Kathleen Boonen and Jan,<br/> Lila 8 and Tom 5
Famille - Barcelona

Bohemian family life in Barcelona.

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Kathleen Boonen and Jan,
Lila 8 and Tom 5

Before joining the Parisian grey, I had a whirlwind stopover in Barcelona to visit Kathleen and Jan. A creative couple and active parents, together they represent Europe. He is German, she is half-Belgian and half-Dutch, but grew up in France. Speaking three languages at home, they have lived in the catalan capital for over 12 years. As managers of Lila & Tom, a communications agency specializing in children, they do what is best in terms of images and styles. I suggest we take a final sunbath before returning home.

Entrée Maison Barcelone Kathleen Jan Boonen
Jouets Plage Enfant Kathleen Jan Boonen
Salon Maison Barcelone Kathleen Jan Boonen
Photos Souvenirs Maison Barcelone Kathleen Jan Boonen

Kathleen, can you describe your house?

 

Kathleen Boonen

We have a duplex apartment with two large terraces, located on the top floor of a three-story building built in the 1950s in Barcelona, specifically in the area of Putget. It is both very bright and very quiet. All the windows look out over the beautiful pine trees of the park that is in front of us. You get the impression of being in a house in the countryside.

 

Can you tell us about your family?

Kathleen Boonen

Jan, is German, I’m half-Belgian, half-Dutch and raised in the south of France and so I am Aixoise in my soul. Lila and Tom were born in Barcelona. We are a European mixture speaking 3 languages at home.

Do you have a philosophy of life?

Kathleen Boonen

Waking up in the morning and thinking of doing something creative with our day.

Where do you feel the most at home?

Kathleen Boonen

All Over! In our room in the morning when I hear the birds singing, on our terrace when I have lunch in the sun, in my office the rest of the day, by the fireplace in the dining room on Sunday afternoon and on the living room sofa with a good book in the evening when the children are asleep…

What designer piece do you dream of owning?

Kathleen Boonen

A recomposed sofa by the Maison Martin Margiela.

Carte Vintage Chambre Enfant Maison Barcelone Kathleen Jan Boonen
Pistolets Plastique Chambre Enfant Maison Barcelone Kathleen Jan Boonen
Chambre Enfants Maison Barcelone Kathleen Jan Boonen
Chapelet Déco Maison Barcelone Kathleen Jan Boonen
Photos Noir Blanc Maison Barcelone Kathleen Jan Boonen
Entrée Maison Barcelone Kathleen Jan Boonen
Décoration Étagère Maison Barcelone Kathleen Jan Boonen

What is your favourite piece at the moment?

Kathleen Boonen

A set of outdoor tables and chairs crafted in wood and wrought iron and made in Anvers we bought recently. I love the “local fete” style as a simple way of receiving all our friends for lunch.

How did you choose you children’s names?

Kathleen Boonen

I loved Violette. But one day while I was pregnant with our daughter, Jan whispered the name “Lila” in my ear. He reminded me we wanted short names that were easy to pronounce in every language. As for Tom, Lila was the one who had the final word for her brother’s name, as we couldn’t decide between Felix and Tom. In the end we all decided on Tom!

Can you recommend a restaurant in Barcelona or elsewhere?

Kathleen Boonen

I would recommend Ocaña on the Plaça Real.

Are family life and beautiful decor easily compatible?

Kathleen Boonen

Yes! At home our décor changes with our children. Our sofas are covered in old linen sheets that we wash all the time. The coffee table in the sitting room is a giant cable reel covered in the children’s paintings. We want things to be happy, comfortable and practical.

What are you projects for the future?

Kathleen Boonen

We want to put lots of beautiful plants and recycled wooden furniture on our terraces so we can spend lots of time on them whatever the weather!

Where are you next going on a family holiday?

Kathleen Boonen

We’re thinking about where to go at the moment. Some friends have invited us to travel with them to the south of India this summer. Nothing’s set in stone, but we like the sound of it!

Chambre Enfants Déco Maison Barcelone Kathleen Boonen
Kathleen Boonen and Jan,<br/> Lila 8 and Tom 5
Kathleen Boonen and Jan,<br/> Lila 8 and Tom 5
Poupées Vintage Maison Barcelone Kathleen Jan Boonen

Credits : Mélanie Rodriguez et Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily

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