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Olga's o ce is concealed behind the ground floor's wooden
wall and bears still more ethnic touches, such as these chairs
from France and Morocco. ABOVE LEFT The bathroom
features a black-and-white shot by Belgian photographer and
actor Guy Van Sande. ABOVE The guestroom has the look
and feel of a boutique hotel.
along with the light: in the morning, in the
kitchen; and at the end of the day, in the
lounge," explains Olga.
e lounge is small when you consider
the size of the home, but that makes sense
once you understand the layout of the house.
Bedrooms and bathrooms are upstairs; the
kitchen, lounge and study are at ground
level; and a guestroom and lounge for the
couple's children -- Joep, 20, Eef, 18, and
Josephine, 15 -- are in the cellar.
" ere is no television; this is the place
people sit to read a book, listen to music
or to be together," says Olga of the lounge.
"Because of this it was allowed to be more
intimate. e [original] Bavarian stove was
replaced by an open stove with an open
corner, so you could also see it from the
eating area: it became a perfect place to warm
up in front of the fire after a day of skiing."
Impressive as the redesign is, it's the
furniture that gives the home soul. Recycled
and natural objects fill the place, like the
tent screens from Uzbekistan (used as chair
covers), and a velvet hand-embroidered
screen has become an objet d'art. "I love
things that have already had a life,"
says Olga. "Unique objects by designers
I absolutely adore, and they are even
environmentally friendly, which is a bonus."
While the furniture blends the old and
organic, the surroundings exhibit Joost's
minimal style. "We look for a balance
between our two tastes," Olga says. "Joost's
cleaner style is seen in the architecture,
while my objects give it personality." I
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