An Architect's London Apartment Designed on a Dime

An Architect's London Apartment Designed on a Dime

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Adrienne Breaux
Dec 12, 2016

Name: Silvia
Location: London
Size: 710 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 1 year

For years, Silvia worked with a top minimalist-leaning Italian architect, so when she and her boyfriend bought this two-bedroom apartment in North London a year ago, she knew she "wanted to create a minimal and calm interior, without being too cold." An architect herself, Silvia's self-proclaimed passion for interior design and calm minimal interior spaces guided the design that makes this home chic in a contemporary, fashionably simple way; it's definitively anything but cold.

Silvia writes: "The flat has been decorated and styled on a low budget by us, with a Nordic and Italian touch, using a few simple but iconic pieces of furniture, keeping it affordable and with a calm and relaxing colour palette."

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Minimal Scandi Italian

Inspiration: Interior design magazines (Italian and independent ones mostly), Interior Design Blogs, Furniture Catalogues

Favorite Element: The Loop Hay Stand in the bedroom is both stylish and useful with the limited space available.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping our expectations realistic with our low budget. Both of us being architects is an everyday challenge; in the perfect world, we would have redesigned the whole layout, but the real challenge was to make the best of what we had.

What Friends Say: It's a very bright interior! They all love the size of the irregular living room — quite big for London standards.

Biggest Embarrassment: The Toio Lamp was a present from my family in Italy and they filled every inch of spare space with Italian food and wine.

The result was that the parcel was so heavy that the delivery guy couldn't lift it by himself and wanted to know what kind of lamp could be so heavy!!!

Proudest DIY: The there pictures on the living room wall are abstract photos I took from places I love (Barcelona, London and Ireland) printed on metal panels and framed by myself. Lots of friends wanted a copy of it.

Biggest Indulgence: My sewing space: this is the place where I hide myself some Sunday afternoons to get lost on this fun and vintage hobby I discovered a few years ago.

Best Advice: I'm very impatient and impulsive, but I learned that a house is a place that needs to grow with yourself. Don't try and get everything done straight away but just take one step at a time...

Dream Sources: Flos, Vitra, Hay, Muuto, Carl Hansen


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PAINT & COLORS
Dulux White paint

ENTRY
Dots hangers - Muuto
Wall Stickers - H2U Design & Art
Stripe Rug - Cargo Milano

LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM
Besta TV Stand - IKEA
Mayne Sofa Bed - MADE.COM
Pillow Covers - Custom Made
Toio Lamp - Flos
Jessie Bookcase - Habitat
Kenstal Coffe Table - Habitat
Lamp - Louis Poulsen
Extendable dining Table - BoConcept
Panton chair - Vitra
Three wall art - Metal prints custom made
London Print - Laura Jordan

STUDIO
Profil Shelf - E15
Desk Lamp - Anglepoise
Micke Desk - IKEA

BEDROOM
Storage double bed - DWELL
Loop Stand Hanger - HAY
Pax Wardrobe - IKEA
Tray Table - HAY
Eclisse Lamp - Artemide
Malm Chest of Drawers - IKEA

Thanks, Silvia!


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