An Apartment in Budapest Blending Classic and Contemporary

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Szilvia’s apartment blends original architectural detail with modern style. (Image credit: Submitted by Szilvia)

Name: Szilvia
Location: Budapest, Hungary

I would like to show you my very first “project”. I designed every inch of the interior of this flat without professional assistance. I usually read blogs, interior design magazines and search for ideas on Pinterest. As a Hungarian lawyer and not an interior designer I am very proud of it!

The apartment is located in a classical building in downtown Budapest, 7th district. After a massive renovation including the moving of the walls, total renewal of heating, plumbing and electricity, the 92 square meter/990 square foot flat consists of two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with bathtub and one with a shower) and a living room with an American style kitchen. I wanted to create a mixture of old and new, with a hint of the 1900s with the architectural details – like the moldings – and a fresh look with the furniture when I mixed antique and IKEA.

My absolute favorite is the antique commode, the renovated turquoise armchair and the doors, they are all original! I had Hungarian artists’ creations printed on canvas, they look like real paintings. Some of the chandeliers came from the attic of my parents.

Thanks, Szilvia!

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