Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

August 1, 2013

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!

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

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!

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style


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

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

And this is her more informal living room…

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

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.”

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

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.”

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

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!”

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

Home Tour: Funky Dutch Style

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)


  • Reply Amy @ Milo and Mitzy August 1, 2013 at 10:15 am

    WOW WOW. What a fabulous home. Love the industrial lights above the table. Amy x

  • Reply Louisa Blackmore August 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

    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.


  • Reply Holly {Avenue} August 1, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Oh gosh, I love every inch of this home. Want to go back and do it all over again!

    • Reply decor8 August 1, 2013 at 11:12 am

      @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.

  • Reply Bram De Geyter August 1, 2013 at 10:28 am

    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!

    • Reply decor8 August 1, 2013 at 11:12 am

      @Bram – Fixed it, thank you!

  • Reply Nat @ Dear Little House August 1, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Love the pops of neon and the eclectic mix. Great eye for colour!

  • Reply Laura August 1, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    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

  • Reply Annie Kruse August 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    What a gorgeous home. Lovely shots and a great combination of stylish and homely. Want to move it please! ;-)

  • Reply Hayley August 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

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

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen August 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    So great to see my own home here! The photo’s look fab! x Fem

  • Reply Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine August 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

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

  • Reply kiosc August 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I love everything in this house !!

  • Reply nancy August 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I love every single piece of the kitchen! and the lamp in the living room? amazing!

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen August 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    @decor8: Thanks, it is a great place to work! x Fem

  • Reply Geraldine August 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Stunning home and beautifully shot. I ‘ll have to return again and again to look at it. A true feast for the eyes x

  • Reply Stephanie August 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Wowww! Really cool! Beautiful pictures and article! Go Femke :)

  • Reply Holly August 1, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I am so inspired by this space. Just dreamy!

  • Reply julia I mintlametta August 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    just amazing – I am not able to pick some favourite room detail/style/deco out, cause it is all soooo inspiring!

  • Reply Sonia August 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm

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

  • Reply tinajo August 1, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    This looks great, love the mix of everything and the colors! :-)

  • Reply Lina August 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm

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

  • Reply Kate August 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    BEAUTIFUL. I LOVE this. The colors are absolutely perfect….

  • Reply ariana August 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    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”?

  • Reply Gwen August 1, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    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!

  • Reply Doreen August 1, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    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.

  • Reply Jessica Newell August 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Love love this home – that couch in the formal living room is delicious! I’ll have to check out your blog Holly (Marder) :)

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen August 1, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    @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

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen August 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    @Hayley: this print is made by lovely blogger: Anki from http://www.zilverblauw.nl she sells them on her site

  • Reply Michelle August 2, 2013 at 3:24 am

    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 :)

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen August 2, 2013 at 8:18 am

    @ariana: It is the Karlstad from Ikea

  • Reply Gudy Herder August 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

    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. !

  • Reply Juffertje in het Groen August 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    You can find the print @ Zilverblauw. Check out her blog and website: http://www.zilverblauw.nl

  • Reply Bjør August 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

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

  • Reply Ingrid August 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    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

  • Reply Sandra August 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    So beautiful! I love it.

  • Reply Stephanie August 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm

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

  • Reply Erin August 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm

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

    xx Erin

  • Reply nicole August 2, 2013 at 8:49 pm

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

    Thank you!

  • Reply Cindy August 3, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Yes I love Femke’s style. Great the way she uses color!

  • Reply carly tati August 5, 2013 at 3:13 am

    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~~

  • Reply Marie August 5, 2013 at 5:54 am

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

  • Reply Antonia of craftifair August 5, 2013 at 9:35 am

    This is such an amazing home! I´m so in love with the dining area.

  • Reply Elvina August 7, 2013 at 8:44 am

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

  • Reply Jessica Christian August 7, 2013 at 8:51 am

    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.

    Jessica x

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen August 7, 2013 at 10:57 am

    @Bjør: we hebben de betonnen vloer gewoon gecoat met een epoxylaag

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen August 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

    @nicole: http://www.tinusteder.com but this is a painting, so only one was made. Femke

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen August 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

    @Jessica Christian: this one is from artist: Joseph Klibansky. X Fem

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen August 7, 2013 at 11:02 am

    @Marie: I am actually selling that one. Could you send me an e-mail on femke@femkeido.nl? Thank you, Femke

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen August 7, 2013 at 11:05 am

    @Ingrid: No, I am sorry, there is no name on it. We bought it on one of our travels to Bali – Femke x

  • Reply Bianca August 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

    It is absolutely georgous! Love it!

    xxx Bianca

  • Reply Jedidja // August 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

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

  • Reply Marit August 10, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    It’s a really beautiful and inspiring place. I once visited Femkes shop and that shop is awesome too!

  • Reply Stephanie August 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm

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

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen August 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    @Jedidja //: the chair is from Hay and we sell it as well http://www.femkeidoshop.nl/hay-aac22-white-chair.html x Femke

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen August 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    @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

  • Reply Harri September 10, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Wow! This looks nice. A great mix of materials and good contrasts as well!

  • Reply Mieke Hendriks September 23, 2013 at 12:45 am

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

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen October 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    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

  • Reply Elma November 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm


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

  • Reply Caro February 21, 2014 at 3:34 pm

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

  • Reply Silke March 2, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Looks beautiful! Where did you buy the light bulb with pink wire? Love it.

  • Reply Silke March 2, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Beautiful home! Where did you buy the light bulb with pink wire? Love it.

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