Home decorations and warm design in a historical place
The use of exclusive home decorations in combination with a good architectural basis makes this house a home for the inhabitants. Within walking distance of the historical centre and the Noordwijk Beach, Robin Dullaart and Saskia de Haas, founders of Wilhelmina Designs, found their dream property. The home was built around 12 years ago by a local architect, who put ample thought into the basic elements. After several rigorous personal interventions and the use of home decorations ‘from their own home’ by the new inhabitants, the house became an oasis of peace in their busy existence.
Home grown decorations
The home decorations in Robin’s home usually come from his company Wilhelmina Designs, a web shop that offers beautiful home accessories online. The real eye catcher are the simply gorgeous wind lights by the Italian manufacturer Braid Concept. “Classic Italian design for people looking for something special to decorate their homes with”, says Robin. Alongside wind lights Wilhelmina Designs sells, amongst others, beautiful contemporary wall clocks, classy ‘celebrity’ black-and-white pictures, luxurious mirrors and decorative pillows by Claudi.
The house had been for sale for two years. Most of the interested parties were taken aback by the primary colours the owner had used. Robin and Saskia were enthralled from the moment they set foot in the house. Robin says: “we didn’t mind the colours, we immediately fell in love with the six meter high windows in the facade and the atrium. And the exciting vistas really make this house special. We had to contain ourselves to not react to enthusiastic while viewing the house, since we did want to be able to negotiate. ”
Outside becomes inside
The previous owner had really put a mark on the property. It turned out he had a love for nautical elements. The only thing that still reminds of that is the wavy movement the atrium’s wall makes. “The other elements, like serving hatches, we removed. That was a bit too much for our taste. “Robin and Saskia had the waist-high wall that separated the kitchen from the living room removed, which created a fantastic living-kitchen. Adjacent lies the dining room. Saskia: “We regularly have around ten to twelve friends over. Having drinks and dinner are truly festive here, because the space we have on the ground for is perfect for these things. And if the weather is nice, we open the garden doors, so we can involve the outside with the inside.”
Hanging lamp as eye catcher
The living room as two different ceiling heights. In the front it’s 6 meters, over the atrium it’s 2.60. “Hanging the tailored curtains was quite an exercise”, Robin tells. “I rented scaffolding because a regular house-ladder wasn’t up to the job.” An eye catcher in the living room is the hanging lamp, a design by Jurgen Bey. It came from Robin’s previous home, where the lamp hung over the dinner table. But here, hanging from the high ceiling, it fits perfectly. “We notice that people stay watching in front of the house on a regular basis. Especially when the lights are on, it’s a real eye catcher.
Modern with a surprising flavor
In the dining room, the inhabitants decided upon dark, intimate colours. The walls are painted with Farrow & Ball and one wall got a horizontally striped wallpaper by Eijffinger. “We have used dark colours throughout the entire house, in varying shades of black, gray and blue. They are calm, chic colours that don’t bore quickly”. Saskia explains. The solid wood floor was already in the house. This was re-sanded and oiled by Cees Noppe, specialized in laying wooden floors. “He did a fantastic job. We have a wenge floor in the bedroom, constructed from many different old pieces of wood. An enormous job to lay. Noppe took this floor under his wing too and the results are astoundingly beautiful.
Rest in the atrium
The atrium is a story in itself. A lovely room on the first floor. A place to withdraw to. Robin sits here, according to himself, on a very regular basis. We are not surprised by that. “It’s a fantastic space to enjoy some quiet and read. There is no television, since it would deduct from the room. The bookcase is a design by the architect. I have glued a white milk-glass plate in every compartment. A huge effort since there were 70 of them! But it really made the bookcase seem to float more. ”
The bedroom is in open connection with the bathroom. A semi-round, black wall gives the inhabitants the need privacy. Not a lot changed in the bathroom itself. New tiles and a shower door were the biggest interventions. The bedroom itself looks calm and has a number of surprising items. The black glass console-table was made by Robin himself. “Under it is a stool, we call it the sheep. The sheep is a bit older and we put it in the attic. But the cool glass of the table need warmth, so the sheep was given new life here”, according to Saskia.
The doors in Robin & Saskia’s house all come from the same family company owned by Robin: Dullaart Glass. “I’m the fourth generation in our family infected with the glass-virus”, Robin laughs. “We make all possible glass doors and walls to size and have a fitting door for every home, wish or problem. Glass is an amazing product and with a beautiful, glass door you really finish a room. Glass door create seas of light and let rooms flow into each other graciously.” It should be clear that, alongside design products, glass is Robin’s second passion!
Tekst: Wilma Tjalsma, EPN International (Stijlvol Wonen)
Photo’s: Jonah Samyn