Some changes at my sister’s orangery

/Some changes at my sister’s orangery

Some changes at my sister’s orangery

Some of you will remember some pictures from the orangery at my sister’s home, that I posted some time ago.

My sister wanted to go for a change in the orangery, because she was not so happy with the table you can see in the first pictures here.

So she asked me to look out for an antique table. Last year, when we were driving to the South of France, we made a stop in the charming town of antiques, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. And …there she was,… the table I had in mind !! I took some pictures with my cell phone and sent them immediately to my sister. She loved the table! A few days later the table was delivered in Belgium.

The first 5 pictures are taken a while ago. You will notice the oak table my sister wanted to replace by an antique piece of furniture.











The bleeched oak table is moved into the garden now..


… and is beautifully weathered.

And this is the antique table I found last year at an antiques dealer in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.


The table has a teak top and a painted support. Isn’t it a gorgeous one?

Ok, we brought in that table and we both, my sister and I, realized that we also had to replace the chairs! So we did.


My sister has chosen for the French os-de-mouton chairs. They really are better to use here, because the legs of the former chairs were too fragile everytime you moved the chair on the brick floor.

The pictures on below I took last Sunday.

Please, forgive me the quality of my cell phone pictures!!




8Because of the bad quality of the pictures, you are not able to see the real color of the upholstery fabric of the chairs.

The fabric is of a celadon colour and matches that well with the colour of the antique cabinet.


I couldn’t resist to post this picture of the beautiful French console at the orangery.


Do you love the changes we made at my sister’s orangery? I am sure my sister will love to read your comments!!



All images : Lefèvre Interiors


  1. Christina @ greige and My Sparrow Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 1:39 PM - Reply

    I am pretty sure I love it and I am not sure why I don't have an orangery! Can I ask you though- what is the purpose of the orangery (not hers per say) but in general? We don't really have any thing here in the states that we call an orangery. I need to see if I can make an excuse to have one when we build a custom house one day.. 🙂


  2. Desde my ventana Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 1:56 PM - Reply

    Hello Greet,
    It's a wonderful change,I love the new chairs and de stunning table but I'm in love with the french console ,is a jewel!!!
    Have a nice evening and thak you for your lovely words of congrats,

  3. Teresa Hatfield Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 1:56 PM - Reply

    Love. Love. Love.
    Like nothing I have seen lately. Very refreshing!
    Teresa (Splendid Sass)

  4. Suzanne Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 2:03 PM - Reply

    Stunning!! Every single piece is perfection. I love the old oak table in the garden–I've had my eye out for something like that, myself. The cabinet is a show stopper. Really, really beautiful. Thank you for sharing!


  5. a Broad Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 2:04 PM - Reply

    I absolutely love it !
    The colors are my favorites so there is nothing wrong with that in my mind and the chairs are wonderful !
    I should really find myself an orangerie ..

  6. SPLENDEROSA Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 2:14 PM - Reply

    Greet, for me it was lovely before. Now it's splendid. I know how much she enjoys this light-filled room and I can just see it at Christmas laden with beautiful trays of delicious goodies.
    I really love the oval shape of the table ends & the reflection of that shape in the chair backs.

  7. *The Beautiful Life* Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 2:21 PM - Reply

    I think I have now seen photos of what my place in heaven will look like! 🙂

    Oh how lovely!!!


  8. Home and Lifestyle Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 2:30 PM - Reply

    Wat een prachtige orangerie, het is er allemaal zo stijlvol! En die raampartijen…om van te dromen!

    Over een paar weken gaan we op vakantie naar de Provence, wie weet wat ik er allemaal tegen kom!

    Hartelijke groet, Ingrid

  9. Tove's to og firbeinte Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 2:48 PM - Reply

    I loved it before and I love it now! A perfect room anyway – lucky sister of yours!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Digs Inside & Out Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 3:40 PM - Reply

    WOW! Het tafel es echt mooi! Wat een mooie kamer. Je zus is heel veel geluk!

    Thanks for the post! Tot ziens!

  11. vignette design Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 3:49 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet,
    Are you kidding? I love the changes, but also thought the before pictures were incredible too. That brick floor…..that antique cabinet! Be still my heart! Great idea to move the old table outside. It looks perfect there! I am dying to go back to Isle sur la Sorgue! Isn't it magical there?

  12. Tamra Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 3:51 PM - Reply

    Thought it was beautiful the way it was and love it even more now.

    That little console table is FABULOUS! What a sweet and elegant little touch to the room.

  13. Karena Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 4:06 PM - Reply

    Greet, I am in love. This is so fabulous, and I adore the cabinet, the chandelier the tables and chairs. You have such a great eye for details!

