A Simple Home in The Netherlands Is Pastel and Perfect

A Simple Home in The Netherlands Is Pastel and Perfect

(Image credit: Ilona Polcyn)

Name: Ilona Polcyn, my partner Daniel, our two sons Tycho, 13, and Fender, 7. Plus, two dogs.
Location: Tilburg, The Netherlands
Size: 3,229 square feet
Years lived in: 7 years, owned

I love to use my home as my test lab. If I haven't painted anything for a few weeks, the paint tins literally call out to me from the closet. I like a fresh white canvas decorated with vintage, design or handmade items, mostly in fresh or soft pastel colors. I'd much rather have one item that I really love rather than five things I just like. I don't shop on impulse. I will always take my time before I buy something for my home.

(Image credit: Ilona Polcyn)

What is your favorite room and why? You'll often find me sitting on my pink homemade bench. It's my favorite spot in the house, where I write, scroll through Instagram, and sit with family and friends. From my bench, I also have a clear view of the rest of the living room and the open-plan kitchen

(Image credit: Ilona Polcyn)
(Image credit: Ilona Polcyn)
(Image credit: Ilona Polcyn)

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? I move my furniture all the time and floors don't like that! After seven years they're not so pretty. So it would be a new magic floor without any dust and junk.

(Image credit: Ilona Polcyn)

What's the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I look for both new and secondhand items, and designer pieces as well as less expensive finds. For me, it's very important that they're not things that everybody likes and buys. I want stuff that is unique and is available on a small scale. For that reason, I always search for small websites or designers that sell their own work. It's so much more fun to make a small independent enterprise happy by purchasing some of their products than to buy something from a big retail chain. My last item is some new ceramics from Mlekoloving.

(Image credit: Ilona Polcyn)
(Image credit: Ilona Polcyn)

Any advice for creating a home you love? I like to do things my own way.

I think that's my best tip I can give anyone. Make the choices yourself. Fill your home with items you really love and that make you happy. These days you can find inspiration everywhere. I like to scroll through Instagram and see all kinds of interiors, but I have to stay true to myself. Something I've learned over the years is to choose what makes you happy and don't do what everyone else is already doing.

(Image credit: Ilona Polcyn)

Thanks, Ilona Polcyn!

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