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Exploring Design and Antique Shops in Gracia

April 20, 2017

In today’s post I want to tell you about a few interesting furniture and home decor shops in Gracia. Gracia is  a bustling Barcelona neighborhood, which on the one hand is bohemian, trendy, popular with younger expats and has a very youthful spirit to it, but on the other, it is a very traditional Catalan barrio, which for centuries used to be an independent municipality. Gracia is self-sufficient, the variety of eating options, beauty, clothes and other small shops can make you dizzy. I spent a few afternoons there seeking out interesting shops to bring to your attention, and here comes my list (and a map, for your convenience).

And make sure you check out my first post from this category dedicated to the shops on and around La Diagonal, which is actually not far from the area we will take a closer look at today.

Map of the shops

  1. The Old Kitchen, Carrer de la Providència, 16
  2. Verde Jade, Carrer de Ramón y Cajal, 11
  3. Casa Atlántica, Carrer Llibertat, 7 and Carrer Verdi, 33
  4. The Design Hub, Carrer de Diluvi, 4
  5. Cabinet, Travessera de Gràcia, 133
  6. AIXŌ, Carrer de la Virtut, 14
  7. Antique Boutique, Carrer de Sèneca, 16
  8. Sala de Subhastes, Carrer de Mateu, 18
  9. Rollito Así, Travessera de Gràcia, 141
  10. Gallina de Piel and Fulanitu i menganita, Carrer Verdi, 29 and Carrer Verdi, 25
  11. Studio Alis, Carrer de Sant Cristòfol, 13

The Old Kitchen

You may have seen a shop with the same name in Mercantic, but the main shop / workshop of Cecilia Manzi and her family, enthusiasts of kitchenware and furniture, is in Gracia. New items are mixed in with restored/vintage stuff. Also, this is your place if you’re into chalk paint. Follow The Old Kitchen on the social media to find out when they will offer the next workshop on furniture restoration and chalk paint.

The Old Kitchen in Gracia

Verde Jade

Founded and run by interior designer Eugenia Molina, this small shop is packed with edgy and quirky decor from illustrations and textiles to ceramics and small furniture. A mix of local designers and artists and foreign brands, the place really channels its owner’s passion for all things pretty.

Verde Jade shop in Gracia

Casa Atlântica

The “Atlantic” vibe in this place has a pronounced Portuguese accent, as this is where one of the founders is from. You will find artisanal ceramics – kitchenware, vases, pots, traditional decorative sardines, along with round wooden mirrors, braided lamps and accessories. Also, personally, I was very excited to find here the “swallows” (or golondrinas, in Spanish) – these ceramic birdies wall decor, which was popular in Spain and Portugal in 1950s and is coming in again! Traditionally made in black colour, in Casa Atlantica you also have them in blue and yellow (my choice!). And another thing you need to know is that these guys actually have two shops in Gracia – the first and main one on C/Llibertat 7, and a very small and very pretty place on one of Gracia’s main streets – Verdi 33.

Casa Atlantica shop Gracia

The Design Hub

The new edition to the Barcelona design scene specialising in sustainable design, ranging from accessories to furniture and interior projects. The space is part shop, part design studio, which also offers made-to-order furniture. Many of the products selling in the the space are made by local makers in the Design Hub’s workshop. The shop is run by a small collective, including acclaimed furniture designer Ryan Frank and interior designer Monica Potvin.

Design Hub Gracia Barcelona

Cabinet

 This shop on Travessera de Gracia, one of the main arteries of the neighborhood, offers trendy furniture and decor with a certain classy vibe to it, so I wasn’t surprised to find out that the founder used to work for Louis Vuitton. The shop is small, but packed with all kinds of stuff from candles and kitchenware to cushions and rugs. Their online shop offers an even more complete range of furniture and accessories.
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La case de Cousin Paul says Adeu to BCN with 40% sale

January 26, 2017

La case de cousin Paul Barcelona

La case de Cousin Paul is closing its shop in Barcelona’s barrio Gótico, and selling off everything with a 40% discount. Even if you haven’t heard about this brand before, you’ve definitely seen their signature string light garlands. The colorful cotton balls can create a playful and fairytale feel in any room, from nursery to the kitchen, and they also go well with the ever-reigning Scandinavian style.

