Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Latest news and a wish

My Paradissi little star © Eleni Psyllaki

If you follow me along the social media, you'll probably know by now the reason to my radio silence the past days. For the newcomers, I was super excited and surprised to welcome my baby son into this world on Tuesday, 23rd December, 3 weeks earlier than its due date. We're both fine, enjoying the warmth of our home and the last days of the holiday season. Really, I couldn't ask for a greater Christmas gift than that. 
I wish the New Year to come will be as gorgeous, soul filling, loving, inspiring and creative as 2014 has been. Wish you all, my friends, 2015 will bring you the things your heart wishes for and a big smile on the face of you and you loved ones. See you next year! Xoxo



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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday bliss is..

Cozy burning fireplace via roserogpatina
THE BEST CHEWY CAFÉ-STYLE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES recipe by Host The Toast

..chewy chocolate chip cookies, warm milk and an burning fire in the coziest of living rooms.


P.s. More Sunday bliss inspiration here.


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Monday, December 22, 2014

WAITING FOR OUR BABY

Bedroom decor to accommodate a baby boy | My paradissi ©Eleni Psyllaki

It's time I shared with you what we did with our bedroom design for the arrival of our baby :) We decided to have him sleep with us for the first few months so we created an extra space in our bedroom for his needs. There was plenty of room to add a crib next to my sleeping side and a drawer for his tiny little clothes, which we, of course, already stuffed with cute toys (most of them given by friends and relatives). Truth is, I have absolutely no idea if this arrangement works; as a new mother I have no experience whatsoever on the everyday needs of a baby. But, I'm most eager to alter and evolve along the way. The turquoise blue on the walls, which I had totally started to get bored of, fits like a glove to a newborn boy as it is both calm and happy. As for the lighting, I added a string of fairy lights on the bed canopy and the literally look like twinkling stars at night. So cute! Now, all we have to do is wait. Only a few weeks left till we meet him ^^

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday bliss is..

Image by Axel Vervoordt, Timeless Interiors
Soft Brown Butter & Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls recipe by Local Milk

..indulging on these soft brown butter and eggnog cinnamon rolls on a comfy elegant chaise in front of this modern country, open fireplace.


P.s. More Sunday bliss inspiration here.


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Weekend

Merry Christmas wreath | Image via SeasonMag


● The amazing, ever evolving, colorful mid-century modern design of The Apartment.
● This handmade and fair trade plush whale is such a cute gift for a kid.
10 things you need to learn to start living the life of your dreams.
● Bright pink mini Christmas trees you can actually diy.
● How to explain social networks to your grandparents.
● A recipe I'm about to try these days.
● Thorough tips on how to use lighting in your bedroom correctly.
● Want this gorgeous mid century modern armchair.
● Love these simple ways to decorate for Christmas.
● Impressive cuff to sport on New Year's.

Last week: Cozy Christmas decor.
Last week: Marble and dark cabinetry in the kitchen
Back on 2013: 40 brown paper gift wrapping ideas.
Back on 2012: Christmas country inspiration.


P.s. Only a few days left to enter our GIVEAWAY and win a soft faux fur throw by OCCA HOME worth $212.



Happy weekend, friends!



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Image via SeasonMag.

Friday, December 19, 2014

KITCHEN DETAIL: Marble and dark blue cabinetry

KITCHEN DETAIL:  Marble and dark blue cabinetry | Image by Alexis Hamilton via Remodelista.
Image by Alexis Hamilton via Remodelista.
KITCHEN DETAIL:  Marble and dark blue cabinetry | Image via Ensemble Architecture, DPC
Image via Ensemble Architecture, DPC

I'm really digging this combination of marble countertop and splashback with the dark blue cabinetry in these kitchens. The marble veins contrasting the chic, almost black, surfaces seems to be a straight way to elegance and function. Definitely a choice I'd consider for my future kitchen design. What do you think?



P.s. Marble, copper and black in the kitchen.


