The two-bedroom house the family shares was built in 1901 and sits in a small village a few kilometers outside of Amsterdam. Both Kay and her husband are avid Mid-Century Modern collectors, so naturally their small home is filled with treasures from the period.
Kay works as a personal vintage and antique shopper (dream job!), and on the side runs an Etsy store selling many of the pieces she finds on her hunts.
Because space is at a premium in the family's home, they try to stick to one rule: "For every item that comes in, something else has to go."
They also now try to focus their collecting on smaller items from the '50s and '60s, rather than large furniture.
Kay has the right idea: She puts her favorite finds in the living room, as it's where the family spends most of their time.
In addition to scouring flea markets and yard sales, the family travels to England, Denmark and Germany once or twice a year to look for interesting pieces.
Interested in starting your own MCM collection? Kay has some good advice. Most important, "If you don't like the hunt, don't start collecting unless you have a huge budget." Furniture from the '50s and '60s is very popular right now, so you've got to really put in the sweat work to find something you love at a great price.
Getting a good price works twofold: Not only is it easy on your wallet, but if your tastes change down the road, you'll likely be able to sell it for what you got it for.
You may have to wait a while to find what you're looking for in your price range. As Kay points out, "...you will always find an item for the right price if you are patient enough. Realize that prices are going up and down rapidly. Some hot item that will cost you a fortune could be quite affordable in two or three years time."
Kay currently has her eye out for a radio — preferably a Tesla 308U Talisman or Nordmende Transita. Her husband? A CH28 sawhorse chair by Hans Wegner.
"Also, learn about the big MCM designers and the items they designed," she says. "We spent hours reading books and browsing the internet for information. This is also good for developing your taste in design."
A collection of hyacinth vases and vintage cameras.
Kay stores many of her pieces upstairs, but daughter Nila's room is open for a view. An Eames rocker holds court near a wall of contemporary prints.
A vintage garden bench from the 1950s makes for a cozy spot to enjoy the backyard.