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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Commercial Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

{Our Veranda}

As promised yesterday, where I did show you our Phalaenopsis orchid, I will show you Our Veranda. Please come inside and make yourself comfortable in our most sunny room of the house. We did buy our property by driving around one afternoon to see where the sun would be... We planned it very thoroughly. This is indeed the brightest and prettiest room in the house. The hand crocheted filet lace curtains are done by me. They hung in several homes before finally 'retiring' here. They only need to hang in there... 
We do have a house full of memories. We both did not let our house being decorated by an interior designer, as we think a HOME should reflect our walk of life, our heritage. Adding some heirlooms and photos and that truly creates the soul of a home. Would love to hear your opinion or idea about the soul of your home; please leave me a comment and if you have more questions, I will reply. For generating an email reply please click 'subscribe by email' below the comment box. That will generate the email whenever I reply to any comment! 
French Country Style solid oak furniture with Fleur de Lys cotton and viscose fabric.
Even the wool rug shows Fleur de Lys...
Below this post you can read about My French Connection!
That door to the left leads to our kitchen.
Another lovely orchid...
Many sandel wood carvings that we received from Pond's India Ltd. while working for them as consultants. 
Our window sills we had custom made from white Corian.
The door leads to the steps and the tiled walk way to our gazebo...
We got all 92 Delft blue Dutch houses from Royal Dutch Airlines.
Each year they add another one for their anniversary of years they've been in the air.
We got very often an upgrade into business class; with house!
The last Delftware houses I bought on eBay since we retired from consulting.
This Hindu statue is from Bali, Indonesia and made of ebony wood.
A view from the other  side...
You also see the brass laser cut, polished and lacquered window decorations.
In the door are the four seasons of a tree...
To the right is my own design of a brass mushroom family, see below post under related links.
My private collection vintage Lampe Berger, rose vases and pill boxes...
Blue is the color for our veranda.
The bird cage hanging is from Yogjakarta, Indonesia...
Detail of the crocheted filet lace curtain, the Delft blue houses and my own design of a brass happy mushroom family. See link below.
Why don't you have a seat and have a tea with us?
Overlooking the pond area...
The huge evergreen oak tree provides nice shade.
Now you look at the living room door...
The large framed blue silk batik birds are from Indonesia, see link below.
Above the blue silk batik is a bird done on rice paper, from India. 
You can read about it in a link below post as well.
Another Balinese ebony wood Hindu statue.
Also a vintage Lampe Berger with Angel Cameo.
Blogger Friend Celia M. High Heeled Life & Resilientista does have the other one... 
She loves angels as much as I  do!
Healthy house plant in solid French oak planter box.
That makes the exotic and tropical look more complete with all our memories from countries we worked in.
The leather deer was a gift from India.
The huge iron wood statue is Hanoman from the Hindu Ramayana play.
This was given to husband Pieter for his first consulting work in Indonesia.
Framed silk embroidered birds from husband Pieter's trip to China with People to People Citizen Ambassador Program. 
Solid French oak corner cabinet with beveled glass.
Rayon fleur de lys tassel...
Fleur de Lys vintage Lampe Berger and angel frame, see link below post about more details.
We almost came full circle.
More blue and here you see the first and original map of New Netherland as Dutch Colony with New Amsterdam, now New York.
Full circle...
Have a seat...
A peak through the door into our kitchen...
Hope you enjoyed our veranda.
Any questions are welcome and I will reply.
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It was a pleasure showing you some more about our walk of life.
A warm welcome also to all my new readers!

Related links:
{My Own Design of Brass Mushrooms} | previous post by me
{Birds as Artwork, we bought in India} | previous post by me
{Silk embroidered Birds from China Trip} | previous post by me
{Batik Birds from Indonesia on Silk and Cotton} | previous post by me
{Fleur de Lys in our Veranda} | previous post by me
{March 2, 1809 and My French Connection} | previous post by me
{Tuesday May 4, dinner with friends} | previous post by me
My 2nd Fleur de Lys Crocheted Curtain is Hanging | updated veranda with new curtains


  1. i like all light coming in and the brightness of the white tile. the wood carvings are wonderful as are your curtains. my favorite thing is how you've lined all those houses along the middle sill. :)

    1. Thanks Theresa! Yes, we both loved that idea too and it just works fine. Letting the shades down carefully, there never has been a problem. The ledge of that middle sill is just the right size!
      Slowly we are running out of space for them... In October they will release # 93!

  2. Dearest Mariette,
    Wow, how GORGEOUS your veranda is☆☆☆ I DO love and agree with your concept of your house.
    Yes, with that bright room weanplants must be SO comfortable to sit in♡♡♡
    You arranged all these precious items so neatly along with the crochet curtain you made.
    I LOVED the pink orchid in there(*^_^*)
    Thank you SO much showing us beautiful room; sure is the feast for our eyes!

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

  3. I would like to have a seat and I stayed to looking for hours all these beautiful
    things . ! I saw these little houses in your windows! How they stay on this place ? They are adorable !Have a nice day!

    1. Dearest Olympia,
      There is a narrow ledge and it is just the width of the houses, that's how they stay there.
      Have a great day too!

