Do you like a good story? The owners of this home certainly do, with a passion for books, cinema and storytelling. The items in their home have history and a lot of love has been woven into this place.
Madrid is a Spanish city with many stories, and this house was built in the 1950s in the northern suburb of Chamartín. The family who now own it are a young couple with children, who wanted to update the house to make it feel like somewhere they call home: to be personal, and provide a great place for their kids to be inspired. The wife is a philologist, and you can see her love of language and literature stretches through the house.
Snaking your way from the garden, along the terrace and through the sliding glass doors you come to the family room. It’s a big wide open space with gorgeous high ceilings. It perfectly shows off its height with the long drop pendant lamps over the dining room table.
Like the Library of Babel, bookcases reach to the ceiling in this room. The deep dark red mahogany colored wood shelves are solid and sturdy to hold the couple’s collection. They provide 30 vertical square meters of book space, and were custom made and relocated from the couple’s previous home. The dark colors on the walls, with mix and match patterns in the room are a great example of fun and clever casual chic!
The vintage armchairs are as old as the house, but with their pastel colors and hairpin-style feet, they are still refined and look perfect in this room.
The enormous dining table is rescued from a 19th century French farmhouse, and the large cognac colored chesterfield sofa sits stoutly and assured in the center of the room. This medley of patterns and prints is made possible by sticking to a simple palette. The room uses solid refined brown colors and accents them with blue patterns and textures; it’s all a cool tone. Cool, and refreshing.
Check out the art on the walls in this kitchen, and you can feel that the family home has been decorated with images and icons that inspire them.
The kitchen has white walls, paired with soft wood colors on the floor and long drawers that are all of a similar grain. Notice also the strip of brushed cement by the food preparation area. I love the big wide windows that open up, and I’m a little surprised not to see the heavy shutters often found in Spain to block out the midday sunlight!
The style in this room is of economic esthetic, only using two materials: wood and microcement, an artificial cement topper that you can put over different materials to create the same look on walls and floors. The overall effect of the room is a space of practical lines and dark simplicity.
Upstairs the fun continues. In the kids’ room, the bunk bed doubles as a playhouse with a ladder and climbing rope to ascend and descend. Many bed time stories to be had in here! But I do wonder where the bookshelves are hidden away…
That Kohler basin is simple divine, isn’t it? I love the big faucets and large tub space, great for two little ones to wash their hands together.
So elegant and turn of the century, but matched with the Hisbalit hexagon tiles it looks cute and funky. If you’re jotting down ideas for your own bathroom, and you’re not so sure about the swathes of single color tiles, think about ways you could include patterns in the design.Honeycomb tiles could be interspersed with black tiles to create flower patterns, stripes, or framing around different areas in the room.
While the kids’ bathroom had a basin big enough for two little ones, the master bedroom is adult sized, but still made for two with its set of double sinks and twin mirrors. The countertop stretches along far enough for you to leave your book on the ledge when it’s time to dip into the tub for a soak.
The mirrors are super cute, I like how they use different but similar shapes.
Look at the unusual shape of the room – the ceiling beam shows that it’s not your typical square outline. It can be hard sometimes for smaller rooms, getting a bed that doesn’t dwarf the rest of the space is important if you want to be able to move around. But that simple chic feel we have seen in other parts of the house are recreated here, with the cool blue and brown tones.
Much like the room, the windows are definitely not square. It gives the house that unique flair, that makes it interesting!
Twisting its way upstairs, this staircase is made from reinforced steel. It has been blocked off on the side to prevent any accidents, but it is thin enough to allow light through the slats.
So many levels to choose from. Roosting at the top of the house is another space under the sloped roof, that doubles as a guest bedroom.
The book case is so tall up here that it has a sliding ladder to help you get to the highest bits! The ladder also goes up to a net area where you can, quite literally, “hang” with the fam. A fun place to relax, you’ll notice there’s no TV up here! A space to read, relax and play some piano. I only wish I had a room like this at the top of my house.
Project: A Live-In Tale In Madrid
Design: Egue y Seta
Photos: Vicugo Foto