See Inside the 2023 Small/Cool Contest Grand Prize Winner’s Colorful Colombia Rental

published Aug 19, 2023

See Inside the 2023 Small/Cool Contest Grand Prize Winner’s Colorful Colombia Rental

published Aug 19, 2023
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“Finding this place was crazy! We needed to move from our previous apartment, and it took months of daily searching, but nothing appealed to us until we came across this apartment online,” begins Luisa Castellanos, who was on the home hunt with her partner, Juan, and their cat, Noa. “We fell in love with it because it was right in front of the most beautiful park in our city (Flora Park). When we came to see it in person, we met the owners: Fernando and his mom Alix. The energy we felt from them was so lovely that within three days, we were already signing documents and arranging the move.”

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This move — plus Luisa’s stunning decor style — would prove to be a winning combination: Luisa and Juan’s apartment was the Readers’ Choice Grand Prize Winner in the 2023 Small/Cool Contest! It’s such a good space (and five photos just simply isn’t enough), here’s a full house tour of this stunning 980-square-foot home. 

“It’s a very comfortable apartment, filled with light, and that’s why we love living here,” continues Castellanos. “We can go to the park every day for walks, and we hear birds all day long. We’ve even had the chance to see a sloth and many squirrels from our apartment!”

“We’ve tried to imbue the essence of our partnership into this place. It was important to me, as a textile illustrator and creative director of a fun clothing brand (Eloisa Studio), that my work was present throughout the house. That’s why it’s adorned with prints and textiles everywhere you look!” See more of their home on Instagram and TikTok.



  • Bedroom — “Brillo Primaveral” is a color name from the Pintuco paint brand. In English, it would be translated as “Spring Radiance” or “Spring Shine.” Please note that paint color names may vary between languages and brands, so the translation provided is a general approximation.
  • Studio — We created this color between my sister and me by adding red and blue to a base of wheat color.



  • Black girl painting (1,50mX1,50m) — Luisa Eloisa
  • Dining room chairs and table — Thrifted from marketplace! 



Thanks Luisa!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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