A Danish Homecoming Centuries in the Making
The Baroness's Blank Slate
A DECADES-LONG FRIENDSHIP LED US TO DENMARK TO CAPTURE LOUISE'S STORY AND DOCUMENT HER CASTLE, RECENTLY STRIPPED OF ITS BELONGINGS, AT A TURNING POINT AS SHE EMBARKS ON THE CHALLENGE OF A LIFETIME TO RESTORE VALDEMARS WHILE MANIFESTING ITS NEXT CHAPTER.
After Louise acquired Valdemars, a family dispute resulted in the emptying of the majority of its centuries-old heirlooms, which were put up for auction. Louise, determined to bring back paintings and furniture that belonged in the house, attended the auction and purchased back items which she cherished most, such as irreplaceable portraits of family members. The unexpected generosity of many has helped recover these precious artifacts and has further buoyed Louise's mission to restore Valdemars' heritage. We were present to witness Valdemars in its barren state as its historic contents began to return.
Louise has a clear vision for Valdemars, respecting its past with an eye towards protecting its future.
The entrance to Valdemars is at the end of a tree-lined drive and has identical yellow gatehouses topped with bell towers. The buildings serve as residences for the lucky few who live and work on the property.
The tea house was built for entertaining amongst sweeping views of the Baltic Sea. The yellow façade completes the axis from the castle through the reflecting pond and pops on the horizon where the sky meets the shore.