Orangery redo – Part I

/Orangery redo – Part I

Orangery redo – Part I

Hello my friends! I am in the middle of moving furniture all around the house, because next week the painters will arrive to repaint our orangery! I wrote about our orangery in an earlier post HERE. We really enjoy sitting in this place, gathering around the fire place with family and friends! It is almost 4 years ago since we moved in our home and some places, as the orangery, really need to be repainted. When we moved in, we painted the walls of the orangery in a flat grey color but I am done with it at this moment! I really wanted something new…! Jan and me have decided to paint the walls in a lime wash painting.

Here are two pictures of how the orangery actually looks like.

foto's 026Photo credit : Jo Pauwels for Beta-Plus publishing

foto's 027Photo credit : Fotografie Claude Smekens

The passed weekends, I was browsing through my collection of BETA-PLUS books to find some inspiration for this orangery redo.

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Mainly in these 3 titles of the Beta-Plus publications I found the most suitable images to explain the painters what I really wanted the walls have to look like :

COMPENDIUM COLOUR & TEXTURE  (to see a preview click HERE)



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To choose the exact paint color, we have to take a few elements into consideration :

The lime paint has to match the color of the oak roof construction,

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has to match the brick stone floor,

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and has to go with the black colored steel windows.

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foto's 002 I definitely want to use again linen fabrics for the window treatment and the sofa upholstery.

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Actually I love the earthy color of these antique chinese vases in my kitchen and…

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… the sandy color of this antique Syrian vase.

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Believe it or not, this will be the basic point to determine the exact lime wash paint for the orangery walls!

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This sample of the Belgian Libeco linen is beautiful!!!! A mix of earthy and beige tones!

Wonderful together with these lime wash paint tones! Isn’t it!

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Lime wash paint 1

Our painter promised me to mix and match the color of the lime wash paint, during the application next week, untill he will become the exact, required color!! Great isn’t it? So,that gives us the possibility to even change the color if we don’t like it!

foto's 040 The chosen color needs to have tones which are present in the pointing of the floor bricks,

foto's 041 and which are seen in the oak ceiling beams,

foto's 039 and seen on the chimney piece of the orangery!!!

Because the orangery is in connection with our kitchen, as you can see on the picture here below, chosen fabrics and painting have to go well with the kitchen color palette.

foto's 029Photo credit : Fotografie Claude Smekens

I have chosen for this Libeco linen sofa upholstery, that is for sure!

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We decided to not change the window treatment fabric because it has to match the black steel windows.

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The slipcover of the existing 2-seats sofa will be changed into the chosen Libeco linen color as shown above.

foto's 028 Photo credit : Fotografie Claude Smekens

On the other side, in front of the 2 windows, I have chosen for a new large, straight sofa (upholstery in the same fabric as the 2-seat sofa).

I can’t show you a picture of it, because it doesn’t exist yet! The sofa will be new-made for us! But it will look a bit as the sofa on the image here below.

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I love the combination of a large coffee table in front of a large straight sofa!

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I will tell you more about the choice of furniture and decorative items in a later post about the orangery-redo!


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I do hope that our dog Ralph will love the new look because the orangery is also his bedroom at night!

Talk to you soon!



By |2019-02-09T13:11:38+00:00March 10th, 2011|Categories: Lefèvre Interiors|Tags: , |38 Comments


  1. Luciane at Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 4:19 PM - Reply


    Your house will look even more beautiful! I never thought that would be possible, but take a good look at you in the last picture! Who's your model agency? 🙂

    You look gorgeous and I can't wait to see your living room once it's all done! It'll be amazing!

    Have a great day, my dear friend!


    Luciane at

  2. Room Seventeen Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 4:31 PM - Reply

    Ik ben benieuwd hoe het gaat worden! Leuke opmerking van Luciane, who's your model agency… helemaal mee eens, you are looking good Greet!

  3. La Maison en Wonderboom Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM - Reply

    Wel spannend allemaal, ik kijk uit naar je volgende post.


