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Happily, my 2013 March/April Veranda arrived the other day! This romantic spring issue, accompanied by the slow but steady snow melt outside my window, reminds me that greener grass and tulips are just around the corner. One of my favorite interiors is the Houston home of designer Pamela Pierce. Re-imagined with cleaner lines and a more edited mix of modern & antique pieces, she has successfully composed a stunning new space to reflect her newfound aesthetic. Ruffled hems are updated with sleek white linen slipcovers creating sculptural forms that appear to float atop her 19th century rustic wood floors. Thoughtful juxtapositions include Frank Gehry’s iconic cardboard Wiggle Chair perched next to a 19th century elm table and antique rolled-arm English sofa. Her impeccable eye for color and texture allows each piece its own breathing room yet they work effortlessly together, as if to tell us one cohesive story. The photos in today’s post are from the Veranda spread along with some beauties from her design portfolio. Click here to learn more about this amazing transformation!

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Photography by Lauren Resen for Veranda

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Photographs from Pamela Pierce Designs

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artful editing, earthy neutrals, natural linens, effortless sophistication…

photos from Darryl Carter

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a romantic roaring fire, aged stone surfaces, rustic wood beams, luscious textiles, relaxed elegance…

photos from John Saladino

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With all things Belgian on my mind, I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of my long time favorite designers, Bobby McAlpine…when I look at a McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier interior, I feel as if I am home…always inviting, soothing and romantic, they hold a special place in my heart and mind…this spread of Bobby McApline’s Montgomery Alabama home, from Veranda March-April 2003, has been a great source of inspiration over the years and happily, it is filled with many Belgian influences!  Artfully textured walls, sumptuous fabrics, a carefully edited palette, honed stone finishes, simply divine wood paneling and cabinetry, all accompanied by the perfect mix of antiques and newly upholstered pieces…gorgeous! Also, how fabulous are the chairs in the photo below! Almost like people having a conversation…different shapes, sizes and personalities, thoughtfully united by his choice of fabrics and finishes…amazing that this interior is almost 10 years old…it feels as though it could have been designed today (of course that is the sign of a great designer!) Enjoy!

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above, Aphrodite Anadyomene, Greek, Hellenistic Period, 3rd-1st century BC ~ Axel Vervoordt from TEFAF Maastricht 2011

He influences and inspires the way we think about and see the world around us…his aesthetic is studied and followed by the most accomplished architects and interior designers in the world…his philosophical approach to the way one lives and interacts with their environment has changed the face of interior design as we know it…the person, Axel Vervoordt…”Regarded as one of the most original and adventurous collectors and dealers of our time, he considers himself an eclectic collector and dealer, who treasures the timeless and disdains the trendy.” Behind each masterful composition, he fuses his profound knowledge of art history and applied arts with an artist’s eye for balance, scale and proportion, thus creating exquisite spaces filled with timeless beauty…I’m humbled and honored to share with you these images from Axel Vervoordt’s 50-room castle near Antwerp…please enjoy his skillful and sensitive juxtaposition of antiques and art ~ from contemporary to 18th century to ancient Egypt…may you be inspired by this Belgian masterpiece

“Vervoordt cites three main strands of influence in his work. The first is that of contemporary and oriental art and arte povera, which to him signifies the importance of a life of meditation, empty space, a love and respect of nature and of human existence. The second is architecture, which represents proportion, balance and harmony, such as one might find in an 18th century library. The third strand is the baroque, either gilded and courtly, or more.” ~ photos and resources from Axel Vervoordt

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Just the other day, I received a lovely comment from a fellow blogger…the best part, I am a fan of hers! Greet Lefevre writes a beautifully inspiring blog called Belgian Pearls…I discovered her well over a year ago and have been following her ever since…I never thought she would discover me! What an incredible gift! So today’s post is extra special because I know she is on the other side of the Atlantic reading this…

Let me begin by saying I LOVE Belgian design and what is represents…in two words, effortless sophistication…it’s easy and relaxed yet at the same time celebrates a deep respect for the past…soft, sumptuous linen fabrics, natural woods with an aged patina, honed stone surfaces, carefully chosen antiques, earthy neutral palettes…every design element is beautiful in and of itself…fuse them together, and you have the makings of a masterful timeless environment…and don’t think the design world hasn’t noticed the versatility and allure of Belgian design…the best of the best have embraced this aesthetic…from Washington DC designer Darryl Carter to the re-imagined line of Belgian inspired furniture by Restoration Hardware, we are seeing Belgian influences everywhere we look…I couldn’t be more excited to share with you these mouth watering interiors designed by Lefevre Interiors, a fourth generation family owned business of cabinetmakers run by Greet and her husband…straight from Belgium, these interiors express the essence of Belgian design…please take time to enjoy the details…thank you Greet for inspiring me with your thoughtful eye…

above and below ~ photos from Tijdloos, spring 2010

Be sure to check out Greet’s blog Belgian Pearls!

below ~ photos from Les Antiquites dans la maison contemporaine 2010

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This is a busy time of year for art and antique lovers! As I write this post, the 2011 TEFAF, The European Fine Art Fair, in Maastricht is in full swing and in just six days, the 2011 Eurantica Fine Art and Antiques Fair in Brussels will be underway. To whet our appetite, I’ve included seven beautiful images from the 2010 Eurantica Antiques Fair in Brussels featuring antiques from Brigitte and Alain Garnier. Representing the fifth generation of a family that has operated an antiques auction house since 1874, Alain brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the business of buying and selling antiques. I hope, someday soon, I can experience this beauty in person. Who knows, maybe 2012?

photos from Brigitte and Alain Garnier

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