I just returned from my second annual trip to Spain and I thought I learned a lot the first time, but I learned just as much.

Everywhere you look in Spain there’s something beautiful to admire.

I’m so fortunate to have my own local tour guide.

Nuria is my best friend. We met when she was a high school exchange student in my home town in Kansas more than 20 years ago. We bonded right away… like sisters.

Now I take a trip every year to Spain to visit her and her family.

Nuria has family all over… Madrid, Barcelona, Benidorm and the small villages in between.

Her family’s summer home is in a tiny village called Galende.

Click play below to hear more about what I learned about Spanish decor.


Her father’s side of the family grew up there. Children have a clear water river just a block away from everywhere.

Just a short bike ride takes them to a beautiful, crystal clear lake nestled in the middle of the mountains.

It’s an amazing place for children to spend summers and play freely without crime or any other care.

Now, when you picture an old farm-house, you might think of something from the early 1900s.

How about something even more vintage? Go way back hundreds of years.

This particular farm is two stories.  The family lived on the second floor.

On the first floor.. well, that’s where the animals stayed.


I stayed one night alone in the renovated space.

You have to remember how much space we have in the U.S. to spread out.

That’s a challenge in Spain.

It’s small but very sturdy with thick stone walls.

Over the bed is a high-end chandelier that Nuria’s aunt brought from their home in the city.

The light adds a sharp contrast to the rustic walls and long wooden table with enough seating to fit her children and and now grandchildren.

The bathroom is spacious by Spanish standards, about the size of a guest bathroom in many U.S. homes.

The most fabulous decor is a small square window that opens to reveal another farm with beautiful flowers through a stone wall that is several feet deep.

The next day we were off to visit a historic Spanish mansion.

Check this out and listen closely.


That’s the sound the windows make when opening.

The architecture was way before it’s time. The Capricho de Guadi looks like a sunflower castle.

Actually, the sun and the sunflower were both inspirations for the architect in the 1800s.

The house was designed with the goal of always getting the most of the sun, its light and its heat.

The bedroom is placed for the light of dawn , and all parts of the house are constructed to make the most of sunlight .

Here’s the sad part of the home’s history. The rich man who wanted the home became ill. He halted construction so he could move in. He died a week later.


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On a lighter note, check out this mini bathtub!

Because of the lack of space, I didn’t see many tubs. Showers are more popular.




Here are some of the other pictures I took on my trip. It’s hard to take a bad picture when the scenery is so amazing.

Feel free to grab a picture use for whatever you need!