An Art Director & Architect’s Warm, Textured Barcelona Home

updated Apr 30, 2019

An Art Director & Architect’s Warm, Textured Barcelona Home

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Dolores and Marco
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 969 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

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Dolores refuses to follow trends. As an art director, set decorator and interior designer, she’s able to see her home as a blank canvas. And it’s a bright, light-filled space she’s intentionally filled with elements that feature character and history.

Working with her partner Marco, an architect who co-founded the firm mcd / studio in 2013, they created a home that doesn’t just look good, but feels good and flows well, too.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Our house is full of vintage and retro elements, but I don’t know exactly how to describe our style.

Inspiration: I don’t really have an “inspiration source.” I have my own vision where I get inspired by textures and colors. Because of my job I have to search for a lot of images and they get stuck in my head; I think I can say that’s a sort of inspiration.

Favorite Element: Right now I could say the golden planters; I have just gotten them. But I don’t really have a favorite element.

Biggest Challenge: Marco, my partner! Having to decorate a place with another human being was, at the beginning, a little bit hard.

What Friends Say: Everybody loves this house! It’s a place where we have a lot of parties and people enjoy coming. I’m a little bit of a control freak but I try to relax because I love to spend time with my friends and family.

Biggest Embarrassment: The electrical outlets. There are not many, so we had to put extension cords all over the house.

Proudest DIY: The shelves in the living room. We bought the wood and the brackets and we installed them.

Biggest Indulgence: The dining chairs. They were very hard to find; they are originals and they were really expensive.

Best Advice: Don’t follow trends! Try to be patient and take your time. Natural and classic elements are best.


Sofas — Domestico Shop
Pillows — Domestico Shop
Coffee table — Columpiu
Carpet — Ikea
TV Cabinet — Bauhaus
Floor lamp — Santa Cole
Kids table — Vinçon
Black “Acapulco” chair — Apartamento 113
Book rack — Columpiu
Black light fixture — Zangra

Table — Ultima Parada
Chairs — Vade Vintage
Ceiling lamps — SupereStudio
Carpet — Ikea
Shelves — Bauhaus
Book rack — Columpiu
Sideboard — Columpiu
Golden planters — Domestico Shop

Wooden Chair — Found on the street
Wooden shelving box — Columpiu

Sideboard — Columpiu
Coat Rack — Columpiu
White Coat Rack — Ikea

Bed — Ikea
Carpet — Zara Home
Desk — Columpiu
Shelving — Ikea
Desk Lamp — Domestico Shop
White Cubes — Domestico Shop

Changing table — Ikea
Wooden Shelves — Vintage-room
Cupboard — Vintage-room
Wicker corner furniture — Columpiu
Wicker little sofa — Found on the street
Crib — Pinolino
Wicker Coat Rack — Columpiu
Wicker little chair — Columpiu
Black chair — Antique shop
Wardrobe — Ikea

Thanks, Dolores!

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