Gaila Gonzalez is one of the interior designers at Spanish interior design studio Egue y Seta, and she has opened up her delightful apartment for us to see. With a delectably curated collection of art and cute cats, in addition to a medley of mismatched furniture, it’s a charmingly bohemian home. Let’s take a look around!
From the kitchen window you can see a view over A Coruna, in the Spanish city of Galicia. The apartment is a stone’s throw away from the main city plaza, Maria Pita. “After about over a year of searching, we found this flat by chance, just as we were about to throw in the towel,” says Gonzalez.
It was a breeze to decorate the rooms, as each one came together making it quite clear what needed to be added.
The rented apartment already had a well-renovated kitchen, with these gorgeous tiles proving quite a focal point for the room.
Many of the items in the apartment are inherited, handmade, or found in the rubbish heap. Although, Gonzalez is emphatic that it’s not rubbish to her. Especially as so much of it has good bones, strong wood and gorgeous design styles. In fact, this quirky mix of items help the apartment to tell a charming personal story.
“For us, a house is never finished. The decoration of our home is in continual evolution, just like ourselves,” says Gonzalez.
The entrance of the apartment has a wall of windows so as to allow the natural light to transcend from end to end of the space – it’s a sanctuary of light and personality. The kitchen and living room remain two separate spaces, but just as well lit as one large open plan space.
This home office also doubles as a guest room, or sitting area. When you’re thinking about the layout for each room, it’s important to think about what the room will be used for; it’s great to see that the room has such capacity for different activities. We especially like the pairing of geometric lines on the coffee table, rug and planter.
Adorning the walls of the home is art made by friends or people Gonzalez knows. There is certainly a mix of styles, but at the core, it is classic and appeals to a Scandinavian or mid-century aesthetic, with its wood furniture and white walls alongside colorful trinkets and eye catching patterns. “We love the classic, timeless look, mixed with objects of every type,” she explains.
We asked Gonzalez about the mirrors, and she quips “I get asked this a lot! It’s not to look at myself all the time, by the way!” The different patterns, shapes and locations make the mirrors a fine addition to the room’s assorted collection.
“They are like pieces of art that constantly change depending on where you look. You can see the interior of a house, the street, the sky… it’s a great source of light and brightness, they are almost like windows.”
It’s also the home for these two cats; Musa and, hiding behind the dining chair, Alton.
It was without a doubt the dressing room that really sold the apartment. This simple area has all the space for getting ready, in addition to a huge mirror which is absolutely perfect for this spot. Meanwhile, the rug keeps the room from feeling bare, and acts as a friendly space that connects the bedroom and bathroom.
“I love to combine different shapes and materials; objects that probably aren’t intended to go together but once you unite them they become inseparable,” Gonzalez explains. “The idea that you need matching furniture is something that doesn’t appeal to me at all.”
To conclude the tour, Gonzalez gave us her most important piece of advice for interior design; be daring and be yourself. Overall you want a house that speaks your voice and not necessarily one that matches fashions and trends because, after all, don’t forget that you’re the person who has to live there!
*Interview responses have been translated from Spanish.