One thing can be said for Michal Negrin – she is a woman with definitive style.
There is no doubting from the moment you walk into her home who owns it. It’s sort of fabulous in a way. The same way that I love this insane pink and purple house in my neighborhood owned by one of the local geriatric mafia (my nickname for the seniors in the neighborhood who flag you down when driving and order ask you to drive them to the center of town – they kind of ignore if you say no and get in anyway).
It’s not a small apartment if you consider the size of the rooms, but there is so much crammed into the space, you’d never know it.
I love the wood floor and the ceiling detail (there’s a word for it but I’m half asleep trying to finish this post so whatever it is – I’ll fix it later when Judy reads this and emails me).
I hate the fake flowers. Honestly, they should just be banned. Such ugly rubbish creating dust and nightmares for allergic people everywhere.
The furniture and carpets are nice. I liked the carpets – the fabric on the furniture is her own design (on most of them – the colorful patterned ones at least). All together they are overwhelming, but if you burned the drapes and threw out 70% of her tchochkes the apartment might be livable for someone who wasn’t a Michal Negrin fanatic.
Ok, don’t throw them away, just edit them down significantly. Cause this is what the whole place looks like. That much. Everywhere.
But at the same time all of these pieces would look amazing in moderation somewhere else. It’s just that all of them together is way too much for my senses.
The kitchen, on the other hand, was just divine. I don’t mind a bit of kitsch and color in the kitchen – and with the ivory cabinets as a clean backdrop there was just the right mix of pattern and plain.
That’s not to say that her stuff isn’t all over the kitchen as well…
Have I mentioned how much I hate fake flowers…
I want that sink. I’m ignoring that the tap doesn’t match the style of anything else in the place. It’s the same tap I have at home (i.e. a normal one).
It’s a 2 bedroom place – but her daughter had moved out recently and the room hasn’t been fixed up into anything yet, as I can fully understand.
More pictures coming next Saturday…
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