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De Nieuwe Liefde Amsterdam


De Nieuwe Liefde

De Nieuwe Liefde (‘The New Love’) is a theatre and spiritual centre in Amsterdam. It is housed in a monumental white building originally constructed in 1904 as storage space for a local wine company.  After falling into disrepair, and after the last tenants leaving the property in 2007, the building, before called De Liefde, was completely rebuilt by Wiel Arets Architects and renamed De Nieuwe Liefde. The new building houses a main hall with seating for 230, a conference room with space for 60, a choir space for 50, a library, a separate restaurant-café and a grand foyer.

De Nieuwe Liefde

With the renovation they made sure to maintain and utilise some of the original Neo-Renaissance and Art Nouveau features such as the staircase and extensive stained glass windows throughout. In order to allow natural light to pour in, an expansive skylight was created above the central foyer.

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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