Luxurious Contemporary Apartment in Poland

Exotic artwork; Chinese, Japanese and Spanish influences; and luxury materials such as backlit onyx make this Central Warsaw flat a stunner. The customers, a couple in finance, traveling often and wanted their residence, which overlooks Łazienki Park, to reflect their love of the Orient and Spain. Working together with them “gave me the most joy,” says interior designer Pawel Sókol. “I heard from and was inspired by their own enthusiasm for layout — down to the most minute details.”

in a Glance
Warsaw, Poland
Size: 2,583 square feet
Designer’s question:
Sókol’s customers insisted on integrating onyx, marble, metal and wood –and design changes from the East and West — under a single roof.

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A reddish, flowerlike chandelier adds drama to a space where the ceilings are not very high. Paired together with the neutral, warm and earthy tones of the space, the headboard enhances the decoration and can be admired by the adjacent living room space.

Chandelier: Flower of Life, Willow Lamps

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A luxe custom drapery track is hidden underneath a header and glows from panel lighting; silk drapes breaking at the floor give a puddled appearance and some motion to the draperies.

In the front end of this space is an Alhambra carved-wood divider, one of the select pieces brought home to Poland from the customers’ journeys to Spain.

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Silver velvet sofas and an armchair contrast against the warm wood tones of the side tables, coffee table and floors. The metallic impact of this draperies and upholstery up the glam factor of this living room tastefully; the metallic motif extends to the circular centerpiece, silver frog figure and die-cast brass lampshade trio (the third lamp is not visible in this picture).

Lamps: Pasha, Luminara by Ceccotti

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The study has a serene view of the foliage from nearby Łazienki Park, which is home to many classical-style gardens and palaces.

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The customers’ love of Eastern layout is evident in this chinoiserie-inspired vignette: a pair of guardian lions, a Chinese porcelain plate and an altar table adjacent to a wood divider produced by a Polish carpenter employing a Japanese blossom print.

How to Insert Touches of Chinoiserie

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The Eastern influence extends itself into the restroom. A white lantern hovers over a vessel sink; red and white glass panels are placed between black iron frames with a Chinese geometric pattern.

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Sókol points out that the absence of cabinets, shelves and cabinets in the bedroom. “The bedroom is used for rest and sleep. Clothes, accessories, additional possessions have their place in the wardrobe in another room.”

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Sókol’s clients especially requested to integrate onyx to the interior layout. This picture shows backlit onyx panels at the ceiling, which include a visual richness that is preferred by luxury hospitality and commercial spaces. A small nook next to a center pillar with modular closets is used for coffee and afternoon tea.

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This shiny kitchen sink area looks like it could also belong within a luxury suite.

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This stunning receiving area by the flat elevator would be fitting at a contemporary hotel. It reflects the customers’ need for the same sleek look they enjoy while traveling abroad.

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Handmade Holiday: The Modern Wreath

Deck the halls (and doors) with wreaths of grandeur this holiday season — and all year. There is no shortage of creative wreaths nowadays. From unusual stuff to unexpected contours, I really like the contemporary spins on this classic Christmas decoration. Here’s inspiration to your wreath-making, whether you want a rustic contemporary wreath made of fresh greens or an eye-catching wreath crafted together with the pages of a vintage book.

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Agnes Blum

Our grandparents may have crafted wreaths made of yarn back in the day. However, this yarn wreath feels present — the choice of black and white yarn adds a contemporary spin.

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Old pages from a vintage book are glued and attached to a ring to make this vintage paper wreath. This wreath could easily decorate a room year-round.

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Here’s another wreath utilizing vintage pages. The newspaper is clustered together in several layers for added drama.


Here’s one you do not see everyday: an ice wreath! I really like this thought. The pops of red cranberries and greens floating in the ice feels so festive.

Tip: Wreaths are not limited to holiday décor. A simple wreath similar to this could be an easy way to dress up an entryway for a winter wedding.

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There is a contemporary simplicity to this set of boxwood wreaths, simply adorned with a bell and brown decoration. The green wreaths are stunning against the black doors.

Tip: This, the wreath hangers are the same colour as the doorways, so they disappear against the black paint.

Lemons are the primary element of this wreath, which can be much more yellow than green. It is a fresh alternative to traditional evergreen wreaths.

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This brown twiggy wreath includes a country modern fashion — and could definitely work as yearlong decoration.

Jeanette Lunde

Following is a wreath which you may keep up all year. A ring of pine cones makes for a simply contemporary twist on the timeless. The spare amount of pine cones adds to the rustic contemporary style of this wreath.

It’s hip to be square with those green wreaths. The shape is absolutely unexpected. I like how these square foot wreaths were hung over the window molding. It reminds me of eyeglasses hung over bookcases to break up the grid of shelves.

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This contemporary wreath looks like it is made from birdseed. It is a unique spin on the holiday decoration, but it fits right in with a mantel decked out in traditional greenery and silver mercury glass.

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Two contemporary DIY wreaths: a wreath made of red tinsel along with a wreath made of rolled up book pages attached to a foam wreath. I like the balance of shiny new tinsel and vintage book pages.

Here’s just another DIY twist in the newspaper wreath idea. This wreath is made up of vintage pages of a publication. The grade of this paper wreath is dramatic — there are layers and layers of rolled pages glued together.

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Make a Candy-Cane Striped Wreath

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