Name: Ana, Ximo and Blas
Location: Valencia, Spain
Size: 936 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 2 years
Anna is a social educator and Ximo works at a shipping company, and together they share this charming historic home in Valencia's shopping district. They fell in love at first sight with this home, but some work was needed. It was dark and had no sense space, with lots of tiny rooms and a really low ceiling. The couple's architect Gustavo Reboredo investigated the structure's past to create a new home—without losing the place's charming sense of history. The result is a warm and welcoming home.
They preserved many of the elements that were original to the house while opening the home up and creating a double height ceiling to create another room. The big and old spiral staircase is a showstopper, unsurprisingly. The wooden ceiling beams are incredible as well; even just a quick glance up and you can feel all the centuries right in front of your eyes.
They didn't want to have too many things in the home to distract from the structure's beautiful architecture, so they decorated with family heirlooms, art pieces from friends and some new furniture with industrial and modern vibes.
Get the Look → A Simple, Effortless Mix of Modern & Industrial
The other benefit of this beautiful place is the big terrace, where Blas (their dog) enjoys spending time in the sun. This couple loves to entertain family and friends with dinners on the terrace, or relaxing there just the two of them (well three, actually, with Blas as company!).
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Modern, Industrial and cozy.
Inspiration: Our main inspiration is the houses that have passed through our lives. We do not like to spend time looking at interior design and decoration magazines; we prefer to get objects with history or to look for something when we really need it.
Favorite Element: Our marble and wood table. It's the only piece of furniture that has accompanied me all my life. The table belonged to my great-grandmother (Ana). The old stairs are from the beginning of the 20th century and were used to access the storage rooms that were where our house is now.
Biggest Challenge: Keeping plants alive. We love having plants but we are not really able to keep them healthy and strong.
What Friends Say: WOW! How lucky you are!!!!
Biggest Embarrassment: Dead plants
Proudest DIY: Ximo's collage and drawing.
Biggest Indulgence: The brightness, the old stairs, the evenings on the terrace.
Best Advice: Nice things must be also useful.
Dream Sources: We would like to put a big umbrella on the terrace and to change the sofa (Grassoler, Roche Bobois). Impossible for the moment.