Our Market Editor, Victoria de la Camara, has been taking us through her apartment’s renovation in a town called San Lorenzo de El Escorial, outside of Madrid, Spain. Here, she shares details about her home’s living/dining room’s transformation. You can see the full home tour here, the bathroom before-and-after here, and the kitchen before-and-after here.

The living room/dining room was the real selling point of our apartment for us as it is the only truly spacious room in our home. It had a working fireplace (a dream come true), classic European floor-to-ceiling length windows opening up to the terrace, and a second window bringing in tons of light. But, like the rest of the home, it was in bad shape: the herringbone pine parquet had spaces in between that made it unsalvageable, there was a strange platform structure next to the fireplace, and the ceiling height was strangely low.

We raised the ceiling height to 10.3 feet, added a plaster crown molding with a second inner molding detail, had new windows custom-made that replicated the original ones installed, painted the walls in Farrow & Ball’s “All White”, and put down wide plank hardwood oak flooring from Pur Natur. We also had custom interior shutters made that looked exactly like the old ones to dress up the windows.

While the interior architecture of the space was apparent, the layout was a bit nerve-wracking. I knew that I wanted a long wooden dining table with round-back oak chairs (in the end I found Ethnicraft‘s timeless and elegant Bok Dining Chair that was exactly what I had in mind), but I also wanted to be sure that our vintage Bernt Petersen armchairs, large white linen sofa, and Nero Marquina coffee table also fit within the room. As we were finishing up the renovations, I taped each piece out on the floor with painter’s tape to get a sense of how to work out the puzzle. Over and over again, I wanted to be sure that it all fit, but until you have everything in the space, you never know for sure.

Head to the slideshow to find out more specific details about our living/dining room’s transformation.