Successfully bringing the clients’ vision to life, especially during their absence, is no easy feat. However, Dutch Quarter by Sally Caroline is proof that this approach is not only feasible but also effective. The designer thoughtfully crafts Dutch Quarter to reflect the unique personalities of its inhabitants by actively listening and responding to their needs, resulting in a curated space that exudes vibrancy and tranquillity.
Sally Caroline embraced the ambitious challenge of crafting a residence with distinct character while the owners were abroad. The design is one that invites individuals on a captivating journey within, seamlessly transitioning between spaces, eras and the personalities inhabiting them. The carefully curated selections and their harmonious arrangement tell a story of adventure, curiosity and the joy found in unexpected moments. The historical ambiance of Dutch Quarter can be felt throughout, inspiring the inclusion of vintage pieces that adorn every facet of its interior.
Softening the edges of the home are veils of soft linen that delicately diffuse incoming light to provide both privacy and illumination. While these drapes serve to control the amount of light that enters the interior, the lightness of the base palette binds the spaces and bridges the historical context of the home with contemporary features. “It [the home] feels calm but colourful,” says the owners. “We came home [after being overseas] to find each room so beautifully put together – and a few little surprises that our girls loved.” Spanning multiple levels, a natural division emerged between retreat rooms and communal gathering spots – a concept echoed in the strategic use of colour throughout these areas.
Each space fosters connections with its occupants, an important aspect within the family dynamic as it facilitates the strengthening of bonds between individuals and the home. “There are so many unique pieces here, and I love how it has all been put together,” says the owners. “It feels like a luxury hotel but a lot like home. It feels like us; we all love living here, and the process was a delight.” Reflecting the owners’ global wanderings, the curated pieces originate from various international destinations, embodying a shared fascination that has compelled the owners on their journeys over the years.
Each new addition to Dutch Quarter seamlessly blends in with the existing treasures, ensuring a cohesive and harmonious ambiance. Sally Caroline beautifully creates a tranquil foundation for the owners and their growing family.