A corner of paradise in the middle of the countryside
Originally, the couple had intended a small renovation but it didn’t quite work out like that in the end. “We wanted to use the stables for cows and tidy the house up a bit, but it became a much bigger project than planned”, laughs the woman who commissioned the building work. The couple appointed the architect duo Verfaillie-Boucquet for the design. Rheinholt Verfaillie took on the architectural structure and his spouse Miet Boucquet took on the complete interior design. The rural style dominates and the surrounding area was the perfect setting.
The exterior remained unchanged but, inside, the old, dark farmhouse was completely stripped out and transformed into an open and airy space. The result is an authentic looking farmhouse with all mod cons and a timeless vibe. The façade was rendered and functions as a key-stone with the reception room. We can immediately see where the couple found inspiration for the name of their home.
Perfection lies in the details, a motto also signed up to by Dauby, exclusive manufacturer of window, door and furniture fittings. The Dauby collection is ideal in the interior at Kaleihoeve, where even the smallest details perfectly match the style and tastes of the commissioning couple. Every item that Dauby designs and creates is unique. “It adds character to the traditional production process or the designer’s signature. A ‘Dauby’ is genuinely ‘designed for life’. Dauby works exclusively with natural and recyclable materials such as natural bronze, white bronze, rough bronze, Britannium, cast iron, etc. In short, only robust and top quality materials. All products are cast in the traditional manner in sand moulds, and then finished by hand.
“The products gain further character and a beautiful ‘look’ the more they are used. Over time, the patina becomes increasingly attractive. They don’t need any maintenance. Just let the natural processes take effect”, as Dauby puts it. Both the butterfly knob in aged iron and the furniture handle that is created from the butterfly knob have been used in the home. The nonchalant form is a real eye-catcher and adds a certain ‘cachet’ to a door or piece of furniture. The door handles, also in aged iron, are inspired by the Chemin de Fer model which was designed especially for the luxurious dining carriages on the Orient Express, in 1883. The PhL “L+L” from Pure® gives this historical model a makeover with a fanciful but also powerful form. The towel holder in the kitchen is also a piece from Dauby. Not just aesthetically pleasing, but also very practical to use due to the short supports.
In collaboration with De Kaleihoeve
Photography: Home Sweet Home – Nick Cannaerts