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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OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME IN PARADISE – a conversion of an ancient storrage into a lovely guest house

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It may not be surprising to many people who renovate or build but obstacles always appear when you expect them the least – and that’s when also interior designers reach their limit of influence. The painter suffered from an hernia, a week later the joiner from a lumbago, and last not least the plumber had a loss in his family….I guess that’s what you simply call life.

Things like this (unfortunately) happen but we tried to reschedule works so not to lose too much time.

The garden side of the house used to be fairly plain and had more the look of a Swiss cottage than a farm outbuilding in the South-West of France as already mentioned earlier…

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We decided with the client to add a spacious terrace of stone with a rustic ‘rusty” look balustrade. Stone stairs are planned which lead down on the ancient cistern and make a 1/2 turn to lead further to the garden level, which will look more interesting and playful than strait stairs. The wooden covering of the gable was taken off and replaced by stone, more in keeping with the style of the region.

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Fortunately, by now everybody in our team has more or less recovered and works continue at pace. We have decided to go for Lamp Room Grey from Farrow & Ball for the window and door frames, as well as for the shutters. It is a congenial and soft colour which beautifully marries with the warm tone of the stone but it is neutral enough to give us more freedom for further colourful additions of accessories…

The tiler, who is so far in good health has finished the tiling of the bathroom. In this room the tiles we have chosen are Antic Blue from Porcelanosa. These tiles are an interesting match with the rustic style of the property, a bridge between old and modern, and will certainly always be classic.

 

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The bathroom door has been made by the local joiner in the typical farmhouse style.

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That’s it for now from the beautiful Lot Region of the South-West of France.

We will keep you posted – shortly!

Sonja

 

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!

Stunning Azulejos from a workshop in Azeitao, Portugal

We have found this very interesting little workshop by pure chance in Portugal. The manager Luis is not only very skilled but also extremely helpful. They do bespoke handmade tiles with motives from the 16th, 17th and 18th century from Italy, Portugal, Spain, France and Dutch. Colours and sizes can be adopted to the client’s requirements. Although the communication was not so easy language wise, we managed to order a beautiful wall panel for a client with 16th century Italian motives. It has come out just wonderfully!
Luis and his team did a great job on it by bringing the brightness of the colours down and make them look really ancient!Azulejos from AzeitaoIMG_4822

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Welcome!

201210_IC_146_BWWe are happy to welcome you to our new blog! Here you will be able to follow us in our work as Interior designers, what is going on in our office, what we are inspired by and exciting events in Brussels and the European Quarter. Brussels is a great city with beautiful architecture and design. It has an international environment were we find lots of inspiration that we would like to share with the readers of our blog.

Brussels Interior Designers started about two years ago by us Heidi Larson and Sonja Koechert and recently Ida Karbin has also started working with us. Our office is located in the very heart of the European quarter and its institutions. Our office reflects the international environment. We are three designers of three different nationalities, the United States/UK, Austria and Sweden and our customers are even more multi-national!

Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about our blog, or if you are interested in knowing more about our services. You can always leave a comment in our comments section/blog.

See you again soon / Merci et au-revoir,

Sonja, Heidi & Ida