Friday, July 25, 2014

An announcement

Synchronized Swimmers by Jeannie Phan

I've been meaning to write this post for a few days now (or maybe weeks) but, as it seems from my on going procrastination, I feel a bit shy talking about myself and my personals. However, I just can't do by share my news with you, friends ;) After all we spend all that time together and to me, you are, without exaggeration, a sort of an extended family. Things are totally exciting and life changing around here the past months, and most of you might have already noticed an undeliberate lack in posting during this period.
So, here's the deal; I'm 3 months pregnant and, boy, isn't it an experience that soaks up all your mind and energy. At least for the first months, as they say. Things are going totally smooth so far, no dizziness and such, thank god, but still I just can't seem to get enough sleep. Now, you'll most probably find me on my sofa, daydreaming of my coming baby, filled with the utter anticipation of becoming a mother.
And, to make things even more thrilling, B. and I are getting married in September :) This means that, on top of the above, we deal with all those wedding preparations and decisions that have to be made in a pretty short time. Lots of the things to be used in our wedding are going to be handmade. My mom is helping as tons through this (thanks mom!) and has already crafted most of our wedding favors, decorative and desserts.  
I hope you do excuse my of my on and off presence for the next coming weeks, as well. I promise, I do my best to have My Paradissi on top of my priorities and keep you company here on the blog and on my social media as much as I can. Thanks for being around on a such amazing time of my life ^^



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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ETSY MIX of the week

ETSY MIX of the week | My Paradissi

1 |  The perfect vintage industrial scissors sconce dating back from the 60ies found on Arqueologia Domestica (ArqueologiaDomestica, $203.09)
2 | Anyone feeling the same lust for striped bedding as I do? This handmade set of stonewashed natural linen by House of Baltic Linen looks too cushy and crisp to miss (HouseofBalticLinen: queen size duvet cover, $212.05 - pillowcase, $33.73+)
3 | Huge safety pins? Yes, please! So many ways one can utilise those, apart from solely decorative ones of course (ohalbatross, $12)
4 | Not sure I could actually sport this gorgeous macrame dress but I totally love its form and style. I would, on that matter, hang it as an amazing statement piece on my wall in my bedroom (AtelierKliko, $1,727)
5 | I'm kind of terrified of the idea of a temporary mark on my body but I totally dig pretty and smart tattoos when I see them. Having said that, I'd love to try these temporary fern tattoos by Victoria Foster (VictoriasAviary, $21.05)
6 | How cute is this little tree trunk chalkboard? Perfect rustic touch in a kitchen or home office (OliveManna, $38)



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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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