The outbuilding in our garden

/The outbuilding in our garden

The outbuilding in our garden

Following my previous post about orangeries, and because some of my readers were interested in the evolution of the outbuilding we started to build the previous year, I decided to give you a glimpse into our garden. I have to say that we started to the garden landscaping in october the passed year, so we (especially my skilful husband!) had done a lot of work the previous weeks and we have to do a lot of work in the coming weeks!!

Honestly, I was planning to show you some pictures of the building within a few weeks, when I would have been ready with the finishing touch of the decoration, but because of the demand of my readers, I couldn’t resist to post a few pictures of how it looks at this moment.

I promise you to post more pictures within a few weeks where you also will see the evolution in our garden.

For those of you who haven’t read my earlier posts about our outbuilding, you can go to see it here, here and here.

Maybe you will remember these pictures of last summer.


The start in July 2009 !

3  My husband is preparing the roof , ready to be thatched.


The thatching is going on (September 2009).


The outbuilding as it is today.

8 The planters will need a beautiful tree, maybe an old olive tree??

2Do you remember the oak table that Jan made for me?


Here she is!!!

The oak is beautifuly weathered, because the table has wintered outside.


16 An old sink of Belgian bluestone.


Within a few weeks when the weather is better, I will put the cushions in the chairs (show you pictures of it later).


The following pictures are all of the gardening we did the passed weeks.

9 You see that everywhere we have to put flowers and plants now!!



This very old boxwood plant was coming over last week from my mother’s garden! I hope this old lady (?) will enjoy living with us now!


19 The hydrangeas and the oleander are ready for summer!


And this last picture I posted especially for my neighbours Marie-Jeanne and Serge, who are helping us wherever they can with some good advice to gardening! This is their horse, named Carol, and she is grazing in the grazing land next to our home!

She is my favorite!!!

Well my friends , if you are wondering why there maybe are lacking a few posts of me in the coming weeks… you will understand… I will be gardening!!!!



By |2019-02-09T13:17:09+00:00April 19th, 2010|Categories: Belgian Pearls|Tags: , |71 Comments


  1. CÉLINE CHOLLET Monday, April 19, 2010 at 7:42 PM - Reply

    Quel beau travail cette maison en bois pour les dîners dehors !
    J'aime beaucoup aussi la maison en briques, tout est impeccable.
    Espérons en effet que le vieux buis se plaira…
    Bonne soirée,

  2. Kifus Monday, April 19, 2010 at 8:06 PM - Reply

    Wow Greet! Your outhouse is so beautiful! I love everything about it, from the thatched roof to the stone floors, and the table, lanterns and planters! Simply stunning. Congratulations to you and your hubby.
    Have a lovely week!

  3. sharon Monday, April 19, 2010 at 8:11 PM - Reply

    What a beautiful home you have Greet, is the design of the outbuilding yours?

  4. Miss Baptista Monday, April 19, 2010 at 8:19 PM - Reply

    Subliem !
    We are the lucky ones !
    Making our dreams come true.
    Tis ni moeilijk,
    tis gemakkelijk !
    veel lol in uw hofke.

  5. Home and Lifestyle Monday, April 19, 2010 at 8:29 PM - Reply

    Een tuinhuisje is hier niet het juiste woord hi hi…wat is dat mooi zeg! Het is haast bijna net zo groot als mijn huis! Wat fijn dat je man zo handig is en zoveel mooie dingen kan maken! En je huis is een droomhuis…prachtig hoor!

    Lieve groet, Ingrid

  6. Desde my Ventana Monday, April 19, 2010 at 8:30 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet,
    Your house is very beautiful and the small house of the garden is very original (with the plant in L) and an ideal place to enjoy the good time.
    When it's full of flowers it will be a wonderful place!!

  7. Room Seventeen Monday, April 19, 2010 at 8:30 PM - Reply

    Ooooh Greet, dit is werkelijk fantastich! Heel mooi gedaan! Een stoer en stijlvol buitenverblijf is het geworden.
    Nu nog wachten op een groene tuin en dan heerlijk genieten ! Schitterend huis heb je ook!

