other people’s houses: photographs from my new abode…
Posted in interiors, pia's photos, quiet spaces September 16th, 2011 by pia

“camping in the living room”, all photographs in this post by Pia Jane Bijkerk

Do you remember a while ago I talked about Victoria’s exhibition in London, called Other People’s Houses? (click here to read my original post about it). Although I’m months behind I wanted to show you some of the photographs I submitted for the exhibition which you can now view in full, online.

I took these photographs back in April when we had just moved into our new abode, relocating from Amsterdam to Sydney. Of course this new abode is very different to the little green houseboat, and it’s taken quite a while to get used to, but we are slowly settling in, and slowly getting into the swing of life in Sydney. A lot has changed inside the house since I took these images: for one we’re not sleeping on the lounge room floor anymore (as seen in the above photo) and two, all the boxes from Amsterdam have been unpacked.

“peeking through the kitchen window” and “it still wanders”

“memories and boxes” and “hallway of sunlight”

Over time I’ll show you more snippets as I progress in making this house a home, but for now, I hope you like these photographs.  I love – for those who own a copy of my book, My Heart Wanders will already know – creating double exposures, so for this project I chose to combine two or more images within several of the photographs as my heart and thoughts were very much  in two places at the time – Amsterdam and Sydney. So you’ll see some images have soft exposures of the Amsterdam winter combined with ‘real time’ stills of my surrounding interiors.

“the green wall”

“the worlds we create” and “the chair”

For more information about the images and the exhibition, please click here, and if you are interested in purchasing any of the images you can contact Victoria directly, details are here. There are 10 exhibitors in total, so be sure to check out all of their images too – it’s like peeking through people’s windows at night, but all over the world at the same time. Fascinating.

“temporary office”

I realise my posting has slowed dramatically over the past few months. There is much I’d like to share with you, and I hope to be able to catch up over time. Thank you so much for your patience, support and loyality mes chers amis.



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  1. butterfly collector says

    totally and utterly in love with the green wall! Will be painting a canvas in turquoise and green this weekend! Thanks for sharing! Shae xo

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  2. Lisette says

    I have missed your posts so much these past times, but whenever a new one pops up, the visual reward is great!

    September 16th, 2011 | #

  3. Tara Bradford says

    Interesting effect with the superimposed shots. Well done, you! Have missed you and wondered what you’ve been up to…

    September 16th, 2011 | #

  4. Joanna says

    I love that settling in time… So full of possibilities. Hope you enjoy yours.
    (p.s. There’s just something a bit romantic about sleeping on the floor in the lounge!)

    September 16th, 2011 | #

  5. gillian theodosiou says

    Thank you for telling me about Stratis Vogiatzis.

    September 16th, 2011 | #

  6. Belinda says

    What a lovely, inspiring home you have. And you know exactly how to capture it, too. Beautiful.

    Can I ask where you got that fantastic wall hanging in the ‘camping in the living room’ shot?

    September 16th, 2011 | #

  7. Sheep and Peeps Farm says

    love the ‘hallway of sunlight’
    thank you for sharing

    September 16th, 2011 | #

  8. kylie says

    beautiful… beautiful friend

    September 16th, 2011 | #

  9. Kathy VK says

    First word that comes to mind … lush! Definitely agreeing about that green wall and love the layers. Nice to have you back for a boost of juicy inspiration.

    September 16th, 2011 | #

  10. bell says

    oh so lovely to have a Pia fix for the weekend : )Fell better for it !

    September 17th, 2011 | #

  11. Nicola Gillespie says

    We are settling into our new 1920’s home too and I am finding it hard to think with all the dated colours on the walls, I am looking forward to buying about 40 litres of white paint and attacking the walls so I can put up my treasures from travels and make this place feel more like ours. On my bedside table is your new book (a gift for my 40th) and it is a lovely read at the end of a long day unpacking boxes. Happy new home to you too Pia.

    September 17th, 2011 | #

  12. Angy Braine says

    Tis wonderful to have you back. A sabatical from all things (whatever the reason) is always a balanced and necessary thing. Look fwd to checking out the exhibition. I have just purchased MHW and I love it. So do all my lady friends who have “borrowed’ it. 🙂 now I know what to get everyone for Xmas.

    September 17th, 2011 | #

  13. pippi says

    what part of sydney do you call home these days?

