Suzanne lives with her husband, two sons, and two cats in Maarssen, a small village in the Netherlands.She talks about how it was while moving into their current home, “When we bought our house it was in a very bad shape and there was a lot to be done.
It was hard in the beginning but it gave us also a lot of possibilities. We both had our own ideas about styling and decoration regarding the house, but we both
wanted to return as many original details in the house as possible. The last owners had modernised the house but with no regard to the original details. We tried to restore its original identity.
We both love old and original things. Because my husband is a carpenter and very handy with all things concerning building houses, we both dared to strip the house and rebuild it from the inside out. I have a lot of ideas but not all my ideas are very practical. Together we made the house as it is today.”
Suzanne believes in salvage and re-purposing. Besides the excitement in finding old treasures, she believes in the value of these objects and the stories they tell. These objects made and used by other people have their personal histories.
She says, “When I see a special colour or shape, I intuitively feel it’s a treasure. Besides the esthetics of the object is functionality important to me.” Apart from working as an interior designer for a child care organization, Pardijs also works as an interior stylist for interior magazines, collaborating with Lucie Beck, a photographer.
Her love for the personal stories attached to objects and places allows her to create unique set ups for every photo shoot. Along with Art Designer, Anouk Meelhuysen she is also designing patterns for a brand new series of posters and wallpaper design.
Of this project she says, “For us, the most important thing is, that the designs tell a story. We try to capture the essence: The love for an animal or the love for a particular shape. We are trying to make pearls. And as in nature, it takes time, love and attention. So each of them can tell a story of their own. I believe that the things we use daily are worth more of our time and attention. They give our home personality, warmth and love. In that way I prefer less but beautiful than more and a lot.”
You can look at your interior as a take away meal or you can cook your own meal. The last is healthier and gives you more satisfaction.
In the same way you gain more satisfaction in your home when you collect the ingredients yourself. Suzanne chooses to work with associates who are also friends, because of the immense synergies and also the possibilities of learning from each other.
By, CROW Clothing