7 Features of a Luxury Spanish Villa

We’re not saying these are the be-all and end-all of a luxury Spanish villa, but they certainly do help. And when your villa is kitted out with the finest materials and accessories, you’ll be basking in luxury for years to come!

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The Rustic Look

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Spacious, gorgeous interiors

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A view to die for

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Incredible grounds

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A Kingly master bedroom

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A divine bathroom

 

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Buying a House in Spain? Here Are 5 Sites That’ll Help

Many of our customers are expats who’ve come over to Spain to live the good life, and we know there are a huge number more who’re hoping to make the leap, yet are at a loss as to what to do, and where to go for information. Here are 5 useful sites/articles that’ll set you on the right road.

Ten Things to Know Before Moving to Spain

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Excellent article, sharing valuable tips such as “When dealing with any facet of Spanish bureaucracy, remember The Law of Falta Uno: that however many documents and photocopies you take along there will always be ONE missing. Always double check that you have every piece of paper that you think you might need (and possibly even a few more that you don’t).

Be patient. Be assertive. Take plenty of reading material. Rope in a friendly mentor who speaks the lingo, and check any papers you are given with a fine tooth comb for names, dates, accounts numbers and more BEFORE you leave the desk or ventanilla (window). Any undiscovered glitch may set you back years. Oh, and don’t forget the rabbit’s foot”.

 

Moving Country Checklist

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Fantastic checklist to go through before moving to spain, including sections on what to do 6 months before you leave, during the month before you leave, and when you arrive. Don’t be put off by the number of things you have to do. This is pretty much what everyone else has to go through. In the long term, we’re sure it’ll all be worth it!

Learn About Local Accomodation

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Use this site to find out as much as you can about accomodation in the area you’re planning to move to. It’ll tell you about the different neighbourhoods, rent prices and where to search for properties.

 

Relocating From Abroad

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An in depth article, with links to other areas such as ‘how to bring your pets’, ‘how to reaseach areas’, and the all-important paperwork needed.

 

Making Your House Feel Like a Home

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Once you move to Spain, you’ll likely need to make some purchases to make that building feel like home.  That’s why, here at Bed Bath & Home we provide a wide array of premium quality products and décor to help make your move to Spain as seamless as possible.

7 Beautiful Bedrooms You Have to See

There’s nothing better than falling into a deep slumber after a hard, tiring day out of the house. And we all know that a special bedroom to fall asleep in leads to a more revitalzing sleep (especially if you have a memory foam matress), and an even more relaxing morning, so here are 10 beautiful bedroom designs from our Bedroom Inspiration Pinterest board.

 

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Check out more beautiful bedroom designs here

And if you’re looking to kit out your own bedroom, check out www.bbhsl.com

12 Incredible Bathrooms You Have to See

We all love spending time in a beautiful bathroom. A room that’s designed with the aim to help you relax, unwind and let the worries of the day spiral down the plug-hole. But once you’ve seen these 12 bathroom designs, you’ll be blown away by just how incredibly beautiful bathrooms can actually be.

We could have talked all day about the materials used, the positioning, the colouring, but let’s leave the pictures to speak for themselves!

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Esther Rico talks to us about interior design and design inspiration!

88Massive thanks to the wonderful Spain-based interior designer Esther Rico for agreeing to answer some questions about interior design for us here on the BBHSL blog! Please do let us know what you think in the comments!

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? How did you get into Interior Design? What is it that drew you toward this industry?

After working in Multinational companies based in Barcelona, as business analyst, I felt I had to take a step further, and use all the potential I had. Not only my capacity in analytics but also my creativity. I decided to leave my comfort zone and explore my ability to imagine new spaces, where people could only see walls; so I studied Interior design, an gave a twist to my professional career.

2. What’s the first memory you have of when the interior of a building really struck you as being something special?

I remember going to the trade fairs with my parents, they had a decoration shop, and I was stroke how an ephemeral space could become anything you could dream of. I remember a stand where they recreated Versailles’s gardens.

3. What interior designs style/trend do you hate? 

I hate standardized interior design. I will explain myself: I believe each interior should tell us the story of who is living, shopping, and using that space. It doesn’t make much sense that all should look the same, since each person has its own singularities, and it can also apply to brands, since they have their own values.

4. If you could only ask a new client one question before putting together some preliminary designs for them, what would it be?

What would you like to feel when you go into that space we are projecting?

5. What approach to interior design do you take? Why?

My approach is  Mediterranean: to listen to the client, define their needs, then I work a concept board to show them, using cosmopolitan references and intuition to search the good ingredients; then if we agree we are in the good directions, start to work a proposal: distribution, lights, colors, materials, look & feel… As I said once I provide the structure: the bones, tissues, muscles of the space so that the client puts its own personal print, living, breathing the space.

6. Are there any other designers you often draw inspiration from? If so, what’s so special about these designers, and if not, where do you get your inspiration?

I usually take my inspiration by searching for new trends, products in internet, going to international trade fairs, but also I love looking at international and national design &decoration magazines where projects from other colleagues are shown. I get inspired also by visiting some outstanding hotels, shops, bar, restaurants in Barcelona, and writing about them in my blog, referring to those great designers who have created them. But I guess the big difference is made by learning from my roots, from this great Mediterranean nature mixed up with cosmopolitan strokes, from my trips, living abroad.

