A feeling of home is not a sum of different aspects, but something intangible. Interior designer Laura Calleeuw nevertheless managed to make that the intangible concrete with this recent project. For this newly built house in green surroundings, she had to seek out detailed imperfection and distil various inspirations into a successful balance. These visualisation images give you a clear idea of the clients' future home.
Looking through her portfolio, you will no doubt notice that Calleeuw has come out before with concepts that have an appealing nonchalance hanging around them. This was expected of her again this time. In addition, the interior had to leave a cosy impression and embody a middle ground between bohemian, wabi sabi, and japandi. Thus, there were clearly high expectations she had to meet; however, they turned out to be entirely within her capabilities. Typical of the assignment was that the client especially wanted something unexpected. Namely, there had to be a lived-in feeling in the air, but at the same time there were also allowed to be nods to a surf aesthetic. The big picture consisted mainly of an inviting serenity and maximum views of the accompanying garden. For the floor plan, the designer made a big point of offering as much flexibility as possible. In terms of orientation, the building follows the rhythm of the day and the tables can be extended when needed. Emotionally speaking, the project has a back-to-basics aesthetic. This quality is simultaneously in sync with the high level of comfort that was at least as essential.
The main challenge consisted of coordination
The main challenge consisted of coordination. Since chipped bricks were used on the inside, this introduced a certain challenge. A lot of preparation, attention and correct craftsmanship were all requirements to achieve the desired result. Finishes that had to be right down to the millimetre were certainly no exception. Furthermore, a lot of time went into matching architecture and interior. One of the ways the designer did this was by using materials that were as integrated as possible. The preferred wood type was oak. Where necessary, a weathered effect was to be seen, and sometimes the dimensions were not allowed to be exactly right in order to reinforce the traditional atmosphere. In addition, light-grey parquet was laid to match the colour tone of the custom-made furniture. For the individual pieces, the intention is that the client will collect their own unique items, each of which has a story to tell in its own right. Just looking at the visualisations is enough to feel the soothing effect of the interior descend upon you. With her detailed eye, she wove a delicate balance between different styles. We are already looking forward to more work in which she sends multiple influences through the same door. Images by Rendeer Visuals
Text by Cara Jacobs