StyleFile #46: She Did It Her Way!

I love homes that reflect the personality of the person or people who live there. One such place is the home of Silvia Alvarez, a designer living in Buenos Aires. I was delighted by how she preserved the home’s historical details yet made the place hers by using a creative mix of furniture and quirky collections. Take a peek-

The foyer of the apartment retains its tile floor and wood trim. Silvia added the English floral paper to the walls and the ceiling. Her collection of black and white photographs takes up one full wall. Look closely at some of the pictures-  how many favorite movie stars can you recognize?!

Another view of the foyer shows a huge paper lamp shape covered in flowers. It was bought at flee market and restored by Sylvia’s daughter.

The living room and dining room are perfect examples of Sylvia’s mixing of different styles and periods of furniture- Victorian sofa and covered chair , a 1960’s coffee table, vintage floral rug, thick wooden topped dining table with black chairs from the 1970’s. And check out the surprising ceiling light fixtures!

The kitchen is painted all white with punches of color in the window curtains and seat cushions (not shown here). Open shelves display collections of pottery.

Silvia painted her bedroom a soft blue and threw a simple white cover on the bed. Romantic chintz covers pillows and an antique bench. To keep it from getting too ‘frothy’ she includes modern touches with light fixtures and beside table by Eileen Gray.

(From- Romantic Homes magazine. Photos by- Daniela Mac Adden)