Steve and I love to travel with our children. Introducing them to cultures that are different from ours is one of our greatest pleasures. We also tend to choose countries that inspire our designs in some way, so this month we are taking a family trip to Belgium and France. Our recent projects, including Patina Farm, have been greatly influenced by the design aesthetics of these two countries.
We are excited to be spending the day with our dear friend Greet Lefevre and her family. Greet is a talented interior designer and writer of the blog Belgian Pearls.
Greet shared these images of her garden in a recent post. Her garden has the perfect balance of symmetry and softness.
We hope to be able to use their hardware throughout Patina Farm.
Greet wrote an amazing post about her favorite resources for reclaimed architectural materials. We plan to visit several of them during our visit, including Rik Storm.
These beams are the perfect pale gray color for Patina Farm!
I adore everything about this room...the ceiling, the brick floor, those gorgeous steel windows!
I'd like to use some reclaimed wood on the outside of our studio!
Verschaeve is another destination on our list. I've made a schedule of all of the doors we need for Patina Farm and am hopeful that I will find most of them at Verschaeve, given their extensive selection of antique doors.
I wish I had a place for these beauties!
We also have a date to visit the studio and residence of one of the most influential designers alive today, Axel Vervoordt!
Our day will start at the Kanaal, a former distillery that Axel Vervoordt has transformed into exposition rooms, offices, warehouses, and restoration workshops.
We have plans to tour Axel and May Vervoordt's private residence, the Castle of s'Gravenwezel near Antwerp.
After exploring Belgium, we are driving to Paris for a couple of days. We don't have a many plans, but we do have tickets to see the Ralph Lauren Automobile exhibit at the Louvre.
The entire family has a strong appreciation for beautiful car design.
After seeing Woody Allen's latest movie Midnight in Paris, Steve, Leila and I put Monet's Water Lilies exhibit at the L'Orangerie on our "must see" list.
Vicki Archer, book author and writer of one of my favorite daily blog reads, French Essence,was kind enough to send me a list of her favorite boutiques. Leila and I are planning to carve out a little "mom and daughter bonding time" to do some shopping. Thank you Vicki!
This is Vicki's dreamy home in Provence! Vicki knows how to live...
We are also squeezing in a day trip to Provence to visit my friend Heather Robinson.
Those of you who follow Heather's blog, Lost in Arles, know that Heather is a fabulous writer that now lives in the charming town of Arles. We are hoping to do some antique shopping during the day, but just being in Provence is enough for me!
This is Heather and Remi's last apartment. They just signed the lease for a new residence that I'm looking forward to seeing.
I'm excited to take you with us on our trip. I plan to do many posts during our travels including a few videos. I think they will give you some insight into our design process as well.
I would also love to get your suggestions to add to our "must see" list!
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