Spring seems to be showing its face around here the last couple of days! Actually we had a massive wind storm, but in general the air feels as though it’s changing. I am seeing tulips again at the market and daffodils are springing up all over the park by our house. Before moving to the Netherlands, spring was always the season we visited, so I am looking forward to our first one as residents!
Yesterday I spent some time at the home of Jolan and her two darling kids Max and Felice. They live in a family sized flat outside of the city center. Perfect for young children as there is a playground right next door, mom can even watch the kids play from her balcony when they get a little older.
One thing I love about Jolan’s place is that she, along with many other parents, are not afraid to let the kids share the space with the adults. What I mean is that there is artwork displayed on the walls, and space for the kids to have their toys stored, but it still feels like a grown up lives there too. The best solution I see in many homes here for toys is the IKEA KALLAX series. It is a great way to keep toys, art supplies, and books organized without looking too cluttered. We will definitely be getting one of our own when the time comes.
I also love how there are little memories hidden all over the place. Lots of old family photos, postcards and of course kids artwork. Even though it was a gray stormy day, I noticed right away the huge windows and how much light the space gets in every room. With regards to her home, Jolan says “My style is happy and fresh. Also very simple I think. I really love my green painted walls. Most people paint only one or two accent walls, but I decided to do them all. I still love it”.
When I asked her what her favorite, and most gezellig spot in the house is, she added, “The couch, with warm blankets and pillows. You can easily sit on our couch with the whole family together”. Personally, I think it looks like the perfect sunny spot to have a cup of coffee in the morning. But with two small kids underfoot, I am sure moments like that are few and far between. Speaking of coffee…I noticed the kitchen housed both a Nespresso machine and a classic macchinetta. We love our Nespresso machine, but need to find our french press which I know we moved here with us and it’s hiding somewhere.
One other item that can be found in Jolan’s kitchen is…the broodtrommel! She has a fancy Wesco one too, a good investment for a household that goes through a lot of bread. In fact, this family goes through four to five loves of bread a week, and now that both the kids are in school, this amount will be ever growing! I am still so amazed at how much bread a normal family eats here in the Netherlands. I am still suffering from the American fear of carbs and find it hard to indulge myself.
This lovely flat also has a good sized room for mom and a good sized room for Max and Felice. Again with the big windows; these rooms felt so peaceful and serene. Plus I couldn’t get enough of their cute little shoes and favorite stuffed animals they clearly sleep with.
Big windows in the kitchen too! Notice the washing machine. It is very common for washing machines to be in the kitchen or even sometimes in a bedroom! However, this home has something similar to an American home: a shower bathtub combo. It seems most bathrooms here have just a shower (like ours), or a shower and a separate bathtub. So Jolan, you are in good company as this is the type of bath I grew up with.
That concludes this Dutch Home Tour. I hope you enjoyed it, and if you are living here in the Netherlands, I would love to do a tour of your home! Let me know! Tot ziens!