Orangery redo – Final version

/Orangery redo – Final version

Orangery redo – Final version


I am pleased to share with you today the pictures of the finishing part of our orangery-redo. The pictures are taken by me with a cybershot Sony camera, so forgive me for my unprofessional photographie.


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Coffee table executed by our company Lefèvre Interiors.


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The existing sofa is slipcovered with the identical linen as the upholstery of the new large sofa opposite.

BeforeBefore2Photo credit : Fotografie Claude Smekens

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The color of the lime paint is much warmer than the flat cool grey painted walls before.

BeforeBefore3 Photo credit : Fotografie Claude Smekens



At the upper part of the chimney mantelpiece we hung a group of antlers.


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To obtain a more straight and clean look, I have chosen for a fixed upholstered large sofa.


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This will be my new reading corner!

BeforeIMG_6738Photo credit : Efi De Grande

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I just love the color of my antique vase I placed on the chimney piece.


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The orangery is much warmer, lighter, much airier and more peaceful than before. Aren’t you agree?

For my readers who have missed the orangery-redo in progress and who are interested in reading about it, click here, here and here.


Custom made furniture;  seating & decoration : Lefèvre Interiors

Linen fabrics : Libeco

Painting : Dankers Decor


I am curious about your thoughts!



By |2019-02-07T17:17:19+00:00March 31st, 2011|Categories: Belgian Pearls, Lefèvre Interiors|Tags: , , |55 Comments


  1. Scott Waterman Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 3:06 PM - Reply

    It's really beautiful and you needn't apologize
    for your photography.

    • Matthew Lewis Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 9:36 AM - Reply

      This is amazing post on web, looking awesome. Great post on Orangeries, impressive one. Orangeries

  2. Vanessa@decor happy Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 3:17 PM - Reply

    Well I thought the Before's looked pretty good but now it looks spectacular! Wish I had a reading corner like that – would be there all the time.

  3. Room Seventeen Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 3:22 PM - Reply

    Waanzinnig Greet! Prachtige chique en sobere sfeer! De grote witte bank vind ik ontzettend mooi, de vloer ( had je al toch?) vind ik ook geweldig, robuust, landelijk en stoer.

  4. The enchanted home Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 3:22 PM - Reply

    Greet…this is aboslutley beautiful! What I love most is that it looks like its been there forever, love the floors, the wall treatment, the gorgeous stone mantle and the stunning lantern, its all exquisite and done in the finest of taste. Love the beautiful soft palette you have so carefully and wisely selected. Hope you give yourself a big pat on the back…its well deserved!

  5. Miss Baptista Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 3:23 PM - Reply

    Veel beter ! Vooreer was het mooi maar nu is het prachtig ! Zeer mooie kleur op de muren, keimooie spiegel boven de haard !
    geniet vh zonnetje want ze komt eraan.

  6. Acquired Objects Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM - Reply

    Oh Greet, you did such a wonderful job on your makeover it’s beautiful! I love the new limestone finish and color and your reading corner is going to be wonderful. So handy you have your own company to make furniture for you and they did a wonderful job. Love the view out your windows too! Ralph must be so happy to have his bedroom back.

  7. La Petite Gallery Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM - Reply

    It is lovely, you have a great room. The brick floors are wonderful and love that fireplace.
    You did a fantastic job. Enjoy it.


  8. A Gift Wrapped Life Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM - Reply

    You make me want to edit and re-do Greet! Gorgeous and your photos are too. XO

  9. Mayflower Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 6:04 PM - Reply

    Wat is het mooi geworden Greet en wat heb je een heerlijke plek om te lezen, heerlijk. Ik vind het kleurgebruik ook heel erg mooi en ook de accessoires zijn prachtig.
    Een sfeervol geheel.
    Lieve groet, Mea

  10. Velvet and Linen Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 6:22 PM - Reply

    Simply gorgeous. Every detail is beautiful!


  11. Ann Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 6:40 PM - Reply

    The orangery is truly a peaceful oasis. I love how the lime walls add their quiet elegance. You just want to touch them!

    The room brings to mind the feeling of Axel Vervoordt's creations. And that is a mighty compliment, my dear!

  12. quintessence Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 6:44 PM - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful. It was perfectly nice before but it's even better now – just so warm and inviting. And I agree with Tina – it looks like it was always this way – which in my book is the biggest accomplishment!!

  13. under spanish moss Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 6:51 PM - Reply

    Oh how wonderful! The color is fabulous and you definitely created a space that is full of character. We love it and know you will enjoy this space. We are so inspired!!!

  14. Home and Lifestyle Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 8:43 PM - Reply

    Wat ik er van vind…ik vind het een droomhuis Greet! Het resultaat ziet er prachtig uit, maar het hele huis is zo mooi, het heeft een geweldige stijl! Maar deze klus is geklaard, daar zul je vast blij mee zijn!

