The make-over of my brother’s office

/The make-over of my brother’s office

The make-over of my brother’s office

Some of you do know yet that I run our company Lefèvre Interiors together with my youngest brother Stefaan.
My brother and me.

A few months ago, my brother needed to move his office to another area in our company buildings. But the only place available, was an old storage room!

The old storage room.
Sight 1 Before
So my brother asked me to make a proposal to renovate this place into his new office! A challenge of course!
So I started making a few designs and after my brother’s approval, we could finally start the production of the cabinetry in our workplaces.

Sight 1 After
We decided to leave the place open to the peak of the roof so that the construction beam was integrated in the interior concept.
The picture of sight 1 (above) shows the inside of the cabinet, where a lot of files can be hidden.

Sight 1 After

The wood we used for the cabinetry is european oak. And for the desk, we have chosen for a table in an exotic type of wood. And as hardware we used these furniture knobs.

Furniture knobs.

Sight 1 After
I love to use some modern lighting in an office room.

Sight 2 Before

On this side of the room we created the entrance door.

Sight 2 After

Sight 2
One of the oval windows on both sides of the door.

Sight 3 Before
To me an office needs to be very cosy because most people ( certainly my brother) spend a lot of time in this room. So to add warmth , I have chosen for a shade of orange for the lime paint on the walls and even for the blinds.
Our painter mixed the paint as long as he needed to become the same colour as the Belgian linen, chosen for the blinds.

Sight 3 After
Lime paint and linen blinds in a warm shade of orange.

Sight 3 After
On every wall there are seen spotlights.

Sight 4 Before

Sight 4 After
On this window you can notice wooden blinds. They provide a functional and a decorative feature to add warmth and variation. They filter the light in a subtle way.

Sight 4 After
My brother is a piano player and wanted to bring in the piano into his office.
So where there was the entrance door before, is now standing his piano.

On the outside.

The entrance to the office.

What do you think? Does my brother look happy sitting in his brand new office?


  1. Trouvais Monday, October 5, 2009 at 8:50 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet…I really love the color you chose for the plaster, and the curtain above. I can see how it would add warmth even on the grayest day. I love the oval window, the glassed in office entrance…is this an exterior entrance? or interior part of the office building? Thank you for the before and after shots. Always love those. Trish

  2. Room Seventeen Monday, October 5, 2009 at 8:55 PM - Reply

    Wat een geslaagde metamorfose! Heel mooi die ovale ramen en entree. Het is vast prettig toeven in dit kantoor.
    groet, Hennie.

  3. Mrs. Blandings Monday, October 5, 2009 at 9:07 PM - Reply

    I love it all, but especially the addition to the entrance – wonderful!

  4. Fee Monday, October 5, 2009 at 10:20 PM - Reply

    I bet your brother is very pleased with his new office.

    You have done a more than fabulous job.
    I love the piano in the room and the spotlights.


    Fee x

  5. Boxwood Terrace Monday, October 5, 2009 at 11:45 PM - Reply

    I love the orange color of the walls and the linen shades. As always, the woodwork is beautiful too.

  6. wild thyme flowers Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 12:36 AM - Reply

    Nice transformation Greet! Your brother looks very happy indeed!

  7. Viera Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 12:40 AM - Reply

    You did a fantastic job. I can imagine your brother is very happy.

  8. little augury Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 12:55 AM - Reply

    Greet, this is wonderful, the built in wall is simple and refined, I love the light wood, the console, lighting great, beautiful touch with the piano and the doorway and entrance are perfect. GT

  9. Things That Inspire Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 1:34 AM - Reply

    I wish I could fly you to Atlanta so you could decorate my husband's office. Your brother's office is very streamlined and functional!

  10. Spencer Howard Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 1:48 AM - Reply

    Wow, very cool! Your brother’s office is really clean. I love the windows and woodwork.

    The Architectural Antique Review

  11. Willow Decor Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 1:59 AM - Reply

    Wonderful remodel. I especially love the piano a great stress reliever.

  12. Sarah Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 3:37 AM - Reply

    Greet, this is a great space! I like the oval windows either side of the door. I'm sure your brother is very happy with his new office.

  13. Splendid Willow Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 5:14 AM - Reply

    Yep, he look pretty happy! Lucky brother to have such a talented sister!

  14. Karna Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 6:24 AM - Reply

    Please let me move in to this office, love it….Love the 2 round windows, and all the built in cabinets…..It's no fun to work in my office after I have seen this….buhuuu…You are very talented!

  15. Cote de Texas Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 7:27 AM - Reply

    you are so talented – very very beautiful!!! love this!

