Dave & Pieter's Thrift Store Chic

Dave & Pieter's Thrift Store Chic

Aaron Able
Apr 16, 2010

Name: Dave & Pieter
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

We are Dave and Pieter. We live in Amsterdam with our Turkish ex-stray dog Lola. Our apartment is on the two top floors of an Amsterdam monument in the historical centre of the city. We bought it from a developer who restored and renovated the house and sold it turn key. We both have busy careers and didn't think we'd be up to renovating a place ourselves.

The main floor features a long and narrow living room with open kitchen and library nook. It was a bit of a puzzle working around the narrow space, but we managed by placing a love seat to separate the sitting area from the rest of the house.

Our style is best described as vintage chic or thrift store chic. Our furniture is a mix of bohemian, souvenirs from travels, IKEA, antiques, vintage and design. A LOT was found on the street, stuff we find walking our dog. Other items came from our childhood homes, thrift stores, second hand shops or trough online auction or market sites. We also have quite a few hand-me-downs from friends. Items enjoying a 2nd life here. When we moved in, it was the first place where our furniture 'met' after living in two different houses before. Dave's house was more modern, Pieter's more bohemian/classic/vintage.

Framed record sleeves, small antique prints, a massive painting done by an art school friend and art from the art library adorn the walls along with framed black and white pictures of members of the royal family of opera singers.

The result is a place we both love to spend time in. A big bonus of our apartment is the light. We are quite high so we have sun coming in the front in the morning, and in the back, by the French balcony, in the afternoon until sun down.

With two and a half flights of narrow stairs leading up to the apartment most of the furniture had to be hoisted in through the pulley outside the bedroom window on the 3rd floor. Other stuff came in through the living room window on the 2nd floor. Hardly anything fits through the narrow door downstairs.

We are inspired by French and English classical homes, bohemian design, movies, the 60's and American decorating.

We managed to create a comfortable and classy home without spending a lot of money. Our house is filled with memories and we love entertaining here.

Thanks Dave & Pieter!

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