Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Sanctuary quest

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I have to admit I feel really numb with all those things that are going on in my country these days. Deep down I'd love to get away and find peace in a place of serenity and calmness, with attitude and balance like the image above, but, alas, such place I have to find in me before elsewhere.

Images via Casa Midy.

Stone wall in the bedroom

Stone is one of my favorite materials. Whether used outdoors or indoors, in dining rooms or bathrooms I love the rough, solid feeling it brings out. Like the above bedrooms. From a cave-like sanctuary, an apparent rustic approach, a shabby chic elegance or a more contemporary design stone can play extremely well in all fields. Which one would you go for?

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Inspired by..

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

1.throw, 2.pendant, 3.vase, 4.recliner & ottoman, 5.candy sticks, 6.cushion, 7.plate, 8.washcloth
Image via Veranda.


Monday, June 27, 2011

The more time I spend away from the city the more I want to keep it that way. Bringing myself in coordination with the slower rhythms of nature, allowing my inner voice to come out and rethink of all my priorities seems to be so important right now. And then I get back to my office and feel totally overwhelmed by all those things that need to be done and all those things that need to be payed off. And all that wacko economical suicide that is going on these days in Greece is of no help at all. I really wonder why are we here? Are we just puppets into some kind of Theatre of the Absurd? I'm afraid I'm sometimes losing the track of my path. But then again, a path is to be made by the one who walks on it, and one cannot lose something that is not yet created, right?

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1.Greek Style (by Thames&Hudson)

Industrial bathrooms

Sunday, June 26, 2011

I wouldn't mind some industrial designed bathrooms now and then. Basic forms, bare materials, built-in bathtubs all in a spartan simplicity. Check how the use of tiles; whether the sanitary  white squares, the large concrete plates or the retro hexagonal ones they all add up to that feeling of clearness and austerity.

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1.Marie Claire Maison, 2.Marie Claire Maison, 3.Caroline Arber

Deep blues

Hope your Sunday is as cool and invigorating as these shots! xo

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1.Simon Upton, 2.Marie Claire

Tuscany lilacs

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Check this vibrant shade of lilac in this cottage in Tuscany. Isn't it just amazing how velvet and aged it looks?

Images via Campagne Decoration. Photos by Andrea Vierucci.

Dreaming of..

Friday, June 24, 2011

1.pendant, 2.rug, 3.blanket, 4.globe, 5.vase, 6.pillow, 7.bench
Photos by Anne Naumann.

Village cooking

Rustic kitchen sets with a cottage feeling are a must for a complete summer decor. Well, maybe this is a personal association as they remind me of my grandma's old house in a village in the south where I used to spend my summers as a child. The smell of thyme and sage, the juicy apricots and melons and the fried zucchini and eggplants she used to cook for us in her last century kitchen and that feeling of belonging in a unique harmony with the environment.

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Summer delays

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer has me already under a spell and after a few days of slowing down, spending hours next to the sea and internet detoxing, here I am back to you my dears. Truth is I missed you and I can't wait to actually manage to mix nature with a good internet connection to have everything I desire =)

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1.Amy Neunsinger, 2.Verne

Villa Fabrica in Santorini

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Time to dive into some Aegean white and blue again (if this and this and this aren't enough..). Ideal destination this renovated old factory in Santorini just underneath the castle of Pyrgos. Villa Fabrica is the perfect combination of the traditional organic and sleek forms of the aegean architecture along with the modernity and functionality inspired by a more industrial attitude of the ex-factory. How peaceful would it be to lie under the bright sun on that well isolated terrace and stare as far as the blue horizon gets?

Architect Yannis Kaklamanis. Images via Villa Fabrica.

Working outdoors

Monday, June 20, 2011

So difficult to keep myself indoors and finish my projects.. maybe I should get my laptop, find a thick shadow and try to do so outdoors. I have a feeling that the singing cicadas will be very inspiring!

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Some dreams are so solid and strong that keep following us way after we get up from bed. Have you ever had that feeling that during sleep time major changes are taking place in your subconscious? It's like working hard in real life to figure out who you are or where you belong only to find out that the last, final stone of realization is put while you are asleep. Like dreams are somehow the confirmation mechanism of the internal self-processes. And all that they really need is just some attention from our conscious selves. 

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Today is one of these Sundays I mostly enjoy. Having been out and about the whole week, staying at home while leaving the rest of the city finding some coolness next to a shore, gives me the ultimate peace of mind and quietness to focus on my to do lists and catch up with all the things I put in pause the last days. Hopefully, that will buy me some free time during the next days for some midweek beach excursion into the southern parts of Crete. How is your Sunday so far?

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Marble full

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I've always considered marble bathrooms to be rather old-stylish and boring but definitely changing my mind as time goes by. Marble is such an elegant and classy material and when used in full coverage it can create a unique atmosphere in the room. I bet this is a love-hate issue, however. Would you go all marble or prefer a solution less pompous?

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1.Peter Marino Architects, 2.Pierre Yovanovitch, 3.Douglas Friedman

Join me at a..

Friday, June 17, 2011

1.chair, 2.garland, 3.jug, 4.ottoman, 5.napkin, 6.candles, 7.vase, 8.hydrangea tray, 9.pillow

A fisherman's hut in Costa Brava

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I guess you can't find anything more sea-feeling than an old fisherman's hut next to the seashore. This really old house was renovated by Lázaro Rosa-Violán who successfully managed to keep all those functional and decorative elements that formed the coastal character of the house throughout the decades. Taking into consideration that it is located in Cala Margarida in Costa Brava, this place seems to be the perfect summer getaway.