Roberta and Bruno worked hard to decorate a small rented apartment in São Paulo. They renovated environments, fixed imperfections and bet on items of affective decoration and full of meaning for both, so the spaces gained style and well reflect the personality of the couple. Find out more about this home:
Residence type: apartment
Area: 90 m²
City: Sao Paulo, SP
Residents: Roberta is a mathematician and musician and her hobby is macramé and sewing. Her husband Bruno is a journalist and musician. Both share a love for taking care of plants. Along with them, two adorable little dogs also live, Duda and Paçoca.
Differential: the challenges in decoration began with the size of the apartment, which was smaller than the couple’s former residence, and the furniture, which gained a new function in the new house. Roberta says: “the old buffet that supported the stereo had to go to the kitchen, and today it holds the dishwasher and stores the food”. In addition, Roberta’s sewing and macramé studio had to be merged with the couple’s music studio. And because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it also ended up becoming an office. With surprise, she says “it looked like it wouldn’t fit, but everything went right”.
Own style in a rented apartment
Roberta’s taste for decoration is old, she says that she always liked to take care of the house and remembers “over the years, I’ve been experimenting with some styles, such as minimalist and Scandinavian and I realized that it would be difficult (not to mention bland) to keep faithful to any of them.” Thus, she also realized that the coolest thing is that the home has the face of its residents. For the couple, music is a very strong element and is spread all over the house: “from the turntable when Bruno was a child, through our records, musical instruments, even paintings with concert posters”.
Colors in the entrance hall
Roberta says that the entrance hall is “without a doubt, the apartment’s hit” and points to it as one of her favorite parts of the house. With a weakness for paintings on the floor and plants, she says that in a simple way she left the space charming and functional and, of course, also put her hand in the dough to execute the coat rack. The color that steals the show in the bow is Caipirinha, by Suvinil.
Music always present in the decoration
According to the couple, the record player is the soul of the house and spends almost all the time on, rocking different times of the day. In this space, Roberta installed a shelf for paintings that she uses as a support for the vinyls, which change according to the day. For her, “this constant exchange of records helps to create a lively decoration, always in motion”.
DIY lamp and lots of plants
Roberta loves creating home decor items and one of them is this French pine hand lamp. In addition to being graceful, the piece adds a charm to the atmosphere at night. Plants are always present in environments. And about this, the couple says: “we have been acquiring a taste for plants and taking care of this nature renews us”.
A sofa to spread out
In the living room, a large sofa ensures comfort for everyone. Highlight for a beautiful piece of macrame that Roberta produced watching a video tutorial.
Softness and feminine strength in the dining room
Roberta reports that the dining room is an enclosed porch and to delimit the space she used a pink paint, which she describes as sweet, and adds “I think the color completed the cozy feeling of the room”. Almost everything there has a little of Roberta’s hand, commitment and affection, from the painting to the installation of the pendant. With grace, she also says “Bruno almost always just watches”.
A penchant for arrangements
On the tables and in various corners of the apartment, there is always a beautiful arrangement to complete the decoration. Roberta guarantees that there is never a shortage of flowers around the house, as the arrangements are also one of her passions. She also says that, little by little, she has been learning more about this art.
a graceful runner
The hallway leading to the bedrooms is small. For this space, Roberta explains that she preferred to use items she already had. She also says that the plant and stool combination is one of her favorites in the decoration. The trendy fern hook, purchased at a local store, draws attention and is always the subject of questions.
Delicate colors and shapes in the bedroom
For some time, Roberta loved the idea of a large circular painting on the wall. And she recalls: “when I arrived in this apartment, I was sure that this union was time to happen”. The color chosen was Nude, by Suvinil. Another highlight in the room is the charming ball chandelier.
Creativity in arrangements
Roberta also appreciates the arrangements with dried flowers and, with a lot of creativity, she transformed a jug into an elegant vase that charmingly decorates the bedside table.
a house full of life
Dogs dominate all environments. And Roberta says that she loves to see them together with the plants: “I feel my home is alive”.
Silence and peace for rest
The bedroom is a resting place. Thus, the couple explored elements that convey calm, such as plants that help to relax and the message on the board: enjoy the silence. The phrase is the first image they see when they wake up and the last one before going to sleep. Also, it references a song by Depeche Mode, one of their favorite bands.
A multifunctional guest room
The second bedroom in the apartment has become a multifunctional space. In this environment, there is the studio where the couple makes music, Roberta’s macramé studio, a home office and, also, receives guests when necessary. The titanium color band and the beautiful mustard macramé, which is Roberta’s favorite, give the special touch.
home office and studio
Still in this same space is the home office, the dark gray stripe is also repeated to delimit the desk area. On the shelves, the CDs that the couple listens to the most.
Practicality and charm with shelves in the kitchen
Roberta shows the old furniture that accompanies the couple and used to serve as a support for the radio, “now it accommodates very well the things we need in the kitchen”. The pine shelves are practical and store glasses, cups, pans and platters that the couple uses the most on a daily basis.
Open closet and more plants
In the photo, the bookcase that has been with the couple for a long time. About the piece, Roberta says that in each property she had a function and, now, in the kitchen, she accommodates the dishes, utensils and, of course, more plants. She also reveals that she loves dish towels and ecobags with messages that mean something to her.
Taking advantage of every corner
Roberta always finds a way to enjoy all the corners of the apartment, next to the kitchen door, she put another hook to hang bags and a stool with different functions, about which she says “sometimes she accommodates us in the kitchen for a coffee, sometimes serves as a support for the vase of dry macela”.
Decorative items full of meaning, varied plants and pieces made with great affection added personality and transform this property into a home full of life. And to make any space more pleasant with a touch of green, see also ideas for apartment plants.