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Food for thought: simplify

13 Sep

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

You know how sometimes you meet people who in the space of a few moments manage to impact you, even if it is in a subtle way? Well dear blog friends, that is what happened to me recently, when one of my guests caused a deep impression. She just mentioned that she painted and took photos (she also surfs and teaches), and gave me the link to her website, so I looked it up and bookmarked it for later viewing…

An then it happened. BAM! The word on her cover page: SIMPLIFY. It stirred something inside me, at a very deep level, and made me question what I am doing with my life and where I am going. Now during the week, I don’t have all that much time for such reflections, so I thought I’d save it for the weekend to digest this food for thought: simplify.

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

And while I checked her website, and also her Tumblr, I came across her beautiful paintings (this one here is my favourite), her gorgeous photos, and her wonderfully inspiring musings. Wow! I find them really thought-provoking and beautiful.

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

The one that accompanies this beautiful black and white photo goes: “Woman trust nothing but your heart and what it says — you will be ok.”

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

And the caption for this photo: “Love, in all the right places… this one made me smile and stay awhile on my way to rushing and hurrying to get somewhere, as if to say, “slow down, love a little”.”

Maybe these ‘messages’ stir just me, and others lie in waiting for you, so why don’t you check out Laarni Gedo’s website and her Tumblr blog and see what it offers you? Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Beautiful art, photographs and musings by Laarni Gedo

All photographs in this post are by Laarni Gedo.

BCN @ Home: Ferenz + Hernán

12 Sep

At home with Ferenz and Hernan in Barcelona

After all the hullabaloo of yesterday’s demonstrations and effusive displays of Catalanism sentiments on the streets of Barcelona, today it is time to head indoors. We’ve been invited to take a peek inside the home of Ferenz  (journalist) and Hernán (graphic designer), two super nice guys who are from the Netherlands and Argentina respectively and have been living in Barcelona for a considerable time.

So, are you coming? Let’s go! BCN @ Home: Ferenz + Hernan’s 

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Funky tiles

11 Sep

Funky tiles in Barcelona

It is a public holiday here, so just a quick and short post today. Some time ago I spotted some funky tiles on a street in the Sant Antoni area.

Funky tiles in Barcelona

Their indented decorative elements caught my eye for their simple and playful nature.

Funky tiles in Barcelona

I could see myself having tiles like this in my home. Perhaps in a matte version, in shades of black, greige or white…

Funky tiles in Barcelona

Don’t miss tomorrow’s post, for it’s a new installment in the BCN at home series, and I will take you to a cool pad in the Eixample.

Funky tiles in Barcelona

Art at the entrance

10 Sep

Street artists Kram & Owen paint building entrance in Barcelona

It’s quite common to spot painted cars at the entrance of residential buildings, in Barcelona, indicating where the entry to the car park is. But none are quite like the ones I am sharing with you today.

At a building on Carrer Manso, the walls at the entrance have been given a generous dose of marvelousness by street artists Kram & Owen.  Delightful colours, a multitude of circles and spheres, all with generous pops of red, a postman and a swanky vintage car… not a bad thing to come home to art at the entrance every day, right?

Street artists Kram & Owen paint building entrance in Barcelona

Room Service

9 Sep

Great design at Room Service Gallery Barcelona

Hello all! Quite a bit later than usual, but here I am, kicking off a new week with some images from Room Service, a design gallery that showcases some really cool stuff, and can be found on Carrer Àngels 16, here in Barcelona.

Great design at Room Service Gallery Barcelona

Representing several Dutch designers, such as Piet Hein Eek and Maarten Bas (as well as others), and also some Spanish ones like for example López y Rivera, Room Service offers its customers a very healthy platter of what is hot in product and furniture design at the moment.

Great design at Room Service Gallery Barcelona Great design at Room Service Gallery Barcelona

I’m in love with these beautiful baskets, designed by Piet Hein Eek and produced following Fair Trade Principles. Good looks and good ethics; what’s not to like?!

Room Service also regularly showcases products by FRESH*, the result of a collaboration between O|CULTS and Room Service Design, and which are designed by young Spanish designers

Great design at Room Service Gallery Barcelona

If you happen to pop in, make sure to check out what’s on offer at Room Service, for there is something for everyone (with a well filled purse), and don’t forget to check out the photographs that line the walls also, for they tend to be pretty gorgeous.

Great design at Room Service Gallery Barcelona

For more info and updates, check out the Room Service website and Facebook page.

C215 is going strong

5 Sep

C215 street art in Barcelona

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll have seen several posts about the work by street art artist C215. And that’s really not very surprising, because he visits Barcelona quite frequently, is very good, and is very prolific.

C215 street art in Barcelona

He is star at portraiture and his work reflects the faces of both young and old people he cares deeply about (friends and family) or those that live a precarious life on the streets. Additionally, he also loves to portray cats, and does so with incredible detail and (as with all his work) a great sense of colour. What you might not know, is that he has been doing a lot of large scale work this year, both in his native France and elsewhere. Unfortunately, we don’t have one of his huge pieces (for example such as this one) in Barcelona yet, so Christian Guémy, if you read this… you know what to do! ;)

C215 street art in Barcelona

Five hundred!

