Name: Marlous Snijder & Pim Van de Vis
Location: Veenendaal, The Netherlands
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months — owned
Apartment Therapy is in dire need of some more international house tours and I'm determined to change that. What better home to start with than a bright, sunny dwelling in The Netherlands? Marlous & Pim have styled their home with perfection. This Dutch couple's home needs to be shared with the world!
Marlous & Pim's home is certainly a labor of love. When Marlous told me that they didn't have a single embarrassment about their home, I was shocked. It's refreshing to encounter someone so pleased with their home! There is beauty in every little detail room after room. The interior really plays off the clean sunlight. Like a lot of us, Marlous is a collector of finds from second-hand shops. Her greatest tip is to not display everything at once. Know when enough is enough — keep some things in storage and display the others. When the time is right, swap them out for a nice change.
I couldn't believe that the wood wall in their bedroom is wallpaper. When Marlous told me that they saved it from their old house, I couldn't help but to giggle — that's dedication! The devotion and love that is held in their home really shines through in each photograph. It's wonderful to see such a happy, well cared for environment!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: I guess I should call it eclectic, for our interior is a bit of everything, really.
Inspiration: I read a lot of interior magazines, beautiful blogs and I take myself for a thrift adventure once in a while. The world around me in general also inspires me much. Ideas pop up on most unexpected moments and places.
Favorite Element: To be honest, every room in this house contains favourite elements. The livingroom is bright and spacious, in my studio I'm surrounded by the things that inspire me and our bedroom has a wonderful tranquil feel, the perfect place to lay my restless head to in the end of a busy day.
Biggest Challenge: To not get carried away and display every single thing I like. I'd need a castle if I ever wanted to do that.
What Friends Say: That it's very me and that it makes 'em laugh (in a good kind of way)
Biggest Embarrassment: We don't have any, to be frank.
Proudest DIY: When we bought the house, the interior was very old and very outdated. We replaced the bathroom and the kitchen and all the flooring. The whole reconstrution of the house took us two months, with a lot of help of dear family and friends.
Biggest Indulgence: I'm a Dutch woman, so I think I never would spend very much money on anything. The wallpaper from Studio Ditte in the bedroom was something we really indulged ourselves with though. We even moved it from our former home to this one!
Best Advice: Surround yourself with things you love and make you smile. Your home should be a place that makes you happy. And don't let anyone tell you how to decorate it. As long as you're happy with it, embrace it!
Dream Sources: Strand West in Utrecht and Sjakies in Haarlem. And second-hand shops of course!
Resources of Note:
• Refrigerator: Smeg
• Soap dispenser: Alessi
• Flower pot: IKEA
• Window bird decal: Plaksels
Thanks, Marlous & Pim!
Images: Marlous Snijder
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