What happens when an interior designer like Lorenzo Castillo stumbles upon a building that was formerly a convent in the 17th-century? He moves in two days later. That's precisely what happened 10 years ago. Castillo, who is also an antiques dealer, has since moved into a bigger space in the same building, and his recently renovated home is featured in the latest issue of Elle Decor magazine.
Situated right in the heart of Madrid, Castillo's place is a 11,000-square-foot duplex that is a world unto itself. He restored all the faded architectural details that came with the space and then decorated the rooms in a mix of styles -- from a stately drawing room to a courtyard that vaguely reminds us of Florida homes in the '80s with lots of rattan furnishings. And, each room is packed with antiques and vintage pieces that Castillo found on his travels around the world. Simply put, it's an eclectic place with a sort of orderly chaos all around.
We're definitely in awe of all the intriguing paintings and artworks that line the walls and the endless array of vintage finds. And we can see ourselves getting a little lost -- and maybe a little overstimulated -- amid everything. The standout for us, though, is Castillo's elegant library. We'll never own anything like gold-framed bookshelves, but this lets us dream a little.
For a sneak peek inside designer Lorenzo Castillo's Madrid home, just click through the slideshow below. All photos by Simon Upton, courtesy of Elle Decor. What's your take on this former convent that's now a private home? Let us know in comments below.