This Barcelona Home Is Mostly Decorated with IKEA Without Looking Like a Catalog
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Name: Victoria Bruno and boyfriend
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 807 Square feet
Years lived in: 7 months
Victoria Bruno was living in the Gracia neighborhood of Barcelona when she met her boyfriend, leading them to go looking for a home to share to together. When they saw this space, with its soaring ceilings, stunning natural light, and cute little balconies, they knew it was the one. Victoria, who is a designer at TINYCOTTONS, a kid’s brand owned by her sister, admits that she and her boyfriend spent more than they wanted to on this rental apartment. But, located in Barcelona’s El Born neighborhood, they’re now close to the beach, a place they visit together often.
Originally from Argentina, Victoria came to Barcelona to study, but fell in love with city’s mix of mountains and beaches. It’s clear she’s inspired by them; they’re reflected in the home’s soft color palette and embrace of natural materials. IKEA furniture plays a huge role in every room, but it doesn’t look like an IKEA catalog or a dorm room though, and that’s thanks in part to the apartment’s beautiful architecture, but also to Victoria and her boyfriend’s deft use of color, proportion, and style. And though they have only been in the apartment for seven months, they’ve crafted a soothing, minimal, comfortable home together.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Oh really hard to say. I’m so versatile; I can define myself in any particular style. I love Scandinavian, but nowadays I feel more comfortable in a Mediterranean style because we live near the beach. Who knows tomorrow!
Inspiration: Pinterest and Instagram
Favorite element: The coconut plant in the living room. It was so tiny when we bought it, and now it’s growing and I love it!
Biggest challenge: Finding the perfect apartment for us! We had so many requirements that we thought we were never going to find one but when we saw this one we knew it had it all!
What friends say: They love the high ceilings and how fast we decorated it! In fact, some are asking me for decoration advice!
Biggest embarrassment: Too noisy, even with the double glass we have in the windows. I think the noise comes from the avenue next to our street and it echoes in the building; it’s weird because our street is really quiet.
Proudest DIY: The arty spot I made in the living room. I made it with wicker plate mats.
Biggest indulgence: Dining chairs. We spent several months with no chairs because I wanted something in particular. They were not expensive, but not easy to find either!
Best advice: Before buying stuff, research what you like. It’s good to make a mood board with all the ideas to have it clear in your head.
Dream Sources: The flea market Mercantic in Sant Cugat.
- Furniture — IKEA