Last week’s rain has turned Los Angeles into a lush green land. It has been awhile since the Hollywood Hills have been a hue of shimmering emerald. This just maybe the elusive spring season, but there is no denying that the air is sweet and the bamboo is swaying in the light breeze. To honor this magical moment in LA, and to try and hold on a bit longer before the heat and June gloom, bring the classically bold leaf motif indoors. I’m feeling inspired!
Kasteel van ’s-Gravenwezel, a Belgian castle surrounded by sprawling gardens and woodlands, is the residence of Axel Vervoordt and his wife. Belgian antiques dealer and decorator Axel is know for mixing antiques with contemporary art and designing using the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi. This philosophy embraces humility at its core; It can be explained as a way of saying “thank you” to nature (wabi means “sober refinement” and sabi means “patina”). Wabi-Sabi looks at beauty as something imperfect, impermanent and incomplete with an inherent honesty.
“Design is more than just how something looks, it is also how it makes you feel.”
Vervoordt’s castle is magical and awe inspiring. There is a soft dream like existence to the castle in which boundaries between the indoors and out are seamlessly blurred, and furniture upholstered in whites and muted tones. I do hope to see this wondrous home in person some day.
images via BelgianPearls and Gardenista
There is no denying the beauty of a flower garden, but let’s consider a garden of greenery. Whether it be structured or wild, modern or traditional a green garden is my go-to for landscaping. The monochromatic palate with tonal variations has an inherit calmness and beauty, which I love. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of blossoms and there is a place for them, but for me they are not the main attraction…lush greenery is the star.