Ramiro's Colorful, Energetic Space
Name: Ramiro Suarez
Size: 540 square feet
Home type: Apartment
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
What you're looking at:Colors, textures, nature... parts of my world. This is a quick view of the dining room, where we usually have breakfast and our three cats often sleep. I made that shelf by myself after completing a carpentry course. As you will see, I love recycling and reusing old stuff. (Image credit: Ramiro Suarez)
Colors, textures, nature... parts of my world. This is a quick view of the dining room, where we usually have breakfast and our three cats often sleep. I made that shelf by myself after completing a carpentry course. As you will see, I love recycling and reusing old stuff.
Sometimes we are afraid of adding colour to the kitchen furniture. Loved how the chalk painting shows here, with the combination of light blue and grey, adding to the stencil I used for the kitchen floor (also with chalk painting).
Years lived in: 6 years, owned
Have any design professionals worked on this space? Only me!
Do you currently live in your Small/Cool space full-time? Yes
Describe your space:
It is an apartment that best reflects my personality: energetic, colorful, fun, full of life and good vibes. I think that the functionality of each space and the combination of colors, textures, and plants make it the small and coolest place. I love it because it represents me a lot and also because it reflects that biophilic design style that I look for. You kind of have the jungle in your house, with the plants, the wicker, the hammock, and the cats.
Did you DIY anything in your space? And, if so, what's your favorite DIY?
I did it entirely by myself. My favorite DIY is to reuse and recycle, just giving a second life to those spaces, furniture, and objects that were thought to be thrown away or were not taken into account. For example, that old carpet that was painted with chalk painting or the boring wenge-colored melamine bookcase that came to life. I also like to combine colors to achieve beautiful contrasts and get out of those boring or monotone designs that are typical of a classic or Nordic style.
How do you make your small space work for you and feel bigger than it really is?
I like to think about the personality of a room, but at the same time, each one is a part of a whole that tells a story, from the main door to the balcony. The apartment is small, but as you can see in the living/dining room, that zoning is very important. Design can be combined with functionality. Chalk painting on furniture and objects was very important. You can see it in the kitchen furniture and the bookshelf. Also in the stencil I used to paint the kitchen floor. I bought the corner chair and the bed with storage drawers for the bedroom.
How does your home reflect you?
It reflects my energy, the variety of shapes and textures, the fun color palette, and the bond with nature. They are constitutive elements of my identity.