7. In a couple of paragraphs, can you describe your ideal bedroom?

My ideal bedroom is where I can feel connected with my inner essence, which means I need it to be quiet, well isolated, soft artificial lighting, but also natural light; those elements would provide a cozy environment.  The sense of the skin takes advantage of the sight, I would use warm textiles. The room should only contain the bed and a sofa or a place to relax, read. I like open spaces, but with defined areas, so wardrobe, clothes, and bath in a different space; may be connected, but with visual references that help identify them. Using color, lights, and sliding doors.

8. What design trends did you enjoy in 2013, and which trends do you think will be popular in 2014?

We will be still seeing some last year’s trends, as using design from the 60’s,70’s and 80´s, because there are some classics that will always be trendy; but I believe 2014 is going to be full of organic materials: wool, wicker, rattan, back to roots, handmade, bright color in spots, lighting us up, combined though with relaxed ambiances.

9. What advice would you give to someone who’s looking to redecorate a Mediterranean holiday apartment?

First I would recommend them that before buying it they take in account the location, and sun orientation. We have great weather, but in order to enjoy it, the living area should be south oriented, preferable, east/west, so you have sun all day in winter/spring/autumn, but a shade should be provided in summer. Also if it could have a backyard, north oriented, so that in the hot season, they could rest and enjoy being outside. And if we talk about products, that they try Spanish designers, they will be surprised about how much creativity, quality, and functionality we have in furniture, textiles; all that is needed to dress your Mediterranean home.

10. Which details are most often overlooked in the interior of a hotel?

Lighting, usually is the last thing that is thought and I believe should be one of the first ones. And also a comfortable bed and great textiles dressing it. I have been in great hostels where I felt better than four/five hotels that needed a renovation. But also enjoyed some great boutique hotels, where they took care of details, and made me feel great.

Once again, thanks to Esther for taking the time out to answer these questions. If you want to find out more, take a look here:

http://www.estherrico.com
twitter.com/estherrico

Barcelona-based renovation firm, Renovo, talk to us about interior design

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We’re extremely pleased to welcome David from Spanish renovation company Renovo onto the blog to answer a few questions about interior design in spain!

1. Dave, please can you tell us a bit about yourself? How did you get into Interior Design? What is it that drew you toward this industry?
Bascially I have always been interested in where things are made and where they come from. It’s something I have always been a little obsessed about since I was a small child. And then I just like the idea of turning something unattractive into something beautiful. It’s a question of wanting to make things look nice.

2. What’s the first memory you have of when the interior of a building really struck you as being something special?
I grew up in Wimbledon on the outskirts of London. I had a lot of schoolfrends with incredibly expensive houses. When visiting plush offices in the centre of London one came away with same impression. The financial services sector is one of those sectors that needs to impress people as they walk in the door.

3. What interior designs style/trend do you hate?
There is a lot of interior design in Spain which is very attractive, but completely impractical. Completely and totally impractical to the point that it has to been torn up and begun over again because it has been thought up by people who work with computers and graphics programmes. They have never actually worked with their hands or spoken to a workmen about the realities of the work.

4. If you could only ask a new client one question before putting together some preliminary designs for them, what would it be?
Who is the flat/house for? In other words how many people , their ages and will they be living all year round?5. What approach to interior design do you take? Why?
Blending the use of natural products with a practical use of space.

6. Are there any other designers you often draw inspiration from? If so, what’s so special about these designers, and if not, where do you get your inspiration?
I have my own vision. I like to restore things. As I said previously I want to believe I am turning something unatrractive into something beautiful.

7. In a couple of paragraphs, can you describe your ideal bedroom?
It depends on the three or four factors. The amount of natural light that enters the room, colour tones to be used, final purpose as defined by whether there is an en-suite bathroom, a dressing room, etc. At the end of the day it is the woman of the house who has to be comfortable in this room. If she’s happy, then the goal has been achieved.

8. If you were asked to design a truly luxurious bathroom, what materials would you be drawn to, and why?
Again, preferibly natual materials, so we might be talking about marble and stone. However, there are so many beautiful tiles available that the choice is almost unlimited. Again with bathroom fixtures, we are talking about an incalculable array of branded products which are on offer.

9. What design trends did you enjoy in 2013, and which trends do you think will be popular in 2014?
Design trends are cultural, national, social, gender and age based and biased. Your client will want something according to his/her sociological background. Basically we are all moving towards a sort of minimalism, but this has to do with the fact that most urbanites live in flats and we don’t want to live in clutter.

10. What advice would you give to someone who’s looking to redecorate a Mediterranean holiday apartment?
Think about the light. Which direction is the building facing. If there is a lot of natural light this should strongly influence the colours you choose.

11. Which details are most often overlooked in the interior of a hotel?
The minibar should be free? Actually I was in a hotal last year and the mini-bar was free!!

A massive thanks to David for taking the time to answer these questions for us!  To find out move about Renovo and the renovations they may be able to help you out with, visit www.reformaspisosbarcelona.com