I discovered this shop two years ago year as I was wandering the narrow streets of el Gótico and was instantly captivated by the riot of colour you could see inside. The colour palette was overwhelming, I needed a lamp shade for my bedroom in my Barcelona place I was still furnishing at a time, but there were so many cool shades that it made you dizzy. Finally I chose an emerald green lamp, you remember how I love emerald greens, right? It fit perfectly into my room.La case de cousin Paul

How La case de Cousin Paul was born

The brand was born out of a romance. 15 years ago a young couple fell in love and decided to travel together. From one of their trips they brought back colourful cotton balls. They though it was a great idea for business. Meanwhile, they had a baby boy, named Paul. So they put the shop the name La case de Cousin Paul – “Cousin Paul’s hut”.  At first they only made string lights, but then their portfolio came to include globe and cupola lamp shades. And a small shop in Montmartre has grown into an international business, which includes a shop in Barcelona (Carrer d’Avinyo 22).

Sadly, it appears that the shop wasn’t doing too well, so by the end of February it’s going to close. Good news is that if you live in Barcelona you have a chance to grab a nice lamp or string lights with a 40% discount. And that’s an absolute bargain, the company never offers any season sales, nor have I ever seen a special offer for Black Friday.

The shades normally cost between 25 and 45€, and the garlands have similar prices.

Shop online

If you don’t live in Barcelona, you can shop La case de Cousin Paul‘s online store.

La case de cousin Paul garlands in the interiors

La case de Cousin Paul

Barcelona Carrer d’Avinyo 22

Hurry up, with such a discount they will be running out of stock soon! Grab those lamps and garlands before they’re gone. I’ve bought myself two more cupola shades in purple and beige colours. Wanted a yellow one, but they no longer had the hue I wanted in the bigger size shade.

Photo credits:

http://www.lacasedecousinpaul.com/en

https://www.instagram.com/maud_callonnec/ https://www.instagram.com/lechappeebelledeco/ https://www.instagram.com/carolinedlinsta/ https://www.instagram.com/colinet06/

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Palo Alto Market in Barcelona

January 5, 2017

This week-end is the first week-end of the month (and of the year, hope your holidays have been fun!), which means that there will be Palo Alto Market in Barcelona – a two-day, mostly open-air event where you can try street food from all around the world, enjoy live music, and get to know new local brands, designers and artists!

If you live in Barcelona, chances are you’ve at least heard of it, it’s a really popular event, and I thought it deserves a post, because being a designer market, it also features home furnishings and decor, so today I’ll show you the pictures I made in mid-December (they had a special pre-Christmas event, normally it’s only held on the first week-end of the month!), the ambience was cool and laid-back as ever, the food I tried was great, and there was a bunch of interesting designer items on display. Let’s take a tour!

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Singulares Inventory Room in Barcelona

January 3, 2017

Happy New Year, dearies!! This is my first post in 2017, and today I’ll tell you about some very cool shops and brands from Barcelona I saw in December at a local event entitled Singulares Inventory Room, organized by lifestyle and interior design magazine Singulares. It was the 5th edition of the pop-up event, created to showcase interesting new artists, designers, and charming vintage shops.  Singulares Inventory Room migrates between Spain’s two biggest cities, so the winter market in Barcelona will probably be followed by another event in Madrid in May. This was my first Singulares Inventory Room, and to be honest I was blown by the diversity and creativity gathered there. And it was a great place to shop Christmas presents too!

Rare vintage rugs from Morocco

Two sisters with a passion for artisanal craftwork bring hand-woven vintage Berber rugs from Morocco for their Hands and Lands shop. A 5-minute talk to either of them will make you fall in love with these pieces, their artistry and the history they hold.

Vintage rugs from Hands and Lands at Singulares Inventory Room

Instagram pics illuminated!

Light boxes from TransLamp inspired in traditional wood wine box is a new and original way to exhibit your photos.

Translamp at Singulares Inventory Room

The Old Kitchen

A lovely vintage shop, which has two spaces – Carrer Providencia 16 in Barcelona’s Gracia, and at Mercantic in Sant Cugat. Apart from home furnishings, The Old Kitchen also sell chalk paint and offer furniture restoration workshops.

The Old Kitchen at Singulares Inventory Room

Hermano Gato

Love the quirky name and the logo  – “Brother Cat” of this project, which is mostly about plant-themed prints. So cool! Check out their online shop.

