Senin, 24 Juni 2013

Need Some Time...

My loves, I know I was absent most of last week and I'm sad to say that I  will not be around this week either.
While I recently expressed my high hopes for my 23rd year (and I still have many!), things have not started off exactly as planned... I'm dealing with some personal conflicts right now that have left me feeling completely drained both mentally and emotionally.  I just need  one more week to get back on my feet. I could sit here and post some content that my heart isn't in, but what would any of us really gain from that? In the mean time, you can see that I've done a mini facelift here on the blog with a new head shot and new pink buttons! More on that when I come back.
Love you all, thank you for understanding! xox

Restaurant interiors by Axel Vervoordt


Today I would love to introduce you to 3 restaurants, of which the interior is designed by our Belgian decorator and antiques dealer Axel Vervoordt.

For these restaurant interiors Axel has chosen for an earthy tones color palette.

The first restaurant is the ‘Atelier Privé’ restaurant of the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany.

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Restaurant tables with the Axel Vervoordt Home Collection Gainsborough Desk Chair in the Atelier Privé gourmet restaurant of the Bayerischer Hof Hotel.

Notice the limewashed walls.

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Linen upholstered and slipcovered dining chairs.

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Slipcovered ‘Folding chairs’ from the Axel Vervoordt Home Collection.

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The second restaurant is restaurant ‘The Roji’, situated in a medieval cellar, in the historical center of Antwerp, Belgium.

The Japanese word Roji means ‘garden path’.

This restaurant is recommended if you love the Japanese kitchen.

The 13th century basement is a unique location to book your dinner visiting Antwerp.



Wabi Sabi inspired interior design by Axel Vervoordt.



Enjoy a drink in front of the open fire before having dinner.







The third restaurant is ‘Sir Anthony Van Dyck’ in Antwerp.

The restaurant is named after the Flemish Baroque painter Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641).The building is fully restored in the 17th century spirit, by Axel Vervoordt.


Plastered walls and authentic floor tiles.


The restaurant with its warm color palette.


Again the slipcovered dining chairs, a trademark of Axel Vervoordt.

Last year we had our first Belgian blogger meeting in the restaurant Sir Anthony Van Dyck. Read my blogpost about this meeting here.

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14Our last year’s blogger meeting at the restaurant Sir Anthony Van Dyck.






If you ever visit one of these restaurants, please let me know your thoughts!

Wishing you a great start of this new week!



Rabu, 19 Juni 2013

Paneled room


In an earlier post I shared some pictures of a client’s living room, paneled by our company Lefèvre Interiors.

As we finished the installation and the paneling patina, we started to decorate the room.

I already posted a picture of the chandelier we found for this room. Today you will see the other lighting fixtures and the first piece of furniture, chosen to enrich this living room.


Lefèvre Interiors copyright (05) French antique chandelier and French LXV appliques.


Lefèvre Interiors copyright (011)Antique French chimney piece with the French LXV-styled appliques above.


Lefèvre Interiors copyright (08)This beautiful antique oak console table is the first furniture piece we brought into the room.


Lefèvre Interiors copyright (06)I really love the bronze picture lights above this pair of 18th century French portraits.


Lefèvre Interiors copyright (09)The piano is flanked by a pair of 18th century Italian sconces.


Lefèvre Interiors copyright (07)Antique Italian sconce.


Lefèvre Interiors copyright 0(10)Window shutters.


In a next post about this living room, I will post about  the window treatment and about the living room furniture.

Lefèvre Interiors copyright (013)All pictures by me for Lefèvre Interiors.


To be continued…


What are your thoughts about this room so far? I would love to hear!



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Senin, 17 Juni 2013

Father's Day and Guest Post!

Happy Monday my loves! It's been a busy weekend for me with my birthday and Father's Day all rolled into one. I came home from the hospital today exactly 23 years ago. In 1990, the 17th was a Sunday and it was Father's Day, and really, I probably peaked at good Father's Day gift right then and there. Here's a picture from that day. Let's be real - how styling was I with that hair bow? Right on point.

Today I'm also guest posting over at Laura Dro Designs. If you have followed my blog for awhile now, you know I am a huge fan of Laura's art. I'm sharing how to style this painting:
Gorgeous, no? Head HERE to check it out!
I wish you all the very best of weeks! xo

Jumat, 14 Juni 2013

Today I am 23...

That's right! It's my birthday. 22 was an amazing whirlwind of a year that I will remember fondly.
The year I went after my dream, the year I moved away from home, the year I really started to feel like I know where I want to go and who I want to be. I can only imagine that 23 will mean continuing to grow into that person.
I am so grateful for all the big and exciting opportunities that are going on in my life right now. God is blessing me in mysterious ways.
 Thank you all for helping make 22 one of my best. Cheers!

Three designers with their own kind of lamp shades


The interiors of Walda Pairon, Pam Pierce and Natalie Haegeman are trademarked with their personal  lamp shade design.

