Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What the exterior hides...

Sometimes the facade of a building is just that.. a 'facade'....deceptive and illusional...It  does not prepare you for what lies within its walls..Such is the case of this old farmhouse abode of  Thomas Eyck , a publisher and distributor of exclusive contemporary design objects, in Netherlands. The unaltered rustic exterior of the red brick house contrasts sharply with the seamless blend of country and contemporary inside...




The original red and green glazed terracotta tiles grace the entryway which boasts of some quirky art and the famed Eames chair...




The lounge/living room is study in contrasts with a mixed bag of styles..the modern plasma t.v. combines harmoniously with the retro chartreuse sofa and the folklorish coffee table..the famous rocking chair by Ray and Charles Eames is a nod to all the white elements in the room...and the huge lamp by Mariano Fortuny makes an 'illuminating' statement...




In the all white kitchen ..the cabinet doors open to reveal black lacquered shelves, providing a striking backdrop for the ceramics and glass...The closet opens into what was previously a  servant's sleeping corner... now converted into a lovely little nook for reading...




My favourite part of the house is this serene dining room..beautiful in its simplicity...the all white canvas of walls, painted floor boards and beams is made even more gorgeous with a gentle contrast provided by the moroccan rug and fresh flowers...




Colorful blankets and  a moroccan rug add warmth to the pristine white bedroom ...and the large windows bring the outdoors in...




The old barn is now the office cum studio..where the beams and brick walls have been left exposed ..the stark simplicity of the vast room is enlivened by the colorful Mongolian rug...Thomas Eyck now has to negotiate just a short walk down a corridor to get to his office from home..a real luxury!




all images via marie claire maison

15 comments:

Blue Fruit said...

A quite extraordinary house ~ and certainly not what is expected from the exterior! Just goes to prove you can't judge a book by its cover.

I love the fun of adding surprising elements inside ~ keeps a visitor guessing.

Have to agree with you about the dining room ~ really beautiful.

meenal bishnoi said...

Virginia- I should have titled the post 'don't judge a book by its cover'!! xx meenal

Sarah said...

Amazing, It's like going down the rabbit hole, or unwrapping a present. I want a reading nook like that one and close the doors! Great post.

Sarah

meenal bishnoi said...

thankyou sarah..you've described it beautifully! xx menal

homestilo said...

I like the use of contemporary furniture and details with a backdrop of traditional architectural details.

GB said...

Love the colors in that bedroom!

Jessi said...

Love that reading nook! we are building a little loft style one in our house

ashley@decorology said...

LOVE the white dining room with the moroccan rug.

Neha@ Allthingsbeautiful said...

Meenal, you have a beautiful blog!
I came across your blog, an interior designer and that too from Delhi...had to check it out. Will be following you now!

designchic said...

Love the juxtapostion of the beautifully aged exterior and the modern, clean interior...gorgeous!!

design elements said...

I like what you wrote, Meenal and the fact that you put the 1st pic first :-) and the 2nd second :-) Interesting and unusual - this is why I like t see it

meenal bishnoi said...

Jesse- your loft style nook sounds really interesting!
Nisha, ashley- thankyou!
Maria- you always have the sweetest things to say..xx meenal

This is that said...

Truly unusual and fabulous. Nice blend of elements. And super effort by you for sourcing it.

meenal bishnoi said...

that is rather sweet of you to say, roo!! xx meenal

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

I love those green tiles, Meenal! Thanks for stopping by today! xo

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