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A visit to Garnier Antiques and Interior Architecture, Belgium

Garnier Antiques and Interior Architecture, historical residence and showroom "Vaucelleshof".  The 10 year renovation by Brigitte and Alain Garnier also includes event hall and catering facilities for rent. Image via the Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net

Today, a visit to Northwest Belgium to visit the beautifully renovated, historical property, "Vaucelleshof" – owned by Brigitte and Alain Garnier of Garnier Antiques and Interior Architecture, a company that resides among the best of the best on our l&l loves list.


Entrance, Garnier Interiors, image via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net

Vaucelleshof is located in the countryside just ten minutes from Bruges, near the medieval village of Damme a bucolic locale amid pastures, farmland and beautiful tree-lined canals and bike paths.

Pastures, farmland near Damme, Belgium image via rhine and mosel blogspot 2012, Belgium feature, as seen on linenandlavender.net

Canal view towards Bruges, rhine and mosel 2012 blogspot, Sept 2012 Belgium feature, as seen on linenandlavender.net


Garnier home, historic Vaucelleshof, former abbey and farmhouse, now home, showroom and event space, image via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net
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The Garnier showroom, private residence and event spaces are contained on the historic property  "Vaucelleshof".  Showroom open: monday 9-18h, tuesday 9-17h, wednesday 13-18h, thursday 9-18h, friday 13-18h  or by appointment,  image via Garnier website as seen on linenandlavender.net

The property is comprised of buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th century, formerly an abbey for ten monks installed there by the Cistercian Abbey "Vaucelles" in the North of France, their primary goal to construct dikes in the area to protect the land from flooding.  

Garnier estate, Orangerie, image via Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net

Antiquarians Alain and Brigitte Garnier lived nearby in the village of Damme and had admired the derelict abbey, so when it was offered for sale in 1999, they lost no time in acquiring the property and beginning the massive renovation required. 

Wisteria surrounding iron and glass doors, Garnier estate, image via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender

The restoration was carried out over 10 years time, bringing all the modern conveniences to each of the buildings, but with great care to preserve the integrity and charm of the original structures.

Cobblestone drive and walk path, Garnier estate Vaucelleshof, image via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net

Brigitte with her penchant for art and interior design and Alain, a 5th generation antiquarian, make a brilliant team. Blending antiques and reclaimed building materials with contemporary artwork and modern technology, they have turned the former farmhouse, stable and other outbuildings into a comfortable and beautiful home and showroom. In addition, they have allocated and designed areas to function as event spaces available to rent for weddings, seminars and other gatherings. (See links at end of post for more information.)

Climbing roses, Garnier estate: "Vaucelleshof" image via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net


"Best Friend"image via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net


Garnier estate "Vaucelleshof" garden design includes boxwood, hydrangeas, roses, lavender and wisteria image via Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net

Stone concrete sink and counter design by Brigitte and Alain Garnier, image via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net
Garnier stone concrete sink and counter via Garnier (be) website (Vivre Country feature) as seen on linenandlavender.net
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Garnier Antiques and Architectural Interiors, antique chandeliers, home accessories, furnishings all via Garnier (be) website, shown here in the home of Brigitte and Alain Garnier, image via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net
Crystal candelier, iron and glass windows, image via Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net


Grand kitchen island via Garnier (be), home of Brigitte and Alain Garnier, image from Vivre Country feature as seen on linenandlavender.net

The grand kitchen (140 square meters) occupies what was once the stable.

Island, French Cabinet, Garnier kitchen image via the Garnier (be) website from the Vivre Country feature, as seen on linenandlavender.net

Prep sink, rough marble slab detail, image via Garnier (be) website (More Than Classic feature) as seen on linenandlavender.net

Kitchen on the renovated estate "Vaucelleshof" via the Garnier (be) website (Vivre Country feature) as seen on linenandlavender.net

Spiral staircase in the Garnier kitchen leads to the guest bedroom, image via Garnier (be) website, AD Italy  feature, as seen on linenandlavender.net

View from living room open to dining area, Garnier home via the Garnier (be) website, Nest magazine feature, as seen on linenandlavender.net


