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Maisons du Monde Brings It Again

March 7, 2017

Maisons du Monde has presented its Spring-Summer 2017 collection, and the promo shots look fantastic and inspiring as ever, it’s a like a mini-journey across the globe – from the Californian desert music festival and art-deco luxury of New York penthouses to the Mediterranean beach houses and exotic tropics!

Let us stash away darker and gloomier shades and warmer textures we saw in the Autumn-Winter’16 range, and welcome the fresh and playful shades of yellow, mint and pink, dusty pastels and hip crochets, art-deco prints, and loads more. The plant-themed decor is definitely gaining momentum, and so is the flamingo and cactus obsession.

As usual, the French retailer organized its home decor selection into 6 tendencies. Which one do you like the most?

Urban Garden

This tendency is all about pottery, flamingos, cacti, tropical prints and macrame. Plants are artificial, but you can always replace them with real ones, if you’re good at gardening (I’m not, but everyday I hate this fact more and more, so eventually I feel like I will take it up!)

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Maisons du Monde Autumn-Winter’16

September 27, 2016

Maisons du Monde‘s new collection is all about ethnic prints, vintage forms, art-déco, copper and other reigning trends executed in warming materials and textures and low-key colours of winter and fall. My regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of Maisons du Monde, I covered their previous collection and got a lot of their homewares in my Barcelona place, including the beautiful entryway furniture from solid wood and metal Luberon collection.

And now let’s take a closer look at the 6 tendencies the French retailer offered us this time.

Milord

Inspired by art deco and 1920s, this tendency features a lot of blue gray hues, hints of gold, arabesques, velvet and other elegant fabrics. Take a closer look at this one if you want to give your home a more expensive look, this is definitely the most “luxurious” collection in MdM.

Maisons du Monde Milord tendency

Maisons du Monde Milord tendency

Maisons du Monde Milord tendency

Seventies

This tendency plays on our nostalgia for 1970s. Whether you go for more vivid colours and flashy prints or dimmer hues for a more low-key style, this tendency is all about vintage chic.

Maisons du Monde Seventies tendency

Maisons du Monde Seventies tendency

Maisons du Monde Seventies tendency

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Summer Deals – Two Weeks Left!

August 18, 2016

Summer is almost over, but we still have a couple weeks left to “aprovechar las rebajas” in the Spanish furniture and home decor shops, i.e. take advantage of the summer sales with discounts reaching 70%. Here is my selection.

1. Olhom

Olhom has a lot of fun stuff up to 75% off in its Outlet section: from lamps and dishware to wall art and rugs. Use REBAJASAGOSTO promo code for an additional 15% discount.

Olhom outlet

2. Maisons du Monde dishware

MdM still still has some beautiful pottery on sale (30-50% off) featuring dishes, bowls and mugs from different collections. Shop here.

Dishware Maisons du Monde

3. Looking for designer items?

If you’re on the hunt for designer pieces make sure you check out domésticoShop. They are currently selling off exposition items from their 4 show rooms (2 in Barcelona and 2 in Madrid). Discounts reach 80%. For example, the Viccarbe chair below priced at €1.166,44 is now available with a 40% discount, and you can get 50% off this cool Scandi Treku sideboard (€2.115). You need to register to access the Outlet though.

domesticoshop outlet

Madrid-based Deleite Design also has discounts on designer furniture and accessories with a Nordic touch, such as this sideboard, now available for €1887,6.

Nordic sideboard

Another online-shop which is not to be missed if you’re looking for Nordic and vintage items is Barcelona-based Miv interiores. Discounts on their Outlet are not very high (15-20%), but they have a lovely selection of ceiling lights and pastel sofas and lounge chairs.

Miv interiores outlet

4. Colonial styles from Banak

For colonial styles see Banak Importa, they have some very good deals until the end of the month. They have an online shop, but also more than 100 franchise shops across Spain. If you like something online I recommend ordering through a physical shop closest to you (find one here).

Colonial designs in Banak Importa

5. Home textiles in El Corte Inglés

 El Corte Inglés is now in 60-70% sale, and you can still grab some great home textiles, including bedding from Desigual, Purificación García, Bassols, Sheridan and other local and international brands.

Bedding from El Corte Inglés

6. Zara Home

Zara Home sale has long reached its peak – 60-70% off, and few interesting items are left, but you’ve a great selection of napkin holders. Shop here.

Napkin rings from Zara Home

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Best Ofertas of the End of May

May 27, 2016

Here comes my biweekly selection of  ongoing sales and special offers in Spanish online stores. Free shipping in Maisons du Monde, 20% off everything in Textura Interiors, Spring Black Friday in Olhom, king-size beds for under 300€, geometric patterned rugs and beautiful exotic home accessories from Westwing.

