A Clever Belgian Couple Renovate Their Aging Brick Home

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November 6, 2013
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By introducing chic new elements, a Belgian couple takes a gentle approach to transforming a tired house into a vibrant workshop.
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  For the new kitchen, they incorporated a Smeg cooktop, oven, and range hood, stainless steel cabinets from Habitat, and personal accessories like a prototype goblet.
    For the new kitchen, they incorporated a Smeg cooktop, oven, and range hood, stainless steel cabinets from Habitat, and personal accessories like a prototype goblet.
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  For the living room of their house in Genk, Belgium, Michaël Verheyden and Saartje Vereecke mixed furnishings of their own design with classic pieces. Their G55 sling chair and Michel Ducaroy’s Togo sofa for Ligne Roset are both clad in black leather.
    For the living room of their house in Genk, Belgium, Michaël Verheyden and Saartje Vereecke mixed furnishings of their own design with classic pieces. Their G55 sling chair and Michel Ducaroy’s Togo sofa for Ligne Roset are both clad in black leather.
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  The couple retained the strongest architectural aspects of the house, such as the existing arch in the hall, and did away with others, such as a previous kitchen renovation.
    The couple retained the strongest architectural aspects of the house, such as the existing arch in the hall, and did away with others, such as a previous kitchen renovation.
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  One corner holds a chair and table designed by Verheyden.
    One corner holds a chair and table designed by Verheyden.
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  Verheyden works at his desk in the home office; over-flow projects are tackled in the workshop adjacent to the house, which is covered in black wood.
    Verheyden works at his desk in the home office; over-flow projects are tackled in the workshop adjacent to the house, which is covered in black wood.
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  The facade is original to the 1930s house, and the couple rebuilt the annex, which houses the kitchen and bath.
    The facade is original to the 1930s house, and the couple rebuilt the annex, which houses the kitchen and bath.
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  “We like to live close to work because we’re constantly tinkering and adjusting, which is fine for us,” he says.
    “We like to live close to work because we’re constantly tinkering and adjusting, which is fine for us,” he says.
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  The pair painted the upstairs master bedroom white, and added a G55 sling chair and leather baskets from their recent design collections. The carpet is from a souk in Casablanca, and the bedcover is from Zara Home. Atop the vintage cup-board is an artwork by Vereecke’s father. Verheyden incorporated all-new woodwork of his design into the room.
    The pair painted the upstairs master bedroom white, and added a G55 sling chair and leather baskets from their recent design collections. The carpet is from a souk in Casablanca, and the bedcover is from Zara Home. Atop the vintage cup-board is an artwork by Vereecke’s father. Verheyden incorporated all-new woodwork of his design into the room.
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