Inside Scoop: Scandinavian Style in The Hague

31.10.13

Hello! It’s almost the end of the week and the start of a very exciting journey for me and my family, because tomorrow we get the keys to our new house! It’s a super cute little row house near the centre of Delft, and though it needs a little bit of love (OK, a LOT of love!) we are smitten and I can’t wait to share bits and pieces of our new home with you all in the months to come when things are a little bit settled. But today I am dreaming of another home, the gorgeous home of my good friend Hedda Pier, which I styled and photographed for my Homes With Heart column on Decor8. It’s light, it’s bright and it has loads of Scandinavian charm, so sit back and soak up the full scoop because I have plenty of eye candy for you today!

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As an interior designer, Hedda saw immediate potential when she laid eyes on the period details, space and light of what was to become the home she would share with her husband Michiel and daughter Stella. An experimental renovation quickly followed the purchase of their three-storey row house from the 1800s, and the results are a light and spacious affair that seamlessly weaves function with aesthetics. The living room on the second floor features Farrow & Ball’s Mizzle on the lower half of the walls, which adds a soft touch to the bright turquoise and red accents and a fabulous painting by Anna Taratiel from Amsterdam’s Battalion Gallery. Soft tones return to the space in a variety of cushions on the couch, off-setting those brights and adding balance and calm to the space. Various accessories adorn a vintage credenza, but my favourite is that stunning turquoise vase by Lenneke Wispelwey. The modern colour and structure creates a striking contrast against the retro vintage pieces. That gorgeous painting behind the credenza was a gift to Hedda from her father. On the same floor is the couple’s bedroom.

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How gorgeous is that bedroom? This is where Hedda and Michiel come to relax at the end of a busy day, with soothing blue tones throughout. The fabulous Piet Hein Eek ‘Scrapwood’ wallpaper was the starting point for the colour scheme in here, where turquoise, powder blue, charcoal and wood tones weave their way around the room, but really striking is the built-in cabinet the couple had made out of underlayment. Their contractor said it couldn’t be done, but as you can see it was a great success and such a creative and budget friendly idea too. I love the texture that By Mölle blanket on the end adds to the space. That one was picked up at Femkeido. And the bedside tables are rather ingenious – Hedda reused old kitchen cabinets to create those! Let’s check out the kitchen downstairs!

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A light colour palette of white, powder blue and pale wood and high set windows cast aside any previous concerns there might have been that this ground floor kitchen would be too dark. Mismatched chairs surrounding their custom oak dining table and charm by the bucket load make this a fun and family friendly kitchen for Hedda and Michiel to enjoy their time together as a family. Through the kitchen and on to the entry, check out Hedda’s gorgeous home office where she runs her interior design business Saus Design.

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I love the simplicity of Hedda’s studio, with a central desk in front of the windows that line the front of the house, and plenty of practicality. As a designer, you end up accumulating so much stuff that it’s crucial to have space for it all. Some things look great displayed too, though, such as gorgeous wallpaper and fabric samples, colour cards and this space strikes the perfect balance between functional and stylish.

But stepping away for a moment, let me just tell you a bit about Hedda. She is sassy, stylish and above all, practical, which are all fabulous qualities that she brings into the interiors she designs. But it’s her positivity and sense of self that really shines through for me, not only on a professional level, but also as a friend. Hedda was the one who convinced me to chase my dreams and create a career around styling and interiors from the very beginning. She has been such an inspiration to me, having walked out of a lackluster office job herself to start up as a designer just a few years ago, and for the two and a half years I have known her she has been nothing but encouraging and supportive. Whenever we get together we talk for hours on end, discussing colour palettes, current assignments, and our crazy kids. And we have been known to sink a gin and tonic or two and giggle the hours away but let’s not get off track! To the top floor to where the aforementioned crazy kids reside…

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If those aren’t cute bedrooms, I just don’t know what are! I love all the little details she has added to their spaces – the pink skirting boards, cute display boxes for all their trinkets, soft colour palettes with brights popping up here and there, and adorable wall stickers. If I had laid eyes on one of these bedrooms as a child, I never would have left! So much thought went into designing these spaces. Hedda intentionally placed interesting items low down in the rooms to peak the interests of her children and encourage them to reach for books and toys. Very clever.

So what do you think of this house? Gorgeous or gorgeous? If you’re keen to see more of this house and read their whole story, head on over to Decor8!

Have a great day!

Holly x

* All images were styled and photographed by Holly Marder for Decor8 and Avenue Lifestyle

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15 Responses to “Inside Scoop: Scandinavian Style in The Hague”

  1. Wauw! Amazing! Looking forward to your new home development 🙂 Spending the day searching on Funda for little homes in Delft is my favorite thing to do whenever I feel bored haha!

    • Holly says:

      Funda spotting is a ridiculously fun pastime, Marloes! I speak from experience 🙂 But I must say, after searching online for almost two years, I am glad to finally have found a home that we both love.

  2. Sabrina Kara says:

    I just found out about your blog yesterday and I love reading it ;). I cannot wait for your new home as we are also looking for one too so I can inspire myself with good ideas. Thank you and have a nice day. Sabrina

    • Holly says:

      Hi Sabrina! Thanks for stopping by to say hello 🙂 I look forward to sharing our home decorating adventures with you all here.

  3. It is beyond adorably gorgeous! I luv the lil details in each room.

  4. Magda says:

    This is such a pretty apartment. I love the pops of color and the turquoise sofa!

  5. WOW, Such a beautiful place! I love the painting in the living room. Such a great bright colors together with that couch! Beautiful Holly! Your blog is lovely! xx

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  9. Erin says:

    Love the cute baby bedroom pics! Where did you get (or did you make) those cute book shelves??

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