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A Family Goes Back to Their Roots in the Netherlands

by Garrett Fleming

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Anyone who’s gone through the rigmarole of buying a home will tell you there’s no magic formula for finding your perfect space. My partner and I, for example, looked at condos our realtor suggested and proactively found some ourselves. We explored fixer-uppers, newer construction, kept our minds open to various neighborhoods and learned the art of compromising one feature for another. You name it, we did it.

Mindy and her husband Theo came into owning a home in their own unique way, too. Four years ago, the couple set their sights on returning to Theo’s hometown of Drachten in the Netherlands. Not only did Drachten evoke Theo’s fondest childhood memories, but the area also boasted great parks, nice schools and, best of all, was still home to his mom and dad.

As the couple prepared to move to Drachten, Theo’s parents also decided to move. How convenient. Just like that, Theo and Mindy had been given the chance to own a house in their desired area. All they had to do was take over the family’s two-story, 1970s-era home and give it some updates.

Customizing the space for her own family has taught Mindy a lot about her approach to longterm projects as well as how a space’s function can inspire its form. Overall, the numerous DIYs she’s undertaken have shown impatient Mindy the value in slowly renovating things correctly. The tweaks made here and there have also highlighted how not every style is right for every family. Living in a museum of expensive antiques, for example, wouldn’t work for this mother of two. Nope. With little ones, casual and carefree decorations are the name of the game.

With a family this close-knit, and three generations worth of memories floating around their home, I wouldn’t be surprised if we tour this same house again in the future. Years from now I’m sure we’ll read about one of Mindy and Theo’s children taking over the home and how, just as their parents and grandparents did before them, they too put their own spin on this nest in the Netherlands. I can’t wait to see the evolution. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Mindy Schroor

Image above: The hanging and potted plants near the entertainment center have been strategically sprinkled around to distract from the TV.

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It’s taken Mindy quite a while to collect these secondhand plates.

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Mindy is a full-time mom, and Theo takes care of those who are differently abled.

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The home’s staircase had a yellow shade when Mindy and Theo moved in. They sanded it a bit ago with the intention of dousing it in a different color, but they love the natural hue so much they’ve since decided to keep it as-is.

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Mindy’s stepmother bought these old chairs – Mindy’s single favorite element in her home – from the nearby theater when it was renovated 30 years ago.

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The wooden box on this side of the living room bears the logo of Theo’s dad’s moving company. Each of his kids received one as a reminder of the now-shuttered family business.

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The sofa is one of the only pieces in the home that wasn’t bought secondhand.

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The family originally had a rectangular table in their dining room, but they recently swapped it for a circular one to make the space feel less formal.

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When it comes to the family’s fireplace, nothing is what it seems. Not only is the mantel purely decorative, but the tile is actually a mounted tablecloth. On the shelf sits a picture Mindy’s brother took of their hometown of Groningen.

Remember that it takes time to make a home of a house.

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The kitchen and dining room are situated in what used to be the home’s garage. Because of that, the space doesn’t get much natural light. To compensate, Mindy decorated it with warm tones and texture.

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The kitchen’s IKEA cabinetry arrived white, but Mindy and Theo painted a couple of its elements black to make this space more inviting.

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One of the home’s more unique DIY elements are these bedside lamps in Mindy and Theo’s bedroom. Mindy achieved the look by decoupaging fabric napkins onto basic lamp shades.

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The couple’s son Ravi has autism and is easily distracted. To keep him on task, the couple has pared back the decorations in his room to only his favorite toys and such.

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“What I love most about our home is… that it shows who lives here.” – Mindy Schroor

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The first floor’s layout.

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The second floor’s layout.

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This family’s home is entirely secondhand except for their IKEA kitchen and bed and Hal 8 sofa.

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