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Not Your Typical Hacienda

By looking at these pictures, you would never think this used to be an abandoned and ruined farmhouse in Ampurdan, Spain. But after the talented hands of interior designer Eva Martinez touched the property, it became the dream home the owners were longing for. “I had to start from scratch, but the best thing was they gave carte blanche to make all the decisions. The objectives? They wanted a family home with a smooth distribution that would also be comfortable,” explains Martinez. Despite being in the countryside, the owners wanted to get away from the traditional rustic style, going instead for simple aesthetic with a contemporary flair.

In terms of decor, Martinez went for a great mix of styles, using basic antiques together with a fantastic collection of contemporary art. The neutral tones and antique finishes create the perfect canvas that bring together the different styles: industrial, vintage and modern. How incredible does this living room look with the juxtaposition of the rustic benches and the stainless-steel based table...and that theatrical lamp?

The plastered finish on the walls and the polished concrete floors give an attractive artisanal touch to the entire house. The designer also decided to open windows in the living room to let more of the natural light in. She also made the decision to keep some of the original features of the house like the beams in the bedrooms, the niches in the hall and, of course, the vaulted ceilings, a local architectural element that adds a dose of charm and character.

Don't you love this kitchen? I'm in awe with the way she managed to marry the neo-rustic chic style of the kitchen with the almost monastic simplicity of the bedrooms. Martinez was also very successful in staging this home, giving it a unique, strong and universal personality.

Being in the countryside, the porch was an important space for the owners, since one of their favorite things is to spend time outdoors. In order to visually elongate the area, Martinez selected a couple of vintage photographs and had them enlarged and printed on vinyl to use on the side walls —giving the space an incredible depth and creating a very inviting outdoor room.

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Reader Comments (4)

Wow! What a beautiful abandoned farm house. I like all of the design. The polished concrete floors are also beautiful and attractive. I really love this house. Thanks for the pictures.

Jan 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercoriag
This is a fantastic renovation! It manages to look perfectly livable while being high style. I've never been a big fan of fine-art nudes in the domestic environment, but they look right at home here. My very favorite touch is the curtains in what looks like the guest room. Totally stealing that recycled feed bag fabric for my sons' room. That rusty old steel locker adds a brilliant textured touch, too.
Mar 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
I like the polished concrete you have here nice pictures eh, I am very amazed of the arrangement and styles.
May 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpolished concrete
Totally in love with this designer's style, livable yet glamorous. Country living can be beautiful. So very nice- mixing old with the contemporary.
Jun 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

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