    Lieve groet, Ingrid

  15. Kris Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 8:45 PM - Reply

    Beautiful makeover! I love the lime wash and the quiet elegance. While I love your new reading area, I am also in love with your old one!

    You have done a fab U lous job Greet!

  16. desde my ventana Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 10:00 PM - Reply

    Wonderful Greet, the new version is so warm and peaceful,love the gorgeous coffe table.


  17. Teresa at Splendid Sass Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 10:09 PM - Reply

    This is amazing. Absolutely stunning and warm at the same time!
    If I could only figure out how to make a vase so beautiful.

  18. Jamie Herzlinger Friday, April 1, 2011 at 4:24 AM - Reply

    Greet! You are so talented! I adore this room and the color is perfect!
    Jamie Herzlinger

  19. Splendid Willow Friday, April 1, 2011 at 5:05 AM - Reply

    Greet, absolutely stunning! I wonder which chic design magazine will be the quickest on its feet to feature this!

    The sofa table is beautiful and the perfect length.

    Very, very nice my friend.

    Happy weekend,


    P.S Sorry I have not been here lately. The kids are on Spring break and I am staying away from the computer.

  20. Saskia Friday, April 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM - Reply

    Het ziet er prachtig uit en de sfeer doet me denken aan een oud italiaans palazzo. Mooie in elkaar vloeiende kleuren, de vorm van je nieuwe sofa, de huiden op de grond, de combinatie van materialen, je ziet dat hier iemand met veel gevoel voor stijl de hand in heeft gehad.
    Proficiat Greet!

  21. bikim Friday, April 1, 2011 at 10:23 AM - Reply

    that is absolutely perfect!
    happy day!

  22. Beth Dunn Friday, April 1, 2011 at 1:24 PM - Reply


  23. Willow Decor Friday, April 1, 2011 at 1:54 PM - Reply

    As usual it is absolutely stunning! I love the how it looks like it has evolved over a long period of time. Just beautiful Greet!!

  24. eclecticrevisited Friday, April 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet,
    love, love, love the redo of your orangery.. warmer and more sophisticated and elegant… it was pretty before , but the new look is stunning…love your coffee table too… 🙂

  25. John Friday, April 1, 2011 at 2:57 PM - Reply

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Coffee in the morning and sipping a glass of wine in the evening. I know where those activities are going to occur in your house this summer!

  26. Anonymous Friday, April 1, 2011 at 2:58 PM - Reply

    Love the new reading corner, especially the gold pillows.

  27. Anonymous Friday, April 1, 2011 at 2:58 PM - Reply

    C'était vraiment charmant avant…maintenant c'est superbe!!!bravo

  28. stylish serendipity Friday, April 1, 2011 at 3:00 PM - Reply

    apologize for the photos? the photos are beautiful!!! the room is warm and elegant, very lovely! thank you for sharing…

  29. stylish serendipity Friday, April 1, 2011 at 3:03 PM - Reply

    I love the mantle and the coffee table pottery with blooming branch!

  30. Elizabeth Hagins Friday, April 1, 2011 at 3:05 PM - Reply

    The orangerie is exquisite. It has an intangible serenity…warm and cool at the same time. And you have a great eye for photography. I, too, have a Sony and I'm amazed at the photos that little camera can take.

    I hope you will visit my blog, I'm new at this, but I'm having a great time.

    Thanks again for your beautiful posts.

  31. Mona thompson Friday, April 1, 2011 at 3:51 PM - Reply

    Absolutely love it. The new warmth is wonderful. The simplicity of all the decor is just stunning. It's that mind for detail that I so admire in you. Most people would look at the room before and think it didn't need a thing. I have to admit it was pretty fabulous. But your mind went further and perfected every detail. I know you will so enjoy spending time in your new room. Have a great weekend. Mona

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  33. Kifus Friday, April 1, 2011 at 5:37 PM - Reply

    Simply perfect! Congratulations, Greet and thanks for sharing!!

  34. Greet! It's truly divine! I have been looking forward to seeing it finished and it did NOT disappoint. I'm jealous in all the right ways.

  35. Pacific NW Blogfan Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11:32 PM - Reply

    Looks great. Nicely done.

  36. Linda Merrill Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 2:38 AM - Reply

    Greet – I believe you left me an invitation about coming to visit Springtime Belgium (and getting out of snowy New England)- I think I'd like to move right into this room if you don't mind!

