My Spanish Mountain House - Andalusian Design Inspiration
Well, it's been a long haul, and there's still a way to go with the finishing, so what better time than to look at some of the inspirational ideas that got me started on the road to reforming the, until now, stubbornly un-reformed Casa Becca? (In Spain, renovating is known as 'reforming' - which, I must admit, brings out my rebellious streak!)
Well, first up, the open-plan dining room and kitchen is taking shape, with yeso cupboards nearing completion. Just the wooden lattice doors and matt white tiles for the worktops to come - along with a rather special patchwork of 1960s and 70s tiles found outside in the garden (they have been there since I bought Casa B, some 20 years ago).
The middle 'cave' bedroom is nearly done, with stairs up to the new bathroom and a fabulous new window!
And here's a peek at the new bathroom - also still to be finished, of course!
So, where are we heading? Well, top inspiration came from my friends Matthew Weir and Isabel Soler. Matthew makes our beautiful art tiles (soon to be featured in World of Interiors magazine), and his own home is full of his wonderful work.
I also took inspiration from my old friend Jasper - who was brought up in Spain and has returned to live in his childhood home, the poetically-named Casa de las Seis Estrellas. The Spanish use yeso (plaster) for a host of building needs, and I've always loved Jasper's yeso sofas, covered with foam mattresses and gorgeous Spanish jarapa rugs!
I'm also super-fond of Jasper's gorgeous wall lampshades - from El Corté Ingles some 20 or so years ago! If anyone out there knows where I might find them (or get them made) I would love to hear!
And last but not least, big thanks to my friend Nina, who has been a tower of good advice and top taste - she is the woman who brought Farrow & Ball to the Spanish mountains, after all! I love all her artful alcoves and high yeso shelves, in particular.
So, what's next? Well, apart from the painting, lampshades and general finishing, I'm excited by some opportunities at the end of Casa B, where we've unearthed the outlines of an old bread oven and two windows. The room within is what is known as the 'bottom bedroom', and as yet untouched by the builders - but the plan will be to turn it into an office with views over the hills. I'll be sure to keep you posted!
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