Friday, April 30, 2010


This week I received the Happy 101 Award from the lovely Victoria of the Art House Design blog!


She wrote me that my blog makes her happy every time she comes over! Isn’t that wonderful to hear?!

Victoria, you make me so HAPPY with this! I appreciate it a lot! Thank you so much!!!

For those who do not know Victoria’s beautiful and inspirational blog, please click on the header of her blog.


So Victoria asked me to tell about 10 things that make me happy.

Here I go!

1/My family : my husband Jan and my son Anthony make me happy.


I love raising my son into a good and respectful young man. He is 14 years old now and I know that time is going on so fast and that he is growing up so fast. I have to enjoy every moment with him!


My husband supports me in everything I do and together, we are managing our business in the best way possible.

Watching my husband being happy with his grandchildren makes me happy!

2/ Family reunions : I so love gathering with our family. Especially when Nele (my husband’s daughter) and her husband  

                                           with the 2 grandchildren come to visit us.

11 My husband and his daughter with the grandchildren Alexa and Tristan.


I especially love summer reunions. Here a family reunion at my sisters last summer.

3/ Flowers : I really love flowers and love to decorate with these beauties.

7This is a rambler rose, named Kir Royal, at the back of our house.


I can’t imagine living without flowers! Every week I bring fresh flowers to decorate my home.

4/Decorating : it is a way of destressing to me.


Sometimes it happens that I decorate and redo that same corner twice a week. I can’t help!

5/Inviting friends : to prepare a good meal (I have to admit that my husband is the best cook at home.) and setting the table for

                                         friends and guests is making me happy.



My private cook!

6/France : going to France is making me so happy.

                      A city trip to Paris,  spending our holiday at the south of France, visiting the wine castles at Bordeaux,

                     a search for antiques at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue,….. I adore the French way of living. It makes me happy!


3 A few years ago at the Ritz in Paris.


A view from Eze Village on the Mediterranean Sea, I took 2 years ago.


Me in one of the antiques shops at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.


7/ Castles : I love visiting castles. In Belgium there are a lot of beautiful castles to visit. Lucky me!

                        The interiors of them give me inspiration for my job!

                    17 The Castle of Beloeil.

8/Satisfied clients : one of the very important things in my life that really makes me happy and that gives me satisfaction!


9/ Reading books and magazines : mostly related to my job.


13                                     It is relaxing reading a book or a magazine, in the evening, after a busy day of work.

10/ Blogging : It makes me so happy that I met all these wonderful people through blogging!!! Some of them became

                              very good friends! I am so thankful for that.


This is my home office, where I also spend a lot of time blogging.


So now it is my turn to tag 10 other bloggers with this HAPPY 101 Award !

I would love to hear from them the 10 things that make them happy.

1. Miss Baptista

2. Oakview Cottage

3. Malvini Puur

4. Toile de Jouy

5. Holding Court

6. French Kissed

7. Trouvais

8. Splendid Willow

9. Desde my Ventana

10. Céline Chollet Aquarelles


Have a wonderful weekend!



Thursday, April 29, 2010


I love this fashion shoot featured in W Magazine celebrating admirable women in Spring attire! It's so colourful and so Bohemian and how gorgeous is that patchwork vintage style sofa in the picture above!

Photographer - Bruce Weber, Stylist - Camilla Nickerson

A Chic and Gorgeous Seaside Cottage Renovation

Moving from the "Sound" side house from the earlier post this week,
I thought I would show a very different kind of waterside home.
Jill Johnson is a designer who lives in Manhattan Beach, California.
The house was redone on the inside and outside from scratch - and
as you can see above - with fantastic results for a 1800 sq ft home
where every crook and cranny was put to good use.

I really adore the kitchen and how she used accessories to add a
splash of color (greens and blues.)

Can you believe this was the kitchen before? 
The kitchen was a complete teardown.

A closer look at the details of the kitchen - white cabinets
with luxurious marble and nickel pulls.  Green and blue dishes
and accessories litter the kitchen.

As I mentioned before, the house is only 1800 sq feet and so
every space there was, nooks and drawers were built in
including this sofa across from the kitchen.

The original exterior of the house.

After exterior renovations...Now that's what I call
a Major upgrade on the curb appeal of this home. 
The new window shutters, wood shingle siding and
 brickwork all make a huge difference including
opening up the car port space.

Here is Jill Johnson hanging out at the front door of her home.

A before shot of the master bedroom.

This is what her bedroom looks like now.  Absolutely
divine isn't it?  I adore the colors she used and love her
taste in furniture and fixtures.

A fun living room with lots of different prints.

Her baby's bedroom with a "To die for Armoire" in a
shade of Robin Egg Blue.

What a fun and cozy dining room.  I'm a huge fan of gray and so
I find it cool how she painted the table gray to match the wallpaper
and fabric on the chairs.

Did I mention that I love this woman's taste in furniture?  Right
down my alley with all of the Hollywood Regency references
with the faux bamboo furniture.

So what do you think?  It's sort of like a cottage with a chic and
sophisticated edge to it.  What's your favorite room or thing from
the house?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Black & Spiro One Day Only Sale

As we are about to embark on the remainder of our exciting renovations in under 2 weeks, we have decided to have a ONE DAY only sale.

The last famous Black & Spiro sale was approx 3 years ago so this one is definitely not to be missed!!!

All floor stock including furniture, lamps, shades and accessories will be heavily discounted, as well as a huge range of amazing fabric remnants reduced to clear. I am also throwing in some things from my own home so make sure you don’t miss out.

Remember, the sale is only on for one day!!!

Hope you can make it.

Lefèvre Interiors featured in latest issue of Beta-Plus books

In november 2009 I did a post (here) about the photo-shoot that was taken at my home and I promised to show you the published photos of this shoot. So the shoot and related article of my home is now published in the latest issue of the Beta-Plus books, Contemporary Living with Antiques!!!

10 Cover of this issue of the Beta-Plus books.

The book is published in Dutch, French and English.

First there is the article about my home and second there is a reportage of the home of a client of our company Lefèvre Interiors.

My home








A Lefèvre Interiors’ client’s home




I am wondering what you will think about it?



Monday, April 26, 2010

A French guest house where authenticity and comfort come together

Isabelle and Alain Groult have opened their charming B&B LA LOUVIERE some 5 years ago. It is situated in the village of Saint Denis Sur Sarthon, in the North of France, just outside le Perche, 2 hours from Paris.

It is a small 18th century manor house and the 4 rooms have been refurnished in the local style and in an original decor.

La Louvière is a guest house where authenticity and comfort come together.


The entrance of the B&B.



The charming 18th century manor.







  The owners love to spoil their guests! As you can see here below!!

And they have an eye for detail !








La Louvière has a beautiful garden to enjoy and to relax in.



Foto 22



And even a pool !


And look at those beautiful rooms.





Isn’t that gorgeous ?


And so very French !




Has anyone of you already stayed at this beautiful B&B ?

For further information, please visit the La Louvière website



All images of the La Louvière website