    September 18th, 2011 | #

  14. Posie Patchwork says

    You have a beautiful eye, i love these images & the stories behind them, love Posie

    September 18th, 2011 | #

  15. Zoe says

    One day my photographs will reflect my vision of the world the way yours do – just one of the many things to aspire to :o) Lovely to catch a glimpse of your new space.

    September 18th, 2011 | #

  16. marilyn says

    love the way you combine your homes in one image – prachtige werk Pia, I love Holland too – visited 6 times, parents born there and tugs at my heartstrings also.

    September 18th, 2011 | #

  17. Lau de Casalil says

    J’aime j’aime j’aime…. thanks pia, your world is fantasticly inspiring… have a nice SUNday!!

    September 18th, 2011 | #

  18. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures says

    WOW what a gorgeous house, you are my style icon!!!

    September 18th, 2011 | #

  19. Linda says

    your new blog post + seeing the sheepskins on the chairs, have been a treat today, hi from Seattle + thank you, all the best, LF

    September 18th, 2011 | #

  20. liz Fazenda says

    Hi Pia,

    Lovely as always, you have been missed!

    liz from Paris

    September 18th, 2011 | #

  21. Darina says

    I love the aesthetic of your blogs and your photography. I’ve been lurking for awhile and finally thought I’d say hi. I look forward to seeing more glimpses into your world. Thanks!

    September 19th, 2011 | #

  22. chasing lightning bugs says

    love your space. it’s all very lovely and bittersweet. i love finding real little treasures in the form of a blog and you are one of them.

    September 19th, 2011 | #

  23. Terrina says

    Hi Pia,

    I’m a busy stay at home mum of two who has to be up at 6.45am to get my 3 year old Isabel ready for school, normally after a very ‘jaggered’ night’s sleep thanks to my one year old Sofie : )
    My coffee and your blog pictures are the perfect calmness to my mornings – before the kids wake and that magical storm begins! Keep up the wonderful work, you are very appreciated : )

    September 19th, 2011 | #

  24. pippi says

    what a nice post Terrina!

    September 20th, 2011 | #

  25. hila says

    I love the simplicty of the spaces here, and the small attention to detail. I could probably only dream of living in such a place.

    I think everyone understands how busy life can get!

    September 21st, 2011 | #

  26. Michelle says

    Love that blue wall – it makes the simple glass vases look lovely!

    September 21st, 2011 | #

  27. Edwina says

    I’ll miss your houseboat too….

    September 21st, 2011 | #

  28. hena tayeb says

    Such lovely details.

    September 22nd, 2011 | #

  29. beauty comma says

    we’ll wait! plus i’m glad to see that i’m not the only one being a slow blogger these days… your new home looks beautiful; i love the floors and the panelled walls. your submission photos are simply gorgeous – you make camping in the living room seem like the perfect way of camping… and the temporary office looks very “you” with the string and the flower!

    September 22nd, 2011 | #

  30. sya says

    I’ve always loved your pictures, they’re so dreamy and beautiful. My husband and I just got back from Amsterdam, we stayed there for a week. And we’re in love! The city is so amazing and the people are the friendliest I’ve met in my travels. I guess I could understand you missing Amsterdam, as I very much do too

    September 23rd, 2011 | #

  31. Ashley at Hither & Thither says

    Hope you are doing well, Pia! Aron and I both send best wishes.
    Beautiful images here.

    September 23rd, 2011 | #

  32. Abigail says

    your images are stunning – i love how subtle the double image effect is. at first, my eye didn’t even register the superimposed scenes. they fit so perfectly – like the way we see a room in our memory.

    September 26th, 2011 | #

  33. Nikole says

    lovely, pia. xo

    September 30th, 2011 | #

  34. Glamorous Glutton says

    I came across some of your photographs on a site where they were compared to an old master painting. These shots are very beautiful and the double exposure give a wonderful ethereal quality, I’m looking forward to seeing more. GG

    October 1st, 2011 | #

  35. lucinda Keller says

    What a beautiful and cozy home! Good for you!

    October 2nd, 2011 | #

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    October 6th, 2011 | #

  37. g. says

    your new abode looks simply lovely and beautiful – just like you, pia. hope you are well. xo.

    October 7th, 2011 | #

  38. Affie says

    I really miss reading about you, Pia! I hope to hear more about your wandering in the new year xo

    November 7th, 2011 | #

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  40. Yolanda Cholmondeley-Smith says

    Never stop loving whatever you do … and share … thank, Pia, for the beauty and joy in the small things xxx

    September 9th, 2012 | #

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