  4. Cindy Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 6:10 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet,
    Your plans sound wonderful! It will be so beautiful when it is finished. Thank you for showing us the process that you go through to come up with the perfect combination. Your orangery is going to be gorgeous!
    I love the last photo, of you and the dog, it's so beautiful.
    Hugs, Cindy

  5. Home and Lifestyle Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 6:11 PM - Reply

    Het is altijd moeilijk om een kleur te bepalen, gelukkig maar dat jullie nog een andere keus kunnen maken op het moment dat het niet bevalt! Veel succes en…ik ben benieuwd naar het resultaat!

    Lieve groet, Ingrid

  6. Ann Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 6:35 PM - Reply

    What a gorgeous photo of you, Greet!

    We just painted our kitchen's eating area with limewash paints and I am in love with them. The look is natural and they were very easy to apply- ours were from Sydney Harbour Paints. I am doing the trim painting now and will post photos hopefully next week.

    Your orangery will continue to be beautiful!

  7. Sonja Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 6:57 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet:
    I came over from Bonjour Romance and I love your
    beautiful home!

    My mom was born in Norway and we were there last summer. I love the simplicity and beauty of the way they decorate their homes. I think we tend to overdo in America.

    I'll be back to see what other lovely ideas and pictures you share!


  8. desde my ventana Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 6:58 PM - Reply

    Your orangerie looks wonderful,I think it's a great space to enjoy this time of the year. Beautiful picture Greet.

  9. Ariadone Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 6:59 PM - Reply

    Wat mooi, zo'n doorkijk naar je keuken. Als je dan genoeg ruimte hebt..ja, dan wordt het met deze kleuren en materialen ook echt ruimtelijk. Leuke foto van leuke hond met leuke vrouwtje….
    Lieve groeten Greet

  10. Fashion Mom Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 7:40 PM - Reply

    Greetje, wat een mooi huis jullie wel hebben, het doet me dromen…….
    Ben benieuwd hoe het er zal uit zien.
    En jij ziet er natuurlijk weer prachtig uit !! 😉

  11. Debra Phillips Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 10:07 PM - Reply

    you are so photogenic greet, you and ralph look divine!

    what a fun process and a joy to follow your decisions. love lime washed finishes

    best to you

  12. Anonymous Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 10:40 PM - Reply

    Your home is beautiful! I am so envious of your Orangery. I would love to have one. Where can I find lamp shades like you have in your home and that are featured in the Beta Plus Books? Thank you! Laura

  13. Fay Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 10:43 PM - Reply

    Hello Greet you are looking wonderful! and im sure the Orangery is going to be a dream space Love the idea of the walls and the linens and Im SO JEALOUS of the height of the ceiling its fantastic So cant wait to see the finshed space sweet dreams to you AND Ralph fay xxx

  14. La Maison Fou Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12:33 AM - Reply

    I cannot wait to see the after ….
    What a nice place to sit and sip wine?
    Nicely planned, and I am sure that Ralph will approve!


  15. Concrete Jungle Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12:59 AM - Reply

    Umm….. more glorious mixtures of textures to come. We all wait with baited breath Greet!

  16. Emom Friday, March 11, 2011 at 1:18 AM - Reply

    Greet, what fun! looking forward to seeing the results…smiles.

  17. Michelle Friday, March 11, 2011 at 4:37 AM - Reply

    Not sure who is more beautiful 🙂 You, Ralph or the Orangey…I remember your post…it's a great project Greet…


  18. Miss Baptista Friday, March 11, 2011 at 9:07 AM - Reply

    Ik hoop dat je volgende post
    foto's zal bevatten
    van de vers geschilderde orangerie,
    want je maakt ons wel heel nieuwsgierig !
    fijn weekend

  19. Acquired Objects Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11:30 AM - Reply

    Your orangery is beautiful already Greet so I know whatever you do will be stunning and I can't wait to see. Ralph is a cutie and I'm sure he'll love what you do. Have a wonderful weekend Greet!

    xx Debra,

  20. quintessence Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12:02 PM - Reply

    I absolutely adore your orangery – what a wonderful room!! Ralph is just adorable – I'm sure he will be very comfortable. Love everything you're picking! Can't wait to see as it progresses!

