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Sack the realtor

In keep with the Dutch blog, who were featured in an earlier post here, I thought it would be fun to post a few more pictures taken by realtors that need to be sacked; today.

Realtor rake in hefty bucks on the buying and selling of homes of others. For this they are supposed to advice you on how to best buy and sell a home. In my humble opinion, selling a home starts with an attractive presentation. Yet it is shocking to see how often realtors seem to be blindfolded when they take pictures of properties they are about to put on the market.

A recent example I stumbled upon.

Sack the realtor exhibit 1

A nice enough home in a leafy suburb of Amsterdam. Nice sized rooms, big kitchen, back yard bordering a park, it has a lot going for it. Yet this is the picture they decide to use as the main image to present it. A picture my dog could have taken! This is the first impression they want people to have? A weird angle of a cluttered kitchen with cloths hanging in clear view? Bizarre. Especially considering that the realtor in this example usually takes better care. Maybe a momentary lapse of sanity, let’s call it that.

Can you find other examples where the realtor needs to be sacked? Let me know!

Send in your homes, share how you live!

Are you proud of your house? Or maybe you actually need tips to turn your house into something to be proud off? Either way; submit your home for the ‘share your house with us’ section here at Homevoyeurs!

Send us a few pictures, preferably of decent quality, along with a short story about your home and we might be showcasing it here.


Ronald’s sleek & stylish flat packed with clever design ideas

 His friends didn’t see it, but Ronald himself knew the apartment he was going to rent would be a haven of well designed tranquility. The 22-year-old interior designer to be saw through the silver window frames, the stained red carpeting and the yellow walls and recognized the huge potential. He saw huge windows, a clever lay-out, and a very central location in the Southern Dutch town of Oss. He signed the lease and started making plans.

The same friends that were less thrilled about the place in the beginning, proved to be of great help. Together they stripped the walls, tore out the carpets and revamped the flat to what it is today. Ronald: “I knew immediately that I wanted light walls and a dark floor. This adds the sense of space and gives an instant chic appearance. By painting the toe-boards in a light colour, in this case the same white as the ceiling, one avoids the floor being like a box”. 

Sitting room with wall dividing bedroom

The dividing wall between the main room and the bedroom needed something special. Ronald wanted to keep as much light coming through into either room as possible. “A friend and I started thinking up ideas. One was having the wall rotate with a TV in it. Or maybe lowering the wall to where it would just be a partition, we thought of many things”. The final outcome is a very clever lower wall with wooden blinds fixed on galvanised steel pillars. “The pillars are actually curtain rails. It was a tough job creating this as the rails had to go through the wall to be able to support the wooden blinds. I am very pleased with the result”, adds Ronald. 

The window frames and the ceiling were painted a bright white to contrast the subtle grey on the walls. For the floor Ronald was hoping to put in a concrete floor in a darker anthracite grey. But the existing floor proved to be a bit of a problem. Ronald: “We needed to level it and sand it down to be able to put the floor in. In the end I opted for a marmoleum (vynil) floor”. 

The kitchen cupboards are covered in black adhesive foil.

The Kitchen was in perfect condition and the lay-out was great too. It would have been a shame to rip it out. Especially considering this a rental flat. But the veneer with faux-wood print had to go. “My father in law had experience in covering up kitchen units and cupboards with an adhesive foil. I wanted a black kitchen, so covered the doors with black foil. The worktop looks really good with it, so that stayed”. 

Instead of a regular dining set, Ronald chose to put in a high breakfast bar with four stools. It separates the kitchen from the main room and when not used as a table makes for extra worktop space. 

Details throughout the flat

Ronald is aspiring a career in interior design. Homevoyeurs thinks he has what it takes! 

 Photography © Ronald Cornelissen 

 Inspired? The Homevoyeurs webshop sells many books about how to decorate small spaces. A great example is Studio Apartments: big ideas for smaller spaces by By James Grayson Trulove. You can order it here.

Studio apartments: big ideas for small spaces

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