Monday, July 21, 2014

THE ROOM: Fresh bright kitchen

THE ROOM: Fresh bright kitchen by Holly Mathis | My Paradissi

I'm not sure it is about size anymore or the amount of daylight that enters the window. I'm talking about my super tiny kitchen with the rear window that lets almost no light in (and a room with no sunlight in super sunny Crete is an awkward room indeed). I can come to terms with its small size and total lack of a decent countertop. After all, there are tons of tricks and organizing solutions one can utilise to their own benefit so that even the smallest of space can actually work out. But with light, there are not so many things one can really do. Of course, there is the artificial light (electricity, hurray!) but that is mostly for functional purposes and does not by any means add the warmth and positive energy our sun has.
Having said that, I totally fell for Holly Mathis' all white transitional kitchen I came across lately. It's not that it is brimming with openings and such but, boy, isn't that kitchen so bright? I love it! It is crisp, classy and a total cutie. Sporting white subway tiles on walls and black and white checkers floor, it just had me at hello. Combining open shelving with closed cabinetry proves that function and style can work together. What I love the most, however, are all those pretty details that Holly incorporated into the space that add that extra personality and eclectic vibe. Check the textures; the bamboo blind, the rattan jugs and the aged pottery. Then, notice the delicate pops of color coming from fresh flowers and edibles alone. Such a great contradiction to the all white canvas of the room. What is not to love really? What do you think? Is it just me or this kitchen is a charmer?

THE ROOM: Fresh bright kitchen by Holly Mathis | My Paradissi
THE ROOM: Fresh bright kitchen by Holly Mathis | My Paradissi

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday bliss is..

Scandinavian porch
Vegan oreos with homemade coconut buttercream recipe | Adventures in cooking

..spending serene moments in a cozy, shady porch with cushy seating, dipping vegan oreos with homemade coconut buttercream into cold milk, one after another.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Weekend

Small beach cabin | Image via Sköna Hem

● One of the most inspiring home renovations I came across lately. Check out the whole blog; it is full of photos, how tos and ideas.
● Looking for some pillows for your outdoor space? One Kings Lane has a gorgeous not to be missed collection on sale!
● Dream italian cottage in my favorite modern rustic design by Alexander Waterworth.
● Do you add syrup to your coffee? I don't, but these I'm most definitely eager to try.
● Interesting; 9 things rich people do differently everyday. 
● I got a few of you asking about this lace dress I posted some weeks ago. This vintage one looks very alike and is probably on a (far) better price tag than the Valentino one.
● The coolest cooler diy for some really cool picnic excursions.
● The older I get the more I appreciate having less stuff getting in my way. This post is a brilliant minimalistic approach on a minimalist way of living.
● A great guide if you are considering to start your own blog.
Simplicity goes all the way when sending the message.

Last week: From turquoise to teal and blue; we love to love these hues.
Last week: Nautical inspired staircases for your beach home (and not only).
Back on 2013: Open kitchen shelving ideas for the kitchen.
Back on 2012: Inspired by understated scandi.

Happy weekend, friends :)

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Image via Sköna Hem via here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nautical inspired staircases

Nautical inspired staircases | Photo by Elizabeth Watsky via Remodelista
Nautical inspired staircases | Design by 51N4E, photo by Ake Lindman

Here are two pretty ideas to use in your beach home (or make your humble abode look like one, if you happen to not have a beach home obviously). All that it takes are two buckets of paint, one white and one blue. In the first case, the owners painted nautical stripes in the center of the staircase that follow along all its length. Looks so crisp and clean and actually feels like being on a boat. Check the brass pipe handrail detail. Awesome! The second photo is more playful and a bit of a surprise as it is coming from a house you wouldn't believe it is the same that sports this shabby coastal staircase (as a matter of fact, check out the rest of it here). The staircase is divided into two parts, originally with a door, and now with the distinction of the two contrasting shades. And once again, god is in the details; the art piece hung on the far wall adds up a million to the design. What are your thoughts on the above ideas? Which one is your favorite?

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Image credits:
1.Photo by Elizabeth Watsky via Remodelista2.Design by 51N4E, photo by Ake Lindman

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