‘All we did was add a little colour and character’
After renovating their previous home, Bibi and Martijn Boogers were relieved that all their new home needed was a few personal touches
Bibi and Martijn Boogers weren’t planning to move house. Having spent a stressful six months extending their old property, the plan was to stay put and make the most of the extra space they’d created. ‘As we were in such a lovely area with lots of young families, we decided to renovate rather than move, to gain the extra space,’ says Bibi.
However, with the work just complete and the paint barely dry, a friend told Bibi about a detached house with five bedrooms and a bigger garden for sale just around the corner. ‘We viewed the house the next day and within a week we had signed!’ says Bibi. ‘The house was in a quieter spot, with much more space and a sunny south-facing garden, and it needed little doing to it, so we made the decision there and then.’
A six-month wait before they could move in gave the couple plenty of time to make plans for the interior, although changes would only be cosmetic. ‘After all the hard work that we’d put in at the previous house, we didn’t have the energy for another renovation, but luckily it wasn’t necessary,’ says Bibi. ‘We did most of the decorating ourselves and Martijn tried to take up the upstairs floor, which we’d decided to change, but it was such a tough job that we ended up getting the supplier of the new floor to remove the old one as well.’
To keep a sense of flow in the open layout, Bibi has kept the decor mainly white, but has introduced subtle touches of colour in each room using a palette of soft greens, from pale blue-green in the dining room to moodier teal in the bedroom. ‘Interiors are more my thing than Martijn’s, but luckily we have the same taste and he trusts my judgement,’ adds Bibi. ‘This is definitely a dream home now.’