  8. La Maison Fou Monday, April 19, 2010 at 8:41 PM - Reply

    Things are shaping up rather nicely there! I love the out building, it is so inviting.
    That Carol looks like a real gem!

  9. Lynda Monday, April 19, 2010 at 9:08 PM - Reply

    oooooooooooooooh Greet, Wat is Prachtig …… ER EEN Woord DAT Prachtig overstijgt ??………. Wat EEN luxe!! werkelijk Prachtig (van zei IK DAT al ???;))


  10. Lynda Monday, April 19, 2010 at 9:09 PM - Reply

    IK GA VAN DIE GILLEN VERTALER !!!!* GRRRRRRRRRR *…… IK BEN OOK zo'n beginner! Maaaaaaaaaaar … Het MOGE duidelijk zijn DAT IK Het Prachtig vindt;)


  11. Morning T Monday, April 19, 2010 at 9:25 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet~ your outside area is just amazing!!

  12. The Zhush Monday, April 19, 2010 at 9:31 PM - Reply

    Greet! This is stunningly beautiful! The thatched roof and the lanterns and the landscaping…heaven! Thanks for sharing it here!

  13. Veerle At Home Monday, April 19, 2010 at 9:43 PM - Reply

    I absolutely love your outbuilding, and have fallen in love with the bluestone sink outside too. How inspiring!

  14. vicki archer Monday, April 19, 2010 at 10:12 PM - Reply

    Greet, Your garden will be absolutely stunning and the outbuilding is already gorgeous….your taste is exquisite, xv.

  15. Cindy Monday, April 19, 2010 at 10:28 PM - Reply

    Hello my friend,
    I remember that building, it is gorgeous!!! I love it, it's the look people over here are going for now. You have done an amazing job on it. That is such a wonderful roof. My daughter Carolyn lives in a small dutch settlement in Washington state and there is a lovely little house with a thatched roof on it right next to a public park. The walking path goes right along side of it. It is so sweet, like your building here is.
    Hugs, Cindy S

  16. La Petite Gallery Monday, April 19, 2010 at 11:57 PM - Reply

    I am so impressed, that is just lovely. Great spot for outdoor living. The fire place is such a wonderful touch. I have never seen thatching before, so interesting. Great post Greet.
    Enjoy it and be happy.

  17. Susie @ Maddie's Nest Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 12:01 AM - Reply

    Wow, I've recently found you blog and had to comment….this looks like heaven….what a beautiful garden and out building. I remember the Veranda image well…..your version is exquisite.

  18. Emom Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 12:50 AM - Reply

    I love the photos! You have done a splendid job!
    How in the world is the bluestone sink held up? it looks like it is floating….smiles.

  19. Anonymous Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 1:12 AM - Reply

    Absolutely love your table (and everything else, esp. the thatched roof!). May I ask, who is Jan? Does he make tables for export to the USA? All the trestle tables I've looked at are too large for my space. Any information would be most helpful. Thank you.

  20. All things paint and plaster.... Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 1:20 AM - Reply

    Your home and garden are just lovely! I think
    the new outbuilding deserves a magazine spread.

    That urn is to die for!

  21. Renae Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 2:22 AM - Reply

    So beautiful… all will enjoy that space so much. Your setting is so lovely. I want to come visit!

  22. Carla Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 3:34 AM - Reply

    Hello Greet,
    The 'outhouse' is absolutely gorgeous. Of course we use the term "outhouse" for something else here in California. We would probably refer to this lovely building as a "Lanai". I should send you a picture of our lanai. My architect husband built it for us also. We are very lucky to have these talented husbands Greet. I love the thatched roof! Thanks for sharing your lovely home.

  23. Angela Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 4:49 AM - Reply

    Hoi Greet!

    Thank you so much for taking me up on my request yesterday and posting the beautiful photographs of your outside room, it'sstunning. When/if we move back to Antwerp, I would love to install such a building in our garden, although we have a "room" attached to the back of our home, which I have been thinking of installing a fireplace and a tiled roof. Thank you so much for the inspiration, I love the table that your husband made plus the huge wooden planters, I agree, olives would be right at home placed in them.

