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Homes With Heart: Summer Style Handmade Home

Hey guys! It’s Holly Marder with another edition of Homes With Heart on decor8. For May, I’m excited to walk you through the charming, eclectic modern home belonging to blogger and maker Ingrid Janssen and her husband that feels so much like a beautiful summer day to me! I just know you’ll love the happy energy this home exudes and all of the pretty that lies within. If ever there was a Home with Heart, this is it. Let’s go…

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Ingrid is the founder and maker of the wood and crochet line of homewares WOOD & WOOL STOOL. Together with her husband Henk, they were long in search of a classic Dutch style home from the 30s, finally finding it in 2004 when a neighborhood of modern homes with a post-war aesthetic went into development on the outskirts of the city of Dordrecht, the Netherlands. 

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The 240 square meter family abode boasts beautiful oak herringbone floors throughout and bundles of charm so characteristic of 1930s style homes, with the benefits of a modern home. They purchased it newly built and completely empty. Starting with a concrete interior, they had the walls plastered and painted and invested in oak herringbone floors that they had a local craftsman make. “With the white walls and the unvarnished floor, the base was just perfect,” Ingrid says. The kitchen was white and very simple, so Ingrid and Henk covered one of the walls with scrapwood. “That was ten years ago, and everybody thought we were nuts.” Today, scrapwood walls are trending!

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With a penchant for travel, Ingrid and her husband have filled their home with treasures they have gathered over the years, keeping the walls white throughout and layering in colour through bright textiles and an eclectic smattering of vintage accessories.

“Our journeys inspire our interior, we always find the best stuff during our travels,” Ingrid says. “We buy what we like, no matter the style. Everything fits in naturally and I love the way our home is a growing and every changing space.”  

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“Interior is one of our passions,” Ingrid says. “The most wonderful thing is, the interior is never finished and it never will be.” 

Favourite items in the couples home include their long leather sofa, canteen kitchen table from a Belgian school, the vintage Geoffrey Harcourt design chair that Ingrid swapped with a friend in exchange for a Wood & Wool Stool, and the many Boucherouite rugs the couple brought back from their many trips to Marrakech. 

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“We are not very interested in brands,” explains Ingrid. “We often find furniture in second hand shops or vintage barns. Most of our furniture is not new, but vintage, second hand or antique.” 

Color plays a significant role in Ingrid and Henk’s home, though the sense of calm and serenity is largely owing to the color white. “With a white base and oak floor, everything looks good,” Ingrid says. “Although we have lots of colorful items, the house still looks bright and uncluttered.”

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The layout features an open lounge, living and office leading to a kitchen and dining at the front of the house. 

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The master bedroom, situated on the third floor of the house, features slanted ceilings, dormer windows, a hand made scrapwood headboard and open closet. “Our attic bedroom is a wonderful space,” Ingrid says. “We have the whole attic to ourselves and it feels a bit ‘French’ (Je ne sais pas pourquoi).”

Throughout Ingrid and Henk’s home are items the couple have hand crafted, turning necessity into a successful, home operated business. “We always made furniture ourselves, whether it was a kitchen table, an outdoor bench or headboard for our bedroom,” Ingrid says. “In 2007 I made a stool out of scrapwood and dressed it with a handmade crocheted cover . It turned out to be an object every visitor of our home wanted to have, which is how Wood & Wool Stool began. Since then, I have made lots of interior objects, including pillows, rugs, signs and frames, and it always has something to do with wood an/or wool. I am a textile maniac!” 

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Despite their regular travels abroad, they are always happy to return home to their bright and cheerful abode. “Our home is very important to us,” says Ingrid. “We still like our own house best. Wherever we have stayed, even in the best boutique hotels, we are always in love with our own place when we return.” 

Upstairs, they have a spacious, playful bathroom. Simple white tiles line the walls, while pebbles add a tropical bathroom aesthetic underfoot. Bright bathroom accessories keep the space fun and fresh.

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I love that feeling when you enter the house after weeks away yet it all feels so fresh and cool.”

