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Asian and Vintage Styles Mix at Eclectic Home

Dutch homeowners Petra Mens and Sander Van der Burg mixed several design styles to make a harmonious three-story home for their family. Situated in the newly built neighborhood of Wateringseveld, between the towns of Delft and The Hague, this contemporary home balances Asian influences with classic mid-century contemporary design pieces.

The couple fell in love with the area for its close proximity to the city, beaches and the historic town of Delft, where they own an inside décor boutique, Interieur Decor Delft. These factors, as well as the distance the home offered and family-friendly area, guided them to buy a block of land to construct their perfect home.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Petra Mens and Sander van der Burg
Location: Wateringseveld,The Netherlands
Size: 160 square meters,2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

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“It’s rather difficult to describe the fashion of our property, because we like a good deal of things,” Mens says. “It’s contemporary, but it’s also warm, and though all those things are so different and come from different shops and boutiques, all of them work well together.”

Suspended over the coffee table would be the Bird Lamp composed of black paper cranes from Tas-ka. With its own handmade clustered origami birds, the unique light fixture brings together the Asian influences found in the rest of the space, such as the large imported antique Chinese cabinet in the dining area from Zen Lifestyle.

Light fixture: Bird Lamp by Tas-ka
Coffee table and sofa: Linteloo

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A subtle wall installation that doubles as a media stand separates the living room space from the open kitchen design. The charcoal grey sofas offer a cozy place to relax and admire the views outdoors. Teak’Sushi’ stools, which can be offered in the couple’s boutique, function as the perfect perch for coffee or a cocktaillounge.

Possessing an inside décor boutique has its advantages for the few, who completely endorse the products that they market in their boutique. “The products that we sell in our store are hand-picked by me, and I choose items that I would like to have in my home,” Mens says.

Light fixture: Bird Lamp from Tas-ka
Coffee table and sofas: Linteloo
Candlesticks: Ikea

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The showstopping part in the dining area is the Non Random Light from Dutch design home Moooi. Designed by Bertjan Pot, the pendant projects light through an intricate net of epoxy and fiberglass strands, which gives off an organic softness while remaining quintessentially contemporary.

Paint colour: Hardwick White by Farrow & Ball

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The key accessory in this dining area vignette is a traditional George Nelson made Turbine Clock by design home Vitra. One of the most popular wall clocks made, the midcentury made brass Turbine Clock is now an icon in contemporary design.

The clock unites with a Scandinavian designed vintage Palisander wood bar cupboard, a personal favorite item of Van der Burg. Warm golden colors match the soft gray-green walls.

Hitter: George Nelson”Turbine Clock” by Vitra

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The contemporary, fuss-free kitchen is large and spacious, with clean lines and contemporary appliances. A wall of custom-built dark Wenge wood cabinets houses a row of Siemens built-in appliances, such as a steam oven, coffee machine, oven and hidden refrigerator. A glossy kitchen island and stainless steel finishes produce a compact appearance. Large Asian rock floor tiles operate throughout.

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With a 12-year-long connection to their credit, and a company they have run successfully together for five of the years, teamwork is crucial for this particular couple. They fulfilled when Mens was an interior designer with her own business, and Van der Burg was working as an upholsterer and part-time interior designer. When it came to designing their home, Van der Burg took on the architectural aspects of the property’s design, and Mens dragged herself to the accessories and overall appearance of the home. It would seem that the design duo are a match made in paradise.

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The vintage Scandinavian dining table is really a buy the few created in Antwerp, through a visit to the town’s popular antique shopping road, Kloosterstraat. The seats surrounding the table are original iconic Fritz Hansen Butterfly seats. One of the most widely sold seats on earth, the contemporary classic chairs are a design icon that the couple has loved for ages.

Antique Chinese cupboard: Zen Lifestyle

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This darling little table was bought for a sneak at a local thrift shop for 2 Euros! The vase on top was also a thrift shop find. The mixture of new and old accessories makes this home both cozy and inviting.

Candlestick: Habitat

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The master suite is made with Asian flair. Red Chinese side tables, bought during a visit to a furniture store in The Hague’s Chinatown, soda from an otherwise neutral setting. A vintage Chinese print was bought at Zen Lifestyle. The couple bought the sculptural piece in a design boutique at Delft. It’s a folding clothing stand by Italian design home Zanotta.

Wall colour: Shaded White by Farrow & Ball
Bedding: Mrs. Me Home Couture
Lamps: Kartell
Printing: Zen Lifestyle
Clothes stand: Sciangai by Zanotta

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A feature wall of Asian-inspired wallpaper is striking against the bedroom’s neutral tones, and picks up on the red accents in the room.

