The Flat with the Lying Down Bookshelf

I got to know Rucsandra in Bucharest.  She had arrived at my place for the first time in a green velvet jacket, black boots,  red lipstick and lots of ideas. She is a young professional, a budding poet and photographer with innumerable friends on face book -consisting of maybe one tenth of Romanian youth in Bucharest-who she can mobilize with one invite! (well,she did-when she helped with my exhibition)
Like many young Romanians she is talented, loves her family but would like nothing of the country’s communist dictatorship past. But she does not deny it.With her beautifully quirky taste in fashion and her creativity -it was only to be expected that she would have an interesting home.
Here it is …

Old arm chairs covered in fabric,  a shopping bag to hold magazines, and an old Underwood typewriter which belonged to her grandmother give her flat an accent of orange and black, echoed through out.

She says , and it finds resonance with me and probably many of you, that if there was one thing she wanted to avoid in her house- then that was the cold and impersonal appearance that is typical of many Romanian homes (and others across the world !).

Also,they look like homes which have no family history (in the case of Romanians,she says,they even deny it).She wanted to keep some history but make it more contemporary. So here is the fabulous piece she created..

A twenty year old bookshelf that had been made by Rucsandra’s father has been converted to a coffee table and a ‘lying down’ bookshelf !   I absolutely love this piece !

She has covered it with an  interesting collage from scraps of wrapping paper and old magazine cuttings.
This changeable cover, below, is put on when she has friends over. It is, very simply, and effectively, a plank of pressed wood covered with a poster !

Here is what it looks like in a room setting.  Fabulous !..

An old armchair and cushions are draped in interesting black and white printed fabric(go ahead, take this idea! If you don’t like a chair, just drape a piece of fabric over it!). On top of the chair sit two collages-one of them made by Rucsandra.  Oh! and an old television makes the base for a handy table  !
And finally, an old lace shrug thrown over a lamp casts interesting shadows.

Here is the special thing- you don’t have to have expensive things to make a place (or yourself ) look beautiful- you can do it for almost free !
With what you already have and a few ideas !

So get going and do something similar ! If you have ANY creative ideas- tiny or big- you have applied in your home-  please do email them to me.  It would be fabulous to see it and share it !      My email :

And  thank you Rucsandra, for letting me share this !


About Adity

Hello ! You are either already a friend or will become one--through this medium! I am an artist and jewellery maker, a wife and mother to two lovely children. Beautiful homes, food, nature and wonderful things happening around me make me ecstatic. That is why I started to write this blog-- to share with you all of these things. After all what good is any experience if not shared !
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