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cozy Christmas decor

Cozy Christmas decor | Image via Unique Wedding Services.
Image via Unique Wedding Services.
I'm most certainly a fan of simple and minimalistic decorations, but, as we can all agree, Christmas time does need a considerable amount of warm and cozy settings to feel complete, as much as it needs its Frank Sinatra singing on the background and the snow falling out of the window. So, today's inspiration includes fireplaces, deep warm hues, lots of woods and textiles, thick wreaths and garlands and a dear festive atmosphere. Enjoy! xoxo

Cozy Christmas decor | Image by Nicole Franzen
Image by Nicole Franzen via Savvy Home.
Cozy Christmas decor | Image via Cottages & Bungalows.
Image via Cottages & Bungalows.
Cozy Christmas decor | Image via Sköna Hem.
Image via Sköna Hem.
Cozy Christmas decor | Image via Small Measure.
Image via Small Measure.
Cozy Christmas decor | Image by Yayo Ahumada via Domaine
Image by Yayo Ahumada via Domaine (via Savvy Home).
Cozy Christmas decor | Image via Country Homes & Interiors
Image via Country Homes & Interiors (via this post).
Cozy Christmas decor | Image via Ruffled.
Image via Ruffled.
Cozy Christmas decor |  Image by Martin Solyst for Femina
Image by Martin Solyst for Femina via Dustjacket.


 P.s. My take on decorating a cozy elegant living room for Christmas.



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MOOD 51_14

MOOD 51_14 | My Paradissi

Today, I'd mostly love to..

Pastel pink outfit by My Dubio
..wear soft and comfy pastel pinks all day long

Norwegian home decor. Styling and photo by Elisabeth Heier
..rest in this window seat nook while enjoying the wintery view

Chocolate pound cake with peanut butter frosting recipe by The Baking Bird

Printable gift tags by Coco and Mingo
..wrap up the gifts using these pretty printable gift tags by Coco and Mingo


P.s. Last week's mood.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ETSY MIX of the week

ETSY MIX of the week | My Paradissi

1 | More than purses or shoes, I am a scarf lady. Never can have too many. Love this delicate infinity scarf that can be worn all year long (littleminnowdesigns, $32) 
2 | Love this little vintage enamel milk container. Would make such a gorgeous display on an open shelving vignette (VintageBeautyArchive, $30)
3 | White leather can be so sophisticated and this case is a gorgeous way to protect your precious iphone (CORIUMI, $16)
4 | Simple designs are often the best, and this is definitely the case with this stunning letterpress wedding invitation suite (seabornpress, $5)
5 | On my 9th month of pregnancy, this onesie just makes me a little bit too sentimental. Is this normal? (DreamLittle, $18)
6 | Really cool and impressive earring that is conquering the internet these days (GemBlue, $165)



P.s. Don't forget to have a look at my Etsy gift guides for some last minute ideas!



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Monday, December 15, 2014

Quote of the day

"They say: think twice before you jump. I say: jump first and then think as much as you want." ~Osho

"They say: think twice before you jump. I say: jump first and then think as much as you want." ~Osho



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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday bliss is..

Scandinavian country living room via Hus o Hem
Avocado and pomegranate crostinis recipe by Love and Lemons

..munching on these avocado and pomegranate crostinis in this gorgeous country scandinavian living room.


P.s. More Sunday bliss inspiration here.


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Weekend

Cozy Christmas fireplace setting | Image by Melissa Oholendt via Wit&Delight.


● Couldn't agree more on Victoria's thoughts on Instagram vs real life.
● Looking for some fresh cool prints for your wall? Check out this shop with works of new talented artists from the Balkans.
This goes straight into my holiday wishlist.
● Gorgeous natural and super easy garland to make for the holiday.
● Oh, hello little turtle beanbag. You're very lovely ^^
● 29 tips to increase your productivity as a blogger (works with other jobs/hobbies as well).
● It is officially the season for wreaths. Love these ideas a lot.
● Pretty purse to present a girl friend with.
● Incredibly cute ornaments you can diy.
What's your spirit pattern? Mine is stripes (of course!)

Last week: My latest interior design project (and a GIVEAWAY!)
Last week: Inspired by Christmas on instagram.
Back on 2013: For your Christmas reading.
Back on 2012: Cozy winter inspiration.


P.s. Still on the lookout for that perfect gift? Check out my gift guides for some pretty ideas!



Happy weekend, friends!



