It is all about craftsmanship

/It is all about craftsmanship

It is all about craftsmanship


One of our clients contacted us with a rather unusual question. A few years ago he had bought a beautiful 19th century gothic styled architectural element for its beauty and the craftsmanship this piece radiated.

So this client asked my company LEFEVRE INTERIORS not only to restore this damaged wooden element but even to design a bookcase in which this element could be integrated! Not that simple!

First of all we had to restore the damaged woodcarving of the existing element and second we had to find the suitable gothic design details in order to start the design of the bookcase. I browsed into all the books I could possibly find about gothic ornaments and here is what we made of it.

Finally our client was most pleased with the result!



This is the bookcase brought in at our client’s home.

(picture by me)

2It all started with this existing gothic element we used as the upper part of the bookcase.

(picture by me)

3 This is the new gothic paneling of the lower part of the bookcase.

(picture by me)

4 I can’t find a before picture of the existing element anymore, but you should notice that the wood was mostly uncolored. Our client wanted to have a ‘tobacco’ finish of the wood.

The bookcase now is ready to be filled with books!

(picture by me)

I do love working with antique elements and thinking about a way to integrate them in an interior design project.

As this French walnut 18th century double door I bought in France some years ago. I couldn’t resist its beauty!

7 The door is awaiting its final destination into a client’s home, or maybe brought in at my own home one day!


Isn’t the detailling of the hand woodcarving stunning?

image source : Lefèvre Interiors

8 One of our craftsmen at work.

image source : Lefèvre Interiors


Whether you like these shown antique elements or not, it is all about the craftmanship, don’t you agree?!




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By |2019-02-09T13:12:58+00:00February 28th, 2011|Categories: Belgian Pearls, Lefèvre Interiors|Tags: |31 Comments


  1. VictoriaArt Monday, February 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM - Reply

    These examples of your company's outstanding work are magnificent! Love how you adapted the gothic theme!
    All these panels are so beautiful! I am planing on paneling our living room, would be so good to have you around!

    xoxo V.

  2. Kifus Monday, February 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM - Reply

    You certainly need patience and talent to create this woodwork! You have done an excellent job with that bookcase. I don't think I could possibly have such a prominent bookcase at home, but in the proper surroundings it is simply stunning.

  3. Splendid Willow Monday, February 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM - Reply

    What a master piece, Greet! The client must be doing somersaults! A book shelf to be passed down for generations to come. 5 stars my friend.

    Love and happy new week!

  4. The enchanted home Monday, February 28, 2011 at 2:21 PM - Reply

    YES YES YES stunning is an understatement! Fabulous….I can just imagine all the places and things you can do with those pieces…absolutely beautiful. That tobacco finish is exactly what I would I would like for our future library to be one day…perfection!

  5. Home and Lifestyle Monday, February 28, 2011 at 2:24 PM - Reply

    Het is niet mijn smaak, maar om zoiets te maken is wel een staaltje vakmanschap nodig! Gelukkig dat er nog veel mensen zijn die met hun handen de mooiste interieurs te voorschijn kunnen toveren!

    Een fijne dag! Lieve groet, Ingrid

  6. designchic Monday, February 28, 2011 at 2:37 PM - Reply

    Oh Greet, this piece is perfection. It is definitely all about the craftsmanship!!

  7. Teresa at Splendid Sass Monday, February 28, 2011 at 3:04 PM - Reply

    Greet, this is absolutely beautiful. I love seeing the carving taking place.
    Have a wonderful week.

  8. eclecticrevisited Monday, February 28, 2011 at 3:33 PM - Reply

    I agree with you Greet,
    craftmanship is so vital to a quality piece lasting for generations..although not too many here in the states care about that anymore or are willing to pay for it…so it's very rare to hear about a term like that let alone see nice to see your company pride itself on it's ability to produce work that will last generations and is gorgeous in and of itself…
    thank-you for sharing these lovely images of your companies fine work…

  9. desde my ventana Monday, February 28, 2011 at 3:35 PM - Reply

    Ohh what a wonderful work Greet!! really a masterpiece.
    Have a fabulous new week,

  10. Luciane at Monday, February 28, 2011 at 3:38 PM - Reply

    Oh, my! Yes! I totally agree, Greet. It's all about GREAT craftsmanship. Please, give a hug from me to this talented craftsmen! I really admire people that work this well. It's beautiful!

