A Graphic Designer’s Tiny Buenos Aires Apartment
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Name: Lucas Ortega Navarro
Location: Vicente Lopez — Buenos Aires, Argentina
Size: 495 square feet
Years lived in: Rented, 1 year
After living in a much bigger place (where he never felt at ease), Lucas finally found his home a year ago in this one bedroom apartment over an avenue in the Vicente Lopez neighborhood. The furniture that seemed to be floating all over his old apartment now felt at home in this much cozier place.
Lucas works as a graphic designer for a multinational company and travels very often. So, his home is filled with playful travel souvenirs that he displays all over his house. He has a collection of snow globes, a million pencils that he uses for his illustrations, framed posters and a lot of candles (that make the apartment smell great all-year-round).
His love for bright colors and strong graphics is reflected in his small home, as well. He decided to theme each room after one color, for a more cohesive feel. Though he claims not to be the most meticulous DIYer, he managed to recycle family heirlooms, like his childhood desk that he transformed into a coffee table. He also transformed a pair of plain nightstands into the inspiration for his bedroom’s color scheme. Lucas has created a curated collection of inherited furniture, flea market finds and items from around the world.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: It’s a bit of modern with Scandinavian and vintage elements, but above everything it’s colorful and playful. It covers pretty much everything, but I like to mix things I like and feel that represent me.
Inspiration: Pinterest and a lot of window shopping when I travel.
Favorite Element: I have two: The white piece of furniture in the bedroom that belonged to my grandfather, which I restored and refinished. The other one is my coffee table. Love both, can’t decide.
Biggest Challenge: How to have my dream house without spending a million dollars on the way. I can proudly say I made it!
What Friends Say: “It looks like Pinterest exploded here!” They really like my home as a reflection of my personality, and that’s what I love about it. I also get a lot of compliments for the mix of scents that fill my apartment.
Biggest Embarrassment: I don’t have the precision required to hang art on the walls; I have failed so many times calculating where to drill! I’m embarrassed by the multiple holes on the walls hidden behind the pieces of art and mirrors.
Proudest DIY: My coffee table. It was my childhood desk at my parents’ house, that my father made for me from scratch. Then, when I grew up I transformed it into a coffee table for my first apartment. That way I can remember my father, and of course it’s super cute and functional to the house.
Biggest Indulgence: All my plants and pillows.
Best Advice: “Have fun with your home!” “Forget about trends, mix it up!” “Make your home a place that makes you smile when you get there.”
Dream Sources: Pretty much everything at Anthropologie and all the Buenos Aires’ flea markets.
Explore This Style:
PAINT & COLORS:
Alba — White
Couch — Arandanno
TV console — Mercadolibre, painted by Lucas
Chest — Flea market find
Coffee table — Recycled by him
Gold framed mirrors — Flea market finds
Accent chair — Damona
Planter — Lirata
Candles — Anthropologie and Voluspa
Table — Painted by a friend
Chairs — Mercadolibre
Large oil canvas — Painted by Lucas
String art — Lirata
Ceiling light — Falabella
Brass rabbit — Anthropologie
Headboard — Made by a friend
Bedside tables — Lirata
Macrame pendant light — Vintage, made by his mother
Framed posters — Urban Outfitters
Teacups — Anthropologie
Glass jars — Falabella
Chicken-shaped bag dispenser — Pla!
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