i could live here: a designer’s home in brussels.
by victoria comment

10/17/13

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this week, we’re visiting the home of elena, a designer and shop owner in brussels. her home is also a gallery and a b&b.

elena barenghi is an interior designer, and shop owner of em72, a brussels boutique that sells fashion, accessories, art pieces and handpicked decorative objects and furniture. her home, which she shares with teenage daughter athena, is a mix of pieces from different periods. the building is dated from 1902 and elena chose to keep original elements such as stairs and doors, but renovated the rest with the help ofarchitect pierre lhoas : “i wanted to give the apartment back its soul,” says elena. “i don’t like changing things for changing sake, but prefer to respect the heritage of the building and bring it back to what it was. my aim was to create a space that feels good to live in. somewhere peaceful, but with a good energy too.”

the result is a welcoming space where vintage pieces and art live in harmony. a flat like this in brussels? oh, yes, i could live here!

si –- french by design

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• photos chris tubbs via achica and elena barenghi.

3 responses to “i could live here: a designer’s home in brussels.”

  1. oh my gosh, this is lovely. I live part-time in Luxembourg, and Brussels is one of my all-time favorite cities to visit. I love how Elena preserved the openness of her home – everything seems so light and airy! Thank you so much for sharing :)
    -Amanda

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