Making open-plan feel like outdoors

20 June 2016

When Margo’s family moved into their 100m2 apartment in Gliwice, she decided to paint the walls and floors bright white and break up the space with fresh, green plants in every room. ‘I love how indoor plants add colour and life to our minimalist home – they’re constantly changing, so our home is too!’ says Margo.

Margo fills her white, open-plan home with indoor plants to break up the space Margo fills her white, open-plan home with indoor plants to break up the space Margo fills her white, open-plan home with indoor plants to break up the space Margo fills her white, open-plan home with indoor plants to break up the space Margo fills her white, open-plan home with indoor plants to break up the space Margo fills her white, open-plan home with indoor plants to break up the space Margo fills her white, open-plan home with indoor plants to break up the space Margo fills her white, open-plan home with indoor plants to break up the space Margo fills her white, open-plan home with indoor plants to break up the space Margo fills her white, open-plan home with indoor plants to break up the space Margo fills her white, open-plan home with indoor plants to break up the space Margo fills her white, open-plan home with indoor plants to break up the space

Margo and Krzysztof’s home truths


OUR HOME IS… where we work, play and relax together.
THERE ARE SIX OF US… Margo, Krzysztof, Bruno (9), Siamese cats Focus and Fusia, and Amelia, the pigmy hedgehog.
OUR PREVIOUS HOME… was decorated with much more colour, but now I prefer using indoor plants to bring our apartment to life.

‘I painted one wall grey and gave it a rough texture, to contrast with all the other walls being so smooth and white’

Margo, artist, Poland

A kitchen island creates a multipurpose space the family can share A kitchen island creates a multipurpose space the family can share A kitchen island creates a multipurpose space the family can share A kitchen island creates a multipurpose space the family can share A kitchen island creates a multipurpose space the family can share A kitchen island creates a multipurpose space the family can share A kitchen island creates a multipurpose space the family can share A kitchen island creates a multipurpose space the family can share A kitchen island creates a multipurpose space the family can share A kitchen island creates a multipurpose space the family can share A kitchen island creates a multipurpose space the family can share A kitchen island creates a multipurpose space the family can share

One room to grow, cook and eat in

Margo and Krzysztof moved the kitchen from a much smaller room – now Bruno’s bedroom – into the main living area. They use one worktop as a kitchen island, to create a multipurpose space that the whole family can share. ‘We all gather around
to cook, eat or study – and there’s plenty of light for my indoor plants!’ says Margo. ‘We don’t have curtains at any of the windows, to make the most of the sunlight.’

Margo makes the most of every surface for storage and display Margo makes the most of every surface for storage and display Margo makes the most of every surface for storage and display Margo makes the most of every surface for storage and display Margo makes the most of every surface for storage and display Margo makes the most of every surface for storage and display Margo makes the most of every surface for storage and display Margo makes the most of every surface for storage and display Margo makes the most of every surface for storage and display Margo makes the most of every surface for storage and display Margo makes the most of every surface for storage and display Margo makes the most of every surface for storage and display

Stacks of storage

Try using every level of the kitchen for display and storage – in Margo’s home, even the tops of the cabinets have become a plant shelf. She chose white doors, dark worktops and even monochrome artwork in the kitchen, so all her plants really stand out.

Display plants in hanging pots Display plants in hanging pots Display plants in hanging pots Display plants in hanging pots Display plants in hanging pots Display plants in hanging pots Display plants in hanging pots Display plants in hanging pots Display plants in hanging pots Display plants in hanging pots Display plants in hanging pots Display plants in hanging pots
Store herbs on the worktop for easy access when you’re cooking Store herbs on the worktop for easy access when you’re cooking Store herbs on the worktop for easy access when you’re cooking Store herbs on the worktop for easy access when you’re cooking Store herbs on the worktop for easy access when you’re cooking Store herbs on the worktop for easy access when you’re cooking Store herbs on the worktop for easy access when you’re cooking Store herbs on the worktop for easy access when you’re cooking Store herbs on the worktop for easy access when you’re cooking Store herbs on the worktop for easy access when you’re cooking Store herbs on the worktop for easy access when you’re cooking Store herbs on the worktop for easy access when you’re cooking
Display plants in glass vases and terrariums near a window Display plants in glass vases and terrariums near a window Display plants in glass vases and terrariums near a window Display plants in glass vases and terrariums near a window Display plants in glass vases and terrariums near a window Display plants in glass vases and terrariums near a window Display plants in glass vases and terrariums near a window Display plants in glass vases and terrariums near a window Display plants in glass vases and terrariums near a window Display plants in glass vases and terrariums near a window Display plants in glass vases and terrariums near a window Display plants in glass vases and terrariums near a window

