Name: Marcial and Andrea
Location: El Carmen — Valencia, Spain
Size: 2045 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned
While Marcial and Andrea’s beautiful home is a minimal and modern space today, that’s not how they found it. When they bought this home, it was in a dilapidated condition. Thankfully, Marcial’s brother runs a design firm, Boor Studio, and together he and the couple tackled the renovation. Stunning, colorful, patterned original mosaic tile floors known as Nolla tiles (because they were made by the Nolla factory near Valencia, Spain) make a beautiful statement in many of the rooms. In fact, all of the modern design choices the couple made let the flat’s architecture take center stage.
Marcial and Andrea actually had their doubts when they first saw the place — it hadn’t just been neglected for decades, the home was dark and had a terrible layout. But Marcial’s brother convinced them to buy it, and they’re glad they did!
The first thing they did was remove almost every wall to let light flood the space. They wanted to create a modern space that matched their tastes, but they also wanted to preserve the historic architectural elements of the old structure, especially those beautiful original tile floors. (They actually hired a specialist to restore all the mosaics!) Clean white walls and simple furnishings are the perfect canvas for showing off the home’s historic features.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: We were looking for open areas and natural light in every room. We wanted to always bring nature indoors as much as possible, but we also wanted to restore and bring back the essence of the house. It was a dilapidated building and no one had taken care of the flat in decades.
Inspiration: We’ve lived in Stockholm and love Scandinavian style. Our basic rule for the renovation was to keep it simple, thinking about functionality but also style and design.
Favorite Element: Our favorite element is the Agata LZF light.
Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge was the Nolla floor recovery. The current large, open living area was divided into several rooms, and when we removed the walls, we discovered the original Nolla tile floors weren’t level. Therefore it was necessary to replace with a wooden floor. But, we decided to have each tile manually removed in order to recover them for use on a future wall in the terrace. It was a complex process, due to the possibility of damaging the pieces after removing the old dried cement.
What Friends Say: They love the high ceilings, the original wood carpentry, the green inner courtyard and all the green we are able to see from the window, especially considering that the flat is located in the the center of the city.
Proudest DIY: An old sewing machine transformed into a modern bathroom washbasin. And the restoration of all the door and window carpentry.
Biggest Indulgence: Bringing in numerous natural plants.
Best Advice: Trust your renovation project to someone that you have good feelings about.
PAINT & COLORS
White, natural wood, Mediterranean blue and use the colorful Nolla floors.
White wood for the floor in order to make a room seem open, airy, clean, and draw much-needed attention to the lighting, architecture and furnishings.
Knockonwood jaga heater
Tom Dixon lighting
Zara home lighting
Zara home linen
Creative cables lighting
Corian wash basin
Kenay Home mirror