Thursday, November 19, 2015

House redo part II


Dear readers, a few weeks ago I posted about a project I started working on. In collaboration with Dankers Decor, the Belgium based artisanal painting company, we try to give a ‘well-worn’ look to some of the rooms of a client’s home.

If you missed this post and if you might be interested in reading about the start of this project, please click HERE.

After several weeks of intensive work, the painters have done a great job to add that missing ‘well-worn’ part to the rooms by using artisanal mural paintings and wall finishes. Not only the walls were taken on, but even the oak beamed ceilings were weathered and kitchen furniture was greyed to obtain a more authentic look.

The orangery, the breakfast room and the kitchen are the rooms that needed a remodelling.

However, the job is not quite done yet ! We do have to bring in all furniture and have to redecorate the rooms, which is my favorite part of the job.

Redecoration of the rooms is planned next week, but I couldn’t resist to bring in a few decorative accessories into the kitchen already.

1Start of the redecoration of the kitchen.   Photo by me


One of the next days I will take more and enhanced pictures, but today I wanted to give you a sneak peek at the current situation of the rooms.

Orangery so far. Artisanal wall finish by Dankers.OrangeryPictures by me


Orangery before with natural oak beamed ceiling and flat painted walls.Orangery before Photo credit Montse Garriga


Breakfast room so far. Wall finish and painted ceiling by Dankers.Breakfast roomPictures by me


Breakfast room before with natural oak beamed ceiling and flat painted walls.Breakfast room beforePhoto credit Montse Garriga


Kitchen redo in progress. All oak cabinetry and doors are greyed.In progress 1Pictures by me


Kitchen walls are given a lime painted finish.In progress 2Pictures by me


AfterAfterPictures by me


Kitchen before with natural oak cabinetry and inner doors and flat painted walls.Kitchen beforePhoto credit Jo Pauwels


Detail of the artisanal painting technique applied by Dankers employees.6-1Picture by me


Kitchen hood before. Notice that the cornice is now painted too (see picture above).Detaill kitchen hoodPhoto credit Jo Pauwels


Kitchen cabinet before.Kitchen cabinet beforePhoto credit Sophie Lloyd


I contacted my friend Brigitte Garnier, antiques dealer and owner of Garnier Antiques, to assist me with the decoration of the rooms. Brigitte has an extremely good taste and, as no other, she knows how to decorate and how to bring in a soul in one’s house. We met at the client’s home earlier this week to discuss about the decorative items and accessories to bring in.

Brigitte was eager to start decorating already!7Picture by me


Cabinet shelving look, only a few moments after Brigitte put her hands on it !8Picture by me


As the home owner was so enthusiastic, we decorated a second kitchen cabinet that day.10Picture by me


We will continue our job next week.

11Brigitte Garnier and I


To read the first part of this house redo, please click here.


To be continued…


If you would like us to help you with your home remodelling, please feel free to contact us at We would be pleased to help you.



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hortense & Bernadotte


Jacques Garcia is a French architect, interior designer and garden designer, best known for his contemporary interiors of  hotels and restaurants.

The timeless interiors of Garcia are inspired by Napoleontic extravagance and are characterized by French elegance.

Jacques Garcia has designed his own extensive furniture collection and I absolutely love the armchair ‘Hortense’ and lounge chair ‘Bernadotte’, produced by Italian furniture maker Interna.


Jacques Garcia Seats by InternaArmchair ‘Hortense’ and lounge chair ‘Bernadotte’ by Jacques Garcia.   Image source Interna


Both chairs are regularly seen in interiors of hotels and restaurants designed by Garcia.


Selman Hotel Marrakech

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Selman Hotel Marrakech

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Selman Hotel Marrakech

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Selman Hotel Marrakech

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Hôtel Costes Paris

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Hotel The Pearl Marrakech

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Hôtel Costes Paris

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Both chairs are offered in the Interna fabric range or can be ordered upholstered in your customized fabric and finish. Please visit the website of Interna here and here.

I am planning to propose the chairs in a client’s project.

Lefèvre Interiors 1Presentation by Lefèvre Interiors

Lefèvre Interiors 4Presentation by Lefèvre Interiors




Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Amara Awards Night


 A lot of you do know that Belgian Pearls was shortlisted for the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2015 and that I was invited at the Amara Awards Event, that took place last Wednesday, at the spectacular Ham Yard Hotel in London.

All shortlisted bloggers of 15 categories of interior design related blogs, judges, sponsors and the Amara Team gathered together to celebrate the best in the interior blogging industry.

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


Arriving at the hotel all guests were escorted down through the hotel, to the Dive Bar, where everything was prepared to perfection for a memorable evening.

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


 We were greeted with champagne, cocktails and delicious canapés.

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


We all had the opportunity to catch up with colleague bloggers, sponsors, judges and the Amara Team before the start of the official part of the evening, the Amara Awards Ceremony.

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JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


All along the evening, Amara Interior Blog Awards instant tweets and instagram messages from all over the world were projected on the wall.



It was a real pleasure to meet so many people, all related to the interior design industry and to put faces to the blogs.



JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


Before we knew it was time for the main event and everyone was welcomed into the Ham Yard Theatre.

Amara’s co-founder Sam Hood introduced the awards and welcomed interior designer and judge of the ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’ on BBC, Sophie Robinson, our compere for the ceremony.

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYSophie Robinson (left) & Sam Hood    Image courtesy of John Nassari


The Ham Yard Theatre was the perfect venue for the awards ceremony.

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


Palpable tension when it came for the winners to be announced !

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


Applause for Anna Lysik, author of the blog Don’t Cramp My Style.

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


Kate Watson-Smyth, author of the blog Mad About The House, proudly showing her trophy.

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


Alessandra Barlassina, author of the blog Gucki, won the Amara Award in the category ‘Best European Interiors Blog’, where Belgian Pearls made it to the shortlist. Congratulations dear Alessandra !

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYAlessandra with Sophie Robinson and the representative of the sponsoring brand Missoni Home.   Image courtesy of John Nassari


The Amara Awards 2015 Trophies

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


Celebrations after the awards’ ceremony !  More champagne and dessert canapés !

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


And shortlisted bloggers complimented award winning colleague bloggers.


Emily Quinton, author of the blog Make Light, congratulating an award winner colleague.

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


Gudy Herder, author of the blog Eclectic Trends, making a selfie.

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


Don’t ask to whom I was talking at that moment !  I saw so many faces…and chatted with so many people !

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


All good things come to an end and before we knew it, it was time to say good bye to all these people we just met !

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYImage courtesy of John Nassari


I am so very pleased, to have met Alessandra, the Amara Award Winner in our categorie ‘Best European Interiors Blog’. She is such a lovely person, and she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.

Please check her blog Gucki.



Before going home, we all were handed an exclusive goody bag filled with items from the Amara Awards sponsors as Missoni Home, Mulberry Home, Anorak, Seletti, Farrow & Ball, Christian Lacroix and many many more.

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A would like to thank the Amara Team for their dedication and hard work to bring us an unforgettable experience.

JOHN NASSARI PHOTOGRAPHYSam Hood, creative director at Amara, and her Amara Team.   Image courtesy of John Nassari


And a special thank you to the night’s photographer and Amara Award sponsor John Nassari for all the amazing photos he took of the event.

John NassariPhotographer John Nassari   Image source here


And last but not least, a huge thank you to all of you my dear readers, for your support and vote for Belgian Pearls. Because of you I had the chance to take part at this fabulous event.

It was an amazing experience!