Houzz Tour: Smart Design Reinvents a Compact Urban Apartment – Now based in Dublin, Dana Kallo of Black Fox Interiors is originally from Romania. The redesign of this compact apartment in northern Bucharest was the last project she tackled before relocating. The owners had chosen it for its great location rather than its looks, and it badly needed updating and improving. “We came up with a design that would accommodate a young family in need of a functional home, with plenty of storage and an extra bedroom,” she says. “Despite a small budget, we created a pleasant and functional place, using local craftsmen to build bespoke furniture that made use of every bit of space.” And the flat is now brimming with great solutions for small-space living that would work in many homes.
Who lives here A family with a baby and young son
Location Bucharest, Romania
Property An apartment in a block built in the 1980s
Size 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
Dimensions Less than 55sq m
Designers Dana Kallo at Black Fox Interiors
This small one-bedroom flat was cleverly converted into a two-bedroom home for a young family who were 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 cosy bedroom. “With the baby in mind, we tried to keep this room as uncluttered as possible,” says Kallo. “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 also to zone the seating area, dividing it a little from the dining table,” says Kallo.
The pipes by the bed are still in service and had to remain. “They were white,” says Kallo. “We thought, we can’t hide them, so let’s be playful with them and paint them a bright colour.”
Kaleido wallpaper, Eijffinger.
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A projector was fitted in the ceiling above the sofa to work with a screen fitted 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,” says Kallo.
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Stolmen storage system, Ikea.
Algot shelving system, Ikea.
Backyard Friends stickers, Hits for Kids collection, Eijffinger.
Kallo worked in mirrors to most of the rooms, to help boost 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 with spots, both Ikea.
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