2136 - Double Dutch

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Patricia and Piet Van Eeten are fond of saying that when they bought their west London maisonette, they bought bricks and nothing else. Five months after moving in, there was very little left of the original, badly refurbished, pseudo Victorian flat. Instead, with the help of architect David Wolff, there was a cool, calm space flooded with light - the perfect canvas on which to display their proliferating collection of modern art. Both David and the Van Eetens favoured natural materials, so floors are a combination of grey limestone, white limestone and oak lightened with oil. Havingcreated a neutral shell with stone or wood on the floors, pale walls, ambient lighting and natural fabrics, the Van Eetens set about stamping it with their own taste. Piet’s parents are avid collectors of modern art and he and Patricia show every sign of following the family trend. To the Van Eetens, it is the combination of the English and the Dutch that makes their home so special. As Patricia says: “We wanted a look that was not too minimalist - it had to be homely and welcoming too. We liked the fact that this was an old building, but we wanted a modern, comfortable home. Now we have just what we want, I think we shall be staying for a long time”. Writer helenchislett@btinternet.com

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