Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday bliss is..

Kitchen of Nynne Rosenvinge via Femina
Peppermint crunch sugar cookie bars | Creme de la Crumb

.. baking these festive looking peppermint crunch sugar cookie bars in this pretty black and white kitchen.

P.s. More Sunday bliss inspiration here.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Weekend

Cozy scandinavian setting | Image via Bolig

● Apart from rosemary, eucalyptus is also a great, more sophisticated alternative to the classic Christmas evergreens.
● Really cool brass and marble table lamp.
● Cute and easy Christmas garland diy.
● It's olive harvest season here in Greece and this short video is such a beautiful depiction of it.
● Oh my, oh my, oh my, my pregnant self yearns for these!
● Check out my latest article on the FADS blog on 3 ways to style your Christmas table.
● Looking for pretty wall decals for your kids room? Love these by TheLovelyWall (plus they're 30% off this weekend!)
● Mastering the art of letting go.
● Want this puffy star garland for my baby's room.
● Love Anna's initiative of giving voice to the small businesses. Check out the comments in this post for local and independent stores suggested by the readers.

Last week: WC like Water Closet.
Last week: This week's mood.
Back on 2013: 10 best woven baskets for firewood.
Back on 2012: Christmas in red and white.

P.s. There are still some great sales and deals for this weekend. Find my favorite ones from Etsy sellers here.

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Image via Bolig via Planete Deco.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Quote of the day

Thanksgiving quote | My Paradissi

Quite truthfully, I'm not accustomed to the Thanksgiving day as we don't celebrate it here in Greece. But, the idea behind this holiday is really worth it, at least to make us pause for a moment and appreciate what we have and who we are. And, there are so many words to keep in mind apart from a simple thank you.. 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MOOD 48_14

MOOD 48_14 | My Paradissi

Today, totally feels like..

MOOD 48_14 | waking up in this bedroom by Maiju Saw
..waking up in this bedroom

MOOD 48_14 | warming up with this smoked french onion soup via Waiting on Martha
..warming up with this smoked french onion soup

MOOD 48_14 | wearing leather trousers with soft whites via Park and Cube

MOOD 48_14 | wishing with this hand written Christmas card via PaperSocietyCo
..wishing with this hand written Christmas card

P.s. Last week's mood.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ETSY MIX of the week

ETSY MIX of the week Christmas Edition | My Paradissi

1 | Cutest baby knit set! Reminded me of miniature Christmas stockings, how sweet would they be as a holiday decor for a kids room as well? (Junikid, $29.30)
2 | Love the simple wooden cutout design of this deer garland, sweet yet totally chic and stylish even for a more contemporary decor (BotanikaStudio, $17+)
3 | For the love of garlands, this bold red felted one is too pretty to miss this Christmas too (CoutureByAyca, $10+)
4 | Nothing feels as cozy and homey as the smell of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, especially during holiday season, when the home has to be flooded with the warmest of essences. This pretty candle seems like a great way to do so (atlanticavenew, $20)
5 | This personalised Santa gift bag is sure to have a great impact on kids. Just imagine having one filled with presents under the tree. Oh my, I want one myself! (OldEnglishCo, $32.35)
6 | Love these teasing gift tags! Perfect for the youngsters but totally great for the older ones too ;) (PrintSmitten, $9.50)

P.s. Check out my Etsy holiday gift guides for more handmade shopping inspiration this Christmas. Also, you can drop by my boutique for some extra ideas!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

W.C. like Water Closet

W.C. designed by Marie Olsson Nylander | Image via Hemnet via sfgirlbybay
Image via Hemnet via sfgirlbybay.
W.C. designed by Marie Olsson Nylander | Image via KK Living
Image via KK Living.

I've always found the abbreviation W.C. a bit funny. I mean, a water closet is not something I usually have in mind when visiting a small toilet. There is water involved, for sure, but, by definition, a closet is something more of an organizing space with certain claustrophobic references. On the other hand, although these photos are really close to the literal definition of the w.c., they are too darn cute, don't you think? And, no wonder they have many similarities as they are both designs of amazing stylist Marie Olsson Nylander. The b&w design adds tons of character and sophistication and I really love the small details like the wire basket for the toilet paper, the enamel sink and the photo gallery above the toilet. No more having fun of water closets again, for sure ;)

P.s. A toilet inside a closet in this riad and 10 fancy toilet decorating ideas.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday bliss is..

Crispy bed linen via Ikea Family Live
Autumn snack by Sonya Yu

..staying under bed's crispy linens for as long as possible and having a tasty brunch of coffee, desserts and fruit to follow.

