Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A happy home (and a few thoughts)

Mandy Shadforth’s House for Real Living Magazine
Mandy Shadforth’s House for Real Living Magazine
Mandy Shadforth’s House for Real Living Magazine
Mandy Shadforth’s House for Real Living Magazine
Mandy Shadforth’s House for Real Living Magazine
Mandy Shadforth’s House for Real Living Magazine
Mandy Shadforth’s House for Real Living Magazine

I know that this blog is all about happy and inspiring places and spaces but there are some days that it's not that easy to put a smile on the face and pretend that everything is fine. It's not. I'm fine, don't worry, but my country is not. I'm keeping this post simple and short as I don't want to give a political note to My Paradissi but here's what's going on in Greece since yesterday afternoon.

Our unstable and untrustworthy government, without previous notice, shut down all our national TV and radio stations last night. They literally shut the broadcasting signal off and all monitors got a black screen where the national channels used to be*. It is a well known fact that our national TV was having transparency and corruption issues and was in a dear need of some cleaning up and reorganizing. I wonder though, is this sneaky and sudden way the only way to fix things? Living in a country that choses to deal with problems without public discussion, voting or even a notice a few days before so as people know what's going on, makes me wonder in what king of democracy we're living in. 

That being said, I'd like to share with you a few shots of Mandy Shadforth's beautiful house. Pretty interiors and cozy home scenes make me feel a tad more positive about life. I don't know why that happens, I prefer to just let it be without overanalyzing. 


*Use the #ert hashtag on twitter to find more on the subject.


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11 comments :

  1. Great post, I am so glad you are chosing to reflect this not-so-posh-and-designey issue here as well. In my humble opinion design blogs should also reflect time and space around them. Besides, time and space are two fundamental principles of design themselves.
    Great house!

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  2. Hi Eleni, beautiful photographs in a turbulent time. I feel for all the Greek people right now as my daughter has a friend who lives there. It is such a beautiful country with stunning islands etc, it is such a pity to see it in such turmoil.

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  3. I do not know you, but I have wondered what it was like because I know Greece has been going thru turbulent economically and politically. Prayers for you and yours. I love your blog.

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  4. Dear Eleni,
    I'm really sad about the news in your country. I feel very close to Greece because one of my dearest friends is married to a Greek guy and their family is like family to me. I've been invited to their weddings, I've been visiting their houses and I've never felt more wellcomed in any other place in the world. And it's so hard to see the measures that are being taken... I feel that my country, Spain, is heading the same direction... Is terrible what is happening in Greece and what is going to happen in Spain.
    All my thoughts are with your wonderful mesmerizing country!
    xx,
    E.
    www.theslowpace.com

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear this. If you have been following the news in the US this week, you know that we are also dealing with the news of information gathering on the average public. We do live in scary times.

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  6. I had not heard this. Thanks for keeping us informed. Sad, indeed.

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  7. I love those chairs! So pretty! xx. McKenna Lou
    www.lynnandlou.com
    p.s. Be sure to check out our Anthropologie gift card giveaway!

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  8. What an exciting Home,gives me a tropical and bohemian feeling:)
    Very Nice Home,Thanks for sharing!
    Tove :)

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  9. Oh Eleni I really feel for you & the people of Greece...my thoughts are with you.

    On a brighter note ;) love the carefree feel to this house xoxo debra

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  10. Both my parents are from Greece and I have a lot of family there. When I visited in August I was so happy to see everybody. My godmother e-mailed me just the other day about this issue. She said that the closing of ERT also means a loss of 2,500 jobs. I don't know what those people will do. The unemployment rate is so high already. I'm not sure how this could possibly help anyone. Couldn't they cut pay? Wouldn't that be better than paying unemployment? I don't know. I feel so sorry to hear about this. I hope things turn around, but I know it will take time. I worry for my family and everyone else in Greece.
    When I was there in August, I was shocked by how much Thessaloniki changed for the worse. I told a Greek friend living in NYC and she thought I was exaggerating till she went back and saw it for herself. It broke her heart. Its just so sad.

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