A Look Inside Dutch Interior Designer Brechtje Troost’s Home
Dutch interior designer and stylist Brechtje Troost knows how to make the best of things, or spaces for this matter. Living in a small apartment, Brechtje invites warmth into her home through various pieces: a technique to maximise the area. The white-washed walls and flooring enlivened by pops of colour certainly helps to draw the eyes to the right corners too. We had a chat with Brechtje and tapped into her insights when it comes to decorating the home.
1. Tell us more about your beautiful home
I have lived for already 16 years in this place in the middle of De Pijp area in Amsterdam. I’ve seen the neighborhood changed from a multi cultural area into a sophisticated popular area with lots of cafe’s and shops. It’s getting more and more crowded now with a new metro station opening in the upcoming years. I love it, but I need a place to clear my mind and relax from all those impressions. That’s what my house needs to do. I live on the third floor which I like as there is more light and less noise. My favorite spot is on my build-in sofa in front of the window, overlooking the city and watching the sky. That’s how I relax…
2. What interior style do you like to go for? What was the inspiration behind it?
I like to surround myself with beautiful things that I like or that have a special meaning for me. And important..not too much stuff. It needs to be calm and tidy. Everything has their own place, which makes it easy to keep it organized. I’m inspired by scandinavian style- light, fresh, natural and functional. My place is not big so I have created some multi functional solutions. Like the build-in sofa can be used as beds as well because I often have friends sleeping over. And I need plants in my house, to bring a piece of nature inside. I like to see them grow, I feel happiness when I see a new leaf coming out.
3. What’s the most interesting piece of furniture in your home and what’s its backstory?
I love my danish dressoir from the 50’s that I found in a second hand shop in my neighborhood. It’s the eye catcher in my living room. And the Arne Jacobsen lamps, hanging lamp and reading lamp, that I got from my grandparents after they died. They are original pieces from the 50’s and give me a special feeling as I see them since young when they were in my grandparents interior. They will stay with me the rest of my life. It’s timeless design so they will fit in almost every interior.
4. What materials do you love to work with when styling your home?
Mainly natural materials because they give a warm atmosphere. Wood, rotan, wool, cotton, leather. But it works nice to mix with a cold material like the metal WM dining chair together with the wood Thonet chairs around my table. Contrasts always give a playful and personal touch.
5. What piece of advice would you offer to someone looking to style their new home?
Follow your intuition and find your own style instead of following the trends. Your home is a reflection of your personality. Create a mix of functional basic furniture, design classics that you like and pieces of art, together with second hand items. And if you have difficulties with creating your own interior, invest in an interior design and styling advice. It’s worth the money to have a look with a professional. In the end it will save you money because you make more aware choices.