RHAPSODY IN BLUE
Country Homes & Interiors|February 2021
Timeworn accessories, grainy woods and natural materials create a unique ambience in Anneke Herbers’ atmospheric home
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Living room

Dark coloured chalk paint walls evoke a moody hued backdrop. A striking statue and artwork draw the eye. For a similar floor lamp, try eBay. Tub chair, Wayfair has similar

Living room

Linen fabrics, raw wood furniture, and woven baskets add textural interest. Sofa, coffee table, and accessories, Herbers Lifestyle. Similar global homeware can be sourced from India Jane

Kitchen-diner

Anneke reused old kitchen cabinets in the new space. Other items were sourced from reclamation yards, local markets, and brocante stores, many of them in Bruges. For similar accessories and units, try The Packhouse, Lassco and Home Barn

Dining area

Anneke has created an eye-catching scheme with dramatic pendant lights positioned above the simple wooden table and chairs. Chairs, Aura Peeperkorn; table and lighting, all Herbers Lifestyle

For Anneke Herbers, it was a case of keeping it in the family when it came to the country house she now lives in – it originally belonged to her parents. ‘At first, the house was a base for my father and my daughter Marjon to keep and breed horses in the paddocks and stables at the rear of the property,’ she explains. Then in 2000, as her father grew older, he invited Marjon to take over the house, so she could continue working with the horses. Eventually, Anneke and her late husband Gerhard also moved in to help and be near the family.

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