I recently had photos taken of our apartment in Geneva and I’m so excited to share a little tour today of our dining and living space! I was fortunate to be able to reuse most of our furniture from our old apartment in Brussels when we moved last year. It’s never easy to make it all work in a new place (especially when you are a bit of a furniture hoarder like me!). I’ve had to add a few new elements but I was lucky to find a space that was similar in style and size, and it all came together. As in all my designs, there is a mix of high and low end, vintage and new, purchased and made. I’ve tried to include as many sources as possible below but let me know if you’re curious about anything!
Ready for a look around? Let’s start in the living room. This is somewhat of a narrow space with a large window at one end, but has a beautiful marble fireplace which I chose as the focal point. I flanked it with bookshelves (my favorite Ikea hack) to add balance and height. I often base a design on a fabric and this one is no different – the blue, green and pink floral cushions inspired all my choices for furniture and decor. The sofa and armchairs are from Ethan Allen, lamps are from Zara Home, brass mirror is thrifted, coffee table is from Ikea and the rug is from Micasa.
Like most European apartment buildings, we only have windows on one side of each room which can make a space feel dark. I opted not to paint to keep things bright (plus we don’t know how long we will rent) and was able to use light colored curtains I had made for our previous apartment. Thank goodness as that is a lot of fabric!
This is the corner next to the window in the living room which lent itself nicely to creating a quiet niche. We found this desk from La Redoute and it worked well with several pieces we already had, including a simple Ikea lamp (unfortunately no longer available), a framed Franz Kline poster and a thrifted chair I painted black.
Moving on to the dining room – it is open to the living room and our family room, so I wanted to tie the three spaces together through color and style of furnishings. The centerpiece is this fabulous chandelier that can be seen from every room. You may remember the somewhat crazy story about how I got it to Geneva – totally worth it! The settee, buffet and mirror are from a thrift store and the lamps are from Safavieh (via WestWing). The table was our one big investment – a Saarinen tulip table from Knoll (via Teo Jakob in Geneva) but I felt better about the cost by pairing it with Ikea chairs in Bemz covers.
Our dog is usually perched on this settee soaking up the afternoon sun.
This has to be my favorite view, shot from the sofa in our family room. It’s where I often flop at the end of the day and is a welcome distraction from kids cartoons on the TV. Plus I get to stare at that brass chandelier even more!
Some of you may be wondering why we have a portrait of a dog in our home. My husband always worries that everyone will think we are crazy dog people! It’s actually a painting by the Belgian artist Thierry Poncelet (this one is a framed poster) which we got when living in Brussels as we have a cocker spaniel. It was a joke gift but I love having it somewhere I see everyday. Plus I think he’s a good guardian of the bar!
This is a shot of our family room which is connected to the dining room. The Ikea bookcases and mirror are repurposed and the sofa, benches, lights and rug were new. The blue lattice cushions are from Marks & Spencer and I made the floral ones with this pretty fabric.
I really enjoy our apartment, maybe even more than the one we had in Brussels. It’s become a warm and comfortable space we love, and most importantly it’s become our home.