    Art by Karena

  14. Teresa Hatfield Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 4:30 PM - Reply

    Thank you so much for you sweet comment. Thank you also for including me on your blog list!
    I love your blog,
    Teresa (Splendid Sass)

  15. Vicki Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 4:45 PM - Reply

    What's an orangerie? Anyway, love the new table, specially the details on the legs–it catches the sun nicely and creates lovely textures. The old table was okay, but THIS table has SOUL. The upholstered chairs are a nice contrast, and make the whole setting look more important, but still relaxed. I love the room to begin with. The stone floors are unusual (for us), and the casual "antiquey" look is very cozy and appealing. I wish I could "order" something from the puce just like that too! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Petra Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 5:06 PM - Reply

    Hallo Greet,

    De tafel is eindelijk goed terecht gekomen lijkt het wel, mooi bij het boograam en open haard. Geweldige stoelen erbij. Waarom zou je nog ergens anders gaan zitten.

    Als je nog 's bij je zus bent, maak gerust wat foto's voor ons, we kijken heel graag mee.

    Groetjes Petra

  17. French-Kissed Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 6:10 PM - Reply

    I loved the Orangery before, but I must admit I love it even more now! Fabulous table and I like that she was still able to use her old table in a new location. It looks like great taste runs in the family.


  18. Lorrie Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 6:10 PM - Reply

    When I saw the first pictures, I wondered why change it – it looks perfect? Then I saw the other table and wow, it's stunning. Gorgeous!

  19. Ann Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 6:11 PM - Reply

    So beautiful!

    I've always wanted an orangerie and a loggia. Oh well, we'll enjoy them through you!


  20. Heather at Satisfying Spaces Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 6:14 PM - Reply

    I am in love! Both looks are fantastic!

  21. Michelle Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 7:37 PM - Reply

    Wow Greet, seems taste and style comes so naturally to you and your family. This is really stunning…really just beautiful!!

    I can imagine lots of family dinners around that large table 🙂


  22. Anonymous Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 8:30 PM - Reply

    Stunning room. Love the table. Sorry, don't care for the chairs.

  23. Trouvais Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 9:34 PM - Reply

    Such perfection, Greet. Pure beauty. Love every photo (of course the console, the touch of blue, the palladian windows, the cobbled floor…). Thank you! XO Trish

  24. Chookie Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 12:18 AM - Reply

    I like the new chairs; it's not a design I have ever seen before and they do look much sturdier. Despite living in a place where we don't need them, I DO know an orangery is a place where you put your potted orange-trees, when it is too cold for them outside.
    I have a different question: how do you insulate and heat your houses without using a lot of energy?

  25. Terry Browder, Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 1:08 AM - Reply

    Greet: I'm not sure I have ever commented before, but I have been reading your blog for quite some time. I had bought a Belgium street lantern before I started reading your blog, but you inspired me to retrofit it and make a chandelier out of it. Your blog gave me vision for it. It is one of my favorite things! The orangery is fabulous, and I especially love the brick floors. I live in Texas, so the wonderful European things you show are such a treat! Thanks for sharing and for the inspirational blogs you continue to post. I shall continue to follow!

  26. Concrete Jungle Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 1:31 AM - Reply

    I simply want it all….
    luckily my house is a very modern so I may be saved …on the other hand I have been contemplating a gorgeous big bamboo table for my outdoor eating area …oops here goes!
    It is a brilliantly decorated space.

  27. Cote de Texas Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 3:34 AM - Reply

    Greet – this is absolutely stunning – gorgeous – i can't say enough about your work – fabulous – beautiful –
    (I am so green with envy that you have all this talent!!!!!) 🙂

  28. Mona Thompson Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 4:42 AM - Reply

    Greet, It was wonderful before and really over the top now. I love the new table and the old table looks fabulous in the garden. I've always loved that style chair, and they are comfortable as well. It's all so beautiful but I'm just dying over those windows and gorgeous chandelier. The whole room is incredibly beautiful.

  29. Brillante Home Decor Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 5:33 AM - Reply

    Greet, your sister's house looks fabulous and the new table surely makes a big statement. As Joni said…gorgeous, just gorgeous…

  30. Brillante Home Decor Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 5:35 AM - Reply

    Oooops…where is my head?

  31. Splendid Willow Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 5:53 AM - Reply

    You are two very talented sisters! Wherever I go in your homes – I see beauty, great taste & style and warm, inviting rooms!

    And that table! Well done! But the other one looked pretty nice too!

    Enjoy your warm summer days!

    ox, Mon

  32. Anci Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 6:12 AM - Reply

    I think that the room was so nice before 🙂 But I can say that it is gorgeous now ! You have both so lovely homes.

    Have a lovely day


  33. TwoMaisons Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 9:40 AM - Reply

    Such a warm, inviting, light filled space Greet. The os de mouton chairs add a nice touch of fabric to the room. Of course if you're involved it will be gorgeous! ~Susan

  34. My home is my Castle - by Kari Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 10:49 AM - Reply

    WOW…. !!!
    What can I say… It`s georgeous, stunning !! I love it…
    What a beautiful room…..
    Does your sister have a blog ? I would love to see moore 😉

    Hugs from Kari in Norway

  35. Kerry Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 11:19 AM - Reply

    Greet. It is quite simply…sublime! And I love the way the table has weathered outside looking like it always belonged there.

