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.

Monday, July 8, 2013


Pen and ink.

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 29, 2012

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.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

India, she is my love song.

 All photos (c) jamesxvi

 In late February I visited India for the first time, a three-day business trip to Bangalore, and during my one day of site seeing explored the ancient Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in the town of Srirangapatna in the Indian state Karnataka. My driver waited down the street as I walked to the temple entrance, where after removing my shoes and leaving them with hundreds of other pair arranged in no particular order along the stone foundation, I was allowed to join the stream of Hindu worshipers entering the courtyard just beyond the tower seen below. 


 Courtyard view.

The building beyond the courtyard was a labyrinth of hallways, the air filled with sandal wood incense. Rooms  off these halls contained statues of Hindu Gods, each doorway manned by a robed swami. I was careful not photograph any of the worshipers, so these photos belie the fact that there were a lot of people around me, they simply were crowding the doorways and worship areas in the center of the building, leaving these stone pillared outer halls virtually empty. 

On the road, we stopped  for some fresh coconut milk.


On returning to Bangalore, the grueling traffic made the hotel seem especially welcoming after a long day. I was delighted with my stay at the Leela Palace, where I had breakfast on the the dining terrace (below) every morning.

With yoga instructor Sanjiv, 7 am, Feb 17, 2011.

 The hotel offers a 6 am yoga class in a lovely pavilion just off the pool (below). Each day I was there the yoga class had two to four pupils, and I had the pool to myself afterward for a few laps before breakfast.

Then hi-ho, hi-ho... off to work.

The moon over Bangalore, through the car window, as we drove to the airport for a 2:30 am connecting flight to Paris Charles DeGaul airport.

God bless the executive chefs at Air France... foie gras at 30,000 feet.

My hiatus from posts here is, well, complicated. I am working on the house and hope to return soon with an update and new photos of work in progress. Thanks for stopping by.

- James