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Updated: Jun 2

Project Spotlight: Modern minimalist apartment transformation

Welcome to the spotlight on Apartment Courtois, a project that holds a special place in my heart. After selling Casa Courtois, we moved into this apartment because we were expecting our first baby and needed to be in a more central location. This move presented the perfect opportunity for me to experiment with my newfound love of minimalism. My goal was to transform this builder-grade apartment into a personalized sanctuary that felt both calming and uniquely ours.

Introduction and Overview

When we first moved into Apartment Courtois, I saw it as a blank canvas brimming with potential. The challenge was to create a sense of belonging in this new space while preserving a sense of calm. The vision for Apartment Courtois was to embrace modern minimalist design with Scandinavian influences, creating a serene and stylish living environment that perfectly suited our growing family.

The Design Vision

The vision for Apartment Courtois was to create a space that felt airy, inviting, and effortlessly stylish. Modern minimalist design principles guided the overall aesthetic, emphasizing clean lines, neutral color palettes, and uncluttered spaces. At the same time, Scandinavian influences brought in natural materials, cozy textiles, and a focus on light and openness.

Key Elements of the Design

  1. Clean Lines and Simplicity: The furniture and decor in Apartment Courtois were chosen for their sleek, simple designs. Pieces with clean lines and minimal ornamentation helped create a sense of order and tranquility.

  2. Neutral Color Palette: A palette of whites, grays, and soft neutrals dominated the space, enhancing the feeling of light and openness. These colors served as a calming backdrop, allowing the textures and materials to shine.

  3. Natural Materials: Incorporating natural materials like wood and stone was essential to bringing warmth and texture to the minimalist design. Scandinavian design emphasizes a connection to nature, which was achieved through wooden flooring, furniture, and accents.

  4. Functional Decor: Every piece of decor in Apartment Courtois had a purpose. From multi-functional furniture to cleverly designed storage solutions, the space was designed to be both beautiful and practical.

  5. Cozy Textiles: Soft textiles like wool throws, linen cushions, and woven rugs added a layer of coziness to the minimalist space. These elements brought in the hygge factor, a key aspect of Scandinavian design that focuses on comfort and well-being.

Picture Wall: Our Wall of Secrets

A stylish living room with a brown leather sofa, patterned cushions, and a wooden coffee table. The wall features a grid of six framed black-and-white photos of favorite travel destinations, adding a personal touch to the space.

One of the central features of the living room in Apartment Courtois is the picture wall. This wall holds a special place in our hearts because it captures the essence of who we are and what we love. We wanted the apartment to feel personal, so we decided to print pictures of our favorite places we've traveled to. The images are a collection of memories from our adventures, but they are abstract enough that only we know their true significance.

This picture wall became our wall of secrets. It felt incredibly personal, yet it remained a beautiful mystery to our guests. Each photograph holds a story and a cherished memory, and together, they create a stunning visual centerpiece that adds depth and personality to the room. This wall not only anchors the living room design but also serves as a daily reminder of our shared experiences and the places that have shaped our journey together.

Before and After Transformation

Living Room: The initial living room setup was functional but lacked personality. By introducing a neutral color scheme, sleek furniture, and cozy textiles, the space was transformed into an inviting and stylish area perfect for relaxation and entertaining.

Primary Bedroom: The bedroom initially lacked cohesion and style. By implementing a minimalist approach with Scandinavian influences, we created a calming retreat that was both functional and beautiful.

The Final Touch

Apartment Courtois stands as a testament to the beauty of modern minimalist design with a Scandinavian twist. The project taught me that simplicity doesn’t mean sacrificing warmth or personality. Instead, it’s about making thoughtful choices and creating spaces that feel both functional and inviting.

This project also reaffirmed the importance of blending styles. While my overall aesthetic has evolved towards minimalism, elements from previous styles, like the rustic touches, were seamlessly integrated to create a unique and personal space.

You can view the full "Apartment Courtois" here. I hope this project inspires you to explore minimalist design principles and see how they can be adapted to create a home that’s uniquely yours. Thank you for joining me on this journey, and I look forward to sharing more transformations with you.


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