I’ve followed and admired the work the lovely Holly Marder for many years on instagram and back in the days when she had her own blog. She’s a seriously talented interior designer and photographer with South African roots (and we all know how I love to sniff out a fellow Saffa), but she now resides with her young family in The Hague. I’ve always found Holly’s interior style to be so refreshing – she has a flair for achieving that perfect balance of contemporary and vintage pieces in any space. While her style leans towards minimalist, it never lacks depth, personality or layers of texture.
A few years ago Holly joined forces with Hedda Pier and the two creatives now run a successful design studio that focuses on residential projects that usually involve substantial renovation of their client’s homes. Their portfolio is a dreamscape of enviable interiors that I would have real difficulty picking a favourite from – but one space that I find particularly intriguing is Holly’s home. I watched on Instagram as she undertook a renovation project that restructured the ground floor of their 1929 row house with impressive results.
The property in its original state boasted beautiful high ceilings but a small kitchen, inadequate living space and an outdated back extension. A cleverly reconfigured staircase and a modern extension resulted in a generous living and dining area, an additional guest loo and and a kitchen that is is arguably the showpiece of this home. Everything in the light-filled space speaks to Holly’s obvious love of nature and natural, earthy textiles. Grab a cuppa and enjoy this interior bliss.