Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cute little shoes add styling fun to bright boho home's decor

If the shoe’s cute, boho gals, you buy it in all colors and strut your stuff, right? But what about all those cute little shoes you, your daughter, or your grandaughter outgrew long before the shine was off the leather? 

Why those, my lovelies, you use as styling elements, like the owner of this Madrid apartment did.

Let me be perfectly clear: We’re not talking those clunky baby shoes dipped in copper and affixed to a picture frame with a photo of a naked baby on a rug, mind you. We ARE talking: The. Actual. Shoes. As styling elements. Just one or a pair—your choice—as long as they’re super-duper cutie-patootie. That’s Cute with a capital C!! 


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Micasa

You don’t see any shoes at first glance in this renovated space, but stick around. We’ve got a full 100 square meters (1,076 square feet) to cover and, I promise, you’ll see cute little shoes galore. 

The thing to note before we move on is the great light the space gets and how open the room is. The original apartment configuration was boxy and closed, which didn’t allow any of these glorious rays to transfer through to the rest of the apartment.


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Micasa

Remember the gray-backed, raspberry-sided loveseat from the first photo? Surprise! The front side is green with pops of that same raspberry in the throw pillows. 

And I spy our first shoe, on one of the small tables grouped between the two sofas.


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Here’s another view. Don’t you love how the mix of shapes, sizes and materials in the three tables add to the fun factor of this room? The wood one is actually a stool and can be pulled into service for extra seating when necessary.


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Micasa

Here’s a closer look at that shoe—blue suede with yellow shoestrings! Cute, huh? And iconic, even though there’s just one. No, Elvis doesn't live here, but this cute little shoe is one more thing that gets this room swinging.


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I simply love the draperies. They’re such a beautiful shade of gray and puddle so beautifully, like liquid silver. And, with the gray sofa and white walls, they make a terrific backdrop for all the pops of color. 

But I think I spy some more SHOES on that table. Let’s take a closer look…


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Micasa

Yes, a cute little pair of furry booties! They really work as styling elements, don't you think? And if they once belonged to the little girl of this house, they carry memories and meaning. I mean, even if your toesies no longer go into these, they're just too sweet to give up.


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The living room area is large enough to allow for a desk and chair, and this study space simply shouts with style and fun. The thread-bobbin lamp brings in more color and adds texture, and a mismatched pair of baby shoes in pink and gray continue the theme. But don't let them distract you. Look closely at the desk. The supporting structure consists of two wood step stools the owner rescued from the street and painted white. 

How come I never find cool stuff like that on the street? Heavy trash day in my neighborhood usually means rusted dishwashers and corduroy Barca-loungers. Oh well...back to the desk...

I’m also lovin’ the giraffe in a clear vase, as well as how the mirror reflects that life-like yellow floor lamp. This is a decor lesson to remember: Never turn your back on a yellow floor lamp without a mirror to keep it in check. Because those task lights can be dangerous. If you don't believe me, read this: Invasion of the Task Lights.


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That’s the front door of the apartment, just right of center. The support column is original, but the floors were replaced as part of the renovation.

I love how the floors are laid in a herringbone pattern in the larger living room, then switch to a traditional layout where the apartment starts to narrow. Their horizontal arrangement helps widen the space.


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You can also see straight into the kitchen because of the unique divider. You’ll never guess what it’s made of.


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…Actual functioning windows—glass, sash and all. Leave it up if you want to talk or listen to whomever’s on the other side, or down if you don’t want the rattle of pots and pans to disturb guests. The windowed divider also allows all that glorious light to spill into the bright and cheery kitchen.


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The daughter’s room sports another makeshift desk—this one held up by wooden sawhorses.


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Isn’t it cool how the wallpaper is an approximate reverse of the coverlet? You can never have too much raspberry, in my book!


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A major part of the renovation involved reconfiguration of the master bedroom to allow for a luxurious master bath. You actually must walk through this partitioned bathroom area on the way to the master bedroom. The half-wall of built-ins adds storage and helps separate the spaces.

You might wonder why these owners gave over space in their bedroom for more bathroom…


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Wonder no more. Gorgeous, isn’t it? I love the wall of marble and the gauzy, canopy-like curtain. I could waste a few hours and a few bottles of bubble bath here.


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The view is certainly serene from either side and even in the mirror!


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Looks like the homeowners have a good soak on their minds, too.


Want more?

  • Check out “Madrid, Spain: Bright and Full Color Flat” by Marta Sanz at Micasa. Yes, it’s in Spanish, but no need to panic if your vocab stops at si senor. Alternate mouse-click on the text and select the translate option. 
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