INTERIOR DESIGN

"Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring"  - Henry Miller

We are obsessed with interiors. We are daring and unconventional. We push the boundaries to reinvent and create spaces, or to inspire you to help us create a home you will never want to leave. We are not afraid to change the rules and redefine luxury. Luxury are spaces that feel lived in, a little messed up, a little old fashioned -or, well, definitely old fashioned-Dickens style- and filled with objects that really makes an estatement and expresses who you are. 

TIME FOR TEA ANTIQUES & INTERIORS is not the typical design firm, but an offbeat multi-disciplinary studio with locations in Madrid and Malaga. Projects may vary from individual rooms to the refurbishment of an entire property, re-styling and/or restoration for residential, vacational and commercial properties as well as storefront design, restaurants, events, film and theatre commisions.

Interior designer and shopkeeper Ruth Baza creates authentic, charismatic and distinctive spaces that are at once historically rich with a touch of sobriety and eccentricity, and undeniably cool. Her eclectic sense of style which is both bohemian, elegant and witty, along her knowledge and almost exclusive use of antiques are the essence of her works. The people who approaches our studio genuinely want something different, they want something quirky and completely unique, truly bespoke with an element of theatricality. Projects include full interior design, extensive refurbishment of antique townhouses, restoration and decoration of residential homes and flats in London, Madrid, Málaga, Segovia, NY, Berlin and Frankfurt, 


Ruth´s talent for story telling -literally and metaphorically speaking- fuels much of our work and inspiration. A good home is like an autobiography and should reflect the life, tastes and passions of the people who inhabit it. For this reason, a true mantra for us, we work closely with our clients to combine our expertise with their ideas and budgets, and create personalized timeless interiors.

While we have evolved and expanded our vision of what is possible for our clients and our firm, we continue our tradition of embracing all facets of design, and remain loyal to the kind of exemplary craftmanship and dedication that has been our hallmark from the beginning. 
We are proud to work with a small but talented team of designers and skilled craftsmen and restorers, sharing a commitment for excellence and passionate about the creative process of every project that we tackle.

We offer a comprehensive design service tailored to meet your specific requirements. Our aim is always to achieve a place that is deliberately not uber styled or even finished but an ongoing thing, a living thing that is constantly evolving. A home needs to function around you and, at the same time, nourish your soul. 

Let us create something unique for you or transform your space.

Check out our style below with a few examples of our Bohemian, Dickensian, Frenh Provençal, Gustavian, Country, and All Old Grey living style and projects. COMING SOON.


