A former spice warehouse built in 1636 might not be the first thing you picture when you think of a family home. But, located on an almost-too-beautiful-to-be-real tree-lined street in Amsterdam, in a neighborhood where everyone knows each other and canals lay just outside of the front door, that's exactly what it is for Manon Hanssen — a freelance journalist, life coach, energetic healer and founder of Naramatisho, a Kenyan handicraft label — her husband Michel, their son Micah and thei...

A former spice warehouse built in 1636 might not be the first thing you picture when you think of a family home. But, located on an almost-too-beautiful-to-be-real tree-lined street in Amsterdam, in a neighborhood where everyone knows each other and canals lay just outside of the front door, that's exactly what it is for Manon Hanssen — a freelance journalist, life coach, energetic healer and founder of Naramatisho, a Kenyan handicraft label — her husband Michel, their son Micah and thei...

A former spice warehouse built in 1636 might not be the first thing you picture when you think of a family home. But, located on an almost-too-beautiful-to-be-real tree-lined street in Amsterdam, in a neighborhood where everyone knows each other and canals lay just outside of the front door, that's exactly what it is for Manon Hanssen — a freelance journalist, life coach, energetic healer and founder of Naramatisho, a Kenyan handicraft label — her husband Michel, their son Micah and thei...

A former spice warehouse built in 1636 might not be the first thing you picture when you think of a family home. But, located on an almost-too-beautiful-to-be-real tree-lined street in Amsterdam, in a neighborhood where everyone knows each other and canals lay just outside of the front door, that's exactly what it is for Manon Hanssen — a freelance journalist, life coach, energetic healer and founder of Naramatisho, a Kenyan handicraft label — her husband Michel, their son Micah and thei...

I love the low bed

I love the low bed

Two years ago, a fatigued driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the 1780s Connecticut farmhouse of Haldan and Gina Block. Thankfully nobody was hurt, but the impact rattled the aged foundation supports below a windowed bump-out in what is now the home's library. The brick columns were ultimately fixed, but the accident caused the house to shift just enough to crack the room's old plaster walls. That stroke of bad luck turned good when, upon making repairs, the couple felt ...

Two years ago, a fatigued driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the 1780s Connecticut farmhouse of Haldan and Gina Block. Thankfully nobody was hurt, but the impact rattled the aged foundation supports below a windowed bump-out in what is now the home's library. The brick columns were ultimately fixed, but the accident caused the house to shift just enough to crack the room's old plaster walls. That stroke of bad luck turned good when, upon making repairs, the couple felt ...

The main focal point of the house is a 17 x 17 foot window that looks onto an urban forest. The ever-changing view never ceases to amaze.

The main focal point of the house is a 17 x 17 foot window that looks onto an urban forest. The ever-changing view never ceases to amaze.

The upstairs guest bedroom is a perfect hideaway. Bruce the cat enjoys it, as well.

The upstairs guest bedroom is a perfect hideaway. Bruce the cat enjoys it, as well.

I would love to have a greenhouse with a little table in it to drink my coffee in the morning and read the newspaper in my bathrobe. Add it to the list of things to do when I become independantly wealthy!

I would love to have a greenhouse with a little table in it to drink my coffee in the morning and read the newspaper in my bathrobe. Add it to the list of things to do when I become independantly wealthy!

The staircase is based on a Japanese design. It offers a smart solution because there wasn't enough space for a normal open staircase.

The staircase is based on a Japanese design. It offers a smart solution because there wasn't enough space for a normal open staircase.

The special shape of the steps reduces the size of the staircase without affecting comfort.

The special shape of the steps reduces the size of the staircase without affecting comfort.

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