This Pastel-Painted Netherlands Home Used to Be a Library

published Jul 11, 2023
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This Pastel-Painted Netherlands Home Used to Be a Library

published Jul 11, 2023
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When Tessa, a doctor, and her partner, Jaap, were looking to buy a new home eight years ago, they were looking for something extraordinary. And after a year of looking, they struck gold. 

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What their family, which includes the couple and their three children, found wasn’t actually a home at all: The building that caught their eye was originally built in the 1800s as a school house, and in the last 25 years before the family’s purchase, was used as a library. The building’s storied history meant it came with loads of character and tons of light, as well as a tower (and bell!) on top of the roof. Another bonus: The new space was in the Groningen village in Northern Netherlands, which was close to their last home. 

At the time they saw this former library for sale, there wasn’t actually a kitchen or shower! But the family was so enthralled with the space they began renovations immediately. Fast forward all these years and the home now has plenty of bedrooms (and, yes, a kitchen and showers) and is full of pastels, patterns, and vibrancy that would make anyone happy. 



  • Living room wall above fireplace — Renaulac’s “Open Loft”
  • TV wall paint — Flexa’s “Cafe Latte”
  • Piano wall color — Flexa’s “Sandy Beach”
  • Kitchen wall color — Flexa’s easy care kitchen “Chrysant” (gamma)
  • Black butterfly wallpaper — Binnenzoet
  • Play room wallpaper “Park” — Photowall Sweden
  • Pink wall in girl’s room — Asford & Sons “Vintage Pink”
  • Unicorn wallpaper in girl’s room — Majvillan
  • Pink/beige wall in the primary bedroom — Flexa’s “Cafe Latte”
  • Space-themed boy’s room paint color — Flexa’s “Nachtblauw”
  • Smiley Wallpaper in other boy’s room— Rebel Walls


  • Couch — Trendhopper 
  • Cushions on couch — Striped: H&M Home, checker: Karwei, Flowers: IKEA
  • Pink chair in living room — Made
  • Carpet — Vintage
  • TV cabinet — Tylko
  • Vases — Foekje Fleur
  • Painting above dining room — @pietenkees
  • Candle holder living room — presenttime
  • Evian box — Vintage @tweedesans
  • Marshmallow table — &klevering
  • Grey table with face — “Donny” Coco Maison
  • Tiles — Storytiles
  • Monkey lamp — Seletti
  • Hanging lamp — Vintage via @tweedesans
  • Knitted item — @knottingonthewall
  • Painting — @joellewehkamp
  • Pink cabinet — jysk
  • Green metal cabinet — IKEA 


  • Dining table — IKEA
  • Lamp — Bolia
  • Yellow bench — @oudisnieuw
  • Beige chairs — IKEA
  • Grey school chair — Zuiver
  • Fur chair — Sosterne Grene 
  • Green high chair — Secondhand


  • IKEA cabinets
  • Blue coffee machine — Moccamaster
  • Tiles — VT wonen
  • Poster “Toet toet” — Mella Mella
  • Kitchen machine — KitchenAid
  • Refrigerator — Smeg
  • Yellow bird glass, terracotta head — Presenttime
  • Storage jar lilac — Motelamiio


  • Sofa — Big Bertha
  • Wallpaper — Photowall “Park”
  • On the wall — tuff ice cream @petit_bowie
  • Marshmallow on the wall — @snuikforkids
  • Blue-green ice cream — @houtje.touwtje
  • Illustration (house portrait) — @miekillustreert
  • Cardboard dragonfly & bee — Studio Roof


  • Black wallpaper butterfly — @binnenzoet
  • Candle holder — presenttime


Side with the desk:

  • Wallpaper — Majvillan via Vos en Beer Kids
  • Furniture — IKEA
  • Bedlinen — La Redoute
  • Poster Moon — Mr Starsky Amsterdam
  • Art poster lady — Pietenkees

Side with the posters/Barbiehouse:

  • Posters — Desenio
  • Frames — BGA
  • Unicorn — H&M Home
  • Butterfly cardboard — Studio Roof


  • Bed and closet — IKEA
  • Bed linen flower — H&M Home
  • Bed linen checker — Primark Home
  • Tattoo print— “Bikini Ready Green Print” van Aniek Bartels
  • Bedside lamp — It’s About RoMI


  • IXXI: “Embrace the sun”: — Artist Arty Guava


  • Bed — WOOOD
  • Cardboard house — HM Home
  • Poster astronaute — Desenio
  • Poster rocket —Junique
  • Lego clock — @bricksonthewall
  • Smiley lamp — Mr. mariadesign
  • Moon wall sticker — IKEA
  • Wooden hand — HAY


  • “Happy Rebel Colourful Chess” wallpaper — Rebel Walls 
  • Bedlinen — Wehkamp
  • “About a chair” chair — HAY
  • Smiley lamp — Mr. mariadesign


  • Wallpaper “Land of Coco” — Photowall Sweden

Thanks, Tessa!

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