Garnier bathroom,a cabinet in ebony and ivory, with painted scenes, Portugal, seventeenth century image via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net
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Garnier's bathing room, marble tub, "Chateau" custom chair available at Garnier Interiors image via Garnier (be) website, as seen on linenandlavender.net

Antique Carved Mirror (17th Century), image via the Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net

Garnier bedroom, custom chaise lounge available via Garnier Interiors (95 cm x 160 cm x 90 cm), Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net


Landing leading to master bedroom, lantern is  nineteenth century, in the style of Louis XV via Garnier (be) website, AD Italy feature as seen on linenandlavender.net


Garnier bedroom, linens available via Garnier Interiors, image via Garnier (be) website (Vivre Country feature) as seen on linenandlavender.net
 (see links to Garnier offerings by category at bottom of post)

Custom headboard via Garnier Interiors ( 125 cm high x 200 cm wide) image via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net



"Vaucellesof" historical property restored over a span of 10 years by Brigitte and Alain Garnier.  Now their home, antiques showroom and event space.  See the Garnier (be) website for details.  Image via Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net


Wisteria surround iron and glass doors and windows, lanterns via Garnier (be) website, image via Garnier website as seen on linenandlavender.net


Beautiful restoration work and landscaping at "Vaucelleshof" owned by Brigitte and Alain Garnier who performed a 10 year restoration on the property.  Image via Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net


Alfresco dining at the Garnier estate "Vaucelleshof", custom oak table available at Garnier (be), image via the Garnier website as seen on linenandlavender.net

Large oak table  76 cm high x 550 cm long x 92 cm wide available from Garnier (be) - reference 1975, image via the Garnier website as seen on linenandlavender.net
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Iron and glass doors, Garnier orangerie via the Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net

esign, restoration of "Vaucelleshof" historic property, aged plaster detail, faucet, potting cabinet of Orangerie.  Image via the Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net


Orangerie, restoration and design by Brigitte and Alain Garnier, Garnier Antiques and Architectural Interiors, image via the Garnier (be) website Vivre Country feature as seen on linenandlavender.net


One of two North-Italian cassapanca's, 18th century, in original colour  215 cm high x 192 cm wide x 38 cm deep, shown here in the Garnier orangerie, as seen on linenandlavender.net

The charming, rustic orangerie on the Garnier estate "Vaucellesof", image via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net

Garnier estate "Vaucelleshof", spiral staircase and old plaster walls of the Orangerie, image via Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net

Iron and glass windows and doors, cobblestonIron and glass windows and doors, cobblestone path. All light fixtures can be ordered at Garnier.  Image via the Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net

The Garnier kitchen is now located in the former stable.  Image via the Garnier (be) website seen on linenandlavender.net

Weathered Oak bench  220 cm wide x 100 cm x 88 cm high via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net

While I was visiting Garnier.be enjoying a tour of this enchanting property, I also browsed through their current antique inventory and selected a few (of many) lovely items to share with you.  (Hover over the image for a brief description and please visit the Garnier website if you would like to purchase or to obtain further details.  -See quick links to Garnier offerings by category at the bottom of this post.)

19th Century French Cabinet, (hardware detail ref # 2632) L's pick available at Garnier (be), as seen on linenandlavender.net19th Century French Cabinet/Armoire (ref # 2632) 217 cm high x 140 cm wide x 51 cm deep (incl top) L's pick available via Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net19th Century French Cabinet (ref # 2632), L's pick  available at Garnier (be), as seen on linenandlavender.net


Italian chandelier 160 cm h x 120 cm dia, L's Pick,  available for Garnier Antiques, image via Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net


Baroque Italian Walnut MIrror 100 cm x 93 cm L's pick available via Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net
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Chinese Oil Lamps via Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net


Pair of bronze andirons 28 cm h x 25 cm w, L's pick available via Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net


Commode, Alsace, 18th century, (ref #1942) 84 cm h,x 96 cm w x 63 cm d L's pick available at Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net


Pair of Chinese armchairs, 19th century, 88 cm h x 64 xm w x 60 cm d L's pick from Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net


Vintage rug (ref # 7005) 321 cm x 209 cm, L's pick available at Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net


Black Forest mirror, ca 1830, perfect condition (ref # 8765) 63 cm x 52 cm,  L's pick available at Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net



