In 2003 Dré and Sylvia caught their eye on an old farm in the heart of the South Limburg in the village of Einighausen. The farm – complete with stables, barn and an old bakehouse – dates from 1870, with an extension of the house from 1934. A 12.5-year renovation followed, in which they restored the entire interior and exterior of the house to its original state with their own hands. All this by using old building materials including clay plaster and antique floor tiles. The decor with flea markets finds during their trips to Scandinavia, completes the picture. After they restored the living area and the courtyard to their former glory however, the hunger for renovation was not yet satisfied. For example, the old cowshed was renovated to serve as a studio for Sylvia’s visual work. The pigsties changed into a wood workshop for Dré. And the former horse stable and hayloft was recently transformed into a real grandmother’s grocery store. Since 2020 they have been sharing their passion for bygone times under the name “Brukt & Ateljee” by selling authentic brocante items in a museum setting.
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