Only 2 days to go…!!! Next Saturday I will finally meet my blogfriend Brooke and her lovely family! I know that a lot of you do know quite a while that Brooke of the blog Velvet & Linen is coming to visit us! And I am so excited!
Jan, Anthony and me are so looking forward to welcome this family at our home!!
I met Brooke through blogging almost 2 years ago! She introduced me to the blogging community in August 2009. You can read the post she wrote about me and my blog here. I am still most grateful to her for this! Since that day Brooke and I started getting to know each other better and better and I do have to tell that it felt as we have known each other since a long time! We have so much in commun.
Some months ago Brooke wrote me that she and Steve planned to visit Europe with their family. And they definitely wanted to visit Belgium to get inspired by the Belgian architectural and interior design style as Brooke and Steve are preparing to built a new home with the beautiful name ‘Patina Farm’. They would love to bring in some European architectural elements.
Brooke, Steve and their children Charlie, Nick and Leila
A 3 dimensions model of their new home ‘Patina Farm’.
The gorgeous site in Ojai, California where Brooke and Steve will built their dream house!
So I might think that Brooke and Steve will definitely be inspired by this kind of houses and reclaimed architectural materials here in Belgium
Oak door executed by my company Lefèvre Interiors.
So the Giannetti family will hopefully arrive before noon!
And we will of course open a bottle of champagne to celebrate our long awaited meeting!!
If the weather conditions will allow us, we will definitely take the apero in our outbuilding that Brooke is looking forward to see.
Can you see us yet sipping a glass of champagne here…?!
If it is too chilly, I will ask Brooke if she would prefer to take place ….
…. if she would love to have the apero in our sitting area.
And after talking and discussing about…, oh my gosh,… so many things, we will invite Steven, Brooke, Charlie, Nick and Leila to have lunch with us.
I have to prepare the table setting in my dining room tomorrow!
I might think that Steve and Jan will go down to our wine cellar to choose a bottle of wine !
I will till you more about the lunch in a next post!! It has to be a surprise for Brooke and her family!
We are so excited to meet the Giannetti family! I do hope that they will have a safe trip to Europe!
And I will tell you more about our meeting next week!
TO BE CONTINUED…
I wish everyone a wonderful weekend!
Wat zal dat bijzonder zijn…ik wens jullie samen hele fijne dagen toe!!
Lieve groet, Ingrid
Lucky Giannetti family to be welcomed in this way. I'm sure you'll have such a good time together, when bloggers meet up there is SO much to talk about! And they will find so much inspiration in your beautiful home Greet. I'll be thinking of you all
*** Dear Greet~~~
What an absolutely FABULOUS, HEARTWARMING TREAT for you all to get together in person, (especially since you've ALREADY been "in contact" for over two years!)… THIS is the "stuff" the most "delightful of dreams" are made of, my friend!
I MUST admit, I D*O wish Jim n' I were heading your way once again~~~ this is all just going to be "TOOOOOO FUN" for you, Jan & the Giannettis!!! (And, we still simply just LOVE a good "party" when the company is so great!!!!
Sending warmest wishes n' hugs for a "WUNDERBAR URLAUB" together, in your most DREAMY HOME!!!~~~ You will ALL have SOOO MUCH to SHARE~~~ Wish I could be a "fly on the wall" as you all share & exchange ideas, as well as forge ahead with a new friendship!!!
Hugs n' God bless,
Linda in AZ *
Oh Greet wat een ontzetend leuk verhaal! wat zullen jullie een geweldige tijd hebben.. als ik zo de verschillende ruimtes van jullie woning achter elkaar zie kan ik mij voor stellen dat jullie heel veel gemeen hebben 😉
And to Brooke and Steve I wish you lost of inspiration in Europe..
From AMsterdam with love , Desiree
Dit lijkt wel zeer tof! en de menu ziet er heerlijk uit.
Bonne rencontre avec Brooke et sa famille !
Je penserais à vous tous en dessinant la maison…
Très bon week-end !
Amai dat beloofd! Ben benieuwd x
you will have a wonderful time together.
I've followed Brooke's amazing journey on her blog and I believe this will be one happy prosperous meeting for you with two continents of beautiful interior design.
Your home is divine and very classy, love it!
Send my regards to the Gianetti family.
My best to you!
Mijn lieve Greet!
AREN'T YOU SO EXCITED TO MEET YOUR BLOGGING FRIEND???? I have met several in the last two years and it is the most exciting thing. When you build a relationship over mutual interests and on a consistent or even DAILY basis, you grow to really love these people. To see them is an honor and special gift. How exciting for you dearest one! And I thank you so much for your lovely visit last night, or this morning….I just woke up! Brooke's home is GORGEOUS, your oak woodwork is simply DIVINE and YOUR home, the last photo, I am assuming, is EXQUISITE. I wish you the best reunion with her and ENJOY! Oh, your Belgian meal looks fabulous!
