Interior Design – Q & A with Ivana Maksimovic – Lustica Bay Homeowner

  • By Luštica Bay
  • 20 Jul, 2016
What drew you to become an interior designer?
I was born with a nesting instinct and appreciation of all things pretty. I am known to come to friends’ places and move their furniture around. I end up making them rearrange their sofas or coffee tables just for fun if I think the place would look better. They think I’m crazy!

Can you remember the first project you worked on?
When I was 7 my parents bought me a fabulous dollhouse that was a meter tall and was beautifully made all in wood with few rooms in it. I would get my grandmother to help me sew bed covers and tablecloths for it.

You recently bought a home in Luštica Bay, why did you choose Montenegro?
My parent’s holiday house was always in Bay of Kotor so this is where my heart is.

Luštica Bay looks over the beautiful Adriatic ocean, how has the sea influenced the interiors of your home?
I love coastal decoration to the point that even my London home looks like some bright, airy place on the sea.
Do you have any top tips to remember when dressing a home by the sea?
Keep it simple and clutter free. White always works with some green and blue thrown in. Start collecting shells and taking pictures of beautiful things around you. A pretty palm tree leaf always work well on the wall.

We love entertaining, how would you design a space to host friends and family?

I always keep it casual but very, very stylish. Even your plates, napkins and glasses have to be thought about and striking.

Has Montenegro inspired any of your interiors?

All the art on my walls was taken by me on the Luštica peninsula.

Montenegro is full of boutique shops, do you have any favourites?

 An antique shop full of beautiful china in Prcanj, shell shop within the walls of old town Kotor, Heidi Klein for candles and beach clothes and fresh fruit and vegetables market in Kotor.

What do you think are the main interior trends this year?

Being individual and true to location and your family’s personal way of life can never be wrong.


Which designers or artists do you admire?

My architectural background has always drawn me to the work of Candida Hoffer. Massimo Vitali’s work reminds me of beach life in Montenegro. There are many others. I enjoy a lot of artists.


Do you have a favourite restaurant in Montenegro?

Ribarsko Selo for the best carpaccio, Stari Mlini for authentic interior and my balcony for the best view.

If you had one day in Montenegro how would you spend it?

On a small boat in the bay of Kotor.

Where’s your favourite place in the world?

Where ever sun shines but I love Harbour Island, Mustique, St Barths during winter but it has to be Montenegro during the summer.

What do you never leave home without?

My diamonds.

What do you think makes a happy home?

Happy people.

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