An introduction

The owner exchanged her previous home for a new place in a new-build complex. Two apartments were tastefully combined to create a stunning penthouse.

Cosy interior

The fact that the owner called upon Nicky to design the interior of her brand new penthouse is no coincidence. “I knew her already and had also designed her previous house. That interior was more rural in appearance; this had to be much sleeker.” In this instance, however, sleek doesn’t really equate to ‘cold’ at all. All of the walls are covered in a light sand colour, which is broken up by cabinets and doors in black oak. The oak wood flooring creates a warm ambiance in each room. Well chosen fabrics, rugs and floor coverings make it even cosier. And then there’s the influence of the interior designer, which is expressed in items such as the curtain choice. “The penthouse is almost entirely encircled by large windows that look out onto the terrace. Stunning to see but not so pleasant at night”, explains Nicky. “That’s why I suggested working with a type of voile; in the day you can open it and enjoy the view but at night, you feel nice and cosy. Especially when combined with the curtains in subtle, natural colours. The owner, however, thinks that voile offers such warmth to the interior that she keeps them closed all the time.”

“By getting involved at a very early stage, you can keep your eye on even the smallest detail.”

PH192050Q VO PURE PROJECT NICKY GOOSSENS - LIMBURGS PENTHOUSE
PH1920/50Q VO PURE COLLECTION

Choosing together

Just like all her other projects, Nicky was well prepared for this adventure. “When I first go to a client’s house, I always take samples and photos of the various options; the floors, curtains, furniture, floor coverings, colours and so on”, she explains. “Then we can choose things together. Not just the big-ticket items, but also the smallest details such as the tiles behind the hob, the handles on the cupboards…” Thanks to her vast experience, Nicky also talked the owner into a few ideas that were not immediately obvious. “In the dining room, I suggested three separate cabinets, which could be placed alongside one another, rather than one large unit. In the kitchen, I already had the black, metallic tiles from Dauby in mind but I also added a few tiles in a bronze/gold tint. And in the living room, alongside the huge rug, there is a smaller, extra rug in the form of a puzzle piece.
The owner didn’t come up with any of these ideas; she just trusted me enough to add them in. And, in the end, she was delighted that I’d made the right choice.”

TILES 10X10 RB+VO PURE TILES PROJECT NICKY GOOSSENS - LIMBURGS PENTHOUSE
TILES 10X10 RB + VO PURE TILES COLLECTION + PQ-20 VO PURE COLLECTION

Cosy spaces 

The vast window area means the loft is bathed in a sea of light and this is further reinforced by the use of light colours. The only exception to this is the bedroom area, where the bedroom, bathroom and dressing room are unified and the choice of a darker shade sets the tone. “These rooms should be warmer in terms of atmosphere”, explains Nicky. “By painting the wall behind the bed a darker shade, the whole space immediately feels warmer.”

“By getting involved at a very early stage, you can keep your eye on even the smallest detail.”

In collaboration with Interieurstyliste Nicky Goossens 

Photography: Sarah Van Hove (magazine Wonen Landelijke Stijl)

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