Easter at Villa Augustus in the Netherlands by

Issue 65 · Belgium and Beyond · March 25, 2013

Easter at Villa Augustus in the Netherlands

Issue 65 · Belgium and Beyond · March 25, 2013

Located on the grounds of a 19th century Dutch water tower, Villa Augustus offers a year-round bounty of color, in its vibrant flowers, lush gardens, and lively decor. This spring finds the Dordrecht hotel, and its restaurant and market, in full swing as it gears up for another season in bloom.

When she is not conjuring her own vibrant Wood and Wool creations, Dutch artist Ingrid Jansen is lucky enough to work at Villa Augustus. Here she lends her creative talents, conceiving many of the ever-changing bouquets as well as festive seasonal decor, pausing now and then to capture this inspiring place in her lens.

Except where otherwise noted, all photos by Ingrid Jansen.

Villa Augustus garden by Hetty: Gardenista

Above: Surrounding the old 19th century water tower which now serves the 37-room hotel, the gardens of Villa Augustus offer up many of the flowers and vegetables for the restaurant and market. Image by Hetty.

Villa Augustus Easter Chandelier by Ingrid Jansen: Gardenista

Above: Here decked out for Easter, the dramatic chandelier in the dining room changes seasonally.

Villa Augustus cafe chairs by Ingrid Jansen: Gardenista

Above: On the Villa's grand terrace, pastel cafe chairs provide plenty of outdoor seating.

Villa Augustus hyacinths by Ingrid Jansen: Gardenista

Above: Welcoming spring, hyacinth bulbs nest in an Easter basket.

Villa Augustus colors by Ingrid Jansen: Gardenista

Above: Villa Augustus' signature style: whimsical, jewel-tone accents enliven the interior as well as the grounds.

Villa Augustus bouquet by Ingrid Jansen: Gardenista

Above: One of Ingrid's arrangements provides a burst of color for the Villa's flower day.

Villa Augustus flowers by Ingrid Jansen: Gardenista

Above: An arrangement by Ingrid (L) brightens a grand passage. Above: Forget-Me-Nots from the Villa's greenhouses (R) are on sale in the market.

Villa Augustus Easter bunnies by Ingrid Jansen: Gardenista

Above: Golden Easter bunnies on offer in the market.

Ingrid Jansen at work at Villa Augustus: Gardenista

Above: Happily at work, Ingrid Jansen applies the finishing touches to one of her extemporaneous arrangements.

Villa Augustus flower harvest by Ingrid Jansen: Gardenista

Above: Harvested from the Villa's own gardens, a bevy of bouquets await placement on the dining tables.

Villa Augustus market by Ingrid Jansen: Gardenista

Above: A bounty of Villa Augustus produce in the market.

Villa Augustus bulbs by Ingrid Jansen: Gardenista

Above: In the market, spring bulbs await a new garden home.

Villa Augustus cafe and tower by Ingrid Jansen: Gardenista

Above L: Viewed from the tower, the patchwork landscape of the Villa Augustus cafe and garden. Above R: Overlooking the Wantij River on one side and the greenhouse and gardens on the other, the former water tower houses the Villa's accommodations.

Villa Augustus blue garden by Hetty: Gardenista

Above: A quiet place to sit alongside a blue garden path. Image by Hetty.

N.B. Looking for more fresh Easter decor? Actress Diane Keaton keeps her Easter table simple but lovely.



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