I have been invited to get involved and source for a Gloucestershire Hotel refurbishment, a project i am absolutely in my element to be part of! My client wants to give a boutique hotel feel and suggested visiting The Toren Hotel on the canal in Amsterdam!
This I was more than happy to do! The owners had enhanced all the character features of the 17th century building with fine antiques and elements with a modern twist. The Architecture of the buildings was typically Dutch with a classical edge, the interior was full of grand C19th chandeliers and original marble fire places, original features including doors and plaster ceilings were restored and the whole combination worked extremely well. Modern art, contempory photography sat alongside period engravings with strategic lighting and carefully chosen fabrics and wall coverings created a very comfortable and exclusive feel to this very hospitable abode. A wonderful opportunity and an inspiring visit indeed!
Not being able to supress the hunter in me I then tracked down an amazing arcade not far from the Toren Hotel. The Antiekeentrum de Looier is a fabulous honeycomb of cabinets and stalls with collections and individual dealers present! I was in heaven, I found a number of items for my personal collections and a few commercial pieces for re-sale! I was able to negotiate firmly but amicably with the dealers present and have made a couple of very good contacts! Militaria was in abundance as were decorative tins and sculpture! One particular dealer Martin of www.historicalobjects.nl had a fantastic array of interesting items from ancient C18th carvings to C20th propoganda and military collectables, a great day and interesting trip indeed!
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