Inside Scoop: A Joyful, Eclectic Home


It’s been ages since I gave you the Inside Scoop of a home I photographed for publication, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy shooting them! Between working client based projects (finishing spaces to show you guys, I swear!), running workshops and traipsing around the countryside with my camera, I have been keeping myself sufficiently occupied. But with spring just around the corner, the preppy hues in this joyful, eclectic home belonging to Ingrid Janssen of WOOD & WOOL STOOL made this home an easy pick for today’s feature. With bright Moroccan textiles, unique vintage finds, light for days and those heavenly floors, it’s little wonder leading Dutch interiors magazine vtwonen deemed this home worthy of a 14-page spread and it made the pages of decor8 too. Let’s peek inside!

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Ingrid and Henk’s 240 square meter family abode boasts beautiful oak herringbone floors throughout and bundles of charm so characteristic of 1930s style homes here in The Netherlands, with all the benefits of a modern home. They purchased it newly built, starting with a concrete interior. Their main splurge was the wooden floor they had a local craftsman create. “With the white walls and the unvarnished floor, the base was just perfect,” Ingrid says.

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With a penchant for travel, Ingrid and her family have filled their home with treasures they have gathered over the years, keeping the walls white throughout and layering in colour through bright textiles and an eclectic smattering of vintage accessories.

“Our journeys inspire our interior, we always find the best stuff during our travels,” Ingrid says. “We buy what we like, no matter the style. Everything fits in naturally and I love the way our home is a growing and every changing space.”

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Colour plays a significant role in Ingrid and Henk’s home, though the sense of calm and serentiy is largely owing to the colour white. “With a white base and oak floor, everything looks good,” Ingrid says. “Although we have lots of colourful items, the house still looks bright and uncluttered.”

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Favourite items include a long leather sofa, canteen kitchen table from a Belgian school, the vintage Geoffrey Harcourt design chair that Ingrid swapped with a friend in exchange for  a Wood & Wool Stool, and the Boucherouite rugs the couple brought back from their many trips to Marrakech.

“We are not very interested in brands,” explains Ingrid. “We often find furniture in second hand shops or vintage barns. Most of our furniture is not new, but vintage, second hand or antique.”

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Throughout Ingrid and Henk’s home are items the couple have hand crafted, turning necessity into a successful, home operated business. “We always made furniture ourselves, whether it was a kitchen table, an outdoor bench or headboard for our bedroom,” Ingrid says. “In 2007 I made a stool out of scrapwood and dressed it with a handmade crocheted cover . It turned out to be an object every visitor of our home wanted to have, which is how Wood & Wool Stool began. Since then, I have made lots of interior objects, including pillows, rugs, signs and frames, and it always has something to do with wood an/or wool. I am a textile maniac!”

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The master bedroom, situated on the third floor of the house, features slanted ceilings, dormer windows, a hand made scrapwood headboard and open closet. “Our attic bedroom is a wonderful space,” Ingrid says. “We have the whole attic to ourselves and it feels a bit ‘French’ (Je ne sais pas pourquoi).”

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Despite their regular travels abroad, the family are always happy to return home to their bright and cheerful abode. “Our home is very important to us,” says Ingrid. “We still like our own house best. Wherever we have stayed, even in the best boutique hotels, we are always in love with our own place when we return.”

“I love that feeling when you enter the house after weeks away and it all feels so fresh and cool.”

So, what do you think of this vibrant and quirky home? Drawn to more muted colours myself, I am always in awe of people like Ingrid who infuse their lives with bold colour and do it so right, but the textile maniac in me with a strong affection for vintage felt right at home in this lovely abode in a matter of seconds!

For more images of this home, hop over to decor8.

Have a great week!

Photography: Holly Marder | Avenue Lifestyle // With gratitude to vtwonen and decor8 for supporting my work

3 Responses to “Inside Scoop: A Joyful, Eclectic Home”

  1. Brooklyn W. says:

    Oh, the headboard on that bed! Love all of this!

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    I noticed your most recent Instagram and Pinterest posts are shown on your side bar. Is this automatic or do you change it manually with every post?

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