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Moka & Vanille: Restored Farmhouse Luxury in Belgium

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Moka & Vanille: Restored Farmhouse Luxury in Belgium

June 4, 2018

We’ve long been fond of Moka & Vanille, a restored farmhouse turned guesthouse located in Heusden-Zolder, a village in the Belgian province of Limburg. Owner (and interior designer) Dorine Cooreman has meticulously overhauled the interior, creating an understated, luxurious sanctuary—custom-designed linens, ceramics by Anja Meeusen of PTZE Porselein, and solid oak pieces from former furniture maker Malvini included.

Photography courtesy of Moka & Vanille.

The brick farmhouse is surrounded by meadows and forest.
Above: The brick farmhouse is surrounded by meadows and forest.
Cooreman mixes ancient elements (the original brick floor) with new pieces (the white molded plywood dining chairs), plus newer pieces that look old (like the glazed, wrought-iron windows and doors on the ground level).
Above: Cooreman mixes ancient elements (the original brick floor) with new pieces (the white molded plywood dining chairs), plus newer pieces that look old (like the glazed, wrought-iron windows and doors on the ground level).
Rough-sawn, bleached wood flooring is covered with a natural-fiber striped rug, at left. (Cooreman offers a variety of similar Rugs for sale on her shop site, called Moka Tales.) At right, the designer&#8
Above: Rough-sawn, bleached wood flooring is covered with a natural-fiber striped rug, at left. (Cooreman offers a variety of similar Rugs for sale on her shop site, called Moka Tales.) At right, the designer’s AA Chair in natural leather.
 A linen slipcovered sofa with throw pillow made from a repurposed kilim. To the right of the sofa stands the designer&#8
Above: A linen slipcovered sofa with throw pillow made from a repurposed kilim. To the right of the sofa stands the designer’s black steel Floorlamp 4110.
In the shared living room, Cooreman installed an antique black cabinet and placed art objects atop.
Above: In the shared living room, Cooreman installed an antique black cabinet and placed art objects atop.
Understated luxury in a below-eaves bedroom, attained with crisp linens designed by Cooreman, fresh paint, and linen-upholstered headboards. Photograph by Jo Pauwels, courtesy of Moka & Vanille.
Above: Understated luxury in a below-eaves bedroom, attained with crisp linens designed by Cooreman, fresh paint, and linen-upholstered headboards. Photograph by Jo Pauwels, courtesy of Moka & Vanille.
 Above, L to R: In an attic bedroom, Cooreman built wood-paneled cabinets into the walls under the rafters. In the bathroom, a modern industrial faucet contrasts with a hand-thrown porcelain basin by ceramist Anja Meeusen.
Above, L to R: In an attic bedroom, Cooreman built wood-paneled cabinets into the walls under the rafters. In the bathroom, a modern industrial faucet contrasts with a hand-thrown porcelain basin by ceramist Anja Meeusen.
 The designer used earthy lime paint throughout the interiors, including one dark gray bed and bath, and left original beams exposed.
Above: The designer used earthy lime paint throughout the interiors, including one dark gray bed and bath, and left original beams exposed.
The pastoral property still has an orchard and farm animals, including sheep, chickens, and donkeys.
Above: The pastoral property still has an orchard and farm animals, including sheep, chickens, and donkeys.

N.B.: This post is an update. It originally ran on March 17, 2011.

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