25 Jun
Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Beautiful child

Yep. Five hundred. Blogposts. Almost unbelievable, but very true! This calls for a little celebration, and so I thought we’d have a little street art fest today. To celebrate this 500th post and the fact that Barcelona’s street art is so very much alive with excellent artists, both local and visiting.

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

El Pez and his friends

These shots are from the park at Les Tres Xemeneies, at the bottom end of Avinguda del Paral.lel, where skaters and bikers hang out, do their tricks and where a few walls are actually permitted to be covered in tags, smiley fish and other works of spray art.

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

A pile of chestnuts

The walls were recently re-done, and so I am delighted to share these new works with you.

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Angela davis

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Anybody know who this is?

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Black Panthers

There are 3 blocks of concrete which are covered on all sides, and artists like KRAM, El Pez and others (if you know who they are please let me know) have added their colourful touches to them, each in their own distinctive styles…

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Sweet Dreams

… some romantic…

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Chick on the side

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Bunny with many faces

… or cute…

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Having a whale of a time

… others hilarious or a little scary. But all, gorgeous, don’t you agree? In any case, I hope you like them!

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona


Dear (blog) friends, I’m going to take a break from blogging for a bit. Not because I’m fed up with it, but to enjoy a little holiday and to take the time to regroup and focus on a new project, which I would also like to see reflected in the blog. But don’t worry, I’ll be back! With more beautiful and exciting stuff from around Barcelona. Have a wonderful Summer, and see you again soon!

Summery pleasures

24 Jun
Simple pleasures in Barcelona's Summer

Platja de Barceloneta

After a weekend of solstice celebrations all over the world, including the noisy and fiery Nit de Sant Joan here, in Barcelona (as well as other parts of Spain), Summer is officially here. And although the weather is uncharacteristically cool at the moment, I thought I’d share with you a few of my simple, Summery pleasures. Spending lazy hours on any of Barcelona’s many beaches is a given, as is eating copious amounts of ice cream (preferably of the artisanal variety) in order to keep cool…

Simple pleasures in Barcelona's Summer

Carrer Joaquin Costa

But there are other things I enjoy, such as drinking iced coffee – a good expresso with a couple of ice cubes is all it takes – or splashing some water on my face or refilling my water bottle at one of  many drinking fountains, dotted around Barcelona. Especially, if it is a smiley one such as this one, below!

Simple pleasures in Barcelona's Summer

Ronda Universitat

Delighting in the blue skies above always makes me feel happy, so I look up often. And if palm trees are a part of what I see, then my happiness doubles.

Simple pleasures in Barcelona's Summer

Carrer Elisabets

Summer is a happy season for me, and as I am feeling so upbeat, I’ll let you in on a little secret: the delicious drink that is horchata. Served ice cold, horchata is a typical Summer drink which is sweet and cooling and nutty at the same time. It is available in bottled form in supermarkets, but the best is found at this horchata parlour on Carrer Parlament, as well as a few other ones around town, who make their own. What are your Summery pleasures?

Simple pleasures in Barcelona's Summer

Carrer Parlament

B/W portraits

21 Jun
Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Cyclists – Carrer Petritxol

Another week has flown by and the weekend is on our doorstep. Before I go off to rest and relax, I wanted to share these 4 B/W portraits with you. I hope you like them. The cyclists, found on a doorway in Carrer Petritxol, is a homage to the famous painting by Ramon Casas that hangs in the 4 Gats restaurant. If you’ve been, you’ll recognise it.

Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Girl – Carrer Mirallers

The other three are all found on the same little street, Carrer Mirallers, tucked away in the Born. A pretty girl with a piercing look…

Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Embrace – Carrer Mirallers

A smoking embrace on one of the shop blinds, and that genius of surrealism, Dalí himself, with his pointy whiskers, by street artist Balu (who also did the pretty girl – anyone know who she is? – above).

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Dalí – Carrer Mirallers

El Recibidor

20 Jun

While in Sant Antoni the other day to shoot photos for last Tuesday’s blogpost, I decided it was high time to take you to El Recibidor. You see, it has been here for a while now (in fact, one year) and is a fabulous shop to go get your vintage fix.

In a long space that is full of gorgeous pieces from the 50s 60s and 70s, sourced mainly from the UK and Germany, you are bound to find something you “need”. And at a very reasonable price too!

But it’s not only furniture you’ll find at El Recibidor, but fun paraphernalia also…

… as well as a fabulous selection of lampsvases, record holders, perfume bottles and not to miss: superb posters from those wonderful years where quality and style were just that bit more interesting.

Be sure to pop in (El Recibidor is found on Carrer Viladomat 9) and have a wander among the many treasures you’ll find in this fab shop. And if you are in town on Saturday, make sure to go, for they will be celebrating their 1st anniversary with drinks and a contest. The best dressed (in 50s or 60s style) gets to win a selection of vintage goodies. Are you going to miss it?

El Recibidor opens from: Mon – Fri: 4pm – 8.30pm and Sat: 11am – 2pm + 4pm – 8.30pm

*** El Recibidor now also has an online shop! So pull out your credit card and buy those lovely items from the comfort of your (vintage) sofa: www.elrecibidor.com

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