Name: Klaas Hogeweg
Location: 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
Size: 969 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting
Gray, beige, white, black. Generally, these colors don't evoke feelings of warmth and coziness. But if you visit Klaas Hogeweg's home those are the exact words that come to mind, together with stylish and elegant. His interior might be devoid of any "real" colors (save for the plants), but it sure feels homey and you'll have to resist the urge to touch all the various surfaces. "The soft fabrics do the trick," says Klaas. "What I lack in colors are more than made up for by adding lots of cushions and blankets." And of course his enviable collection of accessories. Klaas has a passion for beautiful materials, especially natural ones like wood and stone. "Another feature that tickles my fancy is craftsmanship. An item that is made with skill and an eye for detail can make me very happy."
For as long as he can remember, Klaas has been living and breathing interiors; he's worked in a home decor shop and later on he graduated as an interior designer. But his interior adventures didn't stop there: He also has experience in product design and recently launched Koya Living, an online store specializing in pretty and unique home decor items. Quite a few pieces are handmade and have been sourced all over the globe, thus combining Klaas' two main loves: interiors and traveling. The latter is a huge source of inspiration to him and he feels fortunate to travel a lot.
"It's exciting to see different locations, meet all kinds of people and discover new materials," says Klaas with a big smile, "when I return home I always bring back nice pieces for my interior. I love how each piece carries a memory and has a story to tell, making it more meaningful than something I bought at my local hardware store. Slowly my home is transforming into an ever-changing storybook, telling stories about my life."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Urban chic
Inspiration: Traveling. I find materials particularly inspiring, for instance the way they are processed.
Favorite Element: The black rattan armchair; it belonged to my grandma and is therefore very special to me.
Biggest Challenge: When it comes to the ceiling height—nearly 13.5 feet high!—this is not a standard home. So it's kind of challenging to fill the rooms.
What Friends Say: They like it a lot.
Biggest Embarrassment: Since this is a rental I can't change the kitchen countertop. I'm not fond of laminate countertops, so if it were fully up to me I would've chosen something else. Perhaps concrete, but definitely a natural material.
Proudest DIY: Making my home warm and cozy, in spite the lack of "real" colors.
Biggest Indulgence: The cluster of mirrors. They were really expensive, but I think they're perfect for the height of my walls.
Best Advice: Don't follow trends! Follow your instinct when it comes to materials.
Sofa - Wehkamp
Pendant light - Koya Living
Coffee table - Trendhopper
Wire stool - Koya Living
Rattan armchair - vintage, belonged to Hogeweg's grandmother
Cluster of mirrors - CRAVT
Side table with petrified wood top - Koya Living
White candle holders - Koya Living
Table lamp - CRAVT
Marble table - vintage
Shelf - DIY made out of a found wooden slab and old leather belts
Earthenware - Søstrene Grene
Tribal shell necklaces - from Bali, also available at Koya Living