    Looking forward to seeing the "room" in the warmer weather, that's if it ever comes!

    Angela x

  24. Living Art and Interiors Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 7:41 AM - Reply

    Dear Greet!

    I love it!!!!!!!!! It looks fantastic!!!! Please can you tell me where you bought the wicker chairs as I have been looking EVERYWHERE for these!!!!

    Kind Wishes,


  25. Greet Lefèvre Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 8:36 AM - Reply

    To my anonymous reader
    The table is made by my husband Jan. But maybe our blogger friend Veronique of
    can help you with a trestle table. I know she does export to the US.

  26. TwoMaisons Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 8:36 AM - Reply

    Greet it's gorgeous! The wood makes my heart sing. We don't have wood structures like that here in Provence and though I love our stone, I do miss the warmth (and smell) of beautiful wood.

  27. Greet Lefèvre Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 8:37 AM - Reply

    To all of you
    Thank you so much for these nice comments!
    I enjoy it!

  28. The Brocantess Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 9:47 AM - Reply

    I can see why you might be a bit tempted to play in the garden. The setting is beautiful as is the table. Enjoy!

  29. Viera Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 10:12 AM - Reply

    Your house and surrounds are absolutely amazing. We went through your last 2 post 100x with my husband. Searching for an inspiration for our place.
    Thank you

  30. Anonymous Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 2:34 PM - Reply

    I can't wait to show these wonderful photos to my husband (who is from Belgium) I run the risk that he may want to move back. Greet, you have done an outstanding job on your home and garden. Truly, it should be featured in a European magazine. Everything you do is an inspiration and truly unique.

  31. Charlotta Ward Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 2:43 PM - Reply

    Greet it all looks amazing! I love the structure of the outbuilding and the traditional roof. It will age beautifully.

    I think your idea of an old olive tree is fantastic. Would add so much character and movement. Lovely!

    x Charlotta

    P.s. Your husband looks very strong and handsome up there on the roof! 🙂

  32. Trouvais Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 3:07 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet…it looks very exciting. Love the way everything is laid out…the three trees in a long rectangle off the terrace. Beautiful containers…wood and stone (love the piece on the pedestal)and wonderful that you welcomed your mother's boxwood to your home. XO Trish

  33. Splendid Willow Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 3:32 PM - Reply

    Dear Greet,

    You picked a great husband!

    And when it comes to your garden I am as speechless as I am when it comes to your home. Stunning & beautiful without feeling contrived.

    Your urns are gorgeous and how fun to adopt a gigantic boxwood from your Mom!

    Be prepared, I am coming over for dinner soon!

    Love, Mon

  34. Anonymous Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 4:10 PM - Reply

    This is a fantastic outbuilding, simply devine!
    Thanks so much for sharing.


  35. Mayflower Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 4:52 PM - Reply

    Wauw Greet…..wat een prachtig tuinhuis, maar ook je huis en de tuin daar kijk ik vol bewondering naar, ben benieuwd hoe je straks alles verder gaat aankleden, maar ik vind het nu al prachtig. Ook de tafel met de mooie rieten stoelen en de prachtige lampen daarboven. Heel mooi allemaal.
    Fijne avond.
    Lieve groet, Mea

  36. Linda in AZ * Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 5:46 PM - Reply

    Dearest Greet~~~


    It's stunning, in the most "elegantly simple" way~~~ wonderful, inviting and sooooo "YOU" and Jan!!! Know mannnnny beautiful times spent there with faily & friends will start very soon!!!

    Have missed you!

    Linda in AZ

  37. MALVINI FF Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 7:42 PM - Reply

    I can give you this, you're going to enjoy this every seasons! Whether it's winter,spring, summer or fall! It's such a treat to have an outdoor house ( 🙂 ) … my parents have one. And with the fireplace it's such a treat! Your house will be very jealous!!! … hihihi

    Looks sooo great and the table jan made looks soooo nice! Have to show this to geert … he know a piece of art when he sees one!


