An Amsterdam Designer Provides On the Quirk in Her Funky Home Renovation

“It’s a good deal simpler to judge what the essence is and what need to be reflected in the style for people other than myself. It normally takes a lot for a longer period for me to get the job done out what would be the ideal solution,” notes Jennifer Foster (left), with her spouse Hans.

To a lot of designers, their home is a sacred put, 1 exactly where they can obtain respite and inspiration, a prospect to experiment, and plenty of Diy jobs. For Jennifer Foster, an inside architect and spatial planner at Amsterdam-dependent Studio JAAF, and her biochemist companion Hans Kistemaker, this was precisely the case: “We like to be surrounded by items that make us truly feel at ease and encouraged at the similar time,” describes Jennifer. “For us, hues perform in placing a positive, uplifting, and satisfied mood. It stimulates creativity for us.”

But that vibe was absolutely not existing in the former rental condominium that the two bought in the winter season of 2017 in Amsterdam. In the two-story setting up, the ground ground had been made use of largely for storage, when the second flooring was in which all of the rooms of the apartment had been found: two bedrooms, a living room, a little kitchen area, and a shower/toilet mixture, which Jennifer described as “an extremely filthy college student toilet” that was, frankly, “disgusting.”

By shifting the dwelling area and kitchen area to the upper floor—a rather abnormal arrangement—the kitchen area gains direct access to the rooftop terrace. The purple sofa in the next-flooring dwelling home is the Ploum sofa from Ligne Roset.

The relocated dwelling space is loaded with normal light.

Inspite of this, the two could see the possible in the dwelling (at first manufactured in the 1940s), in huge element because they realized the possibility of extending the home to the rear, making much more sq. footage without having sacrificing a decently sized yard. They were being particularly energized by the prospect of adding a roof terrace on the next floor (they profess that they “love getting outside—when it is heat ample!”), so the possibilities for adapting the making to their requires appeared feasible and even great for the couple’s two tortoises, Aphrodite and Hermes. What is much more, Hans experienced worked for a construction corporation as a facet position though finishing his chemistry studies, so his information and experience came in useful.

First on their to-do checklist was to rethink the house’s structure to acquire advantage of the sq. footage on the ground floor that experienced been applied as storage. They made the decision to identify two bedrooms and a toilet on this reduce degree, including an extension at the rear of the creating to develop enough place. On the upper floor, they place a generously sized kitchen area and dwelling area, along with an spot utilised as an place of work (and that gnarly outdated bathroom was, luckily, reworked into a closet and separate toilet).

The funky striped chairs by Annette Philip resemble T-shirts when tucked underneath the eating space table—it pretty much seems to be as if men and women are seated when no one is there.

The in any other case white kitchen is supplied a prosper of sample many thanks to a black-and-white terrazzo-esque tile backsplash.

Other tiny facts, this kind of as a translucent hand that functions as a hanger or hook (by Roos Soetekouw), add character.

It took five months to make all of the rooms habitable, Jennifer explains, despite the fact that the pair moved in after just a few, with the extension nonetheless to be concluded. While lots of features of the project—such as the foundation and design of the extension, a lot of the plumbing and electrical, some tiling, and the plastering of the walls—were accomplished by industry experts, the relaxation was done by Hans and Jennifer, at instances with family members and good friends.

For those people ending touches like fixture variety and set up, content palettes, and furniture possibilities, Jennifer felt that they did not “want a property that could be anyone’s we needed it to reflect us.” In went decor and wall paint in daring shades and designs. “The playful home furnishings isn’t only functional [the pieces] develop into kind of like creatures, things with their possess tale. I like the quirkiness of the colorful items and art—it provides the dwelling to lifetime,” claims Jennifer. The purple Ploum couch from Ligne Roset, for illustration, is a favorite of Hans because of both of those its eye-catching kind and its severe comfort and ease. It brings a touch of positivity, and some fun—just like the couple by themselves.

“The piece of art on the shelf at the rear of our sofa is very special to equally of us. We selected this artwork by Dan Lam as a present for our registered partnership. We call it ‘the blob’ some folks call it ‘the a few hanging tits.’ We love the a variety of interpretations people have of the artwork,” suggests Jennifer.

The scenic bedding, which shines in the sunny bed room, is by Snurk and the mattress frame is by Loof. The adorable, poppy mild fixtures are by Tonone.