P.s. More Sunday bliss inspiration here.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Weekend

Gaelle Le Boulicaut for Home Magazine

● This place is really cool but kind of reminds me of a cow (!)
● Although I haven't been to a gym in ages I found this post hilarious (and quite true actually!)
● Have you seen these edible scrabble pieces? I'd probably eat the pieces before I come up with new words!
● Even paintings take selfies these days.
● How to get shit done when you're totally unmotivated.
Cookie cutters for the graphic designer.
● Anyone else with a cramming mailbox issue? This article has some great points.
● Nasty Christmas card.
● Casually festive table setting ideas with lots of rustic and earthly influences.
● Beautiful wintery garland diy for the holiday.

Last week: Love or not: Industrial kitchens
Last week: 24 ways to decorate with rosemary this holiday
Back on 2013: A khaki kitchen to steal your heart.
Back on 2012: Inspiring bookcases crammed with style.

P.s. If you are on a gift shopping spree this weekend, don't forget to have a look at my holiday gift guides and drop by my boutique for even more handmade inspiration!

Happy weekend, friends!

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Gaelle Le Boulicaut for Home Magazine via French By Design.

Friday, November 21, 2014

24 ways to decorate with rosemary this holiday

24 ways to decorate with rosemary this holiday | My Paradissi

Rosemary, with its resemblance to the evergreen foliage and its probable presence in most gardens and balconies, is a great alternative to the usual holiday greens. Although many of us usually limit its use to our culinary activities, this little herb is way to precious when it comes to Christmas decorating. And, by precious, I'm not even close to suggest that it is expensive or of high maintenance but, quite on the contrary, it proves to be a dear ally to all our holiday festivities and crafts. Very easy to find and manipulate, rosemary can turn into a gorgeous wreath, play a central role on the holiday tablescape, beautify our gift wrapping and home decorations and even make adorable mini Christmas tree alternatives. As a matter of fact, I've gathered a whole lot of 24 ideas on how you can use rosemary for your holiday decorations this Christmas. Hope they get you inspired for some happy weekend crafting :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fresh styled nightstands

Fresh styled nightstand | Image by Tessa Neustadt via Apartment 34.
Image by Tessa Neustadt via Apartment 34.

Going against the chilly wintery weather, I feel deeply inspired by these freshly decorated bedrooms and the way their nightstands are styled in a casual and effortless tone. If you feel like I do, you'll find this shopping list interesting ;)

Fresh styled nightstands | My Paradissi

Shop this collection: 1.Miller duvet cover set (Wayfair, $69.28), 2.Envoy swing sconce (Schoolhouse Electric, $199), 3.Sweater knit planter (Crate&Barrel, $12.95), 4.Marble teardrop candle holder (Crate&Barrel, $6.95), 5.Handmade ceramic tray (jillrosewald, $45), 6.Glass vase (H&M, $12.95), 7.Hexagonal copper pot (Lefliving, €42), 7.Cement gray side table (CB2, $149), 8.Alexa reclaimed wood bed (West Elm, $1599+)

Fresh styled nightstand | Image by Tec Petaja via Front+Main
Image by Tec Petaja via Front+Main.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ETSY holiday gift guides

ETSY holiday gift guides | My Paradissi

In case you haven't noticed the brand new banner at the right side of the blog, I've started putting together this year's holiday gift guides! Yay! Like last year, I pick handmade and vintage favorites from Etsy, cause they are always a more unique and personal gift option, right? This time, however, I'm grouping all the gift guides in one separate page instead of posting them within the blog. The guides are actually etsy treasuries, for those familiar with the term, which means that you'll find the detailed product pages and prices in my etsy page (links are under each gift guide!). You can find all the gift guides in this page and make sure to visit often as I'll be adding a few more in the following days. If you like some help with picking a present, or have a request for a specialised gift guide, please do ask and I'll do my best to help you out!

For now, here are the links to my first 6 gift guides:

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Monday, November 17, 2014

LOVE OR NOT: Industrial kitchens

LOVE OR NOT: Industrial kitchens | My Paradissi

Industrial kitchens have some sort of a magical influence on me; although I'm not sure one would fit in my daily routine, I'd definitely love to have one in my dream home. The inox and concrete surfaces, the open shelving and exposed kitchenware, the muted hues of grays and neutrals, the often large openings and high ceilings have a deep impact on my imagination and sort of call me to start cooking asap. Quite reasonably, as everything stands in place, ready for a culinary battle, like these kitchens were made for solely one purpose, to cook.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday bliss is..

