Bright and Airy in Madrid


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!

This Sneak Peek is brought to you by the Jim Flora wallpaper range – featuring classic mid-century patterns from the artist’s collection of mischievous and impish prints. See the collection here.



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.”

  1. Chilly says:

    Hehe I find it cute quietly was spelled incorrectly. Beautiful home!

  2. Gabi Hutchison says:

    This is one of my favorite tours in a long time. I love how calm yet colorful it is. So much inspiration!

  3. Love this, great article, thanks!

  4. Vivis says:

    On the third photo you spelled quietly wrong… “quitly?”. I would go NUTS! with this permanent typo.

  5. Cory says:

    Those herringbone floors!

  6. Jenifer says:

    I am very happy that one of my favorite sneak-peeks comes from Spain :)

  7. Awesome photos and great home! Very well decorated. I’m impressed from the painted top

  8. wow..It really give great look to bathroom..

  9. quietly, quietly quietly is correct ??????????????

  10. That airplane is gorgeous..

  11. Beautiful, and I especially love the painted “canopy” ceiling and the way it comes over the edge of the ceiling down onto the top of the walls.

    Slightly off-topic – I love Design*Sponge Sneak Peek house tours, but you wait for ages and ages and then three come together like Dublin buses. Any chance they could be spread out a bit more? I would have put this in your recent survey but there wasn’t a way to do it. Thank you!

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      Hi TDD!

      We’ve tested out spreading them out before but people seem to get upset when we do that. We may test that out again, but statistically, people tend to stop reading or get upset with us :( But we’re going to be testing out some new content scheduling this fall so hopefully we can find a way to spread them out more and still give people what they want.


  12. liza says:

    love the painted ceiling

  13. emily says:

    charming in every way. love all the attention to detail.

  14. Marsh says:

    Any way you can supply a source for that Hay blanket? I tried looking online but couldn’t find it. It’s just what I’ve been looking for to decorate my own bed.

    Love the Sneak Peeks, by the way, even when they’re not my own style. Keep ’em coming as often as you can– whether together or spread out. I’m a happy voyeur either way!

  15. Maria says:

    Got really Madrid-homesick!
    Loved every little detail

  16. Jackie says:


    Didn’t they come on Monday in the past? I used to look out for them. Now,,I have to admit, I do skip posts if I don’t see them coming…Monday was a good day – something to look forward to!

  17. Bernie says:

    Look again Vivis, “quietly” is spelled correctly….I think it is the way the “e” looks, but it is there. Look at the “e’s” in the other words. Love the ceiling, but too bad the center is a vent and not a chandelier! pretty.

  18. Ramsh' says:

    Looks amazing!

  19. Mamta Bajaj says:

    fantastic….I really like the chairs and ceiling paint concept….The house looks simple but still attractive. Nice interior designs.
    Mamta Bajaj
    Interior Designer

  20. Nimú says:

    Thank you so much for your positive reactions!
    Margarita and Fayette
    Nimú, equipo de diseño

  21. jennie says:

    I love this house! That is the cutest little toilet nook I’ve ever seen! x


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