Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bright and honey


Running like crazy today but, I must confess, I can't go to bed without giving you even the tiniest of inspiration. Like the above dining spots. See you tomorrow, my friends! xoxo

Image credits:
1.Darling Dexter, 2.design sponge

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

On your walls (a giveaway!)


It's giveaway time! Our lovely sponsor Bates Mercantile Co. is giving you the chance to be the winner of their 'grow love' tree print. What you have to do is visit Bates Mercantile Co. shop on etsy and come back here to leave a comment.

For extra entries you can:
1. Like Bates Mercantile Co. on facebook (and leave an extra comment that you did so) and/or
2. Follow My Paradissi (and leave an extra comment that you did so) and/or
3. Mention about this giveaway on twitter/facebook (and, guess, leave an extra comment that you did so).

Winner will be picked up next Wednesday March 7th.
Good luck!

This giveaway is open worldwide and is due until Tuesday March 6th. One winner will be chosen by Random.org on Wednesday March 7th and will be notified via email. If you don't own a blog or a google account, please be sure to leave your email with the comment so I can reach you. The winner will be contacted by Pam of Bates Mercantile Co. about the details.


Interested in sponsoring My Paradissi? E-mai me for ad rates and info!

Top image is from Old Brand New Blog.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Confetti simplicity


Love what Ifra Lahell did with her guest room. Pure whites, rough hard wood as a curtain rod, striped linens and confetti details on the wall (they are stickers bought from umlaute but I bet they are easy to make with some round cut paper stensil and wall paint). The look feels completed with that concrete wallpaper placed on the wall against the bed (and that super cute retro radio). Condensed ideas in one single room, don't you think?

Images via Ifra Lahell.

Celebrating..

It's a public holiday today here; Clean Monday (or Ash Monday to some) is celebrated as the first day of lent, with loads of seafood, vegetables, lagana bread and taramosalata. And kite flying! If weather allows it, spending this day outdoors is just a bliss! Off I go to grab my kite.. see you around, my friends! xoxo

Beautiful kites photographed by Andrew.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday bliss..


Hello amazing patio, can I daydream under your bougainvillea and sing along you melodic water springs?

Hacienda Da San Angel(found via nicety)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sunny days


Today was a long, sunny, spring-like Saturday that we mostly spent outdoors. It was really enjoyable and revitalizing! Hope your weekend is super! xoxo

P.s. Thank you all for your sweet comments on my Paradissi's view. I'm so glad you share the same enthusiasm about this place as I do. (B. is very proud of his photo- hehe)

Image credits:
1.James Geer, 2.Brandts Indoor

Friday, February 24, 2012

The view


The above photo is taken by my man and is actually, as it says, the view from my Paradissi. I have never mentioned it before, but the name of my blog is after a really hearted place of mine called Paradissi. It is located in southern Crete, right outside my village (a small village on the mountains called Melampes) and it's a very beautiful and powerful spot on earth (I am not objective, I love my roots a little too much..) This mountain in the photo is called Kedros and during wintertime the clouds run over it like a huge, eternal wave creating the most amazing view.
There, I said it. Hope you can visit our land someday, it is most definitely worth it!

Image by B.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Join us!


In case you have missed it, My Paradissi is now on Facebook!
As well as Twitter, Bloglovin' and Tumblr.
Come and join us there too!

Also, I will speak at The Hive Blog Conference in Berlin on 19-20 May. European friends (and not only!) we now have a chance to meet all together and talk about the things we all love to love (blogging stuff, and lots lots more). You can get all the information at The Hive website (along with the girls who made it an actual possibility, the rest of the speakers and the sponsors- the schedule is to be announced shortly). You can stay updated by following The Hive at Twitter and/or Facebook.
 May can't come soon enough!

Pretty awsome owl by Ashley Percival.

Honey kitchen love


A warm, woodsy kitchen is always appealing to me. Perhaps, this is because it reminds me of old bakeries or even old cottage houses filled with that whimsical smell of fresh bread being baked in the oven. So it's like synesthesia- love the smell, love the look. 

Whatever the reason, I had no difficulty summoning up a few images of inspiring kitchens. What do you think of these country style open shelving with the white dinnerware and the rattan basket all neatly displayed? Or the rattan lot right beneath, covering baskets and chairs, complementing the  bare straw roof? And the stone/concrete built in elements contrasting with the raw wood cabinets for a more sleek result (isn't that black concrete island amazing?) and that impressive marble countertop and splashback in the last photo. 

