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Home and B&B in Catalonia

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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 CatalonSpain. 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.’

This room is called the ‘Blue Mirror'. The painting is a real Donkersloot, bought at an auction. Next to it  hangs a poster of Mick Jagger
The gorgeous original chandelier comes from Debbie’s home in Amsterdam. Debbie's wardrobe with high heels and several pairs of colorful cowboy boots.
left This room is called the ‘Blue Mirror'. The painting is a real Donkersloot, bought at an auction. Next to it hangs a poster of Mick Jagger The gorgeous original chandelier comes from Debbie’s home in Amsterdam.
right Debbie's wardrobe with high heels and several pairs of colorful cowboy boots.
A cozy kitchen for themselves and guests. What you see displayed in the tableweare cabinet  is about a fifth of Debbie’s entire collection. It's a funky collection combining  Oilily and Pip Studio with old brocante-style dish-ware.
left A cozy kitchen for themselves and guests.
right What you see displayed in the tableweare cabinet is about a fifth of Debbie’s entire collection. It's a funky collection combining Oilily and Pip Studio with old brocante-style dish-ware.
Relax place to avoid the sun.
Relax place to avoid the sun.

Images: Tessa Jol via Taverne Agency. Text: Renske Werner.  www.123ole.comwww.pimpenco.nl. Galerie Peter Donkersloot Oilily. Pip studio

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