Be inspired by a coastal house in Holland

Country Homes and Interiors takes a tour around this East Coast style house. Click through our photo gallery for ways to create this modern country look. For more house tours and decorating ideas, go to

The pretty house is typically Dutch in style and dates from 1902.

1/10 Exterior

house with white wall and garden

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

2/10 Verandah

house with garden area

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

This extra outdoor space acts as an additional dining room in the summer and allows the family to eat in a sheltered space and enjoy the garden.

similar from The Travelling Souk
Wicker chairs
similar from Oka
Seat cushions
similar from John Lewis
Fisherman’s lamp
similar from Garden Trading
similar from The Beach Hut

3/10 Shed

green shed

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

The garden shed looks so pretty with its tiled roof, dark green painted wood and cottage style window. Accessories, such as the wicker wreath, sign and traditional clogs, are perfect finishing touches.

similar from National Trust Garden Sheds

4/10 Kitchen

kitchen with white cabinets

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

White Shaker-style units are teamed them with black granite worktops and kick boards for a smart country look. Rustic accessories, such as a three-legged stool and distressed table, accentuate the country feel.

similar from John Lewis of Hungerford
similar from Eastburn Country Furniture
Anneke Dekkers

5/10 Living room

living room with wooden flooring and white and grey sofa set

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Striped sofas and a wooden floor create a classic East Coast look. Starry throw and driftwood accessories lend a coastal feel. The back fireplace is an English antique and creates an eyecatching focal point.

Sofa, chairs
similar from Sofas and Stuff
Star throw
similar from Bronte
similar from John Lewis

6/10 Dining room

dining room with white wall and wooden dining table and cupboard

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

French windows make the most of the view onto the garden. The East Coast theme is continued with white loose covered dining chairs, a leather armchair and a Shaker-style cupboard.

Dining table
similar from John Lewis
similar from Maison
Leather chair
similar from Laura Ashley
similar from French Mirror Company

7/10 Utility room

utility room with white cabinets

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Neat white painted units and shelves provide plenty of storage. A cushioned windowseat is the spot for a rest.

similar from Not on the High Street
Star blanket
similar from Concept East Coast

8/10 Main bedroom

bedroom with white wall and window with blue curtain

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Blue/grey checks and stripes create a casual coastal feel. The bedroom furniture is kept simple with a black wrought iron bed and bedside tables.

similar from Feather & Black
Check duvet cover
similar from Peacock Blue
similar from Coordonné at Wallpaperking

9/10 Children’s bedroom

kids bedroom with blue and white strip wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

A jolly scheme is created in this children's bedroom with a mixture of stripes, patchwork and bold red. Nautical accessories complete the look.

Patchwork quilt
similar from Coast & Country Interiors
similar from Fabrics & Papers
Nautical accessories
similar from The Beach Hut

10/10 Bathroom

bathroom with white wall and white bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

White tongue and groove adds to the coastal feel and a roll-top bath with telephone-style mixer taps makes an elegant focal point.

similar from Albion Bath Company
similar from The Beach Hut

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.