[decor]: Tassels and Pom Poms


My 10-year old has been planning to add tassels and/or pom poms to her already cheerful and playful bedroom. She wants us to work on this little project together and we purchased inexpensive yarn that should work well in her room. 

First step before starting any project is to check out inspirations. It helps define images in your head, sometimes it helps to reject them, sometimes to enhance them. There is so much talent out there in the blogosphere, instaland and pinterest that is hard not to find something to inspire or guide you.

Here are a few favorites that would work well in our girls' bedroom:


[style]: More of Brick Walls More Barcelona Apartments


Continuing with Barcelona short term rentals, here are two more interesting spaces:

Living Areas

Dining Areas

[style]: Feeling Blue Feature


This beautiful Chicago home from Traditional Home article belongs to Giuliana and Bill Rancic. When I was much younger, about 10 in fact, I adored blue colour, simply adored it and wanted to have everything in blue (I think I almost did). While I still like it, I don't think I could commit to it throughout the whole house the way Giuliana and Bill have even if subtly tying most of the rooms through different hues of blues.

I like the juxtaposition of this formal serene and muted living room with energetic and colorful painting over the fireplace.

I am still undecided about how I feel about this dining room. What really works for me, though, are mirror and that art.

I think we established already that I am currently (for at least the past year or so) quite partial to black and white kitchens. You can check out the roundup of inspirations through here. It is not surprising then that I really like this one as well - these Restoration Hardware stools look so good!

[style]: Modernism and Exposed Bricks in Barcelona


In 2003 I spent 10 months in Barcelona while working. I really loved the city and enjoyed exploring it every weekend when I wasn't doing trips further afield (i.e. CadaquĆ©s. Figueres, Sitges, Pyrenees, Madrid, Toledo, etc.) and I really would not mind revisiting it a decade or more later.

As we were looking at some last minute vacation options, (really really last minute), Barcelona was one of the flight destinations and I quickly checked rental options which were more than promising. Here are two apartments which are both beautiful and contrasting which is why I decided to compare them by rooms.

First of is dining area and first apartment is much more spacious than the second one, but what it lacks in space, second one gains in warmth and that lovely table.

First apartment (dark one) is in a modernist building from 1890s and has just been renovated.  It is quite large with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is located close to Montjuic. Second apartment is located in Gothic Quarter with 3 bedrooms and one bathroom. 

Second up is living space/living room: