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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Rik Storms - Ancient Building Material

Floor in Basècle with white marble

It all started with this picture. I fell in love with it and was determined to find it's origins. A bit of research led me to this site  

Rik Storms Antieke BouwmaterialenRik Storms Antieke Bouwmaterialen

His website states :

"40 years ago, at young age, Rik Storms started the restoration of very particular buildings: the beguinage of Leuven, the court of Busleyden at the fish market, particular houses, castles and farms. Over the years, Rik Storms started also with transactions and sale of old and antique building materials and restored them with particular care and attention. Storms met during his life the famous architect Raymond Rombouts, a close collaboration grew between them. Storms' vision and knowledge about architectural concepts increased a lot. From that moment he was able to place historical building materials in an original and incomparable context. Authenticity and respect for tradition are the main matters for Storms in his constant search for the most beautiful old materials, which he integrates in classic and timeless interiors."

Here are some of the pictures from his site, using the wonderful ancient materials he has uncovered, from floors to ceiling beams, garden objects to old stone and roof tiles to furniture. Wouldn't it be wonderful to build a home one day using materials with such history and patina....

Floor in Carrara marble and black cabochons - 19th century model
Columns in marble Rouge Beige - 17th century

Table in old teak

 Steps in blue stone
Wall fountain - 18th century

Floor in Calcaire stone and Basècle

Cross-beams in old oak

17th century Flemish Chimney - Bleu stone

Floors - workplan and sink in marble of Carrara

Floor in blue stone - 19th century
Waterbasin and tablets in blue stone 

Floors in old marble of Carrara

Waterbasin in Carrara marble - 19th century

Bath in zinc - 19th century
Floor and shower in Carrara marble

Table in blue stone

Table in blue stone - Chairs in teak
Terrace made with shiste stone 

Garden gate in cast iron - 19th century
Garden path made with Calcaire stone

Windows of greenhouse in cast iron
Pediment in bleu stone - 19th century
Statues - 4 seasons - 19th century

Enjoy the weekend ahead. 

Till next time

Sharon x

Source: here


  1. Hi, Sharon - For our next house, I would love to incorporate more antique architectural elements!! It takes a bit more planning and sourcing, but Rik Storms shows us how gorgeous and special the results can be!!

  2. Stunning as always Sharon! The kitchens were my favorites!

  3. I just love these images Sharon! I love incorporating the old with the new something we've been doing with our very old home. I would really love to have old blue stone in my kitchen, what a dream!


  4. Lovely post Sharon as always!! each pic is definitely an inspirational one!! Best to you!! xo Leslie

  5. So Lovely! I love the kitchen with the 17th century flemish chimney and the green house with the cast-iron windows. Love!

  6. We have used old beams and old wood flooring in our designs for years back before it was chic! I always love the use of old versus new. You found a wonderful source! Great post!

  7. Not sure i would have the courage ( and talent!) to do the work, but it sure does look fabulous! (i’d quite happily move in though …:)
    xo sandra

  8. I would love to have more antique elements in my home. Where I live most of the homes are 30 years old and very boxy. In other words they feel like there built out of card board! Track homes that are a million are still built like card board.

  9. Gorgeous pictures! I love the way the sunlight shows in the pictures- shadows and secrets!

  10. i love all of these images, however, the kitchen with the beams and the little table . . . oh my goodness!

  11. Sharon,
    The old beams and stone pieces give these rooms such historical interest. I can't imagine how fun it would be to build your own home using even one of the items of Rik Storms architectural salvage. I have a friend that warehoused antique doors and a couple of sinks from her frequent visits to France and to an antique store (that has since retired from the business) and incorporated them into her custom built home and the end result was beyond beautiful. Great post.

  12. My, these are ancient but beautiful interiors. Thanks for finding and sharing them to your readers.