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Amsterdam as Design Inspiration

In 2014 we rented the house out, pulled the 10 year old out of school and flew to Europe. Not knowing how long we would be gone or how we would afford it if we didn’t get enough housesitting jobs got pushed to the back of our minds and we just trusted that it would all work out. And it did, of course. Over seven months travelling Europe and housesitting in out of the way places exposed us to a lot of regional architecture and gave me so much design inspiration.

Shops at the bottom. Apartments and offices above

6 stories! But doesn’t it look great?

What is good house design? How do other people live? How does the climate affect your interior layout? If you don’t have indoor outdoor flow where do you go to get your nature fix?

Eco transport to the park!

And this is how they transport dogs!

I can’t answer every question in this blog, but here’s a link to a blog that wallpaper company The Inside wrote about the massive Amsterdam mural I put up on my Family Room wall. We spent a few days there and really enjoyed it. We got our nature fix by renting bicycles and spending the entire day riding around a massive park called Amsterdam Bos.

If only our roads were as cycle friendly as theirs

Ready to spend the whole day riding around the Amsterdam Bos park

This is where the locals go to walk their dogs, have a swim, sunbathe, go for a run or spend time in the goat farm (yes there is such a thing) when they live in apartments and don’t have immediate access to a garden.

Goat searching for treats in the lady's bag

Yes it’s true. There’s a goat petting farm in the middle of the park!

Amsterdam Bos Pancake House

Well deserved ginger and sugar pancakes

Of course the 10 year old thought that one of the best things about Amsterdam was the pancake houses. There is one in a cute thatched cottage in the middle of the park. It felt very Hansel and Gretel.

Amsterdam Bos Pancake House

Ready to tuck into banana and icing sugar pancakes.

Every time I’m in my Family Room I see my mural and it reminds me of the good times we had in Amsterdam. So where do you get your design inspiration from?

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