Good morning everybody, and especially all the visitors from the Summer Home Tour!
Welcome to my home. If you are coming over from the wonderfully junk filled home from Donna, you might not have realized it, but you have just hopped over an ocean. Yes that is right, you have arrived at my nest located in the Netherlands. This Summer Home Tour just got a lot more international 😉 .
I am so excited to be part of this awesome line up of real women showing off their real homes that they have created with their own two hands. Come to think of it, I don’t know exactly how I made that cut…..
….. Thanks Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage for inviting me to play along.
Let’s get on with it shall we.
My Summer Tour of my Home
This is my living room. It also functions as family room and dining room (European houses generally don’t have those). It is where we hang out most of the time.
If I’d have to describe
my our style it would be Industrial Coastal Cottage, but definitely with a modern touch. I happen to have a guy in my life who is very opinionated about home decor. And if I lean towards beach, vintage and cottage, he definitely wants contemporary, design and modern. I am muted colors with lots of white and pops of color, he likes his colors bold and striking.
So you can see a mix of both of our styles in our home. We make it work. So I have paired our modern couch with painted vintage pieces and I use lots of fabric to soften the stark outlines of the leather furniture.
And I pop in a little – ever changing – vignette wherever I can….
Like on the window sill….
I have turned our bay windows in a decorating spot when I changed our curtains into double-layered roman blinds. Now I have another spot to create a little vignette 🙂
Like I do on the little side table.
My decorating style definitely leans to the easy, simple and light. I love light decorating……
On the other side of the room, is our big dining table. Where we eat, read the newspaper, craft and generally hang out (not all at the same time, although sometimes…..).
Behind that table is my big hutch that got a major makeover with milk paint just last month.
Guest room/ Reading Room
There are not many rooms in my home that I would call finished. None actually. But some are more finished than others. My first big makeover project was turning a really small room into a guest room/ reading room.
I love that tiny, light filled room, and I always give it a slightly new look as we move through the seasons. It is all summer in there now.
I piled pillows unto the bed, turning it into a wonderfully comfortable spot to sit with a book, and take a secret nap while the man watches soccer….
I did lots of projects for this room. Like this suitcase nightstand, and turning an ordinary Ikea Billy Bookcase into a built-in.
While we are on this floor. Let’s peep into our bedroom shall we.
Star of our bedroom, and definitely the main focal point is our repurposed wood headboard that I build. I wanted a romantic and soft bedroom but I also wanted to make sure that it would be a bit masculine and guy-like. This rugged headboard ties in both of our styles beautifully. I can easily go to town with my bed linens without our room ever becoming too much of a girly space.
I can even get away with using vintage crochet plaids on the bed……
In the corner next to the bed is resides my Postal Bag Chair ( the first one), it is standing underneath my sentimental bus sign.
And opposite the bed is my linen closet.
We actually had to saw that one in half to get it in this room…..
And then I painted her and nobody will ever know….
………….. (except that I told the world about it here…..).
She houses a little surprise inside.
Okay I have got one more room to show you before I let you go on your way.
My craft room up in the attic. This is my domain and it is where I like to dabble in the many (too many) hobbies I have.
Just last year I ‘finished’ this room and I did lots of projects for her.
On the other side….
And I spruced up all my little containers and storage thingies to make them tie in with the new color scheme. I love this craft room. I really should spent more time in there…..
And that concludes my part of the summer tour of homes.
Next stop: Lisa @ The Pennington Point. You are in for a treat there……
I hope you had fun, visiting my home, and please feel welcome to return any day.
If the weather is nice we can share a cuppa next time on the back terrace …..
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