Hermano Gato at Singulares Inventory Room

Cactus in an old kettle and repurposed sawing machine

Studio Alis specializes in vintage furniture restoration, and there is so much creativity and sophistication to their approach,  just check out the old sawing machine turned into wash basin. Carrer de Sant Cristofol, 13, Barcelona or shop online.

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Mercantic: Best Vintage Market in Barcelona

November 10, 2016

Mercantic entrance

Here in Barcelona week-ends are normally reserved for the beach, but as it’s getting colder we’re more and more drawn to inland, if not indoor activities. My today’s post will take you to a place which is must-visit if you’re a sucker for vintage furniture and home decor – Mercantic Flea Vintage Market in Sant Cugat, a nice and somewhat posh suburb of Barcelona, just across the Collserola mountains (and park). It turns out that even many of my Catalan friends have never heard of it, including those who have a soft spot for antiquities.

Located on the premises of a former ceramics factory, Mercantic first opened in 1992 and brings together more than 200 vendors on a total space of 15,000 sq. meters.

A virtual tour around Mercantic

There are two entrances, but today I’ll take you on a virtual tour, and show you things and places along the route I prefer. So the first thing you see if you enter the “village” from Av. de Rius i Taulet, is this lovely set of about 30 small wood shops painted in different colours. Inside (and on a sunny day, outside as well) you will find a variety of second hand objects in different styles, along with new items from Catalan craftsmen, including some very cool woodwork.

Mercantic colourful wooden shops

Mercantic colourful wooden shops  Mercantic4

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Best Vintage Lamps in BCN: Déjà Vu Concept

July 14, 2016

Deja Vu Concept BCNToday I want to tell about a shop where you can find the most beautiful vintage lamps in Barcelona.

A few days ago I was walking up Carrer de Calàbria near Rocafort metro station and spotted an antique furniture shop. Frankly speaking, I’m not that big a sucker for vintage or antique stuff, but this shop had a sticker on the door informing visitors that this place has been featured on AD España magazine, local edition of the leading international interior design authority. So I thought I should check it out. However, as soon as I went in, I knew it wasn’t yet another regular antique shop. This place had a crazy number of the coolest vintage lamps ever in different styles! And then I met the lovely owner of the shop – Diana, and I just knew I had to make a post about this shop, which is called Déjà Vu Concept BCN, by the way.

First of all, a few words about Diana Vite, the owner of the place. This Peru-born lady is one of the nicest people I’ve met in Barcelona over the 1.5 years I’ve been living here.  Originally a labour relations professional, 14 years ago she first tried to restore and refinish and old arm-chair, and this venture would change her life drastically. She started buying and refinishing old furniture and home decor objects, such as vintage lamps, porcelain dishware, mirrors, paintings, suitcases, jewelry and other items. “It just has to be good quality and something I actually like enough to want to have it in my own house“, says Diana. Before setting up her own shop she used to sell at markets, such as the famous Mercantic, indoor antique market in Sant Cugat suburb of Barcelona, which I’m long overdue to visit.

And an online shop is coming soon, so in a couple of months not only us, the lucky residents of Barcelona, will be able to purchase the lovely pieces hand-picked and refinished by Diana and her associate Isabel.

Getting back to what stands out the most about Déjà Vu Concept BCN. The VINTAGE LAMPS! Oh my, I have never seen so many beautiful lamps in one place! They are all vintage, but before getting a new price tag, each and every one of them goes through a makeover in Diana’s workshop, which includes new electrical components (cord, socket, switches), and new shades. The result is simply stunning.

Here are some of the coolest vintage lamps you can currently find in Déjà Vu Concept BCN.

Manises lamp

 Manises lamp (Valencia) from 1950s, €360

Акутср lamp with black floral screen

Hand-painted lamp from 1970s, France, €230

Metalarte lamp

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Kenay Home Opens in Barcelona

June 7, 2016

Kenay Home now has three shops in Spain

Today I want to tell you about Kenay Home – a popular Spanish home decor and furniture store specializing on Nordic designs, which has a very strong online presence (180 thousand followers in Instagram, that’s really impressive!), along with 3 physical stores: in Valencia (where they’re originally from), Madrid, and Barcelona, where they launched in the end of May. I’ve checked out the new shop, which turned out to be quite big – 250 m2 to share with you some photos and my personal highlights. And by the way, Kenay Home Barcelona is located in close proximity to my favorite home decor shopping spot on Avenida Diagonal, the address is Carrer de Balmes, 200. It’s really convenient to have all these cool shops next to each other!

