What makes your house unique to you? I think it’s important to remember that when you’re putting your home together you are able to express the things you love about the space, and transfer that into each room. In this apartment refurbishment, an older couple were looking to create an open place living room area and leave a footprint of their personality on the home.
From warm toned wood and soft finish sculptures, to the curve and gleam of the metal spiral staircase there are elements at home that lift them up and make them feel at peace. But the crowning glory of this redevelopment is the porcelain wall on the far end of the room, which has become a signature of the project and an oasis of thoughtful contemplation for the home owners.
This home is in Porto Alegre, a city in the south of Brazil. The owners were looking for a complete renovation of their apartment. It was previously laid out with a decadent, ornate space, that hadn’t received an update since the 90s. One of the biggest tasks for the Ambidestro Architecture team working on the project was to refresh the area and give it more of a timeless feel.
The home has been lifted up to reflect the daily needs of the couple, providing them with ample space for their furniture and art collection. But also there is plenty of storage.
I love the flow of the room, with the furniture brought in to the center of the space to make the room easy to navigate and create the feeling of a friendly sitting room without the extra walls.
Native Brazilian wood makes for some great art and furniture pieces, and it’s lovely to see how it has been incorporated into this apartment.
Cozy familiar elements and patterns have been included in the home, paired alongside simple neutral walls and furniture.
Collections grow over time, and the owners had found many of the blue and white porcelain bowls and plates from their travels around the world. Each one held a special memory, and a story to tell. Previously they were stored in different locations on display around the house. But now they have been brought together to create a stunning statement wall.
They love their new wall, turning an unused corner of the home into somewhere special and part of their every day routine.
The spiral staircase is also something really fabulous! The black sheet of the metal was designed to work as an organic form, making a sleek and modern look. It works in perfect contrast between the old traditional methods shown with the pottery, and the shiny new stairs; a parallel between hand created and organic forms working in balance with one another.
I am mesmerized by the different shapes and patterns on the wall. It must be even more special when you know the story behind each one.
Also part of the renovation was the powder room, through from the living room. The room makes some great use of lighting from above and underneath the cabinets to create a great space. The artwork matches the patterns and style of the room, too.
Gray marble is inlaid in this bathroom, giving the room a warm feel with the contemporary look of the counter tops.
The owners who live here were extremely pleased to see their ideas and memories brought together in this unique way. It’s a wall of ceramics and also art, as each piece has a unique painting and design. The project is the Collector’s Apartment, but by bringing the collection together as a whole, instead of dotted around the space, it really gives the collection a special place to the home.