About a year ago I started receiving emails from AM Projects in Belgium announcing their new shipments of antiques.
All of the images were simply and beautifully composed.
I started spending time on the AM Projects website and became intrigued by the owners' Mark Mertens and Hilde Anseeuw. They had an interesting design aesthetic that combined rustic, antique materials in a fresh, contempory way.
As I looked at the images of their own home on their website, I realized that it was the same house that I book marked in my "Family Houses" book by Beta Plus.All of the images below are from Beta Plus:
Mark and Hilde's home is inspired by the classic farmhouses of Belgium.
The white brick fireplace wall adds a bit of texture and warmth.
The office in the front of the house is paneled in white oak.
The walls of the upstair's hallway have a sculptural quality.
When we were planning our trip to Belgium, I knew that a visit to Mark and Hilde's home had to be on our itinerary.
Here are some of the images we took during our visit...
Although Mark and Hilde use classic Belgian building materials, many of the details are quite contemporary, like the large glass walls of their breakfast room.
The large glass walls of the breakfast room create a vanishing threshold to the gorgeous gardens outside.
The glass dies straight into the floor, an perfect example of the clean detailing that Mark and Hilde used throughout their home.
A Belgian bluestone sink is integrated into the countertop.
In the breakfast room, Mark and Hilde store all of their dishes in a beautiful antique cabinet.
Glasses and carafes displayed on a tray add sparkle to the kitchen.
Did I mention that most of the antique pieces in Mark and Hilde's house are for sale? I couldn't resist this Swedish buffet.
The plaster walls feel as if they have been carved like a piece of art.
The stone Powder room sink and brass spout float elegantly off the wall.
The water is controlled by a button on the floor.
The wood beamed ceiling is one of the main focal points in this room.
The pool house can be seen through the large steel door.
A thin wood trim detail is seen from the family room side of the doorway.
The glossy deep red front door of Mark and Hilde's house looks beautiful in the white plaster wall.
A small niche is carved out of the plaster to allow the arched door to open.
From the front door, our eye is led to the view of the back gardens through an arched sheet of glass.
A storage closet is placed in a white oak wall under the stairway in the entry hall.
The study at the front of the house is a warm space, paneled in white oak.
Steve created a few sketches on his ipad before walking up the stairs (note shelf is a great app!).
Finally, I'd like to share a few images of my favorite details:
Wonderful door hardware....
Our family spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying a delicious meal around a farmhouse table in the shade of the pool house with Hilde, Mark and their family.
Thank you to Mark and Hilde of AM Projects for a beautiful day that our entire family will never forget!
I'm sure Mark and Hilde would love to hear from you... Please leave a comment sharing what you love about their gorgeous home?
To see more images of their work and view their latest antique shipment please visit the AM Projects website.
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