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...

Let’s talk about trends

Let’s talk about trends

Fresh trends to pick up, everyone! Come and choose ya favourite, the bunch is ready and curated in trade shows and showrooms and magazines all for every taste and style. So yes, this autumn I’ve been very busy attending Maison & Object in Paris and Intergift in Madrid and checking out what the biggest players in home&deco industry have to offer for next year. Many new ideas for 2016 in interior design and some other reinforcing 2015...

Small guide to spending a weekend in Hamburg

Small guide to spending a weekend in Hamburg

I was one lucky girl, everyone told me. Such splendid sunny days in Hamburg are rare and not just sunny, but warm and filled with the frenzy of locals enjoying the weather. So instead of visiting Miniatur Wunderland and other indoor stuff, I just took the city by foot and ferry to discover touristic and not so touristic sights. I stayed over Reichsof Hotel, near the Central Station – a symbol of Art Deco style in design and glamour. Locatio...

On how design can improve our personality

On how design can improve our personality

It’s generally accepted that a good design especially for home interiors can improve our fleeting moods and even though we might not be able to explain why a certain style or object influences our spirit, we cannot deny it’s importance in our lives. But from changing a mood to making us better people – how is that possible? Well, we start from the general acceptance that our personalities are shaped by the environments we grew u...

A French-chic brunch in Birmingham

A French-chic brunch in Birmingham

Going for brunch on a lazy Sunday morning isn’t just about waking up and eating late. It’s more about becoming Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha meeting up in a fancy design space preferably on a high-street venue, indulging in creamy lattes and sweet crepes because what the hell, gossips go better when they are sugar coated in deserts. TV shows have planted this idea of fabulous brunch so most cafes are now turning into design...

In love with Valencia

In love with Valencia

It was Valentine’s Day when I was in Valencia at the beginning of this year but one needs not such a special occasion to fall in love with this stunning city. From the moment I checked in to my hotel in the streets of Barrio del Carmen I could breathe the life and scents of the place and say ‘Ay, mi querida España!’. There’s a lot to say about Valencia and it’s incredible heritage but I’ll let the pictures do t...

Botticelli in interior design

Botticelli in interior design

500 years later and we still hold a deep fascination with the Renaissance and what it represented for the social awakening of Europe. From the sumptuous lines in architecture to the candid representations of people in paintings, the Renaissance has taught us that it’s ok to dream and fantasy can come to reality with colors and shapes. This year you will notice that both fashion and interior design have taken their inspiration from the Florentine...

Paris when it sizzles

Paris when it sizzles

Oh what a feeling when in Paris! No matter how many postcards, films or songs you see and hear there’s no way you can understand the fascination with this city until you get to see it. Many have been said and many iconic images have been seen from this stunning city so there’s little I can add to it. And yes, this time I’ve been a proper tourist, checking all the cliches attached to a visit in Paris: pictures on Pont Neuf, climb...

Let the people of El Born sleep

Let the people of El Born sleep

El Born barrio is now one of the most fashionable places in Barcelona. The cafes and restaurants are packed with people, the streets filled with music. But what about the people living in the neighborhood of Born? As a passing tourist I’d always look with a bit of envy at those going back from work to the ‘place to be’ in Barcelona, feeling like on a perpetual holiday.