  4. Deve essere molto bello avere una veranda!Sedersi in poltrona e guardare le bellezze del giardino sorseggiando un thè!La tua è bella ed ordinata,accogliente e calorosa!Baci,Rosetta

  5. Dearest mariette,
    what a lovely arranged place in your house! It looks so warm and comfortable, a wonderful place to sit down and relax!
    I love all those tiny blue Dutch houses in the windows :O)))
    Have a happy week,
    love and hugs,

  6. Una veranda stupenda, complimenti!!felice giornata a te...ciao

  7. Jullie wonen daar toch echt wel heel mooi!!!...wat een ruimte !!...hoe hou je het allemaal schoon ??...liefs van mij...xxx...

  8. ik zie jullie al zitten in de lekkere zon,mooi,groet uit Holland irena

  9. Liebe Mariette,


    In Liebe

  10. è bellissima!!!!!!!!!! le casette di porcellana sono meravigliose!!!!!!!! complimenti per tutto e buona settimana Lory

  11. Wat een prachtig huis......heerlijke onder de zon van Indonesie...mmmmm !!!!
    Klinkt heerlijk.
    Fijne week.
    Liefs Bianca xx

    1. Nee hoor, dit is níet in Indonesië maar in Dublin, Georgia van de USA...

  12. Dearest Mariette, You veranda is so lovely. What a beautiful place to sit, enjoy the beautiful memories, tea and vista. This room evokes warm friendship and a calming atmosphere, which I believe was intentional. You accomplished that with your every present gracious style.
    Absolutely love the crochet curtains. Actually I am in awe. The Delft houses are wonderful.
    Love to you, Ginger

  13. What a bright beautiful room with many interesting things. I was immediately in love with the small houses. I would have been there with you and drinking a cup of tea.


  14. Liebe Mariette,

    so einen wundervollen gemütlichen Wintergarten würde ich auch gerne haben -
    so viele schöne Dinge sehe ich - es ist ein Traum -

    ich wünsche dir einen schönen Tag - lg. Ruth

  15. ciao bellissima casa complimenti a presto lu..

  16. Mariette è bellissima la tua veranda! Hai veramente una casa da sogno..


  17. Dear Mariette, this is a beautiful room full of light, I would enjoy drinking tea here or just relaxing and reading. You decorated it with such style and love. I especially love your chairs and sofa, pattern is so lovely!
    Hugs to you, jagoda

  18. Dearest Mariette
    I truly love your veranda. All your things are very beautiful but the sun coming in and giving so much warm light is amazing and makes the room to something very special.
    I would very much like to be there for real!
    Hugs to you

    1. Dearest Kajsa,
      You are quite welcome to come any time!

  19. Wow cara amica mia,che bella veranda!!
    Complimenti,mi piacerebbe sedermi,lì con il sole che entra dalle finestre e prendere un tè insieme!!;D
    Un bacione!!

  20. Dearest Mariette ... what another lovely spot to sit back with a cuppa tea and some of your wonderful home-baked cookies and taken the nature through those wonderful bright windows. I love that you have so many lovely treasures surrounding you in the veranda ~ it would be magical to look at each piece and recall the beautiful memories of when you acquired it.

    Oh yes, I noticed the Lampe Berger with the Angel Cameo right away ... it is such a lovely piece and I feel so blessed each time I look at ours.

    Thank you so much for your visits and supportive comments on the blog changes and recent posts. I feel like I'm finally listening to my Angels and am starting on the path they have been waiting for me to turn down. Much love to you Pieter and of course your furbabies. xo C. (HHL)

  21. What a beautiful and lovingly decorated room, so warm and cozy! Your curtains are divine, such a labor of love and so perfect in this room. I love all the little details and all the treasures you have gathered in your journeys. This would be a perfect place to have a cup of tea, with all of your lovely things all around. I do think that decorating with things that you love makes a house a home. Simply Lovely, Mariette. xx

  22. What a lovely room - I certainly would enjoy a cup of tea there, along with stories of your travels. I love the fact that everything has a story, and the way you have displayed those houses is spectacular! Often collections look over the top but you have got the display just right.

  23. Hello Mariette, That room looks so comfortable and inviting. I love the eclectic mix of objects, old and new, and from all over, and your happy mushrooms made me smile. My favorite part is all the white-painted woodwork around the windows. I am sure that I would practically live on that veranda.
    --Road to Parnassus

  24. Carissima Mariette, da quando ho visto la tua veranda non riesco a pensare ad altro!un gusto raffinatissimo (e qui non mi meraviglia affatto) un arredamento affascinante e un posto assolutamente incantevole. Ma quanto quanto mi piace.
    Le tendine? un vero gioiello, le poltrone bellissime e quella raccolta di casine... tutto da sogno. Mariette,sei meravigliosa.
    Un grande abbraccio e un milione di complimenti per il tuo stilemolto glam!

  25. What a beautiful room! So welcoming and inviting. I'd love to sit down and have a cup of tea with you! On one hand there would be no need to see any other room as here is so much detail to explore, and I'd love to listen to you telling all the stories. On the other hand this makes me curious about all your other rooms, as I suppose they are similar in their details?
    I love the feeling you create with the colours chosen and the curtains are just gorgeous. I crocheted some myself but they are tiny compared to these...
    Have a good time,

    1. Dearest Tina,

      You certainly can have a look at the other rooms too. They are all listed under: Our Home. If you click on the label, under this post or on the sidebar (scroll down) you will get to them. Enjoy your visit and stay as long as you want.

  26. Mariette,

    Every inch of your veranda is gorgeous!!!



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