Lorenzo Castillo is not your typical interior designer and decorator. He is also an antiques dealer whose home is a 17th century former convent. Best known for his eclectic taste and his bold mix of colors and patterns, there is much inspiration to be gleaned from Castillo’s designs.
Love at First Sight
His home, Santiago Castillo, is located in Madrid, Spain in the heart of one of the city’s old neighborhoods. He noticed the building that would become his home while walking the streets of Madrid on the way to one of the city’s famous flee markets. In an interview with Elle Decor he said that he was instantly drawn to the building because it was “quintessentially Madrid—with a neoclassical stone façade that is noble in scale but remarkably simple.”
The building is rich in history, from being a “prestigious address” in the capital in the 18th and 19th centuries, to the addition of a new iconic facade by the famous Spanish architect Ventura Rodríguez in 1770, to a warehouse for the Spanish opera in 1939. Today the building serves as an apartment building that is located between two very trendy towns.
Due to his instant love of the building over 10 years ago, he immediately purchased a half-floor apartment on an upper floor. He has since sold that apartment and purchased and renovated his new 11,000 sq foot apartment in the same building that spreads over two floors.
A Look Inside
Lorenzo let the pre-existing architecture of the building be some of the inspiration for the design choices he made throughout the home. He also uses a mix of bright colors and patterns, vintage and antiques and pieces that were designed by himself.
Here are a few of the unique design choices he made throughout the home:
Eclectic Drawing Room
He has a 120 foot drawing room that has multiple seating areas, which range from two 1940s sofas to a Louis XVI daybed. Decorations include a Japanese screen, a large tapestry, a French 18th century portrait, and a vintage inspired rug.
The Outdoors Meets Functionality
There is a glass enclosed courtyard that serves as an indoor garden as well as a functional space. Here you’ll find daybeds, an abstract painting done by his brother, Santiago Castillo, a cast of sculpture done by Michelangelo, and 19th century Spanish gothic revival doors. It also contains numerous plantings and black and white floor tiles that continue throughout the house.
In his library the eye goes to the elegant lacquer and brass bookshelves that he designed himself. You’ll also find an 18th century Persian rug and 19th century Charles X inspired chaise lounges.
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