I've been admiring these images of this home for a while. Belonging to two sisters, piano duo Katia and Marielle Labqueue, who worked together with friend, Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt to bring this 2 bedroom flat (part of a decaying 17th century palace in central Rome), back to life with an elegance and an old world flourish. They also collaborated on a studio/rehearsal space.
It might still look like it still belongs in an era of antiquities, but the mod con's are concealed out of view. Kitchen appliances are hidden inside a rustic cabinet made from a battered pine door dating from the 1600s and the home theater system hides behind a rich silk curtain.
Talk about up-cycling; there are antique metal rods that once supported a roof at the Louvre refashioned into railing, a Roman marble bathtub, and faded 18th century painted panels.
A very romantic view of the world don't you think?
|18th century French table in the living room|
|19th century marble basin|
|Rehearsal room with Vervoordt designed sofa & table|
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Photos by Simon Watson