An old farmhouse was restored into a holiday home for antiquarian and interior designer Eduardo Arruga, located in the Empordà, an historical region of Catalonia, Spain. The designer has maintained the essence of the old building, adapting it to contemporary standards. The designer spent 25 years as the head of Barcelona antique shop and decoration store Lucca. He also creates furniture and contemporary objects crafted from old wood and other reclaimed items, which he infused into his holiday home. He preserved as much as he could of the existing structure, combined with designing for present day needs. The house was an ancient rural stone building, featuring Catalan vaults and beamed ceilings, which all had to be repaired. The designer/homeowner brought on architect Javier Claros for the task. Native vegetation was used to enhance the gray tones of the olive trees, with vivid combinations of violet, mauve and white. The designer kept the spirit of the house in the interiors, while adding modern comfort. The spaces were separated onto three levels: with the ground floor encompassing an entrance hall, two bedrooms, bathroom and a patio. The first floor houses a living and dining room, kitchen and bathroom. The upper level envelopes the en-suite master bedroom retreat. Most of the original features were preserved, such as stone jambs, doors and beams. Interior furnishings were selected mostly from the designer’s antique store, Lucca, creating an eclectic aesthetic with a quiet elegance. The finished result is the merging of past and present to create a wonderful home to retreat from city life.
Throughout the interiors you will see rustic simplicity, terra cotta flooring, unflustered walls and hues of earth and sand. At all times the designer sought to have finishes and materials that would create a natural aesthetic. The materials were selected to evoke the atmosphere of old buildings, with wood and iron furnishings, linens and textiles. Contemporary mixes with antique furnishings to highlight what is typical of the area.
Have a look at some other amazing home tours that we have featured here on 1 Kindesign in the region of Spain: Monastery transformed into charming mountain refuge and Charming sanctuary surrounded by a tropical garden.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
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