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Lou Lou Van Damme

Loulou Van Damme

Stylist, model, hotelier Lou Lou Van Damme wears many hats, and she wears them well. The link below is a story in The New York Times, a few years back now when the then 69 year old had just opened a small hotel in the hills of India. She is now 72 and busier than ever…

Its got me thinking about India……….

“Despite her age, Van Damme says that she is busier now than she has ever been. On top of her work with Bungalow 8, which requires frequent trips around India, she is designing homes for a smattering of clients, styling interiors and photo shoots and, much to her surprise and delight, even modeling — and refusing to wear even a shred of makeup while doing it. “Loulou embraces age,” Ahluwalia had told me, “because she embraces life.” And life, as Van Damme’s homes have so clearly demonstrated, leaves beautiful traces.

Now that her guesthouse in the hills is complete, she’s begun work on the design for a second, larger house farther along the ridge. By the time that’s finished, Van Damme plans to be growing as much as 60 percent of the produce she needs for herself and her guests in her own garden. She recently started making her own butter; she may even learn to make cheese. She’s talked about starting up a drum festival with her neighbors to promote local tribal music and wants to work with a friend to improve sanitation and awareness about littering in the nearby villages.

It all sounds exhausting, but Van Damme simply explains, “I have to hurry up and have all my dreams now.”

Read the full story here………

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/t-magazine/designer-hotelier-isla-van-damme-india-panchavatti-retreat.html?_r=0

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