Thursday, December 29, 2011

Somewhere in the middle

The week between Christmas and New Year Eve has been marked down in my brain as the ultimate holidays week (pairing, perhaps, with those blissful sun filled ones of August). This comes from my childhood days when it actually was a week off school and responsibilities and full of presents and glorious dinners (and lots of play, of course!). Now, I have to fit somewhere between my memories and soul desires and the reality (yeap, work, deadlines, chores and other stuff grown-ups usually suffer from). Well, working freelance (and from home) helps me find some balance, with the sleep time stretching long time in the mornings and those friend soirĂ©es getting the night on fire. It's the sweet exhaustion of the holidays, short but over the top invigorating!

Image credits:
1.Brendt Darby, 2.House&Garden December 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

X-mas essence 1225 (Oh, it's Christmas!)

Merry Christmas to you all!
I wish you joy and prosperity, health and abundance, sanity and a wild heart with a room for everyone! Thank you for being around My Paradissi, your company is the best gift ever ☺

Image by sentimentality.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

X-mas essence 1224

Hope your plans for this Christmas Eve prove to be exquisitely indulgent, mouth-pleasuring and tenderly snuggling.. Enjoy!

Images via House&Gardens December 2011.

Friday, December 23, 2011

X-mas essence 1223

Christmas mood: The Nutcracker (don't you love the story- and the Bolshoi ballet performing it?)
You can find an Ulbricht Nutcracker, like the above, here.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

X-mas essence 1222

You crafty folks, why not surround yourselves with little, green paper christmas trees these holidays? You can either make them by following Martha Stewart's tutorial here (top image) or get them ready made, like this sweet christmas tree garland by Jannee (bottom image).

Up in the air somewhere chevrons

Love the shades, love the texture, love the simplicity, love the straightforwardness, love these dishes made by Susan of up in the air somewhere. Check her sculptural work here and her blog there and, of course, her etsy shop (where you'll find all the above)

P.s. Photo template by the amazing Katrina of Pugly Pixel!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

X-mas essence 1221

White tree and snow in a glass ball ornament on a white tree with sparkling white leds. Yeap, that's my style..

Image via Merry Christmas!

Bathroom lust

We haven't talked about bathrooms in a while, don't you think? Here is some brainstorming, then. I love the simplicity of the first one with the concrete ceiling and the metallic tubes complementing the scene, the pink window frame and the wooden stove in the second one, the boudoir atmosphere in the third one and, of course, the large chalkboard substituting the mirror (who needs one, anyway ;) in the last image. What's your favorite one?

Image credits:
1.Amy Neunsinger, 2.Micky Hoyle ,3.Mikael Dubois, 4.Russel Smith

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

X-mas essence 1220

Cozy holidays in warm whites and naturals (and the fire still burning)..

Image via.

Straight cut and green

Large built-in fireplace with a simple rectangular opening and a green chair to lounge on when the day gets colder. Similar but not the same. Which one would you prefer? (I'd probably chose the first one due to its country style references)

Image credits:

Sunday, December 18, 2011

X-mas essence 1218

Christmas table scape designed by ever talented Michaela and Lotta of Hey Look. Raindeer place card holders for kids and twigs, horse cookie cutter and glass jars used as votives are only a few of their weapons for a super stylish, repurposed holiday decoration. I highly recommend to visit their blog for tons of inspiration!

Images via here and there.

Sunday plans

We are just beginning to get close to the holidays and I'm already in a festive mood. This translates to late night sleeping, friends gatherings and a reluctancy to do anything scheduled or demanding. Which brings me to a Sunday topped with to dos and unavoidable work deadlines. Ok, first things first then; catch up with the necessaries and then spend the evening ice skating and cotton candy eating ☺

Image credits:
1.nicety, 2.Douglas Friedman, 3.tumblr (can't track down the original source, any clues?)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

X-mas essence 1217

We have a big white Christmas tree decorated with golden ornaments over at My Paradissi. Pure and sparkling (as we wish our hearts to be..).