‘I love watching plants change and grow inour home – and they’re an easy way to giveeach room an update as the seasons change’

Margo

Contrast modern furniture with vintage pieces Contrast modern furniture with vintage pieces Contrast modern furniture with vintage pieces Contrast modern furniture with vintage pieces Contrast modern furniture with vintage pieces Contrast modern furniture with vintage pieces Contrast modern furniture with vintage pieces Contrast modern furniture with vintage pieces Contrast modern furniture with vintage pieces Contrast modern furniture with vintage pieces Contrast modern furniture with vintage pieces Contrast modern furniture with vintage pieces

Let old meet new

‘We’re lucky to have inherited a few antiques from our grandparents,’ says Margo. ‘They bring our family’s heritage into our home and, alongside all the modern pieces, they really come to life.’ Margo’s favourite piece of modern-day design is the SPRUTT drawers: ‘I’ve made them unique by adding number labels, so now I know exactly which pencils, brushes and paints live behind each one.’

A low picture rail makes it easy to swap artwork round A low picture rail makes it easy to swap artwork round A low picture rail makes it easy to swap artwork round A low picture rail makes it easy to swap artwork round A low picture rail makes it easy to swap artwork round A low picture rail makes it easy to swap artwork round A low picture rail makes it easy to swap artwork round A low picture rail makes it easy to swap artwork round A low picture rail makes it easy to swap artwork round A low picture rail makes it easy to swap artwork round A low picture rail makes it easy to swap artwork round A low picture rail makes it easy to swap artwork round

‘With a picture rail just above the bed, we can easily swap the artwork around whenever we feel like it’

Margo

Bruno picked out all the furniture for his room Bruno picked out all the furniture for his room Bruno picked out all the furniture for his room Bruno picked out all the furniture for his room Bruno picked out all the furniture for his room Bruno picked out all the furniture for his room Bruno picked out all the furniture for his room Bruno picked out all the furniture for his room Bruno picked out all the furniture for his room Bruno picked out all the furniture for his room Bruno picked out all the furniture for his room Bruno picked out all the furniture for his room

Help your kids to create a space they’ll love

Bruno picked out all the furniture and bedding for his room. He really enjoys arts and crafts, so Margo set up an art station at his desk to make it easy to get creative. ‘Bruno does most of his homework in the living room with me, but he loves having his own desk in his bedroom for painting and drawing. My favourite thing about his room is all the storage – it encourages him to keep it tidy!’ says Margo.

Margo has painted a handy reminder on the front door Margo has painted a handy reminder on the front door Margo has painted a handy reminder on the front door Margo has painted a handy reminder on the front door Margo has painted a handy reminder on the front door Margo has painted a handy reminder on the front door Margo has painted a handy reminder on the front door Margo has painted a handy reminder on the front door Margo has painted a handy reminder on the front door Margo has painted a handy reminder on the front door Margo has painted a handy reminder on the front door Margo has painted a handy reminder on the front door
A floorplan of Margo’s home A floorplan of Margo’s home A floorplan of Margo’s home A floorplan of Margo’s home A floorplan of Margo’s home A floorplan of Margo’s home A floorplan of Margo’s home A floorplan of Margo’s home A floorplan of Margo’s home A floorplan of Margo’s home A floorplan of Margo’s home A floorplan of Margo’s home

Hardworking rooms


Multipurpose rooms mean lots of time together as a family. ‘In the living room we combine socialising, cooking, studying and relaxing, and our bedroom is also my art studio,’ says Margo. ‘But we like living this way – it means more time together, even when we’re each doing our own thing.’

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Photography: Dan Duchars
Styling: Louisa Grey

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