“Minimal” can often mean “sparse” in design, but a few strategically-bold items in a pared-down home can make your space feel full of style. ICU nurse Rick and administrative worker Maartje aren’t strangers to that strategy. Their Helmond-city house in Holland proves that brilliant wallpaper and paint are all you really need to craft an impactful abode. For a month and a half after moving in, Rick and Maartje went about painting walls and getting the space in working order. Neither are great with tools, so simple fixes and hacks were the way to go. This included new cabinetry and a basic clean-up throughout. “The space itself is not special or unusual, but we like to believe that the way that we decorated and painted it makes it special,” the homeowners say.
The bold paint job serves as the perfect backdrop to the couple’s continually changing decor. For the past five years, they’ve kept their home feeling fresh by shuffling around the furniture and decor inside. Whenever they are feeling a bit stale or stuck in their ways, a little tweak here, a dresser moved there – and poof! – a new home is born. That being said, you should take a peek inside their home now. Who knows what it will look like tomorrow? Enjoy! —
Photography by Rick and Maartje
"Since the weather is not always ideal in Holland, the roof allows us to enjoy some fresh air even on the rainy days," the couple shares.
It took forever to get pups Vlinder, Sem and Zoey to sit still for this picture, but they are so important to Rick and Maartje that they simply had to be in the family portrait.
Family picnics and late-night catch-ups with friends are not uncommon on this pretty patio. Rick and Maartje would never claim to have green thumbs, so they say it's for the best that the patio doesn't have an abundance of green space.
"The shelves in the back are our own creation. One day we found an old door, and we got the idea to make it into something new, and this was the result. We believe it gives a nice and unique touch to the garden."
Having such an open layout (courtesy of the many wide doors on this level) means each space seamlessly flows into the next. The pair never feels confined by their home.
The dining set's streamlined look and simple color palette fits perfectly with the home's restrained aesthetic. "Changing the kitchen is on top of our wish list as we feel it does not really fit [with] the rest of the house anymore, but for now it’s still nice and cozy."
Rick is a great chef, so friends and family often scoot up to the
table for a home-cooked meal.
The family wanted something new and exciting to spice up their home, and this
Flexa "Blueberry Dream"
paint has done just that. Rick and Maartje love how "it gives a clean, modern look, but (is) still warm enough to create a cozy space."
trolley is often rolled to different spots of the home when the homeowners want to switch up their look.
The trolley offers storage for the couple's frequently-revolving collection of fun finds. "Just redecorating the pieces on the shelves gives the whole room a different look," the two say.
The family pooches rule over the living room's sofa, but Rick and Maartje say it's quite comfy for humans, too! The area rug is from
, and the copper bow lamp is by Dutch brand zuiver.
The bay window brings in an abundance of light on Holland's not-frequent-enough sunny days. These zuiver tables are functional, simple and don't take up much room – perfect for when the family's three furry friends are running around.
"What we love about our home is..."
"The hall is quite narrow, but it's extremely light, and it has everything we need. When you come through the door it immediately sets the mood for the rest of the house. Plus, as you can see, it’s the dogs' favorite place to pass out after a walk," Rick and Maartje say.
The wood flooring throughout the home is from
Many lazy Sundays are spent lounging in the king-size bed and bedding by
. The pair wanted something flashy and eye-catching to amplify the room's appeal. This wall-to-wall graphic from
did the trick.
"To save some space in the bedroom, we were thinking about [adding] a walk-in closet, but in the end we decided to just use a whole room. So now we can try [on] outfit after outfit without waking each other up," the couple says. Sharing the space 50/50 was the plan, but eventually Maartje's passion for fashion won her the majority of the space. Another Woood carpet anchors the changing room, and IKEA offered the perfect organizational tools for bringing this area to life. With such sparse decor, the walls'
Flexa "Iets Branding"
paint is able to shine.
Rick and Maartje's favorite aspect of the upstairs bathroom is its size.
Keeping the bathroom's look simple and clean has tided the couple over until the day when a full overhaul is in order. Gigantic and perfect for soaking, the tub also makes up for the bathroom's not-so-favorable style.
The two-level home's floor plan.