Maison Toscana is a rustic country estate with a Mediterranean lifestyle transformed by designer Jessica Bataille, found in the coastal town of Jávea, in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. The owners discovered this dream retreat nestled in the middle of a pine forest near the beach. A 19th century villa built in traditional architecture, resulting in a comfortable home with simple and chic touches, designed to delight the senses with a slow life philosophy. Unique characteristics are featured throughout the home, such as thick stone walls, stone arches, a mediterranean garden and romantic arabic pool.
Despite the rustic building strength, the rooms exude a sophisticated romantic charm. Decorating styles and cultures with traditional Mediterranean architecture seem to intermingle; such as mixing Oriental and European antique pieces. In turn, the pursuit of warmth has been a constant. The selected textiles with rich textures of silk, velvets and lines to create an atmosphere that brings in the glamor of environments. An example of this is in the living room, where pink raw silk curtains and colorful cushions on the blue couch show a simple yet gorgeous appeal.
All lights are on dimmer switches, including the outdoors. The interior was considered essential to igniting ‘magic’ into the environment. Warmth was infused throughout with three fireplaces, with the fire and candles being basic to creating a cozy atmosphere and soul.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
With color contrasts and surprising design details, this fully renovated old apartment is located in Madrid, Spain, showcasing a welcoming floor plan distribution. Impeccable aesthetics and unique decor are the foundation for this fun and inviting apartment. However this house can be found to be much more than just a pretty face. This small apartment of only 968 square feet (90 square meters) is situated in a building that was build in the twenties. It had a very compartentalized distribution to the spaces within the building footprint. However it had amazing high ceilings and an excellent location being in the central district of Madrid. The owners purchased this home and commissioned interiors studio Dimensi-on to complete the project. They designed a novel and practical layout and finishing up with beautiful new decor.
One key element to the project was to create a separate common area by a wall. Now the living area has access to the master bedroom, walk-in closet and integrated bathroom. On the other side of the wall is an open plan dining room and kitchen with a beautiful design aesthetic that breaks the image of a traditional kitchen.
In the dining room there is a surprising optical effect that has been created with mirrors, a circular neon wall mixed with retro accents.
The bedroom decor showcases some surprises such as wallpaper that focuses attention with its sharp contrasts. The bathroom offers luxury sinks that bring a high level of decorative detail to this amazing apartment.
Photos: Courtesy of Mi Casa
La Moraleja is a modern three story private residence that was refurbished in 2012 by ÁBATON Architects, nestled in a heavily vegetated landscape in Madrid, Spain. The home’s construction dates from 1984, with a closed and dark distribution but very well built so the final project eliminated actions that were thought necessary in the early stages of the project.
Basically, we altered the construction’s morphology to improve the general energy saving and strengthened the magnificent views over the impressive garden; we re-organized the interior space in full and as a novelty, we improved the thermal efficiency by applying an external insulation. Additionally, we designed the new landscape, re-organizing the existing species and planting new ones according to the new uses of the 8,072 square foot (750 square meters) house.
ÁBATON was founded in 1998 by Camino Alonso, Ignacio Lechón and Carlos Alonso. From the beginning they aimed for the projects to express the facts that defined the Studio. To achieve it they started up the Construction Company in order to control the whole building process as well as the final result. ÁBATON projects’ impact determined the high turnout of clients searching for a place that expressed the same language of light, sustainability and space that ÁBATON applies to all its projects. Currently, ÁBATON is developing more efficient work processes to confront bigger challenges that have to do with the international growth of the Studio.
Photos: Courtesy of ÁBATON Architects
Stone Respect is a house rehabilitation project designed by Dom Arquitectura, located close to the river in the village of Noutigos, in Carnota, Spain. The goal was to respect the current volumes of this old 2,174 square foot (202 square meters) house, maintaining the stone facade, and replacing the original windows in chestnut wood.
The architects proposed only two new small and strategic openings in the south wall for their views and the natural light needed for specific locations. The new openings with iron frame and fixed glass contrast with the existing ones and which are treated with a chestnut wood.
Part of the south facade formed with very small stones has had to repair due to continuous moisture, so we propose a mortar render. We have maintained the large stones around the windows, and have continued to finish smoothing existing lines almost the entire first and second floor. The entrance garden has been treated with a great old reclaimed flagstones, wood benches, albizias, ivy and lavender, give us a simple but hearty welcome.
The recovered stone forms the interior finished walls. In the ground floor they combined with ocher mortar, it generates a game as a baseboard with different heights, covering damaged stone areas and adapting to the interior space distribution. The result is a balanced interior finish where dominates the mortar ocher and stones colors.
The ground floor is a open space with a continuous pavement, where we place the dining room, the kitchen and the living area. On the first floor we located three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The slabs are made with clay vault painted with a gray glaze.
