In a classic and quiet area between the middle of The Hague, Netherlands, along with the shore, Iris (who goes by just her first name) has made a warm, light-filled house for her husband and two kids. In the summer of 2010 she began a blog, Irideeën, where she shares her house styling thoughts and all of the lovely items that she finds on the web. “I am so glad I started blogging, since I found a welcoming blogging community that has adopted me from the start and is this important part of my life today,” says Iris, who’s also a jurist.
at a Glance:
Who lives here: Iris, her husband and their two young children
Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Size: 935 square feet
That’s interesting: The house was totally run down and split into smaller flats in its previous life.
Throughout their house renovations, Iris and her husband kept the original drawing room doors that separated the dining room from the living room. Separations were common in homes a century ago in The Hague, as were high ornamental ceilings, wooden floors, stained glass windows and marble mantels.
In their previous state, the bookshelves were briefer and covered by doorways. “We had them made a little higher, and we abandoned the shelves exposed at the living space,” says Iris.
Birds and other nature-inspired prints and elements adorn the inspiration board at the research. “This is where I blog and perform deco projects,” Iris says. “I simply love bringing the outdoors inside, in order our entire house you will find birds and other animals, in addition to many flowers and nature-inspired styling.”
Although she does not consider herself a card collector, Iris makes and buys printed thing that strikes her as beautiful and beautiful. “My mother has the same flavor and is very good at finding lovely items. I also still have some small trinkets and things from my childhood,” she says, adding that they”incorporate a few fun and playfulness” to the house.
Iris keeps all of her kids’ toys in neat and orderly compartments. “I enjoy having amazing things around me, so I try and create fine corners and fairly sights and keep the house clean all the time — including the kids’ spaces,” Iris says.
Cardboard house: Children on Roof; scooter: Boghera
Round cupboards, pink accents and nature-inspired elements give her daughter’s room a light and lively quality. The sconce foundation and cupboard, both brocante (flea market) finds, were painted in Charleston Gray by Farrow and Ball.
Original artwork fills the wall area over the sofa. “The painting on the left is my dad, who paints makes sculptures like a hobby. The center one is with a friend of my parents,” says Iris.
Couch: Byron & Jones; lamp: Artemide
Like many Europeans, Iris has selected a comparatively inconspicuous TV. “I don’t think televisions are very fairly, but I kind of like this white one. I don’t need it to be a central focus from the living space, but from the couch you’ll be able to see it perfectly,” says Iris.
Iris and her family eat of all their meals together at the extendable dining table, which also doubles as a crafts table for her and her children. The china cabinet came from an antiques store. “I love cooking, and my husband has a beautiful wine cellar, therefore we like combining excellent wine and food with both fantastic company,” says Iris.
Dining table: Ligne Roset; seats: IKEA; chandelier: classic
Iris, who considers herself lucky to live in a state where flowers are offered at affordable prices throughout the year, fills many vases and corners with new flowers and plants.
Throws and lounge seats: IKEA; carpeting: Hema
This Bertolt Brecht print over the bed, a gift from Iris’ parents, is a daily reminder to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Bed and headboard: Auping
The drawing of a mother and son to the right of the mantel was created by her sister, an artist, including Iris on her 30th birthday. Reflected in the mirror is the painting created by her dad. Iris’ home encapsulates a lot of her style philosophy: Shine a light on things that tell a story, since they are the very things that produce a house a house.
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