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Bright and Airy in Madrid

by Amy Azzarito


Four years ago, when Margarita and Antonio found this apartment in Madrid, Spain, they knew it would be perfect for their growing family – after a few renovations, that is. But because the apartment had been built in 1932 and designed by renowned Spanish architect, Antonio Palacios, it was an historically protected building, and so the challenge was to respect the apartment’s historical roots while updating it for a modern family. So the couple called upon Nimú, a little design studio in Madrid run by Fayette Proper and Margarita Antes, who both specialize in working with such spaces. They restored all the windows, floors and doors and then worked on the furnishings. Nimú paired vintage and high-end design objects with more inexpensive IKEA buys. The result is just what the family was looking for – a bright, relaxed home that doesn’t feel too modern or minimal. –Amy

Photography by Jose Luis de Lara

Image above: “This is where we eat. I love the lamp, from a Jacinto Moros, and the high chair for Nicolas is from Droog design.” 


Image above: “This space rocket is one of Nicolas’ favorite places. We painted the ceiling to add a little detail to the space while the white walls keep it feeling clean and light.”



See more of this family home in Madrid after the jump!

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Image above: “Our living room sofa is from IKEA and the side table is from Habitat. Above the sofa is the start of our art collection.”


Image above: “A full view of the living room. The light in here is fantastic. We love to have breakfast in here all together on weekend mornings.”



Image above: “Our bedroom is one of my favorite parts of the house because of the big windows which make it such a relaxing place to be. The bench is from Habitat and the blanket is from Hay.”


Image above: “This is my side of the bed with a ‘Girl with Glasses’ drawing by Joaquin Rodriguez hanging over a vintage nightstand.”


Image above: “Nicolas’ room.”


Image above: “The paper airplane in Nicolas’ room was found in a shop in Portugal.”


Image above: “The ABC ZOO poster was designed by Nimú.”


Image above: “A little corner of Nicholas’ room with a shelf filled with some of his little treasures.”


Image above: “The little carpet in the bathroom is from Zara Home.”


Image above: “In many old houses in Spain it is very common to have a long corridor that leads into all the other rooms. We made the bookcase and the hangers are from Vitra.”

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