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Minimalist interior with design master pieces, for free?


In February I posted about our friends rakin’ in design for free for their new home. They buy, mark up, sell with a profit and buy more design until at one point they have earned back their investment and can decorate their home with top-notch master pieces by the likes of Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier.. for free! Well, the furniture that is. They still had to splash out for the bathroom and kitchen, but with all the money saved on furniture they could afford a bit more on those, and it shows. They are hosting a house-warming party this Saturday, and I can’t wait to ogle all that design. For those of you not on the guest list; here’s a sneak preview. 

Cassina Le Corbusier LC2 chairs

 

Kitchen designed by owners, built by Miele. Appliances Gagenau, faucet Zazzeri Soqquadro

 

MR90 Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Louis XVI mirror

 

Bathroom designed by owners, built by Waterproof Bathrooms. Teak wall mounted cabinets by Rifra. Faucets Zazzeri Soqquadro

 

Photography courtesy of Rogier Bos. You can check more of his work here 

Got inspired? Here a few tips for books about some of the designers featured in this home and about minimalist interiors. 

Mies van der Rohe: Stuttgart, Barcelona and Brno: furniture and architecture. By Alexander V. Vegesack, Matthias Kries, Vitra Design Museum Staff

 

Inside MNM: Minimalist Interiors. By Jaume Nasple, Kyoko Asakura

 

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The last farm-house of Gouda


My cousin Berend sent me through photographs of his old farm house in Gouda (that’s right, the same Gouda as the cheese). Here is what he wrote:  

What a great thing to show your home to others. Here is my home. It’s totally opposite of what most people would expect. Nothing fancy, no decorations but just sturdy simplicity. It was built around the year 1500 as a farmhouse, just outside Gouda. As the town grew larger, the farm got surrounded. In the late nineteenth century the cows were sold and the barn torn down. Only the front living quarters were kept and restored about twenty years ago by an artistically well raised porcelain manufacturer who kicked the bucket right in the living room some years ago. That’s the way things go in an old farmhouse.  I bought it after my divorce to get my life back on the track again. I never refurnished it, I just put my stuff in there. Period. The pictures demonstrate it all. I must say I’ve never lived in a house that is so rigidly built. There a no construction failures as in many other old houses. It rest on concrete foundation, with big beams to support the rather high ceiling. The bathroom, toilet and attic are downright ugly but strong as hell.  

 

High ceilings with exposed beams and great light!

 

This house is for sale, I’m moving in with my new partner. The next owner will have a solid space to decorate according to his own believes. I never did and liked it that way.  

Large French windows with original shutters

 

Well Berend, it sure is a great house!  According to the realtor selling it, it is Gouda’s last remaining farm-house. However, to be honest, your realtor can do with a bit of styling advice because the pictures he took are not very appealing and don’t do the house and your furniture any justice. I love how you kept it rustic by not cluttering it too much. 

For folk able to see through the photographs and recognize the massive potential; check the house here. It is on the market for a very affordable €189.000. Try buying anything for that in Amsterdam!

New Kitchen in French summer home.


My aunt and uncle are the lucky owners of a little bit of paradise in the French countryside. It’s a semi-detached house that is part of a small estate. Their property once was part of the stables with possibly living space for staff or farmers. When they bought it, the furniture of the previous owner, and old lady, was still partially there. Many pieces of these left behinds were wonderful and now look fantastic between m aunt and uncle’s antiques and vintage pieces. 

My uncle built the new mantle of the fireplace himself out of large sand stone bricks. It’s an elegant work of art and fits the house like it is the original fireplace. The next time I am there I will take pictures of it and post it on here too. 

The latest project was the kitchen. It looked cosy enough as it was but just needed a bit of attention. Instead of fixing the odd screw or door here and there they decided to rip the old kitchen out, and replace it with a new one. Obviosuly keeping with the decor and mood of the house. 

Below a collage of the before, in between and after shots. It looks absolutely great! 

Kitchen before

Kitchen before

 

All but the sink have been removed

All but the sink have been removed

 

The tiles had to go too

The tiles had to go too

 

The old sink had to be drilled out!

The old sink had to be drilled out!

 

The new cabinets and stove are put in

The new cabinets and stove are put in

 

New backdrop and making sure it's all water tight

New backdrop and making sure it's all water tight

 

Final result!

Final result!

 

Love the eclectic clutter! Check the Franch vintage jars!

Love the eclectic clutter! Check the French vintage jars!

 

Show the world how YOU live


Hi there fellow home voyeurs!

We all love it; looking in other people’s homes. You can tell so much about somebody from the way they decorate their house. Furthermore, it might inspire you or give you creative styling ideas. So what’s better than a website just for that one single purpose; seeing how other people live?

Are you in dire need of some interior styling tips? Would you like to hear what other people have to say about the sweat and tears and hard work you put in your house? Share it with us!

Share your home, the bits you need help with, your style, your creative styling ideas with the world and send me pictures and a short description of your house, style, nook, corner, lounge area, kitchen etc. Please don’t forget to tell me your name and location. 

Happy voyeurism everybody!

slick white and roomy

slick white and roomy