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My “baby” sister just traded in her “done” house on a small lot…

to a more “modest” house.  Older, humbler… but on 1.8 acres…

My favorite feature was her garage…

Suki's garage

One day after she’s received her key, floor finishers are whirring

away inside and her treasures are charmingly amassing

on the somewhat ragged garage built-ins. Painted an

ignoble brown.. the cabinets run the length of the garage…

could see them refinished, re-hardware-d…

The industrial overhead lights a delightful surprise…

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The garage is being eyed greedily as a living room conversion…

as it lines up alongside the kitchen and family area with

endless possibilities imagined through the 70’s ranch style

windows and the rickety pull-up garage doors…

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Imagine the florescent lighting gone, the extraneous wood

pulled down, and the white painted beams stripped and sanded

to match the ceiling. Imagine a polished concrete floor or cobbled

large pavers that extend past a bank of French doors to

the backyard…

Imagine a chandelier…

Belgian Pearl 2

From the lovely Greet of Belgian Pearls

from Garnier

Belgian Pearls

Belgian Pearls

great post about Belgian design elements…

Belgian Pearl 3

Garnier Belgium 3

Wonderfully lost in authentic Belgian design…

Garnier via Belgian Pearl

lefevre Belgian Pearls

Greet, an interior designer from Belgium, also runs

Lefevre Interiors, along with her brother. A family owned business

of cabinetmakers for four generations…

She makes me look at garages in a totally different way…

Garnier Belgium

My sister, already entranced with Belgian style and Alex Veervordt,

visited Belgium in January…

Just imagining the possibilities

is the best part of starting something new…

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The view from outside the garage towards the street

Sanctuary…

Style Salonist blog Cote Ouest Nov. 08 2

A  rural driveway in Normandy…

Photographer Vincent Thibert

via  The Style Salonist