The Netherlands-based firm Unknown Architects renovated this house and office in Leiden. The modest exterior features brick and large windows. While different in style, the interior is also restrained, going for a natural look with bamboo, bleached walnut wood, and white clay plaster. Paired with the built-in furniture, the minimalist palette gives the home a sense of serenity.

Photography by Raoul Kramer

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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