Back in March, I asked Greet Lefevre if I could do a post on her recently completed orangery renovation in her home in Belgium and she was kind enough to say, “Yes”.
There is a restraint and clarity to Belgian style that I am particularly drawn to. What is particualry fascinating to me is how modern and contemporary these spaces feel to me, yet they have been created using spaces, furniture and accessories that are often very old. I think the common thread is that both use material to express form and shape.
Greet’s work is superb! By making very select and targeted changes to her orangery; she completely transformed a beautiful room into spectacular room. None of the changes are dramatic unto themselves. But the sum total of the parts is clearly greater that the sum of its parts.
What follows is a series of before and after images with a few comments. The pictures speak for themselves. At the conclusion of the post I have included several links to Greet’s blog, Belgian Pearls, where you can learn more about her design and the see the progress of the renovation in more detail. It’s a real world lesson in how a project comes together, the thinking that’s involved in creating beautiful space and the time and attention to detail required to see a project through to a successful completion.
NOTE: All images from Belgian Pearls Blog.
I’m ready to spend my day reading a book in front of a nice warm fire! How about you?