Bright white, comfortable Spanish living room. Exposed beam ceilings, simple upholstered chaise with a garden view.

It seems modern Australian interior design has a distinctively simplistic aesthetic, brought to life with splashes of color and personal, vintage touches. I’ve featured many Australian homes on Thou Swell, like this old house in Melbourne and this playful modern apartment, but I’ve never featured any Australian homes outside of Australia! So here’s my first: an Australian home in the historic Spanish city of Barcelona. Simple, inviting rooms open up to a European courtyard and bring Spanish and Australian contemporary design together to create a comfortable abode with both casual and vintage elements. Below, a library-style entry features book-lined walls to welcome you home. I love the idea of bringing the intimacy of the entry to the front door!

Library-style entry with bookshelf-lined walls and simple modern side chairs and striped rug.Sleek modern Spanish kitchen with marble counters and blackboard wall.

An exposed beam ceiling pairs nicely with the simple decor and especially with this sleek kitchen. The beams create an appealing pattern that adds height and an airy feeling without shifting the focus of the room. Below, pops of pink punctuate the dining room, complemented by mid-century honey-toned wood and wicker baskets.

Serene Barcelona dining room with black pendants and tan mid-century accents. Simple, easy-going dining room with mid-century dining chairs and a wicker basket display. Easy-going, contemporary Spanish bedroom. Striped rug and vintage leather chair. Lush green garden patio in Barcelona with climbing vines and potted trees..
(via Nuevo Estilo)

I definitely have a soft-spot for courtyards – especially if they’re anywhere in Europe. Terracotta pots and vintage furniture bring character to the space while lush vines and a border-planter surround the scene with greenery. Anyone else having patio-envy?


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