The second floor under the cover is a space originally used as clothesline, now has become a completely open space, flooded with natural light through skylights and a cut in the cover that originates a small terrace with beautiful views to Finisterre and the Carnota bay. Respect the stone, recover the existing elements and combine them with an open and new distribution, actual lighting and furniture, creates a new charming spaces.
Prior to Renovation
Photos: Victor Solis
This rehabilitation project has been undertaken by Dom Arquitectura in a small village in La Cerdanya, Spain, on the north valley side, with views to the south. The heart of the village consists of 20 houses, surrounded by agricultural land. Breathtaking views of the Cadi make this setting feel like a piece of paradise.
Most of the buildings in the village form a construction around an outside space, the “era”. The village map shows they have been built and arranged to complement the surrounding area. Overall they form a grid-like pattern of barns and stables as well as houses.
One group of buildings consisted of a haystack, barn, warehouse, small dwelling and badiu and our client wished this space to be re-designed and re-arranged to become his home with several guest areas.
The size of the existing buildings has been maintained, though their facades, roofs and interior dimensions have been re-designed and adapted. The badiu has now become a large covered open space with renovated roof trusses. There is no bonding material between the timber and the tiles.
Inside, the rooms and guest areas retain the stone walls while the flooring, tiles, woodwork and ironwork combine to give a sense of spaciousness. From many rooms spectacular views can be enjoyed and these seem to blend with and flow from the interior design.
Photos: Jordi Anguera
This beautiful original structure was restored by the owner, a book lover who wanted books incorporated into the decor of this apartment in the heart of Madrid, Spain. The owner purchased this apartment because of its excellent location. Regarding the organization of space, the original layout of the house was kept the same and the woodwork restored and reinforcing the presence of some architectural elements as decorative and useful in the reorganization of environments.
The owner kept the decor and furnishings to a minimum and opted for a sober white paint. The goal is to emulate a brand new canvas on which to express their emotions and moods through an interior based on ephemeral pieces. He declared his passion for decoration and is a follower of the latest trends, wanting his own home to be a changing space. This is the reason that occasionally textiles, furniture and ornamental details get renewed from time to time, to give a new twist to the interior of each room.
Facing the most festive time of year, for example, details on the range of red – in its more sober version – take center stage; especially in the form of rugs, cushions, or small ornaments. Decorative light garlands bring an evocative air to certain environments, like the bedroom, so relaxing with its new lighting, that it invites you to keep the classic Christmas ornament throughout the year. Here also plays an important role in cushion colors and pink blanket, directly responsible for the change in decor based on white as a basis for any renewal.
Always looking for renewal, some set pieces are transformed into decoration; furnishings from the 50’s and 60’s of triangular legs and wood are star materials. The kitchen and bathroom, both spaces that are very functional and spacious, with plenty of storage and, once again, with white as a starting point, which facilitates the inclusion of accessories in contrasting colors.
Photos: Mi Casa
This charming holiday home decorated in a chic Nordic style is full of warmth, dressed in a casual and comfortable style, located in a residential area on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. Although there were not any changes made structurally, the owner did have some interior renovations made before moving in, enlisting the help of the company Consultants of Projects and Design as well as interior designer Carolina Verdugo Svensson, who advised on the decor.
The pleasant smell of wood, warm view of the fire in the fireplace, soft feel of textiles tastefully chosen and melodic birdsong garden are elements that awaken the senses and make this house a cozy space. Newly built and open plan loft, his young owner was very clear that his idea was to get a comfortable, cheerful and bright home.
On one level with garden, the house features an open area where living, dining and kitchen are organized, and a partially separated space where there is a en-suite bathroom and dressing room.
In order to further enhance the natural light that enters the garden through the large windows throughout the house-except the floor of the kitchen and bathroom which have tile, natural hard wood flooring was installed, the walls were painted in a tan tone and doors in white. On the other hand, with the idea of maximizing space and providing privacy to the private areas of the home, the designer created custom furniture in the kitchen and to delineate the living room from the bedroom, designed original wooden furniture.
Scandinavian formula: As for the decor, simplicity, harmony and warmth typical of the northern countries of Europe, when decorating their homes are the hallmarks of all environments. Thus, the various rooms are equipped with modern designed furnishings with pieces of vintage air and others made with recovered materials. Meanwhile, textiles with different materials (suede, wool, cashmere) have been responsible for giving a warm and natural touch. This freshness, originality and Nordic style is also reflected in the Christmas decoration based on few but chosen ornaments, made a tree branch with a garden and a detail with a lot of magic: the many candles scattered strategically with its light illuminating all corners.
Photos: Carlos Yagüe for Casadiez
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