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WRITTEN BY BLAKE MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL DIEGUEZ
The home needed to be like an art gallery. Not in the sense that the interiors felt unlivable or strict, but rather, that the home would serve as the perfect backdrop to display the homeowners’ works of art and antiques, some collected over the last decade. “But they wanted it to be comfortable, too,” explains designer Covadonga Canovas, who worked with the family to design the interiors of the family of five’s stunning, approximately 8,600-square-foot, modern dwelling located in Madrid, Spain.
Architechturally speaking, the three-story home is decidedly modern: “a cube finished with a white lime mortar and gray zinc roof,” says Canovas. The living areas feature a simple, open layout to “welcome friends and family.” But with three young children, the homeowners knew that while they wanted the interiors to match the home’s sleek, modern lines and minimalist architectural details, they also wanted it to be comfortable and functional for their family. To achieve this, Canovas and her team took great care in weaving the homeowners’ most beloved artwork and antiques into one collective aesthetic that resulted in a place where adults can easily entertain or children can curl up and watch TV or read a book.
Though Canovas’s calling card is often clean, all-white interiors, she knew that the homeowners wanted doses of color scattered throughout. To start, Canovas had the interiors painted with a white stucco, which allows for the homeowners’ art collection to remain center stage and introduce bursts of color throughout each space. With soft, golden wood hues, various family heirlooms and antiques bring warmth to the rooms, which help balance the strict lines and modern details.
This juxtaposition of antique meets modern can best be seen in the living room. Situated in the center of the home and just off the garden, this room is where the family gathers for relaxation and entertaining. A colorful blue painting by Donald Sultan and the leaf corten steel sculpture produced specially for the space provide bold pops of color while the sleek lines of the side tables and all-white sectional keep the aesthetic modern and updated.