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Casa Decor 2017

May 25, 2017

I was very excited to return to Madrid for another edition of Casa Decor – Spain’s main interior design event, showcasing current tendencies in architecture and interior design through a carefully curated selection of spaces designed by top local ‘interioristas’.

Over the years, this shop-window of Spanish interior design has been organized in some very different venues – from embassies and palaces to factories and schools. This year Casa Decor celebrates its 25th year and 52nd edition in a majestic 1900 4-floor palace on calle Antonio Maura, 8, a beautiful example of Madrid’s burgeois architecture.

Here is my report from last year’s event, and below are the 11 projects (out of about 60 in total!) I liked the most from this Casa Decor.

Suite “Wake up in Palm Springs” by Patricia Bustos de la Torre from Blossom Studio

This retro lux space was one of my favorites. Drawing inspiration in Mid-century – the Golden years of Hollywood, it has a very summery and relaxed feel to it. The designer used a lot of chic pink and tropical patterns, and the accessories are absolutely gorgeous – look at this tiger painting or the palm-tree shaped lamp!

'Palm Spring' bedroom at Casa Decor 2017

'Palm Spring' Suite at Casa Decor 2017

'Palm Spring' Suite at Casa Decor 2017

Trendy Kitchen by Beatriz Silveira (for Samsung)

Samsung knows to choose its collaborators right. Last year Guille García-Hoz blew everyone’s mind with his rustic kitchen, and this time Beatriz Silveira opted for a completely different concept, but just as beautiful in its own way. Both trendy and classical, it is a blend of traditional materials and kitchenware with edgy accessories and modern living essentials.

'Trendy Kitchen' by Beatriz Silveira Casa Decor 2017

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Best Online Shops for Secondhand Furniture

April 26, 2017

I’ve always been a hoarder and after moving to Barcelona and discovering this new passion for interior design I’ve also become a regular at the local flea markets and antique stores. Don’t these old pieces feel like they have so much character, so many stories to tell?! Anyways, a while ago I came across this article in AD España on the best Spanish online resources for shopping secondhand pieces, and thought it was worth sharing with my readers, because mixing old and new is always a good idea, don’t you think?

Eclectic room with antique furniture


An online marketplace where you can sell and buy all sorts of collector’s items – from toys, coins and kitchenware to comic books, jewelry and sports souvenirs. The choice of furniture and home decor is huge too. If you’re a true hoarder, this place is your ultimate Spanish online flea market.


As you can deduce from the name, this is about IKEA. This is a free marketplace to buy and sell secondhand IKEA products.The website is available in Spanish and English languages and also offers video tutorials on assembling furniture from IKEA.

Letgo. Wallapop. Vibbo

If you’re hunting down something specific and don’t want to pay too much for it, these three secondhand marketplace webs/apps is where you should look in the first place. Wallapop is the most famous of the three, but the others are worth a check too.


The name of this cool marketplace means “empty out your house”, and it is such a disappointment that its geography is limited to Madrid. Lots are distributed by houses in need of being emptied, and most prices are very attractive. Not to miss if you live in “la capital”.

Babia Bazar Vintage

A small store based in Navarra, specializing on mid-century vintage furniture from France, Italy, Germany, and etc. Tables, sofas and chairs are complemented with vintage accessories, wallpaper, and more.


Another online store offering a great selection of pieces from 1950s, 60s and 70s. Vintage wallpaper, tiles, rugs, fabrics, kitchenware, ceramics, glassware, and furniture.

Ultima parada

Founded by photographers Bèla Adler and Salvador Fresneda, this shop offers mid-century vintage furniture and objects, along with their own industrial style designs from recycled noble wood made at their workshop in Corçà (Girona).

PS: If this post caught your interest because you need to furnish a place on a very tight budget, you may want to check out my post on where to shop cheap furniture in Spain.

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Home Design in Madrid Chueca: Mestizo and Guille García-Hoz

December 1, 2016

A few weeks ago I made a trip to Madrid and spent one morning checking out cool local non-chain shops selling furniture and home decor. Today I’d like to tell you about two shops located in Chueca, a bustling and hip neighborhood in the center of the Spanish capital – Mestizo and Guille García-Hoz.


Mestizo Contemporary Store (calle Piamonte 4) was founded by several interior design professionals with a passion for antiquities, but the 300 sq. meter space with 5-meter ceilings is packed with new items alongside antiques, creating a very natural feeling fusion. By the way, the name of the shop also reflects this original blend of styles and even cultures, “mestizo” means a person of mixed ethnic ancestry.

Mestizo promotes very natural feeling interiors with lots of plants, wood and other traditional materials creating tranquil and relaxing ambiance, with a touch of prominent contemporary designs and patterns for a more mainstream and eclectic feel. Prices are not exactly low-budget friendly, but the items are really high quality and not something you will find in chain stores.

They are currently preparing to launch an online shop, I just hope they will come up with a way to somehow recreate the outstanding offline shopping experience offered in their store, the space is really impressive, well-thought, clean and fresh feeling, and so inspiring.

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