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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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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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‘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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50 Shades of Natural Green

April 7, 2016

Natural green colours are a very hot trend these days. They can be more subdued and quiet, or more lavishing, ‘urban jungle’ type, but nature’s colour palette is making a statement in the interiors, along with actual plants. To be honest, gardening and houseplants has never been my thing, but as I was browsing it on Pinterest I realized that this tendency is really growing on me. And I just love the variety of houseplant-themed accessories, such as candles, cushions, shower curtains, bedding, and so on.

By throwing in more exotic and vivid prints and textures you can add a boho vibe to your space, or you keep it more “close to nature” with quieter organic shades and materials, and a lot of natural wood furniture, which works especially well in spaces with a lot of natural sunlight. But as you see from the inspiring images below, the result is always a very laid-back and tranquil ambiance. As we go out into the nature we seek to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of big cities, and nature green interiors with a lot of houseplants is a great choice for those of us who see their home as a retreat from their busy social life. Houseplants make the place feel like home, you don’t see many of them in a hotel, right? Also, hanging vines and leaves soften hard lines. And keep in mind that real houseplants are not only a decor item, but they actually purify the air. And some plants, herbs, can be used to garnish your own food. Go organic!

I made a small selection of images from Pinterest, and also discovered the natural green tendency in a variety of local and international chains, from Casa and Zara Home to Natura and H&M Home.

Natural Green Interiors

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Zara Home Takes Us To Miami

March 31, 2016

Zara Home shop in Av. Diagonal
It’s spring all the way, and it’s official: vivid and very cheerful colours are back in shops. The other day I checked out Zara Home, and loved the beautiful splashes of different almost neon colours – pink, apple green, blue, yellow, orange in their new spring-summer collection. There’s a wide variety of home accessories to liven up your space – from dishware and transparent trays to cushion covers, bed clothing, photo frames, vases, boxes , and so on!  And all the colours go really well together. It’s a home decor mix and match game, like in swimwear! :) My personal favorites are the apple-shaped candles. They come in 4 colours, and I want them all!

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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! 😀