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During their home renovations, Iris and her husband kept the original drawing room doors that separated the dining room from the living room. Separations were typical in homes a century ago in The Hague, as were high ornamental ceilings, wooden floors, stained glass windows and marble mantels.
Although she doesn't consider herself a card collector, Iris makes and buys printed matter that strikes her as beautiful and exquisite. "My mother has the same taste and is very good at finding lovely items. I also still have some small trinkets and items from my childhood," she says, adding that they "add some fun and playfulness" to the home.
Iris keeps all of her kids' toys in neat and orderly compartments. "I like having beautiful things around me, so I try and create nice corners and pretty sights and keep the house tidy all the time — including the kids' spaces," Iris says.
Cardboard house: Kids on Roof; scooter: Boghera