Torhout Home by Laura Calleeuw

Belgian designer Laura Calleeuw reveals her signature style through expressive natural materials and texture at the newly-built home in the historic Belgian town of Torhout. The Torhout house is characterized by fluidity and connection, where organic curves and a warm material palette shape each space. The historic buildings influence the structural elements within the home, such as the arched doorways, and the materials, such as the stone flooring underfoot and organic plaster and limewash paint throughout.
A curved stairwell brings the home’s shared and private spaces together, anchored by iron railings reminiscent of handcrafted ironwork in Gothic structures. At the same time, Laura has taken advantage of Torhout’s lush forests and greenery to create picturesque views from the second-level bedrooms and bathrooms. Custom-designed worktops and joinery establish a timeless symmetry in the kitchen. A striking black classic cooker is the focal point and relays the home’s rural context.
Through an arched doorway, the living room’s high ceilings accentuate the rustic brick fireplace and lined chimney. Small framed windows connect each space in unexpected locations, such as between the living room and bedroom.  Natural oak timber in the main spaces is brushed, while old timber beams have been introduced. The use of wall fixtures and steel-framed glass doors maximizes light and space. From the ground up, Laura Calleeuw has leveraged the home’s context to create a minimalist sanctuary with subtle surprises at every turn.

 PHOTOGRAPHY Bert Demasure

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