Friday, January 31, 2014

Cupboard love


I have to admit that I do have a weakness for antique cupboards. This type of furniture can be placed in several rooms of the house and can be used for different purposes. They can be functional or they can be used as a decorative piece of furniture.
In a dining room they can be used as display cabinets, in a kitchen they can be used as storage. You even can use them as curiosity cabinets in your study room.

A beautiful antique cupboard in a house in France.
1Photo credit James Balston   Image source here

Beautiful cupboard in the dining room of Brigitte Garnier.
3         Photo credit Miguel Flores-Vianna   Image source Veranda Magazine March 2011  
                             
   This cupboard Brigitte Garnier placed in her kitchen, has a functional use but even looks very decorative.  
4Image source Vivere Country Magazine 2011   Photo credit Claude Smekens

Another beautiful antique cupboard at Garnier Antiques. French oak cabinet with painted interior.
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French 18th century painted cupboard I placed in my sister’s home.
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A cupboard used as a ‘cabinet de curiosité’ in the study room of Belgian fashion designer Edouard Vermeulen.
3a38cb329faa50b016b3f5307268fc8aPhoto credit Claude Smekens


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Obsessed...


I'm smitten by Alexander Waterworth's work!
Check out this charming delicatessen located in South West London!  
Alexander created a brilliant fun, tranquil space that reflects the perfect California beach cafe!














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I'll be dreaming of that tile tonight... I want!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Stairs...


Who would have thought stairs could be so interesting?































All images via pinterest


... little did we know!


An alternative use


A few days ago we visited a client's house where we installed a kitchen 2 years ago and to my surprise I noticed that the kitchen cabinet space that was meant to store the cutlery, was now used to place the wine bottles!
I actually think it is a splendid idea and a gorgeous alternative use.
I absolutely wanted to share the idea with you today.
Lefèvre Interiors Kitchen cabinet detail LEFEVRE INTERIORS kitchen design   Photo by me


Lefèvre Interiors Kitchen cabinet LEFEVRE INTERIORS kitchen design   Photo by me





Monday, January 20, 2014

In love with libraries


As I have a passion for books, in particular interior design books, I love spending hours in our library.  When I need inspiration to design a client’s library or complete interior design project, I close the door of our library, put on my favorite music and start consulting my collection of interior design books.

1One of my favorite images is this library designed by Axel Vervoordt   Image source here
Can you imagine, sitting in a comfortable chair next to the fire place, curling up with a book? Definitely a treat for the soul!

Designing a library, you have to pay attention to details.
Notice the bookcase details here. Awesome!
4Image source here

And I do love to bring in secret library doors, if possible.
2Library design Axel Vervoordt   Image source AD July 2003 - Photo credit Durston Saylor

3Image source Pinterest

What I love more in all these shown libraries, is the painted back of the bookcases.
5Library design by Axel Vervoordt   Image source here - Photo credit Christian Sarramon

This is exactly what I did with the cabinetry in our own library.
6Library design Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Thomas De Bruyne

7I am still thankfull to my blog colleague 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

‘Laudonie’, a fabulous holiday retreat in France


If you plan to spend this year’s holidays in France, you absolutely should stop nearby the village of Rouffignac–Saint-Cernin de Reilhac (Dordogne) and spend a few days at the fabulous Château Laudonie!
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‘Laudonie, nestling between woods and hills, is located 4 km to the east of Rouffignac–Saint-Cernin de Reilhac. The estate comprises 53 hectares that are partly in the commune of Plazac and partly in the commune of Rouffignac–Saint-Cernin de Reilhac. A little communal no-through-road leads to the property. The buildings will impress you as soon as you arrive. They are perched on a ridge offering a stunning view over the surrounding valleys and hills.
The inner courtyard is the heart of the estate. It is bordered by the Manor House, the four towers and the barn.’
(text  Laudonie website)
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The old accountancy books reveal that Laudonie had been bequeathed to Sieur Debord, Lieutenant of the Port of Bordeaux, sometime around 1500 AD. This family took the name of the Laudonie locality for the family.
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The Laudonie estate has been sold and re-sold on several occasions. In the late 1990’s, this ‘castle’ was bought by Pierre Caron who fell in love with the property. With a huge enthusiasm and dedication he started the renovation of the historical estate to share it with family and friends.
After Pierre Caron passed away in 2005, his wife Fanny Van Herzeele, continued the restoration and completed the work of her husband with the help of the Belgian architect Stephane Boens.
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The Manor House can easily accommodate twelve people.
5Manor House hall first floor  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals
10Manor House salon  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals
7Manor House kitchen  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals
8Manor House one of the bedrooms  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals
11Manor House terrace  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals
 
In the North Tower, there is an apartment of about 100m² (1000ft2) that is ideal for two people.
6North Tower living room  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals
9North Tower kitchen  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals
12North Tower terrace  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

The West Tower is similar to the North Tower, in terms of accommodation. However, it does not have a private terrace.
13West Tower living room  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals
14West Tower Bedroom  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

The South Tower is the smallest of the four and serves as an extension to the Manor or Tower North. It has four beds (bunk beds) and is equipped with a bathroom but with no kitchen. It is ideal for a group of youngsters.
15South Tower seating area  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals
16South Tower bedroom  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

Laudonie offers his visitors an extended recreation area, where you will find a swimming pool, a sauna, a tennis court and a petanque pitch. In addition, Laudonie is located in close proximity to a golf course.
17Swimming pool  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals