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Magnificent home in Laren, the Netherlands, for sale


Like Nate Berkus, Ineke, aka the Huizenfee, is a regular here on Homevoyeurs. I wrote about her work for the Wisseloord Studio’s not too long ago, and about the house she restyled in Laren. That sold last year, so the new owners will be calling it home soon. Her own home is now for sale too. It’s in the picturesque village of Laren in ‘het Gooi’. The Netherlands’ answer to Connecticut.  She bought the house a few years back and revamped it to its current glory.

The house looks old, but was built in 1980

The house looks old, but was built in 1980

The vaulted ceiling were created after a mezzanine was taken out.

The vaulted ceiling was created by taking out an oddly placed mezzanine

I love the dining chairs and massive table.

I love the dining chairs and massive table

The house is built in a horse shoe shape so features a secluded patio with a veranda.

The house is built in a horse-shoe shape so features a secluded patio with a veranda

The wooden doors are antiques Ineke picked up at an antique store.

The wooden doors are antiques Ineke picked up at an antique materials store. They’re from an old school. They can be folded entirely to allow an open flow from the kitchen to the patio

The kitchen is great! It’s big enough for a small breakfast table but also has an adjacent smaller dining room

My favourite part of the house. The view from the living room with fireplace to the veranda and patio

My favourite part of the house. The view from the living room with fireplace to the veranda and patio

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Home Fairy


Recently I was fortunate enough to meet a lovely lady in De Kring, an art club I am a member of.

We shared a table together with our partners and a few friends and had a lovely evening. She told me about her job, and I was immediately hooked. It turned out we did not only share a table but a passion too; interior design. She flips houses! Her name is de HuizenFee, which roughly translates to ‘The home Fairy’. She buys run down homes, transforms and revamps them into beauties and sells them on.  As this is something I have always been interested in I asked her if she would share a project with me. She gladly obliged and sent me the following pictures. This home is for sale actually. Check the listing at the realtor.

House before

House after

Living room before

Living room after

I absolutely love it. Laren, the town where this home is situated, is a very popular commuter town for people working in Amsterdam or Utrecht. I myself wouldn’t mind living in Laren. The people living there are often parodied as snobbish, new money or stuck up, but as I went to school near there, and as I now know the HuizenFee, this is far from the truth in most cases.

Kitchen before

Kitchen after

Dining room before

Dining room after

Bedroom before

Bedroom after

I particularly like the style she decorated the house with. It is an eclectic mix or vintage, antiques, thrift store and sleek whites. The garden looks absolutely stunning too!

Garden before

Garden after

She inspired me to pick up interior design again. I am starting an advanced course this Monday. Maybe one day I’ll be flipping homes too….If I am ever lucky enough to come across some extra cash I am so doing that!

For more info on de HuizenFee, check her website