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Homes With Heart: Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Hello everyone! It’s Holly Marder from Avenue Lifestyle visiting you today on decor8. I thought I’d stop by to bring you all some some inspiration in the form of a wonderfully eclectic and colorful family home in the Netherlands. I showed these images to Holly and she immediately accepted my offer to do a post about this fun home, so let’s get started!

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

I am so fortunate with my work to be able to peek into beautiful homes on a regular basis to document the style and personal stories of their owners, and one look at this home and I was bursting at the seams to share it with you! Owned by interior designer Femke Dekker of Femkeido, you’d better believe it’s a colorful feast for the eyes!

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

 

This is her more “formal” living room off of the dining room and kitchen area.

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

And this is her more informal living room…

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

The way Femke layers color upon color is nothing short of inspirational. Her modern home, which she shares with her husband and three young children, blends both old and new items against a neutral backdrop, upon which she cleverly weaves in colors of all shades. “I don’t think too much about how I decorate my home, I just do what feels natural and add pieces that I love,” Femke says. “When I work with clients, I really think about the space and how it all comes together, but my home really is my playground.”

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

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Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Downstairs, a single wall drenched in charcoal grey extends the length of the open living, dining and kitchen while the rest of the space relies on crisp white as a canvas upon which neon and pastel hues come alive. Concrete floors throughout and a couple of masculine pieces contrast Femke’s playful use of color, giving her home a feminine but ultra sophisticated vibe. So what tips does Femke have for those of us looking to add color to our homes without going overboard?

“I always start with a neutral base, which gives me flexibility for when I want to use color. I like to add color in the accessories, so will layer in pastels and soft tones. What I then do is take a step back and if I feel that it’s lacking something, I add a strong, bold color. The finishing touch for me is always the strongest color, which can then be taken away later on if my taste changes.”

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

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Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

What I personally love about Femke’s space is that her color choices always return, so while the space is fun and bright, it’s also very consistent. A couple of examples are that fabulous antique buffet cabinet painted in pastel blue, which comes back in the pendant lamps, or the various neon pink touches seen throughout. “The blue cabinet was originally white, but because the wall behind it was also white at the time, I decided to paint it. I chose this pastel blue because it matched the pendant lamps. I was so surprised at how fabulous it looked against the wall once we had painted it grey!”

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Funky Netherlands Home Tour

Femke finds inspiration in bold, graphic prints and quirky accessories, but also in the work of designers such as Ilse Crawford. “Her work is a bit quirky. Her interiors combine modern with authentic details and fun wallpapers but never over-the-top. She really creates interiors that are livable but very different.”

I hope you enjoyed that little peek into the home of a Dutch interior designer. Femke, thank you for opening up your home for us all, and a big thank you to Decor8 for having me!

So. Are you feeling inspired to get colourful at home, or what?! -Holly

(text/photos: holly marder)

Posted by decor8 in Home Tours, Homes With Heart on August 01, 2013

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  1. Amy @ Milo and Mitzy commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 10:15am

    WOW WOW. What a fabulous home. Love the industrial lights above the table. Amy x
    Amy @ Milo and Mitzy´s last blog post ..Chunky knit throws for Milo and Mitzy

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  2. Louisa Blackmore commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 10:17am

    Wowzers I love this so much!

    Such an incredible space and I love the way she uses colour. It’s so interesting that she treats her home like a playground, I do that too – it’s so fun for experimenting.

    Thanks Holly & Holly for sharing this inspiring home today.

    Louisa
    Louisa Blackmore´s last blog post ..Before and After || Sneak Peek of West Egg’s Studio + Workshop

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  3. Holly {Avenue} commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 10:27am

    Oh gosh, I love every inch of this home. Want to go back and do it all over again!
    Holly {Avenue}´s last blog post ..Featured: Italian Inspired Al Fresco Dinner for Style Me Pretty Living

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  4. Bram De Geyter commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 10:28am

    Hi Holly,

    Love your blogs! (both Holly’s ;-))

    Thanks for the very inspiring house tour!!

    Just wanted to let you know that the link to Avenue Lifestyle is not working!
    Bram De Geyter´s last blog post ..Summer memory crafts 3: Holiday in a jar

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  5. decor8 commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 11:12am

    @Bram – Fixed it, thank you!