So what do you guys think? Don’t you love the way Ingrid uses colour so delicately in her home? To me it looks like an island escape with all the bright pops of colour and fun textiles. What do you love about this home? See you back here soon with another lovely home tour – Holly

(text/photography: holly marder)

Posted in Home Tours, Homes With Heart on May 15, 2015

Homes With Heart: Bright + Cheerful Dutch Row House

Hey guys! Are you ready for a gorgeous home tour that I photographed for decor8 this month? Hello, it’s Holly Marder back again to take you through another lovely interior. For February, to chase away those winter blahs, it’s all about this bright, peppy and fun family home, packed with sweet accessories and pops of cheerful color. Are you ready? Let’s go, and remember, you can click on any image to enlarge!

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Pastel hues and quirky pops of neon layered upon a crisp white base have transformed a 1935 Arnhem, The Netherlands, row house into a  home with heart belonging to Antoinette te Pasher partner Henk Jansen and their two sons, Teun and Roef. With a penchant for Scandinavian style, a charming blend of old and new and a feminine color palette, Antoinette has created a happy haven that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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In search of a new home with a garden and space for a growing family, Antoinette and Henk became the owners of their 125 square meter abode in 2001. Though much needed to be done, it was love at first sight. Over the years, the couple renovated the kitchen and bathroom, removed a wall that once separated the kitchen and living room and replaced the downstairs floor. “To start with we painted everything white, and each time we saved some money we had something refurbished,” Antoinette says.

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Starting with an all-white base for the floors, walls and furniture, the couple slowly infused their home with bright pops of color and large doses of personality. “I love adding pretty colors to the white backdrop,” Antoinette says. “Although a light base is very risky with a dog and two kids, it makes things so crisp and bright.” The peppy, cheerful atmosphere of Antoinette’s home is largely owing to the accessories and art thoughtfully placed throughout, many of which are by Antoinette’s favorite brands such as HAYDonna Wilson, Foekje Fleur and Ferm Living. “I shift things around at home often, and really enjoy shopping for and finding beautiful accessories,” Antoinette continues, “Creating a setting where my family and I feel comfortable is what I love. Sitting on the sofa surrounded by beautiful accessories in a neat and tidy home makes me really happy.”

The sofa, purchased locally 6 years ago, remains a favorite spot for the family of four, who can often be found unwinding together, “I love relaxing on our sofa reading a magazine and drinking a cup of tea during a rare moment alone,” says Antoinette.

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The couple’s most prized possession – and undoubtedly the most eye-catching item in the room – is an original Herman Brood painting above the sofa. “I bought this years ago at Herman’s atelier. It was a really fun experience to have a look ‘behind the scenes’. Now that Herman is no longer alive, the painting must be worth a lot more than what we paid for it, but I will never sell it for any price.”

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Allowing the striking blue hues of the painting to lead the way, Antoinette acquired a blue replica Eames chair with contrasting pink accessories dotted throughout. A pink Studio Snowpuppe origami lamp and poster by Zilverblauw are a couple of Antoinette’s favorites. “I have been following the blog Zilverblauw for quite a while now. I have a few more posters by her hanging around the house.” Among other cherished pieces is the vintage IKEA ‘Järpen’ wire chair that was rescued from the attic of Antoinette’s mother which was left unused there for over thirty years. Another IKEA piece is the ‘PS collection’ dresser, originally natural wood and white, which Antoinette painted all white and updated three of the handles for a fun and colorful look. She’s added additional whimsy and intrigue to the space with a Kartell gnome stool, too.

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The dining room connects the living room through an ensuite walkway with built-in shelving and employs the same white base punctuated by colorful lighting, accessories and fresh flowers taking center stage.

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The couple gave their scrap-wood dining table a fresh new look last year by painting it mint green, offsetting their ‘Brakig’ chairs from IKEA creating cohesion with the neighboring living room and kitchen color schemes.

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The antique corner cabinet was painted white and was a gift from Antoinette’s  aunt. The yellow HK Living pendant light above the dining table is a cheerful addition to the space. So many details abound in this home!

