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Niki & Joe

April 16th, 2012


I promised you something good, didn’t I? Wonder what I found behind this knackered and tagged door?

I was hoping to stay at Niki & Joe’s beautifully decorated apartment, unfortunately it was fully booked during my trip. How could I still take some of the experience home with me? An email, a phone call and a Vermouth later there I was ready to shoot this little gem. Entering this apartment is a real feast for the eyes, you will not know what to look at first. This British creative duo loves to collect and is not afraid to show it. If you are crazy about vintage, antiques and flea market finds I strongly recommend to stay at their place while visiting Barcelona. Every object on display has a story to tell, making the apartment so unique and fascinating. Most of their furniture and oddities are sourced in England, some are sourced locally in Spain. Their home is as a work in progress, constantly evolving. When I visited they had just finished the plant installation in the bathroom and, a couple of weeks before, they made these really cute lampshade with old maps to complete their boat shaped lamps. They truly have mastered the art making a place your own. Here is the link to their airbnb listing.

And it get’s better! Niki has teamed up with and her friend Lisa to created Antiques and Boutiques, a private city tour and personal shopping service. According to your interests they will share their personal addresses of stylish and charming places in Barcelona. In no time you will know where to eat and shop or where to just sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

A special thank you to Lisa for lending me her bike on my last day in this lovely city. I did not make it to Badelona but I hope to come back very soon!

all pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter

Saving the best for last

April 11th, 2012


A deadline and a promise to a close friend keeps me from finalizing the post I had planned for today. Sometimes life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. More coming tomorrow…

all pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter 

The jewelry designer

April 10th, 2012


Wondering through the streets of La Ribera I discovered Mimi’s shop by pure coincidence. Mimi, a German jewellery designer, has been living for over eight years in Barcelona and has been making her colourful creations ever since. Those little bright pink skulls caught my attention straight away. While she was working in the back of her shop she kindly invited me to try any piece i wanted. I settled for the save bet – a long necklace with a single white skull – afraid that i would return to rainy gloomy Belgium with a too colourfull piece I would never wear again (trying to learn from past mistakes). Then, the piece with the pink skulls pictured above, stayed on my mind the whole night so I was quick to return the next day to pick it up. Guess what: no regrets whatsoever and only compliments.

Mimi Scholer Barcelona
Carrer Sant Jacint 6
08003 Barcelona

pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter

Brunch, lunch, coffee, dinner

April 5th, 2012


Did you notice? We didn’t talk about food yet. Rather odd as I am known by family, friends and colleagues to talk about food for most of the day. Hang with me and you will here things like: What shall we have for lunch (right after breakfast)…Should we do an afternoon pancake feast (right after lunch)…Anybody an ‘achtkoeske’ (at any time of the day)…Let’s detox, who’s in?…(ha…guilt!). How could I share a glimpse into my trip to Barcelona and not talk about the lovely flavours I got to taste and the beautiful restaurants and cafes I have visited. From the grilled ham + cheese croissant and home made muesli in Federal to the sweet sun dried tomatoes and delicious hummus at Bar Lobo, the tastiest xocolata coulant in Taranna Cafe and, my oh my… fried aubergine with cane honey and rough sea salt at Cornelia.

A special mention goes to Cafe Kafka. I didn’t have my camera with me (I was having a late night diner and my kick ass Canon did not fit in my clutch). It has been designed by duo Yolanda Vilalta and Helena Jaumá and they did an exquisite job. Expect a great eye for detail in your food, service and in the interior design. Any place with such pretty custom made coasters deserve special attention, doesn’t it? It’s the perfect place for a laid back diner in a vintage bohemian setting.

Brunch: Federal|Lunch: Bar Lobo|Coffee: Taranna|Diner: Cornelia&Co 

pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter