Category Archives: DREAM HOMES

WEEKEND ESCAPE: A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY HOME ON IBIZA

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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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SNEL EN GEMAKKELIJK ADVIES VIA DE WEBCAM

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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.

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AN INTERIOR DESIGNER’S HOME ON IBIZA

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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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WEEKEND ESCPAPE: A RUSTIC CHIC HOME IN TULUM

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This lovely rustic chic home in Tulum at the Mayan Riviera in Mexico belongs to Claus Sendlinger, founder and CEO of Design Hotels. The setting is perfect: there is the tropical forest on one side and white sands with a turquoise ocean at the other. The four rustic cabins are built according to the principles of regional architecture and respecting the vegetation around the property. From furniture to accessories, every detail of the décor is handpicked by Claus’ wife Polina, who is a photographer. The furniture pieces were developed by local artisans and designers. Such a perfect spot to relax and unwind!

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AN OLD FARMHOUSE TURNED INTO A STUNNING HOME

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Before Louis Galliussi got his hands on this Ibiza property, it used to be an old farmhouse which was in ruins. Can Kaki, as the finca is called, was extensively renovated and is now as beautiful home. The interior is tastefully decorated with natural materials but also unexpected objects such as the fishing net in the living room. Also the outdoor areas are stunning, Louis even created a beach with fine sand from neighboring island Formentera.

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A STUNNING RENOVATED FARMHOUSE ON IBIZA

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This stunning modern rustic home is located on Ibiza, an island belonging to the Balearic Islands of Spain. The (very lucky!) owners have been visiting the beautiful island for years spending their holidays here. When they got the change to buy a run down old farmhouse they jumped at the opportunity without hesitation. Their aim was to create a home with had an authentic and pure vibe and in my opinion they very well succeeded in accomplishing their goal. Such a beautiful place, on a beautiful island!

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A COASTAL RETREAT IN AUSTRALIA

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This beautiful weekend retreat belongs to and is designed by Melbourne interior architect and designer Shareen Joel. The beach house, which was recently featured in Real Living magazine, is located on the coast of Sorrento in Australia. The brief was to design a home that was casual and had plenty of room for entertaining family and friends. Conscious of the relatively small block of land and concern for sustainability, SJD (Shareen Joel Design) cleverly integrated the design into the coastal surroundings with little disruption to the landscape. The innovative L-shaped floor plan, which was built around a beautiful existing Moonah tree, feels spacious and easy to live in, even with a full house of family and friends. Natural light and cross ventilation were a must, as was the use of recycled materials. SJD incorporated beautiful Larch floorboards throughout, as well as timber window frames and external cladding. Inside, SJD layered textures and tones heavily with vintage furniture, mixed with new design pieces including the September Chair, Safari Chairs and Spanish Chair. The result is a home that captures the essence of everything that a coastal retreat should be; relaxed, easy living and enjoyable.

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