Rock crystal chandelier, 18th ct, royal provenance, Genova, Italy   ca 140 cm x 140 cmr via Garnier website as seen on linenandlavender.net   Visit the Garnier website for an interesting read about rock crystal value, history and uses through the ages, see:  http://www.garnier.be/index.cfm?page=Antiques&cat=2045&subcat=2201
Rock crystal chandelier, royal provenance, 18th century, Genova, Italy - Rock crystal is in reality quartz. A material of exceptional hardness with indices of light refraction close to that of a diamond, quartz has been mined and worked since antiquity.  In the Middle Ages, this rare material was used almost exclusively on religious objects.  A prohibitively expensive material, Cristal de roche was first mined in small quantities in the 17th century and its rarity forced artisans to innovate...
-excerpt from the Garnier website.  
continued (see pg 2/Chandeliers):  {Rock Crystal}  

Pine Hall Bench (ref # 3361) 126 cm h x 190 cm w x 49 cm d via Garnier as seen on linenandlavender.net

Pine Drop Leaf Table, (ref # 2442) 75 cm h x 170 cm x 45 cm closed, 133 cm open, L's pick available at Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net


Italian Armoire, (ref. # 000190) 240 cm h x 375 cm w x 57 cm d, L's pick available at Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net


Garnier home, exterior facade, image via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net
Horse Drawn Carriage for wedding party at Vaucelleshof, Garnier property Belgium, image via Garnier website as seen on linenandlavender.net

For information on renting Vaucelleshof, 
including capacity and catering details, go here:  {Your Event

Table Decor, event at Garnier Estate "Vaucelleshof" image via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net

Event at Vaucelleshof image via Garnier (be) as seen on linenandlavender.net
 More images:  {Weddings

Recommended reading for more on the Garnier estate and other exceptional homes:  

The cloakroom cupboards (at the back of the  photograph) are made from 19th century antique doors.  The stairs are made from oak., the walls and curved stairway, chalk plaster. Image via Beta-Plus Publishing's The 100 Best Interiors in Colour available in the emporium by linenandlavender.net


New release (Jan/Feb 2013) from a publishing company at the top of our l&l loves list, Beta-Plus:  
The 100 Best Interiors in Colour
 - Along with 99 other inspiring interiors, the Garnier's home is featured in its pages. 



"The historic Vaucelleshof is situated between Bruges and the north Sea coast. The abbey and farmhouse complex belonged to the Vaucelle fathers and includes 17th, 18th and 19th century buildings.  The antiquarian couple Garnier acquired this domain in 1999 and started the restoration works that have lasted more than ten years."  –excerpt, The 100 Best Interiors in Colour.

The guest room with English inspiration: a mahogany 18th century library and antique parquet floor, also  in mahogany. Bed linen by Shabby chic image via Beta-Plus Publishing:  100 Best Interiors in Colour, as seen on linenandlavender.net and available in the emporium

Antique os de mouton Chairs and 18th-century walnut parquet flooring, image via Beta-Plus Publishing's 100 Best Interiors in Colour available in the emporium by linenandlavender.net



100 Best Interiors in Colour (us)
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Garnier Interiors, antique surround via Garnier (be) website as seen on linenandlavender.net

Garnier residence featured in the book
"Quiet Living" 
click image to order in the U.S.
 
Also available in these countries:
Quiet Living (de)
Quiet Living (fr)
Quiet Living (ca)
Quiet Living (uk)






In parting, a winter scene from Brigitte Garnier (her blog):
Image by Brigitte Garnier (her blog) canal from Bruges to Damme (work of Napoleon) as seen on linenandlavender.net

"This is the canal from Bruges to Damme (work of Napoleon), one of the most romantic places. In winter, when the water is frozen, we can walk or skate on the canal from Bruges to The Netherlands, through the historical village of Damme..." -Breathtaking Winter Views, Brigitte Garnier's Lifestyle
  
Such an idyllic setting...I hope you are feeling as inspired as I am after visiting the Garnier's beautiful home.
LeAnn, linenandlavender.net



Canine plaques, image via Garnier (be) website, home of Brigitte and Alain Garnier, as seen on linenandlavender.net

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