An Interiors Pro Shares Tips for Creating an Urban Oasis

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Life is hectic. It can be even more overwhelming if you live in a vibrant, bustling urban area. Interior designer Séverine Piller and her boyfriend Gianfranco share this Milan apartment, and she wanted to create a calming, minimal retreat.

Name: Séverine Piller and Gianfranco
Location: Milan, Italy
Size: 1400 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months


Séverine‘s inspirations, advice and more on how she created an urban oasis she shares with her boyfriend:

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Our Style: Parisian chic

Inspiration: Scandinavia meets Morocco, California Cool, Black and White

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Favorite Element: The light! I also love the graphic touch that the black door frames and sockets bring to the flat.

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Biggest Challenge: The kitchen. As it is also the entry of the apartment, it needed to be functional and practical but still give a feeling of being spacious and inviting. I think we achieved this by designing this bar that also sort of functions as a sideboard while leaving the kitchen as open as possible.

What Friends Say: Everyone tells us they feel like they are on holiday at our place (which is exactly what I wanted to achieve!). It makes me feel great when they say they don’t want to leave because they feel so at home at our place…

Biggest Embarrassment: We were running behind with the renovations and already had friends booked for a weekend. When they arrived, we had no doors inside the apartment, which sort of got tricky when using the bathrooms!

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Proudest DIY: The hat rack in our dining area. Find how-to instructions on my blog, Simple & Chic. (original tutorial is from A Pair & a Spare.)

Biggest Indulgence: Our custom-made angle sofa and the black granite countertop in the kitchen.

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Best Advice: Go with neutrals on larger pieces of furniture (and kitchen) and then add pops of colors with paint, textiles, art and decoration.

Dream Sources: LA Flea Market, Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen, ABC Carpet and Home in NY.


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