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  6. decor8 commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 11:12am

    @Holly – I can see why, great space – I especially loved the bedroom/office, that was the most clever thing I’d ever seen in a home.

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  7. Nat @ Dear Little House commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 11:43am

    Love the pops of neon and the eclectic mix. Great eye for colour!
    Nat @ Dear Little House´s last blog post ..The nesting has totally kicked in!

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  8. Laura commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 12:18pm

    Wow Wow WOW! So fun yet so clean and fresh! Love the different sitting area’s, cutest accesories and indeed, the workspace in the bedroom is so smart as well.
    I feel so inspired to use a few ideas from Femke’s home to ours. Thank you for sharing the wonderful shoot!
    XO Laura
    Laura´s last blog post ..LIKIN’ STATIONERY

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  9. Annie Kruse commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 12:25pm

    What a gorgeous home. Lovely shots and a great combination of stylish and homely. Want to move it please! ;-)
    Annie Kruse´s last blog post ..COLOUR BLOCK BEACH HOUSE BY STUDIO UDA

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  10. Hayley commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 1:07pm

    Do you know where the “Never Grow Up” print is from?
    Love this whole space!

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  11. Femke Dekker - ter Meulen commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 1:14pm

    So great to see my own home here! The photo’s look fab! x Fem
    Femke Dekker – ter Meulen´s last blog post ..On a Summer Holiday…

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  12. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 3:10pm

    SO modern and chic! I love the pops of color!

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  13. kiosc commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 3:48pm

    I love everything in this house !!
    kiosc´s last blog post ..Princesses / księżniczki

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  14. nancy commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 4:23pm

    I love every single piece of the kitchen! and the lamp in the living room? amazing!
    nancy´s last blog post ..Il fascino dimenticato del rustico

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  15. Femke Dekker - ter Meulen commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 5:58pm

    @decor8: Thanks, it is a great place to work! x Fem
    Femke Dekker – ter Meulen´s last blog post ..On a Summer Holiday…

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  16. Geraldine commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 6:12pm

    Stunning home and beautifully shot. I ‘ll have to return again and again to look at it. A true feast for the eyes x
    Geraldine´s last blog post ..A day trip to Whitstable Beach

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  17. Stephanie commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 6:31pm

    Wowww! Really cool! Beautiful pictures and article! Go Femke :)
    Stephanie´s last blog post ..count your blessings

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  18. Holly commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 6:43pm

    I am so inspired by this space. Just dreamy!

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  19. julia I mintlametta commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 7:25pm

    just amazing – I am not able to pick some favourite room detail/style/deco out, cause it is all soooo inspiring!
    julia I mintlametta´s last blog post ..die artischocke auf der erbse

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  20. Sonia commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 7:41pm

    Indeed, this house looks very organic and full of personality. Pure eye candy and so many details to look at! Love it!

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  21. tinajo commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 7:54pm

    This looks great, love the mix of everything and the colors! :-)
    tinajo´s last blog post ..Goodbye for a while then!

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  22. Lina commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 7:56pm

    wow, beautiful home! I love those lamps above the kitchen table.

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  23. Kate commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 9:12pm

    BEAUTIFUL. I LOVE this. The colors are absolutely perfect….
    Kate´s last blog post ..August Playlist

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  24. ariana commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 9:28pm

    Such a sweet home full of little surprises and color. A lovely marriage of coziness and open space.
    * * *
    Does any one know where the couch is from in the, “Informal Living Room”?
    Thanks!
    a.

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  25. Gwen commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 10:44pm

    this is just beautiful! i love how it’s light and bright, yet there are pops of color and the charcoal adds some depth and warmth. what a great mix!
    Gwen´s last blog post ..Making Memories: July 2013

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  26. Doreen commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 10:51pm

    I am amazed how the walls that are painted black look so light and refreshing; and how they let all other colors joyfully pop up. I love this apartment, and the way the owners have used rhythm and repetition to create a certain order within such a variety of elements.
    Doreen´s last blog post ..über mich

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  27. Jessica Newell commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 10:54pm

