This Incredibly Beautiful Remodeled Buenos Aires Home Is Modern with a Colorful Twist

published Aug 18, 2022
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This Incredibly Beautiful Remodeled Buenos Aires Home Is Modern with a Colorful Twist

published Aug 18, 2022
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Name: China Calé and Nico, with kids Olivia, Clementia, and Francisca, and the dog, Homero
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Size: 3200 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting

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Fashion stylist and influencer China Calé and her family of five (six, if you count the pup) were on the hunt for a bigger apartment. The search for a new rental took about six months, but eventually China came upon this huge apartment, which she says was surprisingly in the same budget range as apartments half the size. It’s possible the price had to do with the apartment’s not-so-great condition (outdated rooms would need updating and refreshing), but China saw the potential of this space (like all of the apartment’s classic French-esque details like high ceilings, big windows, and architectural details) and worked with an architect to revive this stunning space.

Credit: Lula Poggi

The original kitchen and breakfast area, for instance, came with a white, blue, and gray color palette and a very underwhelming tile floor. Today, it’s a modern but still soothing combo of white, black, and green. Doors and window frames were painted a stark black. Wood and iron shelving adds storage. An amazing black and white floor was installed on top of the existing floor. And a fun mural adds life to the room. But the kitchen’s redo is only one example of this apartment’s revival: every room of this spacious space was updated with China’s elegant interior style, a mix of classic elements with a modern twist. And when people say that a space has “good bones,” this apartment is the perfect example: There were no major structural changes to the remodel.

Credit: Lula Poggi

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I do not have a defined style… I want to do something and I do it. In this apartment, in particular, I wanted to keep the classic French style of [the building] but also incorporate some color with furniture, accessories, and murals. I also try to bring old and classic designs to a modern look, with different textures, colors, and materials.

Credit: Lula Poggi

Inspiration: Pinterest is my source of inspiration. Also when I have some ideas that I don’t know how to bring to reality, I search Pinterest to flesh them out and put them to paper.

Credit: Lula Poggi

Favorite Element: The dining room next to the kitchen. I love the morning light in there, and when my girls are at school I have breakfast there on my own and for me it is a glorious moment.

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Biggest Challenge: Coming up with the family room’s furniture layout. The space was supposed to be the formal dining room of the apartment. So it has a large layout with windows and a big chimney, which is hard for a sofa and a TV set-up. After several drawings and with our architect’s help, we put the big sofa in the center of the room. I think we nailed it.

Credit: Lula Poggi

Proudest DIY: The living room painting above the sofa. I actually didn’t paint it, but it was my whole idea… I designed it, decided the color palette, and then the artist did her job. It was a team effort and I am really happy with the result.

Credit: Lula Poggi

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? When we started the renovations there was an old furniture piece in one of the bedrooms. It was an old cabinet with narrow drawers and glass fronts where men of the 19th century used to keep their shirts. I painted it pink and use it for my accessories and make up; I love it!

Credit: Lula Poggi

What are your favorite products you have brought for your home and why? I love a home Spray from @tereguiraldes.home, which I use to have a great smell in the house when people come to visit.

Does your home reflect your home country/city in any way? My home reflects the French taste Argentinian architects tried to imitate in the beginning of the 20th century. I love that about my apartment, so I kept all the molding and the old features of that era. Because of that, I painted almost everything in white, so I tried to give color to [the space] with murals and painted paper.

Credit: Lula Poggi

The apartment has a room where you can enter the toilette that is really small and dark (so very different from the rest of the apartment), so I decided to put a painted paper in the toilette and also in this little room, which gives some continuity to the space and somehow makes both spaces look bigger.

What are your favorite places to shop for home décor that can only be found in your country? There is a decoration store called CASA LULU, with which I really identify my style. The owner is a talented set designer and her designs were the starting point for my apartment decor…

Credit: Lula Poggi

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Don’t be afraid to put color or original pieces that match your personality. I am happy living in a place were I find myself in every part of it! You can always change things, redistribute them, or use them in a different way if you are not comfortable with the result!


Credit: Lula Poggi


Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Sofa — Upholsterer
  • Carpet — El Espartano
  • Pink armchairs — BAKANA
  • Picture above sofa — Luli Fornieles and Viqui Nazar Anchorena
  • Coffee Table — Salazar Casa
  • Chaise long  — Casa Lulu
  • Chaise long fabric — Al Telar
  • Big plant — Salazar Casa
  • Small plant — @cultivos.arima
  • Fireplace mantel sculpture — Salazar Casa
  • Little table next to the fireplace — Caririos Deco
  • Black and White photo — Salazar Casa
  • Black Lamp — Frida Casa
Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Sofa — Upholsterer
  • Sofa cover — BAKANA
  • Sculptures — Salazar Casa
  • Ceiling Lamps — Frida Casa
Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Ceiling Lamp — Haras Home
  • Mural — @monas_interiores
  • Table — Denver Concept
  • Chairs — JCL SA
Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Mural — @monas_interiores
  • Light fixture — Deco La Merced
  • Mirror — Elhecho Urbano
  • Hall Mirror — ülmen
  • Little stool — CasaLulu
Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Mural — @mercedes.costal
  • Sofa — Hola Rincon
  • Toys — Wonderplay
  • Ceiling Lamp — Estudio M Giluminacion
  • Knob — Agustina Cerato
Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Black and White Photo — Salazar Casa
  • Little Carpet — Salazar Casa
  • Rounded sofa — @elitedecosofa
  • Floor lamp — @altoranchocom
  • Side table — @altoranchocom
  • Desk chairs — Lilia Kids
  • Desk — Mesopotamia
  • Wicker baskets — Chilo
  • Colored baskets — Easy Argentina
  • Ceiling lamp — @altoranchocom
Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Mural — Tintachini
  • Bed — @impalamuebles
  • Carpet — Multiply Kids
  • Hammock — Kutika Home
  • Bed side table — @altoranchocom
  • Withe Carpe — H&M Home
  • Toy Rainbow — Tienda Festival arco iris
Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Fabrics above beds — Kutika Home
  • Beds — Carpenter
  • Chest of Drawers — Salazar Casa
  • Table Lamp — @gurruychaga
  • Pictures — @sofiamontescasas
  • Carpet — Seara
  • Ceiling Lamp — Mesopotamia
Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Bed Linen — Carolina Biercamp
  • Ceiling Lamp — @iwishdeco
  • Picture —
  • Mirror — @antiguoavagondeco
  • Curtains — BAKANA
  • Candle — Tereguiraldes Home
  • Cushions — Carolina Biercamp
  • Bedside table — Garish
  • Bedside table lamp — Marania Deco
  • Bedside table lamp — @floxhome
  • Bed Backrest — Cirilo Mobiliario
Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Ceiling Lamp — Andrea Peraita
  • Flower Vase — @dominicadeco
  • Liquid Soap — Tere Guiraldes
  • Picture —
Credit: Lula Poggi


  • Floor Lamp — @homie.remodelaciones
  • Black and White Photo — Salazar Casa
  • Carpet — Salazar Casa
  • Mirror — Mueble Soranias
  • Sofa — Flea market
  • Coffee Tables — @altoranchocom
  • Picture above the Sofa —
  • Chair — Denver Concept
  • Desk Lamp — @altoranchocom
  • Colored picture — Mariu Etchepare
  • Ceramic Swans — Anthropologie
  • Little Mirror — Agustina Cerato

Thanks China!

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