Rabu, 30 November 2011
Selasa, 29 November 2011
Congratulations to Luciane of the blog Homebunch, her husband and family with their new born son Matthew !
As of course Luciane wasn’t blogging these days, I didn’t either!! Not for the same reason of course! No, last Friday I fell of my horse and had to go to hospital where the doctor noticed, after he had taken a CT scan, that there was a small fracture to one of my vertebrae. The past 2 days I had a lot of pain! Fortunately I didn’t need surgery! I am at home and need to rest a lot ! I do hope that around Christmas I will feel much better and that the fracture will be repaired!! I feel so sorry to not be able to ride my horse Mango for a certain time! I really felt a bit down the days before and had not that much enthusiasm to blog as you will hopefully understand.
Anyway, life goes on and today I feel much better!
I absolutely want to thank my friend Leslie Sinclair of the blog Segreto for the amazing post she wrote about me and the work of my company.
You can read it HERE.
Thank you so much Leslie, I feel very very honored!!
Leslie wrote a gorgeous book in which you will discover a lot of projects on which she has worked on!! Wonderful houses of which Leslie took care of the mural as of the cabinet finishes!
The Skirted Round Table wrote a beautiful post about Leslie and her company Segreto Finishes. And Leslie was even interviewed by the Skirted Round Table. To listen to this interview, please go here.
Leslie’s book Segreto is a must have! Please click on book cover to order it.
Our blog colleague Diane Dorrans Saeks, founder of the most interesting blog The Style Saloniste and author of lots of publications about interior design and desigers has shared with us this week her ‘picks of exceptional books of the season’.
As this book titled Marisa Berenson A life in Pictures
Or this book,titled Intimate Chanel
‘Intimate Chanel’ by Isabelle Fiemeyer, with photography by Francis Hammond and with a foreword by Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie (Gabrielle Chanel’s only direct descendant) (Flammarion)
Many more exceptional books to discover at Diane’s blog HERE.
I want to thank everyone of you for all of your lovely comments on my latest blogpost about the finished Lefèvre Interiors project ! It means so much to me!
One of the comments came of - I still can’t believe it – the London based and famous designer John Stefanidis!!!
John Stefanidis is a designer with a prestigious, inernational clientele. His company John Stefanidis Brands Limited is specialized in the architectural and interior design of both residential properties and hotels across the globe.
John has also created original fabrics and furniture ranges. See his website HERE.
You really have to know that John Stefanidis is one of my all times favorite designers and you will have noticed his name listed on ‘my favorite designers’ list at the side bar of my blog.
I learned to know about John’s designs and work by his first book ‘ROOMS’, Design & Decoration’ (1988), I bought years ago, at the start of my career as a decorator.
This book is full of practical ideas on lighting, placing furniture, mixing styles and arranging objects and is still a wonderful resource on design.
I still have it on the shelves of my library! It is one of my favorite books! Not so long ago I passed on the title to some of my friends who were looking for design inspiration!
Can you believe how surprised and thrilled I was to see John’s comment under my blogpost !!
Since his first book Rooms, Design & Decoration, John Stefanidis has written another 3 books, to discover on his website HERE.
Some pictures of John Stefanidis’ designs.
Every time I visit John’s website I am impressed by this hallway!! Gorgeous!
This mahogany-paneled library is one of my favorite rooms! Notice the Venetian mirror and the 18th century oil painting Black Hunter by John Wootton. John designed the inlaid low table.
A dining room with several mirrored panels. One of them is leading to the kitchen. A George III mahogany table.
Elegant and warm room. I love the French chandeliers and the Stark carpet.
A renovation of an Athens apartment.
In both of these bedrooms John used beautiful fabrics.
I am glad to hear that John is a ‘bookaholic’ as much as I am.
“Where to put my books was a priority,” says Stefanidis, who sits in the small library.(Text AD).
Well I have to say that this was a priority for me too! The library was the first room in our house that was finished! I had to store my precious books!
John is also the author of the blog ‘The Developed Eye’ !
I wish you a wonderful week!
Senin, 28 November 2011
Jumat, 25 November 2011
Kamis, 24 November 2011
My readers who are following my blog will remember the post I wrote a few weeks ago about a project I was working on.
Earlier post HERE.
I told you about all the design ideas my clients had in mind and about the color scheme we wanted to bring in. There was a lot to think about before starting the project and the execution of the cabinets and paneling in our working shop.
We needed to order new seats and reupholster some existing bergères, ordering a new carpet and some new furniture. We had to think well about the way we should stain the wood for the paneling, the parquet floor and about a very important subject : the window treatment.
Meetings with the painter, the electricien, … had to be organized.
Weeks and many discussions later, plans were designed and the project could be started.
Belgian linen is chosen for all the window treatment as for the new slipcovered seats.
The owners had a serie of 7 gorgeous paintings of our Belgian artist Pierre Alechinsky. The serie is named ‘The 7 Days of the Week’. So these works belong together and should not be split! We had to take care of the design of the paneling in order to create 7 panels to hang them up.
Above the doors towards the kitchen we placed a painted panel to give the doors more ‘grandeur’.
I am so thankful to the owners for their confidende in our company and their always positive approach in conversations which contributed to this successful project. A special thank you to the lady of the house for always serving coffee and biscuits and with whom I spent hours, having wonderful conversations, And of course I am very thankful for their permission to reproduce these pictures on my blog.
Also a thank you to the LEFEVRE INTERIORS employees for their incredible commitment to finish this project in a successful way.
A thank you to Jan Beyens of NEW INTERIOR who was so patient to demonstrate so much fabrics and for assisting us in making the right choice for the window treatment.
Thank you to the painters Karel and Bernard Duthoy for their exquisite work.
Although it is not a professional taken photo shoot, I do hope you enjoyed this post with these pictures taken only by me!