A Family Affair

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A Family Affair


‘A Family Affair’  this is how the story about a Lefèvre Interiors project featured in the latest issue of the Belgian interior design & lifestyle magazine TIJDLOOS, is titled. The story tells about how my sister and I worked together to bring the interior design and decoration of her new build home to a good end.

I do know that a lot of you, my readers, will not be able to understand the Dutch written text. I am so sorry for that! But I do know that on the basis of the pictures, you will be able to follow the story.

 Cover Tijdloos Wonen mei-juni-juli 2012COVER OF THE BELGIAN INTERIOR & LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE TIJDLOOS , issue may-june-july 2012


I told you earlier about the photoshoot at my sisters’s home here, when I posted about our Belgian photographer Claude Smekens, who took all of the pictures for this report.

Today, I love to show you a few pages of the featuring.

2 The text above tells about my sister Inge and me (yes that’s us here) growing up in a family of which father managed an interior design business and of which mother had a wonderful eye for decorating the family home.

 ‘Sense for beauty and harmony sneaks into your blood, and that is something that Inge & Greet Lefèvre prove over and over again.’, is to read here.

Further on you can read that we both have a similar taste in interior design which I confirm by telling the story about a table I discovered in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in France a few years ago and of which I immediately knew that this was the table I wanted to bring into my sister’s home! I made a picture of the table with my cell phone and sent it to Inge. A few minutes later, the table was bought and only a few days later, the table was placed at her home.


4 Entry hall    Text here : ‘ Greet : The atmosphere here reminds me of that of a French country house, casual but always stylish and elegant.’


8 All kitchen cabinetry and furniture (even the kitchen island stools) are designed by me and all made at the ateliers of Lefèvre Interiors.

Don’t you love the Swedish chairs around the breakfast table? I found them at Swedish Antiques (Antwerp).The blue linen tablecloth is made to measure by Natalie Haegeman (Brasschaat).


9 Living room


All pictures in this featuring : CLAUDE SMEKENS FOTOGRAFIE http://www.claudesmekens.be

Interior design by LEFEVRE INTERIORS


A huge thank you to Ilse Merckx, the editor in chief of TIJDLOOS WONEN for featuring a Lefèvre Interiors’ project in this prestigious magazine; a special thank you to Martine Wauters for the appropriate text and also a huge thank you to the photographer Claude Smekens and his wife Magda for shooting the most gorgeous pictures. And last but not least, a huge thank you to my sister Inge and her husband Dominique for allowing us to do this photoshoot of their home.


2012-05-06_102919The May-June-July issue is now for sale at your bookshop in Belgium and Holland. Click on logo of the magazine to find more information.


I hope you enjoyed this report of my sister’s home.


Enjoy this Sunday!



By |2019-02-07T17:14:34+00:00May 6th, 2012|Categories: Belgian Pearls, Lefèvre Interiors|Tags: |39 Comments


  1. Katie Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 9:13 AM - Reply

    Beautiful! I love the stools at the breakfast bar! Well Donex

  2. Maison de lin Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM - Reply

    Hello Greet,

    This is a great post and the pics are wonderful! I love the house of your sister and her husband and de featering is verry well done (I can read dutch :)).

    Thanks and enjoy your sunday with your family.

  3. vicki archer Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM - Reply

    Totally beautiful Greet…Your sister's home is so beautiful… as is yours… l really enjoyed this and the links within your post… Thank you… Happy Sunday… xv

  4. Castles Crowns and Cottages Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM - Reply

    Oh Greet, you should see my boxwood garden in the back jardin; yesterday, I pruned the hedges and next week, I will prune the boxwoods in my FRONT gardens. I thought of you.

    My home is very similar in décor as yours. The black and white floors, the rustic woods coupled with gray and stone. I so love the feel for it is quite AUTHENTIC and no fuss. Thank you for the inspiration you share with us! Anita

  5. Lost in Provence Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM - Reply

    Congratulations Greet to both you and your Sister!! What a gorgeous publication, I am so thrilled for both of you. And yes, I would like to crawl up on that comfy meridienne right this very minute to take a nap and then read all afternoon. Except that I would be too excited to meet you! But you know what I mean. 🙂

    Felicitaions encore et gros, gros bisous!

