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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.

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http://www.lacasedecousinpaul.com/en

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Tom Dixon and his iconic pendant lamps

November 7, 2016

Design paradise in Milan

A few weeks ago I went to Milan to see a ballet in La Scala. That was a magnificent experience, but another highlight of the trip was the Home section of Rinascente – upscale department store, which has its flagship concept store in Milan. The Design Supermarket occupies the entire basement floor and offers home furnishings, tableware, lightening, gadgets and small electronic appliances, and other lifestyle and home accessories. The number of amazing brands from all around the world is absolutely astounding, I felt myself like a little girl in a candy shop! But what stood out for me the most were the designs by Tom Dixon, and I hadn’t heard this name before. So I decided to look it up, and turns out that despite my ignorance, I’ve actually seen a lot of his designs before, and so have you, trust me!, because this self-taught British designer, who set up his own design company in 2002, has produced some iconic items, which you will instantly recognize – Mirror Ball, Copper Shade, and Beat light. But we’ll get back to them later.

Tom Dixon in Rinascente Milano

Tom Dixon Melt Pendant Lamps

The lamps that caught my attention in the first place for their spectacular fluid form are called the Melt pendant light. They were created by Tom Dixon in collaboration with Swedish design trio FRONT and are a relatively recent addition to the brand’s lighting portfolio. The slightly warped, seemingly melting ball of light is a technological advance in the field of vacuum metallization. Check out how the lamps look different when the light is on and off. When switched off you see the high-gloss finish, but in the on state, the melt is translucent and thus changes the lamps’ entire appearance. It’s available in two sizes and several colours – chrome, gold and copper. Oh and they are expensive, around 500€ and up, depending on the size.

Melt pendant lights Tom Dixon

Did you know these iconic lamps were from Tom Dixon too?

And now a few images of other iconic Tom Dixon pendant lights.

Copper Shade

Available in copper and bronze, these best-selling pendants are one of Tom Dixon‘s signature items. Look how great they work in low-key white interiors, putting a sharp and modern twist on them.

Tom Dixon Copper Shade

Source: Cush&Nooks

Tom Dixon Copper Shade

Source: L’Appartement Living

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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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Match Made in Pantone: Rose Quartz and Serenity

March 10, 2016

eac8f76ca8e71c2e166604e1e302488f_FotorAs spring is slowly approaching, pastel colors are making their way back into the shops, to replace the cooler and darker shades traditionally associated with winter. Two of the hues widely available in new collections of some major brands, including local trendsetter in home decoration – Zara Home, have actually been declared as “Colors of the Year 2016” by Pantone, the global authority in color selection and matching. A combination of soft blue Pantone 15-3919 Serenity and blush pink Pantone 13-1520 Rose Quartz is said to be a harmonious pairing of inviting shades that embody a mindset of tranquillity and inner peace. “With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” commented Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. This is big change from previous years, which were marked by bolder hues, such as Marsala, Radiant Orchid, Emerald, and Tangerine Tango, and moreover, it is the first time that Pantone chose to highlight a combo, rather than just one color.

Here is my selection of a few lovely items in these two shades. They really go well together, don’t they?

My selection of items in Pantone colors of the year 2016

  1. Sky blue cupola lamp from La Case de Cousin Paul, 25€-45€ depending on the size
  2. Vintage pink sofa from Maisons du Monde, 369,99€
  3. Blue metal side table from Maisons du Monde, 29,99€
  4. Pink flower candle holder from Zara Home, 15,99€
  5. Pink shaded vase from Zara Home, 19,99€
  6. Graphic wooden tray in blue from Maisons du Monde, 14,99€
  7. Metal candle holder in rose from Maisons du Monde, 5,99€
  8. Wood and fabric stool from Maisons du Monde, 39,99€
  9. Faux suede cushion in pink from Maisons du Monde, 10,99€
  10. Metal lamp from Maisons du Monde, 39,99€ 

P.S. I promise this post was NOT sponsored by Maisons du Monde, I really tried to look for these shades elsewhere, but couldn’t find much! 😀