Located in Haarlem, a small town west of Amsterdam (it’s a 15-minute train away), the whimsically named Hello I’m Local hostel has 12 rooms done up in Dutch-only design, a combination of vintage mixed with newer pieces. Owner Saskia Hurd takes the concept of localism to a new level (even the reading material is Dutch, including vintage magazines from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s). Join us for a tour.
Above: In the Holstein Friesian Room, a pair of overhead reading lights suspended above the bed have shades made from tin cans.
Above: A lighting fixture made from traditional Dutch wooden shoes illuminates the room.
Above: In the VOC Room, named for the mapmakers of the Dutch East-India Company, a collection of vintage maps affixed to the wall creates an instant headboard effect.
Above: A tin biscuit box nailed to the wall makes for an offhand light fixture.
Above: Church chairs serve as bedside tables; (for sourcing ideas, go to Design Sleuth: Church Chairs in the Dining Room).
Above: The Ondergeschoven Kindje Room is named for the traditional Dutch cupboard bed.
Above: A vintage suitcase from the glory days of air travel serves as a side table.
Above: The Johannes Enschede Room is named for one of the most important printing houses in Haarlem; hence the graphic decor.
Above: Hardware store lights suspended above the bed serve as reading lamps.