A blog with a flaire for style

For all interior design lovers out there, we would like to tell you about one of our favourite blogs. New York-based blogger and Interior Designer Heather Clawson is behind Habitually Chic, an insightful and stylish blog with beautiful pictures of fantastic homes, not unlike the ones you can find in glossy interior design magazines. Clawson’s blog is a great way to spend your time, as the stunning settings let you dream yourself away… or crave for exclusive designer furniture ;)

Picture from Habitually Chic
Picture from Habitually Chic
Picture from Habitually Chic

LULU Home & Interior

Always open to new inspiration we popped in at Lulu Home & Interior, with its 850 square meters of furniture exhibition close to Place Chatelain in Brussels, it’s a great place to hang out on a rainy (or snowy) afternoon. The shop offers a well selected mix of contemporary furniture and decoration objects. The style could be described as a mix of 50s inspired, industrial and Scandinavian. After having strolled around for a while we finished off with a coffee at their café. If you are planning to go furniture shopping in Brussels this is definitely a place to check out.

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‘Tstad expo

’Tstad held a 2 day pop-up exhibition at the Verbeke Foundation in Kemzeke not far from Antwerp. We thought it was a great possibility to get some inspiration and find out what’s new for 2016! The exhibition was a pleasure to visit, not least for the cool environment of the Verbeke Foundation showroom, decorated with fascinating art pieces.

Many exhibitors had drawn inspiration from nature and ecology. One of the highlights were the atelier of Tradewinds – charming little retro style wagons for the hotel industry or private gardens – and  Breit & Rietveld, a Dutch wholesaler of great decoration products from the Far East, like beautiful handmade tables, pots and stone objects.

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Breit & Rietveld
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Breit & Rietveld

 

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After an inspirational visit, Heidi was ready for lunch!! ;)

 

A charming French Guest House raising from Ashes…. Part 2

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Designing the interior of the ancient building was a difficult, yet interesting project. We paid great attention to both, colours and furniture to preserve the building’s history and styl.

Because of the light situation, painting the ceiling posed a real challenge as the colours kept changing dramatically from one spot to the other. Our goal was to achieve a friendly, light and warm tone, which we finally found by mixing several tones on site (Farrow & Ball –  Tallow, New White and All White)….

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Farrow & Ball colour samples
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The bedroom during the renovation

We were very pleased with the final result, not least with the crystal, pear shaped chandeliers from Labyrinthe Interiors France which we placed over the seating area. This enhanced the space dramatically.

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After

Most of the furniture, including the vanity unit, come from our Belgian supplier Lee & Lewis. They provide nice quality furniture of waxed or distressed wood, upholstered with linen in many different shades.

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Seating area after
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View over the room from the window after.

Urban Cottage Industries, UK supplied us with wonderful retro style lights for the bathroom, with ceiling spots and wall down lighters. They were extremely helpful as deliveries to the very countryside of France can turn out to be quite difficult from time to time….Thanks to Iain and Nick for their moral and professional support! ;)

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Bathroom after

The vanity unit in combination with the Porcelanosa tiles has been a real success!

So, what is still left to do? Just lean back and watch the lawn grow green again after a hot, hot summer…..DSC_3951www.lee-lewis.be

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Work in progress

This is one of our ongoing projects, it is an 50’s apartment with garden in Etterbeek. As you can see the renovation is in full swing in the living room, the bathroom and the hallway and our team has a busy time ahead. We will return with more pictures when the project is completed.   renovation4 renovation1

Maison de maître in Brussels

One of our latest projects was a lovely, traditional house in Brussels. The owners wanted a mix of American & Scandinavian design in their interior style. With several children, the demand for convenient storage solutions was important to make the maintenance as easy as possible. We created a a congenial but yet practical home environment, while at the same time honouring the historic architecture of the building.

This is how the sample boards and 3D-drawings, as we always create for our clients, looked like. The boards are a very important tool for us to visualize the final result for our clients.Kitchen Plan smallSome of the elements had to be kept as before, such as part of the kitchen. Dining Room Plan smallIn the dining room we chose stunning paisley patterned wallpaper above the white wooden panels. The pastel green colour matched the wall colours of the kitchen well and created a harmonious whole.Dining Room Sample Board smallThe blend of pastel and natural colours matched well together with the elegant white furniture for a very sophisticated final result!

Our new reinforcement!

IdaLet us introduce our new Swedish co-worker! Ida Karbin has studied interior design in Florence, Italy. She has worked in both Sweden and Belgium, with projects, both residential and commercial, as well as interior styling for photo shoots. Ida loves to mix antique and modern furniture and she is always looking to find the perfect harmony with different materials and colours in her projects without compromising functionality.