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A new life for one in a small apartment

03 September 2016

High above the busy streets of Rome, Elisabetta’s apartment of calming whites and greys is a tranquil, well-ordered haven – somewhere to take a moment, breathe, re-focus. Which is exactly what Elisabetta did when she decided she needed to change her life. ‘A year ago, I broke up with my boyfriend, lost over 20 kilos and began following my dream of running a supper club from home,’ she says. ‘She invites us inside...

Take a tour of Elisabetta’s calming white and grey home
A portrait of Elisabetta

Elisabettas’s home truths

MY HOME IS… a reflection of me. The picture wall above my sofa shows the journey of everything I’ve achieved so far – running, losing weight, following my dreams.

I SHARE MY HOME… with my two cats, Diego and Trilly, and a constantly changing mix of guests at my weekly supper clubs.

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION… is a sentiment I believe in. Life’s too short not to enjoy yourself! My secret is good food, good drink and good exercise – but not too much of any of them.

Elisabetta’s photo wall reflects her personality

‘Open-plan living really suits me – I have cosy areas for when I’m relaxing alone, plus it’s welcoming and practical whenever I’m entertaining guests’

Elisabetta, sommelier, Italy

Don’t hide candles and glassware away

Store and display

Not everything has to be hidden away when not in use. Make a feature of favourite candles, glassware and keepsakes by arranging them on open shelving or sideboards. ‘I store all the table dressings for my supper club on the sideboard by my kitchen,’ says Elisabetta. ‘It suits my style – the vase of corks reminds me of all the memorable evenings I’ve hosted.’

Dress your windows

Layering windows and patio doors with two sets of curtains gives you more chance to control the light and temperature in the room, while framing and softening the view. ‘When people come here for the first time, I open the door and they say, “Oh, how beautiful”. That makes me happy,’ says Elisabetta. ‘I’ve tried to use colours, but I get bored after a month. With white, grey and beige, I never get restless. They’re my colours.’

Add cushions and rugs to your outdoor space

An outdoor room for all seasons

Enjoy an outside space at all times of year, with cushions and sheepskins for warmth and a rug to add comfort and help define the space. ‘The terrace is a bright space, even in winter,’ says Elisabetta. ‘I love to sit here, it feels like an extension of my living room.’

Layer pillows, cushions and throws for a cosy bedroom

Layer up your bed

Even in a clean, monochrome colour scheme, you can give your bed a feeling of cosiness by piling on pillows, cushions and throws in rich textures. ‘My cats have endorsed my bed,’ says Elisabetta. ‘They spend every day here.’

‘I’ve learned to listen to my heart – whether it comes to the look of my home or changing my life. It feels like a risk at the time, but I’m much happier as a result’


Home tour: Elisabetta’s modern apartment

Step into Elisabetta’s open-plan home for one in Rome.

A floorplan of Elisabetta’s home

A roman retreat

‘Home for me is about finding serenity in the city. My apartment is my paradise for one, small but well formed, with a large outdoor space – 30m2 on top of the 50m2 interior. When I step through the door at the end of the day, I feel myself instantly start to unwind.’

Made by

Photography: Dan Duchars
Styling: Emily Henson

Visit Elisabetta’s supper club at appartamento9.it

Artwork in bedroom Amy Judd