Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 25 Winter 2010 Contents Using their experience from revamping
homes in Amsterdam, Ghent and Antwerp,
Olga and Joost replastered and tiled the
top level, but couldn't complete the entire
renovation themselves. e ground level
needed master craftsmen, so an architectural
firm was brought in to assist Olga.
Supporting beams were placed and walls
were removed to create an open, light space.
Next, a 15m wooden wall was erected, hiding
storage space inside it, and a study, wardrobe
and bathroom behind it. In white-toned
surrounds with raw concrete flooring, the
wall creates warmth with the pattern of its
grain, which is unmarred by handles or doors.
"We are now used to it, but guests
sometimes have trouble finding the hidden
doors," says Olga. " e wall is made from the
recycled wood of little sheds. You can still
see where the big screws used to sit.
"From the lemon squeezer to the toaster,
everything is hidden behind the wooden
wall, which is nearly 2.5-metres high and can
open over its entire length, so the space the
wall gives as a storage room is phenomenal."
e kitchen and lounge area are visually
linked through organic shapes and natural
light thanks to huge frameless windows. In
fact, it's the light that determines where the
owners will be. "During the day, we move
Discover Olga's style secrets.
How do you cope with the cement flooring? Even in
winter, I prefer walking barefooted, the floor feels soft.
Stiletto heels are out of the question, but luckily it is
normal in Germany to leave your shoes at the entrance.
What will you never live without? My pottery table
will never, ever leave the house, which is a great
disappointment to Joost. I have had this table for too
long and now I cannot distance myself from it.
What can you tell us about the splash of pink in
the lounge? It's silk. The material itself cost three
hundred euros (A$430), and the frame made to the
correct size was five times as much. But, this way, you
have a museum-quality artwork. A more beautiful
piece you cannot get.
Where did the idea for the frameless windows
come from? The architecture firm. This, however, was
quite a big job: for three months, we sat behind plastic.
But now, as the sun goes down, a beautiful beam of
light enters the lounge through a vertical window.
Where do you like to shop? I am a serious fan,
especially during high season, of Nice [France]. The
bistro chairs with painted leather and fringes are from
an antiques shop in Nice. Later, I saw the same chairs
on holiday in Morocco.
STOCKISTS Ultimo Interiors (08) 9201 2479, ultimointeriors.com.au.
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