Saturday, 27 November 2010

el contraste entre la cebolla y el ajo

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One day during my trip to Barcelona, my boyfriend and I paid a visit to an apartment where the family used to live, which is still in their possession. One room in particular I thought would have made a most excellent writer's garret, or study, and even contained the requisite typewriter (I'm not that nostalgic though, give me my laptop any day). In fact, we got a bit carried away in setting up the perfect vintage, artsy office for an afternoon. The best part... you can't really see it, but beyond the rather ordinary buildings out the window is a bright blue slice of the Mediterranean!

Oh, and as for the masterpiece I'm working on... well, we found the most hilarious conclusion to an art history paper, written by somebody in the 70s. It is written in a dramatic and most solemn fashion and includes the lines, and I quote (actually I translate, but anyway): "for Dalí was born among us to show us the contrast between the onion and the garlic, between the artichoke and the cauliflower; that is why we say that Dalí is crazy, for it is impossible that we should understand him..." I'm going to see if I can work that in to one of my essays this year, and see what my tutor says!

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photos by Albert

I'm wearing my boyfriend's Granted sweater.

Can I just say one thing? People with automatic music on your blogs....You make me jump in fright, close all my tabs and NOT wish to follow you. Even when it's nice music. Is there not a click-on option?

41 comments:

Closet Fashionista said...

These photos are so fun! :D And what an odd quote, hahaha XD

and YES, I hate music blogs too...it is soo annoying I have to mute my computer and find it...sometimes I get so mad that I don't even comment back on them, haha
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

Felicity said...

Right on about blogs with music. They make me run like hell!!

Twinn said...

I love your photos && those paintings
xo
DOLLMEUP

Terri said...

Emily--it is a great and amusing line. Sometimes i think my students throw zingers like this into their papers because they believe that I don't really read their papers. Wish I had a writer's garret overlooking the Mediterranean.

Kayraheart.fashion said...

Beautiful pictures..And yes blog with music make my laptop go to mute...Hab a Wonderful weekend..
xoxo

CessOviedo said...

Your olivetti is amazing! It totally reminded me of my childhood at my grandma's! Great pictures!

http://blog.cessoviedo.com

tanvii.com said...

I feel the SAME way about the blogs with music. I hate them. Very cute pictures!!! Love the intricate details in the pictures!!!

Rio said...

I thought I read your title right! That is an awesome conclusion haha! I love your sweater and all the artwork around that typewriter (which I love by the way!) :). You're right, totally perfect writer's hide-away!

Ashley said...

"Can I just say one thing? People with automatic music on your blogs....You make me jump in fright, close all my tabs and NOT wish to follow you. Even when it's nice music. Is there not a click-on option?"

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HAHAHA! :) I heart you.

I love that little one-eyed monster dude on the desk. I noticed him in the first picture, then you gave a close up :D

I WANT TO OWN HIM!!!

Flopy said...

Amazing pictures!! I used to have one at my granny´s years ago :)

charmingflopy.blogspot.com

Catita said...

such a cool room indeed and in Barcelona! How lucky are you! And about the music I totally feel the same ;)
xoxo
Catita

ching said...

what a cute little place to let out your thoughts. :D
i agree, blogs with music are most irritating.

Shanna Maren said...

That art looks very nice. And how cool: An old-fashioned typewriter!

eagle-eye-cherry said...

Very nice, i love all the old things

A said...

Olivetti is awesome. Pictures look great. One of the best article from you Emily. Reminded me my home and when we god our first....:))))

NRIGirl said...

Thank you Emily - I loved reading the post and of course the pictures are awesome!

Inspite of your warning I kept peeping through the windows for the blue slice of the Mediteranian! Couldn't you have got us a close up of that?!

Shallow Mallow said...

I keep my computer mute most the time but I think automatic music is on a par with blinking text. Or maybe just a little worse..

