With my moving action ongoing and everything related to it, I am completely possessed by thoughts of how to decorate my future home. Being a rental home, for a limited time, the point is to decorate and style it as soon as possible, in order to take full advantage of living there. For the same reason, the available budget, a limited and rather low one, should be spent wisely. Usually, when it comes to temporary living, naturally we aim to make the space functional, neglecting the esthetic side of the situation. My opinion is that wise spending in this case, would be a combination of DIY, vintage & antique treasures, mainstream market basics, personal items and a little bit of art. Basic, vintage and art never go out of fashion and will fit in any …

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  It seems that antique furniture builders and designers considered a lot the social habits of the times, when coming up with a new piece of furniture. La Boudeuse (French for the English “sulky” or for the Romanian “bosumflata”) is usually a two seat sofa, which is fine, nevertheless, the two seats are looking opposite ways, having only the back in common… Practically, an anti-love seat. The perfect seating situation for two lovers being en froid, or maybe for a wife and a mistress attending the same social gathering and elegantly avoiding each other. The Victorian version might have been adopted due to the great concern regarding intimacy between young lovers. Otherwise, for peaceful or contemporary living circumstances, a highly unpractical seating option. 🙂 Developed in the mid 19th century, probably in France during the late …

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I’m kind of addicted to following blogs on Bloglovin’. Domaine Home is just one in many. (Thank God for the “Like” tool and for Pinterest, otherwise I’d be lost with all the inspiration  I need storage for). Well, reading on Domaine Home about this library in San Francisco, been pimped, a certain detail caught my attention in an intriguing way. Do you guess which one? Yeah, the “all white” books! Besides that the trick is close to genius, for highlighting the beautiful wood panels, it’s kind of intriguing, don’t you think? I admit that all kind of colors and dimension would not have complimented the background as the white PAINTED books do, but it’s a library for God’s sake!. I just hope that Elle Decor got it all wrong, and misquoted some information, meaning that the …

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I’ve been in Vietnam twice. Both, in 2012 and 2013, I visited Saigon. Besides the fact, that just in one year, Vespas seem to be more an more replaced by cars, the french colonial flair of the city still persists, especially in the city center. The communist regime preserved to a certain extent the french colonial architecture, the food is a tasty mix between French and Asian cuisine, and the interiors remained often faithful to the colonial heritage. Although I have mixed feelings about colonialism, my craving for interiors and juxtaposition of contrasting styles in architecture and interior design keeps me very attracted to the former colonies countries. This last visit, we’ve spent a few days at the Vietnamese beach side, and I had time to read Graham Greene’s book, “The quiet American”, while being there. …

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My name is Anna, and I am a…Coca-Cola addict. Correction: I used to be a Coca-Cola addict. Not having Coca-Cola around, usually to serve my other addiction, smoking, was a sure recipe for a bad day. Embarrassing I know, but we’re not perfect. Well, maybe you are! 🙂 Anyway, that taste! Those bubbles! I used to love them, and I still do 🙂 but now, I just drink Coca-Cola once in a while, especially when going out, in the evenings. The energy boost it gives, is good for resisting on high heels at a long party. I guess you noticed, I am still “talking” like an addict. I need more than my own will and intention, to resist at night-parties. 🙂 For the time when I was drinking it daily, and getting all those judging glances …

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Usually there’s an elephant in the room. This time we’re having a camel. With hump and everything that belongs to a camel. Well, not everything. But one feature (the hump) is enough to make the association apparently. I’ve never ridden a camel, but I guess the back of a real camel is not quite so comfortable as the cushioned sofa that bears the name of the animal. Attributed first to Chippendale, the star English furniture designer of the 18th century, it takes the concept of a sofa towards a more comfortable direction. The slightly angled backrest, cushioned all over, makes it a less rigid settee, and the curved shape define it as a graceful and elegant piece of furniture. The shape of legs vary often depending on the period it has been built – cabriolet legs …

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A few years ago I saved this picture to my computer, in my “shopping inspiration” folder. As I hate to buy things that need to be adjusted, or worse, to visit several times a tailor to have something custom made, both due to extreme lack of time, it just remained a picture on my computer. Until today. I found it! White – check, low cut back – check, ribbon – check. Our good old friend, Zara, has it in the summer collection.

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One of my relatively recent resolutions was to get rid of all  many strings that kept me moving slowly and cautiously through life. Taking risks was not so much my thing a long period of time. Over-thinking every decision I had to take, led to procrastination, unfulfilled plans and frustration. Fear of failure kept me for years in the same place with the same big dreams that remained…dreams. Fear of being ridiculous, paralyzed my creative flow. Outdated life paradigms prevented me to see chances. Nevertheless, all those fears happened within some kind of lucid observation and objective introspection of the triggers of my feelings and behaviors, and eventually a critical mass of reasoning led to a breakthrough. So! I built this website and started the blog, I started talking about what I love and what I …

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Tadahh! Here it is and I’m very fond of it! 🙂 The initial features were preserved as much as it was possible. No stain added to the polish, no extreme bleaching or sanding process (even if this meant that the fire burnt spot had to stay), no psychedelic upholstery – just good old leather -, no dramatic transformation. Just restoration. Good to go for another decade/s depending on how it is treated in the daily use. Check out the restoration process step by step here.  

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  I Kindle-searched-and-bought “The Goldfinch” after bumping into several reviews on blogs and websites I am following. The fact that they claimed it to be a 800 pages book was just more inviting, as I looooove long books with complex plots and large cast. Using a real painting named “The Goldfinch” as well, by Carel Fabritius, as the story trigger, Donna Tartt builds a beautiful multifaceted novel with vivid characters and a fair share of action and suspense. Theo Decker, the main character, is introduced to the readers in the very first chapter of the book – a grand one that leaves you just wanting to read some more – surviving a bomb attack in New York’s Metropolitan Museum, losing his mother in the same attack and leaving the Museum after the attack with the famous …

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