She is the daughter of one of the most elegant and sophisticated women in the world and boasts an impressive family pedigree – hanging from her family tree are also a marquis (her father) and a Spanish bullfighter (Carolina’s husband). Blessed wih such background, it is no wonder that Carolina Herrera Baez has been in touch with style and exquisite taste since early childhood and has fostered interest in art, fashion and interiors throughout her whole life.
As poised and impeccably dressed as her mother, the woman behind the burgeoning fashion empire Carolina Herrera, Baez exudes the same aura of elegance and dignity. When it comes to her home environment, however, she enjoys getting her hands dirty with DYI projects, designing and decorating. Pulling together pieces from different eras and styles, mixing patterns and colours in varying scales, Carolina effortlessly creates interior spaces that are both sophisticated, harmonious and comfortable.
What attracted her and her husband Miguel Baez to purchasing this apartment on the fifth floor of a 19th century building in the centre of Madrid was its convenient location, spacious layout ideal for a family wanting a well-appointed accommodation as well as extended stay guests, and the stunning views over the botanical gardens. The couple adapted this historical space to fit in with their growing family, so that each of the rooms is children friendly and displays a warm atmosphere. Many of the furniture pieces are inherited or owned by Carolina for years, while others have been bought on bargain sales or discovered lying unused, lovingly restored by the owners and given a second life. Baez’s innate sense of style and her own form of creativity helped craft an apartment that reflects her rich heritage but doesn’t scream exuberant price tag.
Carolina’s love for fabrics and textiles shows itself naturally in this bright living room, which feels personal and endearing. The sofas are upholstered in a linen by Bennison Fabrics and topped with pillows from Lulu DK. A fabric from Gastón y Daniela covers the 19th century bergère, while the 18th century Venetian chair was a gift from her father. The campaigned bed, designed by Baez herself together with Isabel López-Quesada features fabrics from Pierre Frey. The Dreaming Eye artwork by Xavi Muñoz are accompanied by Serge Mouille lightning.
The decor in this entry really comes alive against the blue and white striped wallpaper. The bright coloured settee is upholstered in a suzani and placed below the watercolor by Máximo González. The table filled with books was designed by Renzo Mongiardino. The ceiling lamp in a shape of a bird cage is a charming addition to this space.
In Carolina’s master bedroom the canopy ad the curtains are made of Ian Mankin cottons, the bedding is by Matouk, while the mirror is a flea market discovery.
This spacious family room features original features such as the flooring and the large cabinet. The delicate ceiling lightning has been owned by Carolina for years while the stool and the fabric on the iron-and-wood campaign bed were purchased from Becara.
Designer Isabel López-Quesada contrived both the table and the mirror in this exquisite dining room with high ceiling and French doors. The chair upholstery is of Ian Mankin design and the chandelier is by Jonathan Adler.
In the study, the walls have been covered with pink linen to give off a warm vibe.
The kitchen is a social hub in Carolina Herrera Baez’s apartment, the place where the family gathers around and spends time together. It features Bosch appliances, granite cunter-tops, and the 19th century bergère.
The dining room plays a double funtcion of library and home office. It accommodates the Portuguese bookcase and is decorated by the Liu Ding artwork.
*Source: Elle Decor