Wallpaper: Osborne & Little
Wall colour:’Shaded White’ by Farrow & Ball
Bedding: Mrs. Me Home Couture
Lamps: Kartell
Printing: Zen Lifestyle
Clothes stand: Sciangai by Zanotta

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Walking out of the master bedroom to the ensuite feels like entering a Balinese spa, using soft pebble-like tiling below the toes and a soothing color scheme.

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The couple’s ensuite is a relaxing escape. Contemporary hardware unites with Turkish and Moroccan accents to make a soothing space to unwind in the tub or enjoy a steaming soak in the shower. The pebble appearance floor tiles have been brought over from Bali to complete the”Zen” appearance that the few were heading for in this area.

Mirror: Habitat
Hardware: Doornbracht

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With a baby boy due very soon, the nursery is near conclusion. A feature wall covered in robot wallpaper by Scandinavian company Ferm Living is a whimsical and entertaining addition to the space. Paired with soft yellow walls, the area is ideal for their own son. Mens picked the vintage baby bed to get a sneak at an internet boutique specializing in vintage and retro items for kids.

The appearance the few were heading for in the baby’s room was”vintage and fresh using a mix of contemporary and vintage furnishings.” The couple plan to bring a changing station and Mens plans on sewing a handmade mobile for their son to gaze upward at while lying in his bed. “In my wishlist is an Eames rocker as my feeding seat,” Mens says.

Wall colors:’Light Blue’ and’Babouche’ by Farrow & Ball
Robot Wallpaper and cushions: Ferm Living
Mattress: Mevrouw de Uil

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This gorgeous vintage cupboard adds retro appeal into the space, while another contemporary classic provides comfy seating for extended feeding sessions when baby comes together. The vintage Verner Panton chair was awarded to Van der Burg as a present from a former company. The one-piece plastic seat made by one of the most influential designers of the 1960s and’70s is considered today as a classic in contemporary furniture design.

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Throughout the couple’s home are things that reflect about the traveling they have done together over time. “I am a collector,” Mens says. “Every town we visit, we buy something. We have brought things back from Morocco, Bali, Barcelona and Paris.” The collection of image frames at the entryway is a growing tradition for the few, who find a new picture each time they see a new city or nation. The antique Chinese mantelpiece in the end of the hallway is home to a range of things brought back from vacations abroad, such as a Moroccan stone-studded mirror, and sea shells, coral and also a Buddha out of Bali.

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Away from the entryway on the ground floor is a large and spacious home office that Mens utilizes to sew and work from home from time to time. Modern floor-to-ceiling cabinets in a high-gloss end provide ample storage for cloths, office materials and knickknacks, while tangerine coloured Eames Eiffel seats add more style to the room.

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A striking black-and-silver wallpaper brings excitement and texture into the space, and provides a luscious backdrop to the bright orange Eames seats. Both solid wood tables were produced by Mens’ dad who is a carpenter. In addition, he produced the three wooden blocks that hold the office and printer supplies.

Wallpaper: Chinese Dragon from Osborne & Little
Clock: George Nelson Asterisk Clock by Vitra

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When Mens and Van der Burg bought the land and home, they played around with the ground plan to produce the open kitchen, dining and living area that provides them with loads of living room, and additionally sacrificed among the three bedrooms on the third floor in favor of producing a spacious master bedroom having an ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet. The few have considered extending the home to incorporate a fourth floor later on.

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On a bitter winter day, the views of the charming, family-oriented area from the couple’s home are a pretty sight.

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This Martini Lounge has been Larkin’s favorite room to work on. The customer wanted a playful but elegant space where she could host guests for after-dinner drinks. Larkin balanced outside the space by using classic designs blended with colorful and fashionable accents. The room glows with a tone-on-tone painted striped silver wall and warm wood flooring. An enjoyable light fixture and colorful textiles complete the appearance.

Couch: Crate & Barrel
Coffee tables: Arteriors Home
Chandelier: Horchow
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Rug: Shades of Light

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To create the casual glamour her customer desired, Larkin stuck with comfy furniture and fabrics together with glamorous accents. In the living area, lush green armchairs are lined with brass nailheads, and stunning glass side tables contrast with the more subtle jute rug.

Once the customer first started working with Larkin, she desired her whole home made — paint, wallpaper, accessories and furniture. It has taken a few decades, but they’ve almost finished every area.

Mirrors: Crate & Barrel
Table lamp: Currey & Company
Rug: Blackstone Carpets
Couch and armchairs: Charles Ray
Negative tables:
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Emily Johnston Larkin

Present hand-scraped hardwood floors were laid in a herringbone pattern at the entryway. Larkin maintained the entrance a clean and sharp white to let this stunning ground stick out.

