This “Musty Dwelling Untouched Since the ’70s” Was Gorgeously Transformed

published May 29, 2024

This “Musty Dwelling Untouched Since the ’70s” Was Gorgeously Transformed

published May 29, 2024
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Freelance editor-in-chief and ceramicist Marjolein Rombout always thought Amsterdam would be her forever home. But when she saw this 710-square-foot house for sale on the outskirts of the city’s historic center two-and-a-half years ago, she couldn’t shake the feeling that this was going to be just the right sanctuary for her and her dog, Otis.

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But while the peacefulness of the space was apparent from the moment she first laid eyes on it, it wasn’t exactly move-in ready. Marjolein explains that the space was a “musty dwelling untouched since the ’70s” and that it “bore the grime of neglect.”

But after a substantial renovation, Marjolein was able to create a home with a “delightful blend of freshness, modernity, and newness, all while paying homage to the original elements of a 1930s house.”

She explains that over the course of seven weeks, the renovation included removing the outdated downstairs bathroom and kitchen, and reconfiguring the upstairs.

Originally the upstairs consisted of three small bedrooms, but after the renovation there’s now a “compact yet comfortable bathroom with a toilet, a study boasting a magnificent view of the ancient city wall, and a bedroom with bright sunlight.”



  • Pascal Mourge Fabio lounge chair / Steiner, France 1970 — From my parents
  • Vintage Martin Visser sofa — Marketplace
  • Color cabinet — Hay


  • Dining chairs cobalt and burgundy red — Fest Amsterdam
  • Dining chairs pink and lilac — Vintage Cordemeyer Gispen, from Jansen Vintage
  • Limited-edition screenprint by Michael van Kekem — @michaelvankekem
  • Pink wooden object — @rubenvanderscheer
  • Pink painting — Bertrand Fournier @fournierbetrand


  • Tiles — ​Winckelmans
  • Ceramic — @detoffetoko

Thanks, Marjolein!

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