A reform of a cozy two-story house that was originally a dark garage features fresh decor mixing rustic and vintage, located in El Poblenou, a beach district of Barcelona, Spain. With a tight budget and plenty of imagination, the owner decided to tear down the original garage and in its place, a solar house of two levels. During the reform, there was a problem with a narrow floor plan and very little natural light. This is where designer José Luis Hausmann came into play, solving the problems with clever solutions. To begin with, he allocated space on the ground level for a living area, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. On the first floor, you will find an open concept living room, kitchen and a terrace with a jacuzzi. To meet the budget limitations, wood scaffolding was applied to the flooring and doors of the house. Additionally, the sofas of the two living areas and the terrace are built-in with upholstered cushions decorating them. To bring in more light, the walls, ceiling beams and floors were painted white to reflect light. When the structure was complete, the furnishings and accessories had to be carefully selected in order to avoid going over budget. Pieces needed to not only be functional, but also appealing, creating a harmonious atmosphere.
Since the house is situated close to the sea, the owner wished for decor that evokes typical Mediterranean architecture, picking up hints of blue. This was reflected in the doors being painted light blue, reclaimed furnishings updated in the same tones and even the accessories selected with shades of blue. Mediterranean influences are instilled in the use of natural fibers, such as wicker baskets, straw hats and bags, all infusing a rustic air into the living spaces. How do we grade this reform? We see beautiful spaces that come alive, full of simple ideas and fabulous results! What do you think, please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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This compact penthouse apartment was beautifully reconfigured for a couple and their daughter by architect Marcos Mar, located in Barcelona, Spain. The flat is comprised of only 721 square feet (67 square meters), yet the clever layout makes this small home feel very spacious. The interior spaces feature an open concept living room, dining room with seating for ten, kitchen, home office, two bedrooms and a terrace. The homeowners love to cook, so the distribution is perfect for the family to invite friends over to gather around the table. The walls form a visual separation between the public and private spaces of the home. The living room offers plenty of space to enjoy reading, with plenty of storage and shelving for books and accessories. In the bedroom area there is workspace for two people with high cabinets and a fixed glass partition in the middle for natural light to filter through. Sliding doors doors close off the spaces without loosing square footage, while tilt windows allow natural ventilation without taking up space. The master bedroom is at one end of the apartment, which has a large closet. The little girl’s room is furnished with a bunk bed, a wardrobe and a desk. The architect designed a clever contraption to divide the floor. On the side of the living area is a bookcase, in the bedroom a desk area with high cabinets. The sliding door can “break” the table into two parts, leaving part in the study area and one in the child’s bedroom.
Despite minimal dimensions the two bedrooms offer a great deal of functionality. The master bedroom features a floor-to-ceiling closet, with sliding door, it turns into a full wardrobe. The headboard behind the bed has integrated nightstands. The children’s bedroom has a bunk bed, which on the lower bunk has lots of pillows designed to be a cozy sofa space, this offers more play space, but will unfold into a double bed when needed. The end result is a charming home full of natural light and clever, functional spaces that cater to the family’s lifestyle. We just love this smart apartment configuration, it feels so spacious with such limited square footage. What do you think of this clever design?
Have a look at some other fabulous home tours we have presented in the past here on 1 Kindesign featuring clever small space configurations:
Photos: El Mueble
Charming Parallel is a self catering apartment that was completely transformed by Sinergia Soluciones Constructivas, located in Poble Sec, a trendy area of Barcelona, Spain. The project focused on changing the distribution of the floor plan to make it more functional and bright and renovate the facilities to be more comfortable. The goal was to create an inviting apartment attractive for any tourist visiting Barcelona. The design team carefully preserved some of the original features of the home, which includes vaulted ceilings and exposed brick walls. The apartment consists of an open plan living area, dining and kitchen and two bedrooms, each with its own balcony. These common and private zones are delineated by a wall that connects and separates the spaces with sliding doors. Through a large skylight, the living room gains luminosity. The finishes and decoration creates harmony throughout.
