Cecilia & Roope's Hilltop Home

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Name: Cecilia Sörensen & Roope Alho
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 95 square meters (about 1,000 square feet) — 3 bedroom house
Years lived in: 2 — owned

This creative couple started building their dream home in early 2008 alongside Finnish architect Tuomo Jauhiainen, and by mid June of that year they were unpacking boxes and settling in. By trade a fashion designer (Cecilia) and print designer and illustrator (Roope), they were able to contribute their visions of Scandinavian simplicity to the planning phases, landing on a final design that would be their envy-worthy Barcelona home. This is one home that really stands out:

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In a sea of Spanish design traditions, Cecilia and Roope's home sits hilltop in a neighborhood where other houses just don't look like theirs: For starters, you won't find many houses made of wood. Bringing Scandinavian design values to a Spanish landscape creates a wonderful, comfortable balance.

Enjoy the wood, the amazing light, and all of the views both inside and out:

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Our Style: Scandinavian minimalist

Inspiration: We wanted a as much open space as possible and big windows to be able to enjoy the views and sunsets.

Favorite Element: the big windows in the living room and the terrace

Biggest Challenge: not getting too frustrated during the building process

Biggest Embarrassment: not having finished so many small details after two years…small details, like not having had the time to finish painting the ceiling in a storage room. Nothing a visitor would notice, but things that make you feel like, "This should have been done by now!" In general, we don't feel embarrassed of our house.

Proudest DIY: managing to get some vegetables to grow in the garden

Biggest Indulgence: having all the new equipment in the kitchen and bathroom after having lived for almost ten years in an apartment renovated in the 70’s

Best advice: try not to believe every promise you get from construction companies!

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Resources: We live with a mix of self-built stuff, thrift store items, things inherited (our favorite inherited item is a Turkish carpet that used to belong to Cecilia's grandparents), and…IKEA.

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Thanks, Cecilia and Roope!

Images: Marc Goodwin

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