ISSUE 39  |  Belgian Masters

Steal This Look: A Luxe Belgian Living Room

September 30, 2014 9:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

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We’ve long admired the work of Belgian interior architects Daphné Daskal and Stéphanie Laperre (see Architect Visit: Daskal & Laperre in Brussels). M Residence, a standout project by the firm, has an elegant, pared-down living room that we’d like to re-create at home. Here’s where to find the right chalky white paint, Belgian linen curtains, velvet throw pillows, and more.

Above: The room, with grand entry and basket-weave-patterned floor, is a white canvas layered with rich neutral tones and textures. Photographs of M Residence in Brussels by Van Verlinde for Daskal & Laperre.

The Basics

Above: Benjamin Moore’s Super White (left) and Decorator’s White (right) are two favorites of architects. For more, see 10 Easy Pieces: Architect’s White Paint Picks.

Above: Rough Linen’s Curtains–available in Smooth or Orkney linen–are $150 and $160, respectively.


Above: The Verellen Charlotte Sofa is made in the US and has Belgian linen upholstery or the option of a slipcover; contact Hudson for pricing and availability. For more ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Linen-Slipcovered Sofas.

Above: West Elm’s Box Frame Coffee Table has a mango-wood top and a steel frame; $349.

Above: Restoration Hardware’s Belgian Classic Shelter Arm Slipcovered Swivel Chair is available in mocha and cafe brown shades similar to the chairs that Daskal & Laperre selected; prices start at $1,695.


Above: Designed by Peter Bowles for Original BTC, the Coach Wall Light is $370 at Design Within Reach.

Above: The Bridge Floor Lamp by David Iatesta has a base made of limed walnut; prices available on request at Dering Hall.


Above: Hand-dyed Velvet Cushions come in an array of subtle hues from designer Kristen Hecktermann; £48 each (US $78). For more, see our post The Simple Elegance of Kristen Hecktermann

Above: Source a Turkish kilim floor cushion like this Kilim Kidney Pillow for $157.50 at Rummage in the US, and at Kuhfelle Online in Germany.

Above: Handmade in Connecticut by ceramic artist Ben Wolff, the Milton Pot No. 44 measures seven by seven inches and is made from his signature mixture of black clay; $44 at GRDN or from Ben Wolff directly.

Above: From Nickey Kehoe in LA, a Large Match Pewter Candlestick from the north of Italy is $165. Shorter Match Pewter Candlesticks are $135 for a pair.

Have your eyes on a parquet floor? See Remodeling 101: Wood Flooring Patterns. For one of our favorite Antwerp design stores, see our post The Ultimate High/Low Housewares Shop, Belgian Edition, and for a garden to copy, visit Steal This Look: The Spirit of Provence in a Walled Belgian Garden.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 8, 2009, as part of our Contemporary Elegance issue.