The design team has thought of everything to make your stay relaxing, from ultra comfortable beds, to quiet rooms and ambient lighting… if you are interested in staying here, check out this bookings for this holiday apartment here.
The combination of the original brick and white walls gives maximum value to decorative coatings and achieves a visual continuity between the bedrooms and the common area, while creating a greater feeling of spaciousness. Its textures and stark contrast creates an excellent backdrop for a decoration that combines eco, rustic and shabby chic.
In need of some more 1 Kindesign inspiration? Have a look at some past features of apartments in Spain: Charming retro apartment in Madrid brimming with personality and Exquisite apartment in Santander with delicious details.
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This bright and airy minimalist penthouse attic was completed by interior designer Katty Schiebeck, located in Sant Gervasi, a district in Barcelona, Spain. Comprised of 861 square feet (80 square meters) of living space, the design team was looking to maximize the terrace space to take advantage of the surrounding privileged views. The terrace was at the core of the design, bringing in light through glass windows and a sliding patio doorway. It is an extension of the hallway and the home office, featuring inviting and cozy furnishings, since the weather in Barcelona allows homeowner’s to use the outdoor space for most of the year. The interiors feature a backdrop of crisp white walls with neutral elements decorating the spaces, helping to maximize the feeling of space and luminosity.
The living room features a step up to make this small home more visually interesting and feel more spacious. The fireplace wall is the focal point to the room, featuring a small built-in seating nook on one side and a firewood niche on the other. A black and white painting on the wall gives character to the space, while a fur area rug adds texture and warmth to the wide wood plank flooring. What do you think of this compact penthouse, are you into minimalist living?
We have featured plenty of penthouses here on 1 Kindesign, so if you are looking for more wonderful inspiration, you have come to the right place. Have a look at some other great features with a modernized styling: Trendy glamor showcased in penthouse loft in DUMBO and Open and Transparent Penthouse Design in Tel Aviv.
Photos: Courtesy of Katty Schiebeck
This stunning triplex home hovers over the Barcelona, Spain skyline, renovated by interior designer Bruno Reymond, owner of the shop La Maison de l’Elephant. The designer’s shop is situated in Ibiza, and he designed this striking vacation home to live off season. When he purchased the home, it was uninhabited and had not been renovated for the past twenty years. The interiors were very compartmentalized and in need of being open up and letting natural light penetrate the spaces. Spread out over three levels, the designer let his imagination run wild, creating bold and stylish interiors that are an eclectic mix of styles. Over the course of the renovation, walls were torn down to create generous living surfaces with four bedrooms.
The elephant head at the entrance to the home is a lacquered bronze with automotive paint, symbolizing the identity of the store La Maison de l’Elephant. Welcoming you into the home is a Swedish chair and a console table from 1971. We love the glossy wood flooring against the monochromatic color scheme of black and white with pops of yellow and red used sparsely. A very cool pad, perfect for a bachelor, what do you think?
Do you love the look of this monochromatic home? Have a look at some others we have showcased here on 1 Kindesign with a similar color scheme of black and white: Shophouse inspires drama in black and white and Black and white interiors with wood accents in Poland: D24 House.
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Interior designer Pia Capdevila gave a beautiful triplex a fresh renewal, creating the perfect home for relaxing and entertaining friends in Barcelona, Spain. Spread out over three levels, the new homeowners wanted the home to be their personal oasis to enjoy their hobbies, reading, cooking and inviting friends over. The design is very fresh and serene, full of natural light and comfortable furniture arrangements. The designer redistributed spaces to gain the bright and airy interiors that you see now. This was achieved by placing the upstairs bedrooms and living area on the ground level and open to the terrace, this draws light into the staircase and hallway. The kitchen can be found at one end of the home, while the library with a soaring high ceiling is at the opposing end. White walls helps to enhance luminosity and timeless furnishings completes the wonderful aesthetic. A wall of glass helps to visually separate the dining room from the kitchen, yet keeps the open plan environment feeling airy and spacious. A powder bathroom is the only enclosed space on the ground floor. The design elements throughout the interiors flow harmoniously together, united by color. Easy neutral furnishings mixes well with accessories of striped and floral print pillows.
