A Natural, Neutral & Sunny Duplex Penthouse in Barcelona

A Natural, Neutral & Sunny Duplex Penthouse in Barcelona

Sandra Regalado
Dec 13, 2017

Name: Fabiola, Javier, Claudia (5) and Guillermo (2)
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 1,720 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned

When Javi and Fabi first saw this space on the top floor of a beautiful duplex in the family-friendly neighborhood of Eixample, it was completely different. All of the fixtures were outdated and the layout needed to be reconfigured. Undeterred, they saw the potential of the space and decided to do a complete overhaul.

As the proud parents of two young kids, their main concern when redesigning the layout was making sure that each space served a practical function...and that they had plenty of storage. Working closely with talented architect, Abel Perez, and his interior design team, they were able to achieve all of their needs while creating an elegant aesthetic they both desired.

Fabi explains the entire redo took about a year and a half. The top floor is an open airy space that connects to the terrace and serves as the living/entertaining area of the home. The bottom floor is a cozy space where three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a playroom/guest room can be found. When asked what inspired the design touches of their home, they said they wanted to create a space that felt calm and inviting. And by using natural elements such as wood and linen fabrics — coupled with a warm lighting scheme — they created a haven they love to call home.

One of the first things I noticed when I stepped into their apartment was an instant feeling of peace. Flooded with natural light, open spaces, and an earthy color scheme that exudes a sense of calm and tranquility, it's no wonder why anyone who comes over can't help but want to stay a while.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Natural and neutral

Inspiration: Home decor magazines and Pinterest

Favorite Element: Natural wood and linens

Biggest Challenge: Creating a home that would serve all of the practical functions we need so that we could enjoy it with family and friends.

What Friends Say: They love the terrace and all of the natural light that comes in.

Biggest Embarrassment: I would have loved a larger master bedroom. But creating a walk-through closet that adjoins the ensuite definitely makes up for it.

Biggest Indulgence: The built-in barbecue, we use it often with family and friends!

Best Advice: Pay attention to the orientation of the home and where the sun rises and sets. For me, natural light is key as it creates a feeling of well-being. Also, if you decide to get on board with a complete makeover, be sure to consider your daily needs and habits and adapt your design accordingly. A home can look beautiful, but a practical and functional home is what really adds quality of life. If you have children be sure to consider storage needs for toys, books or anything else; this is fundamental. We have hidden storage drawers all over the house so that everything is easily accessible and at the same time tidy and out of sight.

Dream Sources: La Maison de Barcelona and Natura Casa


Receiving Table – Vermissen Furniture and Decoration
Lamp – Thai Natura

Sofas – Abel Perez Gabucio Design
Arm Chairs – Herenhuis Manufactuur
Coffee Tables – Vermissen Furniture and Decoration
Wooden Bowl – Sacum
Decorative Rope – Mercader de Venecia

Table – Carl Hansen
Chairs – Fredericia
Overhead lamps –Abel Perez Gabucio Design
Art – Jaume Muxart

Stools – Mundo del Taburete
Table and 4 chairs — Mundda

Table – Dadra
ChairsFrancisco Segarra

Sheets – La Maison
Wooden and Iron Table –Abel Perez Gabucio Design
Lamps – Sacum
Painting – David Ymbernon

Shelves – Bel and Soph
Chair – Maison du Monde
Lamp – Dawanda
Sheeps Head – Bel and Soph
Sheets – La Maison

Chalk board / Murphy bed – Abel Perez Gabucio Design

Thanks, Javi and Fabi!

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