Vintage Lisbon Apartment Updated with Contemporary Style by Tiago Patricio Rodrigues

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What happens when six bedrooms become two? This is where Portuguese architect Tiago Patricio Rodrigues stepped in to help a client who wanted to refurbish a 1,184-square foot 20s-era Lisbon apartment. The new plan realized a wider two-bedroom contemporary flat that retains much of the original architectural charm but zips it up with vivid color and lighthearted details. (Note the presence of carved moldings — original detail from the building — that were graciously left alone save for a bright new coat of white paint.) The living room, in deep peacock blue, is at once welcoming and invigorating; accents of gold and purple on contemporary chairs make it stand out in all the best ways…while vintage china plates hanging on the wall give it a classic nod to its heritage.

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In this update, light plays a key role: above a white bookshelf and partial wall, beaming through a transom, shining in a hallway with antique-framed art and a kitchen with a vintage “rug” as wall décor. It portrays the sun over a dining room doorway — approached by sculpted birds flying upward. Dazzling green geometric flooring makes a galley kitchen feel roomier, while a stately lamp on the master bedroom ceiling harks back to the home’s roots. Up one step is the ensuite bathroom — which can be cleverly camouflaged with a white folding door. Another bath is all in green and white, with an orchid as a graceful Eastern-themed accent. The architect calls this project “Contemporary Memories” — an apt description for a blend of history and modernity, of holding onto treasures while maintaining an uncluttered whole.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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