Thursday, September 18, 2014

Belgian style living rooms


Elegant Belgian living rooms.

If you like to decorate your living room in the Belgian style, you should combine rustic elements with a modern aesthetic to create a simple, not boring, yet cozy and comfortable room.

Choose for a neutral and soft color palette, no strong colors. Notice that nowadays there is a growing tendency to paint walls in a pure white.

Bring in rustic elements as reclaimed ceiling beams, reclaimed wood floorboards or reclaimed stone flooring.

Pay attention to the fire place and keep it in proportion with the architecture of the room.

Combine antique pieces with modern furniture.

Coffee and side tables can be made of metal or wood, or have a metal base mixed with a wooden or stone top.

Avoid decorative excess to keep the room clean and simple.

Add well-chosen accessories, as wicker baskets, antique or new made pottery and ceramics, in combination with simple artwork.

Use Belgian linen for seat upholstery, slipcovers, pillows and drapes.

Add throw pillows, using them as a color accent in your living room.


5 Thierry Lejeune Art & Architecture  Source here


19AM Designs


16Evelyn Moreels






13Magnus Villas   Source here




3AM Designs


22In Tempo




25Lefèvre Interiors


15Sphere Concepts


26Oscar V


Are you inspired by these Belgian living rooms ?



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Things I would love to share with you today


I would love to invite you to tour the home of New York based interior designer Cheryl Skoog Tague.

Her home is featured in the September/October issue of Veranda magazine. It even made the cover if this issue!

Cover VerandaCheryl’s dining room on the cover of the September/October issue of Veranda.


Cheryl’s company CORE HOME designs, builds and furnishes high end residential and commercial properties.

Cheryl went all over to Europe to find reclaimed materials and antiques. By using salvaged materials and antiques her house looks very old and authentic.

On one of her trips to Europe, I met Cheryl here in Belgium as she was looking for antique chimney pieces!

Cheryl Skoog Tague 1European fire place in one of the rooms of Cheryl’s home   Image source Core Home


Cheryl Tague in Veranda (1)Reception room at Cheryl’s home   Source video Veranda


Please click on the picture below to see the house tour. I am sure you will love this home!

Cheryl Tague - Veranda video

Congratulations Cheryl. Your home looks absolutely gorgeous !



We stay in New York to spot the MILIEU Fall Anniversary Issue in the streets of New York !

MILIEU in NYMILIEU Fall Anniversary Issue in the streets of NEW YORK   Image source

For those who didn’t know yet, MILIEU 's first anniversary issue is on the newsstands.

MILIEUCover MILIEU Fall 2014 Issue

MILIEU is one year old now and features so many interesting articles to read, as the article about the tile murals at the Parisian home of Juan Pablo Molyneux, about the rooms of a Westchester County home, designed by Vicente Wolf, about a New Orleans house project by Valorie Hart,… and so many more.

Milieu featuringsImages source MILIEU Fall Issue 2014



I do have to share with you today an exceptional design project, just completed by Virginia based interior designer BARRY DIXON for the exquisite jewelry boutique Liljenquist & Beckstead.   

I absolutely love this! Love the whole concept, the paneling, the furniture, the lighting fixtures and all materials Barry used here!

Congratulations Barry. Excellent work!


Pictures below showing :

“Athena" chairs by Barry Dixon and a custom bronze table. "Oeuf" pendant from Avrett. OCHRE’s "Seed Cloud" fixture set into a hand crafted plaster dome.

Chandeliers, pendants and sconces from Avrett, OCHRE and Magni Home Collection.All so well chosen!

Barry Darr Dixon -Store project 1Jewelry boutique Liljenquist & Beckstead   Interior design by Barry Dixon   Image source



I am pleased to mention that our company LEFEVRE INTERIORS is featured in the latest issue of the magazine Art & Décoration.

I want to thank stylist Céline Hassen and photographer Sophie Lloyd for their commitment to realize this article.

