Sunday, September 30, 2012

Amsterdam's Museum Van Loon

I was in Amsterdam exactly a year ago, so I decided to go back through some photographs and reminisce a little. Looking at the images from my afternoon at the Van Loon museum has made me fall back in love with the coral and blue color palette that runs throughout most of the house. It's warm and uplifting.

Will leave this post just to images. You can find out more about the history of the house on the museum's site, here.

The entrance of the Museum Van Loon on Keizersgracht, one of the city's most picturesque canals.

The blue drawing room on the main floor faces the canal, with gloriously huge windows that flood the space with light.

A settee in the blue drawing room.

Another drawing room, this one with beautifully painted murals and an intensified palette (which I really love).

I fully admit to being a fool for all things royal...

The red drawing room, originally used by the gentlemen of the home, is now presided over by a somewhat startling stuffed peacock. A certain irony, no?

This was such a pretty room (though a bit of a hodge podge). It's a tiny, sunny space and leads directly out to the garden through French doors. 

The central stair hall is decorated with paintings of family members and antiques, like the Rococo clock and 19th-century painted sleigh below.

An upstairs bedroom and perhaps my most favorite textile in the house. (Pardon the blurry pic!)

The ostrich. Not exactly a common toile subject!

The kitchen's tiled ceiling is vaulted between the beams. (An idea I'd love to see recreated in a modern kitchen.) It's a bright and cheerful place, and loaded with ceramics and painted furnishings.

You can't blame a cat for trying.

The rear facade and garden... with flower beds a bit tired out from a long summer. But it was still a glorious place to sit and rest. Wish I were there now!

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