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Nicolae Balcescu House

Nicolae Balcescu House

Authors: arh. Silvia Olteanu, arh. Elena-Roxana Jipa
Firm: Lime Studio

Photo: Sabin Prodan

Authors’ Comment

When talking about “eclectic” in interior design we understand a mixture of styles, a combination of different directions, a freedom in imagination. For Nicolae Balcescu house, a 660 sqm house from which the firs floor was finished, This freedom was expressed through a mixture of textures, time periods, styles and colors.

One of the starting points was the owner`s love for Klimt`s use of colours and textures, introducing gold accents through a unique technique.

The furniture pieces as well as the lighting fixtures have different styles and come from different eras. The restored Altdeutsche wood dining cabinet, with a green marble countertop and crystal mirrors, dating back to the 1900s, sits besides velvet upholstered chairs and a modern wooden table.

The living room combines vintage upholstered chairs, a butterfly chair, vintage looking mirrors and an Indonesian wood drawer with a modern blue couch, a Chesterfield sofa and brass finishes for the tables and lighting fixtures. The charm of this room is completetd by the two sided fireplace and the memorable decor: paintings and vases, statues, chests and live plants, oriental lamps and cushions.

The eclectic style in the kitchen is comprised of a light background and modern appliances. The special charm and personality of this kitchen is given by the pattern of the floor – ceramic tiles and the themed paintings on the walls.

Finding this style in the bedroom implies comfortable furniture, a large 220 cm by 200 cm bed with a bright velvet upholstery, a wooden drawer, dark, soothing background and dark wood furniture, combined with mirrors and a piece of original romanian hand made resin painting. An unusual element found in the bedroom plays well with the joyful character of the owner – the handcrafted wood and brass swing.

All around the house textiles help create the atmosphere, the simplicity of natural fabrics like leather in the living room and classic oriental style, the ethnic prints of the rugs in the bedroom, dining and living room.

The eclectic concept in this design includes the creation of a cozy space filled with objects that are relevant to the owner:souvenirs from traveling, inherited objects or received as a gift, fashion and vintage pieces, artsy and simple altogether.

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