MILLE BISOUS en mijn vriendelijke groeten, Greet!!
Love this! First I always tell you, but your home is truly exquiite, I so appreciate the immense attention to detail, building a home myself and its not overdone but so elegant and welcoming and perfect. I really love looking at pictures of it!
Second this is so exciting! How nice for you to host them and this is another reason why blogging is so much fun, getting to meet like minded people every day and then when you actually get to meet them in person thats really exciting!! I am sure she is going to be in great hands with you showing her all of Belgians beautiful design inspiration. I so look forward to hearing more and do hope you enjoy!!
this is lovely.
i would imagine that this will be a wonderful visit.
Beste Greet, wat een leuk, positief verhaal over jullie kennismaking! In elk geval: dit weekend beloofd zonnig te worden, dus de apéro in de tuin moet lukken! Ook de menu ziet er fantastisch uit. Ook wij zijn van plan terug te genieten 'outdoor'(lijkt ondertussen weken geleden…) met een flesje bubbels…ik denk dus bij het openen van onze fles zeker even aan jullie allen daar…Enjoy the weekend,
Oh, my friend!
The Gianetti family will have a wonderful time there! Not only for the fact that you're preparing it all in such a special way, but also because they'll have you and Jan there.
I'm wishing you all a wonderful and memorable time!
Have a Gorgeous Day!
Luciane at HomeBunch.com
You are two of my favorite blogging women!! I can't wait to read more about your wonderful time together. I'm sure there will be so much to talk about – I hope the rest of her family is prepared for the "gab" fest!! Of all people, I'm sure Brooke will appreciate the exquisite beauty of your home and what Belgium has to offer in the world of design. Have a glass of champagne (or two) for me. And I LOVE white asparagus – can't wait to see the rest of the menu!!
Oh how VERY BEAUTIFUL your home is!!! And how wonderful that blogging brought two such creative and talented women together!
I'm sure that you and Brooke and her whole family will have such an inspiring and fun-filled time together…I no-doubt feel that the Gianetti's will be so delighted with all the Belgium has to offer…yes, keep us updated… 🙂
Another wonderful fringe benefit of the world of blogging and the internet – all the friendships we make! I'm sure you will have a delightful time. My mouth is watering looking at the pictures of your planned menu… Did I read it right, you will be having one of my favorite Venetian cocktails – aperol and champagne? Mmmmmm!!! What a setting!
Buongiorno Greet You are going to have such fun arent you ! how lovely
they will have a wonderful time with you in you enchanting home and the meal looks yummy too
I could certainly enjoy sitting chatting und the wonderful thatch ahhhhhhhh ENJOY
Love fay xxx
Greet, you certainly have a wonderful day planned for Brooke and her lovely family. A visit the each of you will remember always!
Enjoy your time together!
XO Angela and Renee
Oh Greet how lovely and how sweet you are, I can image what an amazing time you will all have. But oh Greet your house!!!!! Of course I've seen pictures through your blog and Lefevre but ohhhh!!!!! Is the picture of the open barn/pergola seating area yours????!!!! I adore this table setting and couldn't dream of a more perfect way to spend an evening. Just lovely! Hugs – Glenda xxx
Bonjour, je suis sûr, sera un moment unique et magique!
J'aime ces amitiés qui traversent les océans, les échanges de
informations qui nous fait grandir de plus en plus culturamente
J'attends avec impatience le rapport de cette réunion de ces
A bientôt, Dolly
Oh Greet! I am sitting in the airport. What a wonderful surprise to read this post! We are so excited for our visit with Jan Anthony and you at your gorgeous home. It is a dream come true!
See you on Saturday.
Greet– How absolutely exciting! I picture you and Brooke as long-lost sisters finally reuniting. have a wonderful visit!
How exciting! I'm sure you're all going to have a fantastic time together 🙂 Isn't it amazing how blogging can bring together people from all over the world?
How fun this will be. I look forward to hearing how fun this is when you all unite. Blogging has really brought together unique relationships that become lifelong memories. I look forward to meeting several of my blog friends as well in the near future.
How wonderful of you to Post about Brooke and her family! I know everyone will have a grand time. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com
They are so lucky to be visiting, Greet!
Love Brooke and Steve's home, and your home is over-the-top gorgeous too!
Have a great time! Can't wait to see a post on the visit.