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There are vignettes in every corner and the dining room is no different as Antoinette created a small exhibition of plates on the dining room wall, which includes pieces by Donna Wilson, House of Rym, HAY and a metal letter by Stoer Metaaladding a sculptural element to the vignette. Antoinette uses the shelf below to display accessories and favorite items along with fresh flowers.

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The kitchen is filled with color, happiness and is accented by a black and white tiled floor, chalkboard wall and a large yellow cabinet with double glass doors providing storage for the small and very sweet galley kitchen.

The couple’s sons, Roef and Teun, share a large bedroom on the first floor of the house. “They used to each have their own room but Roef always slept with us. One night he slept in Teun’s room on a mattress on the floor, which he really liked, and since then they have shared a room,”Antoinette says. Roef’s former room has become a dressing room.

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The bedroom features vibrant Ferm Living wallpaper and a teepee (tent) – adorned with a string of Cotton Light Balls – made by their children’s grandmother. The horse and pouf are by Colorique. Next to the bed is a Fur Neil poster by Martin Krusche.

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The boys’ bunk bed is centered in the room, creating various cozy areas within the single large space. To the right of the bed, an oversized vintage map of Holland is suspended above two vintage school desks and chairs, giving the children space to do their homework and create. The map was an online find, the desks came from the kid’s school and the chairs were purchased at Stoer Metaal. Behind the desks, along the back wall, a reading nook has been created out of mattresses placed on the floor – the covers made by their grandmother out of blankets – giving the boys a cozy and comfortable spot to unwind, relax and read.

The master bedroom blends Nordic simplicity with touches of romance and whimsy. The white foundation is offset with grey ‘Brakig’ wallpaper by IKEA, while a single shelf displays a collection of vintage favorites. Playful posters by Sammy Rose and Seventy Tree hang above the bed and a mint green Studio Snowpuppe lamp mirrors the geometric lines seen in the wallpaper. The Tomado-look-a-like book rack was purchased at Bol. The bed and nightstands are IKEA.

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Antoinette finds inspiration in magazines, blogs and from her favorite interiors shops, thrift shops and flea markets. “It’s not so much that I want to create a specific style, I just put some accessories together that look pretty. But there are definitely Scandinavian influences here and there.”

The couple has plans to continue fine-tuning their home’s interior, starting with the painting of a few doors and minor adjustments made to the family bathroom. Long term however, they’ve set their eyes set on a larger scale project promising more space and quality of life for them in their family home. “Our biggest wish is to redecorate the attic because it’s old and neglected with a lot of potential and space. A perfect spot for the kids to play and chill. As soon as our budgets allows it, this project will happen!”…. And we can only imagine how gorgeous it will be, right decor8 readers?

What do you think about this home?

Photography/Text: Holly MarderEditorial assistance: Jessica van der Liende / Editor: Holly Becker

Posted in Home Tours, Homes With Heart on February 05, 2015

Home with Heart: A Classical Modern Belgian Family Home

Hey guys! It’s Holly Marder and I’m back again this month to take you through another inspiring interior for my Homes with Heart column. This month, I’m excited to introduce you to Dutch designer Christian Kocx, whose beautiful home in Belgium was the subject behind my lens in late October. Blending the home’s original, classical features with his minimalist sense of style, this home intrigued me from the moment I stepped inside. Let’s take a look around, shall we?

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Christian and his partner Isabel Dooms have called this 1925 historic Turnhout, Belgium, property home since they purchased it back in 2007, sharing it with their three children Mathias, Charlotte and Floris. “When we saw the house for the first time we fell in love with the façade, and when we entered the hallway we where blown away by all the details and the character of it all.” The property’s opulent Jugendstill details, are offset by contemporary elements which the couple brought in “to balance the palette”.

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“My style is a mix of classical and contemporary details,” explains Christian. “This creates an interesting dialogue in which both get to have an equal say. They strengthen each other and create a balance. Like ying and yang or black and white. By keeping the colour scheme simple, all the attention goes to the architectural details.” The home’s interior employs a minimal colour palette of black, white, grey and touches of brass throughout, with the entryway tiling and accessories in their contemporary loft living room the only hints of colour used. “I like to use colour to the accentuate the detail in my home, and it’s also the element that connects both of the styles,” Christian says. 

