Inside Scoop: Eclectic Charm in The Hague


Hi there! Back today with another ‘Inside Scoop’, this time giving you a peek into the home of Edwin Pelser, the owner of a design store in The Hague. I recently photographed Edwin’s first floor apartment for a Houzz feature and instantly loved his savvy style. You’ll love the way he combines contemporary design with his obvious love for historical pieces. A book worm, art enthusiast and downright mag addict, Edwin’s old-meets-new aesthetic gives his bachelor pad a comfortably eclectic look and feel. Here are a few of my favourite snaps of the tour, and some inside shots that didn’t feature on Houzz, where you’ll find the story behind this fun space.














What did you think? Don’t you just adore the floors against a crisp white backdrop? Edwin actually purchased the apartment a decade ago, when the place was decked out in dull grey carpeting and the kitchen was a narrow, closed off space from the dining room. Out of curiosity and desperation to get rid of the drab carpeting, he peeled back a little corner in the hallway, and was utterly taken aback to find original oak herringbone floorboards underneath! He said he felt like a puppy that had discovered something fun to play with. In record speed no doubt, he ripped up the carpeting in the hallway and living room, and later had replica herringbone floorboards laid in the dining room. He also knocked down a wall between the kitchen and dining room and renovated his little kitchen. He loves his apartment and it’s easy to see why. The two main rooms boast high ceilings which were restored to their former glory, original ensuite doors and fire surrounds that you’ll find in many of the earlier built homes here in the Netherlands and loads of natural light.

A big thank you to Edwin for inviting me and my camera to your home and feeding me cookies and coffee while I fiddled around with your lovely things and took my photos. Make sure you read the full story here, and if you’re in town, pop into Edwin Pelser {the shop} for a look at some of the gorgeous things, many of which you’ll also see in and around the house.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Today, we celebrate 1 year to go before we get married with a romantic dinner at a surprise restaurant of D’s choice. For the first time in 2 years, we are hiring a babysitter. Eek!



* All images by Holly Marder for Houzz.


2 Responses to “Inside Scoop: Eclectic Charm in The Hague”

  1. mel says:

    Hi Holly,

    Oh this place is gorgeous! And those herringbone floorboards, I would have been doing the happy dance after finding those. I love the blue wall with the white skirting and architraves beside the floor, just stunning combination. I’ll pop over to Houzz and check out the rest of the shoot. Mel

    • Holly says:

      Hi Mel, I know!!! Discovering those herringbone floors would have been amazing! Enjoy reading Edwin’s story, and thanks for popping by. Holly

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