Mari Reynolds, além de morar no imóvel, é a pessoa por trás de toda a decoração (ela é natural de Tóquio, Japão, mas atualmente vive na Califórnia). O apartamento é impecável e é difícil acreditar que tantas coisas tenham sido criadas dentro de poucos 69m². Sendo alugado, as paredes também não podiam ser pintadas. É, enfim, um belo exemplo de como contornar os revezes da vida real e fazê-los trabalhar a seu favor.
Mari não só autorizou a publicação das imagens (vejam sua página original no Flickr de almostbunnies), mas também foi muito gentil em responder a algumas perguntas que fiz a ela (abaixo em Português e no original):
IH - Como você começou a se interessar por design de interiores? Quais suas fontes de inspiração?
IH - How did you get interested in interior design? What are your sources of inspiration?
I started decorating my place more Country Cottage, but as I was living in it I realized having everything in Country taste was just too hard as country things tend to be not "practical." Then I started mixing more contemporary pieces like my bookcase from IKEA into my somewhat country test, and I started feeling more comfortable in it. Also I have this book by a Japanese publisher full of pictures of Paris apartments and houses decorated by real people. They are very laid-back and not trying too hard and yet very sophisticated. I use this book as my inspiration all the time.
Eu adoro quando as coisas estão no lugar. Eu quero que as coisas relacionadas ao escritório fiquem no escritório, itens de cozinha na cozinha, não no quarto debaixo da cama, ou sob o sofá na sala, etc.
I have about 20 boxes full of bank statements, insurance etc everything we need in the letter boxes on the bookshelf and nowhere else. The idea of having this documents here and that paperwork there in the bedroom would absolutely drive me crazy! The key to have them organized is to go though them once in a while and keep only what we need.
My biggest challenge was how to fit 2 desks in a tiny dining room area and not make it clumpy. As both my hubby and I are on the computers all the time, I really wanted to fit 2 desks in the dining room so we can interact with each other when the other person is in the living room. We got a tiny desk from IKEA for my husband and I myself bought raw pine wood, cut it in the size I wanted, painted it in white and just added steel legs from IKEA.
IH - Você visualiza seus ambientes concluídos desde o início ou o processo é mais longo?
IH - Do you see your rooms finished from the start or it is a longer process?
MR - It's been about 5 years since we've been here but I still don't feel like I'm done. I keep finding something I want to change all the time. Because we rent, we do not want to invest in any expensive furniture - so we still use some hands-me-down pieces like a sofa and just conceal it with a simple slip cover (believe it or not the sofa you see in my living room is green and red inside! ) , buy raw wood and cut & paint ourselves etc. I'm just enjoying the process and challenges of making a small rent place cute and personal.
Agradeço novamente a Mari Reynolds por ter permitido o uso das imagens e por toda sua colaboração.