Family Heirlooms, Modern Art and a Little Glam in Barcelona

Family Heirlooms, Modern Art and a Little Glam in Barcelona

Lula Poggi
Apr 13, 2017

Name: Anne, Christian and dog Watson
Location: Sant Gervasi – Barcelona, Spain
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, rented

Anne was studying in Amsterdam when she fell in love with her now husband Christian. When he asked her to move to Barcelona, she didn't hesitate. But finding the perfect apartment didn't come easy for the couple, who first squeezed themselves into a tiny rental while waiting for the right property. With Barcelona's tough rental market, they lost out on a few flats they loved, learning in the process that you have to move fast. So move quickly they did when they visited this beautiful building to see a listing...and were totally disappointed in what they saw.

The first apartment just wasn't right. But then, the couple struck up a conversation with the doorman while still at the building, and he offered to show them another apartment newly for rent. No disappointment when this door opened. This was THE one for Anne. It had great architecture, but the last tenant had lived there for quite a long time — the space was going to need some updating. Thankfully, Anne's love and knack for design came in handy.

They restyled the kitchen and the bathroom first. Fresh coats of paint revitalized rooms (and the fireplace). Then came time to fill it with furniture. Anne had clear ideas of what she wanted, but this was the first time decorating with Christian, so compromise had to be made. Their bulldog, Watson, also made his opinions known by chewing and destroying furniture he didn't like.

In the end, with everyone's opinions considered, the space resulted in a home full of family heirlooms mixed with a few modern, youthful pieces and some great art. Anne's mother-in-law is a Hungarian engineer who used to travel the world and collect objects and furniture. Her husband used to work in construction and demolition, and when something they liked appeared in the demolition's sites, they kept the treasures for themselves — much of which has now been handed down to Anne and Christian.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Artistic with eclectic touches and a little bit of glam!

Inspiration:I have three interior designers whom I love: Abigail Ahern, an English interior designer. I really like how she sees the interiors and combine things. Luke Edward Hall, who is also English. He is a young man with a really fresh style. And Caroline Legrand, Belgian born but living in London. I love her glam style. Also I could say my mother, traveling and antiquarians inspired me as well.

Favorite Element: I love my liquor cabinet. It belongs to my mother-in-law. It is a Chinese piece by Pierre Lottier.

Biggest Challenge: Trying to be satisfied! I'm never done with decoration. I'm always thinking that something is missing!

Another thing I cannot resolve to my satisfaction is the little bedroom next to my room. It is the one room I fell in love with when we moved in! But it has a curved wall that I really like but I don't know how to distribute furniture or what to put in it.

I think it could be a nice nursery but we are not quite there yet!!!! I'm open to any suggestions!

What Friends Say: They like it, but having so much personality is not for everyone. My sister says it looks like a circus (please don't be mad!! I love you sis!). We have quite different tastes when talking about decoration.

Biggest Embarrassment: There are no curtains! I don't know what to buy! The rods are installed but no curtains! I think when the right time comes I will know!

Proudest DIY: I would say I'm proud of the black color on the living room's shelving. I had this idea of painting it black; Christian was not quite sure at all, but I went for it anyway! I bought the paint from Farrow&Ball online, which was delivered from the UK. Although I didn't paint it, I am quite proud of my decision. Nobody believed in it but I think it turned out to be spectacular!!

Biggest Indulgence: The living room's picture. It's an amazing picture! We saw it in Amsterdam and we fell in love with it immediately. It was quite big so we desisted buying it and, although I couldn't keep it out of my mind, I was trying not to think about it. Finally at Christmas time, I arrived home and there was a huge package with a Merry Christmas greeting on it… When I opened it I couldn't believe it!!! Christian had bought it for me as a gift for Christmas!!

Best Advice: It is very important not to buy everything at the same time! Be patient and wait until you have a feel for the place. Don't be afraid of buying things of a different style. In the end you will know how to combine things.


E4-57 from TKROM color (entire house)
Off Black Full Gloss from Farrow & Ball (shelving and chimney)

Side tables —
Flower vase —
Ottoman —
Little box —
Blanket — Hermès
Painting — from an artist called José Luis Pascual

Painting —
Flower vase —
Lamp — Antique

Corridor's Cabinet — Pierre Lottier
Sofa —
Sofa pillows —
Carpets — Ikea
Coffee Table —
Photo Frames — Ikea
Side Table —
Ceramic Vase — From Morocco
Table lamp —
Mirror —
Flower vase —
Arm Chair — belonged to Christian's mother
Arm Chair Pillow — Rough Rugs
Blue vase —
Side table by the window — Pierre Lottier
Candle —
Table lamp — Pierre Lottier
Ottoman —
Dog Pillow —
Dining table —
Chairs — Antiquarian
Salt and pepper Shakers — Standard Hotel, New York
Chandelier — Belonged to Christian's mother
Table lamp on chimney — Manises Lamp
White Hand — El Ocho
Fornasetti Painting —Wallapop
Candle —
Glass vase —
Picture —
Wrought iron Sculpture above liquor bar — from an artist called José Luis Pascual
Liquor bar — Pierre Lottier
Candle above liquor bar —

Linens —
Pillows — Hand made by Anne
Side Table lamps — Pierre Lottier
Side tables —
Headboard —
Arm Chair — belonged to Christian's mother
Carpet — Ikea
Laundry bag —
Cabinet — Belonged to Christian's mother
Ceramic vase — From Morocco
Flower vase —

Leopard Blanket —
Table lamp —
Desk —
Chair —

Candle —
Liquid soap —

Linen —
Pillows — Rough rugs
Glass lamp —
Side tables —
Ceramic blue planter —
Chair —
Painting —

Table — Antiquarian
Dog lamp —
Antique tableware — Belonged to Christian's mother
Chandelier — Belonged to Christian's mother

Thanks, Anne and Watson!

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