We own a small house in the suburbs of Groningen, Netherlands. It's classified as a starter home, relatively easy to afford, but it has no unique characteristics or personality to speak of. It was made in a factory, then put in place side by side with others that are identical to it. So it was a challenge to make it into something that belonged to us!
We like to travel, so we wanted to make sure that our interior would show that. Pieces that we brought back from various countries are featured prominently, like the masks on the wall in the living room, or the Morrocan teapot on the coffee table. The dining area wall features two mirrors from India, but we haven't been there yet. There is a store in Groningen that occasionally sells furniture from countries like India. The local people there can sell their stuff at fair-trade prices, and it's then fixed up and sold to us wealthy Westerners so we can brag about our "fabulous Indian table" ;) Anyway, we thought that was a great program.
We don't have a lot of money and the Dutch version of Craigslist is our friend; the gorgeous opium coffee table, for example, I bought for 60 euros. It had a terrible, white paint job, and I had originally intended to repaint it, but after I took the paint off the wood underneath turned out to be beautiful, so I kept it like this.
Our bedroom, to me, has a princess-y feel to it, which I love. I'm lucky my husband pretty much lets me do what I want with our home ;) Except for the lamp the whole bedroom consists of stuff I got at IKEA (I work there).
The kitchen is also IKEA (Applad with a Perso laminated countertop). When we bought the kitchen 3 years ago we put stainless steel slates against the wall but that didn't look good, so we recently had them replaced by mosaic tiles. Now, the only thing that is still and has been missing for 3 years is a cooker hood. We tend to take a long time to finish things. In fact, we're now selling the house and moving to a new one in a couple of months. So, we're starting all over later this year!
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