An All-White “Renewed Classic” Spanish Home — House Tour
Name: Beatriz Traver
Location: El Carmen — Valencia, Spain.
Size: 1022 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting
This splendid space was once owned by a Peruvian consul in the 1900s, and it features tall ceilings, gorgeous architectural details and one-of-a-kind elements — like painted-on floral designs on the bedroom floor. It’s the perfect space for an art historian like Beatriz. With a breathtaking view of one of the most incredible buildings in Valencia, La Lonja, it’s a calming home base in the middle of a bustling city.
Respectful of the structure’s rich past, Beatriz chose white as the base for most of the home’s walls and furniture pieces. This ultra simple color palette highlights architectural features like the detailed plaster work. When it came to furnishing the home, she was careful to choose items that were well-crafted. Beatriz was also intentional about how each room is viewed from other rooms — doorways frame beautiful vignettes. Inspired by old French manors, it’s the home’s mix of minimal design and rich past that makes it feel almost theatrical.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Renewed classic — relaxed shabby.
Inspiration: Old French manors.
Favorite Element: The whole bedroom. Looking through the balconies to a historical building (15th century silk market building, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO).
Biggest Challenge: Painting all the walls white.
What Friends Say: An all-white place full of light and silence with extraordinary views.
Biggest Embarrassment: The damaged toilet “hidden” under a blue-toile French wallpaper.
Proudest DIY: Two restored white and celadon green armchairs for the bedroom.
Biggest Indulgence: The old and rare kitchen.
Best Advice: White always wins.
Old cabinet with an old mirror — vintage
There is also a contemporary art installation — the Austrian artist Eva Lootz (it’s five bronze hands holding strainers, representing the passage of time).
The only room with artwork on the wall — small selected pieces are ancient manuscripts, watercolors and drawings
A huge red marble double sink is from 19th century.)
There are two restored white and celadon green armchairs, bought at an antique store
On the floor there are great paintings with floral decorative motifs
Painted with green color to give warmth to the bathroom
Decoration — dried flowers, vintage pots and antique textiles (clothing, towels…)