Let's start from the beginning...
In this first picture you may notice a blah room with an awful track light and by-fold doors,
the furnishings look very basic and the fruits very fake.
Would you like to see how it changed?
This is the same angle as above, after I moved in and started to decorate it. The very first thing I did was to paint the walls in a beautiful Smoky green, by Benjamin Moore.
Benjamin Moore Smoky Green CC-700
It is a bit of a funny color because even though it is officially called green it actually "reads" blue when you put it against white, has only green and grey undertones so the name could be deceiving and most of the time, depending on the light of the day, it can become a gorgeous robin's egg blue tone. As cooler colors expand visually the space I thought it was a great choice for a small apartment and I assure you it is also a very relaxing color.
The bed was then hidden by two great bookcases, deep enough that I can have books on both sides, designed by Neils Bendstedt for Inform Interiors, Vancouver. As you can see I have created a sort of corridor from the kitchen area to the bedroom even if in fact there is no bedroom, since it is in an open space apartment with a lovely patio which I will show you in another post.
At the end of the so called corridor a focal point created by an antique oil painting and an antique secretaire gives the impression of more depth.
Some objects I love to display on the secretaire.
Let's rewind for a moment.
From the bed to the living area before, cold and uninviting as it can be.
I love the energy of the orange and the pillows are made of a luxurious damask silk, instead of that useless screen I hang hazelnut silk drapes.
The bathroom as it was before, isn't a weird way of using a wall?
Another wall in the bathroom with my photography displayed.
I love pure linen towels, they dry easily and it is a wonderful feeling using them.
This project as you can see is still in progress, I will add a ceiling light over the bed, I have my eyes on something on 1stdibs, I need new window treatments, change the fireplace front and oh! so many things so little time.
In Italy they say the shoemaker does not have shoes, is there anything similar in English?
Next time I will show you where I work and socialize, in the meantime I would love your comments:
What do you think of the transformation? Comments please!
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Photography by Albarosa Simonetti