A Dutch Home with Pretty Paint and Clean Lines

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“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! —Garrett

Photography by Rick and Maartje

  1. Thanks for the beautiful article, Garret! If anyone is curious what has changed ever since;) check our Instagram page!

  2. Alessaundra says:

    I am IN LOVE with that Blueberry Dream paint color!! Is Flexa available in America?

    1. Maartje says:

      Thanks so much! I don’t know if Flexa is available in America, maybe on the internet?

  3. Love the outdoor space in the house! So unique and welcoming! Check out my apartment and recent posts on thegramercyfox.com

    1. Maartje says:

      Thanks so much! Nice page you have!

  4. René Spaan says:

    What a great article! Keep up the good work! I’m looking forward to see it in person very soon!

    1. Maartje says:

      Thanks! We hope to see you and Mirna soon!

  5. Nat says:

    Loving how clean and refreshing this design is. That outside space in particular I absolutely adore! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Maartje says:

      Thanks for your comment! Nice to hear you like it!

  6. Jessica says:

    I love the clock on the wall – can you tell me more about it?

    1. Maartje says:

      Thanks! The clock is from a brand called Karlsson, I think this brand is available all over the world.

  7. I am Laura , from Spain , to congratulate you for your wonderful blog, and say that I really , like the kitchen and white tones with blue decoration.

    1. Maartje says:

      Thanks so much for your comment! Nice to hear you like de colors in our home.

    2. Rick says:

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you for these compliments. Love to hear that.


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