The magic of El Camino

The magic of El Camino

El Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage route existing for over a thousand years to modern day. Stories say that Saint Santiago (St James in English) brought Christianity in the land of Galicia and having returned to Jerusalem, he was martyred there. His disciples brought his body back on a boat and buried him close to the Atlantic coast, to what they believed at that time to be finnis terre, the end of the Western land. His remains were said to be...

Day trip to Montserrat

Day trip to Montserrat

Wow, I haven’t touched my blog in months! I’ve been on holiday, I’ve seen some really cool places but never found the time to actually post something about them. It’s such a different kind of life here and even now I’m wondering why am I not at the beach instead of sweating on the sofa trying to write this piece. The truth is it’s been quite a roller coaster. I’ve been busy trying to adapt, making memorie...

The paradise within

The paradise within

A year ago I was writing here on the difficulties of keeping a peaceful mental state in our daily hectic lives as opposed to those people living in blessed sun soaked places such as Costa Brava of Spain or… Bali, of course. As I returned from my wonderful trip I kept looking into this matter: did this internal transformation of calm and trust come from the sacred space of Balinese landscapes or was it truly a deeper change? Of course we are...

Treasures of the island – design in Bali

Treasures of the island – design in Bali

For a design lover such as myself, Bali is a destination to leave you breathless. I can genuinely state that I haven’t really seen truly ugly buildings or places. As I spoke in my previous post, Balinese people have a spiritual connection with the island so they use the gifts of nature to create harmonious beauty everywhere. Now you would think of impressive temples such as Tanah Lot or Uluwatu or crazy looking pools, but I will show those ...

A ‘Bali’ view on spirituality

A ‘Bali’ view on spirituality

All you hear about Bali is that it’s a deeply spiritual place. Everything is ‘spiritual’ there, all has a secret meaning, it’s all connected to their Hindu religion or ancient practices. I myself keep saying it to everyone asking me ‘How is Bali?’ – well it’s a magical place, it’s very spiritual. However, as I kept repeating these words I noticed how they become shallow and empty and lose thei...

Take me back to Thassos

Take me back to Thassos

  I know, it’s frustrating. Outside we’ve got -15° C, the city is frozen in icy snow and the year has just begun so no chance for holidays too soon and I’m posting pictures from the lovely Greek islands. I’m ok with winter and all but let’s admit it, each of us has a happy place to go to when things or weather become too harsh. And today I choose to go to my place of summer, chill and love – Thassos. As I...

Let’s talk about trends (2)

Let’s talk about trends (2)

Before we go on with the 2016 forecast I’ll tell you a little secret about trends and styles: there’s no really such thing as in and out of fashion when it comes to interior design. After seeing so many trade shows, pictures, articles, exhibitions etc etc I came to one conclusion – everything is allowed, everything can be reinterpreted and time is just a matter of perspective. And that because as I mentioned before design can ba...

A magical Bucharest

A magical Bucharest

(special thanks to my dear friend Rubama who made me see my city with different, more appreciative eyes) When creating this blog my intention was to write and share the experiences on travel and design I have when being abroad. However it seems I have neglected a part that is so representative of my own culture and has been my teacher in appreciating beauty and art – my home city Bucharest. Having always compared it to the more glamorous, b...

Wreath in time for Christmas

Wreath in time for Christmas

I wrote my first post on Christmas decorations last year talking about the styles and steps of decorating a beautiful holiday tree and promised myself to write next year even more. Christmas is my favourite time in terms of designs because it practically allows one to do anything without the fear of being tacky. There’s even the kitsch trend in decorating for Christmas so hey, anything is possible! But since my time is so limited and I hope...

One hour in Padova

One hour in Padova

It’s not the best weather I could get in this trip to Italy. It’s been pouring from the sky for 2 days and even as I write in my hotel in Florence outside I can hear the rain falling heavily on the pavement. After looking at so many pictures with beautiful sunny Tuscany my mental image of these places is a bit confused with this grey scenery. It makes me appreciate a cloudy but steady sky while you can at least take out a camera and c...