A Botanical, Colorful with Personality Small/Cool Space

Name: Lucía Gogenola

Instagram: @proyectopasillodeco

Size: 900 sq ft

Home type: Apartment

Location: Rosario, Argentina

Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Household: My partner, Agustin, and our two cats, Olivia and Lupita (the real owners of the flat)

Have any design professionals worked on this space: No

Describe your space:

The apartment where we live today is over 60 years old and was the home of my grandparents. When we moved in with my boyfriend, the biggest challenge was trying to give it our imprint to feel that we were at home. And even if I keep the memories of my family, make it my own space. For that we got to work, we painted everything white and little by little we filled it with the things we liked. Today is certainly our place in the world. Many of the furniture are inherited and we restore them with our hands, that gives it a unique and special touch that combines its history with our present.

Did you DIY anything in your space? And, if so, what's your favorite DIY?

Almost everything around us is DIY. We painted the front door yellow and added moldings to give it personality, we also created many of the furniture and recycled others. We plotted the closet doors and painted several colorful murals. We also paint windows, blinds and air conditioners to make them look like new. But the most radical change was the kitchen remodel. We used only paint and today it looks like new! The best thing is that it took us only four days and a minimum budget. This great change motivated us to continue painting the rest of our flat and transform our spaces with color.

How do you make your small space work for you and feel bigger than it really is?

The wooden table that you see in the kitchen helps us to add support space on the counter that is quite small. The good thing is that you can move it and place it on the sink when you use the oven and this continue to gain space. Also the hanging lamps in our bedroom help us free up space on the night tables. We have shelves throughout the department, air space is essential when optimizing storage places. We restored two drawers from the old wardrobes, painted them and added wheels to use them under the work tables to store papers.

How does your home reflect you?

The colors of my apartment reflect my personality, I love plants and feeling in contact with nature. I have a special love for yellow, it transmits joy, happiness, light, optimism, warmth and good energy, and I believe that all of this is what I want my home to transmit. I am one of those who believe in the power of objects with history and in giving what surrounds us a second chance. I firmly believe that it is not necessary to spend a fortune to live in the apartment we dream of and that it is worth making changes to achieve its best version.