A Renovated, Modern Attic Apartment in Barcelona

updated Feb 19, 2019

A Renovated, Modern Attic Apartment in Barcelona

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Nacho, Irene and baby Ray
Location: Gracia – Barcelona, Spain
Size: 750 square feet
Years lived in: Owned for 10 years

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Nacho bought this 1930s attic apartment in rough, raw shape. The old kitchen is where the current kitchen is today. The beautiful mezzanine (that houses the master bedroom) didn’t even exist. After two years of remodeling it solo, he was ready to enjoy his loft “for one.” But then he met Irene, and a little later, a third resident arrived: baby Ray! “It was supposed to be [a home] for one, and suddenly we were three,” Nacho says.

Irene and Nacho didn’t want to move when little Ray came along. So they got creative to make things work in this apartment instead. The yellow “box” that’s a bold modern feature in the home is Ray’s little bedroom they built.

“The magic of transformation allows you to change things as time goes, but nothing is forever…” the couple says. Nacho is an interior designer, and says that he looks for long-term design solutions, which give clients stability. But in their home, “work in progress” is the motto. They adapt their home as their lives evolve.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: It’s hard to talk about a style! We love authentic things that tell stories and of course the “work in progress” idea.

Inspiration: Nordic countries and travelling.

Favorite Element: The chair. We found it on the street, destroyed! We were riding a bike and we didn’t know how to take it home so we went to a friend’s house nearby and left it there until the following day.

Biggest Challenge: Ray’s bedroom! We didn’t know where to put the baby! Finally we came up with this “box idea” made of Formica, completely removable. On the other side of the Formica wall is the living room, so we built shelving and it totally works.

What Friends Say: They love the apartment! My dad says this is an “artist’s apartment.” I think he is from another generation. Lots of our single friends or the ones with no babies want to live here. We are not quite sure about the ones with babies!

Biggest Embarrassment: The wardrobe! One day it will explode. It has so much stuff inside.

Proudest DIY: The cork insulation boards in the ceiling. It took us one week to install them all.

Biggest Indulgence: We don’t have too many indulgences. The most expensive things we have are the two Milá (a Catalan designer) lamps from Santa y Cole.

Best Advice: Don’t be afraid of change! You have to understand the house and see how it can evolve. It’s a luxury to move things around and change the feel of the place.

Dream Sources: Vinçon and Santa y Cole. Irene says Nacho!


Mirror — Inherited from Nacho’s Grandmother
Red plastic curtain — local hardware store

Wine rack — Vinçon
Jars — Inherited from Irene’s mother

Sofa — Divano
Ottoman — Found in the street.
Side table — Achille Castiglioni
Cabinet — Ikea (the wooden top was made by a carpenter).
Cd’s shelving — Ikea
Pendant — Vinçon|
Carpet — from a trip to India
Milá floor lamp — Santa y Cole
Dining table — Inherited from previous owner
Chairs — Fermob
Industrial lamp — from an antiquarian in “La Bisbal”
Little wooden shelving — Ikea
Wood stove — Jotul
Ceramic vase — from a trip to Morocco
Small ceramic vase — from a trip to Granada
Little gray car — CCCB’s shop

Little man on a swing — from a trip to India
Mirrors — Ikea
Furniture under the sink — Ikea
Picture — Sant Antoni’s market
Shelving — inherited from Nacho’s brother
Flower pot — from a trip to Granada
Buda head — from a trip to Bali

White dressers — Ikea
Robot Vinyl — Melic
Bird Vinyl — Melic
Crib — Leander
Maps — wrapping paper from a paper shop in Brooklyn
Frames — Ikea
Floor Lamp — Santa y Cole
Orange Chair — SuperStudio
Little dog — Limo Bebe
Laundry bag — Sweet Sprouts
Curtains — Mina Minero

Floor lamp — Santa y Cole
Desk — made by a local carpenter
Cabinet — Ikea
Magazine Rack — Ikea
Chair — Fermob
Dresser — Inherited from a friend’s grandmother
Picture — Inherited from Nacho’s grandmother
Headboard — made by a local carpenter
Bedside Table — Matèria Terrícola
Table lamp — Servicio Estación
Picture — MOMA shop
Map — wrapping paper from a paper shop in Brooklyn
Frames — Ikea

Thanks, Irene, Nacho and Ray !

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