Urban Glamour #14

With its enticing entertaining spaces, layers of artisanal fabrics and evocative artefacts, this stylish Amsterdam home is both grown-up and family-friendly


A five-storey 1920s townhouse in Amsterdam’s upmarket Oud-Zuid (Old South) district, just a short cycle ride from the city’s museums. The 400sq m footprint features a kitchen, family room, conservatory and dining area on the ground floor. On the first floor there is a living room, office and studio. The master and guest bedrooms and a laundry room are on the second floor, with the children’s rooms on the third floor. There’s also a playroom in the basement and a south-facing garden.


A luxurious customised dove-grey corner sofa gives the main living area a modern, classical feel. Plenty of plump cushions create an invitingly laid back yet chic sitting area.

Get the look:  The Grand National sofa is made to order by Ascencion Latorre. This one is upholstered in Fame velvet by Lizzo and the cushions are made in a Liberty fabric. The photograph is by Marc Lagrange from the Jaski Gallery.

The chandelier adds a grown-up decoration to a relaxed space that feels assured but not at all precious. The chunky wooden table sits centre stage, with natural tones and the layering of different textures adding richness.

Get the look: The chandelier is by Ochre. The coffee table is by Xyleia.


The traditional feel of the Twenties townhouse has been conserved, creating living spaces on the ground floor that are light and welcoming. The use of large portrait photography creates a modern edge in this relaxed space, flooded with natural light from the tall window.

Get the look: The Ghost sofa is by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. The cushions are made from block-printed fabric bought in India. The side table is by Marcel Wolterinck. The photo is by German duo Billy und Hells, from Morren Galleries.


The former kitchen was redesigned as a family dining area. The window seat was designed as a reading nook, with a radiator hidden away underneath to keep it cosy year round.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Calamine estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The sofa is covered in fabric by Casamance. These are Diamond M pendants by Pols Potten. The bespoke table is by Designed by David, with Wishbone chairs by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn.


The upstairs studio is a peaceful place for working from home. The original fireplace, printed wallpaper, trailing plants and evocative artefacts give an eclectic, global feel.

Get the look: The wallpaper is by Cole & Son. The photos are by Nick Brandt. The pendant lights are by Ochre. For a similar Victorian chair, try Sideshow Interiors. The dining table is from Xyleia Natural Interiors. The Febo chairs are from Maxalto at B&B Italia. The side table is from Anthropologie.

Walls and surfaces in the studio are peppered with artwork and unusual finds, such as photographs, framed poetry and a blush-rose, semi-precious quartz.

Get the look: Find similar artwork at Yellow Korner. The photos of Africa are by Aernout Overbeeke. The poem is by Frieda Mulisch. The antique chest was found in Syria.


The kitchen was designed using mellow, understated materials such as 200-year-old parquet flooring, reclaimed from
a French monastery. Wooden joinery was chosen to echo the lived-in tones, with floor-to-ceiling storage allowing the space to work for a family.

Get the look: Try Rene Houben for similar vintage lights. The bar stools are by HK Living. The flooring is from Oude Plank.

A large photograph is one of the first things you see as you step into the kitchen, adding a sense of drama. The Art Deco glass door helps to introduce even more light.

Get the look: The photo is Princess by Marc Lagrange from the Lionel Gallery.


Previous owners had left their mark on the house in the double-height extension at the back. The built-in modern fireplace and white walls are softened by the addition of a hanging basket chair hovering over toe-cossetting rugs, creating another informal family zone.

Get the look: The coffee table was found in India. The hanging chair is by HK Living. The black and white cushion is from 33 Rue Majorelle.


The layout of this space was reconfigured to include a separate dressing room, with reclaimed French doors leading to the bathroom. Built-in shelving on either side of the bed creates storage without detracting from the calm, serene feel of the room. 

Get the look: The Ghost bed is by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. The beige linen cover on the bed is made from fabric by Raoul Textiles. The Zeppelin chandelier is by Marcel Wanders for Flos.


The former bathroom was given a bohemian face-lift using a mix of antique pieces and modern touches, such as the Chinese cabinet and contemporary patterned floor tiles. 

Get the look: The basins are from Ksar Living, Ibiza. The wall lights are by Vaughan. The ceiling light is the Z1 by Ay Illuminate. The mirrors are by Pomax. The antique Chinese cabinet is from October Interior. The Lazy Sofa bath is by B Dutch. The tiles are by Popham Design.


This neat cloakroom on the third floor is brought to life by the wallpaper, adding a sense of playfulness which complements the rest of the house’s down-to-earth feel.

Get the look: The wallpaper is by Cole & Son. The tap is by Zazzeri.

Check out more of this home on nicoledohmen.com and nicolinebeerkens.com

Photography ⁄ Marc van Praag

Styling / Nicole Dohmen

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