When I visited Amsterdam last year, I could only imagine what was behind the tall windows fronting many of the grand canal houses. Now, I have a glimpse with the gorgeously decorated interior of Pieter Ary Bakker’s apartment in Vogue Living. Overlooking the Keizersgracht canal, the apartment, like many original canal homes, was built in 1686 for a wealthy Dutch merchant. It has since housed the Royal Dutch Touring Club in the early 20th century and later Slavenburg’s Bank in 1928. Rich with history and architectural detail, it is now a stunning juxtaposition of classical and modern with pieces Bakker had collected over the years ranging from industrial vintage and classic antiques to African ethnic objects. Bakker sought the help of designer Piet Hein Eek and worked with local artisans and talent to create an open centered loft like space with the bedrooms and kitchen placed in far corners. The vast openness keeps scale in check of the oversized furniture and objects and eliminates any feeling of clutter. Bare walls with occasional artwork let the long shadows streaming in create all the artistic interest needed.