A sneak peek


Dear readers, I want to thank you for all of your sweet comments and received emails on my post about Mango! I was so surprised and deeply touched by your lovely and supporting words. Thank you so much!


A few weeks ago I posted about one of the latest LEFEVRE INTERIORS’ projects we were working on HERE.  The project is almost finished and yesterday we were very busy hanging draperies. We are not finished yet but I do hope that one of the next days I will be able to post a few ‘after’ pictures of the finished project on my blog.


Today I will give you yet a sneak peek into the room.


1Lefèvre Interiors    After (Photo by me)


5 Before (Photo by me)


I wish everyone of you a wonderful weekend! And thank you again for following my blog and being so interested in my posts! I so appreciate it!!



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My new love

I might think that some of you do know that I started learning horse back riding a year ago.

As a child I dreamed about learning horseback riding and having a horse of my own. But my parents were very anxious about it and that is why I had not  the opportunity to start taking riding lessons in my childhood.

Since we moved to the countryside about 5 years ago, I noticed horses and horseriders all around because there are a lot of equestrian schools and horse breeding farms in our neighbourhood.

I told Jan that I was so sorry to not have had the opportunity to learn horseriding as a child and that I felt too ‘old’ to start now.

But Jan encouraged me and said that if I really wanted to start learning it, I had to take my chance, even at my age!

And so I did!!!

A year ago I pulled my boots on and took my chance! I took lessons dressage at a local manège and believe it or not, after a few falls and ups (literally!!!),

and many lessons later, I felt ready for my own horse!!! Can you believe it!


And here she is! My new love, Mango.


Mango is a 17 year old mare and is of German origine. Her mother is a Hanoverian and her father is an Oldenburg horse, both known for their gentle character.


I ride Mango since the month of May and she is so sweet, so adorable and understanding!! It is so important that as a beginner equestrian, you choose ‘a horse that is able to write and to read’ (a saying we often use here)! So Mango is a 17 years old mare and she is used to have beginners horse riding on her back.

In fact she learned me a lot these past months and she even loves to jump!! She won several jumping competitions.

I am definitely not aiming to start jumping!! Oh no! I will be very satisfied If I could make some progress in dressage in the near future. I will never become a professional equestrian but I don’t care!

My real aim is to enjoy being with her, to ride on her back a few times a week, to take care of her and to give her the opportunity to have a pleasant retirement. She deserves this!


5Jan and me and our new family-member.

Sorry for the blurry photos, all taken with my cell phone!



Me, very concentrated of course!




With this post I want to thank my husband Jan for encouraging and supporting me to make my child’s dream come true!!

Thank you dear!




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Autumn-time = Fireplace gathering


I hope you all have enjoyed the Autumn weekend!

I enjoyed gathering around the fireplace with my family!

Autumn-time means fireplace gathering.


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I wish you a wonderful start of this new week!



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Display cabinets

I have always loved display cabinets. They add a cozy feeling to your dining room or kitchen and showcase the taste of the owner.

You can change your displays by season if you like.


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Beautiful dark stained cabinet on white painted walls in this dining room.


Cote de Texas 1 Joni Webb via Cote de Texas

I just love Joni’s gorgeous dining room!


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In a classic or contemporary dining room or kitchen, a display cabinet always fits.

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7 Axel Pairon

Beautiful green patina here!


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Love the shape of the shelves.

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5 Brigitte & Alain Garnier

Isn’t this a gorgeous idea to even put a sink inside the cabinet!


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Built in display cabinets.


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Charming cabinet with the seat (trunk) in front of it!


3 AM Projects

A Belgian late 18th century oak cabinet. Beautiful to display all of your Astier de Villatte ceramics and glasses!

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Talk to you soon!



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HOW TO CREATE ABSTRACT WALL ART Interior design art ideas

HOW TO CREATE ABSTRACT WALL ART Interior design art ideaswww.artfusionproductions.com.au Art Fusion Interior Design Art Studio & Gallery is located at Petersham Sydney Australia. In our studio we create ...

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Minecraft - Lets Play Pt 23 - Interior Design

Minecraft - Lets Play pt 23 - Interior Design

Minecraft - Lets Play pt 23 - Interior DesignWhat's up guys ;P In this episode I design the inside of my house! Enjoy! Leave a like if you like the video! Favourite the video if you really ...

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Book recommendation

Dear readers, a lot of you email me asking about my favorite interior design books and where to find them.

The book Country Chic by the Dutch Interior Designer BEATRIX KLEUVER is one of my favorite interior design publications.

Beatrix Kleuver, who lives in the countryside, is a very talented interior designer and country living is a source of inspiration for all of her gorgeous designs!

Not only nature but even history are great sources of inspiration to her work.

In the book ‘Country Chic’ she takes us along the interiors of historic and contemporary country estates.

The book counts numerous beautiful photographs by the Belgian photographer Jan Verlinde.

This book is ‘a must-have’ !  Since I bought this book , I have it on my kitchen table and I love to look inside the book over and over again.

You will love visiting the website of Beatrix Kleuver !!!



Book B KCover ‘Country Chic’ by Beatrix Kleuver   Source Amazon


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For a preview of the book ‘Country Chic’, please visit the website of Beatrix Kleuver HERE.

To order the book Country chic : www.beatrixkleuver.nl here   or   www.amazon.com here.


I really would love to hear your thoughts about the work and the book ‘Country Chic’ of Beatrix Kleuver !!!



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The Natural Swimming Pool Design in the World

If you are planning to have a swimming pool, maybe you need to input a concept idea to build your dream pool. Here we will try to provide views of the pool design idea is very interesting and admirable, in which this design concept has been implemented in a tangible form that has been built and enjoyed by people in different parts of the world. The majority of building this amazing pool has a natural concept, so in addition to beautiful to look fancy but impressed. For people who have felt the soak or swim in the pool will be amazed, and will have an unforgettable experience.

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