Friday, January 23, 2015

Pure Belgian


Those who are following my blog since a few years, will absolutely have read my earlier blogpost about the Belgian artisan Dirk Mortier.

Dirk designs and creates beautiful wooden rural outbuildings, home extensions, fences and accessories, all related to the traditional Flemish country outdoor living and landscape architecture.

Dirk’s father was an architect and painter and painted the idyllic landscapes and farms of the Flemish Ardennes. Due to his father’s paintings, Dirk’s passion for the traditional Flemish landscape architecture was born. He now continues his father’s work in a three-dimensional way.

Designing wooden constructions, fences, etc, Dirk opts for simple and pure concepts without useless decorations, going back to the authentic, essential use.

The construction is done with authentic tools and machines.

Behind Dirk Mortier’s realisations of scenic beauty lies a profound story of craft, practise and culture.

Dirk’s workshop is based in Everbeek-Beneden, a village in the Flemish Ardennes with its magnificent landscape. His home is only a few steps away from our home, and every time we walk around the orchards of his property, we enjoy the beautiful wooden fences, all made by Dirk.

Even though Dirk is skilled in the construction of more than only fences and gates, today I want to show you some pictures of his beautiful hand made wooden fences. To see more pictures of his wooden constructions and accessories, please visit the photo gallery on his website here.


16One of Dirk Mortier’s hand made fences in the Flemish countryside.


2Trees are usually cut by Dirk himself.


17All designs are made by Dirk.


10The finished product goes directly to the end customer.


18Love this detail !


11Dirk at work in his workshop, accompanied by a close friend !


3Orchard fence.


19Even these donkeys seem to enjoy their fences.






Fences in the snowy Belgian landscape.





Fence and gate.



Some of Dirk’s beautiful wooden fence gates.



8How charming is the look of this weathered gate?


7Dirk Mortier

If you would love to have your property fenced in the traditional Flemish style, please contact Dirk at 

To see more of his hand made realisations, please visit the photo gallery on Dirk’s website here. You will be charmed !



Traditional outbuildings, fences and accessories



TEL. 0032 (0) 477 80 98 81




Wishing you all a wonderful weekend !



All images Dirk Mortier website

With permission of Dirk Mortier

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Delightful Irish design


Today I would like to introduce you to one of the most renowned and talented Irish interior designers.

Miriam Peters is the owner and driving force behind the succesful Irish interior design company ‘Minnie Peters’. Along with her staff - including architects, project managers, interior and landscape designers -, Miriam provides a service from beginning through to completion for every project undertaken. Miriam supervises all projects from start to finish.

The succes of ‘Minnie Peters Interior Architecture & Design’ is due to Miriam’s capability to surround herself with the most skilled professionals, each in their field. She doesn’t shrink back to travel to the European continent and beyond to meet professionals, manufacturing companies and to visit international design related events and exhibitions.

At ‘Minnie Peters’ the greatest emphasis is placed on providing quality, skills and products for each tailor made project. And as no other Miriam knows how to mix old and new throughout her projects.

The timeless quality along with the elegant style of the bespoke interiors, are giving this Dublin based interior design company, an international profile of residential and commercial clients.


Let’s take a look at some of Minnie Peters’ delightful and elegant realisations.

Minnie Peters 1The utmost in quality and elegance.


Minnie Peters 11Entry hall with a bespoke iron staircase. Notice the hidden door.


Minnie Peters 2How gorgeous is this kitchen corner with the French dining table, the Belgian bench and dining chairs on a Belgian blue stone floor.


Minnie Peters 3Formal dining room with antique chairs and chandelier with a bespoke hand-crafted dining table.


Minnie Peters 4Beautiful French painted secretaire and armchair.


Minnie Peters 5Bespoke wardrobe design.


Minnie Peters 6Bleached oak kitchen larder and island. Stunning!


Minnie Peters 7This bespoke bathroom design, has a French commode transformed into a vanity unit.


Minnie Peters 12Master bedroom with carefully chosen bed linen and exquisite night stands.


Minnie Peters 8Amazingly elegant !


Whatever the client’s taste, Minnie Peters provides traditional as contemporary design.

Minnie Peters 10Traditional dining room.


Minnie Peters 9 Contemporary designed dining room.


Minnie Peters 14Living room corner in a restored Victorian home.


I had the honor to meet Miriam at her office in Dublin, November last year.

Minnie Peters 13Miriam and I at her office in Dublin, discussing a project we are working on together (november 2014).


To see more of ‘MINNIE PETERS’ projects, please visit their website


Pictures source : Website and Pinterest page of Minnie Peters




Thursday, January 8, 2015

Timeless library designs


Dear readers,

This is actually my first blogpost of this new year and I want to wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015 !

I do hope you will enjoy my future blogposts this year.

The previous days were perhaps more relaxing, but now it's time to start working on new projects.

I am preparing a library room design and wanted to share with you today some of my favorite inspirational library pictures.

All these library designs feel timeless.

20Interior design by Christine Bekaert   Image source Christine Bekaert


2Interior design by Annelle Primos   Image source Kevin Harris Architect


1Image source ZsaZsa Bellagio


5Interior design by Axel Vervoordt   Image source El’ Lefébien


6 Interior design by Axel Vervoordt   Image source here   Photo credit Christian Sarramon


Lefèvre Interiors Library oak (2)Interior design by me, realized by Lefèvre Interiors  Image source Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Claude Smekens


Lefèvre Interiors Library oak (1)Interior design Natalie Haegeman, realized by Lefèvre Interiors   Image source Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Claude Smekens


2015-01-08_144843My library moodboard so far.  Lefèvre Interiors 


I am off to prepare some library sketches.

Talk to you soon!



If you would like us to design your library, feel free to contact us at .

For more Lefèvre Interiors realisations visit our website at .

Thursday, January 1, 2015





Wishing all of you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015 !


I will be happy to see you this year !




Monday, December 29, 2014



Dear readers and friends,

With this last post of this year, I absolutely want to thank each and every one of you for following my blog. For the friendship I receive from all of you, for the encouragement and support you give to me, to go on with ‘Belgian Pearls’.

I owe you my gratitude, because if you weren’t there, ‘Belgian Pearls’ wouldn’t make sense. You are the ones who give value to my blog.

You are all so very dear to me!

In the past years, so many of you have sent me wonderful emails and comments with touching and heartwarming words. This means a lot to me!

Today I posted some random chosen comments I filed over the past years. Words coming from you…

There are only a few of so many lovely comments, but I am very thankful to every one of you reading my blog and for all of your heartwarming words.

Sincerely yours,


2Photo by me





8Image source Pinterest





4Image source Pinterest





3Image source Pinterest




1Image source Pinterest





I do like to end this blogpost with this beautiful quote.

10Source Pinterest


I thank you all for your part in Belgian Pearls’ journey!

I hope to see you again next year!

Take care!