Before I left for France I saw images of Isabelle Townsend and Patrick Deedes-Vincke's home in the October 2010 Vogue. I was immediately smitten with their knack for mixing antiques with modern iconic furniture items like Saarinen tables and Hans Wegner armchairs. This photograph of their study at their house in France, Le Moulin de la Tuilerie, gives you an idea of the couple's eclectic taste. (By the way, if you haven't read this article yet you should! The house has an absolutely fascinating history and once belonged to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. There's even a fabled connection between the current owner's father and Princess Margaret but I don't want to spoil the story! Go and read it.) Anyways, I was hoping to show you more images of this historic home but all of my searching turned up nothing.
Then I found this...
Turns out that Patrick who use to work as a photographer's agent, now spends most of his time fixing up old homes in France, Belgium and England. This home near Knokke in Flanders, Belgium has the same characteristic style and charm as Le Moulin de la Tuilerie. It is filled with a skillful mix of mid century modern furniture, vintage pieces and artful displays of photography and collected objects. Patrick says,"It's all the flotsam and jetsam of our lives. We accumulate more than we should from flea markets, brocantes. I don't know whether everything necessarily works together, but that isn't the aim."
I don't know about you but I think it is working! I could move right in.
If you'd like to see more photos from this story please click here.Top photograph by Francois Halard via The Frugal Materialist. Other photographs by Jan Verlinde