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Welcome! Thank you for visiting my weblog. I am Irene, Elisabeth Pouw, a Dutch fashion- and interiorblogger. As blogger I am connecting my readers with beauty, style, quality, craftsmanship and harmony in colors for interior / design / architecture, haute couture, photography, art, antiques etc. I love decorating & bringing beauty and harmony into interiors. I created this blog to share my passion for decorating as well as the many other things which inspire me. From time to time I am also highlighting certain interior designers, decorators, architects, stylists, photographers etc. I hope you enjoy your visit. Feel free to give a comment on my blogs. I will react back as soon as possible. Best regards, Irene Pouw from Holland.

09 december 2016

Architecture: Farmhouse remodelled into luxury residence by Guido Decoussemaecker

Be inspired by this awesome luxury residence! Belgian interior designer Guido Decoussemaecker is the man behind the interiors of this exclusive private residence designed by AVEM Architecten. Once a farmhouse, this dream home is located in North Holland, a province in the Northwest of the Netherlands. The residence is composed of one main mass with a classic Dutch farmhouse design. It covers three floors and each basic room, from the kitchen to the living room, has stunningly generous proportions. This isn't just a large family home, it's a home that must be shared. It is built for entertaining. So, without further ado come with us on a photo tour. 
Impressive entrance
The entrance or hallway is unashamedly glamorous. Obviously this is no ordinary farmhouse! We love the white, white walls, grand chandelier and curved staircase.
Stylish living room
The stylish living room has a subdued earthy decor and furnishings of extremely generous proportions. The main living areas are also interconnected and have the feel of open plan living. But as we can see here, the areas have been separated by a series of low, brick feature walls.

A large bright kitchen
The huge kitchen has a monochrome decor and a large kitchen island or breakfast bar. As with the rest of the home, the kitchen has a strong, geometric design that serves to emphasise the very grandness of this home. Note the additional wall ovens on the right. This is certainly a home to entertain masses of friends and family!

Impressive dining room
In the impressive dining room, we have the brick walls we saw earlier. On our left is the living room and in the distance is the kitchen. The decor is composed of a subdued powder grey and the dining room has a light, sophisticated feel. The gently flickering open fire features are the ultimate glamorous touch.

Another bathroom, detail of the wall
Futuristic personal gym
The personal gym has a light palette and minimalist design. The walls are made of frosted glass to provide privacy and a large floral feature adds a spa-like feel to the space.
An all-white bedroom
When it's time for sleep, the occupants can retreat to this beautiful white master bedroom. As with the living room, the dividing walls have in-built open fire features. Finally, note how the wall lights have been positioned to highlight the simple beauty of the angle roof.
Bathroom in the bedroom
Of the many bathrooms in this home, our favourite is the ensuite bathroom. It has a low wall that provides privacy, while creating a clear connection to the bedroom. The furnishings are monochromatic and it has a subtle, sophisticated feel.
Another bedroom
A stylish home theatre
The home theatre or media room is so comfortable and glamorous it might just prevent the occupants from ever entering a public cinema again! The dark walls, ceiling and seating absorb light to ensure the ultimate viewing experience. Finally, the red carpet is reminiscent of old-style cinemas.

Private games room

If you're not in the mood for playing music or watching movies, perhaps some time in the private games room might suffice. The fun vibe here is really set by the purple toned light. There are some arcade games, a billiards or pool table and a great little bar that make this the perfect room to while away a few hours.
The classic Dutch facade has a high peaked roof with lots of front-facing skylights. The garden is simple and the broad front path makes for a rather grand entrance. This is an impressive home and the simple, geometric facade has a stately feel.

More about the designer
'Experiencing space is experiencing luxury. It’s from this profound and intrinsic conviction that Decoussemaecker designs are created from the beauty of symmetry and pureness of horizontal lines. By incorporating this undeniable Decoussemaecker signature with your personal identity, together we can create an interior that reflects and balances your lust for luxury intertwined with your personal lifestyle'.
Guido Decoussemaecker, Sr. interior designer
Space is Freedom! Decoussemaecker’s advice: ‘Don’t buy too much or too large furniture pieces. Better to focus on one beautiful large sofa. Also using a lot of whites is creating more space visually. Is white too white for you, choose a color to paint one wall'. Decoussemaecker likes to work with tight, horizontal lines. Your house should be a nice, warm place. By creating space and making use of a good lighting plan you can create a lovely atmosphere, peacefulness and harmony in your house. Source: article in the magazine 'Our House' April 2009.

Thank you for reading this blogpost. 
Photography by Rene van Dongen
Location: the Netherlands. 
Year: 2014.

Sources: Caan Design, Homify and Maison d'Opulence + article in Our House, April 2009. 
Note: these photos have been placed with approval of the interior designer. 

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