Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Axel Vervoordt in Hong Kong

Axel Vervoordt has announced their new gallery in Hong Kong set to open May 13, 2014. You can read the details on the gallery's site here http://www.axel-vervoordt.com/en/gallery/news/opening-axel-vervoordt-gallery-hong-kong.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

WSJ Profiles Axel Vervoordt

The Wall Street Journal published an article with slideshow related to the Vervoordt family empire, with special focus on the mixed-used development at the Kanaal complex that also serves as headquarters, showrooms and workshops for the company's design arm. You can read the article here.

Sunday, July 21, 2013


... is, according to Merriam-Webster, a premium word. A bookstack can reveal a great deal about the bookstacker. This one pretty much sums it up for me.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bedroom Renovation

This is my first post using the Blogger app for iPad, as well as my first post in quite a while. The photos were taken with the iPad on a recent morning. The mantle is from a local antique shop, and the items in the built-in bookcase include rocks picked up on a trip to Colorado, and souvenirs from trips to Hong Kong and Vieitnam. The chest I bought at the Salvation Army when I lived in Manhattan. I put the top down on the VW cabriolet that I owned at the time (later sold to Victoria Secret supermodel Frederique Van der Wal, but that's another post), parked it in the underground garage until about 1 am when I bribed the doorman at Trump Parc to let me pull the car up to the front door and move it into my apartment through the lobby and into the passenger elevator, which was a big no-no according to the building rules. The big mirrors were purchased at a shop in New York's Soho and first came home to my former loft on Grand Street. They were shipped south when I moved back to the states from Paris, and I painted and stained them to match the newly refinished greige color floors in the bedroom. The mountain chair was purchased at the Place Jeux du Bal flea market in Brussels, and were featured in an older post with the hay bale coffee table, my entry in the contest hosted by Brook at the Velvet and Linen blog.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Minimal Elegance

I've been busy working on renovations at Garvinweasel, with four simultaneous projects underway, nearing completion now in the study, dining room, and two hallways. Pics soon, but for now here's one of my inspiration photos from Pinterest.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Source: Maisons de Charme, Printemps 2008

Monday, June 18, 2012

DIY update

Lots of work underway here over the past few months. The master bedroom, seen here from the future master bath suite, is actually done now, and I hope to post an update of the finished version soon.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Twilight Pond

Photo: jamesxvi

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Axel Vervoordt Interview for German TV

I can't understand anything the interviewer asks, and while Mr. Vervoordt answers in English, the German translation audio dubbed over his voice makes it difficult to make out what he is saying most of the time. If I can translate the transcript, I will post a follow up with some quotes. You can watch the interview here.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Vervoordt r.e. Kanaal

I found an interesting site about a project by Belgium's Vervoordt family. I heard about this when I was living in Brussels in 2008, that Axel Vervoordt's son Dick was planning a development around the Kanaal complex, where the Axel Vervoordt company has their workshops and showrooms. This extensive site contains an explanation of the master plan and its inspiration, descriptions and floorplans of the properties that will be for sale, biographies of the architects and designers behind the project, information about the Vervoordt Foundation, dedicated to supporting the arts and preserving the Vervoordt collection, and probably much more. It is in Dutch, but I viewed the site in Google's Chrome browser, which did a pretty good job of translating to English.

I have been on hiatus for a while now, focusing on renovations at Garvinweasel, with lots of projects underway simultaneously... never really a good idea in my experience, but sometimes things just work out that way. I hope to post some new photos soon of the original floors stripped of a century and a half of coverings, including at least two coats of paint and two layers of carpet. This is one tough project, slow going, and I have a backup plan for new plank flooring should I just give up at some point, so wish me luck.