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Van den Kerkhof lived in the apartment upstairs for almost six years before this one became available. The wooden floors and the apartment’s charming original features, including the marble fireplace surround and high ceilings, instantly attracted the couple. “There was also central heating!” she laughs. "If you’ve ever spent a winter in a high-ceilinged, drafty old apartment in the Netherlands, you’ll know that's an instant selling point."
In the living room, the couple paired a contemporary charcoal gray sectional with a vintage chair, graphic black and white rug, and an array of textured cushions.
Van den Kerkhof originally studied theater design until she realized it wasn't the right fit. The correlation between theater and home design led her to the world of interiors. “When you design theater, you are translating a story into scenery, so it is quite similar to designing an interior, except that it’s a more concrete and lasting form of design,” she says.
Floor to ceiling curtains in a soft latte color accentuate the bedroom's high ceilings. Crisp white bedding is a soothing backdrop for a contrasting black pendant lamp.