Belgian designer and dealer Axel Vervoordt shows us his home in a Venitian Palazzo. If you'd like to see a house I featured some time ago decorated by Axel go right here.
The home Vervoordt found and shares with his wife, May, is an apartment on the piano nobile of the 15th-century Palazzo Alverà. “You enter from the canal, but you live on the back side, with its garden, its silence, its big open windows. It’s bliss,” he comments.
New poplar floor and terra-cotta painted walls in the living room. Antique pieces—including an 18th-century Italian mirror—are mixed with contemporary ones. The 1977 oil is by Jef Verheyen.
He found the patina on an old wine table top so interesting that he decided to hang it as a work of art above an 18th-century Italian commode in the living room.
A circa 1720 Piedmontese mirror in the breakfast room is one of several Italian pieces already in the couple’s collection.
Intended for formal gatherings, the dining room can accommodate several dozen guests; it’s decorated with 19th-century frescoes.
Steps from the dining room lead to the loggia. “When you open the windows,” says Vervoordt, “it is as though you are on a covered terrace.”
As with much of the upholstered furniture in the apartment, May Vervoordt used a neutral cotton on the loggia’s chairs and sofas.