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In 2012, Van der Velden bought the building for around $600,000 with clear ideas about how to turn the 1450-square-foot building into the perfect home. A year later, with the $200,000 renovation complete, he was able to park himself in the comfortable bachelor pad.

Directly through the double doors, a stylish black-and-white kitchen greets you, the centrepiece of which is a self-designed table positioned beneath two huge industrial lights, harking back to the building’s working past. One step beyond, the double-height living room features a glass atrium that brings natural light into the space. A central courtyard garden brings nature close to the living quarters and makes use of rainwater harvested from the roof to water plants.

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The garden links inside and outside separate the living space from the sleeping quarters. In the master bedroom, a suspended vintage motorcycle gives the room a “wow” factor. Overall, the stunning array of second-hand furniture and collector’s items lead to a relaxed, bohemian feel. Standing out above the eating space is a beautiful old station clock, passed down to Van der Velden by his father. The designer scoured Parisian flea markets and online auctions to furnish in unique style “I wanted a place where I could showcase my collections. Like a museum, but where people aren’t afraid to touch things.” His home certainly argues the case for shunning new furniture, and creating a home full of stories and history.

+Bricks Amsterdam Images via Bricks Amsterdam via Hub Magazine

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