Sunt ceva ani de cand imi doresc sa ajung la Maison & Objet, targul de design interior de la Paris. De fapt, mai corect ar fi sa spun ca sunt cativa ani de cand imi doresc sa ajung (din nou) la Paris, dupa ce prima oara am fost in 2007 si m-a cucerit. Nu ca ar fi fost dificil. Asta-i povestea mea si a milioane de alti oameni care au vizitat orasul. Din 2007 s-au tot inmultit motivele pentru care era musai sa revin, unul dintre ele fiind targul Maison & Objet si altul, Marche aux Puces, targul de antichitati de la marginea Parisului. Fast forward, tocmai m-am intors, adica scriu aproape in real time (eu ori nu scriu un an, ori transmit de la fata locului) si dupa ce vineri, prima zi, mi-am petrecut-o in …

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Those of you who are following, may have noticed my absence. I traveled and worked a lot this past summer and I really hope to reach a point where I will have time to post more frequently. The upside of the situation is that I have a few things to share, and specifically today’s post is about a “public” space to discover yourself if this article will be arousing your interest. You might love the unique birds and plants and the beautiful wildness of a delta, but if you are remotely like me, you wish to have at the beginning and end of an adventure day, a retreat to feel warm and dry, where you can indulge yourself with good food and a drink or two to celebrate freedom and leisure. It’s been my second trip …

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Thank you again, “Casa si Gradina” magazine, for featuring my work within your September issue. You all know this chairs story from here, but I am really happy to see it also on print. The magazine is still out there so go grab it for more inspiration for your home. Foto: Iulian Iacob for Casa si gradina, septembrie 2014, nr.09 ( 85 ). Text: Alina Borcea (#cartoonelle) The chair is shown in the owner’s home. 🙂 PS: In order to avoid being associated with a certain lady from Twin Peaks (#loglady), I will soon change that picture 🙂

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I am very happy to introduce you today to Ramon(a) Filip, a beautiful lady (#jawdropping), mother of two and a successful handbags designer, Romanian born but living in Cyprus. Ramona has been so kind to share with us a tour of her beach house in Cyprus and her thoughts about fashion, style, family and interior design. Thank you dear Ramona! I cannot go on without relating briefly about the journey to this post. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine received a Ramon Filip clutch as a gift. I noticed the clutch, asked about the designer, got the answer “Ramon Filip” and classified “him” as a probably new South American designer with a very fine sense for detail and style. Shortly after I discovered Instagram, LIKE through LIKE I noticed a certain @ramonfilip commenting …

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  Let’s hope for an Indian Summer! I’d welcome it dressed like that, drinking tea on a sunny and crisp morning, in a room updated with these autumn resembling items.  🙂  

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Today I am writing about Cotroceni, the area I moved to recently, because every time I am coming back home, the streets, the tranquility, the scents, the trees, the sense of community and my small welcoming apartment fill me with happiness. Although I love the opportunities and options and the energy that a big city has to offer, I secretly dream of a rural retreat where “I can drink coffee, create stuff and sleep” quoting a recent post of an Instagram acquaintance. 🙂 This neighborhood is an enclave of some kind of slow living, which I craved for, being a rather introvert person, needing from time to time space and solitude to recharge. It’s the closest to a “rural retreat” I can get in the very middle of the city. Therefore I am more than happy …

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It’s not quite a literary interior this week, but I couldn’t think of a book I’ve read recently, having a Moroccan background so I turned my attention to movies. Le Souk invited me to curate a shopping board from their online shop/travel website, so I used the “Literary Interiors” series to integrate the board into a post about a Moroccan spaces. Even though I am not aiming a Moroccan/oriental style for my home right now, this type of exotic shapes are part of any eclectic interior, sometimes even mandatory, used as accents or as one central bigger piece. Le Souk is the result of a big passion for oriental shapes, for the buzz and energy of oriental markets and for the scent of exotic and magic orient. Whether you want to experience the atmosphere of Morocco …

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As the ALS ice bucket challenge is taking over the offline and online world, I left my usual addictive online destinations (#instagram #pinterest #facebook #bloglovin) for Wikipedia and alike, to find out more about this disease, called ALS. The acronym as such did not ring a bell, referring to the English name, so I had to Google it up. During my research I stumbled quite rapidly upon this movie trailer of “The theory of everything” – to be released in autumn 2014 – the story of Stephen Hawking, a British physicist and cosmologist, one of the greatest minds of contemporaneity.  My minimal understanding of physics would not allow me to make any appreciation on his work here or anywhere, but terms like “general relativity” and “quantum gravity”, which are his fields (according to Wikipedia) sound like …

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With my crazy schedule lately, I realized I am dedicating less and less time for things I used to enjoy tremendously, things that provided me and others with joy. This might not be very flattering to me, but once upon a time I used to spent patiently lots of thoughts and research on choosing a gift for my dear ones, while currently I am constantly panicking over finding one in the last day, even hours before the party. Until recently I had troubles finding something special and meaningful in such a short time before the deadline. Usually I was digging the internet for unique gifts, tailored to my friends wishes, needs, tastes and passions. The summer, and especially July is the most celebration rich month in the year. Birthdays, weddings and other special celebration all crowded …

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Dear ones, I am currently traveling – a little bit for work and a little bit for leisure. When I happen to be in so many places in such a short time, it makes me inevitable think how much politics and internet has changed our life in the last few years, to the better… for the time being. Politics for one, because we’re allowed to travel, to cross borders (sometimes only noticing that we stepped into a different country just by getting a roaming notification SMS from the mobile provider) encountering no custom control, no uniforms, no checks, no scrutiny. The internet for the other, as the permanent connection  to our virtual community somehow makes the distance vanish. I have no longer the feeling, when abroad – even to very remote countries – that I am …

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