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Home Tour 2018 - Our new Montessori inspired apartment

Apr 2, 2018

We moved into this new apartment last August, and since then I’ve been wanting to give you a house tour and show you our new environments, because this is probably the most functionally (and minimalistic) furnished apartment we’ve made, and it’s definitely my favourite so far. Now that the last room is almost ready—or rather, it’s starting to look like the image I had in my mind—I think the time has finally come to show you.

Most of our furniture is from IKEA: I love IKEA, you can create the style that you have in mind—whether it’s modern and minimalistic, or more classic or even vintage—spending as little (or as much) as you want, and going to just one shop (which is priceless!).

So today I prepared for you a photo post with behind-the-scenes captions. And yes, our apartment does look like this—tidy and organised—88% of the time, but one day I’ll show you the remaining 12% ;-)

The living room

This is my favorite part of the house (also the one where we spend most of our time) and I’m very proud of it because it’s functional, fun, minimalistic and (in my opinion) beautiful.

The inspiration for the play area comes from the Moomin Cafes we went to in Helsinki. The play area is outlined by a soft carpet (a piece of custom-cut moquette from Leroy Merlin).

The climbing frame is from Decathlon, we just painted the supporting bars white to give it a more minimalistic look, and covered the logo (I’m not a fan of visible logos, unless they have a purpose): it was such a great choice, Oliver uses it all the time and has become a real little monkey!

That gorgeous, very Scandinavian-looking shelf furniture is an IKEA PS 2017: I love the simplicity of it, and it’s perfect if you want to set up Montessori shelves.

And this is the rest of the living room, that we decided to keep as clean and minimalistic as possible.

The sofa has been through a lot, but we decided not to change the covers until the kids are a bit older (we did upgrade the feet, though). The beautiful portrait of us up on the wall is by the very talented Rocio Vigne, a gift from a good friend when Oliver was born.

We decided to keep it plain and simple, clean walls and light colours promote calm and harmony. At the dinner table, the kids use two Stokke highchairs (a few months ago Emily stopped using the Babybjörn highchair, that I loved).

The chill room

I’m so proud of this room because, thanks to its minimalistic furnishing, it’s many rooms in one: it’s a dressing room for the kids, that doubles as their book room, as Emily’s changing room and as our guest room.

Oliver has his clothes in the inbuilt closet, and his hooks on the wall to hang his pyjamas/day clothes and his laundry basket, while for Emily I modified our old Kallax furniture that you’ve seen many time in Oliver’s Montessori room, and converted it into a closet using IKEA Kallax accessories.

I used three IKEA Flisat book shelves on the wall at Oliver’s and Emily’s height, the carpet is an IKEA Stillebäk, and I’m using an IKEA drawer furniture with a changing mat on it as Emily’s changing table (I find it very convenient, instead of having yet another piece of furniture). I haven’t gotten around to hanging Oliver’s drawing on the wall, but it’ll be somewhere at his height.

And our latest addition is the gorgeous Matuu teepee that I’m in love with (I’ll tell you more in a couple of weeks) and it’s perfect to close up and put in a corner when I need to set up our inflatable guest bed.

The bedroom

Ok, actually THIS is the room I’m most proud of, and totally out of coincidence. This three-(tiny)-bedroom apartment was an office before, where they had took down a wall in between two bedrooms to make it a conference room. When we moved in, the owner asked if we wanted the wall back up, but instinctively I said no (for now).

When we are on holiday I love to sleep in the same room as the kids, it feels very primal and natural. Here in the center of Marbella, though, the rooms are always too small for that (they’re tiny!), so when I saw this “double” room, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try my co-bedroom idea. So I went for it.

I moved Oliver’s IKEA Kura bed to our room, placed Emily’s mattress on the floor and voilat! We then installed thick curtains that we can use to separate the environments for more privacy, but we’re actually never using them because we really only use the bedroom to sleep. (The mattress you see behind the bed is an extra one we had in the previous apartment that we don’t really know where to put, so for now it lives there).

