A Regency styled library

/A Regency styled library

A Regency styled library

As I told you in my earlier post, I was preparing upcoming meetings with clients these passed days and was browsing into the Lefèvre Interiors realizations file and found these pictures of an earlier library project.

The library is installed in a Brussels mansion and is designed in the British Regency style.

The bookcases are executed in mahogany, that was very popular in the early 19th century Regency style (1811-1820).


This was our initial design sketch.

Lefèvre Interiors design sketch


I remember me discussing about the Regency style with the home owner (the Regency style was his favorite design style) and we talked a lot about Thomas Hope (1769 -1831),  who was not only a Dutch and British merchant banker, author and philosopher but also an art collector.

Hope was eager to advance public awareness of historical painting and design and to influence design in the grand houses of Regency London. He began sketching furniture, room interiors and costumes.

In 1807 Thomas Hope published sketches of his furniture, in a folio volume, titled ‘Household Furniture and Interior Decoration’  , which had considerable influence and brought about a change in the upholstery and interior decoration of houses. Hope’s furniture designs were in the pseudo-classical manner generally called “English Empire”. It was sometimes extravagant, and often heavy. It was a  mixture of Egyptian and Roman motifs.


Household Furniture and Interior Decoration (cover)Book Amazon


Thomas Hope furniture and interiors

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0ur client finally loved this design.

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Do you recognize the Egyptian and Roman motifs of Thomas Hope’s Regency design style?


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I do love the way the wood is stained.

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As you can see we are not only installing libraries in oak wood. We are able to work with the most noble types of wood, here at


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Next time I visit Brussels, I really have to see my client to take some pictures of this finished library room!




  1. CÉLINE CHOLLET Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 8:02 PM - Reply

    Bonsoir Greet !
    Merci de nous montrer le beau travail de "Lefèvre Interiors" !
    C'est impressionnant, je me demande toujours comme ça doit être difficile de prendre les mesures exactes…
    J'aime bien aussi le dessin bien sûr !
    À bientôt,

  2. Acquired Objects Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 9:29 PM - Reply

    What an art your company has those panels bookcases are amazing. I love seeing your work!


  3. ArchitectDesign™ Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 9:50 PM - Reply

    this turned out so lovely – congratulations!

  4. Lost in Provence Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 11:19 PM - Reply

    Well absolutely gorgeous, as always but how lovely to see the extent of history that is reflected in your work Greet.

  5. Castles Crowns and Cottages Friday, January 6, 2012 at 2:51 AM - Reply

    JUST GORGEOUS!!!!! Anita

  6. cose di lino Friday, January 6, 2012 at 10:51 AM - Reply

    E' bellissima!
    Complimenti vivissimi!
    nunzia e cinzia

  7. Anonymous Friday, January 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM - Reply

    Beautiful design and execution. The owner of this home must be very proud.

  8. Cindy Friday, January 6, 2012 at 2:42 PM - Reply

    So very, very beautiful! I love the dark wood.
    Hugs, Cindy

  9. ruediger benedikt Friday, January 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM - Reply

    i love this blog, let-s hope that we can still enjoy reading it throught the new year, it is very inspiring and you always learn somehing, especially in my daily work as an interior designer i very much like to see the talent from other people,

  10. Fay Friday, January 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM - Reply

    Its such an elegant style isnt it and when its filled with his books Im sure the whole look will be stunning Brava
    enjoy the weekend Greet
    fay xxx

  11. Béa Friday, January 6, 2012 at 6:53 PM - Reply

    Vraiment superbe!!!
    Un grand bravo, chère Greet!

  12. Jientje Friday, January 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM - Reply

    Je hebt hier inderdaad een internationaal publiek! Ik geniet er ook zo van om mensen te leren kennen van over heel de wereld door het bloggen! Jouw Belgisch pareltjes mogen er ook best zijn hoor, ik heb je blog dan ook maar meteen aan mijn reader toegevoegd, want mooie interieurs spreken me ook wel aan! Ik ben wel geen specialist zoals jij hoor!

  13. Kathy Friday, January 6, 2012 at 9:28 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet, Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and your sweet comment. I use Picasa 3 for the mosaics (a free download). I have been reading and enjoying very much your posts for some time and now hope the new year will allow me the time I need to get back into reading/commenting and posting in blogland, as the inspiration I get from so many talented people here is priceless. Happy New Year.
    ps we just moved into a Georgian style property as Georgian and Regency are my favourite styles, love this post :-). Kathy

  14. hotelsdesignmonde Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM - Reply

    Il n'est jamais trop tard pr te souhaiter une très bonne année 2012, pleine de joie et d'amour!!! Et continue à nous faire rêver avec tes posts tjs + enrichissants que j'ai pris l'habitude à lire.

  15. HRH The Duchess of State Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 2:09 PM - Reply

    What a beautiful library dahhling! enjoyed the history of the style very much.

  16. Kari Lønning Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 5:41 AM - Reply

    WOW, pure elegance! (I love seeing your projects!)

  17. Ideezine Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM - Reply


    Stunning how the eye can see, the mind holds the idea, and the hands create the outcome. What a symphony of wonderment.


  18. Renée Finberg Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 9:29 PM - Reply

    beautiful workmanship.

    and i adore your new header!!
    pretty snazzy!! xxxx

  19. Lalique Monday, January 9, 2012 at 7:01 AM - Reply
  20. Splendid Willow Monday, January 9, 2012 at 7:24 PM - Reply

    What is not to like. Very classy and understated elegant. And simply beautiful work.

    YES – more pictures of the final room!

    oxox, Mon

    Busy, busy over here too… Have to hold on to my hat…! Happy new week, Greet.

  21. designchic Monday, January 9, 2012 at 9:53 PM - Reply

    I always love to see your projects…such works of art…simply gorgeous, as always!!

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    Handsome wood in a handsome design.

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