Hey guys! It&#8217s Holly Marder and I&#8217m back again this month to take you through another inspiring interior for my Properties with Heart column. This month, I&#8217m excited to introduce you to Dutch designer Christian Kocx, whose stunning residence in Belgium was the subject behind my lens in late October. Blending the home’s original, classical characteristics with his minimalist sense of style, this house intrigued me from the moment I stepped inside. Let&#8217s take a look around, shall we?


Christian and his partner Isabel Dooms have called this 1925 historic Turnhout, Belgium, property residence considering that they bought it back in 2007, sharing it with their 3 youngsters Mathias, Charlotte and Floris. “When we saw the property for the 1st time we fell in enjoy with the façade, and when we entered the hallway we where blown away by all the specifics and the character of it all.” The property’s opulent Jugendstill particulars, are offset by contemporary elements which the couple brought in “to balance the palette”.


“My style is a mix of classical and contemporary details,” explains Christian. “This creates an exciting dialogue in which each get to have an equal say. They strengthen each and every other and generate a balance. Like ying and yang or black and white. By keeping the colour scheme easy, all the attention goes to the architectural information.” The home’s interior employs a minimal colour palette of black, white, grey and touches of brass throughout, with the entryway tiling and accessories in their contemporary loft living space the only hints of colour used. “I like to use colour to the accentuate the detail in my home, and it is also the element that connects both of the styles,” Christian says. 

The residence provided many attractive qualities already, which, although work needed to be carried out to the property, have been a large selling point. “Thankfully, all the original particulars had been preserved,” Christian says. “We loved the history of it. We added our personal contemporary touch with respect for the building.” 




The couple had to replace the roof and at the exact same time, produced a contemporary family loft filled with organic light. “It’s a good contrast to the dark, historic element of the 1925 home.” In this huge and light space featuring exposed wooden beams, a floor to ceiling bookcase fills a single side of the room, concealing the tv. Not to detract from the architectural particulars, a contemporary grey sofa and simplistic white sideboard are sensible options for this household space. The brass side table by Rijuch and marble topped side table by Zuiver echo the opulence observed throughout the rest of the property. Cushions by Hay and Ferm Living add a dash of colour. The side chair is by Peli Design and style, with a property created cushion from Ikea fabric


The entrance of the four-story property attributes original Jugendstill tiling in a muted colour palette, supplying the only spattering of colour observed in the lower element of the property. The hallway is in reality one particular of the couple’s favourite parts of their residence, alongside the lofty attic upstairs. They have offset the home’s classical functions with a modern white console and a huge antique chandelier which as soon as belonged to Isabel&#8217s parents. He rescued it from the attic and it now serves as an eye-catching object in their home’s entryway.

Furnishing their property has been an organic procedure that each Isabel and Christian have enjoyed. “By taking time to uncover just the proper pieces of furnishings and accessories, 1 item is added now and once again creating a ‘new’ interior each and every time,” Christian says. “I can uncover so much joy in locating just that right piece to comprehensive our interior. The most crucial is creating a property filled with objects the complete loved ones can enjoy!” 





For his period house, Christian has also developed a number of products of furniture himself that type the basis of their contemporary classic aesthetic. The dining table was his own creation, a clean lined contemporary piece flanking a classical marble fireplace and antique writing desk. His highly modern day table and chair set allows the centuries-old antiques to take centre stage, while offering the larger space striking contrast.





Christian, a graduate from The Design Academy Eindhoven also designs a variety of interior accessories with his label Mooi Goed. “I designed the Mooi Goed collection with the believed that I would like to have it in my personal interior. The collection is, just like my interior, a mix of contemporary and classical details.” His minimalistic candle holders adorn the classical fireplace, amid ornate antique brass mirrors and marble, producing the contrast that Christian loves.

With a keen eye for design and a penchant for historical styles, a household friendly abode however is at the leading of his agenda. “The most important is generating one thing the entire household loves living in. Sensible and pretty. I can say that&#8217s not always easy, but when I get it appropriate I can get pleasure from it twice as considerably!”

I hope you guys enjoyed this peek inside this actually beautiful house. I want you all a prosperous 2015! Seeking forward to taking you through more beautiful interiors this year right here on decor8! &#8211 Holly

(Photography and Text by Holly Marder / Food styling: Ajda Mehmet)

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