Who lives here: A family of four, including a baby and young boy
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Size: 592 square feet (55 square meters); two bedrooms, one bathroom
Designer: Dana Kallo of Black Fox Interiors
This small one-bedroom flat was cleverly converted into a two-bedroom home for a couple expecting their first child. The living room is now a multifunctional open space with a kitchen and dining area, while the old kitchen became a small but cozy bedroom. “With the baby in mind, we tried to keep this room as uncluttered as possible,” Kallo says. “So all the furniture was designed to go around the walls, leaving plenty of free space in the middle.”
This is how the living room looked once Kallo and her team had gutted it. “The hardwood floor was also in very bad shape and had to be replaced, and in the end, all the interior finishes had to be renewed,” she says.
The sofa came from a local retailer. “The main idea was that it was L-shaped, to create a lot of seating space and to zone the seating area, dividing it a little from the dining table,” she says.
The pipes by the bed are still in service and had to remain. “They were white,” Kallo says. “We thought, ‘We can’t hide them, so let’s be playful with them and paint them a bright color.’”
Kaleido wallpaper: Eijffinger
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A projector in the ceiling above the sofa works with a screen on the wall next to the door. “It was a special request from the owners, and because the room is rather long, there’s a good distance between the projector and screen, so it works,” she says.
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Stolmen storage system: Ikea
Algot shelving system: Ikea
Wallpaper: Hits 4 Kids collection, Eijffinger
Kallo worked mirrors into most of the rooms to help increase the sense of space and disguise some of the storage. “This one in the hallway is the only full-length mirror in the apartment,” she says. “It’s useful for a final look before you go out.”
Centigrad ceiling lights: Ikea