Name: Marta and Jordi
Location: Sarrià – Barcelona, Spain
Size: 1184 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, owned
After having two kids — and living in a really small apartment — the time to move for Marta, Jordi and their family had arrived! With high design standards, searching for the perfect apartment can be stressful, especially when you want it all! Fortunately, Marta and Jordi feel lucky: they've found this perfect (larger!) home to stretch out in. And amazingly, the space has an unexpected connection to Jordi's past...
The couple was actually about to give up entirely on their search for the perfect home when a friend called. He told Marta a client had a place to sell, and the couple made plans to visit the property the next day. The place was located on an amazing street in a wonderful part of town, but it was strangely familiar. It turns out that Jordi had lived in this neighborhood when he was a child, and this space was once the candy store Jordi and his brothers would visit for sweet treats!
Now abandoned, this former candy store wasn't in the greatest condition. But the couple had faith the space could work, and hired an architect friend to help them turn their vision into a reality. Some walls were removed. Windows were opened up. And a faux ceiling was torn out to reveal the real (stunning) ceiling.
Though the couple has struggled with illuminating a space without a lot of natural light — and had to make some design concessions due to size limitations — this space is no longer an abandoned candy store. It's now a minimal and modern home for a sweet family of four.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: We like everything to be neutral and modern. Having white in the walls allowed us to introduce other materials like wood and some touches of colors with flowers and decoration.
Inspiration: The things that surround us are an inspiration. New stores, trendy restaurants, etc… that's where we took so many ideas from!
Favorite Element: The kitchen island! That's where we all get together; it's the center of the house. Another thing that we really like is the ceiling. After taking out the existing ceiling, we discovered that there was an original Catalan arch (arched ceilings are typical of Catalan architecture). We were really thrilled and we love it!!!
Biggest Challenge: Light! Having no windows on the sides, it was really a challenge not to have a cave as a home! But with the big window facing the terrace and the lighting in the ceiling, we did a really good job and we are happy with the result.
What Friends Say: They really like it!!! They are really very amazed with the terrace.
Biggest Embarrassment: We always wanted a big room with a very big bed where we could all enjoy our Sunday mornings…So when we bought this house we thought this was our chance…But we were wrong! With my obsession of having too many wardrobes and the size of our bathroom our room became really small…We don't even have space for bedside tables!!! I will always regret this.
Proudest DIY: The coffee table. We did it with some pallets, wheels and a custom-made glass top. It is our vintage/industrial element.
Biggest Indulgence: The furniture in the entrance. It was a Christmas gift to ourselves! It was really expensive but we needed the "wow factor" in the entrance.
Best Advice: Don't do anything because it's trendy! Your house has to go with your personality. Be practical.
Dream Sources: A store located in Barcelona called Fulanitu i menganita.
Dining table — maisondumonde.com
Dining chairs — wallapop
Lights over the table — Fulanitu i menganita
Kitchen Island lamps — Toca-Fusta
Kitchen stools — Ikea
Desk and chairs — La Garriga Verda
Desk lamp — La Garriga Verda
Shelving — La Garriga Verda
Bunk beds — Muebles Lufe
Wardrobe and shelving — Ikea
Fabric pennants — tierraextraña.com
Pillows and linen — Zara Home
Stool — Ikea
Bathroom counter — Ikea
Side tables — handmade from wood
Painting — wedding gift