The House Whisperer

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In Decorateurs, Decoration, Housewhispering on 12/07/2013 at 21:40

My apartment in Bruges, is rented to some of my best friends for whom I did some houses in Belgium and abroad. I’m very happy that they could rent ist as they want to leave their very beautiful house in Antwerp to live closer by the seaside.

My friend has her own very determined style and it is the base for what we will do in Bruges.

As she has an extensive collection of 18th century furniture from French and Italian origin it is easy to pick out the pieces we will put in the apartment.

I show you some pictures from my place when I used to live there and the painting that is almost finished before we begin the decoration.

I will show you as well some of the furniture that will move from Antwerp to Bruges.


The first visit , 3 years ago.







From when I was living there.




Painting: Terre d’Egypte from Farrow and Ball.



Sofa, carpet, chairs and table for Bruges.

To be continued.

Wish you all a wonderful week end.





In Collecting, Decorateurs, Fashion, I like, Interior Architects, Objects, Shops on 23/07/2012 at 10:02

John and I were very proud when we were asked to collaborate on a new project of the MAX MARA group, situated on Westbourne Grove.
They opened their first English MAX MARA Weekend shop in this very beautiful part of London.
We had to search for furniture and small objects like coat hooks, paintings etc. and compose a collection of mantle vases.
We decided to put 25 vases on iron cast brackets in a configuration that was different then the one they made at the last minute. It looks anyway fantastic.











Thanks for reading.

Have a lovely day.

Benoit and co. (John)




In Decorateurs, Decoration, Designers, Interior Architects, Magazines on 10/06/2012 at 15:58

I know it has been a long time since I have been on my blog….To busy and lots of PINTEREST pinning…

A lot to blog also.

First of all. I was till recently an avid magazine reader and then I realised that in all of them one sees always the same houses or the same kind of interiors. It became all so grey and beige, with whitewashed furniture and linen upholstery.With the same carpets, tables made of recycled items or wooden planks on a metal frame and lamps made from pieces of junk.In fact this is going on for years now.

Or when an interior is more contemporary, it is always filled with the same Eames chairs or chaise longue.With the same Swann chairs or the Jean Prouvé furniture and the Serge Mouille lamps…

Swann chairs by Alvar Aalto

Jean Prouvé

Serge Mouille

Or as one can see in the Spanish Architectural Digest an overload of vintage put together as for a publicity advert,really to much of the same, to be still enjoyable. And every month the same kind of Interiors…Without fantasy….

It is not that I don’t like it,but it is never inspiring.

For me, the interiors lack the personality as seen in the magazines from 20 and even 30 years ago. I still have American AD.’s from the seventies and eighties and Maison et Jardin with interiors of Michael Taylor, Kalef Alaton,Michael Schaible and partner Robert Bray,Mark Hampton, Thomas Britt and of course David Hicks, whom make me dream.

Michael Taylor. West Coast drama.

The inimitable David Hicks.

Kalef Alaton in Los Angeles.

Robert Bray, Michael Schaible in AD, July Aygust 1979. New York.

Thomas Britt.Palm Beach

I know, everything changes and nothing stays the same… But why has it to change for worse and not be an evolution for the better.

Nowadays you have seen one interior and you have seen them all…..You can’t see anymore if a house is showed that was build in Ibiza, South Africa or in Miami.

Everybody is copying and if people can’t pay the master they will do with copying his style, That is what is shown in most magazines nowadays. The best example for me of being copied is Axel Vervoordt who created a superb style in decoration that was copied all over the place, especially in Belgium and holland ,and which was never equalled.Yes, people call this inspiration….

Even my venerated american AD. set a step backwards and has sacrificed his spirit of showing great American and International homes ,to a level more approachable to people. And there goes the dreams with it…… It became flat since the former Editor in Chief of American Elle Decor, Margaret Russell took over from Paige Rense.

The only inspirational interiors are shown in the American VOGUE. Artistic and never fashionable homes. Houses where people live the way they intend to, not in a way  dictated by interior fashion and where sales management is taking over….

