All-White Walls and Lots of Refurbished Antiques Turn this Converted Art Studio into a Storied Family Home

published Aug 22, 2022
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All-White Walls and Lots of Refurbished Antiques Turn this Converted Art Studio into a Storied Family Home

published Aug 22, 2022
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Name: Chloé Sucrée, her son Elliot, and her daughter Lou
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 1900 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, rented

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Chloé Sucrée actually lived in this dreamy home as a little girl, and, as she says, “destiny decided it was time to come back and live here,” now with her own family, dogs, and cats — a dream come true. The house itself is from the early 1900s and belongs to a sculptor who used it as studio. When he decided to rent out the house in the ’80s, he made some changes to add more rooms without touching the structure, so the light could continue coming in from the ceiling.

Credit: Lula Poggi

Chloé loves the home’s “personality, light, and authenticity,” which inspires her in her personal and work life, as the founder of “Being Biotiful,” a place to find recipes, tips, and weekly menu planning ideas. Her objective is to provide resources for seasonal, vegetable-focused, and delicious food, “without it seeming like an impossible mission.” She has written four books, with a new one coming out in September 2022. Her penchant for “naturalness, good vibes, comfort, and colors,” applies to both how she eats and how she decorates her home.

Credit: Lula Poggi

Apartment Therapy Survey

My Style: I don’t like to force any situation, I like the place to breathe and flow. My ideal color palette is neutral so I can add touches of strong colors. The key is great light, unique, restored pieces, and letting the house speak for itself.

Inspiration: My mom! She is the best decorator in the world, she has an excellent taste. I also like the Belgium style (“flamand”).

Favorite Element: The light and the staircase. It has a unique distribution.

Biggest Challenge: The unique layout of the house.

Credit: Lula Poggi

Proudest DIY: My mom (who lives next door) restores old furniture, so I can’t take the credit for her work on all my restored furniture!

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? The house itself is unique! The staircase for example was created as a spine to “suspend” rooms and create more ambience.

Credit: Lula Poggi

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? Home spray form Zara Home.

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: In my room, I didn’t have space for two bedside tables, so instead I use the first step of the stairs next to my bed to have one.

Does your home reflect your home country/city in any way? A little bit of Belgium perhaps (which is where I’m from).

Credit: Lula Poggi

What are your favorite places to shop for home décor that can only be found in your country? Mercantic, Les puces de Paris, auctions, Zara Home, IKEA (for small details), Ridox.

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? My mother’s tricks: open spaces, the color white, and indirect lighting.


Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Black furniture — Inherited from my mom’s grandfather
Credit: Lula Poggi


  • White Linen Sofa — BCN India Pacific
  • Puff — From a trip to Vietnam
  • Pillows — Hay Design
  • Mirror — Mercantic
  • Furniture — Mercantic
  • Ceiling Lamp — From a trip to Vietnam
  • Paintings — Inherited from my grandmother
  • White Bird — From a trip to France
Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Vintage Wooden Table — Mercantic
  • Chairs — Kave Home
Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Vintage Table — Mercantic
  • Pictures — Being Biotiful
  • Black Drawer — Inherited from my mom’s grandfather
  • Ceiling Lamps — Mercantic
  • Collage Picture —SlowArts
  • Big Green wooden letters — Mercantic
  • Cow upholstered bench — Mercantic
Credit: Lula Poggi


Credit: Lula Poggi


Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Shelf — IKEA
  • Picture — IKEA
  • Desk — Antique
  • Chair — Antique
  • Bench — IKEA
  • Tin Tin Pictures — From a calendar

Thanks Chloé!

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