Image by me.

Friday, December 16, 2011

X-mas essence 1216

It's funny.. we traditionally use to decorate little boats for Christmas in Greece instead of trees but sort of this way not that one..

Image via Habitually Chic.

Ice skating under the sun

So, guys, have you ever been ice skating? Unfotunately, in Crete there is not enough cold to have real ice (well, perhaps up high into the mountains..) so we have to compromise with an artificial ice skating rink put in the center square of the city every Christmas. Not bad at all I admit. Although I have never been skating on the real thing, it's definitely a fun (and exausting) way to spend those holiday evenings!

By the way, check Stephanie's etsy for loads of Route 66 retro roadside images here. The above image lies here.

Under the stars

Image found via favim.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

X-mas essence 1215

Christmas tree in silver and gold. Not that expensive..
Christmas tree in silver and gold and loads of tiffany & co presents underneath. Well, that's a pure 100% glamourous decoration (and an expensive one).

Image via The Glamourai.

Seafoam winterwise

Mixing seafoam greens and turquoise with warmer tones of wood and textiles seems to be the key to bring a cool hue into one's place. Like using large mustard yellow pillows and throws or wooden floors and cabinetry.  Don't be afraid to try bigger surfaces like walls as long as you pay attention to the complementing details (an eye-catching gilded mirror adds style and a more vintage elegance) or, if you'd rather go with  smaller pieces go for a classic smeg fridge or a simple painted isle in the kitchen (like the above repainted one from IKEA). 

Image credits:
1.Paul Costello ,2.apartment therapy, 3.Daniela Mac Adden (via Interiors), 4.Chrissie Cremers

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

X-mas essence 1214

 Star-shape fairy lights create a festive atmosphere, even when draped from antler horns on the wall..

Image via Chateau de Konstanse via NIB.

Pink bouquets

Do you think that these tables would look the same without the pink shaded bouquets of hydrangeas and peonies? I bet they won't. Even with their wishbone vintage chairs, the mod shelving or their large, rattan pendants..

Image credits:
1.decor pad, 2.curated style

Monday, December 12, 2011

X-mas essence 1212

Oh, I've just found my dream entrance christmas decoration..

Image via duskjacket.

Cottage warmth

How about starting this week with the most inviting cottage atmosphere (yes, I do mean the large, burning fireplace, the kilims and the woven throws, the logs ready to be thrown into the fire and the fresh, smelling flowers..) So, are you with me?

P.S. If you feel inspired by these hand-woven pillows you should check sukan and folklorelove on etsy.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

X-mas essence 1211

Christmas retro glam with a mix of mustard and seafoam..

Image by Karl Anderson.

Sunday bliss

How's your weekend so far? I'm off to get some sunrays into my system, totally blocking away anything that has to do with work-stress-chores. Oh, I do love Sundays ☺

Image via apartment 34.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The percentage

X-mas essence 1210

Love this nostalgic christmas decoration by Tara of Blondie 'N' SC. This playful felt garland, the dreamy feathers on the back of the chair, the vintage candycanes in the jar and definitely the miniature christmas tree on the cute little truck, every detail adds up to this romantic and playful look. Check more shots (and inspiration) of Tara's place here.

Images by Blondie 'N' SC.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Simply festive

Gilded mirror and fairy lights.. oh, simplicity rules!

Image found via cherry blossom world.

Mountain retreat

Eureka! I've just found the perfect winter getaway! Well, it's a bit far for me and probably already taken (lucky guys..) but it's so appropriate to make my mind wander and my knees weaken. Despite the debate we had on total wood look, this retreat leaves me no choice but to adore it. Maybe it's those big stone fireplaces or the large windows looking outside at the white mountains. Oh, and the rocking chairs waiting for me to sit and start knitting (sound like a grandma already..)

Images via Charles de Lisle.
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