Category Archives: DREAM HOMES



Days are getting warmer and this make me dream about beautiful summer homes. This stunning place in the coastal town of Sayulita, Mexico, is owned by Brittney Borjeson. Brittany moved to Mexico to escape hectic city life. Last September she found her dream home: a lovely two-bedroom house overlooking the ocean in the southern hillsides of Sayulita. She also launched a shop selling Mexican crafts and artifacts, designed by herself and made by local artisans. I truly love this home as it is simple yet cozy decorated in a natural style. Almost everything in Borjeson’s two-story home is custom-made, either by herself or with the help of village craftsmen. If you like the style of this home: at the end of the post you can find some suggestions to create a similar style.



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While searching for this year’s holiday destinations I stumbled on this stunning holiday home in Le Marche, Italy. Ca Mattei is a beautiful villa which can be rented for a group up to 11 people. After many years of vacancy the farmhouse was extensively renovated and turned into a stylish & luxury holiday home. The owners of this house are Sigrid Custers & Barent Bulcke who run an architects office in Antwerp. Their vision on living and holiday en their everlasting looking for design destinations inspired them to transform these premises into a place of peace and aesthetics where modernism meets rural architecture. You can find more information about rental options on the Ca Mattei website. You can also book the house here.



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This beautiful beach home in Trancoso, Brazil, is where Maria Perrin spends her summer together with her husband and their three children. It is the perfect holiday home for this family who loves nature, the warm climate and the sandy beaches. The 1980s building was complete renovated by Vida de Vila architects who got the assignment to design a simple house which fully integrates into the surrounding landscape. Most furniture pieces and accessories such as lamps and rugs were crafted by local artists from the nearby village.



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This newly built modern finca in situated on Ibiza’s countryside close to the cosmopolitan village of Santa Gertrudis. The villa, designed by renowned architect Rolf Blakstad, has five bedrooms all with bathrooms. The luxury of this property is understated and whilst maintaining many green, eco conscious features it also provides the latest technology, security and efficiency. In front of the main house there is a large terrace area with a pool, perfect for long daily swims or lounging with the family. The BBQ area has an outside dining area and kitchen and leads on to a wide open terraced area of lawn and shade. These terraces graduate down the hill to a fruit orchard next to the torrente providing oranges, lemons and pomegranate throughout the year. The plot has seven acres of woodland, terraced orchards and a small river running through the land. With it’s central location it allows easy access to ibiza town or the beaches of the north and east. The good news is that the villa is for sale. The bad news: it costs around 4 million Euro..



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A Dutch family has trade their Amsterdam inner city home for this stunning villa in the countryside on Ibiza, Spain. I love the decor which is a well balanced mix of design classics, vintage items, custom made furniture pieces and a little bit of fun kitsch.



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This article is in Dutch. You can find an English summary at the end of the post.

De meeste mensen die mijn blog lezen, houden van mooie huizen en inspirerende interieurs. Ik droom zelf regelmatig weg bij het zien van de mooie huizen op een van de vele blogs die ik lees. Waarschijnlijk heb je je weleens afgevraagd of zo’n droomhuis financieel haalbaar is. Of misschien droom je ervan om je huis grondig te verbouwen en wil je weten hoe dit gefinancierd kan worden. Een advies van een goede hypotheekadviseur biedt duidelijkheid of dromen werkelijkheid kunnen worden.

Toen wij zeven jaar geleden op huizenjacht waren, hebben wij ons uitgebreid laten informeren over de diverse financieringsmogelijkheden. Hierdoor waren wij in staat ons droomhuis te kopen. We zijn nog steeds blij met de keuze die we toen gemaakt hebben. Maar omdat de huidige rentestand veel lager is dan zeven jaar geleden is het verstandig om eens goed naar onze huidige hypotheek te laten kijken. Met de lage rentestand kan het namelijk voordelig zijn om de hypotheek over te sluiten. Hier komt een aantal kosten bij kijken (bijvoorbeeld een boete voor het ‘openbreken’ van de hypotheek tijdens de rentevaste periode) maar in sommige gevallen kan het onder aan de eindstreep toch geld opleveren.
Het staat al zeker twee jaar op mijn to-do lijst om een afspraak met een hypotheekadviseur te maken en onze hypotheek onder de loep te laten nemen. Maar door tijdgebrek is het er niet van gekomen. Met een druk leven is het niet altijd mogelijk om tijdens kantooruren tijd vrij te maken, bovendien is er geen bankkantoor bij mij in de buurt. Ik was daarom blij met het aanbod van ABN AMRO om hun nieuwe dienst uit te proberen. Met ‘Webcam Hypotheekadvies’ biedt ABN AMRO de mogelijkheid om via de webcam op de computer of op de tablet snel en gemakkelijk hypotheekadvies te krijgen. Je kan advies krijgen over een nieuwe hypotheek maar ook, zoals in mijn geval, over het eventueel oversluiten van een bestaande hypotheek. Het grote voordeel van deze moderne manier van adviseren is dat ik de deur niet uit hoef en het gesprek ook buiten kantooruren kan plaats vinden. Dit maakt de drempel een stuk lager! Het oriëntatiegesprek is bovendien gratis. Wij hebben overigens onze huidige hypotheek bij een andere bank afgesloten. Dit is voor het adviesgesprek met ABN AMRO geen probleem.
Volgende week hoor je van mij wat mijn ervaringen zijn met het verkrijgen van een hypotheekadvies via de webcam. Ik ben heel benieuwd hoe dit in zijn werk gaat! Wil je alvast meer weten, dan kan je hier een demo bekijken waarin in 1 minuut wordt uitgelegd wat ‘Webcam Hypotheekadvies’ is.

Deze post is gemaakt in samenwerking met ABN AMRO. Tekst en meningen zijn van mijzelf.

English summary: Most readers of this blog love beautiful houses and interiors. Perhaps you sometimes wonder if you can afford one of the houses you have seen on the blogs you read. Or you might dream about renovating your home and you wonder how to finance this. A consultation with a good financial advisor can offer clarity whether your dreams can become true or not.

When we were house hunting seven years ago, we went to a financial advisor to get advice about suitable mortgages for us. We are still happy with the choice we made but the financial market has changed since we got our mortgage. For instance the interest rate nowadays is much lower than seven years ago. Although there are costs involved, it might be wise to change our mortgage. Getting an appointment with a financial advisor has been on my to-do list for about two years. But with a busy life I just could not find the time to make an appointment during office hours. When ABN AMRO offered me to try out their new mortgage advice services I jumped at the chance. With their Webcam Mortgage Advice service ABN AMRO offers the option to get information about financing a home or a renovation. The great thing is that you can do this from your own home and that you can schedule the appointment during evening hours or on Saturdays. Besides, the first orientation meeting is for free! My appointment with ABN AMRO is scheduled for next week. In a next blog post I will tell you about my experiences with getting a mortgage advice by webcam. If you would like to know more in the meantime, you can see a demo here (which is in Dutch).

This post is created in collaboration with ABN AMRO. Words and opinions are my own.




Interior designer Katrina Phillips divides her time between Ibiza and London. She transformed a basic ‘casita’ in the country side of San Juan (Ibiza) into a cozy home. Inside the casita, Katrina’s personal style is clearly visible – earthy, natural and authentically bohemian. Objects such as ancient fossils and pressed flowers are mixed with furniture pieces made of natural materials. Tribal feather headpieces adorn the walls and function as works of art. This house feels like the home of a well-travelled collector with style!



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