After purchasing an apartment in a hip Prague neighborhood in 2009, a Czech media professional kept it mostly the same. Then last year, he asked his Italian partner, who happens to be our founder Daniele, to help redesign the entire 45-square-meter (484-square-foot) space on a small budget. Doing most of the work themselves, except electrical and plumbing, the pair were able to save a lot of money. They also mixed budget-friendly IKEA pieces with vintage finds that were fixed or reupholstered to save money while still creating a cool modern interior. The young, but sophisticated vibe benefits from the use of a fresh color palette, that included yellow, blue, aqua, dark grey, and black.