The master suite is situated on the top floor, designed with bright and feminine hues. The end result is a practical, refreshing and refined space just as the homeowner had requested. We think very chic and stylish, the colors and furnishings are very inviting, a home anyone could feel right at home in! What do you think?
We have showcased many beautiful homes here on 1 Kindesign in the Barcelona, Spain area. If you want more inspiration from this neighborhood, have a look at a couple more: Small apartment in Barcelona with charming design and Ultra-modern house with amazing layout in Spain.
Photos: El Mueble
Livable, cozy and stylish are just a few words to describe the interior living spaces of the fascinating Barcelona, Spain based interior designer Silvia Rademakers. Not too long ago we featured a home here on 1 Kindesign that was renovated with a vintage industrial charm by the designer, you can have a look at this home to gather more inspirational ideas from this fashionably creative designer. We think this designer has a lovely sense of style, creating spaces that feel like home instead of being cold and clinical. What do you think, do you like this designer’s sense of style? We would love to hear your thoughts, let us know your opinions in the comments section below!
Looking for inspiration from other interior designers? We have featured the works of a some very talented ones here on 1 Kindesign, have a look at a couple: 38 Brilliant interiors by Jeffers Design Group and 30 Breathtaking interiors by Adeeni Design Group.
We know this space isn’t quite interior, but an extension of the interior. We couldn’t resist adding this one because it is so stylish and who doesn’t love outdoor dining spaces? At least in the warmer months and no bugs allowed!
Photos: Courtesy of Silvia Rademakers
This fabulous old apartment showcases eclectic decor and a unique character, given a brilliant reform by the design team at Bonba Studio, located in Barcelona, Spain. Preserving the original structure of the home was the main goal of this renovation project. The home originally had many rooms, so the top priority was to create large spaces that are connected and have a good flow. The result was brighter living environments that still retained their beautiful original structure. A single common area was designed for the homeowners to gather, for relaxation and great conversation. The space is directly connected to the kitchen and dining room. To help visually connect the spaces, the same unique flooring pattern of restored hydraulic tiles travels throughout, as well as identical paint on the walls. The fusion of vintage art pieces and some recycled furniture, along with some pieces designed by Bonba Studio, and others of pure design, creates a unique environment with a wonderful personality.
After the renovation, the two bedrooms are very spacious, having their own bathroom. These private zones are separated from the rest of the home, accessed down a long hallway. Another brilliant design solution that helped to solve the complicated distribution, is in the master bathroom. It is a long and narrow space with a wall of windows, so the designer selected opaque window treatments to allow natural light to filter through the space while at the same time enabling complete privacy.
We have featured many intriguing apartments in Barcelona here on 1 Kindesign, if you are interested in seeing more, have a look at these inspiring properties: Small apartment in Barcelona with charming design and New York style loft in the heart of Barcelona.
Photos: Mi Casa
This super stylish apartment has been designed by Spanish interior design firm Luzio, located in the district of Turó Park, in Barcelona, Spain. This superb flat features a wonderful distribution of spaces, with a beautiful selection of finishes that creates a unique atmosphere, full of vitality and comfort. The owners are of Swiss descent, with a busy life filled with travel, they fell in love with the charm of this home, where elegance and tranquility go hand in hand. It is close to the financial and commercial area of the city, which was the optimal location for where they wished to live. The apartment featured a solid and functional architectural concept, with high ceilings, large opening, spacious rooms and a timelessly classic appeal of existing materials and finishes, which helped to enhance the reform. A fresh coat of paint and nice selection of decor made this home very inviting and comfortable. Antique furnishings that the owners purchased from Switzerland and England as well as in Barcelona, was incorporated into the design scheme. The designers created clear and welcoming environments, where upholstery and textiles have a specific function, sprinkled with touches of glamor and sophistication, such as the fabulous chandeliers. Exotic objects and details add intriguing contrasts and contemporary paintings and photographs decorate the walls in unusual places.
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