  37. Claudine Barnett Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 9:15 AM - Reply

    Hi Greet,

    Congratulations, I've just awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award…you have an inspiring and beautiful blog…drop by my blog to find out what to do…

  38. Windlost Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 7:20 PM - Reply

    Stunning Greet – the room is divine! I love the new sofa – wow! It is exactly like what I've been looking for and cannot find – tight back, bench seat, clean but still curved details as I have a traditional home. I love it!!

    xo Terri

  39. Fay Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 8:34 PM - Reply

    Hello Greet, you must be feeling very happy with your elegant new Orangeruy it BEAUTIFUL and chic !The plasterers have done an excellent job and you colours have come together perfectly.I can imaging you sitting there and just flashing a Louboutin red sole!

    hope to blog demain . almost finished all my reading Enjoy your weekend fay xxx

  40. lafamigliadesignllc Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 10:05 PM - Reply

    Your work is SO elegant yet beautifully practical. I too, would want to read in that corner! You are an inspiration!

  41. Room Service ~ Decorating 101 Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 10:53 PM - Reply

    Greet, my friend it looks great ! I have so much trouble with your blog I rarely try to leave a comment. I can't get it to scroll down and I have to type and type to get a comment… But I was determined no matter how long it took to let you know what a wonderful job you did. 5 stars

  42. Charlotta Ward Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 11:14 AM - Reply

    Greet this looks so wonderful. Such a peaceful and soothing environment. I scrolled up and down, taking in all the beautiful details. The love that went into creating this room is tangible and I love your artistic touch in arranging each object in the exact spot.
    The gigantic wooden boulder is beyond fabulous. I know you or Monika did a feature of them a while back, but I can't remember where they are originally from. Belgian or Dutch? I would love to own one – can you give me pointers on price and outlets?

    Happy weekend and congratulations on a fantastic job done. I can't wait to hear about what magazines will feature this masterpiece!!

    Warm hugs from Sydney

    xx Charlotta

  43. FrenchGardenHouse Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 3:12 PM - Reply

    Greet, this looks stunning! What a gorgeous room, just perfect to enjoy a fire in winter, or throwing open the windows to relish in your beautiful surroundings in spring and summer.

    The details are schitterend. Thank you for sharing, you are an inspiration.

    xo Lidy

  44. VictoriaArt Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 3:56 PM - Reply

    Of all you did in the orangery the wall treatment takes the crown! It changes everything!
    The place exudes grandezza! Wonderful.
    Now all you need is a couple of potted orange and lemon trees!
    Enjoy! I love the rugged, obviously put to good use fire place as well!

  45. Tricia Rose Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 4:39 PM - Reply

    What a difference the lime paint makes – and you have made every touch look inevitable, just lovely.

  46. Marias Château Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 5:06 PM - Reply

    What impressed I am by your work, you inspire me so much with your design …… love it:)!

    Now I know who to turn to for help when we start decorating our house:).

    Take care!
    Hugs Maria

  47. CÉLINE CHOLLET Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 6:46 PM - Reply

    Bonsoir Greet !
    Quel travail dans l'orangerie !
    La patine est bien réussie et donne une ambiance plus chaleureuse qu'avant. La cheminée est mieux intégrée au reste de la pièce. Une bonne idée et un bon choix !

  48. Beadboard UpCountry Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 9:18 PM - Reply

    Wow! This has certainly been a labor of love!!!!!It is looking so gorgeous, elegant in it's simplicity……. and when you get tired of that vase I have a place on MY mantle!!!!! Now I want to see a picture of you actually reading in that chaise!!!!!!Maryanne xo

  49. Luciane at Monday, April 4, 2011 at 12:23 PM - Reply

    Hello sweetie!

    Wow! It's stunning! You must be feeling so happy. Aren't you? 🙂

    I also love the coffee table. Really beautiful, Greet.

    I hope you have an amazing week! 🙂


    Luciane at

  50. Fashion Mom Monday, April 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM - Reply

    amai zo mooi! opdracht geslaagd! Daarvoor vond ik het ook al mooi, en nu nog mooier. Kan er voorlopig maar van dromen…… xxx

  51. Felicity Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 8:04 PM - Reply

    You have such a wonderful eye for creating a warm and inviting space Greet.
    I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to sit on that wonderful sofa with a glass of wine and a great magazine and while away an lovely afternoon. x Felicity

  52. H. Adams Sutphin Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 11:32 PM - Reply

    Greet, It is perfect! Beautiful space and design. Thank you so much for sharing your project, and too thanks for the plaster info. Talk soon!
    Adams Sutphin

  53. Cote de Texas Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 8:26 AM - Reply

    Oh Greet – it is just gorgeous! I love the wall color and the linen sofas – beautiful!!!!!! many years of happiness!


  54. The Paper Mulberry Monday, May 16, 2011 at 1:14 PM - Reply

    Oh my word Greet your home is amazing!!!!!!! I am a huge fan of distemper paints and love the soft chalky shades you've achieved. I'm having the best lunch break reading your blog! Warmest wishes – Glenda xxx

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