budget decorating, living room, presentations, room of the day

Room of the Day / Pokoj dnia

NY Maximes living room from Apartment Therapy
NY Maxime's living room from Apartment Therapy

Absolutely stunning, this place is the perfect compromise between budget IKEA buys and a bit of splashing out on accessories or a few designer classics. There is no reason whatsoever why any one of us (well almost anyone – see below) could not have a place like this with some ingenuity and patience; the classics can be bought on auctions (or perhaps you can get a knock-off for a fraction of original’s price?), IKEA is – well, IKEA, no need to explain ๐Ÿ™‚ The rest is thrift shops.

Importantly, though, there is a feeling of controlled nonchalance about this place – and it is achieved by rigorous approach to putting things to their place as soon as you’ve used them, and generally uncluttering it. Yes, it might look random, but it is in fact a well calculated space with place for everything. Too easy to make such place feel untidy – so only for the disciplined!

See the rest of the place here.


Coz za salon! Jest on przykladem doskonalego kompromisu miedzy oszczednymi zakupami w IKEA i szalenstwem designerskich dodatkow, ktorych jest tylko kilka i czesc z nich jest z drugiej reki. Kazdy (prawie, o czym ponizej) z nas moze miec takie wnetrze, o ile ma troche fantazji i cierpliwosci. Nawet te klasyki mozna znalezc na aukcjach, albo trafic na podrobki za maly procent oryginalnej ceny.

Jednakze, jest to miejsce dla bardzo zorganizowanych osob. Moze wyglada na przypadkowo urzadzone, ale w rzeczywistosci jest efektem precyzyjnej kalkulacji. Nie ma tam nic zbednego, ani tez nic czego wlasnie wlasciciel uzywal – wszystko natychmiast wraca na miejsce. W tak eklektycznej przestrzeni jest to bardzo istotne – inaczej pokoj moze wydac sie zagracony i nieuporzadkowany. Czyli – tylko dla zdyscyplinowanych!

Obejrzyj cale wnetrze tutaj.

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2 thoughts on “Room of the Day / Pokoj dnia”

  1. This one is great, especially for those of us living in closets in NYC! Dilemma was clear – how do you make a small rental inspiring? Some additional key issues are: 1) in NYC you CAN’T paint the walls and walls are typically always white and 2) you have to keep old appliances, fixtures, etc. because why spend if it’s not your own! Good use of space; one concern – the electronics over the radiator – that seems like a definite No, No no matter how esthetic it may be!

    1. Hi Amy, these are very valid comments, especially about not being able to paint your walls in rental flats (more about how to overcome that in my today’s post) and TV over the radiator ๐Ÿ™‚
      I wonder though how this is working out for them – perhaps it gets moved somewhere else for winter ๐Ÿ™‚

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