Kuala Lumpur homes: Vintage treasures


This week we will get to peek inside Mascha’s house. This Dutch family with two kids and a baby on the way has lived in KL for a year. In a short time they have created a warm and cosy home that combines all of Mascha’s vintage treasures with some Asian accents.

We had a very small house in the Netherlands. When we moved into this house I felt like in heaven to be able to fit in all my favourite pieces – and at the same time dreaded whether I would be able to fill all this space.  I love the garden that gives the whole house a sense of space. What made us choose this house was the upstairs landing area that we’ve turned into kids’ play area. Not only is it great for them, it also means that I can close the door to their bedroom and confine the mess in this area.

kids play area

The play area is also used for reading and watching tv. Some of Mascha’s treasures have found their place here:

I got the lockers from a school I used to work in when they were renovating. The old school desk has been in the family for ever: it was made by my husband’s grandfather.

play kitchen

The play kitchen is integrated into a storage system that also holds Mascha’s craft supplies.

nursing corner

Nursing corner for the new baby is almost ready in the master bedroom.

The rattan rocking chair is from a shop in Sungai Buloh, where you can also find an amazing variety of plants. I am going to hang lots of small, meaningful pictures on this wall.

kids craf area

The house has been shaped by what the kids need and I have already changed many things around. Some time ago I realised that they needed a place to do their colouring so I bought some kids’ desks from Ikea and made a craft corner for them. In a few years the house will probably look different since their needs will change.

living room 2b

She doesn’t want the house to be just about the kids, though. Downstairs there are hardly any toys. The retro style display cabinet is from Second Charm, a great Singapore based vintage shop and workshop, that also has a small shop in TTDI.

I love vintage and second-hand things. I may spot something at an antique market and just see in my head what I can transform it into. I did that with the framed butterflies that I saved from being thrown away in a school.

living room with lamps

 I wanted a nice designer hanging lamp for my birthday but couldn’t find one in KL. My husband suggested he would check the Ace hardware store as a last resort and to our surprise he found just what we were looking for.

I have a few amazing friends who inspire me in an artistic way. One of them, Ingrid, is an artist and she makes the beautiful glass tiles. Mieke and Ingrid have made handmade paper crafts for me, like the paper garland (pictured above the kids’ craft desks) and some origami birds to hang. I love them!

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