Hey guys, I'm back with more behind-the-scenes on our small pad's renovation. On a previous post, I covered the juicy details of our kitchen's transformation so today it's all about the living and dining areas. So here's the scoop. Since the original floor plan of the apartment was very boring simple, we had to get quite creative. After opening up the kitchen we were left with a square canvas to work with. The challenge: create three specific areas in the space, one for living, one for dining and a small home office. The solution: building an L -shaped partition that would not only separate the living from the dining area, but also hold our much needed closets, serve as a bookcase and create a hallway to the open bedroom.
Besides all the construction, there was also a lot of TLC needed in the place. Since we wanted to give the apartment an urban look we went for crisp white walls and ebony-stained floors, creating a beautiful contrast. The white walls gave us the perfect canvas to display our colorful and fun prints from Cuban artist Consuelo Castañeda. To add more emphasis on the partition to the bedroom, we painted it black to create a bold statement.
We knew right away the perfect spot for the home office was where the old closet by the entrance was. So we demolished it. Taking advantage of the high ceilings, we built a new one all the way up. The bottom portion was designed to hold the built-in desk and file cabinet (also housing the printer and office supplies), and the area above became a closet for extra storage.
In order to make the most of the room, we decided to get rid of the non-working fireplace, giving an extra three feet of useful space. Trust me, it wasn't an easy task to demolish all that brick. To add some fun and architectural interest to the brick wall, and to cover the hole left by the fireplace, we built a wall with a display shelf in front of it. After all the hard work we invested in the process, I have to say it really paid off, plus we had a blast decorating it. For a small space, we made every single inch work for us, giving us a place we want to come to home to. BTW, I was recently invited to “Get Personal” with Irene in her awesome design blog Bloesem. Check it out! And for those of you who haven't already done so, today is the last chance to enter our Valentine's Day Giveaway.
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If you're digging this look and would like to try it at home, here are some key pieces that will help you achieve it. Some are the same as the ones we used in our decor, other are a very close and affordable options.