Love these pics and that conclusion hehe
After all there is only one difference between a madman and Salvador Dali ;)

Daniella said...

Great pictures and yes you are quite right when the music starts playing and you are not prepared :-s suuucksss !!!

Niki said...

Amazing pictures!!

sm said...

beautiful pics

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

What a great little writer's nook you stumbled upon. And with a view of the Mediterranean? Even better! That snippet from the art history paper gave me a good laugh. What a gem.

Your boyfriend's sweater looks oh-so-snuggly.

Ah, the automatic music assault. I feel the same way. I'm fairly certain that most of those music gadget things allow the user to opt out of automatic play, but it's apparent people don't realize that when they grab the html code for their blogs.

iloveyouvalentine said...

haha! i have a music blog!
oops...
well, i'm glad to see you've commented on my blog regardless of that XD

what a fun typewriter though! i haven't used one in a while but they give a typed paper a little something extra nowadays :)
beautiful pictures my dear.

Fivetwocharm said...

ah these are great photos! i actually have a typewriter, but it's collecting dust in the garagee.

:)
fivetwocharm.blogspot.com

JMay said...

LOVE the fact that you are wearing your mans sweater, love these pics! :-)

Lenne said...

Automated music- not cool.
Ahhhh how I love the mood of your photos :D

Megan said...

gorgeous photos :)
and beautiful typewriter

kirstyb said...

i love your type writer xxxxxxx

Zarna said...

what a cool space - i love the vintage type writer!

Karol Duarte said...

how many things adorable, I loved the pictures.
HAHAH It's true, automatic music on blogs always scare me, i don't like.

kisses.

eliza said...

it looks like a wonderful room to use as a study! i love all the pictures & trinkets....& the gorgeous old typewriter too! :)

thanks for your lovely comment on my blog!

http://messyourhairup.blogspot.com

La pépite modeuse said...

I follow you :)

Raquel said...

This photoshoot looks like it was so fun to make, and I imagine the view is amazing! and I'm totally loving your boyfriend's sweater, looks so warm and cozy.

About the velvet dresses, do you know some etsy stores that may have nice and cheap ones? I was almost going to buy one today at Bershka, but left it there due to my shopping ban and also because I thought I could get a better one in London!

PS: Totally with you with the music in blogs, or videos that auto start! They're so annoying that I turn off the sound in my laptop immediately!

Molly said...

Bloggy music has made me keep my sound muted when I read blogs because I've been freaked out too many times! Yikes!
That conclusion is hysterical. What a discovery.

Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

Closet Fashionista said...

Haha yea, I'm an early Christmas girl...I start getting into the spirit the day after American Thanksgiving ;)

Annie, Time Enough for Drums said...

Hey, thanks for your comments on my blog and your thoughts on Thanksgiving. I definitely have strong feelings about the history of the holiday, but I still like to enjoy my family when I can. The US and Canadian Thanksgivings are pretty different, if I understand it, but it's nice to hear others' points of view on the topic.

Annie.

this free bird said...

okay a. what a find in that room!! the typewriter is awesome and i love the whole overall feel.

b. you have to work that line in. too good and the potential response factor is incredibly tempting!

c. the sweater!! i love when we steal their things and they work so well :)

xo,
carrie

SG said...

Cuadros hermosos. Beautifuly y vieja máquina de escribir manual encantadora. Nosotros no podemos conseguir o ver este más.

Anthea said...

Hehe at the essay! What is it about vintage things that are so magnetic? I think for me, it's the possible history. Like imagine all the hands that typed on that typewriter.

Anthea,
Embracing Style

Fleur-de-Lis said...

I wish I could see the reaction of any of my teachers if i presented that paper during college :D
And I agre with you. It's better to add just the music link. automatic music can be scary sometimes ^^

Alexandra's blog said...

Great photos ! so vintage
I love that (:
Good luck

Zaira Mabel said...

oh I jusst love this post and THANK YOU for the music comment ;) haha