This time the list is shorter than usual, but I simply wasn’t very impressed with what I found, so I only limited to the offers that really stood out for me.  I’m already so looking forward to the summer sales…I’m planning to finish furnishing my place, so I have great hopes for July…however, I still need the actual plan, or, in other words, the concept for my two remaining rooms. Both are tiny, so a post on small bedroom design is definitely coming anytime soon, but first I need to get lost on Pinterest at least for a few hours. But going back to today’s topic…

Free shipping in Maisons du Monde

My favorite French chain has free shipping on all decoration items until May 31st, minimal purchase is 20€. This means everything except furniture, including big items such as rugs, room dividers or stools, along with a wide range of beautiful dishware and textiles. Personally, I’ve already taken advantage of this offer and bought some beautiful plates and a gratin dish from Capri collection using a gift card my friend gave me for birthday. Best B-day gift ever! Although, the dish was broken during transportation, so I’m now waiting for refund or something. Bummer!

Maisons du Monde free shipping

20% off everything and recycle campaign in Textura Interiors

This week-end, May 26-29th, the local home textile chain is offering 20% discount in its physical stores and online. Use SPRING20 discount code online or find the nearest store here. Personally, I’m a big fan of their beach collection. There’s a great selection of towels and little bags to keep your bikini, flip-flops and other belongings.

Textura beach collection

Also, Textura is currently having a recycling campaign: if you bring your old home textiles (such as, bed sheets, towels, or table cloths) to a Textura store and place them in a special container, you can get a cheque worth up to  15€. You’ve got until the end of this week. Find more details here.

Spring Black Friday in Olhom

Olhom online store is offering a 20% discount on everything until May 31st. My favorites from the collections on sale are Granada-inspired Arabian style accessories, including a variety of lamps, candle-holders, trays and boxes and a vintage beach house collection.

Olhom beachhouse collage

King-size beds in Banak

Now this deal is not to be missed if you’re looking for a king-size bed – 180*200 cm. Banak Importa is selling big beds off with discounts reaching 75%. The one from the picture below is worth 286€. Find more beds in Banak’s outlet

Banak king-size bed

Rugs and 1000 and 1 night accessories in Westwing

Westwing is offering a huge selection of geometry patterned rugs. Hurry up though, this deal is up until Sunday, May 29th.

Westwing geometry rugs

My other pick from Westwing today is the exotic collection inspired by the Stories from the Thousand and One Nights. So many beautiful items, and the prices are very attractive! And again, this one is until Sunday. To view the deals on Westwing you need to register first. Use this link to register, and get a 10€ discount on your first purchase.

Westwing exotic collection

If you want to find more shopping tips and my advice on Spanish and international furniture and home decor stores, you might want to check out previous issues of this weekly section.

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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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Maisons du Monde: Home Décor à la Française

April 29, 2016

I first encountered Maisons du Monde a few years ago during a trip to Italy. Back then I lived in Moscow and came to Bologna for 1 day, and found this amazing shop which was literally packed with the coolest home accessories ever. I remember leaving the shop with a bagful of stuff, it was love at first sight 😀

Then I moved to Barcelona and was excited to find a MDM shop here as well. I shop it for textiles and dishware, and I got my beautiful entry hallway unit there, you might have seen it in my flat tour ! What I love about this shop the most is the variety of styles, colours and items, it’s simply mind-blowing. Vintage, classic, exotic, industrial, oriental, Province, rustic, Nordic, colonial – whichever style or tendency you’re after, you’ll find it in Maisons du Monde, trust me.

MDM products have so much style and class about them, in the end, it’s a French brand, and France has historically been a major trendsetter in fashion, style, and home decor as well, but what really stands out for me is their dishware.

Maisons du Monde dishware

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‘Ofertas’ You Can’t Miss

April 25, 2016

Here comes my weekly overview of ongoing sales and special offers. Grab them before they’re gone! Mid-season online sale in Maisons du Monde, sofas from Galerías del Tresillo, up to 75% discount in Olhom and a lot more.

Maisons du Monde

Maisons du Monde has a 30-50% sale on furniture and home accessories exclusively in its online shop till May 2nd. My pick are the following 4 items, but I suggest that you have a look at the entire offering.Maisons du Monde items on sale

1. Auxiliary vintage table available in 5 colours (yellow, pink, grey, orange and white), 20,95 €

2. 4-tier shelf with blackboard, perfect to rock the ‘natural green’ tendency and showcase your houseplants, 69,95 €

3. Patchwork blue-grey cotton rug125,90 €

4. Orange floor lamp,  55,95 €

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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! 😀

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March 10, 2016

My Mediterranean living room

If you’ve checked out the About section, you already know that renovating my Barcelona apartment became a truly life-changing experience for me, which has brought this blog into being. So this post deserves more than just a bunch of pictures, I think I got a story to tell here :)

What struck me about the place when I first saw it was how light and bright the living room and master bedroom were, despite the fact that it is on the first floor, and there is a rather high-rise building to the right. Also, I just loved that ‘shabby chic’ of the entire building, erected in 1930s, with its wooden doors with gold-plated door knocker and a beautiful iron staircase. That’s not something most Europeans would be impressed by, but I come from Moscow, where residential buildings are nothing like that. Continue Reading