17th Monday Sep 2012

DIY: Enhance Your Spanish Home on a Budget

Written by: Vanessa
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Category: Creating Character

Spanish Accents: (C-W) Moroccan tile rug, painted tile, Rojo cabinet and Spanish chandelier

Last week I wrote about 1920s Spanish homes and why I’m obsessed with them. This week we’re going to talk about working with what your momma gave you! I’ve asked stagers-extraordinaire, Madison Modern Home, to provide tips on beautifying your saucy señorita — on a budget. Yay!

How to Enhance Your Spanish Style Home on a Budget, Robin DeCapua

White stucco exteriors. Red tile roofs. Coved ceilings. Arched doorways. Step-down living rooms. Original hardwood floors. Fireplaces with Tile Insets. Stained glass windows. Courtyards. These are all true signs of a vintage California Spanish style home. If you are among those who own one, you are indeed lucky.

In the 1920s and 30s, Southern California home builders produced legions of these charming homes for young families seeking a little taste of the exotic. Many of these homes have been lovingly restored or have been kept pristine and unchanged through the decades. If your home has been well kept-up, you needn’t do much more than enhance its natural beauty with these tips that won’t break the bank:

  • Don’t miss out on a trip to Mortarless Building Supply Company in Glassell Park. This supplier of vintage tile and every conceivable type of Talavera and paver tile is a must-see. Hand-painted Talaveras can be used as staircase risers, house numbers or as decorative inserts on a fireplace or an exterior wall.
  • Nothing says Spanish like wrought iron curtain hardware. Simple, white sheers or cotton panels look fresh when paired with beefy black wrought iron rods and finials.
  • Moorish designs coordinate well with Spanish style. It’s no wonder, since the Moors invaded Spain in the year 711 AD. Moorish architecture is found throughout the country, and it can find a home in your living room, too. Try out a Moroccan leather pouf or a Moroccan tile pattern rug.
  • Check out local vintage shops like Casa Victoria in Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction for unique furniture, lighting and art to give your home that authentic touch.
  • The beautiful Rojo Cabinet from Crate and Barrel would look stunning in a Spanish style dining room. Its red color is a warm complement to textural white stucco.
  • Hang a Spanish style candle chandelier over your patio dining table for truly romantic evenings.
  • Install a Spanish style fountain in your yard. Nothing is as soothing as the sound of falling water, and the style will fit right into your home’s architecture.

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