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sneak peek: alan the gallant {ana}

by anne

whenever i think of barcelona, i can’t help but think of one of my favorite movies, l’auberge espagnole. while much more sophisticated than the “catch all” apartment of foregin roommates in the film, ana montiel’s (the “an” and designer/artist of  alAN the gllant) just says barcelona to me. i completely envy her view out to the city below. she and her musician/designer boyfriend, sebastian,  moved into this sun-filled apartment a year ago in the poble sec area. it’s  a working class neighborhood so there aren’t many big flats but it’s now becoming an up & coming area in barcelona (as noted by wallpaper magazine). the neighborhood is just a 5 min bike trip to the centre and is located at the foot of montjuic, barcelona’s most prominent mountain, full of museums, parks and where kitties rule the roost.  click here for the full-sized images, and here for all our wonderful sneak peeks. oh, and you can also find ana on her daily blog, pop pervert. [thanks, ana!]anne

[above: View from the balcony of the 1904 facade ornamentation.]

In the background is my ever-changing mood-board…Constantly evolving. Copo my cat loves to sunbathe in my studio in the morning. I bought the table in Ikea, love its two level storage! You can keep your table clean of clutter-free while displaying all that you need below the glass top.

The living room table is from Ikea; the beautiful mushroom lamps were found abandoned on the street (a truly magical moment); the wallpaper is our own Pattern Tales “Topo Choco”; the chairs were all vintage presents from good friends moving abroad and the globe in the kitchen and the chairs are from Els Encants Barcelona flea market.

CLICK HERE for the rest of Ana’s home after the jump!


The ikea two level table is “my digital table” (with the computer). I bought the other desk at a flea market and I painted it white. It is my analogic table, no high-tech allowed! Just pencils, collages and such.  I have a huge ruler collection too, most of which are inside the drawer.  I like to display the biggest ones and pretend it’s a repair shop.  My studio is half work and half meditation & yoga area. On one of the walls I still have a Topo Azul customization I made for a stop-motion video ñ the clip is finished but Iím still colouring it in just for fun. Iím obsessed with the balcony; itís small but big enough to grow my own aromatic herbs… (having home made pesto is a total luxury).


I have a mixture of furniture from Ikea and flea markets. We don’t usually make any permanent installations because I love the flat to constantly evolve just like us… I love to make little changes: move furniture, paint a chair, pin a photograph on the wall…We like DIY and have a laid back style. We spend a lot of time at home, so need to be flexible all the time.


I’m obsessed with the balcony; it’s small but big enough to grow my own aromatic herbs… (having home made pesto is a total luxury).

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