Keeping things simple
Ideal Home UK|July 2020
Keeping things simple
Marieke Gouka and Alexander Min stuck to white walls and wood finishes to make their home the antidote to their hectic work and family life

Living room

A palette of white, brown, and soft blue has been used for a feeling of peace and tranquillity. ‘The sun shines in and it makes me happy to sit here in a quiet, clean house,’ says Marieke.


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After 11 years in the same house on a street known locally as ‘the street with the wooden homes,’ Marieke and Alexander moved to a corner house across the road that had a bigger garden for their children. ‘Although there were several potential buyers, the elderly couple who’d lived there for 40 years had seen our children growing up and wanted us to buy it,’ says Marieke, founder of luxury travel website ‘It was run-down and the brown paint was peeling, but the survey showed the timber was in good condition.’

On the ground floor, a small impractical kitchen was turned into a playroom off the dining room, while the library became a bigger, lighter kitchen overlooking both front and back. Sliding double doors were re-instated between the reception rooms, and whitewashed wood flooring laid throughout for a fresh, calm feel. ‘We wanted to create a family house with rooms that connected, but that could also be closed off,’ says Marieke. ‘Our previous house had large open spaces, but we really missed that cozy feeling.’


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July 2020