When my partner Josef, a 35 years old media professional, bought his apartment in 2009 he did very little to no renovations. He replaced the windows, the kitchen, installed tiles in the entry and a laminated wooden floor in the kitchen/living area. Partly because he could not figure out what to do with the flat or perhaps the lack of a vision, he left the rest of the flat the same for many years. When we met he asked me an opinion about the apartment, and it was clear a bathroom renovation was screaming to be done. We started planning the bathroom, he loved the ideas and so we decided to redecorate the whole apartment. The scope of the project was to make the space cool and airy, with a smart use of color and space.
He had very little requests, is only wishes were to include his favorite colors, blue and yellow; and to fit a bathtub in the bathroom. The bathroom was a real challenge, because it is quite small, and the other big challenge was the small budget available.
We took a risk, and i placed a full size bathtub at the end of the room. The ceiling was very high, 3.40m, so i lowered the ceiling down to 2.60m, so that the room would appear more proportioned. I installed white long subway tiles in a grid scheme, a hexagonal black tile on the floor, and painted the ceiling and the top section of the walls in a very dark grey, so that the room would visually look wider and longer.
It worked like magic. The change was jaw dropping. (i am attaching some before shots to the email).
There wasn't a particular inspiration, i followed my instinct based on Josef's character and personality. For me it was like painting his portrait somehow, everything came along slowly by itself.
We worked together on selecting furniture and artworks. Each artworks represents his passions, those being animals, movies, history and anthropology. It was great as working together gave us the chance to know each other better on a different level.
The furniture and decor items were sourced from vintage and second hand stores as well as high street flat pack stores due to the limited budget we had available. We mixed vintage furniture we fixed, hacked or reupholstered with Ikea pieces, H&M and Zara Home decor items, and pieces he had already for a long time collected through travels.
The place now has a very hip and cool feel and is surely matching the area is situated in, Vrsovice is one of the most up and coming areas in Prague, with cool new coffees, restaurants and bars popping up every month.