Charm and comfort, even in the laundry room.
A reclaimed stone floor, natural oak woodwork, and a play of raw and finished surfaces is mixed with carefully chosen antiques in an ancient farmhouse that shows why Belgian style has become so celebrated. Rustic but elegant, the house was renovated by interior designers whose taste range from mid-20th accessories to traditional European furniture.
The kitchen and dining areas are open spaces unified by the midnight-blue reclaimed stone floor, which appears so black it ties into the black-painted wall in the business end of the kitchen. There, a shallow stone sink is flanked by oak shelves on each side of the sink window. Oak doors on the base cabinets below are framed in white. The big Lacanche range, topped off by a squared-off vent hood, sits right at the entrance to the dining space and shows how tight space can be in an old house. Dining room built-ins echo the oak and white kitchen finishes, while a pair of mid-20th century Scandinavian style pendants (similar in style to the iconic Poul Christiansen Le Klint) add a welcome note of urban design that brings a little edge to the country and pull attention away from the narrowness of the room.
Stunningly simple, the white-stucco-walled laundry features a Louis XIII armchair, upholstered in white linen, as a place to perch. A minimalist approach to overhead lighting is evidenced by the tiny spotlights and opportunities for hanging objects to dry from the massive low ceiling beams are equally spare.
The sink, another shallow stone basin, boasts simple hot and cold pillar taps. A line of Moroccan tiles, favored in Belgian homes, create a minimal backsplash. The cabinet below the sink actually conceals a washer and dryer while rough oak shelves on wrought iron brackets overhead are used to store and display various objects and a collection of Provencal jugs. Just around the corner, an open area that leads outside is simply furnished with a church pew bench while a black marble mortar stands guard by the window.