Can hardly tear myself away from the charming home of freelance decorator and interior design consultant Iro Ivy. A Greek living in Germany, her nest is constantly evolving with a clean, serene, and minimal decorating style. An inspiring way of combining Ikea pieces with natural woods and neutrals creates a graceful, inviting space, and beautiful thoughts on this perfectly clear and crisp autumn morning.
For a little more insight into Iro’s home and decorating process, she was kind enough to answer a few questions for a mini interview.
What is your favorite part of being a decorator?
I love to see the effect a nicely organised and beautifully put together space has on its inhabitants. I love to see people’s quality of lives changing to the better; and of course I like that I can contribute to that with my planning and advice. I enjoy the contact with them and the whole process as much as the finished outcome. Needless to say that choosing colours, furniture, fabrics, objects and details to finally combine them together is for me a great pleasure. One of the most rewarding aspects of life is feeling fulfilled through our doings and work. As I often say, I loose myself in my work, only to discover and find me again, each time all over from the beginning, it’s an adventure and an ever learning process.
What was your thought process while decorating our home?
The basis was – and actually still is – to create a space that feels spacious, despite the few squares meters. Also a multifunctional space where different activities can take place, such as a dining area that often gets transformed into a working surface/area for me.
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What do you hope to achieve through your décor?
Home decor is a means of expressing ourselves and enhancing our style of life and qualitiy in living. The aim is to always live in a place that is functional, cozy, warm, even giving a kind of luxurious feeling, without neccessarily a respective economical background being involved.
What is your favorite piece of furniture?
I guess one of my favorite pieces is the Lunna armchair from Ikea (in the reading corner), for its comfort, its stylish design and beautiful fabric in beige tones. I’m also connected to it emotionally, it being a gift from my mother when I first moved into the lillte Penthouse with my life partner, also freshly having relocated from Greece to Germany.
What is your favorite part of your home?
I adore the lounge area, for its huge window with a semicircular top, which lets in incredible amounts of light and while resting on the couch, all I see is the sky. It feels like living in heaven.
What do you love the most about your home?
I also adore the extra high ceiling in this part of our home, as this is a loft like apartment with a second floor/gallery, which can be seen from the sofa area, as the space is overall designed openly. The absence of walls and doors (the bathroom being the only exception) also adds to a more spacious feeling.
Thank you Iro for your time, and for inviting us into your gorgeous home.
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