Hedda Pier lives in a former dairy shop in Sumatrastraat

Who says building work is not for girls?

For many people the thought of renovation work sends shivers down their spine. Rogue builders, woodworm, bankruptcy and marital meltdown spring to mind. Not so for interior designer Hedda Pier. Last summer she and her husband bought the house next door to the Sherlock Holmes pub on the Sumatrastraat. ‘This street was one of the first to be built in the Archipel in 1869,’ Hedda explains. ‘There is a lot of history here.’ Once the local dairy shop, the property more recently housed a dermatology practice. ‘It was unloved and had small dark rooms, but it was structurally sound. It had potential,’ she says. ‘I knew I could make this into a perfect family home.’

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Hedda’s website: www.sausdesign.com