This Netherlands home has the best of both worlds, with the city at the front and the lush Dutch countryside at the back. Frank and Marion’s 1931 house sits in a quiet area with a spacious back garden and pool, but it still has clear views to The Hague, South Holland’s capital city. Over the years the couple has infused the home with their own contemporary, airy style while still maintaining its charming original details.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here Frank and Marion
Location Voorburg, the Netherlands
Size 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
The calming living room was decorated with understated luxury in mind. The subtly installed TV mirrors a built-in fireplace.
The leaded glass windows throughout are original to the house. This large front window has been left undressed for maximum light.
Sofa: Cartel Living; coffee table: Keijser & Co.; rug: Interieur Decor Delft
The long and open main living area has a living room at the front end of the home and a further living seated area at the back that leads to the garden. A customised shelf displaying decorative items separates the dining room and living room.Customised shelves: Mart van Adrichem
A modern customised pendant light and dramatic black table and chairs anchor the dining room. The couple has views to both the front and back of the house from here.
The pantry extends to the right of the kitchen, directly behind the shelving unit. Large windows above the kitchen counters bring even more light into this open space.
The pair have put most of the rest of their renovation plans on hold for now, but they do hope to update the kitchen eventually.
The living room’s original leaded glass French doors look out onto the back garden. With the television, books, kitchen and picturesque views all within arm’s reach, this space is the perfect spot for relaxing.Stool: Tess; sofas: Cartel Living; bookcase: custom by Mart van Adrichem
Upstairs the pair decorated their master bedroom in a soothing palette of white and charcoal. Artwork adds lilac and fuchsia accents.Curtains: Interieur Decor Delft; overhead light fixtures: Artemide; writing desk: custom by Mart van Adrichem
The newly renovated bathroom feels open and spacious. The new sink unit is decidedly contemporary, with a bright white tile backsplash and charcoal-grey MDF cabinets. The glass walk-in shower had to be custom made due to the large size.
Flooring: natural oak
The guest bedroom and home office occupy a single room near the front of the first floor. Like the rest of the home, this room enjoys a simple and understated colour palette; it has a single emerald accent pillow.
The couple shares this home office, with views of The Hague’s skyline in the distance. The space has two separate home offices with a sliding door between them.Office furniture: Keijser & Co.
The couple fell in love with the spacious garden on their first visit to the house.
They also love their swimming pool - an uncommon feature in Dutch homes.
When they bought the house, the couple also bought an extra lot on the left side of the property from their neighbours, including a garage space (not pictured) that they gave a facelift.
The house backs onto a small river, surrounded by lush vegetation.
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