Haarlem Residence, THE NETHERLANDS
Design / Build – Studio 34 South
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“A forgotten gem hidden in time, this 1905 heritage house had been left to decay for over 60 years by a reclusive owner. The musty smell of cigarette smoke and the sense of history preserved within its walls captivated all who entered.
However, upon closer inspection, it was clear that the neglect had taken its toll and every aspect of the home needed to be meticulously restored. The daunting task of reviving this forgotten beauty was not for the faint of heart, and it took nearly two years of hard work, from the foundations to the leaded glass windows, to the ornate plaster moldings, everything had to be removed, restored off-site, and reinstalled.
But with the determination and drive of a superwoman client who was able to balance the demands of renovating a historic home with the demands of producing global events and raising a family, this grand lady was brought back to life, ready to be enjoyed for generations to come.”
“The renovation of this 1905 heritage house not only aimed to restore its original charm, but also to create a modern and functional living space. To achieve this, the design team made the bold decision to remove two walls of the original structure to create an open concept kitchen, bar, dining, and lounge area. This allowed for a seamless flow of space while maintaining the soul of the house.
The leaded glass windows, which had been obscured by years of ivy growth, were carefully stripped and restored to their original state, allowing natural light to flood the space once again. A neutral paint palette was chosen for the walls and ceilings to keep the background understated and allow the ornate details of the house to shine through.
The living area was designed to be a space for entertainment, with key statement pieces such as a dramatic creamy honed marble countertop with a deep grey vein in the kitchen and bar, and a custom-designed 8-person dining table made of mosaic tile in shades of mint and orange, adding energy and visual interest to the space.
This renovation truly brought this forgotten gem back to life, respecting its history while creating a home that is both beautiful and functional for modern living.”
“The lounge room is a study in contrasts, where light and dark, old and new, come together to create a space that is both elegant and unexpected. The room is anchored by an original black marble fireplace, which serves as a striking counterpoint to the soft and inviting light-colored fabric furniture.
A vintage bronze claw-foot table adds a touch of wildness and glamour, while vintage metal and enamel lighting fixtures provide a surprising contrast to the delicate ceiling rose details.
The play between night and day is reflected in the room’s design, creating a lounge space that is both cozy and intriguing.”