Oh, Greet! What a wonderful and warm welcome to your beautiful world this is for Brooke and her lovely family. With your family, together with hers, both of your amazing talent together in such an inspirational and stunning environment — suffice to say it is going to be magical!
Greet you will have such a fabulous and meaningful time together. As I love you both I will look forward to hearing of the visit!!
Art by Karena
Oh Greet, have a wonderful time. It sounds lovely and I wish I could be a fly on the wall to hear everything you will talk about. They will LOVE you and your home and everything Belgian. I do! Your orangery is stunning – a favorite room of mine!! xo Terri
To be a guest in your house must be heaven on earth!
Greetings from Christina
Dear Greet, sorry for my late comment (first day out of school for my kids! I am staying away from the computer!).
I am so thrilled for you and Brooke! I adore you both! You are going to have a most wonderful time together with your families! I rememeber leaving a comment a long time ago, about that the two of you should team up professionally. You both have excellent style, a lot in common and yet you compliment each other.
Cheers to both of you! I will be thinking of you!
This will be a real meeting of minds and talent!!!!!!!! I think it will be so enjoyable for all of you!!!!!!So glad the two of you will be able to meet!!!!! You both will have some stories to tell!!!!!!Maryanne xo
While on vacation in California last week, I stopped in at Giannetti Home in Los Angeles at a time that worked for Brooke and me and I was so delighted to meet her face to face. She is such a lovely woman and their store is hers and Steve's arms extended. So beautiful. I got to meet Leila too when I went with Brooke to pick her up from school. It was a treat for me to meet both Giannetti girls. You all will have such fun and I know the excitement you feel. Your home is lovely and I would cherish a visit too!
Greet, What a fabulous time you will all have. I know that every detail of your hospitality will be perfection and the conversation will flow between everyone non-stop. I can't think of anything that I would enjoy much more than sitting with both you and Brooke (and Jan and Steve of course) and enjoying wine and endless conversation. have a great time. Mona
Oh, I hope that you and Brooke (and your families, of course) will have a day/some days together filled with all wonderful things. Like good food, inspiration, friendship and joy !
Anci (The Lighthouse)
Wat ontzettend leuk voor jullie beider families, Greet. Ik wens jullie het allerbeste weekend met mooi weer in jullie mooie plek op aard.
Ik ben met mijn Blogger blog Ariadone gestopt, Greet, je kunt me niet meer vinden. Ik bezin me op een geheel andere blog dan ik maakte, mischien ontmoeten we elkaar weer in de toekomst.
Dag lieve vriendin, allerbeste groeten
Godeliva ( niet meer van Ariadone )
( ik heb wel een slapend privéblogje dat ik teken met Livia, vandaar..)
This is the best possible way to describe the friendships one makes via blogging. You are wonderful, Greet, sharing your family and home with them. They will learn so much more about Belgium and building their new home. I love this story. xx's
How exciting! Your home is beautiful and will be great inspiration to Brooke and her family. Have fun!
I'm sure you'll have such a good time together! What a fabulous time you will all have.
I didn't know th Gianetti's family was coming to Europe . I look forwar reading your posts about your meeting and her posts about Europe .
I hope I will be abble to meet you soon , may be in Paris .Brooke and her family are lucky to be welcomed in such beautiful and CHIC home . have a wonderful time
Have a nice day with the Giannetti family in your lovely home ! I am looking for the report
You are so cute! I'm sure you all will have a wonderful time! I'm so jealous!
How wonderful and exciting!!! It was through Brooke that I found your lovely blog and met you. You two will have such a marvelous time together, the time will seem so short, but hopefully will make memories that will last a lifetime. Perhaps it will inspire you to bring your family to the USA and Canada! That would be so fun!
It's wonderful Greet!!! I wish you a few very happy days of meeting and friendship.
Wow how awesome isnt this, and glamorous …thanks for sharing pictures of your beautiful Home.. I love it..so classic and elegant, have à wonderful time / Marie
How wonderful. I am certain you will have a wonderful visit and look forward to hearing all about it and seeing more pictures of your lovely home and guests. I really love your orangery…
Eliza Interiors & Design
Have a wonderful time all together ! so much in commun and so much to tell !
Bon week-end !
What a beautiful home! I hope the two of you have a wonderful time! I am sure that there will be a wonderful meal and lots of great stories.
I can't imagine the thrill of both families meeting for the first time…blogging is a marvelous tool to meet great people.
This is so neat, two bloggers meeting halfway across the world. I am not a blogger in that I dont have a blog but love following blogs though with a recent move and career change my time is very limited. I could spend all day doing this though if I could. I look foward hopefully next time I am on to seeing a recap of your visit. Your home is just lovely.
That is what I love about the bloggy world. It brings so many wonderful friends together.