  38. Petra Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 7:52 PM - Reply

    Hallo Greet,

    Allemaal precies goed wat zul je gelukkig zijn. Ik zie ook leuke ideeën voor mijn tuin, dat kunnen ze ook veel beter in België. Bedankt voor de mooie foto's, we kunnen er geen genoeg van krijgen.

    Geniet er maar van.
    Groetjes Petra

  39. Decor de Provence Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 9:14 PM - Reply

    If there is a heaven on earth it would be your home!!! It is so breathtaking… and that table… I guess one can only dream! Thank you so much for making my day with these beautiful images!


  40. Jennifer Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 10:22 PM - Reply

    What a lovely wee building….it looks as though it has been there for years…the wintering over has given it a soft hue…I will look forward to seeing the interiors and the rest of the garden as they develop. Go well from New Zealand!

  41. Maurie Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 10:38 PM - Reply

    The L-shaped outbuilding is lovely, cozying up your yard. The thatch gives an old-world softness, and the weathered table is fabulous. I think your husband could go to work for Restoration Hardware, if he gets bored with his day-job. Your posts make me want to visit Belgium. I have loved everything from your country since my sister and I bought our handmade Belgium-lace wedding veils there too many years ago to mention! By the way, I'd welcome a visit by you to my new blog:! I'm trying to drum up readers!

  42. Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 3:10 AM - Reply

    Greet, Everything about this is just wonderful. I love every detail. We have just started working with a dear friend and client on a new home in the country. There is an "outbuilding" as you call it already on the property that has a lot of charm. I can't wait to show her these images. This will make her so excited about the potential that is already there. I am also looking forward to seeing your finished project. It just can't get much better than this. What a lovely, lovely home.

  43. Anci Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 6:00 AM - Reply

    It looks so fine ! It must be a dream sitting there a warm summer evening.


  44. Karna Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 6:09 AM - Reply

    Åhhh…love your new garden building…have made a post on my blog about your garden house…hope it's ok?

  45. My home is my Castle - by Kari Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 6:33 AM - Reply

    Ohh my god..
    It `s beautiful !!! I`ve never seen something like this ,Ìt`s georgeous !! LOVE IT :))


  46. dancing queen Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 7:18 AM - Reply

    Just looking at your blog every other day makes me smile and want to continue restoring my home. I have loved Belgian design for years, it corresponds exactly to my idea of luxury: comfort, authentic materials, muted colors, serenity. Thank you Greet for your lovely blog.

  47. Hege Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 8:10 AM - Reply

    SO beautiful you have done this!:-)
    I especially like the huge table and the planters !
    Got the tip from Karna,- I understand why she liked your blogg so much:-)
    Have a nice day,
    hugs Hege.

  48. ANETTESHUS.COM Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 11:23 AM - Reply

    Hi! Your blog and your home is just stunningly beautiful!!! I LOOOVE the outbuilding!! Breathtaking!!

    Have a nice day!


  49. Linda at Lime in the Coconut! Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 11:25 AM - Reply

    That is most certainly the most beautiful out-building I have ever seen! The table…the chairs…thatched roof. Heaven! Just Heaven!!

  50. Ocean showroom Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 12:08 PM - Reply

    Wow! Everything is so beautiful!
    This gardenhouse is just perfect!
    I want one too:)
    Have a nice day!

  51. Heather at Satisfying Spaces Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 1:30 PM - Reply

    You are living the dream! Absolutely stunning!

  52. Lauren Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM - Reply

    Greet- it's so beautiful I can't handle it!!!! OH MY GOODNESS!!! you must just LOVE being there.

    cannot wait to see everything bloomed!!

  53. A.J. at NighBluey Herald Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 7:49 PM - Reply

    Sweet Greet, I know you are gardening as I write this but I have to tell you looking at the photos in this post was like opening a present…slowly, slowly, the building was taking shape and yes, I did clap my hands at the end of it, like a little girl—-beautiful!!!!!! ox

  54. pensjonat frua Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 8:20 PM - Reply

    Wow, very nice!!!! greetings from Norway

  55. mali-mo Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 8:30 PM - Reply

    I`m so very impressed by all the hard work, and the result is stunning. Loved the table!

    And Carol, how nice is it to have a horse in the garden next door!

