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A bright & cheery family home in the Netherlands

by Amy Azzarito

1femke Shop owner and blogger Femke Dekker- ter Meulen has lived in this home in Leiden (in the Netherlands) for nearly six years with husband Ben Dekker, the couple’s three children: Merlijn (5), Julius (3), Kate (1) and their American au pair, Ava. Leiden is a university town located close to the Hague, and the house is surrounded by water. Femke loves eclectic interior styles – when shopping for the house, she never contemplates whether it will fit with anything else – her only question is about whether she loves it. With three kids and an au pair it’s no wonder that Femke’s favorite part of the house the space she’s managed just carve out just for her and Ben- the first floor has a an open floor plan with the master bedroom, the couple’s bathroom (no kids allowed) and Femke’s office. Thanks Femke and Ben! –Amy 

Image above: This is our large sitting room area, also where the TV is. It has great light during the day and is cozy in the evening. 

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Image above: The piano, also in the large sitting room area. It is a shame that no one plays the piano regularly at the moment – hopefully one day.

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Image above: A painting from Tinus Teder, in the dining area

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Image above: Large sitting room area, tables are from Femke Ido Shop

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Image above: Our dining table

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Image above: My office at home on the 1st floor. The chair is from Hay

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Image above: The sitting area in the kitchen

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Image above: Built-in cabinet in my office

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Image above: Our bedroom. The wallpaper is from Cole & Son from Femke Ido Shop

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Image above: Bedroom. Cushions from Ferm Living and Donna Wilson

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Image above: Playing corner for the boys

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Image above: Another play space in the large sitting room

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Image above: Kate’s nursery. Wallpaper: Orla Kiely

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Image above: Kate’s nursery

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Image above: Kate’s nursery. The chair is Hay and the cushion is Donna Wilson

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Image above: The boys room

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Image above: The bathroom in the master bedroom

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Image above: The kids bathroom

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Image above: Our roof terrace

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Image above: Our roof terrace

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