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A bright and natural house

A bright and natural house

Even if the construction of this house dates from the 70s, Its structure and materials are typical of the Mediterranean coast. Located in an urbanization of the Valencian town of Jávea, its owners - a Belgian family in love with the Levantine landscape and climate - decided to rehabilitate it without altering its architectural essence. For this they turned to interior designer Jessica Bataille. The wooden beams that adorn the ceilings were maintained, as well as the arches of tosca, a natural material of the area that is extracted from the cliffs of the coast. For the floor mud tiles were chosen, and on the porch we used esparto blinds that further enhance the decorative style of the Mediterranean. When decorating the house, the interior designer decided to paint the blank walls to reflect the dazzling light of Jávea. Even the doors, in Castilian style, were also painted in that color, to achieve brighter environments.

But that clarity that illuminates the interior of the house was also enhanced when choosing the furniture. The sofas, both the couple that decorates the porch and the model with chaise longue in the living area, were chosen with upholsteries in very light tones. The same happens in the bedrooms, in which the bedding, white, It reflects and multiplies natural light. On this basis, Jessica Bataille applied color brushstrokes to add warmth to each environment. Cushions in the range of red and soft wool blankets in saffron tone energize the decoration. Next to them, the details in wood and fiber guarantee the feeling of comfort.

But in this Mediterranean decoration could not miss references to the sea. Some recovered pieces, such as the dining room window or the sideboard next to the arch that leads to the living area, were painted in turquoise to evoke the color of the water. Details like whitewashed jars on the porch or esparto curtains complete A personal decoration with charm.

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The warm temperatures of Jávea allowed to organize a pleasant seating area on the porch of the house. To furnish it, modern pieces, such as the couple of sofas, were combined with the table, made with the leaf of an old door. Ethnic touches, like whitewashed jars, add charm. Esparto roller blinds slow the direct incidence of the sun's rays and guarantee freshness.
Sofas, from Point. Table, vinyl carpet and cushions, from Jessica Bataille's studio. The jars were purchased in Madrid's El Rastro and in Morocco. Stool, by Let's Pause. Blinds, of a spartan.

Natural materials for outer space

In the garden, next to the pool, a bench was placed to enjoy the sun on the cooler days. Natural materials, aged teak from Indonesia in the case of the bank and Moroccan wool in the plaid, they integrate with the grass and palm trees.

Practical carpet

If, as in the case of the owners of this house, you want to make life outdoors, use a vinyl or plastic carpet. Although stains fall on it, it is enough to pass a mop so that it is impeccable. This is from
Jessica Bataille's studio.

Symmetry game in the lounge

In the living room, the frame of the large mirror - identical in thickness and finish to the window - reflects this, in an interesting decorative game that expands and illuminates, even more, the space. Wooden stools are used as side tables. Easy to move, can be approximated
anywhere on the couch with chaise longue With hardly any effort. Sofa, by VYM Sofas. Teak stools, from Montgo Verd. Bowl and vases, from PTMD. Lamp, by Vical Home. The carpet and cushions come from Morocco.

What is the difference between an extra seat and an auxiliary table?

This teak stool is versatile. But the vase and the pieces of furniture that decorate its surface indicate that, in this case, it is used as a nightstand. Ceramics, by Jessica Bataille.

An arc to connect spaces

The living area and dining room communicated through a large arch-shaped opening. Lacking doors, the sensation was enhanced
deep in both environments. The result? When you are in any of them, the view is extended towards the bottom and the two are perceived larger than their actual size.
The sideboard was an old Castilian model that was painted and beheaded in turquoise. Above it was placed a lamp, acquired in Vical Home, whose foot is a damajuana. The dishes are from Jessica Bataille's studio.

A decorative resource to add warmth

The upholstered sofa with white linen refreshes the living room. However, Moroccan cushions, with their tones in the red range, warm the atmosphere. Vase, from PTMD

Reclaimed furniture

The dining table was made with recycled wood from a scaffold. Around it were placed a bench of washed teak wood, a rustic stool and a retro chair, made of iron and wood, acquired in France. The alternation of styles adds dynamism to the environment. On the wall stands an Indian showcase whose interior was painted in turquoise and green moss. Stool, by Let's Pause. The vessels are from the Jalón trail.

Showcase for storing dishes

On the wall of the dining area stands out an Indian showcase whose interior was painted in turquoise and green moss. Stool, by Let's Pause. The vessels are from the Jalón trail.

Two environments in one

The kitchen was integrated into the dining room, so that it would not be narrow. However, the two spaces are well defined thanks to the cross beam of the roof and the work bar that was made under it. Three light bulbs fastened by tensioners provide overhead lighting over the breakfast bar; which, once turned off, goes unnoticed.

Bowls and plates, from Jessica Bataille's studio

Ladder, from Let's Pause.

Warehouse space

The crockery is also stored in the work shelf made in the kitchen. Some of its shelves were closed with doors made from the same recycled wood of a scaffold that was used to make the dining table.

The countertop, matching the floor

In this case it is clay pieces, a material that enhances the rural style. The sink is a piece of reclaimed marble. Tiles, from La Decorativa. Grifo, from Tres Taps. The kitchenware is from Pomax.

Rest in the fresh

The esparto headboard, the mud floors and the white bedding achieve a calm environment that lowers the temperature a few degrees. Only the blanket and cushions add warmth to the bedroom with its orange, strawberry and red tones.
Headboard and bedside table, from Let's Pause, acquired in Jessica Bataille's studio. Cushions, by Montgo Verd. Table lamp, from Zara Home.

Related materials yes, but not identical

The game between finishes adds dynamism to the bedroom. The texture of the esparto is the ideal counterpoint for the set of wood formed by the lamp and the table.

Eco spirit

The headboard, based on recycled wood slats arranged horizontally, adds warmth to the bedroom. In the corner stands the wall staircase, also made of wood. Headboard designed by Jessica Bataille. Ladder, from Let's Pause. Vical lamp. Bedside table made of oak, from Ethnicraft. The wool quilt is Moroccan. Everything from Jessica Bataille's studio.

The charm of the ethereal

If the foot of this lamp were of any opaque material, the piece would have a greater visual weight. However, the glass ladybug manages to give the design a feeling of lightness.

A spacious bathroom

It is the feeling you have when entering it. However, it is not so much. How do you get that amplitude effect? The large frameless mirror multiplies the depth of the bathroom. In addition, the white color of the walls visually drives them away. The only bulky element that could recharge the space -the washbasin cabinet-, was made of work, with shelves, lighter than doors, and blank, to merge with the wall and go unnoticed

Project Keys

◾ Although the house is equipped to enjoy it both in summer and winter, the owners - a Belgian couple - find it easier to escape to Jávea in the summer season. Hence the decoration is focused on summer materials and furniture, with white walls, that keep the house
fresh, and natural fibers.
◾ The reform respected the original materials: the rough stone, the exposed wooden beams on the ceiling and the mud floors. Even the wooden doors were recovered and painted in white to better integrate them into the new project.
◾ The house fits perfectly in the environment thanks to the predominance of natural materials: wooden furniture, pieces of esparto and turquoise and green details that evoke beauty
from the sea and the fields.