Happy 2012 !!!


New Year 2012
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Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve…

First of all I want to thank everyone for all the lovely Christmas Wishes I received! So nice reading all of these nice words and wishes!
I do hope that you all enjoy a wonderful Holiday time!
Tomorrow Jan’s daughter Nele and her family will arrive to spend some time with us. So we are preparing their stay.
We will celebrate New Year’s Eve together! So we are looking forward to their arrival.
I might think we will spend a lot of time gathering around the fire place and watching Alexa and Tristan open their presents which are still under the Christmas tree. And we will certainly go for a walk in our neighbourhood, do some horse riding,…etc.
And yes of course we will prepare a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner!
A precious time together with family!

This is a collage of pictures of passed New Year’s Eve. Collage
Jan and me give everyone of you our best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Succesful 2012!!!!!

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Merry Christmas !


SG 2011
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More Christmas atmosphere


All around the blogosphere, the most wonderful Christmas decoration images are to discover.

Today I share some of my favorites.


1Château de Vaux le Vicomte France   source http://en.parisvision.com/


3Place Vendôme Paris  source http://mode.glamourparis.com/


2Bruges Belgium  source unknown


4 source Desde my Ventana


5 source http://www.atticmag.com/


8 source Lefèvre Interiors


6 source Habitually Chic


7source Linen & Lavender


Enjoy these last days of this year!



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Decorating with glass

 As it is Christmas time, I love to put some time in decorating my home not only with typical Christmas ornaments but also with decorative accessories which are placed around the rooms of my house since no time. So maybe I will regroup them or rearrange them or put them together with other decorative stuff in another room of the house.

That is what I plan to do this weekend.

The pictures here below show some of my favorite decorations with glass candlesticks, vases and bowls, grouped together.

Maybe these images will inspire you to get your candlesticks, vases and carafes out of the closet and to regroup them in a decorative way.


The first picture is my favorite. And it is taken by my favorite Belgian photographer Claude Smekens. Be sure to visit his website to discover the most wonderful pictures of interiors and gardens!

5 Source : Magazine Landelijk Wonen Dec-Jan 2012  Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens

I do love glass candlesticks and carafes grouped together this way.


6 Source : Magazine Landelijk Wonen Dec-Jan 2012  Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens

A candle holder and a glass sphere.


4 Source : The Essence of The Good Life blog

Beautiful glass for the tablesetting.


2 Source : unknown

Group of glass pots.


18 Walda Pairon  source unknown

Gorgeous candlesticks.


10 Source : unknown

Group different hights of candlesticks together.


12 Source : unknown

Glass bottles as candleholders!


1 Brigitte & Alain Garnier Antiques  source www.garnier.be

Beautiful wine carafe and glasses.


17  Photo credit Efie De Grande

  My living room.

 3 Source : La Maison Charmante blog

Glass everywhere!


8 Source : unknown

Good idea!


15 Photo credit Efie De Grande

Picture taken in my living room.


19Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens

  Group of candleholder, wine carafe and sphere in my living room.


Happy weekend to you all!



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Gorgeous new mountain retreat in Megève


This month the new Hotel, named Le Chalet Zannier, opens its doors.

Le Chalet is situated in the famous French alpine village of Megève.

1Image source : Artravel

The site has three alpine-styled chalets that have been totaly redesigned and renovated.

The design is very remarkable and chalet inspired. It seems as if the mountain design style concept of Axel Vervoordt is omnipresent, although he is not the designer of it.

‘The interior design is based on simplicity, imperfections of antique artefacts and the noble beauty that the passage of time gives them.’, is explained on The Chalet website.


The restaurant with its slipcovered chairs and mountain tables.7 Image source : Le Chalet Zannier

Pure natural materials as wood and stone are used all around the hotel.

Lounge room.10Image source : Artravel

Earthy tones.

Decoration is not overdone but rather sober.

6 Image source : Le Chalet Zannier


Linen upholstered seats and furniture crafted by artisans.

Notice the texture the walls are given by a special plaster technique.

4 Image source : Le Chalet Zannier


All different, each one of the 12 bedrooms evokes style, beauty and taste - it's a way of life never before seen in the mountains.”, is to read on The Chalet website.

8 Image source : Le Chalet Zannier

2  Image source : Le Chalet Zannier


As you can see Le Chalet Zannier is an exceptional place, offering guests a unique way of living, the moment of their stay.

The hotel accomodates also a wellness area including indoor pool, sauna and hamman.

For more information, please visit The Chalet Zannier website :


Hotel Le Chalet Zannier

Le Chalet   |   367 route du Crêt 74120 Megève – FRANCE 

  Tel. +33 (0) 4 50 21 01 01



What are your thoughts about this delightful mountain retreat?



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Art I love


Paintings by the American artist RICHARD SERRA and the European artist JEAN-MARC LOUIS, are works or art I love.


