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It seems everywhere I look, the design world is embracing color…vibrant hues in wild combinations…I, on the other hand, can’t seem to shake my passion for gray…rich charcoals, feather weight pale blue grays, I’m drawn to them all…may you find beauty in these expressive interiors…

photos from Diana Kelly, Bobby McAlpine, Dransfield and Ross, Ruby Beets, Haynes and Roberts, Edouard Vermeulen, Frette

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Trained in Brussels as an interior designer, Edouard Vermeulen discovered his love for fashion after only three years of activity as a decorator. His work with volumes and materials translated effortlessly to fashion and he began presenting his own collection in 1984. Yesterday’s post featuring his gorgeous Belgian country home sparked my curiosity about his couture house Natan. I love that I discovered his home before ever experiencing his fashion. For those who know his work, it would most likely be the other way around. For me, his fashion eloquently echos his home, a simple palette with beautiful structure and form. So chic and elegant! Enjoy!

“2011 will be the start of a new era of truth, ethics and beauty. Difficult times always mean returning to true values and eliminating the superfluous” ~ Edouard Vermeulen

photos from Natan

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For part eight of my Sunday tradition, I’m pleased to share with you another one of my cherished archives, the Belgian home of Edouard Vermeulen. Located in a pretty village outside Antwerp, the 18th century manor house, or gentilhommiere, is a 20 minute drive to Brussels where Edouard runs the couture house Natan (commissions include weddings dresses for the royal families of Belgian and Luxembourg). Working with expert builders and architects, Edouard designed and managed the twelve year restoration from start to finish. Majors changes to the property included restoration to the facade and construction of a new main entrance at the front of the house. For the interior palette, he stayed true to his fashion philosophy ~ “I prefer not to be surrounded by pattern, so I opted for a simple, contemporary look that is easy to live with, but also sympathetic to the age of the property.” Using reclaimed rather than modern materials, he was able to capture the spirit of the 18th century. The black and white marble floor tiles in the hall came from a chateau in the Loire Valley, and the boiseries in the salon were found locally. Please enjoy this lovely trip to the Belgian countryside…

photos and resources from British Homes and Gardens, July 2005

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