Mirrored console and table lamps: Horchow

Emily Johnston Larkin

The kitchen has been completed in warm forests and granite to blend with the hand-scraped hardwood floors and exposed wooden beams from the ceiling. Even though a number of the substances had been put in by the builder, Larkin had the granite and detailed backsplash set up for visual texture.

Backsplash and countertops: IMC

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The dining room ceiling provided a bit of a challenge for Larkin. She knew they needed a gold metallic paint to the ceiling, but she needed it to coincide with the gold wallpaper perfectly. Because paint darkens when it dries, the color kept turning out more bronze. After a couple of tries they could get it correctly.

Table and seats: customer

Emily Johnston Larkin

While their is a mix of merchandise throughout the home, the customer did tack on a few high-end wallpaper, fabrics, and furniture to continue.

Wallpaper: ID collection

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A recreation area (complete with a custom Texas Longhorns pool table) is the best spot for those clients to blow off steam at the end of a very long moment. Larkin outfitted a window seat with custom cushions and cushions for visitors to sit and relax while watching the others play.

Pillows: Custom made of Pindler & Pindler cloth

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The customer is this energetic and charismatic person, and Larkin needed to make sure that the home really reflected that. In the master bedroom, green and gold accents feel fresh however sophisticated, while a muted rug and wall color ground the rest of the room.

Headboard: Custom
Bedframe and bedding: Encore Hotel’s home shop
Sofa: Charles Ray

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The glamorous combination of new and old is present in the customer’s perfectly coordinated cupboard. Larkin had a seat and ottoman reupholstered to add color to this dressing room.

Seat: Client’s, at a Kravet cloth
Ottoman: Client’s, in Pindler & Pindler cloths

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The guest bedroom is a bit more neutral than the master bedroom, and really is a crisp and soothing space for visitors to snuggle up for the night. A custom headboard makes the mattress feel plush and comfy, and Larkin tied the room together by using the same cloth on the cushions and curtains.

Headboard: Made by Jimmy Bishop using Pindler & Pindler cloth
Bedding: Horchow
Interior color: Sherwin Williams Camelback
Rug: Pottery Barn
Table lamps: Emissary

Emily Johnston Larkin

Double French doors lead from the master suite to the couple’s expansive master bath.

Chandelier: Currey & Company

Emily Johnston Larkin

Classic trellis wallpaper generates that Hollywood Regency appearance in this bathroom. A custom shower curtain is surprisingly formal — a chic update of the standard.

Wallpaper: Schumacher
Shower curtain: Custom made of
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When designer Laura Davidson of Dwellings was hired to style this floor plan and interior design, she had a solid relationship with her”dream customers,” who gave her free reign. The house was designed for three generations: The couple has three grown children and one in middle school, and they desired a apartment for one set of grandparents contained in the design.

The general feel of the house is comfortable, subtly coastal, bright and family-friendly. “I love to weave delicate topics throughout a house,” says Davidson. Let us take a look at how she achieved this.


Davidson had a hand in everything from the design, built-ins, layouts,”right down to the doorknobs,” she states. The built-ins from the living room were designed around the tv, which Davidson believes we should stop trying to hide and only embrace. The stone is a Beuchal stone veneer — actual stone, but lighter and less expensive than full size stones.

Art across the fireplace is Jeff Condon, a local artist.
Ottoman was custom produced by Vanguard.
Almost All the lighting in the House is by Visual Comfort.
Sofas and chairs are by Miles Talbot.


“I love symmetry,” says Davidson. “I made the house to be somewhat family-friendly and to have a very easy and functional flow.”

The general palette of the home is subtly coastal. “Subtle pops of colour move through the house, and that I tweaked the hues for various flooring to provide them a different texture.”


Transoms over windows and doors are another repeated element, and their decorative is mimicked from the built-ins, like these cabinets that separate the living space from the kitchen.


A subtle seaglass blue onto the island makes it stand out, and the Viking range is the specific same hue. The tiles on the backsplash by Jeffrey Court replicate the sea-glass feel. The counters are Caesarstone, which Davidson chose because”it has that sand feel.”

Toward the end of the kitchen, it is possible to see a transom above a swinging restaurant-style door that leads to the pantry. “All of the doors at the house are painted the same pale gray,” says Davidson. “We saved a few dollars by painting all of the interior doors rather than using solid wood doors, which are considerably more costly”


These saddle seat counter stools emphasize a flat stripe motif that runs across the house. When the original stools Davidson had ordered fell through at the last minute, Michael Thomas Furniture custom made them for her in about a week. This was really fortunate, as 6,000 individuals were scheduled to come through during a Parade of Homes!

