sneak peek: lisi and alex


As soon as Lisi and Alex knew they were expecting, the time had come for them to look for a home of their own. The only requirements were that it had a soul, a story, and a history. The minute they stepped foot in this house, which is just 15 minutes from the heart of Barcelona, they new this they’d found their home. With the old floors,  old windows and high ceilings, it was the perfect place to start a family- but it needed a little work. So they teamed up with Mis-Mas, an interior design studio based in Barcelona, to help with the refurbishment. Lisi and Adam loved the way Mis-Mas respected the old construction, while making the new design changes look contemporary and organic to the home’s original style at the same time. Thanks to Lisi and Adam and Javier Almar for his photography. (and special thanks to Cecile)! –Anne

Image above: The dining room is the heart of the house. The wooden table is the center of our universe: on top we have toys, dried flowers, food, glasses, our phones, the newspaper, our mail… and sometimes even Simón, who is now 18-months old. Everything gets put there as soon as it arrives in the house. The more activity, the better, the dirtier, the more stories it has to tell. It’s a piece of furniture that is alive.

CLICK HERE for the rest of Lisi’s home tour (and all 12 images on one page) after the jump!

Image above: I love the great big windows and the view of the neighbor’s garden, full of trees and beautiful flowers (and a very lovely cat I salute everyday). It’s nice in autumn and in spring, but in the summer it gets very hot and in winter it’s very cold – that’s the price we pay for not changing the old windows!

Image above: Simón’s room is the place where I want to be the most unorganized. I love to see things on the floor: coloring materials, papers, books, Woody from Toy Story, Mr Potato Head. I have birds and butterflies on the door, on top of his bed and on his changing table- it’s a place where these animals must fly, like his imagination. And a must is the fluffy off-white rug where he can play.

Image above: We wanted to give an old look to the kitchen, so we maintained the original structures and updated fixtures and details with a lot of tender loving care. We love the final result.

Image above: The bathroom is my private and public space. In the morning it’s “mom and dad’s territory”. At night, Simón joins in. We take a bath together every night and we play with the bubbles, floating books and all his animal sea toys. It’s one of my favorite places to be since it also has two big windows overlooking our neighbor’s beautiful garden. While I wash my hair, I stare out to the greenery and it makes me want to go out into the world happier.

Image above: The rooftop is a bit of heaven in the city. We play, take care of the plants and watch them grow and bloom. We also like to spy on the little birds that stop by and enjoy seeing an open sky above us.

  1. Carlien says:

    Hi Lisi and Alex, what a fine line between cosy and modern, Moor and European you found. I love Barcelona for its relaxed vibe and sharp edges at night. You created that same exotic and yet relaxed vibe in your house, my compliments. I have one question, can you share where you found the small black lamps on your kitchen wall? I’ve been looking for something similar for a long time without succes. Thanx!

  2. Elsa says:

    Beautiful space! Love it all, the floors, the sinks, the chandelier! I’m wondering if anyone can give me some suggestions on where to buy a rustic (but clean) table like that in (northern) California

  3. Holly H. says:

    Grace-I’ve raised 5 kids, and I can honestly say, I never had to “hurry-up” and throw toys on the floor before any guests arrived… is the way life is. I thought this home was spectacular….I bet teaching a toddler to walk up & down those curvy steps (Safely) was a bit of challenge. All of us should consider having our large dining table be the focus of any home….place to dump stuff, clean up & eat/talk about one’s day; to work on great projects for the adults & children. Over 32 years married, and we have NEVER used a dining room…we always have served our meals on the largest of table(s) we need for our family & extended gatherings during holidays. Makes me want to go to Spain one day with my husband. So far, we’ve used your city tours: Paris, Vancouver, Portland, Seattle and never have been disappointed with any of your suggestions! Give everyone on the staff a HIGH FIVE!

  4. Sunny Buick says:

    Does anyone know where the bookshelves are from?

  5. Constanza says:

    Barcelona, always so lovely, me encanta!!!