Which one is your fave? 

Image credits:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Industrial living


I was pleased to stumble upon Ne-Na's living room while browsing at her inspiring blog. And that is for two main reasons; first, the industrial mix&match of textures and colors (leather, metal and that amazing table) and second the concrete floor. I have a soft spot for concrete floors (hehe, that sounds contradicting..) and this one has really spoken to me (well, not really, really). And that xl factory window (that place was actually a factory, if I read correctly- trying to understand finnish via google translator!) does amplify the whole atmosphere, right?

Images via here.

Neo-boho in the bedroom


These are two bedrooms I'd be really happy to wake up to. Not only for their eclectic neo-boho style that keeps all the pros of a laid back, country atmosphere without being heavy and tight but also for that amazing light that is coming through the windows behind the beds (just perfect to wake you up, right?).  Check all those woven pillows and throws, the natural materials and fresh, the green elements in and out of the rooms. Like, like, like!

Image credits:
1.Commune Design (via Bliss), 2.Marion Melbourne

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Minakani Wallpapers


Speaking of wallpapers I was thrilled to come across these ones made by Minakani. Love the bold, large patterns that definitely steal the show and create a unique atmosphere in any place. Really, aren't they like pieces of art? Minakani studio is located in Paris and is very famous for their unique patterns used in fashion and furnishing among other things. Check their site for more info and inspiration and find their wallpapers here (65€/m2).

Images via Minakani Walls. Found via Ellens Album.

Monday, February 20, 2012

B&W classics


Starting off this new week with a white canvas, black details, mesh pendants and art to inspire. Choose between ethnic pieces (check out these pillows on the vitra chairs! Would you ever think of adding folkloric pieces on these chairs?) or modern monochromatic and a rustic pieces vs a more sleek black cabinet. Which one is more appealing to you?

Image credits:
1.Line Thit Klein, 2.Lotta Agaton

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Is it here?


Actually, not even close, but that bright sun up in the sky is so tempting today.. Hope you enjoy your Sunday wherever you are, xoxo!

Image credits:
1.Mystique Hotel, Santorini (via Aesthetically Thinking), 2,4. Line Thit Klein, 3.Pierrick Verny via Cote Maison

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bathroom lust


Oh! I love you little bathroom, you are so cute. Someday I might even visit you, you know..
(Bathroom location: Hotel Crayon, Paris)

Image via trĂ¡nsito inicial.

Bits&pieces: On Fire



bear face mirror ($29.00 - Gretel)
pillow ($190.00 - John Robshaw Textiles)
card ($6.00 - Sugar Paper)
 pomegranate candle ($55.00 - Neiman Marcus)
lamp ($219.00 - Crate&Barrel)
grove print ($15.00 - twamies on Etsy)
french rattan basket (£95.00 - Summerill & Bishop)
rattan stool (4,800 SEK - Svenskt Tenn)

Friday, February 17, 2012

A space to inspire


I've just finished a deep, extra intense house cleaning (yeap, the one that has to be done from time to time, how fun..) and I'm totally exhausted! I did some furniture rearrangements as well, to let the energy flow better around the rooms (actually, I was bored of the old one). Now my house looks like the ones above (I'd wish), well, sort of.. but it's clear now that I'm in need of some accessories to beautify it a bit like some art on the walls, some plans (that I will NOT kill this time) and a big dining table. Oh, and a comfy armchair to spend my afternoons on. And some extra pillows perhaps. I'd better start some DIY over here cause I don't think this economical crisis we're on is the best background for money spending (sad). Off, to get some rest now, xoxo!

Image credits:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bathroom brainstorming: Wallpaper


I've been seeing quite a lot of bathrooms covered with wallpapers lately and I must admit I am beginning to like it. Actually, I was never a fan of wallpapers as they reminded me of  semi-abandoned, old granny houses, over-cluttered and dusty. Now, with all this amazing inspiration going around and all these new, super-stylish, versatile and balanced wallpapers you can easily get your hands on, I have come to change my mind and can't wait to have a few of my walls in my dreamhouse covered with one or two patterns.  

