A Sleeping Beauty
Pax Intrantibus, read the gilded letters on an ornamented panel in the entrance. Peace to those who enter this means, but for years this 1870’s Arts & Crafts villa seemed to have sealed itself from the world on the banks of a small river just outside of Amsterdam. Until 2008 when a new owner started cutting the weeds that were about to overwhelm these walls, opened the windows and began the long process of restoring the house and its interior. Today this place is inhabited again. Ceilings, woodwork, paintings and panels were restored and new paintings were added.
Painted Shrikes now live in the entrance, keeping it accessible by cutting up its ornamental rose branches, putting their thorns to use as a food stash. It's what shrikes do. A bright colored Roller sits on top, enjoying the sunlight that now enters.
High above the stairwell yet another new painting. The railing continues in some large tree braches where a red crested family of Woodpeckers has taken up residence.
Schoonoord House, once a Sleeping Beauty, is now fully awake. With these new inhabitants, there’s never a dull moment.
The early 18th century gate of Schoonoord House
It once belonged to a much larger dwelling that stood on these riverbanks since the 1680's
The 1875 façade of the house.
Twelve restored painted panels in the entrance.
For some of these the damage to the original trompe l'oeil painted curtains was beyond restoration,
they were replaced by new images of birds and fragmented rose branches.
New painted panels in the entrance seem to middle between a William Morris design and a bird watchers fieldguide.
Painted Shrikes and fragments of ornamental Rose branches - Peter Korver | Amsterdam
Painted Shrikes and fragments of ornamental Rose branches
View into the living room.
Completely restored ceilings in the livingroom hued in a subtle violet grey.
Ceilings, woodwork, paintings and panels were restored and new paintings were added
Anthracite walls of the master bedroom.
Over the top in a lovely way; The ceiling of the master bedroom, completely restored and lightly restyled.
Boars, bears, dogs and deer; restored 19th century polychrome plaster ornaments on the ceiling.
Another new painted ceiling
High above the stairwell, a family of Woodpeckers has taken up residence.
The restored and newly gilded 19th c. frame in the ceiling,
allowing one last glimpse at the beams in the attic, moments before the new ceiling painting is installed.
"Le Trompe l'Oeil" -
a new painted ceiling in the original restored frame high above the stairwell
2008, when a new owner started cutting the weeds that were about to overwhelm these walls,
he opened the windows and began the long process of restoring this house and its interior.
The 18th century tea house before restoration
The river "het Gein"
Photography; © Eddy Wenting