A Colourful Family Home In Brazil

This family home in Brazil blends historic pieces and colonial architecture with modern art and pops of vibrant colour.


Afamily home in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Owners Carlos and Rosane Simoes appointed design studio Guta Louro Designs to transform their traditional house into a modern home in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The couple wanted to brighten their home with pops of bold colour, while still showcasing their impressive antique furniture collection.

The result of the project is a vibrant home inspired by Brazilian lifestyle, with interiors that unite the colonial architecture of the house with eclectic art and traditional antique furniture.

Antique furniture is broken up by new additions.Two glass and metal coffee tables were designed by the Guto Louro studio and have two heights, to exhibit decorative objects and books.

The 19th century chandeliers were lacquered in a bold blue.

Other antique pieces received a makeover; the carved wooden sofa below was reupholstered in a modern Ikat print.

Steps in the living area that used to separate the spaces have been removed, replaced by a new wooden floor that unites both living areas into one flowing space.

On the walls, thin white wall sconces offer modern,minimalist lighting.

The wood side tablewith cylindrical acrylic legs is byBrazilian designer Carolina Haveroth.

The wood and glass coffee table was created by Guta Louro studio, who upcycled aclassic and beautifully carved, broken wall console, transforming it into two bases and adding a glass as a tabletop.

The colour palette of the upholstery and cushions were inspired by the artworks that were already part of the couple's collection.


The dining room is a wild mix of old and new.The painted ceilings came with the house, and the owners already owned the antique furniture.

Design studio Guta Louro Designs replaced tired burgundy cushions with the punchy blue velvet ones, and added matching tassels.

To tie the colour in with the scheme, the design studio also added the balloon shaped wall lights by Brokis.

Two bright and colourful artworks were also added to the space, one byTatiana Stropp and one byEduardo Sued.

But the crowning jewel is of course theLindsey Adelman inspired chandelier, which was foundat a local Brazilian store.


In the reading room, walls were painted a bright teal colour to contrast against the traditional rug and bookcase.

Bookshelves showcase a collection of books, portraits and sculptures.

On the wall is acollection of pocket watches that the couple have collected over time.


The bathroom is painted in the same shade as the adjoining reading room.


In the hallway, an antique clock on a traditional console contrasts against the modern artwork above.


The media room has a much calmer and more muted palette than the property's other living spaces.

The buttery soft leather sofa, and muted palette of creams, browns and yellow create a snug hide-out vibe.


The chandelier was created by home owner Rosane Simoes, who's hobby is sculpting and pottery.


Design studio Guta Louro gave the unloved patio space a simple refresh, opting formarble-top tables and bright patterned cushions that complement the tiled floor.

The tables can be easily moved around to create a large open space perfect for entertaining.

Design by Guta Louro Designs

Photography byDenilson Machado

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.