  6. Renée Finberg Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:05 PM - Reply

    the talent in your family is truly a gift!!

    gorgeous. xoxoxo

  7. Henhurst Interiors Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:07 PM - Reply

    Absolutely lovely, and that kitchen sink in quite something! I have a sister in London who I have been helping to decorate a new flat. It is really a lot of fun, our taste is very similar, too. I will be forwarding this article to her! All best, Phyllis

  8. Teresa at Splendid Sass Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM - Reply

    Just gorgeous, Greet. Yes pictures tall a thousand words.
    You are so talented. Your sister is so lucky to have such talented designer at hand.
    Happy Sunday.

  9. Karena Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:12 PM - Reply

    Oh so beautiful Greet!! You and your family have such exquisite taste and talent!

    I have featured an Interview on my site with Tina from The Enchanted Home…


    Art by Karena

  10. billie Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:14 PM - Reply

    Love your sister's home, Greet. I remember you writing about the table for her orangerie which you found for her. Really special that you are so close.
    While I loved her whole house, I really love her kitchen. No surprise there!
    Thanks for such a pretty posting.

  11. Thoughts on Design Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM - Reply

    Absolutely lovely! So relaxed and so sophisticated in the simplicity and clarity of the design. The raised fireplace in the breakfast area is brilliant! The last image, the vignette of the chaise is breathtaking! Claude and Magda did a spectacular job capturing the essence of Inge and Dominique's home.

    Made my weekend!


  12. Laura Casey Interiors Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM - Reply

    The house is beautiful and so is the picture of you and your sister! Thank you for sharing it all.

  13. michele Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM - Reply

    oh greet, congratulations on this gorgeous feature that must be so close to your heart. your sister's interior is gorgeous. the swedish chairs! what a collaboration. and i am going to try to get my hands on a copy with a little research!

    best to you.


  14. Divine Theatre Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 6:47 PM - Reply


    You are so talented. When will you print a book of your exquisite work? Please say yes!
    I am always inspired when I come to visit you!


  15. Ideezine Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM - Reply


    Thanks for sharing this was a real treat. You are right interior design is in the blood and starts to take over as the years and your tastes refine themselves.


  16. Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 11:01 PM - Reply

    Greet, Thanks so much for sharing your Sister's fabulous home. I visited the site and the pictures just take my breath away. So much style and beauty…yet very simple. You are a Master at editing…just the right elements. Perfection. I want to save every image. Your Sister has to be very happy. XO, Mona

  17. The enchanted home Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 11:06 PM - Reply

    Well its quite obvious the "good taste" gene is alive and well in all your family members!! You are all so incredibly talented! Without even understanding the text, the pictures tell me all I need to know. I am going to go the site now..and know I am in for a mega treat. Love love love your elegant and classic style, sooo beautiful! Thanks Greet and congrats on this wonderful feature.

  18. Kifus Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM - Reply

    Simply gorgeous, Greet. Your sister's home is a beauty! Is the table that you found for your sister the one in the first pic where you are standing next to her?

    Off to visit the site.


  19. Acanthus and Acorn Monday, May 7, 2012 at 12:32 AM - Reply

    You two are so beautiful and I just love that design runs in your blood! The floors and bust in the foyer picture were just gorgeous! Congrats on the publication.

  20. Acquired Objects Monday, May 7, 2012 at 1:01 AM - Reply

    You and sister look so beautiful together I guess more then design runs in your genes, gorgeous. Your sister's home is stunning and that table is fabulous. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on the publication.


  21. Anne Meyer Monday, May 7, 2012 at 2:01 AM - Reply

    You and your sister really did a job well done!

  22. zanetastyle Monday, May 7, 2012 at 4:06 AM - Reply

    I am in awwwww and want to see more pictures of your sister's home or rather manor or villa or castle!!! Beautiful and not a cookie cutter that most designer building companies here in Canada offer! I wish you lived here and you would be wanted for sure!!!! Love it and thank you for all your inspiring posts((: ciao z

  23. design elements Monday, May 7, 2012 at 5:19 AM - Reply

    great job! bravo!

  24. Chookie Monday, May 7, 2012 at 5:47 AM - Reply

    Lovely! Everything!

  25. Barbara@HausDesign Monday, May 7, 2012 at 1:08 PM - Reply

    What incredible work Greet! I was thinking as I looked at the pictures how much I loved them and then I read that YOU designed them??!!! They are truly incredible. Well done!

