Graphic checkerboard floor in the serene living room of a historic apartment via @thouswellblog.

With the fall One Room Challenge behind me, I’m ready to gear up Thou Swell to resume my regular blogging schedule! I don’t know if it’s the changing weather or the approaching holiday season, but I’m feel refreshed and ready to bring you more posts over the coming months. To start out, I have a 19th century apartment in Madrid that has been beautifully renovated to honor its past while bringing a contemporary twist to the design. The owners of the apartment kept the original stone checkerboard floors, which may be one of my favorite parts of the home. The tiles are classic because their simple graphic pattern transcend the limitations of any style. So naturally, they look beautiful with this home’s mix of modern and traditional decor.

Serene white living room with black and white checkerboard floor via @thouswellblog.
The checkerboard floor was kept intact in this historic apartment's renovation via @thouswellblog
Horse bust statue in a modern dining room with gallery wall via @thouswellblog

Albeit slightly terrifying, this horse bust adds a unique touch to this elegant dining room. I love the gallery wall at the back – black frames and wide mats keep it classic. The modern elements comes in the form of a chrome and glass dining table in this room, sleek against the upholstered chairs.

Modern apartment renovation with glass wall and checkerboard floor via @thouswellblog
Hallway with graphic rug, chaise and mirrored doors via @thouswellblog
Simple luxe bedroom in a Spanish apartment with fur throw via @thouswellblog(via Nuevo Estilo, photography by Maria Primo de Rivera

The rooms become much more calm without the checkerboard pattern underfoot as we move into the bedrooms, and the simple palette takes a more gentle and calming tone. I love how the modern renovation of this flat brought a design element that made the historic details shine even more.



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  1. Hanna wrote:

    Love this whole home! –Hanna Lei

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