The house offered several attractive qualities already, which, though work needed to be done to the property, were a huge selling point. “Thankfully, all the original details were preserved,” Christian says. “We loved the history of it. We added our own contemporary touch with respect for the building.” 

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The couple had to replace the roof and at the same time, created a contemporary family loft filled with natural light. “It’s a nice contrast to the dark, historic part of the 1925 home.” In this large and light space featuring exposed wooden beams, a floor to ceiling bookcase fills one side of the room, concealing the television. Not to detract from the architectural details, a contemporary grey sofa and simplistic white sideboard are practical options for this family space. The brass side table by Rijuch and marble topped side table by Zuiver echo the opulence seen throughout the rest of the house. Cushions by Hay and Ferm Living add a dash of colour. The side chair is by Peli Design, with a home made cushion from Ikea fabric

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The entrance of the four-story house features original Jugendstill tiling in a muted colour palette, offering the only spattering of colour seen in the lower part of the house. The hallway is in fact one of the couple’s favourite parts of their home, alongside the lofty attic upstairs. They have offset the home’s classical features with a contemporary white console and a large antique chandelier which once belonged to Isabel’s parents. He rescued it from the attic and it now serves as an eye-catching object in their home’s entryway.

Furnishing their home has been an organic process that both Isabel and Christian have enjoyed. “By taking time to find just the right pieces of furniture and accessories, one item is added now and again creating a ‘new’ interior every time,” Christian says. “I can find so much joy in finding just that right piece to complete our interior. The most important is creating a home filled with objects the whole family can enjoy!” 

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For his period home, Christian has also created several items of furniture himself that form the basis of their contemporary classic aesthetic. The dining table was his own creation, a clean lined modern piece flanking a classical marble fireplace and antique writing desk. His highly modern table and chair set allows the centuries-old antiques to take centre stage, whilst offering the larger space striking contrast.

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Christian, a graduate from The Design Academy Eindhoven also designs a range of interior accessories with his label Mooi Goed. “I designed the Mooi Goed collection with the thought that I would like to have it in my own interior. The collection is, just like my interior, a mix of contemporary and classical details.” His minimalistic candle holders adorn the classical fireplace, amid ornate antique brass mirrors and marble, creating the contrast that Christian loves.

With a keen eye for design and a penchant for historical styles, a family friendly abode however is at the top of his agenda. “The most important is creating something the whole family loves living in. Practical and pretty. I can say that’s not always simple, but when I get it right I can enjoy it twice as much!”

I hope you guys enjoyed this peek inside this truly beautiful home. I wish you all a prosperous 2015! Looking forward to taking you through more lovely interiors this year here on decor8! – Holly

(Photography and Text by Holly Marder / Food styling: Ajda Mehmet)

Posted in Homes With Heart on January 15, 2015

Homes With Heart: Quirky and Collected Home

Hello everyone! It’s Holly Marder back this month with another gorgeous home for you to peek inside. This month, feast your eyes on the quirky and collected home of Marlous Snijder, the blogger behind Planet Fur and founder of Oh Marie! magazine. Filled with thrifted treasures and bold bursts of colour, this home tour is sure to leave you with a smile and have you heading for your nearest thrift shop, guaranteed!

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Marlous and her husband Pim were looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and escape to the country when they first laid eyes on a semi-attached 150m2 house, built in the 80s, and all plans fell by the wayside. “We fell in love instantly, though it desperately needed to be modernized. The kitchen was brown, the brick walls in the living room were still brick coloured. There were outdated brown tiles on the hallway floor, but boy, it was love at first sight,” Marlous admits. The bright, spacious and promising space became theirs and renovations began swiftly, lasting 3 months. With the help of friends and family, the kitchen and floors were replaced, the walls were freshly painted, and huge amounts of outdated wallpaper were removed. 

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“Located at the edge of our city, on one of its oldest roads that leads to the countryside, we now have best of both worlds: the advantages of the city, but the calm and quiet of the countryside too,” Marlous says. “I can’t exactly point out why, but this house gives us the ultimate feeling of being home. We love, love it. It’s got some kind of x-factor.”

