“It’s a ton less complicated to choose what the essence is and what ought to be reflected in the design for individuals other than myself. It can take a great deal for a longer time for me to operate out what would be the ideal selection,” notes Jennifer Foster (remaining), with her lover Hans.

To quite a few designers, their residence is a sacred location, one where by they can discover respite and inspiration, a opportunity to experiment, and loads of Diy assignments. For Jennifer Foster, an inside architect and spatial planner at Amsterdam-based Studio JAAF, and her biochemist partner Hans Kistemaker, this was specifically the circumstance: “We like to be surrounded by points that make us truly feel at simplicity and motivated at the same time,” explains Jennifer. “For us, colours work in setting a optimistic, uplifting, and happy temper. It stimulates creative imagination for us.”

But that vibe was certainly not present in the previous rental condominium that the two ordered in the winter of 2017 in Amsterdam. In the two-story setting up, the ground floor experienced been made use of generally for storage, while the 2nd floor was exactly where all of the rooms of the apartment were located: two bedrooms, a living room, a very small kitchen area, and a shower/toilet mix, which Jennifer described as “an very dirty scholar toilet” that was, frankly, “disgusting.”

By relocating the dwelling area and kitchen area to the upper floor—a to some degree unusual arrangement—the kitchen gains direct accessibility to the rooftop terrace. The purple sofa in the second-flooring living place is the Ploum sofa from Ligne Roset.

The relocated residing area is stuffed with purely natural gentle.

Even with this, the two could see the possible in the household (initially made in the 1940s), in massive section due to the fact they realized the likelihood of extending the household to the rear, developing more square footage devoid of sacrificing a decently sized garden. They were especially excited by the prospect of adding a roof terrace on the next ground (they profess that they “love remaining outside—when it is warm plenty of!”), so the possibilities for adapting the developing to their wants appeared feasible and even ideal for the couple’s two tortoises, Aphrodite and Hermes. What’s extra, Hans had worked for a design organization as a aspect job when finishing his chemistry research, so his knowledge and practical experience came in useful.

Very first on their to-do list was to rethink the house’s format to choose advantage of the sq. footage on the ground flooring that experienced been utilized as storage. They made the decision to locate two bedrooms and a lavatory on this lower level, introducing an extension at the rear of the creating to create ample house. On the upper flooring, they set a generously sized kitchen and living home, together with an space applied as an workplace (and that gnarly previous lavatory was, fortunately, reworked into a closet and independent rest room).

The funky striped chairs by Annette Philip resemble T-shirts when tucked below the eating home table—it almost seems as if men and women are seated when no a single is there.

The or else white kitchen is specified a prosper of sample thanks to a black-and-white terrazzo-esque tile backsplash.

Other small particulars, this sort of as a translucent hand that acts as a hanger or hook (by Roos Soetekouw), add individuality.

It took five months to make all of the rooms habitable, Jennifer describes, even though the few moved in after just a few, with the extension nonetheless to be concluded. While numerous facets of the project—such as the basis and building of the extension, considerably of the plumbing and electrical, some tiling, and the plastering of the walls—were accomplished by experts, the rest was finished by Hans and Jennifer, at moments with household and pals.

For people finishing touches like fixture collection and set up, material palettes, and furniture selections, Jennifer felt that they did not “want a household that could be anyone’s we needed it to replicate us.” In went decor and wall paint in daring colors and designs. “The playful furnishings isn’t only useful [the pieces] come to be form of like creatures, features with their individual tale. I like the quirkiness of the vibrant objects and art—it delivers the home to lifestyle,” states Jennifer. The purple Ploum sofa from Ligne Roset, for illustration, is a favorite of Hans because of both of those its eye-catching kind and its extreme comfort and ease. It delivers a touch of positivity, and some fun—just like the couple them selves.

“The piece of artwork on the shelf at the rear of our sofa is really specific to both of those of us. We chose this artwork by Dan Lam as a current for our registered partnership. We get in touch with it ‘the blob’ some men and women phone it ‘the a few hanging tits.’ We appreciate the various interpretations people today have of the artwork,” suggests Jennifer.

The scenic bedding, which shines in the sunny bed room, is by Snurk and the mattress frame is by Loof. The lovable, poppy mild fixtures are by Tonone.