Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Radiant Orchid - Pantone Color of the Year 2014

Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple-one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health... This is the Pantone's color of the year 2014!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Morning Tales

10 o’clock at the village of Ano Lehonia Railway Station... The little train’s whistle signals the beginning of an unforgettable trip. The ascent on the beautiful slopes of Mt. Pelion has began! History is about to unfold...
This 60cm gauge line, one of the narrowest in the wolrd, is home to the loco and the 4 cars of “Moutzouris”, a common Greek nickname reserved for someone who turns things black, an obvious choice in the days of steam.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

KOOK Osteria & Pizza

Kook Osteria & Pizzeria opened in 2012 in the town of Olgiata in the north Rome. The  unique design & decorative ideas of the Noses Architects founded by Mohamed Keilani & Luca Gasparini, has been created a restaurant with a rustic yet industrial style which makes the client feels more like home than in a restaurant! On the one hand the choice of old furnishings, leather Chesterfield couches, vintage decorative items, suspended chandeliers and a Bianchi bicycle on the wall and on the other hand the mix & match of  different materials like concrete, wood, old hand made tiles, metal & glass create a cozy space that offers an atmosphere of cool comfort with a touch of class... What I loved most about this restaurant was its centerpiece; a living olive tree encased in a paneled glass shell, paying homage to the fruit that is so important to the Italian cuisine! For me this is a place where I could spend a lot of hours starting with a lunch and leaving after many hours, late in the evening, having a wonderful time lounging with friends just like home!!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Family home in the heart of the nature

This dreamy home is owned by a Norwegian family who decided to move to the Italian countryside near a lake... After a thorough renovation, the owners respecting the character of the old construction and maintaining the old details which made it a unique rustic house, they created an amazingly renovated country house ideal to accommodate a family! What I loved most about this house is its living room with the unique glass roof which in combination with the floor to ceiling opening, gives you the  impression that you are sitting outside while you enjoy the fireplace's warmth!!! A house with enormous yet cozy  internal spaces due to the use of natural materials and colors such as the wooden  off-white beams, the stone wall and the grey cement floors covered with hand made kelims and cow skins for more warmth. And what about the claw foot bathtub in front of the large opening with this breathtaking view to the garden? I would really like to spend some days in this tiny paradise...!!! You?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wise Words

An Art Wall in your Living Room

Whatever the style of your living room is, an Art Wall behind your couch is a must! Even if you can afford buy some pieces of art or create them by your own hands the result will be really unique... A wall filled with paintings, patterns, images, quotes, old movies posters or everything else you would like, combined with similar frames in size and colors, all put together, will create the centre of your living room's interest! Here you can find a lot of inspiration for your own Art Wall...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Let it snow!!!

In the middle  of an idyllic landscape covered with a blanket of snow, this wooden house consists the perfect refuge during cold winter days... What I loved most about this house is the warmth that exudes as the main material of its construction is the wood. I like the wood paneled walls painted in dark colors, the open beamed ceilings and then the recycled flooring and the imposing open stone fireplace mentioning to another era! A modern contrast is created by the simple metallic construction for log storage by the fireplace, the leather couches, the cement countertop in the kitchen and the contemporary spot lightning. I really would like sitting by this amazing fireplace covered with  a warm blanket and enjoying the snowy landscape drinking a cup of tea with honey and cinnamon...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Here everything is for sale!

Many hotels allow you to buy the bathrobes, but how you feel when you hear that everything in this hotel is for sale? The only thing you cannot buy here is the building itself!!!
So, if you 'll go to Items B&B in Belgium and you are madly in love with an original furniture from the 50's or 80's signed by Verner Panton, Arne Jacobsen or Charles and Ray Eames, you have the opportunity to buy them. It's a brilliant idea!!! Each time you will visit this hotel, nothing will reminds you, your previous visit, as everything will be different...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy new Year!!!

It's a new year!!! It's time to start new GREAT things… 
I wish you 2014 will be the year to turn your CAN'TS into CANS and your DREAMS into PLANS!!!
The BEST is yet to come!
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