A fabulous Dutch home in an old tannery

After two eye-watering early starts at the IKEA headquarters this week (checking out their new products for 2016 - eeeee, so exciting!) I'm finally enjoying a slow coffee morning at home. Slow is a bit of an understatement. I bumped into a friend on my way back from nursery and had a chat for the best part of an hour - just because I could! I'm finally at my desk and getting down to today's home tour. Luckily when the home is as wonderful as this (it's an old tannery in Gilze, Holland dating back to 1900) pictures speak more than a thousand words. Owners Wesly and Astrid have tirelessly nursed the space back to health, turning it into the fabulous home it is today. Let's take a tour....

Photography: Jansje Klazinga (shared with kind permission). Stylist: Emmy van Dantzig. VT Wonen.

Wow! What a space! Mid-century and Scandinavian pieces against a back drop of exposed bricks, glass room dividers and incredibly high ceilings. What more could you ask for?

And don't get me started on the plywood shelves and that swing!

This might be a crazy question, but could you live here?!

Items I know and love: source a mid-century armchair here, DLM side table, Hay tray, keep an eye out for a mid-century leather sofa here. There's a great selection of mid-century credenzas here.

See more of this fabulous Dutch home here

I had the pleasure of meeting the photographer behind this shoot, Jansje Klazinga when she came to shoot my home a couple of years ago. She's fab, and so talented! I love these pics she took of Valentina Fussell's Copenhagen home (you may recognise the name as Valentina wrote a lovely review of my book recently) and this fab family home in a former nursery.

Have a lovely day! 


  1. I could definitely live here! Those exposed bricks and glass room dividers are to die for :) When can I move?! x

    1. First we need to convince Wesly and Astrid to sell, and then you'll need to fight me for it!

    2. Step aside, it's mine!☺

    3. It looks big enough to house a few of us ;-)

  2. You'll all have to get past me first!!

  3. I love this home! I think the Dutch homes, on the whole, are my faves anyway, but this space is so lovely.

  4. Amazing house, amazing style. Yes, that swing!

  5. I could literally move in, as is. That mix of cool AF, homey and warm... nail. on. head.

  6. Melody Schwartz11 March 2016 at 15:06

    Love it! By the way, how is the slow drip coffee? Pros and cons? It reminds me of the chorreador from Costa Rica, the rustic way of making coffee?

    1. HI Melody, sorry I've taken ridiculously ages to respond. I love it and can highly recommend it (if you have the time / patience!). /Niki


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