Illustrating Dutch Interiors: Saar Manche

Something you didn’t know about me. I have been an amateur illustrator my whole life. I drew spidery sketches of fashionable ladies from the moment I could hold a pen, i filled pads with drawings of detailed faces with large eyes and long flowing hair well into my teens and as I developed an interest in interiors I would draw intricately furnished rooms (my very kind mother-in-law has one framed in her study to this date). I even dabbled with a career in book illustration and went as far as getting portfolio together once I left university, but alas life got in the way – i got work writing and assisting for some of my dream interior magazines, I started a blog and moved to London…

So for this reason illustrators have always held a special place in my heart. I actually used to run a regular segment on the blog a few years ago to showcase my favourites. Today I wanted to share the work of Dutch illustrator Saar Manche who captures domestic life with her family in her beautiful home in The Hague using a subdued colour palette.


Saar’s interiors are austere but warm and show quiet everyday moments at home – sweet still-lifes of rooms during breakfast, sunny window ledges with terracotta potted plants, an array of simple breakfast items and large house plants against backdrops of pale pink and moss green. When I was younger I would make up the interiors that I drew – but since then I’ve learnt that reality has more poetry, the nuances and details of real life.

I love her playful use of perspective – tableware lies flat on a table, shoes appear to float on the ground and tables and rugs act as abstract canvases for objects. Saar also has the most beautiful Instagram and blog so you can see where her interior inspiration comes from. You can buy Saar’s prints online at Pantoufle, Tea and Kate and Atelier Du Petit Parc.

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

4 Comments on Illustrating Dutch Interiors: Saar Manche

  1. Lorraine
    Thursday, June 29th, 2017 08:13 at 8:13 am (5 months ago)

    These are beautiful illustrations! I agree, the play on perspective brings something really special and whimsical to them

  2. Rohini Wahi
    Thursday, June 29th, 2017 11:42 at 11:42 am (5 months ago)

    Hi Lorraine! I also love how there are no rules to art and sometimes you just need to be reminded that anything goes!

  3. Anna Tonkin - Green & Mustard Interiors
    Saturday, July 15th, 2017 21:37 at 9:37 pm (4 months ago)

    Thank you for sharing Saar Manche – the illustrations are lovely! The colours are so delicate and subtle, they’d look beautiful framed and on display in my hallway.

  4. Keuken
    Sunday, October 15th, 2017 21:58 at 9:58 pm (1 month ago)

    Something about the illustrations makes me feel so happy! I love the colours and am thinking about repainting my bedroom now 🙂

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