The renovation is getting somewhere. Walls start to appear. Electricity pipes pop up everywhere. And the layers of insulation are helping to make the mill feel comfy even in this bare cold winter of 2010. Reason enough to start exploring the next level of our journey … decorating.
We’re looking for a good and stylish yet easy to match in most peoples tastes and habits. Not an easy job because Design is fragile and robust is ugly. So Droog Design is off as is IKEA. We’re seriously thinking of Gelderland. We grew up with Gelderland sofa’s at my parents. Somehow Gelderland has this perfect mixture of decent, style and class without being boring or uncomfortable like other modern furniture.
Sleep is absolutely underrated in most homes. Some people say they can sleep anywhere. We discovered years ago that it ain’t true. One day we made a decision to buy a box spring bed base after sleeping in a hotel where they had the absolute dream beds. Now beds come in many shapes, versions, qualities and prices. We’re thinking of Lavital, a great Dutch brand in box-spring beds.
We’re into modern art – sorry for the romantic among us. We’ve been collecting photo art for some time and certainly we’d like have a few at the Mill. One Dutch photo artist –Lard Buurman– will be decorating the masters bedroom with a picture one of his Chinese journeys. For the other rooms we’re thinking of Hendrik Kerstens or Tom Lawrence.
Colors are a struggle and they always have been … what to pick, where to paint, which colour will it be? … We’re all just pointing fingers at a Flexa stripe but we never think of the different lights through the year. A color might be fresh blue in summer but turn a dirty grey in winter. So – i think i can tell you … most paint in the house will be either a white with a slightly off tone and a grey like grey grey .. glossy .. sharp, classic without being too bright. Loving it. The shutters? Ciel d’orage an Astral.
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