Meet Katerina and her beautiful home

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I know I’ve kept you waiting a little bit longer, but today it is finally time for a new “IG Homes” interview. We are visiting Czech Republic once again, this time to meet the lovely Katerina behind @bykoczanska.

I am so impressed how loved the Scandinavian style is, even outside the Nordic countries and I am always curious to see how people manage to incorporate it in their homes. Today we will discover a space built up on a monochrome base, filled with soft touches of wood and greens, which makes it feel balanced, calm and interesting… and I can sense a small addiction for beautiful prints (welcome to my world!).

So let’s discover more about Katerina and her beautiful home!

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1. Try to define your personal interior style with only 3 words. Grey, B&W, natural.

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2. Do you have a philosophy when it comes to your home? I have no philosophy. I try to keep our house airy and cozy. I like simple lines complemented by elements of natural colors and materials.

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3. What made you start your IG account?  I started to write my blog about our home in November last year. It was my first impulse to create an IG account.

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4. Do you feel you have a good contact with your followers?  I think I do. Mostly every day I share a new photo and I look forward to the reaction of the others. Usually I try to answer all the questions about our interior. Positive feedback is very important to me. Thanks to the fact I know it makes sense to me as well as to my followers.

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5. Do you have a favourite piece in your home at the moment? Does it have a story that you can share with us? My favourite places in our house are associated with my posters obsession. I like various prints in the frames. So now you can find a new gallery wall in the dining area and also in the livingroom. I must admit that I can not imagine our house without many plants around. They are for me a kind of therapy.

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6. Where do you find your inspiration?  I follow many talented bloggers, I also get inspiration from nature and the things I usually see around me in my daily routine. Instagram, Pinterest, design and lifestyle magazines are a must. 

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7. Do you think you have a styling addiction? If yes, is this affecting the people around you? 🙂 Yes! I can’t just look at the same walls, same decorations on the shelves, same furniture layout… So, there’s always something changing in my home. My partner doesn’t mind. I think he just got used to all the changes over time. Only occasionally he has trouble finding things. ☺ And my friends? They are always wondering where I find the time and energy to do that.

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8. What is currently on your wish list when it comes to your home?  I’m a woman who constantly needs something. There is a string shelf system on my wish list for a long time, so I hope that this dream will come true soon. We plan the reconstruction of our kitchen and bathroom on the 1st floor. Still something☺ There are really many things that I would like to have but I must learn to be patient and fulfill my dreams gradually.

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9. “Less is more” or “More is more”?  Certainly „Less is more“.

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10. Best moment of your day?  There are two favourite moments in my day. Mornings when I have to wake up and take my daughter to the nursery school. She is always sleepy and sooo cute. And then the „me time“ when the whole house is peaceful and calm and I have my first coffee alone.

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11. Favourite day of your lifeThe day when I saw my daughter for the first time.

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12. Name one thing you were scared to do, but you did it anyway. For quite a long time, I wanted to decorate one wall in the bedroom with some very dark paint. When after several layers of paint the wall was still spotty, I wasn’t sure if I did the right thing. But after the third layer of paint it started to look good. Today I’m glad I made that decision. The bedroom looks more luxurious and cozier.

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13. If some one would write a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?  The woman who still has to do something.

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14. Any piece of advice you would like to share with the world? Once I read a beautiful sentence by Stephen P. Anderson and I had to make a note: „Form and function aren’t separate items. If we believe that style some how exists independent of functionality, that we can treat aesthetics and function as two separate pieces, then we ignore the evidence that beauty is much more than decoration.“

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Thank you so much Katerina for sharing your thoughts and photos with us. If you would like to see more, make sure you follow Katerina’s Instagram account and check her blog.

Thank you for reading and wish you all a wonderful Sunday!

