We love to visit homes that tell a story and the one we visited this time around was no exception. At the start of Spring, we were invited to the home of Natália Pažická, a Slovak greenfluencer, listed in Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ and founder of the initiative #everyindividualmatters. She’s lived in many places, including Prague and Amsterdam, however, we visited her at her new apartment in Bratislava. Furnished in a short period of time, Natália’s home reflects her love for practical and aesthetic pieces, but especially the emphasis on eco-friendly interior design materials made to last.
It was love at first sight. When I first entered into this apartment, I said aloud, “This one is beautiful!” Still, I thought it would take me a while to get used to living in a new place but, instead, I felt at home here instantly. Perhaps it’s because it’s in a new build. The apartment has no history and I like that. It’s like a blank canvas that we can fill with only the things that suit us.
My boyfriend is the essence of home. The fact that we’re here for each other. We lived together in a number of apartments in Amsterdam. Whatever the place, it’s my boyfriend that brings the ‘at home’ feeling.
An architect helped us with the design of the apartment’s fundamental parts, like made-to-measure wardrobes and the kitchen. All the rest, like furniture and furnishings, is what I and my boyfriend chose.
We never disagree! And so that’s how it was with this flat, too! (laughing) Naturally and readily, I was in charge of the research and design because that’s what I love to do and he agreed with my suggestions. We’ve been together for almost a decade, so we know well what each of us likes.
All these practical ideas came from a well-known source – Pinterest. (laughing). I found a lot of inspiration there.
I wanted a bright apartment. Any black element, even just one, would stand out too much. We have enough black items in our wardrobes! So, I wanted to avoid black in my home interior and it’s worked out well.
Happiness, peace and love.
We don’t change anything at all - everything that we have and is where it is, went through thorough questing if it's the right piece and if we really need it. For me, sustainability is all about not buying junk. I love every single piece in this apartment and I trust it will serve us long.
I spent quite a long time looking for practically every item. With the sofa, for example, I knew I had to see it and sit on it before we could order it, so we went to Vienna twice for that before we made the final decision. I decided not to buy similar items to the ones I wanted until I came upon the ideal. For example, the vase over there - I spent about six months looking for the right one.
Definitely the Hay brand. I love their functional design combined with bright colours. Then the Czech brand sosone, which again has beautiful functional design and everything comes from the workshop in Zlín.
The dishwasher. Absolutely. We have an awesome relationship and I often thank it for its existence. (laughing)
When we started furnishing the apartment, some dilemmas arose for while - I had never bought so many things and different materials in my life! I wanted our apartment to reflect our true selves. We never bought temporary items that would be replaced with the ‘real thing’ in time. Instead, we preferred being without the item for a while. Quality pieces, timeless design, and most importantly, carefully considering whether we really needed the item or not in the first place. I also tried to address the material itself, but that wasn't possible for everything - and besides, what's the ideal material these days? Everything leaves a footprint, so buying with consideration is the alpha and omega.
Give yourself ample decision time before you make a purchase. There’s no need to have everything within 48 hours. We thought long and hard before every purchase – sometimes sleeping on the idea for even a week before deciding it’s truly the item we want and that it will fit in well. However, seeing as I know my buying behavior pretty well now (thanks to years of practicing conscious consumerism), our table, for example, was simply love at first sight. I knew, right away, that it was made for us!
There are people like my mum (hi Mum!) who find our apartment a bit empty - they are used to homes filled with ornaments, statues, magnets, etc. Such little things give them a feeling of ‘home’. But for me, such items are just dust collectors and visual clutter. I needed a clutter-free home, a place where we can work without distractions, as both I and my boyfriend work from home a lot. I think our interior breathes and I feel very calm in it.
A projector! (laughing) It’s one of the things that serve us really well. I was surprised by how much better it is than a classic TV.
Definitely your Colour Melange collection. We have a pale pink sofa and I knew I needed to, firstly, protect it (laughing) and secondly jazz it up with different shades of pink or colour. Finding something that I could throw over the sofa other than a blanket (which wasn’t exactly what I was looking for) seemed difficult until I discovered your products.
At present, from Lejaan, I have everything I need. We own (some would say, only) two sets of bedding. When one goes in the wash, we dress the bed in the other. Every single Lejaan item that we own makes us happy and serves us well- we don’t want to accumulate what we don’t need.
A blanket. I think a blanket is the last thing we would like to get for the apartment. To this day, I haven’t come across one that meets all my requirements.
having breakfast with my boyfriend. He’s the one that makes breakfast in the morning and we always have it together. He gets up before me, makes breakfast, and then wakes me so we can have breakfast together.
well, that changes. At present, every time I walk into the bathroom, I say how much I like it. (laughing)
a painting by Viktor Frešo and the newest addition by Míša Červená.
Old ‘home-wear’ pieces. I hate throwing out clothes so some items are even 12 years old.
we always prepare food, a dessert, and homemade Kombucha. I’m a foodie and love to enjoy it with people I like.
A night owl.
I’m scared of ticks, so a hotel. (laughing) But I most like Airbnb and or sleeping over at someone’s home.
Oh, oh! I like a bit of both.
I’m the chaos, but I try for perfect order.
Both have their magic.
Visually I like the Mix & Match style, but for practical reasons, I go for monotone.
Beige Wooden Essence Bedsheet
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