Beautiful Patina in a Barcelona Flat
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Name: Lisette van de Graaf
Location: Gothic quarter — Barcelona, Spain
Size: 968 square feet
Years lived in: Owned for 7 years
I met Lisette at a magazine opening party and she immediately caught my attention because she seemed like a well-traveled person with plenty of stories to tell. Born in Dutch Antilles and raised in Madrid, she hasn’t stopped traveling and exploring since. Twelve years ago she landed in Barcelona after living in Madrid, Hong Kong and Amsterdam, attracted by the cosmopolitan character of the city and the sea.
Lisette has worked as a product manager for several fashion magazines and she studied fashion design in Madrid, which led her to live and work in Hong Kong for four (marvelous, she emphasizes) years in the fashion industry. She has always liked old things for their beauty and history, and in Hong Kong she often visited old markets (where several pieces in her home came from).
Lisette is a handy person, and many things she has at home have been restored or are DIY projects. She combines antique furniture, Nordic style and modern pieces in an eclectic mix full of personality. However, she tells me, her house is always constantly reborn, you know “to renew or to die.”
Lisette is wondering already about her next destination, although still uncertain, she stated to me, “it will smell of salt.” Speaking of travel, those wishing to see this amazing space in person can rejoice; Lisette also occasionally rents the space out on Airbnb.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: A mix of modern and vintage, composed of thrift finds, heirlooms, hints of Asia and other mementos from my travels, plus various original works of art. And not to forget: plants.
Inspiration: I love minimalism, Scandinavian design and mid-century vintage, a touch of bling here and there, and Brutalist architecture
Favorite Element: Oxygen (air, a true Aquarian!)
Biggest Challenge: Achieving minimalism!
What Friends Say: My home is inviting and exudes calm
Proudest DIY: I am proud of the fact that I am resilient, have started over and re-invented myself several times, and am very handy (which is useful when renovating one’s home)!
Biggest Indulgence: I don’t often indulge, but I do love travel, and a good perfume, both for my home and for myself!
Best Advice: Live and let live + less is more
Dream Sources: bloesem; sfgirlbybay; openhouse magazine; elle decoration UK; architectural digest; milk decoration
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