Recently, I have become enamored with mismatched flooring and Mediterranean tiles, and I am on the hunt for tips on how to achieve the look in a rental. Some sites say to use tile stickers; others recommend asking for forgiveness later and simply doing it under your landlord’s nose. “Who knows? They may even thank you once they see the results!” some suggest. Neither option seems quite ideal, so until I own a home and can oversee a total bathroom and kitchen renovation, I’ll be living vicariously through our stylish readers.
One pair lucky enough to lay their hands on envy-inducing tile work is Architectural Design Professor Renata Ramos and her husband, Henrique. Their one-bedroom home in Porto Alegre, the capital city of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, is full of it. The apartment’s outstanding design, which they outlined themselves, is the result of two likeminded partners working closely together. From the beginning, these two architecture buffs agreed their home must be both warm and modern. That’s a tricky balance to achieve, but sure enough, these visionaries have cracked the code. Personal mementos, family photos, brazen wall colors and pretty tiles are just a few of the clever design tricks this couple has employed to warm up their home’s streamlined architecture.
The renovated space has such an ease about it, you’d think it simply came together overnight — but years of planning and five months of construction went into making Renata and Henrique’s dream home a reality. “We love our house the way it is now,” Renata shares. “We dreamed [about] it for a long time, so during the renovation we tried to do everything we wanted.”
Renata had such a specific vision for the kitchen, in particular, she even went in after the installation, tore up some wrongly-placed tiles herself and then had them re-laid so the pattern was 100% perfect. Now that’s dedication. I can’t blame her, though. I’d be very particular, too, if I’d waited years and years for my vision of home to be realized. Click through to see exactly how the family gave their 1970s-era space a modern facelift, and pay close attention to the wood floors and, of course, that gorgeous kitchen. Enjoy! —Garrett
Photography by Marcelo Donadussi