A new purpose for a former home office

/A new purpose for a former home office

A new purpose for a former home office

Dear friends, as several projects keep me currently busy, I couldn’t find much time to blog the previous days.

So I decided to share with you today the remake of a library-home office, that I am working on, and that is almost finished.

The owners decided it was time to give their former home office a new look and a new purpose. They now wanted to use this room as a formal reception room, a place to gather with clients, a kind of meeting room.


The is the former library-home office that was designed and executed by our company Lefèvre Interiors.


Entrance to the room : a flat painted panelling and integrated decorative glass door, we installed some 20 years ago.


All ornaments were hand carved by one of our wood carvers.

After having taken decisions about the new lay-out, lighting, furniture and window blinds fabrics, I was asked to think about the room’s colour and painting techniques and to make a proposal. I started to create a kind of mood board of the specific techniques and colours we had talked about and that could be relevant to give the room a new look.


Mood board painting techniques and colour palette


The earlier flat painted panelling and integrated doors are now given a hand painted finish.


The focal point in this room is of course the ceiling-height, wall to wall cabinet.


We finally decided to paint not only the walls, but even the wall to wall cherry wood cabinet.

I suggested to paint the cabinet in a ‘peinture de paris’ technique, which is a decorative technique where a patina is added on a surface of oil painting.


A detail of a ‘peinture de paris’ painted panelling by Lefèvre Interiors.

I tried to search for the exact colour palette to use in this room.

Should we opt for for a tone on tone colour scheme?

Or should we choose for a palette with splashes of a strong colour in defined areas?

And together with our client’s painter, we started to search for the exact colour combinations.


Finally the painter made us a sample of the ‘peinture de paris’ technique in the chosen colours.


The painter’s sample of ‘peinture de paris’.


I was so thrilled to hear that our client’s painter had even more than 30 years of experience in creating decorative wall techniques as the ‘peinture de paris’.


Painting of the cabinet half way.


Painting of the double door half way.


Detail of the door frame with a splash of a stronger colour in a defined part.


All shelving on stairrails needed to be painted.


Cabinet so far.


The oak parquet floor was already given a light stained finish before we started to paint the room.

We decided to choose the exact wall paint colour once the cabinet was finished.


Library cabinet ready to be filled with books and decorative accessories.

In the mean time, our client made his choice for a new table. The custom made table, that will have a powder coated steel frame and a solid walnut top, is currently in production.


Finished cabinet.


Detail of the finished painted door.


I will bring you more pictures of the finished room later.



All pictures by me, unless otherwise mentioned


  1. francetaste Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 8:09 AM - Reply

    This is amazing. I love the peinture de Paris. Thank you for such detailed photos. I look forward to seeing the entire room.
    The hand-carved details and the decorative glass on the door are to die for.

  2. franki Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 3:30 PM - Reply

    Oooh, la, la…this is going to be spectacular!!! franki

  3. Lady M. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 4:26 PM - Reply

    It warms my heart to see that such refine work is still possible in our time.

  4. Michele@HelloLovely Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 2:18 AM - Reply

    This is masterful work, Greet. So bespoke beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing this amazing project’s progress, friend. xox

  5. Leslie Sinclair Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 1:16 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet! It amazes me the hand carving work you do!! Beautiful job and tell the painter Bravo!!!

  6. ndemi Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 8:18 AM - Reply

    Cant believe someone can actually do that.Magnificent!

  7. Homes & Weddings Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 1:53 AM - Reply

    I can’t tell you how good it was to go thru the steps and get an “insight” into your process. The detailed components excite me! Looking forward to seeing the finished results with great anticipation. So glad I found your blog.

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