You never know when the inspiration will come – in the case of the owner of this apartment in London, one of the best homes in the world, he was in a hotel in Athens. There, discover the eye-catching blueprints of interior designer Belén White Campos from Studio Beleta (Opens in a new tab)who refashioned restaurants.
“I’ve always felt like a house should have the kind of relaxed feel that I enjoy in Greece, where I spend a lot of time,” says the owner. Belen has a uniquely Mediterranean sensibility, in part because she grew up in Spain, and knew she would turn my apartment into a sanctuary.
This shared love of relaxed Southern European style underpins every decision in the two-bedroom apartment, which has a living space that extends across the raised ground floor, where a row of French windows open onto a terrace, with views across the shared garden behind. . “We really wanted to bring that sense of life and abundance that nature provides directly into the space,” says the owner.
Having cut her teeth in prestigious studios, including Martin Brudnizki and Cochrane Design, and with footholds in London, Malaga and Lyon, Belén’s design includes multiple influences, from the color and shaping of Moroccan architecture to imperfect handcrafted ceramics.
“I’m drawn to yellow, green, and blue,” she says. “I also like to go left by combining those colors with something unexpected, like raspberry pink or cherry red.” This approach is evident during this renovation, where architectural details are picked out in surprising ways (think tall sky blue window frames) and everyday elements, such as dressers and entryway cupboards, are enlivened by hand-made stencils or fabric-reinforced glass panels.
“The key was to get the design right first,” Beilin says. The living room in the apartment needed a thoughtful division to include a social living area, as well as a room for dining, entertainment and relaxation. I enjoy creating layouts that feel full and luxurious while allowing traffic to flow easily. To me, charts that don’t include a generous variety of shapes and sizes can look a bit lackluster.
Among Belén’s living room ideas was creating an intriguing display with handmade ceramic panels on the wall.
Generous use of foliage connects the interior and exterior of the living area.
Bellin describes her style of coloring as “fun but not too aggressive”. I decided to paint the window frames to highlight their height.
There’s something to feast on here in whatever direction the eye turns, and it all adds up to a deeply layered home where woven elements share space with mid-century shapes, and block color coexists with hand-painted flourishes.
Dining room ideas include a thoughtful mix of different materials. “Materialism is a key component of my plans,” Beilin says. I’ve collected here marble, straw, lacquer, and hand-painted items.
Among Belén’s bedroom ideas is revamping an existing built-in wardrobe by introducing full-length, fabric-backed glass panels and painted finishes.
She also emphasized the apartment’s lofty proportions by highlighting integral essential features, from ceiling heights to cornices, which she chose in the master bedroom in a navy blue, while keeping the walls ‘clean and relatively unfinished’, which she says is key to keeping up with this. Colorful approach.
Belén created a layered scheme in the bedroom that incorporates color, pattern, and a variety of shapes and textures.
Adding a fireplace on the balcony was all that was needed to complete the sense of relaxation and balance out the sometimes mild UK climate. Otherwise, such interiors immediately transport the owner to the sunny beaches. “It’s a home that feels warm, cozy and inviting,” he says. “The occupation of this space never fails to calm the mind.”
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