A few weeks before our vacation, I sent off a quick email to Rik letting him know that Steve and I would be coming for a visit. I received a lovely response from Rik's wife Gina. Although their son was getting married during the time we would be in Belgium, Gina graciously invited us to stop by the day after the wedding ceremony!
Although I expected the Storms' home to be lovely, what we saw inside their gates far exceeded my expectations...
Their aged white Oak front door is deeply set in a surround of antique limestone.
It is the materials and the details that add to the charm of the Storms' house. The brick laid in an arched pattern above the window...
The unexpected combination of building materials caught Steve's eye: flat and curved roof tiles on the same structure... white oak covering the outside of the dormers on the Storms' brick house.
Underneath the heavy beamed ceiling of the porch, an outdoor table is adorned with terra cotta pots and cement birds.
Heavy timbers add to the more rustic, casual atmosphere of this area.
The Oak planks are just nailed to the outside of the building.
Rik and Gina were kind enough to spend the morning giving us a tour of their home and answering all of our questions.
Rik invited us into his wood covered studio.
We attempted to absorb every fabulous detail, including this beautiful door hardware.
Rik includes unexpected contemporary features to the design of the studio, like this clean glass door.
The Storms' combine wood and steel windows and doors throughout their house and studio.
A collection of ancient artifacts is displayed on an antique buffet.
Rik and Gina use several interior windows to make the spaces feel more open and connected to each other.
A view of the brick outside is seen through one of the beautiful steel doors!
The walls have a depth that only lime paint can provide.
All of the natural wood doors adds so much warmth to this house.
The kitchen can be seen through this interior window.
The brass faucet will only look better as it ages. I love how the Storms combine so many materials and finishes!
Even the cabinet hinges are beautiful!
We walked out of the Storms' house to start the tour of their gardens...
I have so many fantastic images of the Storms' gardens and their warehouse to share with you! Please come back for my next post....
Thank you to Rik and Gina Storms for letting me share the gorgeous place that they created.
I would appreciate if you would take a moment to leave a comment on this post to let Rik and Gina know how much you love their home.
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