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Lovely vintage home in Ghent

Find out how Géraldine found the right balance between architectural aesthetics and her personal desires and style in her wonderful designer home.


While it’s important for the home to reflect the vision and style of the architect, the occupant must ultimately feel at home beneath the roof. Now imagine the challenge living in a residence that an architect create for himself and his family? How do you write your own story in a house that is filled with history? 

When Géraldine found this beautiful two storey house in the suburbs of Ghent (Belgium), she instantly fell in love. Built in the sixties by architect Gaston Rombaut as the perfect home for him and his family, this gem reads like an autobiography. Location, layout style, lighting, artwork, furnishings - every detail adds color to the story. Rombaut and his family lived here, he even died in his home. If walls could talk, it would speak more about its designer than any other building possibly could.


Authenticity is key

When Géraldine bought the residence a few years ago, the home was in a perfect state.  “We left the house intact and we didn’t want to change a single thing. We cleaned the walls, repainted the white surfaces and we only changed the flooring because we had to. The only room that really needs a make-over is the bathroom.” When asked if the home is intimidating, Géraldine tells us that the greatest challenge is to negotiate the delicate balance between the architectural aesthetics and her personal desires and style. The home is stunning in so many ways. Every room has build-in closets and large windows overlooking the impressive lush  garden filled with wild flowers and trees.

Quite striking is the usage of color. Gaston Rombaut was most definitely inspired by Le Corbusiers 1930s book, Polychromie Architecturale. Walls, doors and even the cabinets of the Formica kitchen which are painted in lovely complementary colors. We love the fact that Géraldine really respects the architect’s signature style. Just look at the charming kitchen with the service-hatch and the wood paneling in the dining room. The home is perfect in so many ways!


Accessorizing and playing with OSB

So how did Géraldine manage to transform the house into a home? She’s a master at accessorizing by using exotic plants, flowers and textile to add warmth to every room. And what about the OSB furniture we spot everywhere? Her husband John is kind of a handy man who takes pleasure in gardening and playing with all sorts of materials. “He’s really into OSB these days. He made the table and the chairs in the dining room and the cupboard in the living room.” We reckon these pieces go really well with the rest of the interior and Géraldine and her family did an amazing job in respecting authenticity and playing around with new materials and having fun at decorating the place.
Text: Magali Elali
Photography: Bart Kiggen 

This story is part of a homereportage series coffeeklatch produced for Ikea Belgium

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