With an eye for unique vintage finds and a penchant for creating a happy yet calming space, Marlous regards decorating her home as a way of life.  “Designing the interior isn’t just the thing I do to pass time with. It’s much, much more than that. Creating a still life that looks good and balanced is like oxygen to me,” she explains. “My home is my happy place, my safe zone. I look at my surroundings like a photographer that is about to take a picture: everything needs to be in place, the image needs to be right. I have a need to see the beauty in things, no matter how small. I suppose it’s a way of shielding myself against the ugliness in this world. Picking out ‘gestures of beauty’, no matter how small, makes me a happy person. So, interior design is more a way of life than just a hobby or a job.”

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In her home, Marlous is drawn to decorating with vintage finds and bright colours, mixing styles and hues to her heart’s content until she finds balance and harmony. “My style is pretty eclectic and it’s always a challenge to make a beautiful blend of all those different items from different eras together. It’s a nice and very rewarding challenge though. I love the whole concept of recycling and that one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure.” And though her style has evolved and shaped over time, Marlous wasn’t always so sure about her own aesthetic.

“It took a while for me to realize that this odd-bod bunch of styles really is my style. I really felt my style was all over the place and not very ‘recognizable’ for an outsider,” she admits.

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“Over the years, I have come to accept the fact that my style is best described as an odd mix of different styles, ‘eclectic’ would best describe it,” she says. “It’s why I can fall for a watermelon coloured 80s vase and a retro blue-and-white jug on one second-hand shopping day. I’ve always followed my heart when it came to decorating though: no matter how many ‘rules of styling’ (if there is such a thing) I was breaking. If something makes my heart leap for joy, I take it home and integrate it into my interior.” 

Her regular second-hand shopping sprees, the thrill of finding something unique and integrating it into her eclectic interior is what brings Marlous the most joy in designing her home’s interior.

“Since thrift finds are generally pretty unique, I can create my own, unique and personal interior blend with items that have a past life and have a kind of spirit,” she says. “My second-hand finds also inspire me for little easy DIY projects, such as block stamping a vintage tablecloth, or making cushion covers out of old bed sheets.” 

Marlous’ trick to finding balance in her eclectic interior is combining her colourful, thrifted finds with clean, contemporary lines. “Because my home accessories are brightly coloured, sometimes a bit kitsch and slightly whimsical, I have kept the home’s base (floors/walls) white or neutral like a white canvas. And though she loves to display all of her treasures, she prefers to keep clutter at bay. “This is why I combine vintage with contemporary.” she explains. “For example, the Moldavian kilim is paired with our invisible Kartell side table. The table is modern and sleek and because of its ‘invisibility’ it doesn’t outshine the kilim it stands on. In my opinion an eclectic mix of accessories works best on a neutral or modest base.”

Though spontaneous in nature, Marlous has learned to be patient when it comes to designing her interior, being elective and bringing home the right pieces. “I’m a very impatient person, so it took some years and mistakes to learn, but there’s nothing more satisfactory than the search of that perfect piece and the thrill of finding it.” 

The rug in the couple’s living room was the result of patience and persistence. “I have been craving for a Moldavian kilim since I don’t know when, so when we bought the house, the first thing we did was purchase the rug in the living room,” she says. “In fact, when we found it, we were heartbroken to learn that someone had already reserved it because we instantly fell in love with this particular pattern. Eventually it turned out to be too big for their home and it was returned. I guess it was meant to be!” 

Other favourite pieces in the couple’s living room include a vintage Panthella semi-circular shade lamp by Verner Panton and the vintage zebra rocker. “Years ago I fell for this super-cute looking rocking zebra. There was something in his expression that I really liked. Like he appealed to my inner child or something. Now that I think about it: my favourite items are often animal-shaped.” 

“I have always had a love for the quirky, playful, colourful and eclectic. Items that immediately catch my eye often have a toy-like appearance, they often even come from the children’s department of a thrift shop. I’m not sure why I like those so much. Perhaps I never let go of my inner child.” 

