Near Amsterdam, a Couple Turn the Top of a Former Chapel Into Their Home and Studio

Near Amsterdam, a Couple Turn the Top of a Former Chapel Into Their Home and Studio

Textile designer Milla Novo and her husband move into a converted monastery, uncovering religious frescoes in the renovation process.

About 20 miles from Amsterdam, an old monastery stands amid a lively garden in the quiet town of Bennebroek. Franciscan sisters once lived in the imposing brick structure, built in the 19th century, but they departed late in the 20th, and a developer subsequently carved the bulk of the building into 18 apartments.

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