A 527-Square-Foot Condo Was Decorated Beautifully on a Budget

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Living room with white cabinet and television on easel

Name: Adrienn Sike
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Type of home: Condo
Size: 527 Square Feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: DIY, plant lover, Scandinavian with a hint of mid-century vibe.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I designed my home with a very limited budget. The space is very small, too, which has many challenges. I moved here from a flat I rented for 10 years and used all my budget for the purchase, so I had to be very creative: I wanted stylish, cheap, and Feng Shui-compliant. All contradictory goals! My father is a DIY guy—we designed many key elements together, like the TV stand, dining table, the white cabinets with the wooden door handles, coffee table, and many more pieces not included in the photos.

Is your identity reflected in your home? Yes, my home is my oasis. I wanted to include so much more: a bar cart, many more plants, gallery wall, etc…. but I realized with such a small square footage, you have to be more modest.

My bathroom is the only room I dislike—it reflects the previous owner’s taste, not mine.

What is your favorite room and why? My living room. I have a very nice view and unlimited sunshine. When I sip my coffee in the morning, I watch my plants and feel my father’s love even when he is not there by looking at the furniture he created.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Some Etsy prints for the blank space above the couch, which I still have to put up.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Give yourself time! If you renovate, it’s better to keep simple the permanent items (like don’t put orange tiles in your tiny bathroom), and play around with the changeable items.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.