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An oak framed, thatched-roofed farmhouse

Boerderij Blaricum

It may be just half an hour outside bustling Amsterdam, but the village of Blaricum seems a world away. It’s an exclusive place that’s long attracted Holland’s wealthiest artists, soul-searchers and media types. They appreciate its bucolic charms and lovely setting, as well as its gorgeous, rustic buildings -ripe for reinvention as unique family homes. One of the loveliest is an oak framed, thatched-roofed farmhouse, the oldest part of which dates from 1640. Here, the present owners of the house have succeeded in placing their own stamp upon the building without compromising its historic origins. They did so with the help of innovative young design team, Thijs Murré and Sanny Bijvoet whose company, Meker Atelier, specialises in creating homes that are in keeping with the spirit of a place, yet contain plenty of beautiful and quirky finishing touches. ‘From the moment we met the owners, we knew we’d work well together in helping achieve their dream. They wanted to preserve the integrity of the farmhouse, yet make it their own special place, too.’

Argentinean leather pots and Italian dinner service. Dining room from other end of table: on the shelves are Chinese vases from Han Dynasty, Argentinean leather pots and an Italian dinner service. Above the dining room are two bedrooms.
left Argentinean leather pots and Italian dinner service.
right Dining room from other end of table: on the shelves are Chinese vases from Han Dynasty, Argentinean leather pots and an Italian dinner service. Above the dining room are two bedrooms.
The dining room boasts a ceiling some eight metres high. Next to the table, a glass door covers the wine cellar below, specially created for the owner who's a real wine buff. It's beautifully lit, so that - at night time - the bottles gleam.
The dining room boasts a ceiling some eight metres high. Next to the table, a glass door covers the wine cellar below, specially created for the owner who's a real wine buff. It's beautifully lit, so that - at night time - the bottles gleam.

Images: Hans Zeegers and Jacqueline Roeleveld via Taverne Agency. Words: Anna Lambert. Meker Atelier

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