“Better later than never” applies perfect to me, reading this book.  But what a reading experience! The plot, having the Great Depression in the US as background and dealing actually with really serious issues, like rape and racism, is being revealed with the voice of Scout Finch a six-year-old tomboy girl, who transforms everything into a gentle and often amusing reporting of the events going on around her. It is amazing how the author, Harper Lee, manages to tell the whole story using the angle of view of a child. With some censorship, it could be a bedtime story reading. A very educational one. And a beautiful one. Many of the characters in the novel, and much of the action is inspired by the author’s childhood and environment. Her brother was indeed four years older, her …

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Tons of framed and unframed art is waiting to be hang by someone handy (#notme) on my walls. I can’t wait to see it all up, and my mind is very busy making different scenarios for the future art wall(s?). Funny enough one of my lovely clients has this empty wall in the living room she cannot stand anymore, so we came up with some ideas for the layout and for the art to be framed.   The seated version involves a shelf to support some of the frames, while others can still be hang between/above the seated ones. I like this version because the shelf offers additional space for showcasing other props, that cannot be fixed on the wall, mixing them with the framed art.   Aligning different sized frames is a good solution for …

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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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The events and exhibitions during the Romanian Design Week were on my priority list this weekend and I was very much looking forward to them. Nevertheless as “planul de-acasa nu se potriveste cu cel din targ”, my Saturday turned into a half-nightmare, my car being the reason behind the whole drama. Long story, short version, I am a walking driving encyclopedia of stupid incidents/accidents as a driver. I could write a book “Me, my car and our twisted relationship”. Far from being really a danger on the streets (Or so I would say…) – so don’t panic if we meet and I am behind the wheel –  I am always squeezing sooo many tasks into one single day, that I end up being constantly in a crazy hurry switching between jobs and roles, private and professional. …

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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’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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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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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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  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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First “Quick & Dirty” victim on the blog is this beautiful (trust me!) oak chair,  rescued by my client from an attic. Though in an apparently bad shape, water and fire stained, luckily it showed no signs of woodworms attack. Generally oak, being a harder wood, is avoided by woodworms especially if the little animals have other options. I guess they had plenty of other options in the said attic so they left our chair alone. Nevertheless it has been treated now for future possible woodworm threat. Second worry on my list were the multiple stains, of uncertain origin. Luckily it turned out most of the stains were not-too-profound water stains, pretty easily removable by the elementary cleaning process, and an easy sanding. The one which we chose not to insist on removing, was one stain …

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