This Buenos Aires Home Has Some of the Best Bookshelves We’ve Seen Yet

published May 11, 2020

This Buenos Aires Home Has Some of the Best Bookshelves We’ve Seen Yet

published May 11, 2020
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Name: Tomás, Martina, Nina and Florián
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Size: 1808 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, owned

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Tomás is an architect and Martina is a decorator, so of course the home they share in Buenos Aires with their two children is stunning. But it didn’t always look this way! When the couple first found this apartment, it had been neglected for years and it needed a full remodel. Thankfully, this gave the creative couple the opportunity to not only update the aesthetic of the space, but also create a home that adapts and functions for their family.

“I really love cooking and we spend lots of time in the kitchen, so it was very important for us that it was comfortable, functional, and with a big table; so we completely changed the structure of the previous kitchen and made it much bigger,” writes Martina. “We chose practical materials for the counter (Neolith) and furniture.” This lovely home has served their family well for four years, but they’re onto their next home adventure. “Without really looking for it, we found another apartment with a beautiful garden, and we have already begun to fix it up for moving… so we are really going to miss this house!”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Uncontracted, comfortable, relaxed, elegant.

Inspiration: Trips, magazines.

Favorite Element: My favorite object is in the dining room’s library: It is a frame with the Argentinean national emblem embroidered by artist Mercedes Guiraldes (@paisana.argentina) I like it because it represents the revaluation of arts and crafts, and is as well a symbol of my country.

Proudest DIY​: I like putting lots of effort in preparing my kids’ birthdays, and for that I make the two things I love most: cooking and decorating.

What’s your best home secret? I love that my home has its own fragrance. I made by myself a spray with essential oils. I made my own cleaner, too, with vinegar and lavender I get from the garden. I use it for everything! As clothes softener, too.



  • Sofa ⁠— Made specially for me by my upholsterer
  • Stripped rug ⁠— ​RugIt
  • Grey armchair ⁠— Bought in an auction and refurbished
  • Cushions ⁠— Custom made
  • Paintings ⁠— ​Carlos Arnaiz ​(bigger and colorful painting), ​Cesar Paternosto ​and Cristina Haupt.
  • Golden sculpture⁠ — Angel Gabriel


  • Table — Oval Saarinen, with Carrara’s marble top
  • Chairs — Wishbone
  • Yellow sofa — Made by my upholsterer; the velvet cover was dyed by hand
  • Cushions — Idem living
  • Paintings — ​Teresa Magrane
  • Standing lamp — Tolomeo
  • Library — White lacquered wood; we made it specially for that wall and for placing all our special books and objects
  • Frame with embroidery — ​Mercedes Guiraldes


  • Table — I bought it in an online auction; it was from a factory. I only used the tabletop and changed the legs.
  • Chairs — Eames
  • Kid chair — Stokke​
  • Lamps — We bought them in Rome, and carried them in the plane with us !
  • Painting — Luisa​ Freixas
  • Wooden shelves — Custom made in Petiribi wood


  • Wallpaper — ​Anthropologie
  • Cushions — Custom made, handcrafted dyed velvet
  • Armchair — ​Bought in an auction and refurbished
  • Side table — Saarinen
  • Rug — Bought in Uruguay long time ago
  • Bench — ​Net
  • Reading lamp — Tolomeo


  • Wallpaper — Custom made
  • Beds — Custom made
  • Sofa — Custom made
  • Hanging canopy — Custom made
  • Rug — ​Sentido
  • Zebra — A present for Nina


  • Desk — Custom made by my carpenter
  • Lamp — Tolomeo
  • Chairs — Old classic desk chairs, reupholstered in grey leather
  • Ship organizer — ​Gato

Thanks Tomas and Martina!