Lefèvre Interiors dans Art & Décoration 2014 (1)Lefèvre Interiors featuring in Art & Décoration Septembre 2014


Lefèvre Interiors dans Art & Décoration 2014 (2)Lefèvre Interiors featuring in Art & Décoration Septembre 2014


Art & Déco coverCover Art & Décoration Septembre 2014

To read the full article click HERE.


I hope you enjoyed my today’s post.



Sunday, September 7, 2014

Looking forward to Nancy Meyers’ new movie “The Intern”


Nancy Meyers is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She is the writer, producer and director of several big-screen successes, including The Parent Trap (1998), Something's Gotta Give (2003), The Holiday (2006), and It's Complicated (2009).


Nancy MeyersNancy Meyers

Nancy is currently working on her new movie ‘The Intern’.

Nancy-Meyers----The-Intern-1_thumb4Source Nancy Meyers’s Instagram page

I will come back later to Nancy’s new movie ‘The Intern’, but first I would like to tell you something more about her previous movies.

Nancy Meyers is known for her absolutely amazing filming locations. The houses in her movies all look fabulous, the kind of houses people dream about. Nancy is a director with a passion for decoration. For Nancy, the look of the movie is very important because she likes to define the characters in the movie through the places they choose to live. ‘A house tells you so much about a person.’, Nancy explains. On each set Nancy works closely with set decorators and interior designers.

When I started blogging a few years ago, I discovered, on almost every interior design blog I visited, several pictures of the interior of the beach house in the Hamptons, the filming location of the movie ‘Something’s Gotta Give’.

Many people fell in love with this beach house and became obsessed with it. They wanted to incorporate the look of this house into their own home and designers were commissioned to design and to decorate their clients’ home inspired by this ‘SGG’ house.

Almost every decorator has at least one client who wants a room straight out of a Nancy Meyers movie, whether it’s the appealing kitchen in ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ or one of the bedrooms in ‘The Holiday’.

The table that was used in the SGG bedroom was found at Rose Tarlow and a lot of people wanted that table to have in their home. It seems that they never stopped making it. It’s now called the “Something’s Gotta Give table”.


‘Something’s Gotta Give’ : The beautiful beach house in the Hamptons with its timeless and Swedish influenced living room, soft toned dining room and appealing kitchen.Something's Gotta GivePictures source Cote de Texas

SGG Table - Rose TarlowRose Tarlow “Something’s Gotta Give table”


‘The Holiday’ : California contemporary versus cozy Cotswold style.The HolidayPictures source Cote de Texas


‘It’s Complicated’ : The Santa Barbara house with its fabulous garden and cozy rooms.It's ComplicatedPictures source Cote de Texas

One of my favorite rooms is the beautiful dressed up living room in ‘It’s Complicated’. I love the warm color palette used here. Nancy chose the color orange as an accent. I do notice several Belgian style elements here in this room, as the painted cabinet, the coffee table, the slipcovered seats and the beamed ceiling.

It's Complicated - living roomLiving room in ‘It’s Complicated’.

If you are interested in finding out more of these 3 gorgeous movie houses, please check the informative blogposts written by my colleague blogger Joni from Cote de Texas (here, here and here).


Coming back to Nancy’s upcoming movie ‘The Intern’.

About 3 months ago Nancy started with the filming of ‘The Intern’.

‘The Intern’ is a comedy that stars Anne Hathaway as Jules Ostin, as the founder of a fashion based e-commerce company who hires Robert DeNiro's character, a 70-year old widower bored with retirement, as her intern.

Having in mind the succes of ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, ‘The Holiday’ and ‘It’s Complicated’, expectations for the upcoming movie are high. Spectators and especially interior designers (including me !) do hope to see a location to fawn over !

Two weeks ago Nancy posted this peek inside a home in the upcoming movie and captured it with the words ‘A peek inside Jules's brownstone’. If you ask me it looks very chic and beautiful ! What do you think ?

