A Dutch Interior Stylist Reinvents Her Childhood Home

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Dutch Interior Stylist Reinvents Her Childhood Home

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Jaimy van Zwieten, husband Marcel, daughter Dalí, Klaas the cat, Hiphop the rabbit
Location: Krimpen aan den IJssel, the Netherlands
Size: 1,722 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

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Near Rotterdam (the Netherlands’ second-largest city), lies the small town of Krimpen aan den IJssel. It’s where Jaimy’s parents moved to when she was only four months old and it’s where she also grew up. Like many young adults in a small town, she couldn’t wait to move to the big city — and that’s exactly what she did once the opportunity presented itself.

But after living in Rotterdam for several years, Jaimy’s husband Marcel started pondering about moving to some place more quiet, yet still in the vicinity of Rotterdam. With a family of her own now — they have a daughter with the lovely name Dalí, named after their favorite artist — this idea became more and more appealing to Jaimy as well. Coincidentally, around that time her parents decided to sell their home. With this perfect meeting of circumstances Jaimy found herself back in her childhood home, something she never would have expected!

For this interior stylist as well as self-proclaimed interior junkie, decorating their new home has been a delight. And a lot has changed since they moved in three years ago. The brown gravel floor has been replaced by smooth concrete. The attic floor has undergone an impressive metamorphosis; what started out as a dark cramped space has been transformed into a bright and spacious master bedroom, with a walk-in closet as the icing on the cake. “I just love our room,” Jaimy smiles, “it feels like a luxury hotel every time I enter!”

Individuality is what Jaimy looks for in any interior. It’s what she likes to infuse into her own home, but also into the homes and projects of her clients. “It’s such a fun challenge to create an amazing space on a budget. To combine thrifted and design items. I enjoy the hunt for vintage pieces. They have a story to tell and that gives them that extra something.” While she loves to scavenge thrift stores, Jaimy also recommends being on the lookout for whatever family and friends might discard; sometimes they want to get rid of really great items. A little cleaning or a lick of paint might be all it takes and you could have yourself a unique piece without breaking the bank. And a nice backstory to boot!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Scandinavian vintage

Inspiration: Instagram, Pinterest, magazines, thrift stores

Favorite Element: The vintage liquor cabinet that belonged to Jaimy’s grandpa. He designed it himself for his barge in the 1920s. The original crystal glasses are still hanging in the curved door.

Biggest Challenge: The garden and bathroom.

What Friends Say: They very much like the atmosphere in our home. And are always surprised by the changes I regularly make.

Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom. It’s over 20 years old and really needs to be replaced.

Proudest DIY: The attic floor where we created the master bedroom and a walk-in closet.

Biggest Indulgence: The walk-in closet!

Best Advice: Don’t be afraid to mix things up. Just do it. So you don’t like the result? You can still return the item to the store or put it elsewhere in your home.

Dream Sources: I love thrift stores where I very much enjoy roaming around in search of vintage treasures.


Side table made of chipboard — KROOT&KRAUW

Corner sofa — Wehkamp
Cushions — HEMA
TV unit — IKEA
Rug — Kwantum
Most other items are vintage; they used to belong to family or were thrifted.

Dining table — Woonstore
Dining chairs — unfortunately, the company no longer exists
White spindle back chair — thrifted for only 5 euros!
Crow artwork — Malou Kalay
Black shelf unit — IKEA

Kitchen whole — Kvik

Bed — IKEA
Mirror — Zuiver (purchased via vtwonen)
White round nightstand — Kartell
Origami crane birds — Sukha

Thanks, Jaimy!

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