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by Christiane Lemieux 



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White Perfection

The dream of the owners of this heavenly duplex was to have a very open and airy home. It came true when they had the chance to buy the apartment right above theirs and unify them into one glorious space. It's not often that interior design gets to be combined with home construction and even then it is usually in the form of new housing. The builder Ryan Homes provides an example of how these two professions normally blend. It can be a difficult balance, but to renovate an existing historical home is an even greater challenge. Located in a 1920's Art Deco building in Alicante, Spain, both apartments were very boxy with many little rooms. In order to open up the space and let natural light flow without interruption, they decided to knock down all the walls —only leaving the structural columns intact to keep some of the integrity of the original construction. La pièce de résistance: the sculptural floating staircase that connects both levels making a strong architectural statement.

The first floor hosts a bright and spacious living area, a dining room, a small bathroom and the kitchen which is entirely made of stainless steel (I mean, they really wanted to reflect light everywhere). To continue the luminous effect, the floors were coated with white epoxy creating a seamless space. And of course, the effect wouldn't be complete without crisp white walls and furnishings. The only touch of color is added by very selective use of art.

Imagine, the whole second floor is just for their bedroom, a faaaaabulous huge bathroom and, everyone's dream, a dressing area with closet space to die for. I love the fact that the shower area is surrounded by glass and opens to the bedroom, giving you a sensation of freedom. By far, this is one of my favorites homes where I can see myself living in. It's simply flawless.

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Reader Comments (7)

I recently spent a few nights at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego which has open bathrooms like this. I was so excited upon check in. But then…erm, lets say privacy became an issue. So, while I love this duplex, I do hope that the owners have a more concealed space for the toilet (and no kiddos; can you imagine the stains?!)

(Bathroom seen here:
Feb 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAgent Scully
What a great space. Only white pets for them 'eh?
I salivating over the closet... that CLOSET is making me swoooommmmm.....
Feb 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica
I agree with you Eric, only a white pet would be allowed in that space. My white Frenchie would look adorable in that duplex.
Feb 8, 2011 | Registered CommenterEduardo
Such a beautiful space. I thought the flowers were a lovely touch. Very clean and fresh, although a bit sterile for me.
Feb 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTari
Wow. It looks amazing. Especially like the staircase.
Feb 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFree Delivery Spain
Gorgeous. What a beautiful place.
Dec 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGarage Equipment

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