A Light-Filled Barcelona Apartment Strikes the Perfect Balance
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Name: Barbara Martínez and her kids
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 1076 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years, renting
The natural light in this Barcelona rental flat is, in a word, stunning. Home to architecture and design lover Barbara Martínez and her two children, it’s a study in neutral color palettes, simple designs, and surrounding yourself with the things you love. Her home is also one of balance: the balance between kids’ toys and grown-up designs, stuff and space, light and shadow.
Barbara is able to harness the apartment’s existing features so well because of her expert eye for design: She’s an art director and the founder of Latibule Studio, a Barcelona-based creative agency specializing in children’s brands.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Cozy, minimal, down to earth.
Inspiration: My parents’ home.
Favorite element: TMM lamp by Miguel Milà. It was a gift and has the firm of the designer on in.
Biggest challenge: Keep it clean! You know what they say about cleaning when you have kids at home: It’s like eating Oreos while you brush teeth!
What friends say: How much light! I think it’s the best element in our home and we try to preserve it by keeping the rest simple.
Biggest embarrassment: Making a hole that reached the other room… And not just one.
Biggest indulgence: Art made by friends.
Best advice: Keep the light!
Dream Sources: All the great design classics.
- TMM lamp Miquel Milà.
- Chairs by Les Eines.
- Gold lamp found in Wallapop.
- Side green table by House Doctor.
- Frame photographs by some artist friends.
- Ezcaray blanket.
- White linen sheets from Zara Home.
- Old cabinet bought in an antique shop from Barcelona.
- Mirror from House Doctor.
- Vintage Hangers from House Doctor.