Today I finally created a pretty idea for decorating out that I came up with many moons ago. About 18 years ago, my brother came to Holland to visit us for the first time. We took him to visit a castle in the south of the country called Kasteel Hoensbroek. I bought a guidebook at the time and there were two lovely portraits printed in the book which I thought would look so nice framed. All these years later, while working on Christmas gifts in the autumn of last year, I found this book once again and thought again how I needed to frame these two lovely portraits.
Back in December, while shopping in my favorite shop in Brugge, Belgium, I found two perfect frames to use for them. I knew they would be just right as they looked so opulent. Again time passed and the frames sat in their boxes waiting to be used.
I was spring cleaning in my quilt studio again yesterday and what did I stumble upon? The guidebook with the portraits. Today, I got out the frames and here are the results (don't forget to enlarge the photo to see in detail)...
May I introduce you to:
Gravin (Grand Duchess)van Hoensbroek, Sophia Charlotte Maria Catharina Walburgis van den Leyen en tot Hohengerdoldsegg
and her husband
Graaf (Grand Duke)Lotharius Franciscus Wilhelmus Henricus Hyacinthus Victor van Hoensbroek.
I could not resist sharing their full names with you. What a mouth full! This couple were the last of the line of the family to live in the castle. The family line continues but they now reside in Germany. The castle was lived in up to 1787 and is now a beautiful museum.