Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kitchen love


Today I do hope to inspire you, sharing pictures of kitchen designs that caught my attention.

This stunning kitchen in a restored Amsterdam historic home is realized by the Netherlands based design duo Rene van der Leest and Sigrid van Kleef of Studio Ruim. I love the contrast of the restored wood paneled walls and 18th century paintings against the contemporary kitchen furniture.

13Interior design RUIM The Netherlands


This Belgian kitchen is to die for and is a realisation of Belgian architects duo Alexis Herbosch and Wim Van Reeth. Neutral color palettte, use of natural wood and soft tone countertops and flooring.

6Interior design Herbosch – Van Reeth Belgium   Photo credit Liesbet Goetschalckx


Dark cabinetry and a concrete countertop. I never would have thought about bringing together metal and bronze as we notice here. A patinated bronze pendant together with metal-framed bistro chairs. This kitchen is realised by Milan and Moscow based architects Raboni.

4Interior design Raboni Architetti Milano – Moscow


Solid, stylish, custom made kitchen as an eye-cather at Molitli Interieurmakers. A combination of concrete, steel and wood.

12Interior design Molitli Interieurmakers The Netherlands


Rough,raw wood furnishings in combination with marble countertops and back splash in this kitchen designed by London based company Blakes. Notice the recessed space for herbs into the kitchen isle’s countertop.

1Interior design Blakes London


Another kitchen design by Blakes, where is opted to cover a part of the island with a sheet of brass.

9Interior design Blakes London


Kitchen design by Belgian architect Benoît Viaene. For this kitchen isle the architect opted to combine walnut with a very rare and exceptional marble countertop.

5Interior design by architect Benoît Viaene Belgium


Accents of brass, copper and chrome are added in this bespoke kitchen designed by UK based company Artichoke.

11Interior design Artichoke UK


Dare to use color as in this Belgian kitchen.

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Stunning kitchen in a barn-style house on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts.  Gorgeous to have this large window seat integrated in your kitchen.

7Image source Architectural Digest – Photo credit Nikolas Koenig


Belgian antiques dealer and decorator Axel Vervoordt used reclaimed 17th-century wood for the kitchen cabinetry in a Rome flat.

8Interior Design Axel Vervoordt Belgium  Image source Architectural Digest - Photo credit Simon Watson


To end this kitchen post, a charming kitchen in a West-Sussex manor house.

3Image source JJ.Locations London


I do hope you are inspired by this post, whatever your favorite kitchen design might be.



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Home Offices


Which one would be your favorite home office ?


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3Beatrixx Kleuver


13Cullman & Kravis


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4Brigitte Garnier – Photo credit Claude Smekens Fotografie 


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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter !


Wishing you all a Happy Easter !

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Bathrooms in the neoclassical style


A bathroom suggesting an archeological site using architectural materials as columns, a rustic stone floor and a stone bathtub. This setting defines a bathroom in the neoclassical style.

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Napoleon I, emperor of the French from 1804 until 1815, was impressed by the grandeur of the Roman Empire and its classic architecture and tried to imitate this impressive style in buildings he let construct.

It is not my intention to talk about Napoleon’s architectural achievements, but I wanted to mention Napoleon here as the bathrooms he constructed are an inspiration for the neoclassical style bathrooms I wanted to talk about today. Nowadays a lot of designers are influenced by these neoclassical style bathrooms.

The elegant and ‘rich’ neoclassical bathrooms of years gone by, were rediscovered by designers of today and came back into fashion. In lots of luxury hotels we see bathrooms redesigned in the neoclassical style.


As I was preparing a client’s bathroom in this neoclassical ‘French Empire’ style, I came across some beautiful pictures, a source of inspiration to start designing the bathroom I had in mind.

The ‘French Empire’ style is based on the ancient Greek and Roman art, but also influenced by the ancient Egyptian art and culture. The style is also characterized by a symmetric, rectangular and austere design.

Bringing in classic architectural elements as columns, the use of stone and marble flooring, all kind of marble wall covering (even faux marble can be used), fragments of plaster fresco’s and Roman friezes, cuban mahogany furniture, shiny fabrics as silk, satin, damask and velvet, bronze fittings and ornaments as rosettes, laurel wreaths, palm branches, lotus flowers, acanthus leaves, gods and goddesses, Egyptian heads, herm, sphynxes, swans, lions heads, dolphins, eagles, griffins, lyres, shield and swords, are all characteristics of the French Empire style and often seen in neoclassical style bathrooms.

Next to all these elements, there is the specific bathtub which definitely is the eyecather. Those bathtubs are usually free standing (It is said that Napoleon took his bathtubs to the battlefields). The original bathtubs are hand carved from one single large block of marble and a lot of them have a front side decorated with two carved rings.

Marble bathtub

Original French marble bathtub


The Imperial bathtub that Napoleon had constructed at the Palazzo Pitti, in Florence.

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Napoleon loved spending time taking a bath while reading.

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The world’s largest bathtub at the thermae of Caracalla (nickname of Antoninus, 22nd Emperor of the Roman Empire  – reigned from 198 until 217) at the Boboli Gardens, a park behind the Palazzo Pitti in Florence - Italy, that is home to a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries, with some Roman antiquities. The Baths of Caracalla were built in Rome between 212 and 216.

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Antique Italian marble bath in the Venetian bathroom at the castle of Axel Vervoordt.

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Neoclassical bathroom setting by Axel Vervoordt.

7Image source  ‘Timeless Interiors’ by Axel Vervoordt


Marble bathtub in a London townhouse. Interior design by Rose Uniacke.

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Bathroom of Belgian antiques dealer and interior designer Brigitte Garnier.

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Marble bath in one of the rooms of the Blakes Hotel London.

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Where to find these antique or new made seductive pieces of marble ?

FD1 Found at 1stdibs

't AcherhuisFound at ‘t Achterhuis

Deknock Found at Deknock

les tresors de rackham Found at Les Tresors de Rackham

Stone Tubs Found at Stone Tubs

GrantsFound at Grants Marble


Next to the marble stone bathtubs, we even notice lots of copper and zinc bathtubs. These tubs became very popular in mid 19th century. This bath was the product of the tinsmith's craft, a shell of sheet copper or zinc. Some of them have a boat shaped design and are called ‘bateau’ tubs. In the late 19th century was invented a process for bonding porcelain enamel to cast iron, a process that remains broadly the same to this day.

Boat shaped antique copper tub

Original boat shaped copper bathtub


An amazing copper bathtub on a stone socle in a bathroom designed by French decorator Frédéric Méchiche.

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Bathroom by Axel Vervoordt.

8Image source  ‘Timeless Interiors’ by Axel Vervoordt


Gorgeous neoclassical bathroom design by Barry Dixon.

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Design by Douglas Mackie.

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Eclectic bathroom with a zinc bathtub.

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Copper bathtub originally from the South of France.

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Napoleon bathtub that has a tin lining with a carved stone exterior. The base is a wood molding with great patina and gold decoration.

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A zinc tub in a bathroom designed by Polyedre.

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Where to find these antique or new made bathtubs ?

FD2Found at 1stdibs

FD3Found at 1stdibs

Waterworks 1Clothilde tub, found at Waterworks

Waterworks 2Margaux tub, found at Waterworks

HomethangsFound at Homethangs

T&BFound at Taps & Baths


Neoclassical Style Bathroom Design by me for Lefèvre Interiors

Lefèvre Interiors Bathroom Design neoclassical style





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