  21. Bonjour Greet!
    Divine! I can't wait to see it finshed…I think it's fabulous now. Ralph is adorable and I love the brick floors.

    Thank you for your kind comments on my blog Greet…
    Much Appreciated!

  22. VictoriaArt Friday, March 11, 2011 at 1:13 PM - Reply

    Greet! Not only is this orangery already a wonderful space to begin with, but your plans will enhance it even more so.
    You two look so sweet together!
    Lots of love and inspiration always!

  23. eclecticrevisited Friday, March 11, 2011 at 1:37 PM - Reply

    so many details to take into consideration for painting your orangery….but I can't wait to see how it looks after the painters have finished…I know it will be stunning because you will have made all the right decisions….

  24. designchic Friday, March 11, 2011 at 1:41 PM - Reply

    Greet, what a gorgeous room…can't wait to see what you decide!! Happy Friday ~

  25. Heather @ Satisfying Spaces Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:52 PM - Reply

    Very exciting! I can't wait to see the orangery when it is complete.

    Love the picture of you and Ralph. You are both beautiful!

    Have a great weekend!

  26. peggy braswell Friday, March 11, 2011 at 4:37 PM - Reply

    "Orangery" just the word conjures wonderful images+yours room looks divine. Can't wait to see your completed orangery.

  27. Splendid Willow Friday, March 11, 2011 at 8:51 PM - Reply

    Greet, Greet, Greet! Your orangery is already fabulous and after your makeover it is going to be over the top beautiful! Can't wait for you to put the magic touches to this room.

    Love so many elements of your home including Mr. Ralph!

    Happy weekend to you and your family.

    ox, Mon

  28. Elizabeth Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 2:09 AM - Reply

    Greet, you are so lovely, as is your house. Can't wait to see how the orangery turns out after you work your magic. Love your inspiration photos and appreciate you sharing your thought process as you work out what you want the room to become.

    Happy weekend!

  29. Renee Granier Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 5:58 AM - Reply

    Dearest Darling Greet…I am so excited about this project! Can not wait to see the colors, textures, and pieces of furniture come into fabrication! Check out our Blog and see the walls with plaster and lime wash that we just posted.
    Kindest Regards XO,
    Renee Granier

  30. Anci Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 8:37 AM - Reply

    That room is so wonderful ! Can it really be even better ?? The colors is the right ones in my opinion.

    Have a nice weekend !


  31. The enchanted home Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 12:15 PM - Reply

    WOW Greet…you have superb taste, what a beautiful room, the before is most peoples dream! I cannot wait to see what you do with the very exciting! So much fun to see a room get reinvented and it seems like you are doing your homework and have lots of wonderful inspiration!
    PS You are so pretty… and the room go well together:)

  32. Susan Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 8:26 PM - Reply

    Dear Greet. I love the "livability" of your home and Orangery….your design taste is impeccable! You and your darling Ralph look like a Ralph Lauren ad! Wishing you the best and looking forward to your next post..Susan Scheer

  33. Ideezine Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 8:34 PM - Reply


    Change is good and just in time for spring! This will look fabulous you did research and it pays off.

  34. Decor de Provence Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 2:43 PM - Reply

    Your home is definitely a favorite of mine, and that Orangery… sigh.
    I can't wait to see the beautiful paint color when it's done! I wish you and your family all the best!


  35. Kifus Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 8:38 PM - Reply

    Your room is beautiful as it is right now so I cannot even imagine an upgrade for it! Hope you finish with the renovation soon!

  36. CÉLINE CHOLLET Monday, March 14, 2011 at 8:11 AM - Reply

    Bonjour Greet !
    C'est toujours un moment captivant de choisir la couleur d'un mur !
    Ce sera un ton plus chaud, j'ai hâte de voir le résultat…
    À bientôt,

  37. vicki archer Monday, March 14, 2011 at 8:35 AM - Reply

    It will be wonderful and very beautiful Greet…it already is….xv

  38. Velvet and Linen Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 9:12 AM - Reply

    Your orangery is already stunning! You have fantastic inspiration. I look forward to seeing the next phase.


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