Plaça de Lluis Millet
Hello Spring! You are always a welcome arrival! Longer days, rising temperatures, flowers blooming everywhere… Even Barcelona’s buildings are flowering in your honor, showing off various decorative techniques, such as the sgraffito in its two-tone glory (above), and an interior version which has been painted over in just one colour (below).
Some buildings boast colourful mosaics (above) with floral motives, while other, more humble ones, apply a cast iron flower to a simple door (below).
Carrer Pou de l’Estanc
Wrought iron, here in a delicate example on the windows of Fundaciò Tàpies (above), and the bas-relief technique (below) applied to a single bud in a crown of leaves. All these gorgeous flowers are a tribute to the season that starts today: Hello Spring!
For more examples of floral beauties on Barcelona’s buildings, check this post from 2011.
You may remember Eli Urpí from my visit last year to her home, where she makes incredibly beautiful hats and headdresses… Well this young designer has created a new collection of hats for this Spring/Summer season and added a small collection of clothes to go with them! Please allow me to present: *drumroll* Petal power – [eliurpí]‘s new collections!
The head pieces that [eliurpí] creates continue to be handcrafted in her home studio, while the garments are made in small ateliers in the Barcelona metropolitan area.
It’s a flower thing
Both collections have a profusion of floral elements in common, resulting in a range of clothes and head pieces which complement each other perfectly and create a charming, delicate and romantic style that is so characteristic of [eliurpí].
Be sure to check out the [eliurpí] website for a full overview of the collections and the Facebook page for the latest news from this sweet designer. You’ll find a list of stockiest on the website, but if you are abroad (as many of you, dear readers, are) then you can shop for these delightful items in the online boutique. Happy shopping! It’s pretty chilly right now, but before you know it, Spring will be here and you’ll want to work your petal power!
Photos by N.Umpiérrez for Eli Urpí.
Flower house – Carrer de l’Or
These days we’ve been hit by a heatwave in Barcelona (and many parts of Europe, in fact) and it is quite a task to keep my plants and flowers from wilting. But by watering them often they seem to be holding up OK. No water needed for these flowers! You can see why…
Far East flower – Carrer Lleona
On the glass ceiling
Last week I showed you images of the Hemp Museum Gallery and promised to show you details of the palace it is housed in, the Palau Mornau. Well here they are, in a slideshow after the page break, images from the palace where flowers (and hemp) rule…
As I told you yesterday, today I have a new BCN Handmade for you, and I am really happy about it, because it’s taken a while to organise this one. Today I am introducing you to the very lovely Alexandra Nodes, who makes the most scrumptious handmade, natural beauty products, which smell unbelievably yummie. Here goes: BCN Handmade – Adore…
Blossom on Montjuïc
Spring arrived this week, and after a couple of days of blustery wind and lots of (much needed) rain, the weekend is here, so what better, than to go out and enjoy the blossoms and blooms, as well as budding leaves in nature? In Barcelona, nature is a little scarce, but we are lucky to have many parks to enjoy a bit of greenery. A great place to get closer to nature, is Montjuïc, so here we go – let’s enjoy Spring!
There’s a building on Carrer Diputació number 235, which appears to be practically overgrown with flowers. It’s really quite something, so I just had to share it with you.
Carrer Marqués de Campo Sagrado
Happy Winter solstice! From today on, the days are getting longer again, hurray! To celebrate, I got you bunch of flowers (roses and other kinds too). Hope you like them! (You don’t mind they’re made of stone, right?) Enjoy!
Hi! How is the week treating you so far?After the architecture of the past days, I thought I would treat you to some floral beauties today. (How does that sound?) You’d be surprised at the amount of flowers that grace Barcelona’s streets at this time of year!
Palm trees with a wisteria mini skirt
We continue to enjoy glorious mild and sunny weather here in Barcelona, and this morning I noticed how my ‘barrio‘ (neighbourhood) has sprung into bloom. Delicate, lilac wisteria lines the fence at a local school, at the foot of two tall and slender palm trees.