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Making open-plan feel like outdoors

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 and Krzysztof’s home truths

There are six of us… Margo, Krzysztof, Bruno (9), Siamese cats Focus and Fusia, and Amelia, the pigmy hedgehog.

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

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.’

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.

I love watching plants change and grow in our home – and they’re an easy way to give each room an update as the seasons change


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.’

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


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.

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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Photographer: Dan Duchars
Styling: Louisa Grey
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