The transom-like element is replicated on peak of the cabinets.


The dining chairs are a sea-glass blue hue taken over from the kitchen island, but are covered in a metallic leather, which sets this as a formal area.

Dining Table by Somerset Bay
Chandelier by Visual Comfort
Rug by Dash and Albert.


The window seat was designed with the customers’ middle schooler in mind. It is a favourite perch, complete with storage underneath. To the best are doors that get the coated portion of the upper deck, and they’re often left open once the family entertains, allowing easy flow from indoors to outside.

“The ceiling has delicate paneling; a V-groove using a crown,” says Davidson. The V-grooved paneling is another subtle motif that repeats throughout the house.


The upper deck is available from several rooms. The in-law apartment has its own private deck area which links to the deck of the main house. The ceiling is a gray/tan blot that coordinates with the front porch, tying the front part of the house to the rear.

Furniture by Joe Ruggiero for Miles Talbot
Photograph by Sunbrella


The master bedroom on the main floor has a tranquil trendy coastal palette. Davidson also used symmetry to help attain a relaxing and relaxing feel.

Chests by Somerset Bay
Bed by Corsica
Mother of Pearl lamps by Jamie Young
Settee by Wesley Hall


Again, Davidson believed the tv in the planning phases; the chair-rail height paneling was set up so the horizontal screen wouldn’t appear to be floating to a large empty wall. A sitting area that includes a settee and chaise provide a relaxing spot in this personal retreat. A rain string beyond the window provides a beautiful noise during inclement weather.


A large, multi-functional laundry room includes this particular island for folding clothes and doing crafts. It also has a drying cupboard, where one can hang clothes to dry warm or slowly visitor’s cold coats on winter (that gets a whole lot of usage during cold Michigan winters). The floors are honed travertine.


Beach glass tiles are interspersed between 4″x16″ brick-shaped tiles in this space. “I love to use different textures,” says Davidson. The cupboard doors are metal mesh, more casual than the cabinets in the kitchen.


Because the owners prefer to amuse in this house so much, there is an extra full-sized fridge and freezer in the laundry room.

Island by British Traditions
Barstools by Go Home


These seeded glass doors let the natural light from the laundry room into the hall and are also an interesting architectural element. Around the corner is a landing strip. “I always try to integrate a rear hallway message centre,” explains Davidson. “It’s a wonderful spot to come in, dump the keys and mail and maintain that mess out of the kitchen.”


Moving downstairs, another kitchen solutions the pool and patio area, which is beyond the French doors. “During celebrations, the owners open up the doors to let people flow in and out from the pool area,” Davidson says. They’d 200 people over for a party shortly after the house was finished.


“I wove the very same colors through into the lower level but substituted them with deeper hues for a more casual feel,” says Davidson. Horizontal stripes look again on the carpet and the boards onto the kitchen island.

A more casual trestle dining table by Regina Andrews is created from reclaimed wood. The aluminum chairs from Home Decorators provide a wonderful material contrast, as well as the Dash and Albert carpet brings more of the darker blue. The habit drum pendant is by Stonegate Design.


Woven barstools (by Four Hands) from the kitchen lead a casual beachy feel. The countertops are walnut, and the pendant lighting is by Kichler.


The backsplash tile colour is black a bit, while its glossy finish still feels beachy.

Backsplash tile by Olympia Tile


The tv wall built-ins include panels. “Beware of open shelves,” warns Davidson. “They can leave a good deal of empty room for a lot of items. Here, the panels gave us a place to hang art, and they fit the scale of the 9’x15′ wall,” Davidson says. The flat V-groove panels are a subtle detail that reproduces on the base cabinets.


Davidson deliberately left the glass out of the transoms on the lower floor”I just love how casual they’re,” she states. The sectional from Pottery Barn was the one piece at the house the owners gave her to use. Its darker tan hue fits right in with how she tweaked the lower floor’s colour palette.


“This room was my biggest challenge at first,” says Davidson. The teen daughter”knew she wanted white and black, and she knew she wanted Parisian.” The room wound up being a lot of fun. Two mirrors flanking the daughter’s bed (Hobby Lobby finds) reflect the light and silhouette of two chandeliers. The fanciful headboard is by Annie Selke.


Davidson had easy curtains from IKEA hemmed in dark, an easy and affordable customized trick.


The house overlooks a lake south of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The majority of the living room is on the primary floor you see here, and the floor under it. Because the house is sited on a hill that overlooks a pond, the lower floor opens up into the outdoors.


A path leads from the house through wetlands into the lake.

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