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A Classical Townhouse in Belgium Gets a Modern Makeover

by Garrett Fleming

You wake up to a view of a 1930s fireplace, stretch your arms, then sip on your morning coffee in your lush garden. After that it’s off to work, but it’s just down the hall a mere few steps away. At lunch, you wander through your town’s shops and snack as neighbors shout “Hello!” in passing. It sounds like a fantasy, but it is very much a reality for the founders of creative studio , Magali Elali and Bart Kiggen. As you’ll see, their stellar pad in the center of Antwerp, Belgium has given them all this and so much more.

In a way, the dreamy day-to-day life they lead in their townhouse is a reward for renovating the 1930s-era stunner. Painting and replastering the old walls was first, but that was to be expected with an older home. The surprise came after the couple had their garden professionally designed. The results were so gorgeous and lush, the pair proceeded to have their dining room, living room and kitchen renovated to capitalize on the view of the garden. Now from nearly every spot in the house you can peek at the greenery.

Glimpse at the inside of the home, on the other hand, and greens as bright as the garden’s are hard to come by. Bold hues of any color are rare, in fact, because the pair favors a more muted palette. They’ve also chosen neutral furniture as opposed to zippy accent pieces in a strategic design move that keeps on giving. By keeping these larger items simpler, Magali and Bart have granted themselves the freedom to bring in and out vintage finds without fear they’ll clash with the overall aesthetic. It’s a clever way to keep their home current and modern, and I love its look. Click through to see the rest of their streamlined abode. Enjoy. —

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"We wanted to create a warm home that gives you the feeling you are not in Belgium," the couple tells us. To achieve this they've combined IKEA finds, houseplants and vintage pieces in a "tropical" mix that makes the space seem like a getaway in the middle of the city. Artwork by . Daybed by IKEA.
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Magali Elali and Bart Kiggen live and work from their townhouse in Belgium. The pair often photographs and styles interiors, and their home's look is often influenced by whichever project they are working on at the time.
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The abundance of natural light in Magali and Bart's home keeps them calm as they work from their at-home studio and relaxes them when it's time to unplug. The leather sofa is from the 60s and was snagged at . It sits next to a vintage Cees Braakman rocker.
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The hallway leading to the couple's workspace is streamlined and muted, helping the colorful rug to take center stage. Bert sanded and repainted the space while on holiday.
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Once you enter the workspace, you're immediately bathed in natural light, and it doesn't cease until the sun goes down. Magali and Bert handle all of Coffeeklatch's business from this IKEA table. It sits under lighting from West Elm. Such minimalist and all-white spaces can oftentimes feel cold and uninviting, but the Etsy rug does wonders for making this one feel inviting and somewhere the couple can work from all day.
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An oak table by rules over the dining room. Along with the kitchen and living room, this area of the townhouse was totally redone so the view of the garden would be more prominent.
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"It wasn't until we had the garden designed by our friends and garden architects , that this house started to feel like a home. We use the garden as our second living room, and when the sun is out, Magali uses it as her office," the couple tells us.
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A few of the home's original, architectural elements can be seen in this hallway. They include the marble siding and gorgeous ceiling detailing. Copper mirror by .
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Magali and Bart designed their bathroom to be a "calm sanctuary" for starting and ending each day. The chair and carpet are from IKEA.
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The bedroom's all-white treatment not only continues the calming vibe of the bathroom, but it also means the couple can bring in new accessories without fear that they'll clash with the room's current look. The two tell us some pieces in this space come and go, but one thing's for sure: plants are a mainstay.
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"What we love most about our home is that it is spacious, light, cozy and filled with plants." -- Bart and Magali
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The 1930s-era townhouse's first floor.
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An aerial view of the second level.
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The lowest level of the home.

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