Ingrid’s Wood and Wool Wonderland

published May 5, 2010
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Name: Ingrid Jansen (living with husband Henk, son Minne and daughter Pippa

Location: Dordrecht, the Netherlands 

Size: 160 m²
Years lived in: almost 7

Like many of you, we’ve been obsessed with wood and wool’s crocheted stools practically since Ingrid Jansen decided to share them with the world. In fact, they’ve got pride of place on our inspiration board for our dream home. We think they’re a perfect example of modern style; a blend of rustic, contemporary, upcycled, craft and antique. So, of course, we were curious to see where she lived.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

We were not disappointed. Flipping through the pictures on Ingrid’s flickr, it was hard to pick which ones to include in this house tour. Every corner of Ingrid’s home is as magical and inspirational as her stools, full of delicate and inspiring vignettes that are fresh and unique. Her home has that spare, yet homey, touch that we aspire to (but are afraid we’ll never reach) where everything, even flowers, books and shoes, are seen as part of a colourful landscape of a life that is creative and personal. Of course, her stools find use in many of the rooms, seating here, a table there, and the colourful crochet squares that form their inviting coverings also find their way onto throws, pillows and festive garlands.

The stools are far from the only things that inspire us in her home however. There is a sense of humour and wonder that discovers solutions to common problems or that sees a new angle on the everyday. Check out the lamp whose pole is made from collected food tins. Find the small mirror, just beneath a larger one in the bathroom, hung to accommodate the children when they were small. A wall plastered with photographs and mementos stands in for wallpaper in her daughter’s bedroom. A collection of vintage plates decorate a wall. More than many, this is a home that is unique; a beautiful reflection of its talented owner and her family.

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Our Style: bohemian; mix of brocante, design, classic oak herringbone flour, white and colors and there is always some wool or crochet around!
The Inspiration for my home: just looking around it’s everywhere, travelling, city trips, Scandinavian style, interior magazines, the internet, creative people and my workplace, Villa Augustus
Favorite element: Geoffrey Harcourt design chair and an old cupboard where I store my wool.
Biggest Challenge in designing my home: a good developing space to feel at home, always growing and never finished
What friends say about my home: they like it for there is so much to see and discover and there is always something new or painted in a different color
Biggest Embarrassment in my home: black tiled bathroom floor
Proudest DIY: Self-made lamp base of olive-tins, vintage wooden boarding on the kitchen wall and the branch stair bannister
Biggest Indulgence with respect to my home: The old ‘pieces’ are always present
Best Advice given or received: When you like it, it’s okay!
Dream Source for stuff: an old (Pippi Longstocking) house in a beautiful city with a large workspace and garden where I could have my own vegetable garden with wild flowers

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Appliances: handmade accessories
Furniture: Fermob, Artifort, Ikea, Sissy Boy Homeland
Accessories: HEMA, Ikea, flea markets, Loods 5,
Lighting: Jieldé, Cotton & Colors, Loods 5
Paint: vt.wonen paint flexa colors
Flooring: Oak herringbone
Rugs and Carpets: Household hardware, plastic matting
Tiles and Stone: Winckelmans
Window Treatments: wooden blinds by Luxaflex
Beds: Boxsprings by Ikea
Artwork: Afroart Stockholm, Sissy Boy Homeland

Thanks, Ingrid!

[images: Ingrid Jansen / wood & wool stool, used with her permission, all rights reserved]