabby Chic.

What is Shabby Chic ?
  • Well, if you like Bold primary colors Shabby Chic is NOT for you .
    And..Shabby Chic does NOT mean you can have more dirty around you.
    Nor is the age of the furniture that is importent , it is the way their appearance.

    Shabby Chic is no particular a STYLE ,but ratcher balances elegant things with old and worn,shiny silver accessories with painted wooden furniture.

How to make the look.

1, White painted furniture
Collect pieces from flea markets, garage sales, and the attic. Spray with the white paint,sand off the corners and rough it up a little. Voila- You have Shabby Chic
2,Soft delicate color
Softwhite, muted grey,pale pink and faded green ,all have a place in a Shabby Chic Interior Home. 
3, Tea stained fabrics
To give the illusion of age, collect fabrics made to look old if you dont have a grandmothers place to find some treasures
4,Combine pattern & Colors
Keep the background color the same (white,ivory,grey etc) and combinde stripes,floral and checks so create a warm and inviting look. Then choose One color to repeat in almost every farics, such as a soft green or pale pink.

Picture no one Classic Dining Room with light blue painted walls from Not to Shabby,
Picture no two  from this lovely blog picture no 3 from this BLOG, the beautiful home of rashell aswell diningroom from shabbychic home blog. No 5 martha stewart interior via blog 
No 6 kitchen dining table via this blog, picture no 7 shabby chic dining table and two shars via blog
and finally oicture No 9 the sbhabby shabby chic small table and white rug via blog