unexpected guests: ingrid jansen.
by victoria comment



we’re back in 2010 with a brand new unexpected guest, all the way from the netherlands! i fell in love with dutch designer ingrid jansen’s wood & wool stools, and then discovered her lovely home via flickr. Ingrid lives in dordecht, a city that is actually an island between three rivers, with a beautiful historical center with many marinas, near Rotterdam. you can find ingrid’s uniquely handmade stools, made from all re-purposed and recycled wood, and her other crocheted lovelies here in her wood & wool shop, as well as etsy, and to see more photos from her visit her flickr photostream. thank you for sharing your lovely home with us, ingrid! i loved every minute of putting this post together — and i hope you all will like it, too!




What is your idea of a perfect day in dordecht?
I love to bike to the market on fridays or saturdays and buy bread, fruit, vegetables and flowers and have a cup of coffee at Villa Augustus. It’s a very nice hotel and restaurant with beautiful gardens, where I happen to work 3 days a week. When the weather is fine I would like to spend the day in my garden being lazy, perhaps a little reading and in the evening have a lovely meal outside. At night I like to see a Spanish movie in the little cinema Cinode and drive there with my old gray 2cv.



What don’t you leave home without?
My bag, keys, agenda, purse and lip balm.



What are some of your favorite local shops?
My favorite shop is Sissy Boy Homeland. It’s a real dutch shop. They don’t have a clear website but they sell the most beautiful interior products and have a great basic clothing collection. The first shop abroad has opened in Antwerp (Belgium) lately and that’s an hour drive. There is no Sissy Boy shop in Dordrecht, but in several other cities near Dordrecht. The Netherlands is just a small country.


Another favorite shop is OXO woonwinkel, they sell my favorite garden Fermob furniture. My favorite local shop is surely the market cafe at Villa Augustus. It’s a market at the entrance of the restaurant and you can buy sourdough bread, the loveliest cakes and biological products. There is also a little shop, where you can buy books, interior products and nice stuff.



What’s on your wish list?
a Classic Hardoy Butterfly Chair and a Tsé Tsé Vase d’Avril designed by Tsé Tsé.


What’s your favorite bargain find or product?
My Geoffrey Harcourt designer chair (above). Some years ago I traded it for a handmade wood & wool stool with a friend who had four of them. Although the leather is a bit torn and cracked it really is a pretty chair and very comfortable!



What is your biggest interior design nightmare?
A gas fireplace with remote. And a completely aligned interior without any personal input.



Who is your favorite artist? And why?
The Spanish singer Bebe Belotta. In the summer of 2005 I was snooping around with the cd’s in a FNAC store in Barcelona and was attracted by the cd cover of Bebe’s cd Pafuera telarañas. When I heard the first song “men señara” I got goose pimples all over my body and knew this was My Favorite Singer! During that holiday I played the cd repeatedly and my 8 year old daughter Pippa sang the Spanish lyrics error-free after some weeks. I wanted to know where these songs were about and I even took Spanish lessons for that reason. She recently launched her second cd Y.



Where do you find inspiration?
At my workplace at Villa Augustus, from interior magazines, traveling and creative people I meet on the Internet.



Do you collect anything?
I collect vases, interior magazines, shoes, oh, and I have a chair addiction.



What’s your favorite feature in your home?
My old gray cabinet where I keep my wool storage (and lots of other things).



If you could photograph anyone in the world, who might that be?
Lenny Kravitz. He’s a great artist and I have all his cd´s and visit some concerts. His voice and music are so great. (And he is so sexy!) His home is also very tasteful. I once saw an issue in a dutch magazine LINDA.



Who would you like to sit down to drinks with?
Can it be the same person (Lenny Kravitz)? :D


Do you have a guilty pleasure?
In the winter, when I have a day off and every member the family left to school or work, i go back to my bed with a cup of coffee and a newspaper or magazine and no hurry. I have to admit that I hardly ever do it, because I usually have too much energy once I’m awake.



What is your most treasured belonging?
A cupboard full of photo books, especially the ones when my children Minne (17) and Pippa (12) were little.



What’s souvenir did you bring back from your last trip?
Two months ago I brought back a tea cup of the STORY Hotel in Stockholm designed by Agneta Livijn. It’s a very nice, bohemian chic hotel in the best neighborhood of Stockholm.



What’s your greatest indulgence?
On thursdays, I have my ‘flower day’ at Villa Augustus. they ave a colorful variety of flowers available to make bouquets for the hotel lobby and the market cafe.



What is your idea of living hell?
Living without a camera.



What are some of your favorites websites/blogs to visit?
Urban Outfitters; Flickr is awesome! I love photography! Dottie Angel’s blog is my favorite, so inspiring and Tif has HUMOR; Nina’s blog ; Yvestown’s blog and actually the blogs that are listed on the right side on my blog wood & wool stool.


29 responses to “unexpected guests: ingrid jansen.”

  1. Such an awesome post, V! I love what she makes and her home. I wish I could afford to have a stool shipped here. And you included so many pictures..what a feast. I think I will look again later to take it all in.
    Plus, I love the shop name “siisy boy”! and also that she called Lenny Kravitz sexy:) Good stuff.

  2. Love it, Victoria! Well sleuthed, and thanks to Ingrid for allowing us a glimpse into her beautiful home.

  3. discovered ingrid just before xmas .. those stools are wicked .. alas, no shipping to the Last Frontier, australia. Thanks for all the photos of her home. Astonishing. Love this woman.

  4. being the proud owner of ingrid’s lovely stools and a little wooden tree, i can tell you first hand just how beautiful her work is. i so enjoyed reading this interview and seeing all of ingrid’s photos together… what a truly beautiful home that just screams creativity, style and comfort.

    i’m so fortunate to have got to know ingrid over the past year, her crocheting talents have encouraged me to take a risk with Mr Hook and my yarn stash… and am positively blushing that she should mention me :)

    happy new year to you Victoria… i have a feeling 2010 is going to be good to you :)

  5. tif – i believe the bowl of yarn with the project started is YOUR bench! :) and i think you are the one who may have first introduced me to ingrid’s fab stools. thanks so much! and, i have a feeling this is going to be a great year for you and your beautiful blog, too. i hope it’s good to all of us. we could all use it! :) xo

  6. Oh, I love her stools so much! So perfect, and what a great post, it felt like she was having a lovely chat with us all! I agree with Liane, ‘Sissy Boy Homeland’ is one of the best names for a shop I’ve heard in awhile!

  7. I adore this interview. I really appreciate all the links. Seeing all the places and things really is like a window into Ingrid’s life.

  8. Oh, very funny. I remember my grandmother (Iam 66) crocheting (?is it the good word) little squares of all colors to make . Nice house I think. It’s a pleasure to discover that young women are so creatives with old technics.

  9. Those handmade stools coverings are gorgeous, I love the different patterns and the colors. Using reclaimed wood furniture can also be stunning, a little bit of creativity as shown here. What an inspiration, I love it.

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