    Love love this home – that couch in the formal living room is delicious! I’ll have to check out your blog Holly (Marder) :)
    Jessica Newell´s last blog post ..Color Palette Cues — Succulent Rose Bedroom

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  28. Femke Dekker - ter Meulen commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 11:06pm

    @Louisa Blackmore: Thnx Louisa for your lovely comment. Great to hear that you treat your house the same way. It’s so much fun! Femke
    Femke Dekker – ter Meulen´s last blog post ..On a Summer Holiday…

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  29. Femke Dekker - ter Meulen commented
    August 1st, 2013 at 11:18pm

    @Hayley: this print is made by lovely blogger: Anki from http://www.zilverblauw.nl she sells them on her site
    Femke Dekker – ter Meulen´s last blog post ..On a Summer Holiday…

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  30. Michelle commented
    August 2nd, 2013 at 3:24am

    The dark walls are really striking arent they, and they make everything pop. Love the hits of colour it looks like such a fun and colourful home :)
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Tori Spelling – The Hostess With the Mostess

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  31. Femke Dekker - ter Meulen commented
    August 2nd, 2013 at 8:18am

    @ariana: It is the Karlstad from Ikea
    Femke Dekker – ter Meulen´s last blog post ..On a Summer Holiday…

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  32. Gudy Herder commented
    August 2nd, 2013 at 10:15am

    This is one of the largest blog posts I have seen of a house. Just so much to look at! It feels like two homes in one!
    Great job, Holly M. !
    Gudy Herder´s last blog post ..Barcelona Summer Tips for 23qmStil

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  33. Juffertje in het Groen commented
    August 2nd, 2013 at 12:17pm

    @Hayley:
    You can find the print @ Zilverblauw. Check out her blog and website: http://www.zilverblauw.nl
    Juffertje in het Groen´s last blog post ..Take it easy …

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  34. Bjør commented
    August 2nd, 2013 at 12:25pm

    Ik vind de grijze vloer zo prachtig enig idee waar die vandaan komt?

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  35. Ingrid commented
    August 2nd, 2013 at 2:45pm

    What a beautiful home. I LOVE the painting of the cockerel on the wall in the kitchen. Do you have a name for the artist? Ingrid

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  36. Sandra commented
    August 2nd, 2013 at 3:57pm

    So beautiful! I love it.
    Sandra´s last blog post ..„Roboter haben mich schon immer fasziniert”

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  37. Stephanie commented
    August 2nd, 2013 at 4:19pm

    @Hayley: It’s made by Anki (www.zilverblauw.nl). I own the same one :)

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  38. Erin commented
    August 2nd, 2013 at 6:36pm

    Love all of the pops of neon and color- it’s such a refreshing look from my go-to neutral color palette!

    xx Erin
    Erin´s last blog post ..Friday Fave {20}: Thomas Eyck Sale

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  39. nicole commented
    August 2nd, 2013 at 8:49pm

    Does anyone know where I could find the Einstein art or the artist?

    Thank you!

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  40. Cindy commented
    August 3rd, 2013 at 6:20am

    Yes I love Femke’s style. Great the way she uses color!
    Cindy´s last blog post ..Designy temporary tattoos

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  41. carly tati commented
    August 5th, 2013 at 3:13am

    Love the use of bold graphic design prints and the other uses of color throughout the house paired back to greys and neutrals. Looks like a serene but cheerful place to live. thanks for sharing~~
    Cheers
    Carly

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  42. Marie commented
    August 5th, 2013 at 5:54am

    Wow, stunning! Can we also get a source for those white bookcases with sliding doors?

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  43. Antonia of craftifair commented
    August 5th, 2013 at 9:35am

    This is such an amazing home! I´m so in love with the dining area.
    Antonia of craftifair´s last blog post ..DIY: handbemalte Schüsseln // hand painted bowls

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  44. Elvina commented
    August 7th, 2013 at 8:44am

    This is perfectly perfect for those who like funky look in their home like me. I like these in my kids room. Very Beautiful..

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  45. Jessica Christian commented
    August 7th, 2013 at 8:51am

    LA LA LA! My dream place! So colorful and vibrant. Its a projection of creativity and radiance <3

    The radio-city graphic painting is so attractive. Pls post me back where to get something like this from. Im love-stuck on this one Hehehe.