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Have a blessed week, my dear friend!


    Luciane at

    Post of the Day: A Day at the Ranch.

  11. Fay Monday, February 28, 2011 at 3:39 PM - Reply

    hello Greet

    wow that looks wonderful the client must be over the moon with your work .hope he fills it with antique books , I suppose the rest of his home is stunning too welldone

    Love fay xx

  12. John Kelsey Monday, February 28, 2011 at 5:02 PM - Reply

    It looks like you found clues for designing the shelf unit in the existing Gothic element. Your design is a spectacular example of honoring and expressing the original detailing, without overwhelming.

    We are always looking for those clues when we design the renovation a home. Those little details tell such a wonderful story of the home's history and heritage. You are fortunate to have people in your workshop who still have the passion to preserve and to carry forward the art of working with hand tools. On my side of the pond, I constantly battle with the C&C machine approach cabinet making.


  13. Ariadna Monday, February 28, 2011 at 7:37 PM - Reply

    Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, wonderful……….
    i love it. XXXXXOOOO

  14. Ann Monday, February 28, 2011 at 8:54 PM - Reply

    Your company does such stunning work!
    I would love to watch your master woodcarver at his craft. Such patience and attention to detail.

    When a client puts his full faith in you and does not nit pick, that is when you really go the extra mile to produce your best work.

  15. Anne Sandstrom Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 12:11 AM - Reply

    How stunning! True crafstmanship is timeless. However, I beg to differ with a common perception that Kifus echoed. I understand what you mean, however when you love what you're doing, there's no patience required. Instead, it's dedication. And I'd say that Lefevre Interiors is indeed dedicated to fine quality and detail.

  16. quintessence Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 1:23 AM - Reply

    Fabulous!! This is what it's all about – integration of past and present, authenticity of design and exquisite craftsmanship – cheers to you!!

  17. Cindy Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 1:45 AM - Reply

    Hello sweet friend,
    Your company does beautiful work. There is truly nothing more gorgeous than great architectural elements. I love your old doors, they will bring great beauty to any room they are used in.
    Love and hugs, Cindy

  18. Velvet and Linen Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 2:19 AM - Reply

    Your work and craftsmanship are impeccable. I do hope we have time to see some of it in person when we visit in June.


  19. *Chic Provence* Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM - Reply

    Stunning craftsmanship shines through all your work! this is no exception, beautiful!



  20. Acquired Objects Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 4:35 PM - Reply

    Wow, I'm so impressed with your craftsmen and your homework, what a job but it's stunning! You should be so proud of what your company is able to accomplish, it's truly amazing.

  21. Boho Farm and Home Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 9:43 PM - Reply

    You are right it is all about craftsmanship! The gothic piece is just lovely, I am glad it found its way into your capable hands and you were able to restore it to its former glory.

  22. Blayne Beacham Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 10:06 PM - Reply

    The craftsmanship is so important!! The pice is fantastic. Great job!

  23. under spanish moss Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 10:15 PM - Reply

    I am blown away by the talent of the craftsmen. They are blessed with a wonderful gift.

  24. Sarah @ Modern Country Style Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 11:22 PM - Reply

    I've just begun following your blog and I love it. I adore so many aspects of Belgian style and it's so interesting finding more about it from you.


  25. Ideezine Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM - Reply


    You're so right about the beauty in the detail of craftsmanship. It's so important to follow the integrity of an original piece and reinvent mildly to exist in current designs. Very glamours indeed.


  26. bikim Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 11:20 AM - Reply

    happy day!

  27. Luciane at Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 4:03 PM - Reply

    Hello my dear Greet,

    I just want to thank you for taking the time of visiting my blog. I really appreciate your comments and your friendship! It mean a lot to me.

    Have a wonderful day!


    Luciane at

  28. My Notting Hill Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 5:54 PM - Reply

    The bookcase with the incorporated gothic element is stunning & so are the two doors you bought!

  29. Macarena - Chic et Posh Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 6:12 AM - Reply

    I'm spechless! I can't believe that goth library! I love goth in all its variants, being contemporary goth my favorite one. Greet what you do with your team is art! Ancient art! My most sincere contratulations for that and a standing applause! XoXo

  30. Julia Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM - Reply

    Me encanta estos muebles con esta madera tan robusto.Las fotografias trasmiten, son geniales. Felicidades por tu bloc ha sido todo un regalo el visitarlo, espero que visites el mio y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.

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