If there's one thing I've learned during my NYC apartment hunt, it's that tall ceilings and plenty of natural light can make a little apartment feel not so little at all. This Madrid apartment measures a modest 40 square meters (about 430 square feet), but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in style.
When Fernando Garcia found this apartment, it was suffering from a bad early-70s remodel, chopped up awkwardly into three rooms, two of which had no windows at all. With the help of a designer friend, he re-configured the apartment to have one large room (which functions as both living room and dining room), a bedroom nook that's separated from the living room by a curtain, and a small, perfunctory kitchen, because, Fernando admits, he doesn't cook at all.
The windows, which are original to the 1809 building, were stripped down to the bare wood, which gives off a clean, warm glow. In a stroke of luck, Fernando found the original wooden shutters for the windows in storage. He installed some on his windows and used others for the doors to his closet.
But while the apartment itself is delightful, perhaps the most exciting thing about it is the mix of antiques that Fernando has acquired. He admits to being crazy about midcentury designs, and his apartment is full of an ever-shifting mix of pieces — as he brings in new things, he'll force himself to sell others. I think his style shows remarkable restraint: he's collected just enough things to make his little space feel like a home, but still left room for each piece to sing.
Click on over to AD España to see more photos of the apartment and of Fernando's collection — you'll be glad you did.