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OUR MANTRA




















  1. WE LOVE
    WE LOVE
    - SPACES THAT FEEL LIVED IN, A LITTLE MESSED UP, UNCONVENTIONAL AND DELIBERATELY OLD FASHIONED. - OLDIES GOLDIES - RUST AND PATINA - INTERESTING TEXTURES - SHOES, JEANS AND PICASSO STYLE BLUE STRIPED SHIRTS - WESTIES & JAZZ
  2. WE BELIEVE IN SIMPLICITY
    WE BELIEVE IN SIMPLICITY
    SIMPLICITY IS THE ANTIDOTE TO MODERN LIFE. SIMPLICITY GOES BEYOND THE CLICHÉ OF THE TYPICAL CONTEMPORARY MINIMALIST INTERIOR. SIMPLICITY IS ABOUT KEEPING AN ECLECTIC, INDIVIDUAL AND SUBTLY SOPHISTICATED STYLE BY MIXING CURATED THINGS, CHOSEN FOR THEIR BEAUTY, UTILITY OR SIMPLY BY WHIM. SIMPLICTY IS DARING TO BE A MODERN PRIMITIVE.
  3. WE LOVE GRAY
    WE LOVE GRAY
    IT´S INSPIRING, CALMING, COOL, URBAN AND RUSTIC AT THE SAME TIME, AND ALWAYS ELEGANT. GRAY ON WALLS IS ONE OF THE BEST CANVAS OR BACKDROP FOR ALL ELEMENTS (FURNITURE, OBJECTS AND ART WORKS) PLACED IN A ROOM OR SPACE. GRAY ON FURNITURE IS SIMPLY EXQUISITE, NOSTALGIC, TIMELESS AND EVEN WILD, MOSTLY INSIDE AN OFF-WHITE OR GRAY PAINTED SPACE. GRAY IS DICKENSIAN, GUSTAVIAN, FRENCH CHATEAU AND DECADENT ITALIAN PALAZZO, FLAUBERTIAN, COOL, COZY, BOHEMIAN AND URBAN.
  4. WE LOVE COLOURS (TOO)
    WE LOVE COLOURS (TOO)
    EVEN THOUGH OUR SIGNATURE COLOUR PALETTE IS GRAY, WE ALSO DARE TO USE AN ARRAY OF DARK, EVEN INKY AND DEEP COLOURS, ALL TEMPERED WITH OBJECTS IN ELEGANT AND BOHEMIAN GRAY AND OTHER NEUTRALS, AND OPULENT SELECTED PATTERNED OR COLORFUL ITEMS. WE ALSO LOVE USING AND COMBINING SOME KINDS OF WALL PAPER WITH BARE WALLS. WE SPECIALIZE IN PEELING BACK THE LAYERS OF TIME, REVEALING THE SKIN AND BONES OF THE BUILDING, AND LEAVING THEM AS FOUND AT YOUR CHOICE (IF WE FIND MURALS OR NICE STRIPS OF PAPER, TILES OR CONCRETE) BUT CAREFULLY RESTORED.
  5. WE´RE NON-CONFORMISTS
    WE´RE NON-CONFORMISTS
    WE AVOID MASS-PRODUCTION WE PASS ON DESIGN DIKTATS WE ADORE IMPERFECTIONS (RUST, ROUGH EDGES, FRAYED SEAMS) WE BET FOR ECCENTRICITY AND AUTHENTICITY WE HATE FAKES AND COPIES WE LOOK FOR EXCELLENCE IN CRAFTMANSHIP AND OUR FINDS
  6. WE´RE EXPLORERS
    WE´RE EXPLORERS
    WE FEEL A FASCINATION AND TRUE ENTHUSIASM FOR OBJECTS STRANGE AND DIFFERENT, WHICH ILLUSTRATE THE BEAUTY OF OTHER LIVES. WE LOVE DISPLAYING AND MIXING BEAUTIES FROM DIFFERENT AGES, CULTURES AND MATERIALS (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF PLASTIC IF POSSIBLE): TREASURES FROM THE NATURAL WORLD, MINIATURES, CHINA, GLASS, METAL, WOOD, FABRICS..... WE´RE NATURAL BORN DISCOVERERS.
  7. WE REINVENT
    WE REINVENT
    OUR STYLE IS DEFINITELY NON-PRESCRIPTIVE. A BACKLASH AGAINST ACCEPTED GOOD TASTE AND BLAND CLINICAL MASS PRODUCTION. WE ACTIVELY ENCOURAGE INDIVIDUALITY AND A SENSE OF PLAYFULNESS.
  8. WE COMBINE
    WE COMBINE
    WHAT MAKES OUR APPROACH SO UNIQUE IS THE WAY WE MIX HAND-MADE WITH ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE FINDS, ARTFULLY RECYCLED OBJECTS WITH FUNCTIONAL DESIGN AND COMFORT. DECORATING YOUR HOME, CREATING A POP UP STORE OR EMBELLISHING AN EVENT SPACE SHOULDN´T BE SO MUCH A DESIGN PRINCIPLE BUT A WAY OF LIFE AND SELF-EXPRESSION.
  9. WE´RE PERFECTIONIST
    WE´RE PERFECTIONIST
    WE ONLY CONSIDER ACQUIRING WHAT REALLY CATCHES OUR EYE, NO MATTER IT´S CONDITION, AND PLANNING PERFECTLY IMPERFECT INTERIORS. TO US, PERFECT MAY BE RARITY, GREAT BEAUTY, FLAWLESS CONDITION OR THE COMBINATION OF THESE 3 QUALITIES, BUT WHATEVER THE DEFINITION, WE NEVER ACCEPT NOTHING LESS. OUR CUSTOMERS LOOK FOR PIECES THAT SHOW THEIR AGE THROUGH THEIR DENTS, DINGS OR CRACKS ´COS THESE IMPERFECTIONS NOT ONLY CREATE CHARACTER, BUT HELP TELL THEM A STORY. THEY APPRECIATE AND RESPECT THE FLAWS AS MUCH AS WE DO.
  10. WE´RE CONSCIENTIOUS
    WE´RE CONSCIENTIOUS
    WE KNOW THAT EVERYONE HAS A SPENDING LIMIT, AND YOURS WON´T BE EXACTLY LIKE THE LAST PERSON IN OUR DOOR, OR THE NEXT. YOU CAN COUNT ON US TO INQUIRE ABOUT YOUR BUDGET BEFORE THE PROJECT BEGINS AND WORK WITH OPTIONS THAT FIT FOR YOU AND YOUR LIFESTYLE
  11. WE´RE NOT AFRAID
    WE´RE NOT AFRAID
    TO BEND, BREAK AND CHANGE THE RULES!
  12. IN A NUTSHELL
    IN A NUTSHELL
    OUR SERVICES INCLUDE: - FULL & INDIVIDUAL INTERIORS DESIGN - VISUAL DESIGN APPROACH - SPACE PLANNING & LAYOUTS - PAINTING, WALLPAPER, WALL PROJECTS - FLOORING - TEXTILES: CUSTOM CURTAINS, UPHOLSTERY & BEDDING - BESPOKE FURNITURE, FITTINGS & EQUIPMENT - SOURCING ONE-OFF ANTIQUES & WORKS OF ART

P.S: We´d love to hear from you!

We´re always pleased to welcome new clients who love great and non-orthodox open-minded work as we love creating it.

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