Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tiny studio apartment decoration

Tiny studio apartment decoration | My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki

How can a 11'x11' studio (that's approx 3.50x3.50m) get all cozy and vibrant? Here’s my take on this tiny apartment in Harlem. The owner, a young, creative lady (she's a wedding and floral designer), wanted something fresh and bright, with pops of color and quite affordable to put together. 

I knew I wanted to somehow add more space into that space so I was ecstatic when she agreed on my initial proposal to dress one wall with a big forest photo mural! It was something I've been meaning to try a long time now, photo murals used to be something so passé (almost vintage if I may say) but they have sort of comeback these days. I guess in that helped the evolution of technology and high res printing on larger surfaces. Anyway, I must admit I was thrilled by the result. What do you think? It gives depth and perspective in this tiny space and, along with that, adds a natural tone to the decor (that most definitely ain't happening from the dull city view of the windows). 

Tiny studio apartment decoration | My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki
Tiny studio apartment decoration | My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki

With the large photo mural stealing the show, I kept the rest of the decoration plain, in neutral, mostly white, shades, with colorful touches coming through the accessories and photos on the walls (the owner is an avid traveler and has a great collection of photos from her trips). As you might recognise, most of the furniture are from IKEA as I wanted to keep the budget to a minimum. Although the space is really tight, we managed to fit a chaise loveseat for extra comfort. Due to the space limitations here are furniture on casters, like the coffee table serving as media console, the kitchen cart parked by the fridge when she's not cooking, and the folding dining table that is mounted on the wall and can be put away when not needed. Also, the teal lidded ottomans, serve as accent tables and seating (remember this post?) plus open to some extra storage.

Tiny studio apartment decoration | My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki
Tiny studio apartment decoration | My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki
Tiny studio apartment decoration | My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki

All these happened through the Decorilla e-decorating platform, where I'm really excited to be a part of for the past couple of months. If you like to have your place decorated by professional interior designer at a fraction of a cost, this is the right place to visit ;)

So, what do you think? I'd love to hear your feedback on this project!


Tiny studio apartment decoration | My Paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki




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3d renderings by Eleni Psyllaki.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mother's day gift guide

Mother's day gift guide | My Paradissi

Did you realize there are only a few weeks left till we celebrate mother’s day? I remember how we used to make little handmade gifts at school or pick a bouquet of fresh flowers on the way home to surprise my mom when I was a little kid. Somehow, this day felt so special back then. As years went by and adulthood knocked on the door, Mother’s day simply didn't matter that much. Well, I guess there were so many other things in my mind to spend even a moment thinking about it. Only now that I want to have kids of my own do I appreciate how important this day is. To the women that bring life to this world; to the whole world itself. I’m not sure if it is a coincidence that Mother’s day is celebrated during a nature birth giving month like May but the allegory is just too obvious anyway. So this year I'm going to remember my old traditions. I’m picking a gift for my mom but not just a pretty nifty thing. I know my mom would value a gift coming from a store that doesn't harm the animals and the environment and respects its workers at the same time, so you'll spot a couple picks I chose from favorite Uncommon Goods in this list. Also, she loves nature, she adores recycled and handmade stuff and has a great deal of humor. I hope this list inspires you as well. Would you pick anything from the above?

Shop this collection: 1.Two-sie mug (Rennes, $36), 2.Petite perspective terrarium (Uncommon Goods, $125), 3.'Their search was finally over' giclee print (Etsy, $45), 4.Teak tree plate (Calypso St. Barth, $75), 5.Small stoneware pot (Plümo, $23.18), 6.Cotton pojagi throw (Toast, £215), 7.Freya handwoven cushion (Hunt&Bow, $130), 8.Mango wood cross board (Lef Living, 8.95), 9.Succulent living plant wall kit (Uncommon Goods, $100), 10.Tonga basket (Baskets of Africa, $23.50)



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ETSY MIX: Lovely day

ETSY MIX: Lovely day | My Paradissi

Inspired by the vibrant shades of spring and all the color mania that's been going on lately (have you checked these images in Inside Out Magazine? How about Will's new book?) I can't stop myself from continuously updating my Etsy page with tons of happy patterned and colorful stuff. I have a thing for glazed ceramics lately and the mouthwatering watermelon-seafoam combo speaks right into my heart. Here's what I've picked to share with you today. What do you think? Any preferences from this list?

Shop this collection: 1. Teal dot cushion cover (Printerella, $60.15), 2.Beaded friendship bracelet (feltlikepaper, $18), 3.Handmade trestle table with vintage green legs (Sevenhandshigh, $444.44), 4.Turquoise ceramic coffee scoop (weshopamano, $8.50), 5.Geometric V-back shirt (PigPigCowDesigns, $86.34), 6.Handmade ceramic bowl (susansimonini, $53.14)


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Country blue and white inspiration

Blue is the warmest colour by Polly Wreford, styled by Sarah Keady for Red Magazine

These shots by Polly Wreford, styled by Sarah Keady for Red Magazine are just too pretty not to share them with you. They remind me of carefree summer vacations on a Cycladic island with all those blues, the white patina and the unrefined woods going on. They have this irresistible chill out breeze coming from the shabby finish contrasting the bold, fine blue and white patterns and the sparse decoration. Which is, by the way, exactly how they are supposed to be; styled interiors for magazine shooting and product promoting are obviously there to create a feeling, a vibe and a story which they'll help them sell. And, that's the reason why I usually don't post such images on this blog.  Don't get me wrong; I love them and I get inspired by them (and most definitely use this platform to introduce you to products I like and suggest you can buy) but I usually find such photos a bit too stylized and boring and something I can't relate to. Not always though. Like I said, these shots are so simple and casual that they could easily been taken from an actual home somewhere in Folegandros or Milos. I just can't have enough of looking at them and count the days till my days off in Mykonos (yay!). What do you think of these shots? Are you ready for some summer planning yet?


Blue is the warmest colour by Polly Wreford, styled by Sarah Keady for Red Magazine
Blue is the warmest colour by Polly Wreford, styled by Sarah Keady for Red Magazine
Blue is the warmest colour by Polly Wreford, styled by Sarah Keady for Red Magazine
Blue is the warmest colour by Polly Wreford, styled by Sarah Keady for Red Magazine



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