Belgian villa…


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A misty long view towards

Belgian Villa Rozenhout

c. 1790

Art and decoration 2

Le grande vestibule, sparsely adorned with a chaise d’époque,

19th century chandelier and mirrored sconce…

has a tantalizing view through a succession of rooms…

stone giving way to aged parquet patterns underfoot

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Aquired by Belgian couturier Edouard Vermeulen in 1990.

Vermeulen designs clothing with simplicity and purity and he

arranged the mansion in Wavre-Saint-Catherine between

Bruxelles et Anvers with the same principles

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The floor is reclaimed from un château délaissé

forsaken chateau…

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“L’ambiance du grande salon, avec ses lambris anciens, a exigé pas

mal de travail. J’adore les belle patines. En rendant à la Villa Rozenhout

son charm ancien, je l’ai en fait rajeunie.” To paraphrase, alot

of careful work was put into restoring the original finishes

and returning the Villa to its original ancient charm…

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Les panneaux ont été fabriqués sur mesure

par l’actuel maître des lieux

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Dans la salle de loisirs (in the leisure room)…

Axel Vervoordt sofa and Fauteuil rouge

Antique Directoire writing desk…

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The estate includes a caretaker’s lodge, orangery (conservatory),

une ravissant pavillion fête equipped with an outdoor kitchen

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Source: Nest Déco Spécial magazine

Oct. 2008

More Villa Rozenhout here

To Fanny Brawne…


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Bright Star

British Poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne

Bright Star

click for preview…

Bright Star 2

More behind the scenes and set design here

Gold framed sketch above here

Bright Star movie 2

To Fanny Brawne

from John Keats

I cry your mercy -pity -love! -aye, love!
Merciful love that tantalizes not,
One-thoughted, never-wandering, guileless love,
Unmasked, and being seen -without a blot!
O! let me have thee whole, -all -all -be mine!
That shape, that fairness, that sweet minor zest
Of love, your kiss, -those hands, those eyes divine,
That warm, white, lucent, million-pleasured breast, –
Yourself -your soul -in pity give me all,
Withhold no atom’s atom or I die,
Or living on, perhaps, your wretched thrall,
Forget, in the mist of idle misery,
Life’s purposes, -the palate of my mind
Losing its gust, and my ambition blind!

Chemisette early 19th MET


early 19th century

Metropolitan Museum of Art

AA Oct 2007 (4)

Spencer jacket

c. 1820

Augusta Auction Oct ’07

John Keats letter to Fanny Brawne May 1820

Copy of an original letter from John Keats

to Fanny Brawne

c. May 1820

John Leats by Joseph Severn 1819

John Keats by Joseph Severn

c. 1819 oil on ivory

Joseph traveled to Rome with Keats, and was with him

when he died there on Febuary 26, 1821


Bright Star

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art–
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors–
No–yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever–or else swoon to death.

Russell Page

A meadow in The Gardens of Russel Page

click for additional book photos


I’m not sure whether I’m more excited about the carpets of

Spanish blue bells, gorgeous Regency costumes, or the

lovely tones of dark grays, blues and indigo, interjected

by old rosy reds and aquas…


Additional information about the poet and film here

Bits of home…


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Painted 19th century French chairs

with carved rose detail…


Will be reupholstered in Belgian linen…



Inimitably aged aquas and blues…

beautifully carved old garden roses..


Bulletin board covered with family photos, clippings,

that’s my youngest upper right…almost off to college

So lucky to still have my mother…that’s her on the

left with my brother and I …


A lovely cluster of sea shells atop

a metal bead trimmed mirror…


Salvaged plaster cornice from an old French church…

makes a great cook book stand


So glad I saved these handwritten herb jars…

they have little votives in them now


Yes…those are odd little dragons as feet and little flowers at

the top. In the right light you can appreciate Astier de Villate’s

handmade irregularity…


Zinc steeple tops…

Love to bring garden elements inside as often as possible.

Just some of the slowly gathered favorites that make

up my home….


Paris Apartment 2

Claudia Strasser’s The Paris Apartment

has been a mainstay on my “favorites” blog list

for several years…

Paris Apt blog

Clearly, we have the same triggers…

librarychandelierversailles Paris Apt, blog

the same “ah” moments…

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A potential competitor if the price was right

and the goods scarce…

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We’d probably stop at the same Flea market stalls…

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and until I get there…

her posts on “French Flea” are the next best thing…

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Click here for more gorgeous walls

including a Claudia filmed tour of

L’Hôtel de Soubise

The Paris Apartment book 3

In her book Claudia takes us through the steps

from inspiration…

and gathering materials….

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To installation…

This is from James Salon

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I was thrilled to get my signed The Paris Apartment

book…between the book, and the search function on her blog

(try “Paris Flea”)…I am lost in reverie…

PS…Claudia has some beautiful new

script fabric in her boutique here

In Somerset…

Neurtral Heaven blog

Belinda Ollis, Design, Colour & Trend Consultant, has an

antique shop called No21 in Somerset, UK and two

wonderfully inspirational blogs…

Neurtral Heaven blog 2

both images from her blog:

Neutral Heaven

No. 21 Blog

Le Pavillion St Lambert

by British Interior designer Blahnaid Behan

No 21 blog

Chateau de Gignac

Provencal Escapes

Caroline Clifton-Mogg


These are images from Belinda’s  other blog

No. 21

No 21 blog 3

No 21 blog 4

Gorgeous photos,  color palates , great links, a lovely antique store

that I wish I could wander into, and two great blogs…

Belinda also offers design workshops in Somerset.

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