‘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

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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.’

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