My Houzz: Renovated Farmhouse Merges Historic and Modern ElementsContemporary Dining Room, Amsterdam
Photo: Louise de Miranda © 2014 Houzz
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8. Cluster colorful candles. Why stick with plain white tapers when hot pink, magenta, plum and teal are so much more fun? Get creative picking your own candle color scheme, and plunk all the candles down on a round tray or platter.
DIY decor. Before you go shopping for new furnishings and decor, see if you can think up a way of using what you have instead. Sew a patch on an armchair or learn to reupholster. Tinker with that wobbly chair instead of tossing it out; use an old dress to add a colorful border to your curtains; use a bowl from the kitchen to hold a cluster of candles; paint a salvaged window with chalk paint and hang it up. Upcycle, reinvent and get creative.
AFTER: One of de Leeuw’s favorite spots is this pub table, where she has her morning cup of coffee and listens to the radio. De Ruiter advised the couple to use mismatched fabrics and colors to make this space more interesting. De Leeuw owned a bar in Spain before she moved to the Netherlands, and insisted on the wineglass chandelier, Leitmotiv by Eibert Draisma.Table: Bartafel Big Foot, Keijser & Co; chairs: Bliss, Keijser & Co; cushion: Elenia, Fest Amsterdam; floor lamp: Slim Sophie, Flinders; curtains: silk and cotton, Designers Guild