Urban homes and apartments most of all have interior designs focused more on the interior and not so much on the exterior, the views or the relationship with the surroundings. That, however, is not always the case, as beautifully proven by this duplex home in Barcelona. The place was decorated by Abel Perez Gabucio of Abag Studio and its most notable feature is a huge terrace with a view of the city.
The main attraction of this beautiful duplex apartment is the terrace which brings in lots of natural lightThe social area is open and organized into various functions one of which is a comfortable seating lounge
The terrace is a big part of this home’s structure and identity and all the social spaces are designed in relation with it. In many ways the terrace is an extension of the indoor lounge area and being out here feels like living on the roof of a building, exposed to nature and to the surroundings in a pleasant manner while enjoying a sense of security and privacy which only help to enhance the beauty of this space.
The seating area is furnished with comfortable sofas and armchairs facing the fireplace and the terraceThe dining area is part of the open plan social zone and is personalized with minimalist pendant lamps and beautiful artwork
The owners wanted their home to most of all be practical and low-maintenance, suitable for family life and the designer offered them all that and more. By using warm materials, simple finishes and lots of carefully selected decorations the designer managed to give this place a look to match its big personality. Through a selection of carefully selected design details, he also managed to bring the outdoors in, turning the terrace into a source of inspiration for the decor of all the indoor areas.
The other social area component is the kitchen which has an unusual layout and lacks solid walls on which to mount furnitureTo compensate for the lack of wall space, the kitchen features an island table with a small bar extension and a built-in cooktop
The interior is organized on two floors. The day area occupies the top floor and the night zone is at the bottom. As mentioned before, the living area opens up onto the terrace and is organized into several functions including the seating area, the dining space and an unusual kitchen which lacks surfaces able to hold wall-mounted cabinetry and instead features an island with a built-in cooktop. A glass and metal divider separates the cooking area from the rest of the open plan.
The terrace is large with plenty of room for benches, storage boxes, a corner shower and lots of plantsThe benches have wooden storage boxes under them and cozy accent pillows and mattresses on topThe terrace is so big that there’s even room out here for a kitchen with a grill and lots of storage inside the cabinets
The terrace is, as mentioned, very large. It’s big enough to incorporate an outdoor kitchen used extensively during the summer. On the other side there’s a comfortable lounge space with concrete benches topped with mattresses and cushions and with wooden storage boxes under them. Potted plants are a big part of the terrace’s decor and they also help to camouflage a shower in one of the corners.
The private spaces are in turn open, bright and elegantly personalized with layered textiles and decorationsThe master bedroom has very little furniture, one piece being a sleek console table in front of the bed
The private areas are defined by simplicity and a great selection of layered textiles and complementary colors which help to create a soothing environment without allowing the decor to become austere. In fact, identity of each space is clustered into an array of decorative objects and accent features which means reinventing the decor and the ambiance of a room is easy.
The little girl’s bedroom is decorated with tones of pink and soft pastels in the same elegant manner as the rest of the spacesThe furniture is simple and chic in here as well, including a series of wall cubbies and a small side table desk
The children’s bedrooms are small but bright and chic, each with its own quirky features such as delicate curtains, stylish bedding, a chalkboard wall or a cute desk.
The other child’s bedroom features a fun chalkboard wall and lots of storage on the other walls