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25-05-2022

In the suborn of Amsterdam

The interior philosophy of Derkan Atakan and John ter Riet

Classic modern with a funky twist

Derkan Atakan and John ter Riet live in the quit suburbs pf Amsterdam, the Netherlands together with their dog Tarkan. The couple met over 11 years ago and have since renovated and moved into their dream home.

The couple have founded Stoned Amsterdam, a brand that designs simple yet elegant interior accessories out of natural stone. The company was founded in 2014 and flourished from their passion for design and interior, and they believed that marble has an interesting balance between being familiar, yet exclusive. They now have their own workshop in their home neighborhood and are embellishing homes all over the world with their designs.

"Yup, we are high on our own supply"

In their beautiful bright living room, you find natural tones and materials, where especially wood and marble play a key role enhancing the magnificence of classical architecture with sculptured gracefulness. 

“Being marble lovers we used a lot of different types of marble throughout our home. Some are custom made some are our own Stoned Amsterdam designs”

Do you have the same style in all your rooms, or do you prefer a more various style throughout the house?

"Downstairs is bright and light, upstairs is much darker with deep blue walls and black doors. It was our idea of day and night and the function these areas have. Upstairs we sleep and in our movie room we watch films for example. There is no need for those spaces to be bright, we thought at first. However, we must admit that upstairs has got a bit too romantic in style for our taste. We absolutely love the way our home looks downstairs, we would not change a thing"

The couple explains that their taste has grown together through the years, and that their preferences have come to balance each other in a amusing and striking way. Johan has a weak spot for Scandinavian design, where Derkan always want more eye-catching elements that has the power to stand on their own. 

In their home, you can find two Square 1, one in Old Pink and one in Brass finish. 

"Our home already has some brass and pink elements. We always like something colorful but we choose wisely. We also love the Ice Yellow Square 1, but the Brass and Pink ones just fit our home perfectly."

After lunch, we enjoyed sage tea in the pretty gorgeous outdoor seating area shaded by huge trees and fragrant flowers, and shopped in the small stores filled with preserved jars of food, knitted hats and bags, jewelry and other trinkets and souvenirs. These stores are a part of Beit Khairat Souf’s Women’s Community Project created to help women financially support themselves.

Table Of Content

  • Downtown Amman: Wa­sat Al-Balad
  • The Ancient Roman City of Jerash
  • Amman Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel
  • Return after a long week of memories

The Ancient Roman City of Jerash

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One of the best things to do in Jordan is to visit the ancient city of Jerash, considered one of the best-preserved Roman-era cities in the world. Actually, Alexander the Great originally founded Jerash (or Gerasa) as a Greek City in the 4th Century BC.

Unlike other ancient Roman cities, you’ll see little restoration; buildings are as it was during the Roman days (or how it has crumbled since). Contemplate that as you walk around exploring what’s left of cultural centers like temples, theaters, and hippodromes. White Australia has such a short, colonized history that you wouldn’t find a building under 200 years old.

You can still see the Greek inscriptions in the crumbling remains of the façade that once faced the city. About three hundred years later, the Romans took control where it grew to be one of the most impressive Roman cities to ever exist.

Amman Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting such a nice hotel to be part of a tour. Kempinski Hotel was in a great location in Amman’s central business district, the service was outstanding, and the rooms were very comfortable with the biggest and best pillows I’ve ever had. The bathroom towels were gigantic and just as luxurious as the fluffy robe. I couldn’t have wished for a more comfortable bed for the 13 hour sleep I had on my first evening - after 30 hours without it.

Spending 15 minutes each day in the complimentary steam and sauna room in the Spa helped me recover from jet lag. The buffet breakfast and dinners were also delicious and full of Jordanian food. Hotel breakfast and dinner buffets are included in the Globus tour. There are local restaurants within walking distance to the hotel if you want to eat out. You will love having 5 Star accommodation at affordable prices on your Escape by Globus tours.

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Return After A Long Week Of Memories

What you do on this final day of your Jordan tour depends on what time you are flying out. Globus will transfer you directly to Amman airport from the Movenpick Resort and Spa.

Hot Tip: My flight was early morning, so I left the resort about 10pm. Had I known how great the Dead Sea Resort and Spa was, I would have delayed my flight until the following day and stayed an extra night and morning.