Tropical Vibes in a Sunny Barcelona Apartment

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Olga de la iglesia
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 750 square feet
Years lived in: Rented, 1 year

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This is the home of a multi-talented creative woman living and working in Barcelona. Olga is an art director and photographer who heads up Refresco Caribe. She lives in both Spain and the Dominican Republic, which helps to explain the beautiful Caribbean atmosphere in her home.

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Olga is dedicated to living sustainably, so she loves recycling furniture she found on the street, which she mixes with hand-me-downs from her grandmother. Her decor also reflects her travels, featuring items from her brand, Refresco Caribe, made up of artisan pieces from the Dominican Republic and Haití.

Color is really important to Olga, who works with it masterfully in her interior design. The abundant natural light also plays a big part in the style and ambiance of Olga’s home. She’s created a home filled with beautiful color combinations and plenty of healthy plants. Olga says they are a reminder that we came from the earth. She loves living in an apartment that’s so airy and fresh, surrounded by the memories from all of her trips.

Get the look! → Bright, Tropical & Caribbean-inspired Style

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Tropical.

Inspiration: The Caribbean and Africa.

Favorite Element: Senegalese fan.

Biggest Challenge: There’s no heating.

What Friends Say: They say thats it’s amazing; they feel like they are on vacation!

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Biggest Embarrassment: none!

Proudest DIY: The lamp.

Biggest Indulgence: I love being at home, working, reading or just making a good dinner.

Best Advice: Add plants!

Dream Sources: Most of my furniture is second hand or vintage, so I don’t contribute to overproduction and pollution. It’s a good way to recycle. I also love the items from the artisans of Refresco Caribe.

Get the look! → Bright, Tropical & Caribbean-inspired Style

(Image credit: Alicia Macias)
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Olga lives in a 750 square foot apartment in Barcelona. (Image credit: Alicia Macias)

Thanks, Olga!

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