“It’s a ton much easier to judge what the essence is and what ought to be reflected in the design for people other than myself. It requires a lot for a longer time for me to perform out what would be the greatest choice,” notes Jennifer Foster (left), with her spouse Hans.

To many designers, their household is a sacred spot, a person exactly where they can discover respite and inspiration, a opportunity to experiment, and plenty of Do it yourself assignments. For Jennifer Foster, an interior architect and spatial planner at Amsterdam-centered Studio JAAF, and her biochemist companion Hans Kistemaker, this was precisely the circumstance: “We like to be surrounded by things that make us come to feel at relieve and influenced at the similar time,” describes Jennifer. “For us, hues get the job done in setting a optimistic, uplifting, and delighted temper. It stimulates creativeness for us.”

But that vibe was surely not present in the previous rental apartment that the two ordered in the wintertime of 2017 in Amsterdam. In the two-story constructing, the floor ground experienced been utilized mainly for storage, when the next floor was where all of the rooms of the apartment were found: two bedrooms, a residing area, a little kitchen, and a shower/bathroom combination, which Jennifer explained as “an very filthy college student toilet” that was, frankly, “disgusting.”

By relocating the living space and kitchen to the upper floor—a relatively strange arrangement—the kitchen gains immediate accessibility to the rooftop terrace. The purple couch in the 2nd-flooring dwelling area is the Ploum couch from Ligne Roset.

The relocated dwelling home is crammed with purely natural mild.

In spite of this, the two could see the opportunity in the dwelling (at first created in the 1940s), in significant component since they recognized the chance of extending the home to the rear, building additional square footage devoid of sacrificing a decently sized yard. They had been significantly psyched by the prospect of adding a roof terrace on the second ground (they profess that they “love remaining outside—when it’s heat adequate!”), so the options for adapting the setting up to their requirements appeared possible and even excellent for the couple’s two tortoises, Aphrodite and Hermes. What’s additional, Hans experienced worked for a construction enterprise as a aspect work though finishing his chemistry reports, so his awareness and working experience came in handy.

Very first on their to-do list was to rethink the house’s format to take edge of the square footage on the floor floor that experienced been made use of as storage. They decided to identify two bedrooms and a bathroom on this decrease level, adding an extension at the rear of the developing to create plenty of room. On the higher flooring, they set a generously sized kitchen area and dwelling space, together with an area utilized as an business office (and that gnarly aged lavatory was, thankfully, remodeled into a closet and independent lavatory).

The funky striped chairs by Annette Philip resemble T-shirts when tucked less than the dining home table—it practically appears to be like as if individuals are seated when no 1 is there.

The usually white kitchen is specified a flourish of pattern thanks to a black-and-white terrazzo-esque tile backsplash.

Other compact details, these types of as a translucent hand that acts as a hanger or hook (by Roos Soetekouw), insert identity.

It took 5 months to make all of the rooms habitable, Jennifer describes, despite the fact that the couple moved in just after just a few, with the extension nevertheless to be completed. Whilst a lot of features of the project—such as the basis and building of the extension, a lot of the plumbing and electrical, some tiling, and the plastering of the walls—were done by professionals, the rest was finished by Hans and Jennifer, at occasions with household and good friends.

For individuals ending touches like fixture range and installation, product palettes, and home furniture possibilities, Jennifer felt that they did not “want a household that could be anyone’s we required it to replicate us.” In went decor and wall paint in daring hues and shapes. “The playful furniture is not only practical [the pieces] turn out to be sort of like creatures, features with their personal story. I adore the quirkiness of the vibrant merchandise and art—it brings the house to everyday living,” states Jennifer. The purple Ploum couch from Ligne Roset, for illustration, is a beloved of Hans because of both of those its eye-catching kind and its serious consolation. It delivers a contact of positivity, and some fun—just like the pair themselves.

“The piece of artwork on the shelf guiding our sofa is pretty specific to each of us. We selected this artwork by Dan Lam as a current for our registered partnership. We connect with it ‘the blob’ some folks phone it ‘the three hanging tits.’ We enjoy the a variety of interpretations men and women have of the artwork,” states Jennifer.

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