  26. Mark in Cincinnati Monday, May 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM - Reply

    Greet, you and your sister make a good pair, talented and lovely. It's wonderful you can share the love of beauty with her. Her house is beautiful in many ways, not just the pretty things or beautiful architecture, it looks comfortable and place you like to just sit and stay a while. More inspiration – thank you.

  27. Beadboard UpCountry Monday, May 7, 2012 at 4:08 PM - Reply

    Oh Greet!
    It is beautiful!!!!!!! Wish I could see in the magazine!!!!!!!!!!!I can see the LeFevre talent all over the place!!!!!!!!!! Loved the livability and the casual elegance of it…Bravo! Maryanne xo

  28. Velvet and Linen Monday, May 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM - Reply

    I love the picture of you and your sister 🙂

    Congratulations on a beautiful feature of your sisters gorgeous home.
    You two make a fantastic team!


  29. Rozmeen Monday, May 7, 2012 at 6:07 PM - Reply

    Hoi Greet,

    Dank je wel voor je lieve bericht op mijn blog en dat ik op je bloglist sta. Decoreren is mijn passie en dan is het altijd erg leuk en motivered als mensen zulke lieve en enthousiaste berichten achterlaten. Ik heb jouw blog al een tijdje op mijn pc onder favorieten staan en kijk elke week even. Heerlijke inspiratie..
    Ik blijf je regelmatig bezoeken en geniet van je blog.
    Ik wens je een fijne avond.


  30. Renae Moore Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:54 PM - Reply

    You and your sis are two beautiful women, inside and out I know!
    Love her home (yours too), how fortunate you have similar taste! Gorgeous!

  31. Cindy Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 1:36 AM - Reply

    Hello dear Greet,
    You are a super talented lady, I have to say. Your sister's home is so beautiful and I'm sure she is grateful to you for all of the time and creativity that you put into it.
    Have a wonderful week, love and hugs, Cindy

  32. Loi Thai, Tone on Tone Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 5:40 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet – Clearly, you both have fabulous tastes! Inge's home is so stately and beautiful! I love the very tall French doors with the fan transom in the entry hall. And, I love the window cremone hardware….very European. Thank you for sharing with all of us. Merci! Loi

  33. Amnah Shurfa Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 6:08 AM - Reply

    Hi Greet, I've been following your blog for a few months now, but this is the first time I'm commenting 🙂 I love your sister's house and all your work. So beautiful and inspiring! Have a wonderful day.

  34. Allison Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 1:42 PM - Reply

    Greet – Thanks for a lovely post! Your sister's kitchen is lovely, especially the one-of-a-kind barstools. I, too, have a sister who loves interior design. My favorite chair in my living room is one she discovered at an antique show and sent me a picture via cell phone. I love technology…seconds later she was loading my chair in her chair.

    I am a faithful reader who rarely comments but ALWAYS enjoys your design and blog posts!

  35. Mrs. Sutton Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM - Reply

    What impeccable taste you both have – absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. Paula x

  36. Audrey Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 5:57 PM - Reply

    Prachtig hoor! wat een mooi huis. Wat me gelijk opviel is dat leuke zwart/wit geblokte kastje in de hal, het geeft iets extra's tot een toch al stijlvol interieur! Geweldig om deze foto's te kunnen zien! en jij en je zus zien er ook stijlvol uit, als ik het zo mag zeggen.

  37. Splenderosa Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM - Reply

    This is just so lovely, Greet. Everyone in your family seems so close and happy. Thank you for sharing all this beauty and talent. Congratulations !!!!

  38. Splendid Willow Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 6:10 AM - Reply

    Wowza!!!!! Good design genes in the family indeed!

    Tijdloos knew what they were doing when they decided to include you in a prominent feature. Beautiful!

    You stylish sisters are lucky to have each other.

    Hugs to you Greet and hi to sis!


    P.S Email coming soon.

  39. Angela Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 5:16 AM - Reply


    I just bought this months copy of Tijdloos and couldn't wait to flick to the article showing your sisters home and what a beautiful home she has, stunning in fact, she must feel like a princess living in a home like that. You both obviously have wonderful taste, well done on the article, Tijdloos is my favourite Belgian magazine.

    Angela x

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