Home & Kids (and a house renovation!)

Home_and_kids_lampWhen we moved to Amsterdam 6 years ago, we thought we would leave after a few years, so we never ended up buying a place for ourselves. We found a nice little house for rent, in a nice little neighbourhood, with a nice little backyard which is connected to other nice little backyards by way of a romantic alleyway. So our children have direct and save access to heaps of nice little neighbouring kids! We fell in love with the house and the neighbourhood, but sadly our landlord told us a year ago that he wanted his house back. (We were also outgrowing the space since we had two more children after moving in here!) So we were preparing to move again and leave our beloved house and neighbourhood, until… our sweet 94-year-old neighbour told us she wanted to sell us her house!

She bought the house when it was being built in 1953, and had lived there ever since. First with her family, then alone after her three children left the house and her husband passed away. Until, at the end of last year, she lost her eyesight, broke her hip, and had to move to an elderly home. She loved her house, and wanted another family to love it as much as she did. And this is why she decided to sell it to us. So sweet!

We’ve been renovating the house for a few months now, and hope to move in later this summer. It’s such a big job and so exciting — it’s the first house we have ever owned! We’ve been designing, selecting materials, fittings, tiles… and of course I’ve been secretly looking around for some new ‘details’ as well. ; )

Home and Kids is one of our shop members and I particularly like their style. I found the black metal wire lamp in the photo above in their shop, and am so in love with it! I can’t wait to see it in our new house, but for now it looks perfect on that vintage side table next to our couch. I also am eying this mirror for our toilet, these wire trays and baskets for my new office (!!), and this Paris pillow for the couch.

There is also a wonderful children’s decor and gift selection, where you can’t go wrong with finding presents, toys, or other desirable little things like these cool Amy & Ivor mocassins that have Casper’s name on them.

In fact, I’m going to place a little order immediately, as sale is now on!

(Oh, in case you are interested — here are a few photos of our house renovation…)

photo 1

Our neighbour loved wallpaper, and in some places we found three layers on top of each other! The first one with romantic roses from the fifties, the second one Laura Ashley style from the early eighties (I had similar wallpaper in my bedroom s a child!), and the third layer is more glamorous, from the late nineties.

photo 2

A lonely wallpaper bird on the kitchen wall…


Ava in her new room.


Pim offering a helping hand in demolition phase.


The old bath, which we are planning to re-use, waiting to be installed.


A new floor on the house! (We need more space!)

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Installing tiles in our bathroom (tiles are from Castelo).

Today, they started plastering the walls. I hope to be able to show you some ‘after’ photos in a few weeks time!

xxx Esther

p.s. This post is sponsored by Home and Kids, a brand we highly respect and recommend, and one of the members of our shopping portal.




Comments (17)

July 4, 2014

So exciting!! You and your family are already making such lovely memories in your new home. Love that shot of your son. Congratulations! It will all turn out beautifully. Looking forward to seeing the ‘after’ pics!

July 4, 2014

What a nice back story to your house.
Those tiles are lovely. Also that bird wallpaper is beautiful, it looks like de Gourney, only not silk. Such fun!

July 4, 2014

Esther! As a architect to be like you, I love this kind of posts..the house looks lovely, even the caos, I’m looking foward to see the final result..please share your home when they finish. With love, xx

July 4, 2014

Ps. It’s incredible the difference between your type of construction than here in Spain.

Esther in Amsterdam
July 7, 2014

Hi Bélen, this is not typical Dutch construction — because it’s a roof extension we had to use light materials (wood). But bricks & concrete are more common here! x

Emilie in Paris
July 4, 2014

I cannot wait to see this house come together! It is so exciting and it is going to be such fun to see it all ready for you guys to move in! E xx

July 5, 2014

I’m really looking forward to seeing your progress on your new home. What a wonderful beginning for your family. I absolutely LOVE your blog and am so inspired even though my four are getting on in years now!!!

Esther in Amsterdam
July 7, 2014

Thank you Emma! xo

July 5, 2014

Oh exciting times… Everything to love about renovating. And what a beautiful story!!!

July 6, 2014

Having your own home and putting your own stamp on it is the most fun ever. I can’t wait to see more of your renovation photos, thanks for sharing x

July 7, 2014

Hello Esther,
What a great story – hope you are going to be very happy in your new, own home!

Thank you also for the link to Home and Kids. Just love the Nini La Duchesse light 😉

Looking forward to see the progress on your house! x

July 7, 2014

I can’t wait to see the finished result! So exciting, and what a lovely, charming story behind dit too.

July 7, 2014

How exciting Esther – I love your bathroom tiles! Good luck – can’t wait to see the after photos, I’m sure it will be beautiful!!!
x Ursula

July 7, 2014

Congratulations! This is all so exciting !

Berlin Kangaroo
July 8, 2014

Please post before and after shots…….love seeing your creativity and process. And congratulations on the syncronicity of the house wish and purchase….wonderful.

July 10, 2014

Allow me to 16th the request for more images as the project progresses!

Courtney in London
July 10, 2014

I can’t wait to see your new house!! I agree with everyone else that you should share more photos as it comes along. : ) x

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