Today I move forward into much more familiar territory of elegant eclectic modern interiors. This tastefully decorated apartment is the work of Soledad Suárez de Lezo, a Spanish designer, who quit a promising career in law to pursue her passion for interior design. It has to be said that for an ex-lawyer, she displays amazing versatility in style, impeccable creative vision and execution of her designs, and, perhaps not surprisingly, an acute attention to the most minor of details. Operating under her own label since 2010, the spaces she creates exude elegance, luxury and ease.
Upon seeing this magnificent building from 1910 – that features high ceilings, plaster mouldings, pine floors, stained glass and cast-iron radiators – Soledad immediately chose it to house her project. Attracted by its calm peaceful air, the designer looked beyond its neglected austerity and right at the start recognised it as an ideal space for a glorious family home.With the help of dedicated professionals, who have worked on restoring this piece of architecture to its former splendour by devoting their time and means to a rather laborious modern creative processes, the Spaniard accomplished her goal of designing a stunning, inviting space with a palpable aura of sophistication. The team paid attention to every detail, from carpentry to balcony espagnolettes and door handles, minutely sketching and carrying on every part of the interior.
One cannot help but be in awe of such an ambitious work. Soledad tastefully mixed European elements with an old-school glamour of Hollywood, achieving quite astonishing, harmonious result, highlighted by the continuous play between black and white. The use of such expressive materials as marble, lacquered wood and velvet upholstery, enhances the decor and gives it an artistic touch.
This Spanish apartment is a genuine interior to be admired, but also to be lived in.
The hall carries a wealth of elegant and refined features; although it has a slightly different aesthetics than the rest of the house, it gives us a foretaste of the splendour that awaits inside. The black and white Calatorao marble floor together with moulded high ceilings emphasize space and circulation. Transparant doors were painted in black, what instantly makes that space look more noble and glamorous.
The hall resembles a greenhouse thanks to its metal-frame doors with bronze handles and bevelled glass (design by Soledad Suárez de Lezo). Two gorgeous Chinese sideboards with stone tops from Goya Auctions (Goya Subastas)stand against the wall, their low height is offset by two golden sun mirrors designed by William Yeoward. The coral sculpures are from artist Teresa de la Pisa from Anmoder.
The lounge area holds a beautiful symmetry with the mirror and the bronzed iron fireplace in the centre of the composition. The bookcases in black lacquer and brass are in perfect symmetry with light beige armchairs and matching coffee tables.
Sophistication and classicism reign in the second seating area. The sofas, upholstered in velvet by Brochier – from Gastón y Daniela – are by Miguel del Monte, and the cushions were designed by Jim Thompson,
Seating area – close up.
The octagonal table is decorated with corals from Anmoder.
The ceiling painted in black together with the multi tier golden chandelier gives an ilusion of an incredible starry night sky. The stylish wallpaper is from Cole & Son, and the carpet comes from KP. The dining table in ebonised wood is surrounded by Louis XVI-style chairs upholstered in linen and silk.
The kitchen features furniture with white lacquer finishes from the studio of Soledad Suárez de Lezo, and Carrara marble countertops. Álvaro Guadaño designed the black and white checquered floor, while all the Gaggenau appliances were purchased from Gunni & Trentino. The porcelain electrical outlets are by Fontini.
This hall connects and separates the private from the public areas of the home. The decor varies from displayed trofies to ARS photography, which provides contrast to the color palette of this space.
This library corner makes for a perfect reading area and allows for an indulgence in one’s passion for literature in comfort. The stained glass in the window was recovered by Maumejean Brothers, textiles come from Gastón y Daniela.
The most striking feature in this master bedroom is the yellow velvet headboard. On the sides, Napoleon III-style bedside table, acquired at the Belén Antique store, and a small cabinet from Anmoder. Bronzed mirror illuminates the wall covered with wallpaper by Zoffany.
The cabinets in this closet were designed by Soledad Suárez de Lezo.
The crea coloured bathroom looks classic and fresh. Two Villeroy & Boch silk (purchased at Bloque Baño) have been installed with a stone countertop.
The shower area, separated from the sink by a velvet curtain designed by C & C Milano, looks much more chic. The zebra rug is a family heirloom, while the armchair is upholstered with Gastón y Daniela fabric.
This small study area is an interesting marriage of bamboo, metal and iron. The sculptured 3D wall panels have a boiserie look ad give the room a much needed boost.
The interior of this children’s bedroom creates a French, romantic ambiance. Floral wallpaper from Zoffany, lamps from the Vintage & Chic market, cusions from Filocolore.
Álvaro Guadaño hydraulic bathroom features again in the second bathroom. The panelled walls were coated with a wash of paint from Farrow & Ball. The vintage feel is enhanced by the pairs of sinks and corner cabinets. The natural linen armchair offers timeless design and comfort.
*Source: Nuevo Estilo