  36. la Brocanteuse Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 12:31 PM - Reply

    oh Wonderful..LOVE it.This should be published in a magazine…I can just imagine you and your sister smiling happy and pleased every time you enter this orangery. love-Colette x

  37. Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 2:54 PM - Reply

    Hello Greet,

    Love the first room, but now it looks more finished, os de mouton is so nice, we have also some chairs like that. For me its the most perfect solid chair there is.

    Thanks for sharing this beauty 🙂


  38. Picture of Elegance Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 8:54 PM - Reply

    Looks great before and after! Love the chandelier. Thanks Greet for sharing.

  39. My Notting Hill Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 10:36 PM - Reply

    Love these changes – it looks so lux and comfortable. It's so great that the old table has a new life in the garden too.

  40. Debbie Friday, July 16, 2010 at 3:09 AM - Reply

    Can I please move in? So beautiful, I love your style the room takes my breath away. another winner by Greet, how lucky for her to have you as a sister.

  41. Fer Friday, July 16, 2010 at 1:20 PM - Reply

    Dear Greet, I am in Brazil in the midle of coconut farms lost in some beach,this is one of my first conections with the outside world and oh my GOD as usual your post are wonderful, WHAT A MAGNIFICENT place, THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR SHARING.


  42. Acquired Objects Friday, July 16, 2010 at 2:29 PM - Reply

    I need to live in an orangery, do we even have those in the US? I love the changes your sister made and really for the better. That table you found for her is amazing and I love her console. Could we see more pictures of her home please? So far it’s stunning! Thank you for sharing and thank you to your sister for letting you share with all of us!


  43. Decor de Provence Friday, July 16, 2010 at 5:36 PM - Reply

    What a great eye you have Greet! What would sisters do without each other?! The room is breathtaking!


  44. vosges paris Friday, July 16, 2010 at 8:04 PM - Reply

    De ultieme vondst! zo wie zo lijkt een bezoekje aan Ilse Sur la Sorgue mij heerlijk en als je dan met zo;n tafel kunt thuiskomen ben je een super zusje 😉
    fijn weekend.

  45. Linda Merrill Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 2:39 AM - Reply

    Trés jolie! Love everything, especially the soft hints of blue, and the chandelier. Dying!

  46. Cindy Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 1:23 PM - Reply

    I do love the changes that you've made. Both of the tables are very unique and beautiful as well as both sets of chairs. I have never seen a table like the new one, very, very beautiful. I love the color of her new chair upholstery and the fact that it matches her china cabinet. Her dining room is beyond gorgeous!!! Thank you for the chance to see this lovely dining room.
    Hugs, Cindy S

  47. the gardeners cottage Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 7:02 PM - Reply

    hi greet,

    i just found your beautiful blog through slim paley. i think this is one of the most beautiful rooms i've ever seen. that chandelier! everything is just beautiful, beautiful and i love, love it all.


  48. Sarah Klassen Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 1:47 AM - Reply

    Beautiful does not even begin to explain how incredible this space is… I am overwhelmed. It is jaw–dropping. Thank you so much for sharing this — your sister is very lucky, and as always, you inspire us 🙂

    Wishing you a fantastic weekend,


  49. Grimaud Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 2:19 AM - Reply

    I love the small stone sink – very authentic to an orangerie. That exquisite chandelier against the backdrop of that powerful ceiling is stunning. I might store the old chairs and only bring them back as needed. One day 2 all linen arm chairs at the heads of the table would look great and place the 2 extra Mouton chairs on either side of the beautiful cabinet.Just beautiful!

  50. Christina Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 5:33 AM - Reply


    I love the changes. The table has such great patina and I love love love the chandelier, gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  51. Dumbwit Tellher Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 3:19 PM - Reply

    My eyes were fixated on the marvelous chandelier, & brick floors. That is all I could concentrate on! I did love the room before but the new changes are so beautiful. Truly a spectacular orangery. Truly a joy to view ~

  52. ursula Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 6:20 PM - Reply

    So beautiful–I was completely transported!

  53. Leigha Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 5:20 PM - Reply

    There is so much beauty in this post!

  54. Velvet and Linen Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 1:59 PM - Reply

    Absolutely stunning, Greet!
    I want that gorgeous table!


  55. The-Countrypolitan Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 10:23 PM - Reply

    I read this blog briefly when you first posted. I have been so busy with a project that I'm working on that I didn't get a chance to really look at it as much as I wanted to… it is really beautiful! The room was gorgeous before… but the new table sets the room apart and makes it really special! Your work is beautiful! ~Terri

  56. CÉLINE CHOLLET Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 6:47 AM - Reply

    Greet !
    L'orangerie de votre soeur est très sympathique ! et plus encore avec l'ancienne table de L'Ile -sur -la- Sorgue !

  57. maria teresa Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 12:38 AM - Reply

    I feel like crying…. literally ! you are so talented, that table is a dream come true!

  58. Matthew Lewis Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 5:30 AM - Reply

    Amazing post. Very well represented. That table is really beautiful and unique one. Orangery

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