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Pier's home office can be seen from the street and is the first room to greet visitors. One of the key factors during the house hunt was that it would have a suitable workspace for Pier's interior design business, Saus Design. “We wanted something that had the possibility of creating a home office, as I had just quit my job and was thinking of starting my own business at the time,” she says.
To create a space that would seamlessly combine both work and play, they "basically changed everything," Pier says. They changed the layout completely, taking out the entire back wall on the ground floor to make space for a "live-in" kitchen, and moving the kitchen from the first to the ground floor. They also changed all the windows to double glazing, put in new electricity and new plumbing, and added a bathroom and a bedroom. Overhead, they replaced the ceiling beams and insulated the roof.
Eames Eiffel Chair: vintage; desk: Rendemint
The kitchen is the heart of this family's home and the room that Pier, Lenstra and daughter Stella spend most of their time in. Designed by Danish company KVIK, it features laminated cabinet fronts and a composite countertop. Pier and Lenstra chose to keep the wall above the kitchen counter free of cupboards to keep the space open and light, one of the first things they loved about the house.
With its spacious layout and practical seating, the space is also ideal as a meeting room for discussing projects with prospective clients.
Sunshine-hued walls, a patchwork quilt and antique touches give the space a welcoming and homely feel.
One of the best things about the home is its close proximity to the city and the beach. This family of three can often be found cycling to the beach and lunching in town together.