A Sweetly Simple, Minimal Poland Apartment Is Inspired by (and Designed Around) Music

updated Aug 29, 2019
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Name: Wiktor and Natalia
Location: Kraków, Poland
Size: 840 square feet (78 square meters)
Years lived in: 2 years

Kraków lures you in with its abundance of beauty and rich culture, all while delighting you with its hospitality. And as you move into the industrial neighborhood of Zabłocie, a young family has set up their home—creating their own personal mix of music and minimalism in a city of beauty.

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Victor and Natalia’s cozy home is a short stroll to the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art and culinary hot spots in their vibrant neighborhood. In their home, a warm industrial vibe blends with mid-century aesthetics, all underlined by a respect for minimal living…and all done on a very tight budget.

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The home itself revolves around music. Whether it is making it or listening to it, there is never a time that tunes are not heard within the home. This passion for music is also reflected visually in the home’s design: a 1960s Polish-made piano stands out as a masterpiece of craftsmanship and an elaborate Hi-Fi tube amplifier system hand made by Victor is a statement piece. And with young children living here, the couple also created a space that is comfortable and playful for kids, as well.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Minimalist/1960s

Inspiration: Apartment Therapy, Polish interior design of 1960s and 1970s

Favorite Element: It’s hard to choose one—probably the entire setup for the hi fi system—vintage furniture + my father’s record player + amplifier and speakers hand-made by Wiktor

Biggest Challenge: To accommodate four people (two adults and two children) without cluttering the space

What Friends Say: Friends love the living area with sofas and carpet to sit on.

Biggest Embarrassment: Right now the state of our walls (due to the children)

Proudest DIY: Practically all our storage is DIY

Biggest Indulgence: Wooden floors. We had a limited budget, but at the same time one of our priorities was to stick to natural materials such as wood, metal and glass. So we decided not to get a few things but have the entire floor covered in wood.

Best Advice: Do not try to make everything perfect. Leave some empty space.


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  • Chest of drawers: IKEA
  • Mirror: Loft Home
  • Doll: Przytullale
  • closet: DIY (curtain: IKEA)
  • bench: IKEA
  • bookshelves: hardware store
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  • Green couch: IKEA hack
  • Navy blue couch: IKEA
  • Blanket on the couch: second-hand
  • Carpet: Komfort
  • Amplifier and speakers: Haiku Audio
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  • Table and chairs: vintage
  • Lamp: vintage
  • Poster over the table: a poster from one of Wiktor’s concerts
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  • White cabinets and all the equipment: IKEA
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  • Bed: IKEA
  • Closet: DIY (curtain: IKEA)
  • Bookcase by the bed: DIY
  • Framed print on the bookcase: heirloom
  • Glass/metal desk and shelves: IKEA

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Thanks, Natalia & Wiktor!