Design dealers Michèle Van Hove and Nicolas Vanderbeck, the owners of celebrated Barcelona antiques gallery Fins de Siècles, started buying furniture and objects for their fantasy Catalan country house some 18 years before they found the house itself.
The Belgian couple moved to Barcelona in 2002 and two years later opened a new gallery in their adopted city. Their specialty—pieces from the 1920s to 1960s, with a notable emphasis on Art Deco—stands out in a city where most dealers focus on Art Nouveau (the style of Gaudí) or more recent Scandinavian furnishings.
They wanted a place in the country as well but never found anything that persuaded them to buy. “Many properties were easy to dismiss based just on the realtor’s listing photos,” says Van Hove, noting that most revealed a local penchant for fussy country interiors with burgundy walls. Finally, four and a half years ago, they came across their dream home—rustic but chicly spare and informal—located in the village of Celrà, outside Girona, in northeastern Catalonia. It’s 70 miles from Barcelona, and just 18 miles from the beaches of the Costa Brava and 50 miles from their favorite wine merchants in Perpignan, France.
We hope you enjoyed our Tuesday Tour, all photos & text taken from Architectural Digest
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