Name: Pere and Marta
Location: Gracia — Barcelona, Spain.
Size: 970 square feet
Years lived in: 7 years, rented
Pere has been living in this Barcelona apartment for seven years; a long time for a rental. And even more impressive when you learn he's been sharing it with one of his best friends. How has such a feat of rental roommate relations been achieved? It's because of the apartment's unique layout: Pere and his friend Marta share the kitchen and the bathroom, but they each have their own separate living room and bedroom on either side of the apartment. It's like having two little apartments in one!
The apartment's casual, bohemian vibes reflect the creative, artistic Gracia neighborhood it's located in. Combine the high ceilings and the stunning floors with all of Pere and Marta's vintage furniture and secondhand finds, and the result is a home where every item seems to have something to reveal about the streets and the people of Barcelona.
This "two-in-one" apartment is a clear demonstration that someone else's trash can be somebody else's treasure (and that the secret to a long successful roommate relationship might just be separate living rooms).
Pere answers the survey questions below:
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: I would say it's a "whatever I like" style. Mixing vintage, recycling, industrial and '70s style.
Inspiration: I love art, traveling, architecture. And my passion for film is reflected in my house.
Favorite Element: Definitely my terrace!
Biggest Challenge: Having no money for decoration! That's why we have so much secondhand furniture…Though throughout these seven years, as our salaries have increased, we have changed lots of things.
What Friends Say: They like the apartment and the "two-in-one" possibility.
Biggest Embarrassment: The windows and the doors are so old that they don't close properly… in winter it's not good at all!!
Proudest DIY: The "origami" birds in my bedroom. One day I was with some friends and we started doing the little birds…when they left, I decided to hang them from the ceiling. I'm very proud of myself because they look really good!
Biggest Indulgence: The Castiglioni (an Italian designer) lamp. It was really expensive but it was totally worth it.
Best Advice: The style of the apartment has to respect your personality. Don't buy things because they are in fashion or someone says it's perfect for you. You are the ones who live there, so you have to be comfortable and happy with your home.
Graffiti — Zosen Bandido
Cabinet — Ikea
Mirror — secondhand shop
Vintage telephone — secondhand shop
MARTA'S LIVING ROOM
Dining table — base from Ikea, top from a wood shop
Chairs — Ikea
Cabinet — Ikea
Chandeliers — Ikea
Coffee table — Habitat
Sofa — Wallapop
Pillows — Calma House
Planters — Ikea
Illustrations — Mirilla
Little armchair — found in the street
Ceiling lamp over sofa — habitat.net
Little birds hanging from the ceiling — La-a
Rug — Ikea
Bed — Ikea
Table Lamp — Ikea
Desk — Leg from Ikea, top from wood found in the street
Chair — Found in the street
Drawer — El Taller
PERE'S LIVING ROOM
Coffee table — Meuble
Ceiling lamp — Castigloni
Sofa — Ikea
Cabinet — From the street
Dining table — Ikea
Chairs — From the street. They are original Marcel Breuer chairs.
Shelves — Ikea
Blue horse — Belonged to Pere's grandfather
Picture above cabinet — David Hockney "A bigger Splash" from the Tate Gallery in London
Drawer — Ikea
Bed — Ikea
Bedside table — Ikea
Carpet — Crochetismos
Illustration "Theodor Twombly" from the movie "her" — Hey Studio
Tennis Illustration — Alexis Nolla
Batman and Robin illustrations — Forma
Carton deer — Curiosite
Ceiling lamp — Habitat
Shelving — Norman Foster
Fish hanging from the ceiling — Flensted Mobiles
Illustrations from the shelving — Mirilla
Drawer — Ikea
Lamp — Ikea
White planter — Casa Atlantica
Cactus planter — Matagalan
Table — Ikea