Palate Cleanser

Miguel Garcia de Valcarcel 1

I usually love color and pattern. I also love layers and especially enjoy creating collected spaces with personality and meaning for my clients. Usually, this is achieved through a mix of carefully-curated furniture and accessories, a blend of textures with great contrast, and striking art. Every now and then, though, we can all use a little palate cleanser.

When I came across this beautiful apartment in Madrid, designed by Miguel García de Valcárcel who also calls the chic flat home, I stopped in my tracks. The entire apartment is done in crisp white and light neutrals to emphasize the natural light that floods through each room. There is a fantastic mix of antiques, modern elements, and found objects, but it is all done with restraint. Miguel is clearly an excellent editor. Each room is chic, warm, and elegantly composed.

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{Photography via Nuevo Estilo}

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  1. I read a book about Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple. When he bought his first house, he only put an Oriental rug and a ghost chair in the living room so that he would have someplace to sit while contemplating the bones of the house and decide what layer(s) would be appropriate next. I would LOVE to do that!!

    (In case you’re wondering how that turned out, Jobs was obsessive about work and the living room stayed that way until he met his future wife and she took over, ha)