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Looking for cabinets / Chercher des armoires

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To decorate the mill we’d like to blend old and new; the warmth of local styled cupboard with the elementariness of modern design. We constantly visit the local brocantes but the real good stuff you don’t find that easily.

We therefore place this query:

Do you have, or knows someone who has, old furniture stowed on an attic or some grandmothers bedroom? We are looking for second hand cupboards, dressers, and side tables of a simple style like in the pictures below. If you are interested in selling, please contact us by email or reply to this post.

Possédez-vous ou connaissez-vous quelqu’un qui aurait dans son grenier, de vieux meubles ou des chambres anciennes? Nous recherchons des meubles de seconde main: armoires, commodes, tables basses, de style simple comme sur les photos ci-dessous. Si vous êtes en possession, de ce genre de meubles, merci de nous contacter par mail ou sur cette page.

And what DO we like? We big fans of simplicity regardless of age. Decorations are vain. Our motto: “if you can do without, leave it.”

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Glasshouse

glasshouse |ˈglasˌhous| noun [Brit.]

a greenhouse, |ˈgrēnˌhous|, a glass building in which plants are grown that need protection from cold weather.

This weekend we found our inspiration for the flower and veggie garden. This strange, neck-shaped piece between the orchard and the field has always been a bit of a struggle for us. We had no idea how to turn it into something of value. Should it be a playing ground? A beautifully simple grass field? A kitchen garden full of savory herbs?

Since we’re living in the fast lane, we actually do take time to enjoy the good moments of life. So one sunny Saturday we went to Staverden Castle (Kasteel Staverden). We only had thoughts of some wine and finger food, but

There it was! The Victorian Glasshouse.

The metal structure painted white with its elegant, cave-shaped roof grabbed our attention. We went inside over and over again. It was warm, comfortable, useful, inspiring! And it had absolutely dazzling character. This was exactly the eye-catcher that this part of our garden cried out for! If we build a glasshouse like this at the end of the heart line, we’d have a perfect ‘folly’. It would bring great perspective to the flower garden and drive people right into this part of the garden where they could wander between the blooming beds and enjoy the scents of nature.

The glasshouse could also be used as a winter shelter for citrus trees or as a greenhouse for orchids, or even a nursery for our the indigenous plants of our garden. With just a few seats and a heater it would make a fantastic place to sit in early spring or even late autumn. Can you imagine reading a book surrounded by the smell of orange blossoms with buckets of rain pounding on the metal and glass above?

Our only problem was where to get one?! 🙂

We placed an ad on the Dutch eBay. The copy we placed translated as: “There’s no match between our house from 1813 and a modern aluminum glasshouse. Therefore we’re looking for an ancient Victorian glasshouse between 20 square meters and 40 square meters which has a brick substructure. Who has got one or knows somebody that has got one and wants to get rid of it? It is not a problem if it is a bit broken; it can be a renovation project. We’ll come to pick it up wherever in the Netherlands and Belgium.”

If you are from the UK and you have one to offer, don’t hesitate to reply. 😀

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