    Love,
    Jessica x
    Jessica Christian´s last blog post ..Beautiful Bedding Ideas

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  46. Femke Dekker - ter Meulen commented
    August 7th, 2013 at 10:57am

    @Bjør: we hebben de betonnen vloer gewoon gecoat met een epoxylaag
    Femke Dekker – ter Meulen´s last blog post ..On a Summer Holiday…

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  47. Femke Dekker - ter Meulen commented
    August 7th, 2013 at 10:59am

    @nicole: http://www.tinusteder.com but this is a painting, so only one was made. Femke
    Femke Dekker – ter Meulen´s last blog post ..On a Summer Holiday…

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  48. Femke Dekker - ter Meulen commented
    August 7th, 2013 at 11:01am

    @Jessica Christian: this one is from artist: Joseph Klibansky. X Fem
    Femke Dekker – ter Meulen´s last blog post ..On a Summer Holiday…

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  49. Femke Dekker - ter Meulen commented
    August 7th, 2013 at 11:02am

    @Marie: I am actually selling that one. Could you send me an e-mail on femke [at] femkeido [dot] nl? Thank you, Femke
    Femke Dekker – ter Meulen´s last blog post ..On a Summer Holiday…

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  50. Femke Dekker - ter Meulen commented
    August 7th, 2013 at 11:05am

    @Ingrid: No, I am sorry, there is no name on it. We bought it on one of our travels to Bali – Femke x
    Femke Dekker – ter Meulen´s last blog post ..On a Summer Holiday…

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  51. Bianca commented
    August 7th, 2013 at 11:27am

    It is absolutely georgous! Love it!

    xxx Bianca
    Bianca´s last blog post ..Maak je eigen Keep calm…-print

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  52. Jedidja // commented
    August 7th, 2013 at 1:08pm

    Lovely! I would love to know where the chair at the bureau/desk is from? The white & wooden one…

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  53. Marit commented
    August 10th, 2013 at 8:49pm

    It’s a really beautiful and inspiring place. I once visited Femkes shop and that shop is awesome too!
    Marit´s last blog post ..here is where I blog now.

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  54. Stephanie commented
    August 20th, 2013 at 8:06pm

    LOVE this decor, can I ask where the wallpaper (multicolor leaves) is from? Thanks!!

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  55. Femke Dekker - ter Meulen commented
    August 23rd, 2013 at 8:29pm

    @Jedidja //: the chair is from Hay and we sell it as well http://www.femkeidoshop.nl/hay-aac22-white-chair.html x Femke
    Femke Dekker – ter Meulen´s last blog post ..My week on Instagram #7

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  56. Femke Dekker - ter Meulen commented
    August 23rd, 2013 at 8:30pm

    @Stephanie: it’s form Orla Kiely and is also be sold in our shop: http://www.femkeidoshop.nl/orla-kiely-behang-multi-stem-original.html thnx! Femke
    Femke Dekker – ter Meulen´s last blog post ..My week on Instagram #7

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  57. Harri commented
    September 10th, 2013 at 8:25am

    Wow! This looks nice. A great mix of materials and good contrasts as well!
    Harri´s last blog post ..Laid-back country house

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  58. Mieke Hendriks commented
    September 23rd, 2013 at 12:45am

    Super mooie inrichting!! Ik vroeg me af waar het blauwe ronde vloerkleed vandaan komt en t tafeltje naast het bed?! Bedankt alvast.

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  59. Femke Dekker - ter Meulen commented
    October 14th, 2013 at 2:52pm

    Mieke Hendriks,

    Hi Mieke, Het ronde vloerkleed is van Moooi en het tafeltje naast het bed vindt je bij ons in de webshop: http://www.femkeidoshop.nl/zuiver-white-stone-m.html Gr Femke
    Femke Dekker – ter Meulen´s last blog post ..My week on Instagram #11

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  60. Elma commented
    November 26th, 2013 at 1:51pm

    Hayley,

    it’s from ‘zilverblauw’ a dutch designer. You can find her blog on http://www.zilverblauw.nl

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  61. Caro commented
    February 21st, 2014 at 3:34pm

    It is soooo gorgeous ! I Love your home. Every color is pretty amazing and well-chosen. Congratulations !!!

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