A Light-Filled Barcelona Apartment Strikes the Perfect Balance

published Apr 17, 2020

A Light-Filled Barcelona Apartment Strikes the Perfect Balance

published Apr 17, 2020
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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.

Credit: Alicia Macias

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.

Credit: Alicia Macias

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Cozy, minimal, down to earth.

Inspiration: My parents’ home.

Credit: Alicia Macias

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!

Credit: Alicia Macias

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.

Credit: Alicia Macias

Biggest indulgence: Art made by friends.

Best advice: Keep the light!

Dream Sources: All the great design classics.


Credit: Alicia Macias


  • TMM lamp Miquel Milà.
  • Chairs by Les Eines.
  • Gold lamp found in Wallapop.
  • Side green table by House Doctor.
Credit: Alicia Macias


  • Frame photographs by some artist friends.
  • Ezcaray blanket.
  • White linen sheets from Zara Home.
Credit: Alicia Macias


  • Art print by Barbara Gevaerts.
  • Red Mini piano from Bateau Lune.
  • World map from Bateau Lune.
  • Red carpet from Vinçon.
Credit: Alicia Macias


  • Old cabinet bought in an antique shop from Barcelona.
  • Mirror from House Doctor.
  • Vintage Hangers from House Doctor.

Thanks, Barbara!