Italian beauties


One of my preferred pieces of furniture is an Italian cassapanca.

I love the decorative painted ones!

Most of the benches are large sized and the seat is used as a chest, a storage seat.

They are highly decorated and were generally placed by pair in a hall.

2Lars Bolander source


3Garnier Antiques source  Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens 


Even if the cassapanca is not painted, it remains a beauty.2012-10-29_161633David Michael Miller Associates source  Photo credit Bill Timmerman


Late 19th century 1 of 2 Italian baroque style polychrome decorated high back hall benches of large size.7Très Belles Antiques source


Cassapanca 17th century Italian style, painted by the Italian artist Alison Woolley.1                                      Alison Woolley source                                  


Hand painted large Italian cassapanca.8source


This beautiful hand-carved and painted cassapanca is made by a 5th generation family-owned workshop in Florence, Italy!6source



Hand painted gothic style Italian cassapanca.5


Does anyone of you own an Italian cassapanca? I hope to ever find an affordable one!



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Second life for old American barns in Europe


I have always been fascinated by the beautiful and authentic American barns. All around bloggerland I discovered the most beautiful images.


1. Providence LtdSource here

The grayed and red/brown aged wood reflects a long time farm activity and bearing of all weather conditions.

1Source here


I loved the images of the Winter Collection 2012 online catalogue of the Belgian brand Scapa Home, where a part of the photoshoot was taken in a barn. A wonderful location to present their winter collection. To discover the collection , click here.

2Source Scapa Home – Photo credit Arjan Benning


Today I am pleased and proud to tell you about a Belgian company that is importing old barn wood to Europe!

The Belgian Antoine Verhofstede, a man passionate about wood and experienced in the wood trade for more than 30 years, came up with the idea to give a new destination to the wood of old American barns!

He started to ship the best batches of old barn wood from the states to Belgium to give the wood a new destination. It meant the start of a new-born company, given the name EEUWENHOUT (literally translated in English : century-old wood).

This company is recycling old barn wood to re-use in European interiors.

LogoLogo company Eeuwenhout

‘During a trip through the US, Antoine Verhofstede’s passion for wood leads him towards old and deserted barns and buildings. They stand ‘in the middle of nowhere’, as silent witnesses of past activity. They were once built from trees from the direct vicinity: various woods, mostly over a century old. Today they still defy weather and time, but they are deprived of their functionality. In places, these barns are dismantled, and the wood is reused by local farmers. This is where Antoine Verhofstede got his idea to give a new destination to the best batches of wood in exclusive European interiors. A perfect mix of quality, durability, ecology and aesthetics.’

(text website Eeuwenhout)


The unique dimensions and stability, together with the aged look of the barn planks and beams, ensure aesthetic pearls.


Here you can see different examples of how to integrate the old barn wood into your contemporary home.















2 (realisation De Puydt Haarden)


16 (realisation Galle Houtbewerking)










Notice these coffee table tops!10


In this picture you can see the barn wood used for the facade construction of a chalet in Switzerland (realisation Galle Houtbewerking).15


To see more of the use of old barn wood, please visit Eeuwenhout website :

For further information :



Veldstraat 365
9140 Temse | Belgium
T +32 (0)3 710 66 40


Have a great weekend!




All pictures source :

Eeuwenhout website :  &   Eeuwenhout facebook page :

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Bie Baert Antiques & Decorations,‘The Secret Source of Belgium’


Frequently I receive emails from readers who are planning to visit Belgium and who are looking for addresses of antiques dealers.

Today I’d love to introduce you to one of my favorite antiques dealers, the in Antwerp based Bie Baert.

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The renown US antiques dealer Amy Perlin, who passed away 2 years ago, named Bie Baert ‘the secret source of Belgium’.

The introduction text on the website of Bie Baert is written by Amy Perlin, who was a dear friend of Bie.

23Introduction text by Amy Perlin. To read it, click HERE.


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To read on the website of Bie Baert :

“Entrez sans frapper is Bie Baert's motto when you walk through the front door of her charming house in Sint Job in 't Goor, 20 km from the center of Antwerp, where Bie lives and works.

“I want people to feel comfortable when they come to visit my house“ Bie says, it has to be a bit like coming home, where you can sit in easy chairs, surrounded by warm wooden objects, naturalia pieces and comfortable furniture. Where the coffee and tea are always ready and where the atmosphere is warm.” (text Website Bie Baert)

Isn’t this inviting?!


Impressions Bie Baert Antiques & Decorations

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Let us take a look at some of my favorite antique pieces of Bie’s today’s offer.


419th century English tilt top table, fine quality, great inlay work, small piece to cherish ....


6elegant small Napoleon III tilt top table, dimensions 64 cm diameter, 70 cm high

6aNotice the table leg!


261 solid piece of Lebanese cedarwood, table top placed on 2 fruitwood treetrunks, dimensions


5child's chair, England, 18th century, beautiful patina

5adetail of the child’s chair


219th century English comfortable chair


31Dutch cabinet, scraped to the original paint, completely genuine, with the original old glass, wonderful small proportions, 208 cm high, 140 cm wide and 40 cm deep


30wooden double door with painted landscape panels, Italy, 18th century, original paint


15Biot glassware, Biot/France, mid 19th century


19pair of tazza's, yewwood, England, 19th century, superb quality


16pair of guilder lathe turned wooden candlesticks, faded colors, Italy 18th century


18ovalshaped copper bowl, here filled with papier mâché and wax fruit, Italy 18th century


13very elegant pair of sycamore candlesticks, England, 19th century, 14,5 diameter x 35 cm high


242 dairy bowls, sycamore, England, 19th century


21pair of romantic English paintings, 18th century, oil on canvas


If you plan to visit Belgium, I definitely would recommend you to visit Bie Baert , you will discover the most gorgeous antiques and decorations.

To make an appointment contact Bie  at

BIE BAERT Antiques & Decorations

Laaglandlaan 14
2960 Sint Job in 't Goor
Mob: +32 477 50 31 33



I hope that my post of today will help my readers who are planning to do some antiques shopping in Belgium!




All images : website Bie Baert :

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