But having my bathroom covered as well? Love the result, the bold and elegant feeling and the classy atmosphere one can make but I'm a bit unsure and that has to do with the moist. I mean, a bathroom can be a pretty wet place, right? And a wallpaper has to be quite water resistant to keep up. It is a pity to create a wonderfully colored bathroom that would last only a couple of years. 

Please, let me know what you think. Do you have wallpaper in your bathroom or would you go for it? (I'd love to wake up to a bathroom like the one in the first image, *sigh*)

Image credits:
1.Justin Bernhaut, 2.Pierre-Jean Verger, 3.Amanda Nisbet Design, 4.Michael Wells, 5.Isabel lopez-Quesada, 6.Digs by Katie, 7.neuhaus design, 8,9. Evelyn Muller via Casa de Valentina

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bold pomegranate


I love what a boldly colored detail does to a space. I also have a sweet tooth for pomegranate (and its warm and vibrant red color) so, as you can tell, it was an easy decision to post the above images. The couch in the first image looks so soft and welcoming, with its velvet texture just ready to be stroked! And the outdoor scene below is such a summer feeling trigger I can't believe we're still in mid February. I could wrap myself into that fuchsia sarong and head straight to the beach (or perhaps enjoy a cool ice tea under the thick patio shadow? Hmm, you're so daydreaming girl..)

Image credits:
1.Emily Johnston Anderson, 2.french by design via pretty stuff

Stills


Enjoying the silence of the above images; basic hues, intense contrast and the minimum details. And the bright light, once again, to put them all together into this peaceful canvas.

Image credits:
1.Vangelis Paterakis, 2.Georgina Skinner via Est Magazine no4

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Are you in love?


So, today we are all supposed to celebrate and honor love. Yes, why not, let's celebrate this extra powerful, highly motivational and life-bearing force of nature but, as we do so, let's keep in mind that this feeling cannot fit in one day alone; it has to follow us on a daily basis warming up our hearts and souls. Now, wink to the one you love, blow him an kiss and let the rest follow..

Image credits:

Monday, February 13, 2012

Bits&pieces: Pops of color


garland for spring / bunch of kids / tiffin boxes / lamps / pillow / postcards / household cleaner ceramic vases

New week, same style


It is a hard night's day today and, I have to admit, my mood is not as cheerful and light as this bright, sunny day would suggest. Please, excuse my gloominess for I wish for a world filled with love and joy and some basic sense of responsibility and truth, things would be so much different if we weren't all that stupid (Einstein had a point when saying that "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.")

I'm leaving you for now with a few feel-good scenes of cozy living rooms, those to gather up with some friends for a cup of coffee, some good music and reckless chitchatting. Hope this week gets off beautifully, wherever you are, my friends!

Image credits:
1.Marion Melbourne, 2.Myrica Bergqvist, 3.Derek Swalwell

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday bliss..


Hope that your Sunday smells of fresh peonies..

Image credits:
1.Thrifty Chic: Interior Style on a Shoestring by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell (photography by Simon Brown), 2.Air Kiss

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Varpunen Sacks


Love these polyester sacks by Varpunen. Totally practical for hiding away your kids stuff (and, of course, your craft supplies or anything else you can think of). Find them here and also have a look at Suki's blog.

Friday, February 10, 2012

White all over


Today I dreamt of snow. A quite bizarre dream that has left me with a disturbing emptiness in my stomach. I have to admit that I'm very influenced by all the political-economical-social evens that go on and on and on (seems like ages) in our little Greece. You know, TV and media can be great terrorizers, they keep manifesting on how we are going to starve to death in the best case scenario. Like my uncle says, peoples are like volcanos, you see the smoke coming out of the caldera but you never know when they are going to erupt. Keep my fingers crossed this crisis will end soon with the least of casualties.

I feel blessed and lucky that I have this blog, my happy place, and you all to spend our time together, share our ideas and inspirations, feed our souls with beauty while envisioning of a better, even more beautiful world. Thank you again for you love, sweeties ^_^

Although, I did not intend to blab today, it came out really spontaneously. All I wanted to share with you are these scandinavian aesthetic scenes, with that familial bright white light all over and the eclectic forms now and then decorating the place. Particularly in love with the large, unrefined dining table and the xl white carved mirror frame in the bedroom. What do you think?

Image cresits:

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Gemstones




Love these original art illustrations by Tabitha Bianca Brown.
Get them from her etsy shop and care to not miss her other works as well as her blog!
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