The couple’s bright yellow cabinet is an absolute favourite. “It was already yellow when I found it. I was looking for a cabinet like it when I stumbled upon this one in a second hand store. The guy at the store couldn’t believe his ears when I told him it would stay yellow!”

Some of Marlous’ favourite thrift shop finds are the various artworks adorning her walls. “I have a love for old, thrifted prints and posters, we mounted my most favourite ones above the dinner table.” Other favourite pieces of art are the rare vintage Dick Bruna posters Marlous thrifted recently. “I found five of them, stashed in a corner of a thrift shop for €0.20 each. I had to pinch myself when I saw Dick Bruna’s signature on the corner of each poster. I walk on sunshine for days when I find something like that.”

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The couple’s dining room combines delicate vintage finds with wooden dining chairs by the well known Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek and contemporary white drum pendant lights overhead. In the kitchen, a baby blue Smeg fridge inspired a kitchen overhaul. “We actually designed our kitchen around our baby-blue Smeg. We bought it when we moved into a temporary home and so we had to think of a way of integrating it into our new kitchen plan.”

Though much of her home is comprised of inexpensive pieces from second hand shops and vintage markets, Marlous appreciates a splurge is sometimes necessary for the right piece. The couple decided to invest in a good quality designer bed for their new baby, the ‘Kili’ bed by Sebra, while the rest of the room decor comes from second hand shops, Etsy or Marktplaats (the Dutch version of Craigslist).  “I love the way the room worked out and I like the fact that, after much debate, we went for the Kili bed there. We don’t often spend money on something so expensive, but I’m glad we did this time!”

The couple’s baby daughter Jet’s bedroom mixes both bright and pastel hues against a calming white backdrop. The antique rag rug was an Etsy find from Vintage Home Stories.

One of Marlous’ favourite baby room features the ‘ABC of birds’ print from Etsy seller Geninne. “She sold it years ago in her shop. When I found out she didn’t sell it anymore, I realized how much I wanted to have it. When she announced on Instagram that it was back in her shop again, I literally didn’t wait a second and purchased it right away.”

In their own bedroom next door, the couple prefer a neutral palette, offset by Scrapwood Wallpaper by Studio Ditte, which they brought along from their previous home. 

On the same floor, the couple enjoy a cheerful home office, though it wasn’t always that way. “The sloping ceilings we have at the first floor were a real design challenge. They cast a shadow over everything and, during winter especially our workroom was pretty gloomy and not a nice spot to work. In the end, we replaced the previous black worktable with a white one and moved it in front of the window. We also papered the wall underneath the sloping part with a brighter pattern.”

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Marlous finds her inspiration in blogs, magazines and interior books. “My blogger friends are very inspiring people because they ‘feed’ my creative flow. They make me feel home in the creative community and feeling good is the best way for ideas to flow,” she says.  “One of the first interior books I bought featured the home of Emily Chalmers and I think her great sense of style and the way she blends all kinds of different styles together planted the seed for my current interior style.”

Marlous enjoys nothing more than filling her home with rescued items and creating an ever-evolving, though always inviting home for her growing family. “Our interior will always be changing.” she says. “It’s so very different from the 2010 version. Or the February 2014 version! As I’m currently on maternity leave, I have finally time to work on DIY projects again and to spend my days blogging, photographing, writing and making exiting new creative plans for the future.”

So what’s Marlous’ secret to decorating? “I don’t think one is ever too old to put playful, colourful things into their home, and I also don’t think that there are exact rules that need to be followed when decorating. It’s more important to just follow your heart and surround yourself with things you like to look at. I don’t select items especially on their appearance to make it easy to ‘merge’ them. The only thing the items in our home have in common is that they stole my heart.”

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I hope you guys enjoyed touring Marlous’ home! I’ll be back next month with another inspiring home. But before I sign off, tell me: what do you love about Marlous’ home? Love her mix and match style, or too quirky and colourful for you? I’d love to read your thoughts, and if you spot anything you love, feel free to ask Marlous directly in the comments section below.

Holly

Posted in Homes With Heart on September 23, 2014

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