12 thoughts on “Meet Katerina and her beautiful home”

  1. I found something interesting – if rather subtle – in Katerina’s home: the use of vintage industrial accents. They’re peppered here in there in the images you feature here but also on her IG feed. I found that interesting because it’s a bit unusual for a Nordic-inspired interior, at least in my opinion, based on the interiors I’ve seen. Some of the pendants and certainly the writing desk are very much inspired by vintage industrial look. Not sure how much of it is intentional but it’s there 🙂

    I love love love the play area in the little girl’s room, especially the small kitchen area that’s even embellished with a miniature bialetti! I immediately imagined our little Giselle running around something like that… definitely gave me a few ideas ;o]

    I was very curious to read her blog but it’s in Czech and, unfortunately, I’m only fluent in English and Russian :\ I had a Czech roommate in graduate school but I’m afraid most of the words I picked up from him have to do with alcohol and the unmentionable lol

    Have a wonderful week Natalia – looking forward to your next creation!

    1. Hi Alex,
      Your comment surprised me a bit. There are a lots of industrial elements in the Nordic homes. It is always a mix, not a 100% industrial look, but the elements are there, for sure. Few years ago that was the only think you could see everywhere 🙂
      Yes, I am sure your sweet little girl will enjoy some similar pieces in her own room 🙂 Can’t wait to see it!
      I am familiar with 5 languages, but none of them has anything to do with Czech, so I also have to use Google to translate it 🙂
      Wish you a lovely Wednesday afternoon and thanks again for visiting!

      Natalia

    1. Thank you, I am glad you liked it! Katerina’s home is very inspiring for many of us.
      You are doing a great job with styling your home too 🙂 I like it!
      A wonderful Wednesday evening to you and thank you for visiting!

      Natalia xx

    2. Thank you,
      I am glad you liked it! Katerina’s home is very inspiring for many of us.
      And you are doing a great job with styling your own home too 🙂 I like it!
      A wonderful Wednesday evening to you and thank you for visiting!

      Natalia xx

  2. Good morning my dear friend. I am a bit late with my comment but I read your interview with Katka immediately after you have posted it. The circumstances that you know about didn’t allow me to write some words sooner but I couldn’t let this amazing article without comment.
    I love Katerina’s home so much not just because she is a good friend of mine. Her house is so clean and balanced. I admire all the design details which are perfectly deployed and make the harmonious whole. Kidsroom of her little princess is a dream as well as livingroom and dinning area with all the amazing prints. Her ideas and eye for beutiful things are such an inspiration to many people living in the Czech who like new trends of Nordic style in here. I am very happy you have decided to share this amazing living with your readers. Very good job again Naty. I am curious who will be the next. Many hugs to you from me and Kiki.

    1. My dear Klara,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to write this beautiful comment. I love Katerina’s home too! There are so many inspiring elements through the entire home. You are both an inspiration to so many people, not only from Czech Republic, but from all over the world. It is so nice to see how loved the Scandinavian style is! Well done both of you!
      Hope your day has been a good one and wish you and Kiki a really nice and cozy evening!

      Hugs,
      Natalia

  3. Again a beautiful home with lots of inspiration. I follow Katerina on IG as well and I am always in love with her styling.

    Greetings from Germany,
    Alexandra

    1. Yes, you are right, so much inspiration in Katerina’s home. Seems that everyone loves the interviews and I am so happy to share these beautiful homes. It was a great idea to start this category.
      Hope you weekend will be as lovely as you wish for!

      Natalia xx

  4. I am very late with my comment for this lovely interview – you know the reasons why, my sweet Natalia – but I truly feel a need to leave some words, because Katerinas home is one of the most inspring and individual homes I have ever seen. It is designed and cosy same time and her wall art always takes my breath away. Loved to read this interview. It´s funny how you nearly always choose one of my favourite accounts for your interviews…:-) . Somehow we are truly kindredsouls :-).
    Sending you a lot of hugs !

    1. I am glad you liked Katerina’s home as well! I had no idea you knew her feed already. And yes, the art on her walls always catch my eyes too! Lets see if the person I’ll chose for the next interview will be another favourite of yours 🙂
      All my best wishes to you, my wonderful friend! I’ve really missed you here!
      Hugs,
      Natalia

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