Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Industrial Style - Cool and Funky

If you have followed my posts for any length of time, you know different styles appeal to me - American colonial-ness, British coziness, Pennsylvania's antique-ness, New England's pure-ness, Belgium's spare-ness.  My pinterest boards reflect this variety.  But there is another pinterest board I've entitled "Cool and Funky"and everyone else calls the industrial look.  It doesn't work in the home I now have, but, if ever I had a vacation apartment, a southern loft, a pied a terre in Europe, industrial would be its style.  (I want to thank all the pinners and tumblrs who have unknowingly contributed to today's post.)

I'm starting with kitchen ideas because...you know why.  This room has several features I love but could never incorporate into my own home - brick and concrete walls, steel windows, industrial lighting - perfect for my loft.

Less spare than the one above, this room has great windows, brick and size.  Maybe a bit too large for my loft.

The chain and hook to the left would never work in my own home, but love it here.

The brick, the chairs, the concrete and metal table, the lighting - all great.

Not too crazy about the chairs below, but am about everything else.

For the same reasons already mentioned.

The room below may be part of a restaurant and a bit too large for my loft, but has a great look.

Much homier size-wise.

Such a great room.

To my loft's living room - the one below may be one of Restoration Hardware's and would fit perfectly in my cool and funky loft.


A possible corner for my fantasy living room.

Love the colors here and the sofa would offer the requisite comfort.

Or this one.

An old abacus perfect for one of my loft's walls, maybe in its living room.

The perfect staircase for my loft.


And from the staircase, my possible office.

Or this office - maybe a bit too large.

Perfect.

Also perfect.

A great detail for my office/studio.


And to the bedroom - perfect size, perfect windows.

Love this bed frame and lamp.

Love this platform bed.  Sleeping here might be best for short periods, but that would be fine and would leave time for my other five abodes.

Guest room for grandchildren, but artwork would need a change - perhaps to a pair of skis.

Another guest room for adults.

That's it - my future cool and funky loft, maybe in Charleston, maybe in Savannah.  Couldn't live with this style forever, but wouldn't a month or three be fun!  It was fun writing about it.  Do you love concrete, metal, and steel?  What would one of your five fantasy homes be?

Weather people are predicting a very cold next few days - highs of 5.  Stay warm and dream of warm southern lofts.
b

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Vervoort in the Big Apple

Happy new year to all.  Now that the holiday decor is all tucked away, now that all the cookies have been eaten, and now that the second batch of paperwhites is starting to bud in my dining room, spring feels in the air for me.  The sun takes on a new angle at this time of year, and, in spite of our snow and cold temperatures, I can almost hear daffodils starting to move in the soil.  So, to finish my Axel Vervoordt posts for now (new posts may reappear on my blog anytime I discover more of his work), lets finish with his design atop the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, a hotel partly owned by Robert DiNiro.  It is so beautiful in Vervoordt's wabi kind of way.

The Greenwich Hotel.

The drawing room.

Detail of drawing room.

Another detail from drawing room.

The living room.

Living room detail.

The dining area.

Leading to bedroom area.  I love the stone floor and white oak floor juxtaposition here, but then I love it all.

Master bedroom.

Detail of master bedroom mantel.

Bathroom.

Fireplace in bathroom - how luxurious.

Entering a guest bedroom from bath.

Guest bedroom.  

Detail of guest bedroom.

Same bedroom, different perspective.

Second guest room.

Detail from second guest room.

Lower level terrace.  Note the metal lighting which mimic autumn gourds.

Upper level terrace.  Much of the stonework in these terraces actually were once part of the New York City landscape.

The images here appeared in Vanity Fair magazine.  The article ended this way:

        The inspiring talent of Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt is on display inside this 6,800
           penthouse atop the Greenwich Hotel -- owned by Robert Di Niro, Ira Drukier and other
           partners -- in New York City.  Vervoordt's earthy palette of earthy tones, refined taste,
           and flair for for assembling a melange of antiques and art make the recently opened suite 
          one of the most desirable properties in town.  Problem is: you'll never want to check out.

That's exactly how I feel about ending my Vervoordt posts.  I don't want to leave and never tire of his "earthy tones and refined taste", but I  must move on to other styles for my five fantasy houses. Before I leave Wabi though, I encourage you to check the Greenwich Hotel website.  There, you can view videos of the men involved, the process itself and more views of  the rooms.  I tried to download it here but without success.

So till next time, when I plan on talking about my industrial side...

Stay warm, my friends,
b








Thursday, November 13, 2014

More Vervoordt

Today's blog covers other homes in the Vervoordt family- son Dick's home, son Boris' apartment and the Vervoordt family's chalet.  As you will see, all the homes have the same Vervoordt spareness enhanced by antiquities.  Enjoy.

Below is Dick Vervoordt's home, Axel and May's youngest son.  The home, not far from the castle, was a property owned by the family until Dick and his wife decided to make it their own.  With their two young daughters, I'll bet the senior Vervoordts delight in their proximity.  As you will see, the home has the stamp of wabi sabi all over it.

Many of these first images were taken from the Belgian magazine More Than Classic.  I am a longtime subscriber but sadly not a Belgian speaker.  You're on your own with the words that follow.


Beautiful lace cap hydrangeas at back entrance - flowers speak a universal language

Love their kitchen (of course).

Interesting, how different the colors look in the above image which is from the internet.  It's the same room maybe just a different time of day.  Now back to MTC images.

Same room, slightly different perspective.  Interesting faucet set-up.

Kitchen's long view.

Great table and chairs and tablescape beyond.

Long view.  Love that sphere.

Different perspective.

Dick's workspace with a peek into living room.  If I could read Belgian, I might know if this room doubles as a dining room.  (A dining room/office/library is a useful room in any house.  As my collection of books increases, I often think how handy this would be.  But then, what does one do with all one's china?)


This image from Veranda and shows a bit more of the living room.

Below is the upstairs bedroom and living space.

What follows is an image of Axel and his two sons - Dick at the rear of the table whose home we just saw. Boris is at the front of the table.  It's his apartment in the Kanaal district of Antwerp we are about to see.

While Dick Vervoordt focuses on the real estate aspect of the Vervoordt empire, Boris focuses on design and collection of the antiques.  His apartment is a bit more "funky" and contemporary than is Dick's home but still contains all the antique spareness.  This Secret Attic article is from Vogue Living.



Architectural Digest image



Love how the tilt of the mirror reveals other parts of the bath, and the light fixture is so cool.

And my very favorite room in Boris' apartment is the kitchen.  (No surprise.) I love the black island, the wood table, and light cabinets.  Not a fan of Aga stoves, but his looks great here.  And the ceiling light fixture - love it all.  Looks like a burl bowl (which I covet) resting on the table.

This is a random image found on the internet.  Not sure if it is a dining area or an office area, but thought I'd include it here.
If I could choose any attic apartment/loft in which to live, this would be it.  But alas, the lottery is just not cooperating.

On to the Vervoordt chalet in Switzerland.  Don't know if I'd ever ski or just ogle the scenery...



or the chalet's interior which all looks so warm and snuggly just as a chalet should.















So there you have it: a home in the country, an apartment in Antwerp and a chalet in Switzerland - all beautiful, all with the Vervoordt touch.  Do you have a favorite?  You know mine already.

My next post will sadly be the last on the Vervoorts, some of my favorite designers.  Axel's books abound so his work is available to pine over anytime.  Just wanted to share some of my favorites.

Snowing here today.  Stay warm and enjoy your week-end.
b