Home Tour

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First a little background info before going on to the grand ‘Home Tour’ 🙂 …

After initially arriving in the Netherlands in 2010 we took the first habitable/affordable rental property we could find which was by no means an easy feat.

We found that rental properties for the right price in the area where we wanted to live were few and far between.

We lived in really small rental bungalow for approximately a year before being eligible for a Dutch mortgage and were able to buy our own ‘huisje’ (little house).  Despite the houses being relatively small here, the lack of physical square meters are made up for by clever open-plan design using every inch of space.


To get our foot on the property ladder here we took on a do-er-up-er.  Whilst everything was fairly well maintained the overwhelming saturation of brown and out dated fixtures need to be addressed – big style-ey.


Before The Renovations ….


collage of images showing openplan living room before



After The Renovations ….


collage of images showing open plan living room after makeover


We gave ourselves 8 weeks grace and a pretty tight budget to completely overhaul and refurbish the house.

During this time we remained in our rental property which (although very normal here) I found it very frustrating to pay that extra 2 months rent and ferry back and forth between the two houses.

With the help of an all round handy-man/builder and all the extended family of my partner we were able to more or less complete the refurbishment within the given time-scale.


Click on the images below to see individual rooms and more detailed before and after photos


Home Tour



Of course this is still work in progress.


We basically created a blank canvas on which I am now slowly adding to – with the goal of creating a comfortable family home with a nice homey-feel.


 I am now currently working on giving the loft bedroom a makeover


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Easter Vignette Display On Cream Side Table


Coffee Table With Hyacinths


Upcycled Office Chair With Modern Faux Fur Material

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6 thoughts on “Home Tour

    • February 23, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Nice to have you visit Christine! You have a Dutch name – I did wonder if you have links with the Netherlands.

  • February 20, 2016 at 11:19 am

    You did a great job with your house Sam! I love the open concept and the bright space you have! Lovely!

  • February 23, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks Katrin! Yes many houses here are very small so the open plan concept works best to make the most of the space you have got.

  • March 1, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Sam this is beautiful!!! I lived in Holland for a little over 2 years and loved it. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous renovations with us at the Your Home Decor and More link party!

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