Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, the Mandarin Oriental’s first luxury hotel in Southern Europe located in the chic and central boulevard of Passeig de GrĂ cia. I thought it would be only good to see some pictures of its beautiful interior. This elegant building that previously used to house a bank comes alive with a full revival and beautiful interior design by Spanish designer, Patricia Urquiola.

mandarin orientral barcelona desined by patricia urquiola

The skylights and the hanging plants used in the lounge evoke a heavenly oasis.
mandarin orientral barcelona desined by patricia urquiola

mandarin orientral barcelona desined by patricia urquiola via belle vivir blog

mandarin orientral barcelona rooftop by patricia urquiola via belle vivir blog

Did I mention that this Hotel has a rooftop swimming pool where you can contemplate the beauty of Barcelona's famous architecture?
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A happy summer

Summer to me signifies relaxation and fun. Needless to say my sporadic posts since the prelude of summer. I intend to invest more on quality family time, on the beauty of a short New York summer and on a few family trips, instead of investing my spare time on searching and putting together blog posts. I apologize if this is of any inconvenience to my regular readers. Please expect posts just not as regular. All the best, Julie
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A Perfect beach house

When I think of a long weekend the first thing that comes to my mind is a comfy beach house where to escape. Since we can't go anywhere this weekend I can only dream of being in this gorgeous house designed by Tom Scheerer that has enchanted me since the first time I laid my eyes on it.
I love how the beauty of this house slowly reveals itself. As I keep looking at it I can notice the different colors and textures that at first are barely discernible due to the calmness in the colors. I also love how the playful patterns on the fabrics and wallpapers and the comfortable furniture make this house perfect for a family vacation home with a great degree of sophistication. As this house proves, a beach house doesn't have to lack grandeur.
Have a happy 4th of July weekend!!!

images from Tom Scheerer.
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