House of Dreams
With three kids, the family has grown out of their large flat. They were looking to buy a detached house, but not even in their wildest dreams did they expect to buy back the mother’s childhood home.
The moment they entered, she immediately spotted the old birch and walnut trees in the yard. Inside, too, she recognised a lot of things that were still around from her life 20 years ago. The little girl got Mummy’s old room and furniture – the latter reimagined and painstakingly restored. And the eldest son moved into what used to be his grandparents’ room.
I made sure that the conversion of this old house was fully in line with the changing needs of modern living, while also keeping the budget in check. Living and playing areas, as well as the kitchen and dining room, were moved from upstairs to the ground floor, where the garage and study had once been. Here, the enormous doors open directly onto the garden, sunny and decorated with paper lanterns, where the red polka dots table can accomodate even the largest crowd of guests. This setup ensures undisturbed privacy for the two floors upstairs: not only does everyone have their own room - the older kids have the entire second floor to themselves! Finally, the basement and sauna were turned into a creative workshop.
As almost always, it was my beloved pillow collections that served as the starting point in designing the styles and colour schemes of individual rooms. Walls were decorated with stencils. The kitchen-dining-living room combo is an impressive space dressed in red, white and blue. The zigzag pattern, the traditional Hungarian tulip motifs, the restored old red couch, the antique Singer sewing machine, the funky lights, the subway tiles in the kitchen, and the snazzy curtains – they all come together in serene balance.
Reflecting on the modern geometric style of the interior, the master bathroom also features subway tiles and is a true oasis of tranquility. The spacious built-in sink cabinet, made from IKEA kitchen elements, adds a dash of classic style, meanwhile the floor is covered with gorgeous cement tiles.
The eldest son’s room now glows in orange and turquoise, with a pixelated iteration of the zig-zag pattern that adorns the living room. Adolescent harmony is made complete with lanterns, cotton ball lights, as well as cushions with bikes and stripes. The teenage girl loves Taylor Swift and all things in turquoise, lilac and pink, so it went without saying that that’s how her Mum’s old room was to get its makeover. She even lended me a hand in painting the Chevron pattern, as well as in designing the matching curtains and cushions. The youngest boy received an adorable magic tree wall painting, designed with maroon leaves and bluish-grey flowers. His entire family is smiling at him from underneath the tree, and the bed is piled high with snug cushions of his Mum’s checkered tulip design.
I think I’ve successfully created a true dream home for this lovely family.