Name: Amy and Andy
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 1,075 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting
Amy and her partner Andy are originally from the UK, and they met in London right when Andy had just accepted a job offer in Barcelona working in IT. They tried doing the long distance thing for a while... until Amy grew tired of London and decided to join Andy on the sunny Catalan coast. But the small apartment Andy was living in by himself simply wasn't going to work for the two of them, and they started searching for a larger place together. As luck would have it, their current three-bedroom apartment was the first and only apartment they looked at.
When you step into the main living area of their home, you can understand why they fell for it instantly. Flooded with natural light, floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every room, and views to the MNAC (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) were enough reasons to seal the deal.
Amy works in PR but admits she has a creative side, which she was able to unleash while decorating the apartment. "I'm obsessed with Instagram. I follow more interior bloggers than friends! I could spend hours scrolling through photos of interior inspiration."
Eager to fill up the space and add her personal touch, Amy was able to make it feel like home by furnishing most of the rooms with furniture from her former apartment in London, a task helped by a generous friend: When she discovered a family friend was driving to Spain with an empty van to pick up a vintage car, she jumped at the opportunity to have everything brought over. It's a big reason why the home feels like a cozy sanctuary for the couple.
"I feel lucky to have this haven in the city," she says.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: I guess my style is a little bit Scandi, a little bit Nordic... I tried to do the whole minimal thing, but it never works! I do try to keep interior spaces feeling quite calm though—it's nice to come home to after a busy day at work.
Inspiration: Instagram—I'm obsessed. I follow more interior bloggers than friends! I could spend hours scrolling through photos of interior inspiration.
Favorite Element: The front part of the flat. It's a nice big open space and flooded with natural light. We also have a great view of MNAC, which never gets boring. The flat still has the original floor tiling throughout. Floor tiles are one of my favorite things about flats in Barcelona—they're all so colorful and mis-matched but somehow work with most interiors.
Biggest Challenge: Choosing where to hang art on the wall. I'm forever changing my mind... much to Andy's dismay! He'll often come home from work and I've decided on whole new placements for our pictures.
What Friends Say: That it feels like "me" and like home away from home. Which is nice as I'm an English girl living in Barcelona.
Biggest Embarrassment: My cushion obsession—they're everywhere! But they look inviting.
Proudest DIY: Maybe the small office space we have. It's tiny and gets no natural light and so we painted it a dark grey. I decided to embrace its smallness and its darkness. Pockets of color come from books and pictures. It still needs a little tweaking, but it's getting there. It's nice to have a cozy office space that I can use when I'm working from home.
Biggest Indulgence: Maybe my collection of Hermes scarves. Andy bought me one of them as a birthday gift. I love to frame them and put them on the walls. They're too nice to have hidden in a drawer.
Best Advice: Take your time—live in the space for a while and work out where gets the best light and where you like to spend lots of your time. Then design your home around those things. Also don't be scared to make a change. If you don't like it or something isn't working then try it somewhere else.
Dream Sources: Jaime Beriestain in Barcelona—there's so much there I'm coveting.
Table - IKEA
Chairs - Casa Viva
Light Gray Buffet Table - Shop in Battersea, London
Mirror - A vintage furniture shop in London
Dark Gray Dresser - IKEA
Faux Fur Throw - H&M Home
Newton Poster - Kronecker Wallis
Skull - Shop in Battersea, London
"A" Poster - Shutterstock images
Coffee Machine - El Corte Ingles
Vintage Wooden Box/Bottle Storage - Reclamation shop in Surrey, UK