A Gorgeous Dutch Home Makes the Case for Adding Walls

published Jan 24, 2023

A Gorgeous Dutch Home Makes the Case for Adding Walls

published Jan 24, 2023
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Name: Linda van Houts, Marc van de Ven, kids Dexter and Stella, and Micky the cat Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Size: 1895 square feet
Type of Home: House
Years lived in: 9 years, owned

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“At the time we saw this project, we lived in a house from the 1930s. We loved our home, but everything was broken all the time. So a brand-new house was something we were attracted to,” begins Linda van Houts, who co-owns the interior design company Atelier9Interieurprojecten. “We were having lunch at PHE (Piet Hein Eek ) when we saw our house for the first time. It was half-finished. We loved the place because it was close to nature and close to the city. It would also be a great place for children to grow up and at the time our son was 1 year old. So we went for it. At the moment, we’ve lived here very happily for nine years.”

Even though the house was a new build, the couple has made plenty of updates, including painting rich colors on a few accent walls, incorporating a collection of fantastic furniture finds, and adding walls into a couple of spots. A wall in the middle of the open living room and dining room helps make the living room more cozy, but also provides a place for the piano to be placed against. In the primary bedroom, the bed frame was placed in the middle of the room and a wall built behind it, essentially building a walk-in closet.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Favorite Element: I really like our kitchen because it’s bright, open, and has a nice view to the garden.

Proud DIY: The gallery wall, it really gives personality to the space.

Biggest Challenge: The layout of the living room and kitchen was very open with lots of windows. To make the space more cozy we put up a wall in the middle of the room. This way there was also room to place a piano.

Budget: To keep decorating budget friendly we bought some items secondhand, like the Togo from Ligne Roset, and the rug is also secondhand. We bought it from an elderly couple.

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? We created extra storage room in the bedroom by putting the bed in the middle of the room and creating a wall behind the bed. This way you have a sort of walk-in closet.

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Just don’t take it too seriously!



  • Paint — “Parma Gray” Farrow & Ball
  • Wallpaper— Tres Tintas–Milles Caras
  • Coatrack — Vij5
  • Art — Scenery Shop and Wild Animals from Rop van Mierlo


  • Wall Color — “Mist” Histor
  • Piano wall wall color — “Cinder Rose” Farrow & Ball
  • Sofa — Ligne Roset and Fest Amsterdam
  • Table pink — Fest Amsterdam
  • Tabel Yellow — Hay
  • Banana Lamp — Seletti
  • Blue Candle — Lex Pott
  • Cushions — HK Living, Fest Amsterdam
  • Art behind sofa — HK Living
  • Art piano — Made.com
  • Lamp — Paula Arntzen
  • Lamp piano — &Tradition
  • Slatted Bench — HK Living
  • Vase — Pols potten


  • Color — “Markant” Histor
  • Lamps — Frandsen
  • Chairs — Vintage Arkana
  • Cupboards — IKEA
  • Candleholders — Hay, &Klevering, Pols Potten



  • Custom closet/desk — Wijerswerk.nl
  • Extension cord; AvoltLamp — Seletti
  • Crates — Hay


  • Color — Histor “Leven”
  • Blue lamps — Muuto
  • Lamp — Piet Hein Eek for IKEA
  • Bedding — Suite702
  • Bed — Auping
  • Nightstand — Kartell


  • Furniture — IKEA
  • Lamp — Kartell


  • Rug — Rozenkelim.nl

Thanks Linda!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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