Lionel always dreamed of living in an old house with character, and bought this property even though it was huge for himself alone. A year later, he met Ingrid and they began renovating it. They DIYed everything, from painting furniture to a full gut kitchen renovation.
Lionel shares his time between the family business and his passion for food and cooking. When he started his blog, he reviewed inexpensive restaurants. Now he shares cooking and travel tips on it and Instagram too. Ingrid is a lawyer currently returning to work after her maternity leave.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Vintage and serene traditional
Inspiration: Pinterest, flea markets
Favorite Element: For Lionel it's the kitchen that he renovated, and for Ingrid it's the terrace and her plant collection.
Biggest Challenge: The patience required to renovate the house at a slow pace, as time and budget allow.
What Friends Say: They love the cozy feel the house has at night, with the dimmed lights filtered by fabric lampshades.
Biggest Embarrassment: We're constantly apologizing for the rooms that are still in the works.
Proudest DIY: It has to be the kitchen; we managed to make it bigger and rethink the floor plan to suit our needs.
Biggest Indulgence: The Caesarstone countertop and professional range oven.
Best Advice: Take your time to assess your needs, keep an eye out for the best prices, and wait for the right pieces to appear.
Dream Sources: We'd love to mix in some modern pieces from West Elm.
PAINT & COLORS
Sherwin Williams — White
Chandelier — Original to the house
Sofa and rocking chair — Bought at an auction sale by Lionel's mother
Pendulum clock — Belonged to Lionel's grandfather
Armoire — Bought at an auction sale
Planter — Handmade by Ingrid
Vintage table — Refinished by Ingrid
Chairs — Mercadolibre
Shelving unit — Built by Lionel
Ceramic mugs — Handmade by Ingrid
Dresser — Refinished by Ingrid
Cradle — Pasion Chic
Wardrobe, mirror and trunk — Flea market finds
Ceramic planters — Handmade by Ingrid
Clay oven — Built by Lionel