Home accessories from Kenay Home Barcelona

Nordic paradise

Nordic design is all about clarity and simplicity wrapped in modern forms to create a tranquil and peaceful space. Kenay Home offer a wide range of furniture and home accessories in the price range which isn’t exactly cheap, but neither is it outrageous. For example, the chairs from the photo below are now sold at a discount for 117€ and the mint lamp costs 49.

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Av. Diagonal: Best Barrio to Shop Home Decor in Barcelona

May 3, 2016

This week I decided to skip the selection of sales and special offers in Spanish furniture and home décor shops. I browsed a number of shops, but there simply weren’t enough interesting bargains and ‘ofertas’ to put together a worthwile post, so instead I thought I’d share with you my favorite home décor shopping site in the center of Barcelona, which is in a few minute walk from Diagonal metro station, where Avenida Diagonal crosses Passeig de Gracia. Seven of them are located on Avenida Diagonal as such within 350 meters from each other, and the last one is just a few blocks away. For my readers who happen to live in other cities, don’t rush to close this page, because most of these furniture and home accessories shops (7 out of 8) are quite big chains and have an online shop, so you may still find this post useful :)

So I suggest we take a virtual stroll on la Diagonal, and visit the following shops which cater to pretty much any taste in home design.

  1. Habitat, Av. Diagonal, 514
  2. Zara Home, Av. Diagonal, 490
  3. A Loja do Gato Preto, Av. Diagonal 484
  4. Natura Casa, Av. Diagonal 472
  5. Deko Palace, Av. Diagonal 458
  6. Maisons du Monde, Av. Diagonal, 405
  7.  Pilma, Av. Diagonal, 403
  8. Banak Importa, c/ Rosellón, 207

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Sheldon Cooper’s Favorite Place in Barcelona!

April 19, 2016

Cardboard SheldonToday I present to you one of my favorite shops ever, and it’s time to confess: I’m really geeky when it comes to popular culture. I’ve seen the original Star Wars trilogy (yes, those movies with a young Harrison Ford and ridiculous special effects from the 70s) like a hundred times, I’m very much aware that Doctor Who is not a name, it’s actually a question, I love Barney Stinson, but Sheldon Cooper will always have a special place in my heart. And I can go on and on, trust me.

So to put it simple: when I first found Fantastica store I was ecstatic! I don’t know another shop in Barcelona which would have a similar choice of geeky merchandise, and other cool home decor pieces. You have posters, wood mount, scale figures, mugs, T-shirts, and a crazy assortment of other stuff representing nearly all the major universes of modern mass culture: from Hellraiser to Batman, and from Harry Potter to the Walking Dead. Sourced from more than 200 different suppliers, the collection put together by the shop owners – a lovely couple named Jose and Olga, both very much geeky themselves, makes you feel like a 7-year old in a toy store.

It’s a shame that few people seem to know about Fantastica because of its location, which is not exactly advantageous: the second floor of Encants – Barcelona’s  oldest and biggest flea markets (nearest metro station – Glòries), which has been going through a conceptual crisis in the past few years, and also, the market and all the stores within is only open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

One of the rarest and also most expensive collectibles items you can currently see in the shop is this 1/6th scale Delorean time machine and Marty McFly from Back to the Future trilogy. This car has already found its new owner, but Marty is available!

Back to the future Delorian 1/6th scale

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Primark: A Pleasant Suprise

April 4, 2016

Today I popped into Primark to get a pair of new slippers, and I decided to check out their Home collection. Until recently I didn’t even know they had one, because I’d never gone that deep into this shop. The quality is rubbish, so I only go there if I need new pajamas or a pair of socks. However, I was very pleasantly surprised with their Home section. The prices are traditionally low, but many things are actually very nice, I honestly didn’t expect that, well done Primark!The selection of cushions isn’t very broad colourwise, the current collection is centered around pink, but everything looks lovely. Wall decor items and bedding look nice too. It’s a pity that Primark doesn’t have an online shop. But if you’re looking for some nice additions to your home decor while on a tight budget, they’re definitely worth a visit. Primark has quite a wide geography across Spain, look up the shop closest to you here. There are 3 in Barcelona alone, in L’Illa, Cornella, and the one not far from where I live – in Diagonal Mar. Any neighbours out there? :)

Primark elefant cushion

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