Set between the picturesque pine forest of Bellver Park and buzzing waterfront Paseo Maritimo, El Terreno used to be one of Palma’s most exclusive and cosmopolitan districts. While it had since fallen into a state of decline, a recent boom in the area has seen many of the neighbourhood’s crumbling old properties bought up and brought back to life.
This latest work by interior design firm Lala Home is one such case. Miami-native Cristina Egurrola is the creative talent behind the firm and, since moving to Mallorca, has been behind several of the island’s most exciting design projects.
“The client’s brief was they wanted something that felt like you were on vacation,” Cristina begins, “so somewhere between a cool boutique hotel and a Soho House-style private members’ club.” It was for investment more than a home, so the owner was looking for something that would offer guests real wow-factor.
FUNKY BOUTIQUE HOTEL VIBE
Smart black-and-white patterning is a consistent theme throughout most of the apartment, but with variations to distinguish between spaces; green crocodile-textured wallpaper in one, funky floral art deco in another. Blocks of turquoise panelling chime with the pink of the custom-built sofa. The property’s original sixties-era stained-glass doors were repurposed to make walk-in closets. Lighting was also designed to be a bit “sexier than a regular home” Cristina explains.
Adding to the boutique hotel feel, each of the five bedrooms has its own en-suite bathroom, plus there’s a fully functioning bar and games, perfect for entertaining. Neon lighting, gold latticework ceiling and big floral wallpaper really take this funkiest of spaces to the next level.
The apartment – now named Lala House – marks another step in El Terreno’s journey back to one of Mallorca’s hippest and most sought-after neighbourhoods. And the project further cements Lala Home’s reputation for creating wonderfully bold, colourful and occasionally surprising interiors that are quite unlike anything else on the island.
Text by Leon Beckeham | Photos by Sandra Mañas
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