A 375-Square-Foot Dutch Studio Has Cool Architecture and a Very Cute Bed Nook
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Name: Jiske Kosian
Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Type of home: Studio apartment
Size: 375 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My house was built in 1909, and my landlord has completely renovated it in the original style. This is visible from the ornamental work on the ceiling to the light switches. I’m a big fan of this architectural style, and that was the main reason I fell in love with this house. When I moved in, I tried to make it a bit more contemporary with the use of modern artworks and colorful furniture.
I have a background in fashion and art studies and have loved interior design from an early age. I would describe my interior style as very eclectic and colorful, but I’m always trying to balance traditional items with modern and contemporary things.
This house is really challenging to decorate since the style of the house itself is already a big statement. However, I think I made it work!
What is your favorite room and why? Since the space is practically one big room and a separate kitchen, I would say that the living room is definitely my favorite. I love cozying up on my couch, lighting some candles, and watching series. Especially in the fall, this house really brings some cozy vibes.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Jugendstil, Eclectic, Goofy, Colorful, Original
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I had an empty corner that I really wanted to fill. Since my house is quite traditional, I’m always looking for fun and modern pieces to give it some contrast. Through Instagram, I found the perfect stool for my corner; the color is extremely rich and the style really works with the rest of my house. I love it so much!
Any advice for creating a home you love? Try to not follow trends too much, and buy stuff on instinct. I noticed that everything I love magically works together because of my instinct. Also, don’t be afraid of color! It really can tie everything together.
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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