sneak peek: lula aldunate

lula aldunate was one of last week’s design on a dime content winners and we were all so smitten with the buenos aires studio she decorated with her sister and brother-in-law that we asked to see a little more! although, lula now lives in new york city, she grew up in buenos aires and has done everything from styling parties to interior design to magazine styling. now she creates her own line of products. (love her pillows!) this space was furnished almost entirely with vintage and found objects. with sisters of my own, i love the idea that these two worked together to create this magical space! {thanks lula! and thanks to marcelo setton for the lovely photographs!} -amy a.

[I come from a creative family – I have 4 siblings and they are unique and talented individuals. My sister, Rocio, and I always dreamt of having our own work studio, so after a lot of fantasizing about it and looking for a place for months we found a huge raw warehouse in Almagro (an old neighborhood in Buenos Aires).  It was the perfect – it was a blank canvas just made to have fun and create whatever we wanted. The space was really empty and gray – and we are all about color! So we started by painting a wall pure pink with our own hands (really with our hands!!) We loved doing it, it reminded me to my aunt’s house when I was a child, which was the same shade of pink and it also made me think of a big candy house. The rest came together as spontaneous inspirations that we shared and made real little by little.]

[photo above: The living room had a set of antique soft pink velvet sofa and armchairs that we found at an antique store. We piled it with flowered colorful pillows made mostly by me. A rounded glass-topped 50s coffee table held magazines for our “brainstorming/ inspiration” moments. There is also a small oriental rug, two little old black leather and wood structured stools (on one of the stool is one of my blanket designs), an amazing antique vitrine cabinet filled with a collection of vintage tin cans,  a huge lamp we put together, hanging Indian sarees and our antique gold framed blackboard where we wrote our manifesto (it is all about freedom, love and happiness!)]

[photo above: – This was our dinning and living room where we hosted meetings and parties and received our clients and  friends. We created an eclectic style as we paired the vintage/ antique furniture with oriental rugs and sarees from India (my mom travels a lot for work and bought them for us!), which we used to accent the walls and as curtains on our huge window. We also hung Chinese paper lamps all over the ceiling]

[photo above: Antique French-style big table and a set of different chairs – from the 50s, country style and an unique turquoise leather from the 60s – all found in junk stores!]

CLICK HERE for more of Lula’s fabulous Buenos Aires studio!

[photo above: This was our vintage market set-up! (I always wanted to have my own store!!). The collection includes hat boxes, cookies cans, wire baskets, 70s men underwear, kitchen oilcloth accessories and some wool woven clothes. It is arranged on a table and tablecloth that I styled for a photo shoot.  We loved the arrangement and kept using it!]

[photo above: The hand-painted pink wall! We actually gave it the raw look on purpose to look like our childhood memory of our aunt’s house! And one of the most important pieces in the studio: our foosball table!!! It is from the 70s. My brother-in-law bought it as he loves football (as do all Argentine men!) and we use to have soooo much fun with it. We would challenge anyone who came to our studio! It was our work break entertainment! The stair is an old painter wood stair we bought very, very cheap at an auction and on the wall is hanging a wire magazine exhibitor]


Seriously? Every corner of this room looks to be stuffed with awesome. I just want to hang out there all day. Loads of inspiration.


This is gorgeous! I love the vintage market stall, I am going to make one in my living room. I like the patchwork wall too.


I like to make new things for the house. It is a hobby and something for a fresh new look for our home. This design mixed odl and new and it looked elegant. It was inspiring.


I love this space and would be happy to live here. I wish my husband felt the same!


The wall hangings in the first photo are amazing! Love love love this sneak peek!


LOVE IT Lula! I have color envy. I love it when I see it in your place! I also like all the textures as well. Very nice!

Carolyn Van Lang

How inspiring! It makes you want to know Lula personally because she must be full of life and energy. Home is the place you should go all out to put your stamp on. Way to go!


wonderful studio! i would love some more information on the patchwork wall… is it fabric? paper? the colors and patterns are amazing.


love it! looks just like an anthropologie store!!


omg i almost choked on my cereal when i saw that first image – what an amazing place. that room is INCREDIBLE – i love it!!


hi everyone! THANK YOU SO MUCH for your wonderful comments! I loved my studio so much! It means a lot to me to have it here and be able to share it with all of you!!
jojo: the wall is covered with pieces of paper!! it was an art project we did with my sister over 4 days!! it was so much fun!! I’m happy you like it!


this is soooo argentine i love it!! if you guys ever went to the hidden shops in La Boca you would find sooo many of these!! i miss my buenos aires!
good job lula!


this so cool, I’d like to design my homeoffice like this, this makes me very happy!

Melissa-jade Gregan

Perfect set up for relaxing, creating and hosting beautiful teas! I love that the floors are concrete, and the use of the sari’s is great. If only nz had huge great places like that for me to stumble across! love your work xxx


Hi Lula! Do you remember the color or brand of pink paint you used? It is perfection. Thanks for the pretty peak.

Rocio ALdunate

Hi everyone! i´m Lula´s sister
so nice to share our work place with all of you! thanks a lot for the happy coments! it is a very special place for us!


Thank you so much lula! You are lucky to have a sister to create with. x


So beautiful and joyful! Thank you so much for sharing! ^^


My favorite! I love all of the tapestries hanging.. and the velvet pink chairs. You should work for Anthropologie. :)


I love it – florals mix perfectly with antique. It’s so pretty Lula!


MORE THANKS to all for the comments!!!
jojo, yes! I’m lucky!!
beret, it was an argentine brand… and unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the pink painting! so sorry!


Beautiful space Lula! I’m currently living in Buenos Aires and would love any junk shop recommendations; other than the Mercado de las Pulgas, I don’t really know where to go! Someone mentioned La Boca…? Muchas gracias & chau!


I really love how Lula decorated her Bs. As. home. So inspirational! Love all the colours. So very Argentinean. I was born in Bs. As. and it was a treat to see something from there. Thanks for featuring this home.


What a warm, inviting and uplifting interior….I could easily call that home xx


WOW ladies, what inspiring images. I just want to transport myself to your lounge and share a pot of tea right now! ….hmmm where have I packed those sarees?


Fantastic vintage feel to the room. Love the fabric wall and what a wonderful Rococo style bookcase. Combining bright vivid colours and vintage & antiques always seems to work really well.

kimmi siren

Quite frankly it looks like ABC carpet and home…I expect everything to have a price tag. Too staged. It’s all the space around everything that makes the sneak peak enticing -the high ceilings and the light coming from the interesting window- too many of us think it’s the objects themselves.
Colors are beautiful though.

Ines Dominici



I really like this, I’m currently working on an interior design and came across this website selling beautiful boutique style furniture does anyone know of any sites selling these sort of products?