Debbie’s home/bed & breakfast is located on a beautiful piece of property, a stone’s throw from the town center of Sant Andreu del Terri, a small village in Catalon, Spain. She lives here with her daughter, Roos. Her son, Sam, has left for university in Barcelona. Her husband, Alfred van den Heuvel, lives in their home in Amsterdam and comes for short or long-term stays whenever his busy television and theater schedule allows.
Debbie’s talent to combine shines the brightest in her pillow and tablecloth designs that she sells in her online shop, www.pimpenco.nl, she manages together with her sister. ‘I buy a bunch of different fabrics and then I pin selections of these fabrics to a mood board. My tailor takes this as inspiration and sews beautiful pillow cases and tablecloths.’
Debbie’s own designs are found everywhere in the bed & breakfast, inside and outside, and in the two retro gypsy caravans she turned into romantic guest suites. ‘When I sum it all up it still sounds like I am busy’, she laughs. ‘But my life feels more meaningful. It feels more me and that was always the goal: to live my best life.’