From a plasterboard box with inappropriate laminate flooring for a house lived in by a pupil of Rembrandt, to a suite of small rooms in 17/18th-century style, delicate, unusual, in keeping with the view.
The client was away. Apart from clearing with her what she wanted, I had free reign (well, almost - an internet connection to cross-check, is never far away...). She now has her keys back and is delighted with the result. Mission accomplished.
What did we do? We took out the Ikea furniture, the wall-mounted flat screen television set and most of the recessed spot lights. We put in an oak floor, revealed 19th-century ceiling beams, we added old double doors, a window seat, oversized herbarium wallpaper and old Dutch colours and then went to an auction house and bought 19th and early 20th century mock Dutch Golden Age furniture and a few earlier scientific instruments and maps. And we added window drapes and cushions to complement the new, old look.
At the back we had to keep the plasterboard ceiling (coming in at 2m20). There were simply too many pipes running above it. The colour scheme here is mauve and light green and brown.
The chinoiserie box on legs is a drinks cabinet. Old tin plates hang from the ceiling on ribbons.
The Dutch-style cabinet was a challenge to find (like most furniture for here), it had to be miniature-size. This one is only 25 cm deep!
The hall chair doubles as side-table.
More on the trials and tribulations of this project, click here www.rutgerhopster.com and scroll down to see eight earlier entries on this project.