White scandinavian contemporary kitchen. Photo by Sara Landstedt
Easy Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls recipe by Half Baked Harvest

..preparing these deliciously fluffy eggnog cinnamon rolls in this simple clean cut kitchen.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Weekend

Bed in an alcove | Private house in Tinos. Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis via Yatzer

● A fun way to see reality. 
● Can you imagine DaVinci instagramming?
● Want this gorgeous blanket.
● Do you have a small, windowless bathroom? Here's what you can do.
● A smart and classy way to give presents (even to yourself!)
Planters with legs are too cute, don't you think?
10 ways you're making your life harder than it has to be.
● Love this idea for a hostess gift.
● Straight to the point tips on how to be more productive
● I just have a thing for string lights and this collection includes a bunch of great ideas. 

Last week: Decor trend: Floor mirrors
Last week: Cozy scandinavian apartment.
Back on 2013: 5 kitchen island dreams.
Back on 2012: Kids rooms with an eclectic twist.

P.s. I'm very excited to announce the opening of My Paradissi's boutique on! There, you'll find my favorite products for the home, woman, kids, stationery and art, as well as pretty picks for the holiday season. You're more than welcome to come and have a look around!

Happy weekend, friends!

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Bed in an alcove | Private house in Tinos. Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis via Yatzer.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Quote of the day

'We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.' ~Plato

'We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.' ~Plato

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

MOOD 46_14

For today's mood, I'd pretty much like to..

Living room by Seventeendoors via Home Magazine
..relax in this cozy living room

Soft layers
..layer up with soft and warm clothes

Cushy knit blanket by KnitCoutureCo
 ..cuddle this super cushy knit blanket

Chocolate peppermints recipe by She wears many hats
 ..munch on these delicious chocolate peppermints.

P.s. Last week's mood.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cozy scandinavian apartment

Cozy scandinavian apartment | Design by Moodhouse, styling by Marie Ramse photos by Kristofer Johnsson via Hitta Hem.

I'm always fascinated by how cozy and warm an all white apartment can be, given the right design directions, of course. This one, designed by Moodhouse is an excellent example. The over abundance of textiles in all sorts of ways (read: drapes, throws, pillows, rugs, all in a similar white hue) is mostly to blame on the super cushy effect. So is the shade of white being chosen for the background. It is this off white hue with a hint of warm gray in it which matches beautifully the wooden floor and sporadic natural touches (read: rattan pot basket, wooden crates and stools) that can be found around. White spaces seem to work wonders with the diffused winter light coming from the windows, so typical for the northern countries! See more of this amazing apartment after the jump :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ETSY MIX of the week

ETSY MIX of the week | My Paradissi

1 | Love the idea of having an endless resource of business cards by simply stamping new ones on empty card paper with this personalised stamp (stationeryboutique, $40)
2 | Totally inspired by the dynamic of this wild horses photo. Would love to see it framed and hung on my wall (EyePoetryPhotography, $30+)
3 | How gorgeous is this almost 100 years old desk lamp? Well taken care of, with new working cable is a perfect choice for the vintage or industrial style lover ( ObjectandLight, $225)
4 | Such a pretty and happy wall calendar for the coming new year (DURIDO, $17.83+)
5 | Beauty lies in the details, and this pillow is so simple yet carefully crafted that is definitely a must have (ClothandINK, $55)
6 | Simple and pretty teardrop ring to wear every day (SilverLinesJewelry, $36.94)

P.s. Looking for some pretty wrapping paper to wrap your gifts in style? Check out my favorite picks here.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

DECOR TREND: Floor mirrors

DECOR TREND: Floor mirrors | My Paradissi

As a woman, I'm hardly a mirror person myself. This means that I spend only a couple of minutes at most in front of one every day. But, as a designer, I am a great lover of mirrors as decorative accents inside a home. They can actually do wonders when used correctly. First and furthermost, they make the room look bigger plus they multiply the amount of light circulating in the space. Moreover, they add depth, reflections which, in their turn, create interest, can be visually pleasing by using a stunning frame and strategically picking their position as to what they reflect and, of course, are of a practical use to the inhabitant. Mirrors vary greatly in size; even the smallest one can prove a great design accessory. However, today's post is dedicated to the bigger, floor standing ones. Aren't they totally impressive? See, after the jump, 10 inspiring interiors with wall leaning floor mirrors as well as 5 tips on how to use them correctly in your home.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday bliss is..

Getting cozy by the fire via Laura Ashley
Cheesy BBQ loaded potatoes recipe by Naturally Ella

..spending lazy hours in front of the burning fire, enjoying a good book and these mouth watering cheesy BBQ loaded potatoes.

P.s. More Sunday bliss inspiration here.

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