Meet Line Tiller. A Norwegian-born freelance journalist, Line had been living for 5 years in the bustling New York until she realized she needed a change of scenery, and the sunny and relaxed Barcelona seemed perfect to settle down for a while (or indefinitely). She also felt like it was time to buy a home of her own, and rocketing rental prices in the capital of Catalonia were another factor that reaffirmed her decision to buy. And so, two years ago she became a proud owner of an 80 sq.meter property in El Clot, a very traditional and tranquil neighbourhood, yet not far from the beach and city center. The apartment, located on the top floor of an old building, had elements of traditional Catalan design, such as matted-glass room dividers or vaulted ceilings in some spaces, and wooden beams in the others. They added a lot of charm to the place, so she chose to keep them intact, but other than, she completely remodeled the apartment, taking down numerous walls and repurposing literally every room and space there was. She did have an architect help her with paperwork, licenses, builders and so on, but the new layout was her own design.
Line reinvented her place as a perfect mix of vintage and modern. The New York style (exposed brick) open kitchen from IKEA overlooks a sun-lit living room with most of the furniture procured from Wallapop, flea markets and Mercantic. The walls are decorated with the photos Line took on her numerous journeys, among other, she is a travel writer. But overall, the apartment has this nostalgic retro vibe, which, personally, I dig a lot. I also love how there are so many plants around the house, paired with the earthy and natural tones in wall paint and textiles, they create a beautiful low-key bohemian charm. What I especially admire is the attention to detail. You can tell that every corner in this apartment was very carefully curated. Take the metals, for example, every space has one distinct metal. In the bathroom, it is copper, in the bedroom it is gold, and there are so many of these tiny pieces of the puzzle, which make the place feel both cozy and very pretty.
New-York style open kitchen
Glass shelves hidden in the corner of the kitchen