  56. Lila Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 2:30 AM - Reply

    It is awesome! That's the word that came to mind, AWESOME! I love sneak peeks but, that was right in your face beautiful. Great work!
    Lila Ferraro
    Queen Bedroom Sets

  57. The-Countrypolitan Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 2:56 AM - Reply

    I am absolutely fascinated with the process of putting on the thatched roof… and it looks fabulous!

    All of it came together beautifully and the table is perfect… What type of wood is that being used for the siding and posts on the outbuilding?

  58. Karna Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 6:51 AM - Reply

    Warning….Looks like your husband is in danger for being kidnapped to Norway…=0)

    Many ohhhh and ayyyy's comments about your blog and your fantastic garden!

  59. Beadboard UpCountry Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 2:57 PM - Reply

    Wow! It turned out fantastic!!!!!Jan is soooo talented. I love the slate with the color of the wood and the sink is a perfect choice! i klove what happens when you and Jan put your heads together for your own projects!!!!Maryanne and Peter xo We're on our way over now………HA!

  60. Swedish Interiors Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 6:17 PM - Reply


    I can hardly wait to see the finished garden…your style is so sublime. Will the boxwood transplant ok? And have we seen your Mom's house before? It looks nearly as fantastic as your own!


  61. Acanthus and Acorn Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:02 PM - Reply

    I want to come to Belgium now more than ever! It is all so magical. You and your husband are so talented. I want to sit and have a glass of wine and enjoy what you put in those enormous planters!

    I am so happy for the sneak peak!


  62. unique unique design Friday, April 23, 2010 at 4:24 AM - Reply

    What a stunning outbuilding!! I love everything about it! And that table is beautiful. You have a very talented husband. Have fun in your garden!!

  63. The-Countrypolitan Friday, April 23, 2010 at 1:51 PM - Reply

    Greet, thank you for stopping by my blog and your kind words.

    I am still curious about the wood for your outbuilding… I guess our white oak here is the states would be the closest to your oak. Is your oak treated for exterior use? I love the grayed tones of the wood… is that a natural weathering or a wash/stain? It looks so great!

  64. Splendid Willow Friday, April 23, 2010 at 4:16 PM - Reply

    Dear Greet,

    I came back to drool some more… And to wish you a happy weekend. You are the best!

    ox, Mon

  65. La Dolfina Friday, April 23, 2010 at 4:42 PM - Reply

    I think I died and went to heaven!!
    Your garden is beyond perfection in my estimation.
    I'm in love!

  66. *Chic Provence* Friday, April 23, 2010 at 4:43 PM - Reply

    Oh my have a fabulous time of gardening in the next few have put down a gorgeous foundation and I am *quite certain* the finished garden etc will be stunning..OK I am on my way over!

    bon weekend et bisous!


  67. Leigh Chandler Friday, April 23, 2010 at 11:17 PM - Reply

    I can just imagine all of the wonderful times you will have out there with family and friends! It is fascinating to see the thatched roof in progress – utterly charming! XXOO

  68. Linda in AZ * Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 5:24 PM - Reply

    **** Oh those wooden pilars…. ohhhhh, that "S*I*N*K"!!!

    I believe the expression is "I DIED & WENT TO HEAVEN HERE"!!! It's UNlike anything one ever has the joy of seeing, Greet!~~~~

    "WOW", along with a biiiiig THANK YOU!

    Linda in AZ

  69. FrenchGardenHouse Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 5:42 AM - Reply

    Greet, Just gorgeous!! Nu zal ik niet alleen zeggen als ik ooit nog in Europa ga wonen zal het in Belgie zijn, nu zeg ik, dan ga ik bij Greet wonen. 🙂 Just kidding. But seriously, there is nothing as beautiful as the thatched roof. Hope you continue having some good, sunny weather there. xo Lidy

  70. Linda Merrill Monday, April 26, 2010 at 1:29 AM - Reply

    Gorgeous! I hope you get to spend lots of time outdoors this summer!

  71. Roman Rock Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 4:47 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet

    What size is the outbuilding, it is quite difficult to tell from the images.


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