A “Vintage Minimalist” Apartment in Barcelona

updated Apr 30, 2019

A “Vintage Minimalist” Apartment in Barcelona

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Gloria, her husband and two children
Location: Sabadell — Barcelona, Spain
Size: 1,615 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned

Being a fashion designer gave Gloria the opportunity to travel and find trends and styles from all over the world. A lover of color and texture — her passion is mixing them with the minimal and white design sensibilities of Scandinavia.

A feeling of “This is it!” washed over Gloria when she found this 1930s apartment in Barcelona. It was really dark and old when she first saw it, but she fell in love with the charming architectural details like the windows and doors. She made an offer.

Unfortunately, the owners rejected her first offer! It seems that the apartment had a lot of sentimental value for the owners. Luckily, a few months later they had a change of heart, accepting their offer and selling the apartment to Gloria and her husband. The previous owners obviously made a good decision — Gloria has added her own personality the space, but has respected the home’s original design features as well.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: I think I could describe it as vintage minimalist. I love vintage furniture but I don’t like to overload things; I also love white and simple Scandinavian designs.

Inspiration: Travel! All my inspiration comes from the hotels and restaurants I have visited all over the world.

Favorite Element: My kitchen! It’s the star of the house. It’s simple but with personality. We spend most of the time cooking and having fun in here.

Biggest Challenge: Painting the floors. The wooden floors were really nice but I was obsessed with painting the floors and having it all white. People were telling me that I was crazy but we did it anyway and I love it!

What Friends Say: Everybody loves the brightness of the apartment. The stairs of the building are really dark and when you enter the apartment you are welcomed by such an amazing light that you are really surprised! It’s very comforting and peaceful.

Biggest Embarrassment: The terrace. We didn’t have the budget to refurbish it when we moved in, so we left it as it was. Now we have humidity problems so we are starting the renovations next month!

Proudest DIY: I should say it’s an idea that belongs to my sister. She was the interior designer of the renovation and she decided to keep the skylight in the main bathroom. The skylight was part of the laundry room that she divided into two spaces so there was room to build me an en suite bathroom. The idea of keeping the skylight has been a great success! The light that comes from the ceiling is amazing.

Biggest Indulgence: Keeping the old windows in the apartment. They are not at all insulated. We changed the old glass for double panes but it’s not enough. In winter we are cold and in summer we are hot, so it’s expensive to keep the apartment at the right temperature. But I don’t mind! I really, really like them and I don’t want to replace them with new ones. They are the reason why I moved in here!!!

Best Advice: Less is more!!!

Dream Sources: Pinterest, Anthropologie, ABC Carpet & Home, Fish and Eddy and The Conran shop.


Ceiling lamp — IKEA
Light blue chair — Mercantic
Coat rack —Vintage
Flower pictures —From an Italian print artist
Carpet — Alfombras Albi
Basket —Handmade local market
Side table — IKEA
Mirror — Maisons du Monde
White cabinet — IKEA

Stool — Natura Selection
Plants — Urban Outfitters
Wall lamp — Jielde
Pillows — Linum Design
Linen — Lexington Company

Mirror — Maisons du Monde
Towel rack — Anthropologie
Bathroom counter — @mirabosc

Star stool — Maisons du Monde
Towels — Lem Lem
Letter hooks — Anthropologie

Table — @ultimaparada
Side table lamp —Vintage
Modern chair — Vitra
Vintage chair— Etsy
White chair — Vitra
Pillow — Paper Source
White lamp — Jielde
Mirrors— From different vintage shops
Picture — @enricaguilart
Flower vase — H&M

Sofa — Chateau d’Ax
Pillows — Zara Home
Stool — Natura Selection
Side lamp — Artemide
Mirrors — Anthropologie
Birds picture — Urban Outfitters

Table — IKEA
Red chair — @verdegris_mercantic
Modern chairs — Vitra
Ceiling lamp— House Doctor
Cabinet — @mapetitemaison33
Walls white lamps — Jielde
Wooden shelf — @mirabosc

Thanks, Gloria!

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