Heart Home takes a tour around Paola Secchiaroli's stunning Milan Apartment. Based in the buzzing area of Navigli, this old Italian apartment has been totally restyled. We chat to Paola about how it all came about.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Paola, a communication and events consultant.
2. Where do you live?
I live in Milan, in the Navigli area, a very lively district full of small, typical artisan shops, cozy cafes and restaurants, art galleries. The last Sunday of the month there's a very popular traditional antiques market where we bought a lot of stuff for our house.
3. Who do you live with?
I live with my husband Roberto and my 5 years old boy Leonardo.
4. Tell us a little bit about your home.
It’s a semidetached house built around 1950, which we bought in 2006. It’ surrounded by trees, gardens and parks. Sometimes it’s hard to believe we actually live in the city!
5. What made you choose to live here in this property?
The house was in bad condition, but we could instantly appreciate the light and the large space... It was not easy to see the potential at the beginning, but we are now so very happy with the result!
6. What improvements have you made?
We actually refurbushed it completely, it really needed to be modernized! We also wanted to re-organise the space: an open space living room, two bathrooms, two bedrooms and a study/ guest room.
7. How big a job was it?
It was very big job and we were not ready at all! I’m all about styling and decorating, but dealing with builders and technical issues is certainly not my strength - fortunately there was my husband for that ;).
8. Were there any particular problems to overcome?
Luckily there wasn’t any.
9. What are you most proud of in your home?
Probably the living room: it’s very spacious, bright and well organised. It certainly is the room where we spend most of the time together.
10. Where do you find inspiration?
I would say almost everywhere: pictures that I see on internet, TV or magazines, or something I see in a restaurant or a hotel during our travels, while I walk in the city,…