Paying attention to the design of lamp shades is probably a distinctive mark of female designers.


Belgian interior designer Walda Pairon loves to work with trapezium shaped lamp shades.

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12Walda Pairon  Photo credit Claude Smekens

9Walda Pairon  Picture by me

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11Walda Pairon  Picture by me


Rectangular shades are noticed in the interiors of American designer Pam Pierce.

4Pam Pierce  Photo credit Peter Vitale

5Pam Pierce  Photo credit Peter Vitale

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7Pam Pierce  Photo credit Peter Vitale

1Pam Pierce  Photo credit Laura Resen for Veranda


Pleated, handsewn lamp shades are the trademark of Belgian designer Natalie Haegeman.

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What is your favorite kind of lamp shade?


Enjoy the weekend!



Kamis, 13 Juni 2013

And the Winner is...

 And the winner is...
 Claire S! Congratulations. You've just won a 100% silk sleep mask from Silk Sleep!
I've sent you an e-mail on how to collect your prize.
Thanks again to everyone who entered for making this giveaway a huge success!

Rabu, 12 Juni 2013

Last Chance for the Best Rest

 No Watercolor Wednesday this week my friends. I'm swamped with finals and that extra 'me' time is a bit non-existent at the moment. I'll be back in full force next week! Today is also the last day to enter the 100% silk sleep mask giveaway from Silk Sleep. You won't regret it! I mean just look how soundly Audrey is snoozing with hers. My sleep mask has changed my life (and did I mention it's wrinkle preventative?!) Good luck and thank you to all who entered!

Senin, 10 Juni 2013

MILIEU magazine photoshoot in Belgium


Dear friends, I do know that you all have heard about the new interior design and lifestyle magazine MILIEU, coming out this Fall !

Earlier this year I posted about MILIEU and my contribution to the magazine HERE.

I try to help Pam Pierce, Houston based founder and editor of this new magazine, finding homes in Europe to be featured in MILIEU.

In order to introduce the magazine to potential advertisers, the team of MILIEU has produced a small issue of the magazine, the MILIEU ‘mini-mag’.

Milieu mag.1Picture source MILIEU ‘mini-mag’


Milieu mag.2Cover of the Milieu mini-mag   Photography by Peter Vitale


Can you imagine how thrilled I was to meet one of the most renown American interior designers in person !?

Since I started blogging and discovered the work of Pam, she became one of my favorite designers.

Previous week Pam and her daughter Shannon, who is also an interior designer based in Dallas, came over to Belgium to attend the photoshoot of a Belgian house.

We really did have a great time together! Pam and Shannon are wonderful people! It was so nice talking to both, mother and daughter. Besides interior design, we also talked about architecture, landscaping, family and food. I even learned about Tex Mex! Which is a mix of Mexican and Spanish dishes prepared in Texas-style. I do have to try this when I visit Pam in Houston!

Pam really is dedicated to her job and she knows a lot about European style !!!


Aren’t the pictures published in the MILIEU ‘mini mag’ just gorgeous? Very promising if you ask me!

Milieu mag.3Picture source Milieu ‘mini-mag’   Photography by Peter Vitale


For those who aren’t yet familiar with the work of Pam and Shannon, I posted some pictures of their design work here.

Pam Pierce 1One of my favorite rooms, designed by Pam Pierce. Source website Pam Pierce Designs  Photography by Peter Vitale

Pam Pierce 3A mix of old and new in the living room of Pam’s Houston house. Source Veranda Photography by Laura Resen

To see more of Pam Pierce Design, please visit her website at


Shannon Bowers 1Source website Shannon Bowers

Shannon Bowers 4Source website Shannon Bowers  Photography by Stephen Karlisch

To see more of Shannon Bowers Design, please visit her website at


Back to the photoshoot in Belgium.

Claude Smekens, which is a Belgian photographer, specialized in interior design photography, was asked to do the photoshoot of the house.

Photoshoot Belgium MILIEU Magazine Belgian photographer Claude Smekens making his debut for MILIEU magazine.

To discover Claude’s work, please visit his website at


When I contacted the home owners of this house, months ago, I was pleased to hear that they were so enthusiastic about having their house photographed for MILIEU! 

I can’t wait to see the featuring of this house in the MILIEU magazine!

You will love the house, which is so beautifully decorated by the talented home owners.

Mosaic 1Belgian house  Mosaic pictures by me


I hope I made you curious about this new mag and hope that you all will subscribe to the quarterly print magazine MILIEU.

A huge thank you to the warm-hearted home owners for their hospitality and to Claude, who has done an amazing job by taking a wonderful photoshoot of this Belgian house to be published in one of the first issues of the brand new Magazine of Style MILIEU.

We are all looking forward to the launch of MILIEU this Fall !

For questions about advertising rates, please go HERE.

For subscriptions, please go HERE.

To visit the MILIEU Blogroll, please go HERE.