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Image by Melissa Oholendt via Wit&Delight.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas on Instagram

Christmas on Instagram | @lightpoem
@lightpoem
Of all the social media out there, instagram is my least favorite. I know this comes as a surprise to most of you, since Instagram is a rapidly growing platform, recently surpassing Twitter on active users. Maybe it is the fact that I have not yet to come to terms with capturing every moment of my life and sharing it with the world. I am indeed a more private person. But, as blogging evolves and followers spread throughout all the media platforms it would be silly of me to keep neglecting its power. So, I made it my job to spend a few more moments each day browsing through new accounts and old followers. And then it hit me. Instagram is indeed a powerful instrument! You get to meet amazing people and collect tons of inspiration in a matter of seconds. So much information it even becomes overwhelming at first. Like, these pics I'm sharing with you today that shout out loud 'Christmas is here' that I had a hard time narrowing down to just a few.
So, do you use instagram? Is it your favorite social media or which one do you prefer? Please, leave in the comment section below your instagram account. I'd love to check it out! xoxo

Christmas on Instagram | @erikaappelstrom
@erikaappelstrom 
Christmas on Instagram | @gatherandfeast
@gatherandfeast 
Christmas on Instagram | @georgeats
@georgeats 
Christmas on Instagram | @linda_lomelino
@linda_lomelino
Christmas on Instagram | @anastasiamika
@anastasiamika
Christmas on Instagram | @berestova
@berestova
Christmas on Instagram | @livingenjoy
@livingenjoy
Christmas on Instagram | @me_and_orla
@me_and_orla
Christmas on Instagram | @oncewaslost_
@oncewaslost_




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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holidays with OCCA HOME + a GIVEAWAY

Holidays with OCCA HOME | 3d visualisation ©Eleni Psyllaki for My Paradissi

One of the coolest things in blogging is that, from time to time, you get to work with amazing stores you admire and look up to. As you can tell, I was ecstatic to be contacted by OCCA HOME a few weeks ago, as it is one of the interior online stores I love to reference to when it comes to quality home products for my clients and readers. OCCA HOME specializes in unique and branded homeware, all curated by experienced interior designers. And that is not to wonder as, OCCA HOME actually sprung from the OCCA-Design, as an architectural and interior design practice focusing on the design of homes and hotels in both Europe and UAE.
Seizing the opportunity, I used the OCCA HOME catalogue to design a living room based on the wintery holiday mood of these days. When it comes to 3d design, sky's the limit, so here it is, a contemporary chalet, placed in the middle of a snow white forest, in the calmness of the season, with all the appropriate warmth and coziness needed.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Some more gift guides for the holidays

Gift guides for the holidays | My Paradissi

Have you bought your Christmas gifts yet? I've added 3 more gift guides in my Holiday Gift Guide page, if you're still on the lookout :)





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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MOOD 50_14

MOOD 50_14 | My Paradissi

Today, I'd dearly love to..

Sophisticated cozy bedroom | The Line. Photo by Aubrie Pick for Apartment 34
..wake up in this sophisticated yet utterly cozy bedroom

Gold knuckle or stacking rings by Onata on Etsy
..wear stacks of fine golden rings

Dream of white Christmas
..dream of white Christmas when all we ever get here is rain

Medjool date and vanilla bean café au lait de coco | Offbeat and Inspired



P.s. Last day to enter our $200 gift pack GIVEAWAY!



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Monday, December 8, 2014

Dreamy Christmas decor by Carnets Parisiens

Dreamy Christmas decor by Carnets Parisiens

I'm always fascinated when I come across a beautiful blog for the first time, and Carnets Parisiens is such a gorgeous surprise! With the holiday season ahead, it was a great inspiration to spend a few good moments browsing through the Christmas and Holiday section. Pretty diys and delicious recipes are presented with some amazing photography I tell ya and the photos I'm sharing with you today here are only the tip of the iceberg. Hop over to Carnets Parisiens to check out for yourself (blog is in french but with google translator I'm sure you'll be ok)! xoxo

Dreamy Christmas decor by Carnets Parisiens
Dreamy Christmas decor by Carnets Parisiens
Dreamy Christmas decor by Carnets Parisiens
Dreamy Christmas decor by Carnets Parisiens



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