A peek outside with the 'Gooise Mannen'...
With Stoned Amsterdam, their interior brand for marble accessories, the 'Gooi Men' are taking the interior design world by storm. The name contains a reference to Amsterdam, where John ter Riet and Derkan Atakan have lived with pleasure for many years. The two have since exchanged the big city for a Manor House in Bussum, including a beautiful garden where the couple regularly organizes grand dinners.
They could hardly imagine ever leaving Amsterdam. Yet John and Derkan - creators of the @gooisemannen Instagram account - took the plunge a year ago. The 'entrepreneurs, interior lovers and film freaks' instantly fell in love with a 1902 Manor House in Bussum. Derkan wanted a property on the Amsterdam canal and John wanted a farmhouse outside the city. This house is the middle of our wishes, haha!' A tough but short renovation followed. Now the two of them live in the Gooi region, only 20 minutes from amsterdam, with great pleasure. When they're not working on Stoned Amsterdam, their exclusive brand for marble accessories, they relax in their film room (furnished with 10,000 DVDs and Blurays) or receive friends in their eye-catching garden.
Amsterdam apple tree
'When we bought the house there was quite a bit of overdue maintenance to the house and garden,' the couple says. The garden was dark, the bushes wild and the trees untended. But we definitely saw the potential!' In the end, they left the best trees standing, including a fig and a beautiful holly. From their small Amsterdam garden, John and Derkan took their apple tree. This was given a new, prominent spot in the sun. 'The tree is doing like never before! It has never had so many apples.' John and Derkan had one goal: to create enough places in the garden to spend time with family and friends or just relax as a couple. 'In our opinion, we found the right proportion.'