In conversation with Merrith van den Bosch of MV Interior Design - Find out all about her unique interior design.
Behind the historic facade of Willemspark 164 lies a world of timeless elegance and modern comfort. In an exclusive interview, interior designer Merrith van den Bosch shares her secrets on transforming this unique property. How did she manage to preserve the old elements while adding modern touches?
The property immediately provides a source of inspiration for Merrith. "The property itself and how it originally looked is really unique. For example, the old interior design had beautiful round shapes, and had a playful layout. This inspired me to create the new design. My goal in the interior design was to find a balance between the authentic details of the property, but also add tighter elements in the new design."
Choosing the interior style was an important step in the process. Merrith explains: "We chose a fairly modern interior, using rich materials, and added some 'Paris chic' touches. It was designed with great attention to detail - emphasizing the hotel feel." Materials and colors play a crucial role in creating the desired atmosphere. "Calm earthy colors were chosen, combined with natural materials such as smoked oak and natural stone. With luxurious materials such as Taj Mahal quartzite natural stone and antique bronze elements, a hotel chic feel has been created. The overall look is warm but serene. For me, this combination is timeless; the materials become more beautiful over the years."
Merrith took the property's rich history into account when decorating: "There were many authentic round elements in the original interior. Wonderful. For example, we kept the semicircular bay window at the rear of the building, but renovated it with a new facade. Similarly, we returned the round shapes to the kitchen island, and round shape steel doors can be found."
The property has favorable light thanks to the high ceilings on each floor. "This contributes to a brighter and more spacious feeling," says Dr. K. K., who is the owner of the building. In the basement, extra attention has been paid to light through the use of wider bays and a large facade at the rear. Furthermore, Merrith has paid attention to sustainability by using natural materials that require little maintenance. Preparations have been made for the installation of solar panels, with an eye to the future. Moreover, practical aspects such as an Domotics system, double ovens and many built-in closets have been considered to efficiently use the spaces.
During the design process, Merrith faced a challenge with the property's finished staircase because of the condition of the original staircase. "My desire was to keep it intact as much as possible for the new interior." In the end, the original staircase had to be renewed, but this was resolved in a beautiful and successful way by the interior designer. "We are happy with the result."
For more information about Merrith van den Bosch and MV Interior Design, visit her website merrithviolette.com or follow her on Instagram.