Nancy Meyers The Intern - P1‘A peek inside Jules's brownstone’   Source Nancy Meyers’s Instagram page


Another peek inside to see on Nancy’s Instagram page, captured ‘Annie's desk in The Intern.Our first day of shooting at her startup!’. The filming location is an old factory in Brooklyn. Notice the painted brick walls of this loft style location. This is propably the factory, where the fashion company is based. Eye-catcher is Kartell Ghost chair by Philippe Starck.

Nancy Meyers The Intern - P16‘Annie's desk in The Intern’   Source Nancy Meyers’s Instagram page


In the nick of time, preparing this blogpost, I discovered another picture added by Nancy on her Instagram page, captured  ‘The latest kitchen appliance. The Alexa.’. Notice the children’s play corner with the lou lou ghost child chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell ! Does Jules has children? We will have to find out…

Nancy Meyers The Intern - P17‘The latest kitchen appliance.The Alexa.’   Source Nancy Meyers’s Instagram page


Love love love the inspiration board Nancy posted on Instagram! I love her design aesthetic ! This board definitely shows the designer within her.

Nancy Meyers The Intern - P12‘Inspiration board’   Source Nancy Meyers’s Instagram page


More ‘behind the scenes’ pictures of ‘The Intern’ on Nancy’s Instagram page, I enjoyed.

The Intern - Behind the scenes of the set Source Nancy Meyers’s Instagram page


If you would love to see more ‘behind the scene’ pictures of The Intern’, please follow Nancy’s Instagram page here.

Instagram-Nancy-Meyers_thumb6Nancy Meyers’ Instagram page


‘The Intern’ will come out in one year. Until then we will have to keep following Nancy’s Instagram page! I will certainly do, hoping to see more peek inside pictures.

A huge thank you to Nancy for allowing me to post all these ‘behind the scene’ pictures. As one of her biggest Belgian fans, I do wish her a lot of succes with The Intern’ !

I will try to grab a front row seat when the movie is released in Belgian cinema.



All images with permission of Nancy Meyers.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wishing it was real


The Belgian chocolatier GODIVA brand (founded in 1926) is known in over 80 countries around the world and owns and operates more than 450 boutiques and shops worldwide from New York to Paris, Tokyo to Dubai.

In 2009 Godiva opened the shop ‘Chocoiste’, a new concept store in the popular Harajuku district in Tokyo, Japan. The famous Japanese based interior design firm Wonderwall, founded by Masamichi Katayama, completed this exceptional shop design.

The shop has a primarily classical interior, combining humorous and fun design details such as the “melting chocolate” ceiling, which looks as if it's dripping with chocolate.

Visitiors would wish it was real and could eat chocolate off the walls and ceiling.


2Melting chocolate seems to drip from the walls and ceiling.


1‘Dripping chocolate’ wall downstairs.


6Detail of the chocolate-coloured paint.


3Absolutely stunning! Simulating chocolate running down the walls.


4Second floor café, where visitors can enjoy their time with chocolate.


Godiva chocolatier's shop in Harajuku, Japan

7The two-storey shop with its glass front, is open to the street, so passers-by can view both its entrance as well as the customers enjoying their time with chocolate on the second floor cafe.



Godiva chocolatier

Interior design Wonderwall Japan

All photos by Kozo Takayama – Source Wonderwall





Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bedroom inspiration


Today, for you, some of my favorite and inspiring bedrooms.



6Interior design Thierry Lejeune   Source Thierry Lejeune Ontwerpburo


2Interior design Joseph Dirand   Source The Standart


3Interior design Gilles & Boissier   Source DPages


1Interior design Richard Lane   Source RSA


7Aman Canale Grande Hotel, Venice, Italy   Source Yatzer


4Interior design Annelle Primos Barnett   Source Decorating with Stephanie Tuliglowski


5Interior design John D. Murray   Source John D. Murray Architect


8Interior design Lefèvre Interiors   Source Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Claude Smekens


Wishing you all a nice and relaxing Sunday!

Talk to you soon.