The terrace

As you can see, I’m still using our Imaginarium playmat, that I now placed outside with Oliver’s old set of table and chairs: it’s great for some more messy activities like water coloring, bubbles, play dough…

And this is all the news! The kitchen is very simple, we have Emily’s Woomo Montessori learning tower (which we love!) and a simple IKEA wooden stool for Oliver. And the bathroom is still a work in progress, as Oliver’s station is done (he really just needed a step to reach the big sink), but for Emily I haven’t set anything up the way I like it yet. Update coming soon!

Tell me what you think

Did you like it? Do you agree or disagree? I'd love to hear from you.


Morgan Esperance • Apr 7, 2018

Could you provide a link to where you found the climbing frame?

🌸 Carlotta • Apr 8, 2018

Hi, thanks for your comment! The climbing frame is this one from Decathlon, but on Amazon you can find similar ones, like this one. Have a lovely day 🌸

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I write mainly about Montessori, parenthood, and multilingualism. Here are some recent posts.

Mums, dads & kids
We don't know how to be parents, we learn it everyday as we go. This is my way of motherhood, the small victories and the bitter defeats, my inconvenient truths and the endless life lessons. And also all the baby products and toys we love the most.
How to leave the playground without power struggles
This is life
Audiobooks of real-life stories for kids
Let's not project our insecurities onto our kids
Question authorities
Parents need to be constructively selfish
One more step towards self-acceptance
When you think your marriage is over after kids.
We forgot our 10-year wedding anniversary!
One day a few years ago my husband came home and said, "Why don't we put a mattress on the floor in the baby room? It'd be much more natural". "Never" was my reply. That's how our Montessori journey started. Since then we've been living, breathing and applying the philosophy at home day in and day out, starting from ourselves. Because educating children starts from the parents.
Montessori express: change the sentences into positive
Montessori express: everything is NOT fine
My baby cries desperately in the car (15 months)
Take care of the mother behind the woman
Montessori express: ask instead of correcting
Montessori express: describe instead of criticising
An example of how I practice empathy with my kids
How I show empathy to my children
Happy 4th birthday, Emily
Montessori New Year's tradition
Living sustainably
Living sustainably for me doesn’t only mean to have a more eco-friendly lifestyle. It means to make decisions that are sustainable for our planet, the people on it, but also for our life, our lifestyle, and our happiness. It means to take any daily chance to evolve and be happier, healthier, kinder, more responsible and more caring human beings—the only sustainable way for a meaningful future.
Face yoga is an act of self love
Why you should wear the same outfit twice on Instagram
The power of creating habits (and why you should do it, even if you then break them!)
Responsible eating is the diet of the future (Would you like to teach it to your kids?)
The power of NOT complaining: can you do it for a whole month?
Clean up your planet, please!
Infographic: 8 steps to switch to cloth nappies (a guide for reluctant parents)
A personal note on happiness
A personal note on social media
A change of life always widens your horizons
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We sold everything to travel the world for two years. We're currently in New Zealand.


In 2020 I wrote 4 books for the Italian collection “Gioca and Impara con il metodo Montessori” curated by Grazia Honegger Fresco. The collection is a project by Il Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport.

We also implemented the workshops of the last 15 volumes of the collection with Oliver and Emily.


I update Instagram almost every day to be "close" to my family far away.

Why La Tela di Carlotta?
I dreamed of the name La Tela di Carlotta. One morning I woke up and in my dreams I had created a blog named just like the American novel (Charlotte's Web). Many years and endless ups and downs later, this web of thoughts and stories is my work. It took me a long time to understand what kind of online presence I wanted and today I know: I'm transparent, I show real life, I don't advertise, I only recommend sustainable brands (and not only because they pay me) and I believe in the value of my blog and my courses—because if we don't believe in the value of our work, no one will believe in it for us.
Carlotta dreaming of La Tela
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