Metro station Liceu
The last day of September, and after a rather hot week last week, it seems Autumn has come to visit Barcelona again. Leaves are gathering on the ground, leaving barer branches reflected in windows, and balconies are being cleared for cooler weather is coming…
Passeig de Joan de Borbò
Brown leaves, such a symbol of Autumn, aren’t they? There are lots of them around Barcelona, and not only of the natural kind. Just keep your eyes open, and look around you, and you will see!
Carrer Torrent de l’Olla
Leaves carved into panels on wooden doors, or scratched into walls the two-tone sgraffito way…
I forgot where this is…
…as well as forged from iron, and gracing window bars.
While they haven’t all quite fallen yet, and the sun is shining in the right direction, you can see their beautiful shadows cast on corner walls, like I saw yesterday morning… Have a wonderful week, everyone!
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.
Their indented decorative elements caught my eye for their simple and playful nature.
I could see myself having tiles like this in my home. Perhaps in a matte version, in shades of black, greige or white…
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.
The new courtyard
While in Amsterdam last week, I made it a point to revisit the recently reopened Rijksmuseum and have a look at the collections as well as the way the building has been refurbished. I was not disappointed. Here are some details I wanted to share with you: museum snaps. Enjoy!
Ladies in the window
The Night Watch
Plaça del Mar
Happy Monday! Every week is like a new game on a board, where Mondays are square one, and we hop from one space on the board to the next, squares + circles, until we arrive at Sunday… This thought came to me while I spotted these decorative elements on several of Barcelona’s buildings, so I thought I’d share them with you today.
Plaça del Mar
Can you imagine playing hop-scotch on the walls of this building in the Born? Or moving checker pieces on the doors of the Santa Maria del mar?
Santa Maria del Mar
Plaça Sant Miquel
The squares + circles on the City Hall building on Plaça de Sant Miquel would make for a wonderful playground to hop from one square to the next, or throw balls into the circles, don’t you think? How about we make this week into a game? It sounds more fun that way, doesn’t it? In any case, and whether you are game or not, have a wonderful week, everyone!
Plaça Sant Miquel
Rough – Plaça Àngels
Apart from all the fancy decorative elements that abound in Barcelona, I love the textures that you can find on its walls all over the city. They can be very inspiring. Here, heck for yourself…
Rough :: 2 – Carrer Minerva
Linear – Carrer Mas Yebra
70’s funky – Carrer Floridablanca
Sinuous – Carrer Floridablanca
Hieroglyphs? – Carrer Còdols
Which is your favourite?
3 in 1 – Carrer Minerva
Marbles- Plaça Sant Jaume
Happy Monday! It’s a new week, filled with golden opportunities… or perhaps just the chance to spot golden details (like these from my archives) around Barcelona?
Sunrise – Carrer Nou de la Rambla
Flaky – Somewhere in Gracia
Fortuitous – Passeig de Gràcia
Have a good one, folks!
Golden brown – Tibidabo
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.
Well carved – Carrer Bergara
One day I spotted these carvings on a door not far from where I live and something stirred inside me… I wasn’t terribly sure of what, until I started spotting more triangular shapes, and then I know I was in a love triangle!
Going this way and that… Carrer Bolivia
Here’s what my camera, these triangles and I have prepared for you – enjoy!
Swirly – Ronda Universitat
Among the many embellishments on buildings in Barcelona in the time of the Modernisme movement, even doors received their generous dose, and heavenly hinges can be found on various beautiful doors around town.
Expansive – Carrer Princesa
Swirly :: 2 – Carrer Minerva
Ornate, swirly, dotted with studs and often depicting flowers or even dragons, these hinges were handmade by the smiths of the era.