Belgian Pearls Orangery Renovation

Posted on: May 14th, 2011by wilsonkelsey 7 Comments

 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.

 
Before looking to the left of the fireplace

Before: To the left of the fireplace

Before reading corner

 

After: new lime wash paint, linen upholstered sofa, coffee table

After: Fireplace and overmantel. Note the new shelf thickness on the left.

After: Sofa and coffee table

After: Greet's new reading nook. What a view, too!!!

 

 NOTE: All images from Belgian Pearls Blog.

Part 1: http://belgianpearls.blogspot.com/2011/03/orangery-redo-part-i.html

Part 2: http://belgianpearls.blogspot.com/2011/03/orangery-redo-part-ii.html

Part 3: http://belgianpearls.blogspot.com/2011/03/orangery-redo-part-iii-gardening.html

Final: http://belgianpearls.blogspot.com/search/label/Orangery

I’m ready to spend my day reading a book  in front of a nice warm fire! How about you?

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7 Responses

  1. Greet says:

    Dearest Sally and John,

    Thank you so much for this post about my orangery redo! I ws thrilled to see it this morning! I feel really honoured that you have decided to make an entire post of it!
    I already placed the link to this post on my blog!
    A thousand thanks to you both! You are so kind!!
    xx
    Greet

  2. Sally says:

    Greet, Well, kind, maybe, but also appreciators of really good design. It is always a pleasure to hear from you and see your photos! Best wishes, Sally

  3. came here because of Greet. Love your blog+website. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  5. Charlotta says:

    I just typed a long comment only to loose it due to an error.. Shame!

    What I was saying was that I came here after having read warm recommendations to do so over at my dear friend Greet’s blog.
    The orangerie is amazing and I truly enjoyed every step of the way, and am very grateful to Greet for sharing the journey so generously. She truly is a pitch above the rest – such talent and taste.

    This post was lovely to read and I look forward to exploring your other posts.

    Charlotta

    • John says:

      Charlotta – I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one to loose a comment. Thrilled you enjoyed reading the post about Greet’s orangery. (Whoever said you can do social media in 15 minutes per day is nuts! These things take time!) Hope you enjoy prowling about our blog.

      A belated happy birthday to you! What a holiday you and your family took! I have to go back to your blog and finish reading your post

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