  6. Marina de la fuente says:

    The tiles are amazing !!!

  7. Twiggs says:

    oh my this is so beautiful… such personality… really a house with real life stories in each corner! ;) i have tweeted!!!

  8. jac says:

    I adore that dining room.

    I do question the ergonomics of the 2 cute stools. Do you really have people sit on those for a meal? I could imagine dinner guests fighting over the spots on the comfy bench.

    I also love the kitchen – it looks perfect.
    I love the open-ness of the island and the wall shelf, but I’m aware it’s always a trade-off with storage.
    Do you miss having upper cabinets from a cooking perspective?

    PS. props for not giving in and filling your house full of kids’ stuff — I live with a toddler and baby and it always baffles me how much crap a tiny person “needs”.

  9. Whitney G says:

    I too am in love with the bookshelves in the photo above. The combination of wood and metal is gorgeous!

    Can someone tell me where I can find something similar? Much appreciated!

  10. MisMAS says:

    hello, I’m Cecile from MisMAS Interior Design Studio, in Barcelona !
    thank’s a lot for all your nice comments !
    I see there is a lot of questions about the lights, the bookshelves and other staff. I will be please to answer on my mail,
    PS : the bookshelves are a special MisMAS’s design, we make in diferent material depending on the kind of style we want to transmit.

  11. Lisi says:

    Hello again! I am really flipping out with all your generous commentaries, you are so nice! I will answer a few questions you asked. The bookshelves were designed by Mis-Mas ( they can make them painted in white, black, different kind of wood… The kitchen lamps were very hard to find preciselly cause they are so simple. I bought them in Biosca Botey ( maybe they can sirve them abroad… The dinning table I use as the center of my house and meals honestly cause it has a comfi bench full of pillows to lean on. The stools are very uncomfortable… but are easy to drag around and fit well underneath the table when are not in use. When guests come, Alex and I sit on them, but are backs suffer a lot! I recommend them better for informal & quick meals. About the upper cabinets in my kitchen, I dont miss them at all, never had them before actually, so not used to them. The wall colour in Simón’s room is pretty dark, but during the day time its really cozy and beautiful. The Pantone would be 4985, but it changes a lot among the changes of light of the day… Thanks again!

  12. sarah says:

    I love you house Lisi!!! My favourite place is the rooftop garden!! Looks amazing in this article… When are we having dinner again??? Hee hee. I know, when we come back from Madrid (a party??) xxx

  13. GB says:

    Love every little detail! It’s a gorgeous home, filled with warmth.

  14. Shelly says:

    Lovely! I admire the feel of your home but it was difficult to peel my eyes off the floors–absolutely gorgeous. I would like to take my cup of tea to your rooftop garden right now…

  15. Yvette says:

    It’s absolutely stunning! I always admire an eclectic home – it looks very inviting! Wish I could start all over and not be so matchy, matchy.

  16. Asia says:

    Wow, those tiled floors are unbelievably beautiful.

  17. sandra says:

    is that batik pillow cover?

  18. Sophia says:

    Hi Lisi, Love your home! Can you please share where you purchase your rugs from? Thank you!!

  19. Natalie R. says:

    This house is a dream! great taste and perfect colours!

  20. Shirley D. says:

    What is the roof material across the patio beams?


  21. Sila says:

    This house is my absolute favourite on this site! It is so tasteful without pretention, and warm and cosy at the same time. I love those beautiful tiles too.

  22. Jessica says:

    Does anyone know where the ledges on the wall behind the dining table are from? The white ones with all the pictures on them?

  23. Anette says:

    they have a lot of Batik’s cushions, is one of them Indonesian??

  24. Paul Lowther says:

    Absolutely stunning designs. Would be good to know the company who supplied the table in that first photo, it’s gorgeous.

  25. Wow, the rooftop garden is amazing. It looks like the rooftop garden from ‘500 days of summer’.

  26. Isabela says:

    Maravilloso. Awesome place for being happy.


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