June 13, 2019

Our New Apartment.

We have been living in Barcelona for almost seven years now, we absolutely love the city and we consider it our primary home, although a life of a professional athlete is rarely located at only one country for an entire career, for us, it has been quite different for now.

We moved into our first home in Spain a bit more than 4 years ago when we planned on trying for a baby and when I started working from home we knew we needed a separate room for my office and another to be kids room. Plans change, so did ours, we decided to go for another baby and with a house full of kids and pets + home office situation, we needed a bigger home.

Ante who is passionate and quite talented when it comes to interior design and choosing a good real estate to buy at the right time found us a beautiful city home with 360 terraces around the house.

We started working on this new development property back in November and we did it from scratch. Although we knew what we wanted to get out of it, we hired an amazing real estate firm from Barcelona - Helvetic to help us build our dream home, for now, a family of five. As always, deadlines were tight, essentially we planned to move in before Arija was born although we knew it will be hard, we settled for a several weeks later move to get exactly what we want to be done, and done well.

A Helvetic team lead by a fabulous woman (not that I am pushing on the feminist side but it is so much easier to work on this kind of things with a woman, as women are definitely more practical and think about more intelligent details for every day living) who truly listened to all of our wishes and  followed our esthetics.

We went for very high ceilings and built all the furniture to measure (our measure, think 110cm high kitchen island), we wanted a whole lot of storage as we do not like things just laying around the house and we wanted to use all technologies available to build a smart and a very secure home for our family.

As we have in our other properties we made each bedroom into a suite so girls can be as independent as they can as they grow and we also added a small separate guest suite/apartment (not pictured here) for grandparents to have privacy when they come to visit.

Common areas like the kitchen and living rooms are designed in warm earth brown and cream tones, hardwood wooden flooring with touches of marble and several custom built glass drop chandeliers.

Anabela and I like more bright, pop, vivid colors so we both opted out for colorful details like her map of the world wallpaper and my office hot pink deco pillows and peonies wall stickers.

My favorite individual feature in the apartment is most definitely drop glass chandelier in the hallway.

Although I am not much of an outdoorsy type, I absolutely adore spending time on our terrace, I started planting avocados (yet to grow into a mature plant) and peppermint for those Summer cocktails on the terrace.  Also, I added some more herbs like rosemary and lemongrass which can be a great addition to bbq dishes.

A terrace is also a favorite place of our dog Papi who do not be fooled does not use it to run but rather to lie lazily on the sun all day. We built a little patio park with soft rubber flooring for Anabela which she absolutely adores and loves to invite her friends to play.

All in all, I feel like we built our dream home where we feel super calm, safe and comfortable in every way.

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