This Renovated Madrid Apartment Mixes ’70s Vibes with Modern Style

published Sep 4, 2023

This Renovated Madrid Apartment Mixes ’70s Vibes with Modern Style

published Sep 4, 2023
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Miriam Alia is the founder and owner of Miriam Alia Studio, and got to be her own client when it came to this apartment she purchased three years ago. She renovated the entire four-bedroom home (including the balcony), aiming to honor the building’s 1970s-era architectural style. 

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“I also wanted to work with and not against the decade of construction of the building and I wanted to maintain that harmony between interior and exterior,” she writes. “In the porch and common areas there is terrazzo, a material that I like a lot and that I integrate in different colors in different areas of the house, like pink tones in the kitchen table and the wall of the main bathroom.”

Alia describes the home as “an escape into the retro world of the ’70s, with a modern edge.” When it came to the home’s design, she says she “plays with geometric shapes and patterns and uses a neutral earthy color palette, pulling hues of pink and orange throughout the house.” 

“I wanted it to be a cozy house to enjoy with the family,” she writes. “There are a lot of ‘70s style touches in the house; I think that’s partially because that’s what the houses looked like throughout my childhood.”

A stunning home on the macro scale, the space stuns with its details, too. For instance, the glass in the space has a ‘70s vibe — especially the orange glass with circles in the kitchen. And all the storage is custom. “I have paid a lot of attention when designing the woodwork,” she continues. “Like a TV cabinet where the TV is hidden, and the detail of the handles that I bought in the USA.”

Alia’s best design advice is to take your time selecting everything for your space. “[Y]ou don’t need to buy all your furniture in one go,” she writes. And she also advises that you “create spaces that transmit sensations and emotions through the use of light and color.”



  • The armchair in the sitting room (velvet yellow fabric) — Designed by Michel Cadestin for Airborn (1960-1969)


  • Enylee Parker — Oo Lamp
  • Dining room chairs — Charlotte Perriand LC7 rotating chair (1927)

Thanks, Miriam!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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