How to Get the Spanish-Modern Look
Nonagon is a digital platform packed with helpful info, inspiration and ideas for designing your dream home- whether you're starting from scratch or just making finishing touches.
I recently guest wrote a tutorial on their blog called How to Get the Modern Spanish Look at Home.
This is something I've always wanted to incorporate into my own space. I currently live in a 3 bedroom apartment in a prewar building on the Upper East Side. For those who aren't quite sure, there are basically 3 ways to classify New York apartments:
1. pre-war- anything built before WWII
2. post-war- built after WWII but before the 1990's
3. new construction- anything built since
New construction is definitely tempting (bigger closets, airy open floor plan), but I've always had a thing for the pre-war look. Pre war buildings have so much old New York character. Plus, they're known for unpredictable floor plans - high ceilings, unexpected stairwells, split levels, exposed brick, arched door frames, you name it. Some people see these things as outdated, but I personally think that with the right corresponding design, they're exactly the sort of intricacies that make a home special.
The interior of my building really lends itself to Hygge more than anything else, so that's what I'm working with now (think huge Anthropologie area rugs, a handmade wooden coffee table, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a cerulean accent wall). I'm looking to move in the next 3 years, and I really have my sights on a newly constructed space where I can make Spanish Modern work for me.
From antique pottery to Talavera tiles, there are so many vibrant accents that draw me to this breezy-bright style. You should check out nonagon's blog for my full tutorial, but here's a round-up of design inspo you can browse to get started:
I'll be sure to photograph my current space for a future post to better discuss how I worked with the bread and butter of my building to achieve a Hygge-romantic style, but in the meantime- this is what I've got my eyes on for the future.
When I eventually make the move, it'll be great to share before, during and after shots of a full scale design- and Spanish-Modern is definately where that's headed.