Dutch style is seriously underrated as evidenced by this very stylish house in The Netherlands.
My sister lived in Holland for several years and I loved going to visit her just so I could explore houses inside and out.
This house, is owned by Carla and Rinus van Lier and has been remodelled to create a lovely open plan space. The living room blends old and new seamlessly and feels light and airy. Seeking to bring more of the garden in, the couple added a large bay window to extend the living room outward, increasing the room by 6 square meters (65 square feet). As for the decor, Carla tries to center and mirror objects when possible. “I feel symmetry is invaluable to create harmony in an interior,” she says.
The sunroom addition incorporated 377 square feet of the backyard. French doors and windows on three sides connect the space with the garden. The couple filled the room with antiques, including a framed Chinese art piece and a mahogany English cabinet. On the windowsill is a pair of tomb ornaments from Sumba, Indonesia. The french style table and chairs are a beautiful focal point and another example of old pieces working well in an essentially modern space.
On warm days the couple leaves the French doors open for a seamless indoor-outdoor space. The chandelier has different-colored crystal beads attached to a brass decorative base.
The olive walls work perfectly with both antique and modern pieces. The fireplace has been updated with a simple hole in the wall design and an elevated mantle created out of timber moulding painted bright white as a contrast.
Another view of the seating area showing its connection to the living space, the windows on all sides throw daylight onto the beautiful chandeliers.
An antique mirror enlivens the classic color scheme and creates strategic visual depth.
A floor-to-ceiling storage unit serves as a room divider. Local cabinet builder Albert Dekkers designed and built the piece.
This area connects the living room with the kitchen and the sunroom beyond that. The wall-high oak longcase, or grandfather clock, can run for 30 hours without winding. John Pattison, an 18th-century Yorkshire clock maker, crafted the clock by hand; it features a delicately painted dial plate and very fine inlay on the cabinet. The flooring is a composite marble antique replica tile that has a smooth, soft shine.
A beautiful art nouveau lamp with delicate glass prisms dangling from a decorated brass frame hangs above the kitchen table. “I love to sit here for coffee or reading newspapers and magazines,” Rinus says. The lamps on the windowsill are a pair, this is often seen in Dutch houses. Objects are displayed in twos or threes for maximum impact.
During a 2001 renovation, the couple replaced some kitchen cabinets with drawers and painted both a soft green matte finish. Red granite countertops were then added.
Built in cabinetry disguises the microwave and can completely hide the television. The little chair and toys are for visiting grandchildren, they look lovely left out on show.
The garden is just as stunning as the house, the planting is quite formal in keeping with the couple’s style. It creates rooms within the garden and frames the seating area beautifully. Just outside the sunroom, the couple planted parallel rows of beech trees to create a leafy walkway. “I wanted to create depth in the planting scheme, to bring interest to all parts of the garden,” Carla says.
This aerial view of the house shows the garden at its best. It also reveals the age of the house to be quite modern which is not obvious from the inside.
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