The East Flanders town of Tielrode is located where the rivers Scheldt and Durme meet and is surrounded by nature reserves. It’s a good place to find peace; that’s the mission of the Good Repose house. A former cafe and inn, the house has been renovated by two Belgian artists as “an escape for those who enjoy life to the fullest.” The gut renovation included opening up the floor plan, bringing light into loft bedrooms, replastering walls, and redesigning the kitchen and bathrooms. The interiors are thoroughly Belgian, featuring a mix of designs from Droog and Serax juxtaposed with Flemmish antiques. Join us for a tour (and to rent the property, visit
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Danica O. Kus. Above: A dining area made up of a painted vintage table, Outdoor Dining Chairs by Paola Navone for Serax (with white cotton cushions), a painting by Didier Van De Steene, and a Jos Devriendt Large Pendel Pendant. Above: A view into the kitchen shows the original elements of the building’s structure. The walls are “partly painted,” the owners say, using a traditional Belgian plaster technique called , where a thin, chalky plaster—a porous substrate—is applied by brush. It’s traditionally used in facade restoration work to keep the walls of a building “breathing” and regulate moisture. kalei Above: Through the arched doorway is a vintage green leather barber stool, a bell jar table lamp, and Shovel Wire Netting Sculpture by Terry Powell for Serax. Above: The kitchen has a granite countertop, a Boffi cooktop, and a Bauknecht oven. Above: The Serax Fashion Rack with cement shelves hosts a collection of Belgian objets and handmade vases. The chair is the Black Vinyl-Vinyl Chair by Luc Vincent for Serax. The floors are handmade tiles from Holland. Above: The living room is a blend of old and new: a quirky wood floor lamp—a family heirloom—is paired with a modern white sofa, Verner Panton Chair, Antonino Sciortino for Serax Bistrot Table, and a wall-mounted vase from Atelier Lachaert Dhanis. Above: The upstairs loft has two bedrooms and a bathroom with cork flooring and plaster walls. Shown here is the Serax Daysign Folding Screen, a Verner Panton Chair, and an Ikea Brimnes Daybed. Above: A view of the top floor; the designers created boxlike structures; one houses a bedroom, the other a bathroom. An LED rope light is wrapped around the rafters and a steel garden hose reel cart as a light installation. Above: A bedroom with an antique rattan trunk, lace bedspread, Droog Sticky Lamps, and two bedside tables painted white, sawed in half, and mounted to the wall. Above: The little house opens onto a small gravel courtyard. The courtyard is furnished with pieces by Paola Navone for Serax and bikes available to guests. The building’s roof tiles are sourced locally from Tielrode (the town’s name loosely translates to “red forest where roof tiles are baked”). Above: The owners of the Good Repose house relax in the semi-covered courtyard. (For more on the courtyard design see our post on Gardenista.) Before Above: The house exterior during the renovation where the facade and roof were restored, windows and doors were replaced, and two skylights added. Above: A view of the upstairs loft floor where the two bedrooms and a bathroom are currently. Above: The kitchen mid-renovation.
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