If magazines are crying for help, they have to thank themselves for it. Levelling downwards has never been a good idea.

Thanks for reading my post



In Architects, Cities, Decorateurs, Decoration on 21/03/2012 at 15:07

Giorgio Armani is one of the great fashion designers of the past 50 years. I think his creations are a bit repetitive but still very stylish.

I am not a huge fan of his decoration and designers skills but when I saw this picture in a magazine of the newly opened Armani hotel in Milan I immediately felt grandeur and the views of a master.


In Decorateurs, Decoration on 13/02/2012 at 15:27

I want to share with you some pictures of a house in the very fashionable district of ”El Distrito Federme”in Mexico City.  This house is decorated by Madrid based decorateur Luis Bustamante.

At last I see in a European quality magazine an interior that is not minimalistic or vintage, put together with forgotten furniture from the attic that is whitewashed and boring.

This house has chic and is easy to live in, surrounded by objects of exceptional quality and contemporary art and above all a home feeling.

Grand living room.


another living room




A perfect and chic combination of contemporary art and various French antiques on a subtle coloured background.

Who would't dream of such a beautiful dressing room.


The Master bedroom.


The upstairs hallway.

Thanks for reading.


photo credits. Habitania magazine and Google.




In Collecting, Decorateurs, Fairs and Musea, I like, Objects on 21/11/2011 at 19:39



This chandelier that I made with the help(90%) of Nina Marie, a very talented young girl, daughter of my best friend Regine,was the eye catcher on our stand. I made it with teddy bears and other animals stuffed with small Christmas lamps and hang it in the completely black booth. Black carpet,black ceiling, black walls, 13metres long tablets,Louis XVI commode I had it all paint in the same mat black paint. A friend of me made specially for our booth a sofa/double chaise longue in an almost black fabric.I needed some space to hide our coats and other stuff , so I bought a large sheet of black shiny pond foil and covered a large round table with it. Absolutely not practical, but very funny and chic and cheap.

some of the collections of objects


sculpture by Fons Schobbers

My Friend Delphine Boel showed some beautiful pieces of the BLABLA serie.Also did Ineke Otte,with her absolutely gorgeous bijoux and Fons Schobbers with 2 amazing sculptures in polyester.

John showed a vast assemblage of different style collections and we had a really amazing time. explaining to young daddies how to make a chandelier as well as changing every day our jewellery to promote Ineke, mostly we had little rats in rubber running up the sleeves of our blazer or i wore an armband in plastic grass. see picrure

It was so funny to see the amazing look in childrens eyes and hear mothers and grandmothers say, hooo we have so many teddies at home, should do something with it. Many Christmas tree will be shaped with teddy bears and surely small chandeliers will be made inspired on this one.

picture by photojoost

Delphine in teddy bears.We understand each other so well.

Mission accomplished

Pierre Paulin at the Elysee Palace

In Decorateurs, Decoration, Paris on 09/05/2011 at 22:08

As one of the iconic designers of the second half of last century, PierrePaulin was asked by French President Georges Pompidou to create some contemporary rooms for him and his guests in the Elysee Palace in Paris. He created those iconic rooms, in the beginning of the seventies. It was the period that the Modernist President created also the Centre Beaubourg also known as the Centre_Georges_Pompidou and Mme Claude Pompidou befriended  couturiers as Pierre Cardin and Andre Courreges.

The Pompidous daringly redecorated some of the apartments at the Elysée with Op Art and Nouveau Réalisme. There were aluminium walls by Yaacov Agam. Serge Poliakoff designed plates and the sculptor Etienne Hajdu made vases and soup tureens.

Le fumoir at the Elysee palace

chairs of the Elysee Palace

Dining room with console by F. X. Lalanne.

lamp at Elysee

Pierre Paulin

I like: Sofa from Arent and Pyke

In Decorateurs, Furniture, I like, Interior Architects on 26/04/2011 at 01:15

I like the clean lines of this sofa with only the striped cushions as accent under the colourful artworks.

seen on the site of Arent and Pyke.

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