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.