  16. Ariadone Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 8:34 AM - Reply

    Nou weet ik waar mijn nieuwe kantoor is: gooi em d'r uit en mij erin !! Hoewel: hij ziet er wel heel aardig uit…
    Alle gekheid op een stokje: dat heb je héél mooi gedaan, Greet; ongelooflijk ! Hoe lang ben je er nu mee bezig geweest ?
    Fijne dag

  17. Lauren Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 12:07 PM - Reply

    beautiful job Greet!! I love gthat you kept the design so open & clean!!!

  18. Pamela Terry and Edward Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 4:47 PM - Reply

    Happy Brother!!

  19. Kelly Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 6:42 PM - Reply

    You did a great job redesigning the storage space into an office. It's so cool that your brother's piano is in the office 🙂 Love the oval windows and the wood beam and skylight 🙂

    Yes, your brother looks REALLY happy in the new office!!


  20. Blue Muse Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 6:54 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet!
    First of all, what a gorgeous set of siblings you two are! I love the "new" old space – you worked some serious magic in there! The cabinets are excellent, the color is brilliant and I love those oval windows! The piano is great and personal touch – that's one lucky brother.
    Happy new week!
    xo Isa

  21. Greet Lefèvre Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 7:04 PM - Reply

    To all of you, thank you so much for the nice comments! It means so much to me!
    Hope my brother do read the comments today!

  22. Snowbrush Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 8:11 PM - Reply

    Wow, you're good!

  23. Karena Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 10:44 PM - Reply

    Greet, beautiful job, and I always love to see before and afters!

  24. Renae Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 2:43 AM - Reply

    You did a fantastic job….it's very manly with all the beautiful wood and I love the natural lighting through the skylights.

  25. Donna Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 3:28 AM - Reply

    Greet! It looks fabulous! I bet your brother is enjoying it. Such great work.

  26. Haven and Home Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 2:19 PM - Reply

    Your brother is a very lucky man. LOVE LOVE LOVE the office!

  27. Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 6:56 PM - Reply

    Hello greet,

    Very nicely done, love the walls. It's a very nice place to work in, i work in a glass tower, so have the view, but not the nice textures like in this office.

    Keep on designing 😉


  28. FROM THE RIGHT BANK Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 7:05 PM - Reply

    This is an amazing transformation! You did such a great job. Everything looks great, especially the entry. You and your brother are also adorable. 🙂

  29. Grimaud Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 7:58 PM - Reply

    I looooove the knobs in your brother's office. Where might an American order them?

  30. French-Kissed Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 3:47 AM - Reply

    There is just so much to love about this new office ~ but I will limit my comment to my favorite element ~ the entry. Love the outer glass enclosure, the door and the oval windows. It looks fabulous from both sides and on the inside it is so beautifully highlighted by the wall color.


  31. soodie :: Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 5:43 AM - Reply

    What a fantastic job. Such a huge difference in look and feel and use of space.

  32. Berta F Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 7:02 AM - Reply

    …. Greet ….. I want that your also you decorate my office …. I am sure that it would come to work much more satisfied… Nice week end ……¡¡¡¡ Berta

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  34. HOUND HILL DESIGN Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 2:02 PM - Reply

    Your brother looks most content! A beautiful job – simple, elegant, and warm.


  35. Debra Phillips Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 4:38 PM - Reply

    oh greet, how lovely! you are an amazing talent….function and beauty. i too wish i could afford to fly you out…….to chicago.
    love the color (could you talk more about lime paint?), wall lighting, oval windows, entrance(!), the beam…. what a transformation

  36. vicki archer Friday, October 9, 2009 at 1:26 PM - Reply

    This is fantastic what you have achieved, quite fabulous. Congratulations and well done to you Greet. Your brother muct be very happy, xv.

  37. Anonymous Friday, October 9, 2009 at 1:57 PM - Reply

    Greet, I have attempted several times to email you about this fabulous blog, but each time the email is returned "undeliverable". First of all Belgian Pearls is a must read for me daily and I wait with great anticipation to each entry. Your brother's office was a wonderful transformation. I am particularly interested in knowing if you used the armoire that was pictured in the storage room in any way in the final design. I have an armoire very much like it which I purchased in Eeklo many years ago and I used it to store audio equipment in my library. I would be interested in knowing more about this particular piece.

  38. Fifi Flowers Friday, October 9, 2009 at 8:26 PM - Reply

    GREAT makeover!!!

  39. Julie@beingRUBY Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 4:02 AM - Reply

    Fabulous makeover Greet
    I'm sure your brother must be happy in his new space, it looks wonderful. You are both such talented and successful people. Congratulations to you both. Running the family business is quite an achievement.

  40. Velvet and Linen Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 9:32 PM - Reply

    I would be thrilled if I were your brother!
    What a wonderful place to work.
    The glassed in entry is my favorite. I'm saving that in my inspiration file.
    Another beautiful project, Greet!


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