1Painting by Richard Serra  Source : Nuevo Estilo 


5Painting by Richard Serra  Source AD  Photo credit Durston Saylor


6Painting by Richard Serra  Source AD  Photo credit Scott Frances


2Painting by Jean-Marc Louis in my living room   Photo credit Claude Smekens fotografie


3 Painting by Jean-Marc Louis in my living room    Photo credit Wim Pauwels for Beta-Plus Publishing


4 Source The Secret Shop by Michel Lambrecht Antiques


If you are interested in the works of art by Jean-Marc Louis, please watch this video or visit The Secret Shop by the Belgian antiques dealer Michel Lambrecht. You can walk through the different rooms of the shop and discover lots of paitings by Jean-Marc Louis. It’s worth a visit!!

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Video of paintings by Jean-Marc Louis available at Michel Lambrecht Antiques.Click on image.2011-12-08_141225

Talk to you soon!



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Some Enchanted Evening !

Dear friends, this is the first time I join the ‘By Invitation Only’ series of our blogger colleague Marsha Harris of the blog Splenderosa.

Each of us participating in the ‘By Invitation Only’ group, has received an invitation to a fabulous virtual Christmas party in Tina’s new home.

The lovely Tina is the author of the gorgeous blog ‘The Enchanted Home’.  Tina is building her dream house, a gorgeous new home, and weekly she shares with us the house updates!

I am so thrilled to be invited to this party and can’t wait to see her gorgeous home finished!

Here is the link to all Tina’s house updates : http://theenchantedhome.blogspot.com/search/label/house%20updates.

The party date is December 23rd.

2011-11-28_184134 Can you imagine, arriving at night at Tina’s new house?!


1 This is a picture of the entry hall of Tina’s earlier home. The Christmas decoration is so beautiful isn’t it?!


Santa Claus is on his way to bring Tina a Christmas tree for her new home!nb0912kerstmanDear Mr Santa,…don’t you think this tree will be just a little bit too small for Tina’s new home?!


229I guess Tina’s Christmas tree is now standing somewhere in the entry hall of her new home!! I can’t wait to see!


Congratulations Tina on your new home!!


Let’s party!!!


A lot of bloggers will meet at this Christmas party!  There will be live music, carolers, a lavish buffet and champagne passed around by waiters in tuxedos!!!

I am sure it will be a great and not to forget Christmas party!!


Teddy Tina's dogI am sure that Tina’s dog Teddy will join us and enjoy this party as well!


But question is:  What should I wear to go to Tina’s party???

Here is my outfit choice.

I would love to ask our Belgian fashion designer Edouard Vermeulen of the fashion house NATAN to design for me a coat as this one.


And a little black dress as this one.


I love the simplicity and elegance of the Chanel styled coat and dress.


I have chosen for a handbag of the Belgian fine leather luxury goods company DELVAUX.

Brillant MM van DelvauxBrillant MM Delvaux


I would love to wear these gorgeous GUCCI black satin with paillettes embroidery sandales.

To me Gucci has the most gorgeous shoes in the world.

Gucci 1Ashley high heel sandal Gucci

And I will take a second pair of shoes with me in case my feet hurt from dancing! Again a pair of black suede Gucci pumps.

2011-11-29_113231Sofia high heel pump Gucci


I have chosen for black WOLFORD panties.

2011-11-28_174607Velvet de Luxe panties Wolford


And here is the jewelry I had in mind.

This CHANEL watch has stolen my heart.

Chanel 2

As you do know I love pearls, so I have chosen for a pearl necklace and bracelet.

2010-new-chanel-super-long-pearl-necklace-cn1001-222e5  2-chanel-1-154645_L

And very simple pearl earrings.


I would wear my hair the way Rene Russo did here.


And for my make up, I would go for the smokey eyes look.

Eye shadow Chanel Les 4 Ombres, n°93 Smokey Eyes

And I have chosen for the :

Lipstick Chanel Rouge Coco,n°18 Rouge Noir

Nail polish Chanel Le Vernis, n°18 Rouge Noir



My perfume ! Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.


So far my outfit!


I would love to bring my friend Tina lots of hostess gifts all the way from Belgium.

Here are my choices :

A key ring of the Belgian fine leather luxury goods company Delvaux for her new home keys, scented candles of the Belgian company Scapa Home, Belgian choclats, to share with her family, of the house Pierre Marcolini, a beautiful Belgian Beta Plus book about gardens to inspire Tina to do the landscaping of her new home, Belgian table linen of the famous Belgian linen company Libeco and my very personal gift : an oak serving plate made in our company Lefèvre Interiors.

Mosaic 2

And not to forget some gifts for our sweet Teddy!Mosaic Teddy 

And I have asked my friend Sande of the blog A Gift Wrapped Life to wrap them up with one of her most beautiful wrappings!

A Gift Wrapped Life 2Image source :  http://agiftwrappedlife.blogspot.com/2010/10/gilt-crystal-and-glamour-gift-wrap.html

Isn’t this one of the most beautiful wrapped gifts you have ever seen?! Thank you so much Sande!


So my friends, I hope you have enjoyed my post about this virtual party and I do hope Tina has enjoyed the 1st Christmas party in her new home!!!

Logo By Invitation Only

This was my first ‘By Invitation Only’ post and I really enjoyed writing it!

Thank you so much Marsha for asking me to participate in this serie!

And I would love to thank Tina for the invitation!!!!

What are your thoughts about this virtual party my friends? I would love to hear !



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