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Interiors > Spring Pastels

As many of you know, I am not really a big fan of pastels. I do like them in principle but, in practice, I kinda feel like they don’t really suit my Mediterranean complexion or (more tomboy-ish) sense of style. So I tend to shy away from them – not to mention I have never really thought of them as decorating colors before. With the weather finally warming up and the sun shinning, however, I recently found myself browsing decorating sites, blogs & Pinterest boards – and realised I loved so many of the pastel hued interiors that I had to reconsider. In fact, I might even go as far as to say I’m now a bit of a convert, hehe… Since I know many of us get the same sort of sprucing up/ redecorating bug around this time of year, here’s a roundup of some of my favorites to offer some inspiration (in case, like me, you fancy going down the pastel brick road, this Spring): {via 79 Ideas} {via Sk├Âna Hem} {via 79 …

Spoil your pet…🐾

This post started out in the most inconspicuous way possible – me checking out the Jolly Moggy Bamboo Radiator Bed… … for Ms. Lara (for those of you not in the know, Ms. Lara is my ex-stray, half-breed, 8 month old Siamese baby – who I’m head over heels in love with). Then it somehow spiralled out of control, to become a designer pet furniture & accessories extravaganza – as illustrated below. I should start by saying that I’ve never been a ‘pets need to stay out of the house’ kind of person. I know many people think that way (& that’s perfectly OK, if it’s what suits them, of course) but I just could never see the logic behind keeping a family member outside in the cold – instead of inside, all warm and cosy with the rest of us. That said, I’d failed to realise exactly how many designers feel the same way and how many companies now cater to our furry friends and their needs – designing pieces that make their lives …

Color is the touch of the eye, music to the deaf, a word out of the darkness…

… Wrote Orhan Pamuk in “My Name is Red”. Color makes me happy – it soften my sorrows, gives me hope and makes everything feel a little bit better. By extension, colorful, vibrant art makes me happy too. I love finding new artists whose work I wanna put up on my walls. And recently I was lucky enough to happen upon just such an artist: the Russian born and Moscow based, Slava Fokk. His unique style (which, for me, brings to mind some sort of Modigliani-esque Lolita Lempicka) immediately drew me in and now… I’m hooked. The fact that I haven’t yet figured out how much his pieces usually go for (probably too much) or if one might find prints of them available for sale, pains me greatly. In fact it does so to such an extent that I am considering contacting the artist himself. If/ when I find out more, I’ll update this – just in case you find yourselves as mesmerised by his work as I am. Until then, here’s some of my …

Ruby Robin Botanical Jewelry

Today’s design post is slightly different, in that it deals not with interior but with jewelry design. It is no big secret that I am slightly addicted to Pinterest – and it was on one of my regular visits that I discovered the talented Khrystyna (a.k.a. Ruby Robin) and her gorgeously romantic range of Botanical Jewelry, which I immediately felt the need to share with you all. Each piece is, in the artist’s own words, a “wearable keepsake”, lovingly handcrafted “using a range of strange and beautiful curiosities, found in the woods and on the mountain sides, combed from the windswept beaches and picked in the wild meadows” and meant “to inspire a sense of childhood wonder in the wearer, taking you back to that feeling of excitement you had as a child when you found a fragment of a speckled blue robins egg in Spring, a perfectly formed seashell on a windswept beach or some other small marvellous thing from nature”. Now, I don’t think I could be described as a romantic, by any …

Interiors > Open-Layout Apartment in Saint Petersburg

I’m loving everything about this, relatively small, apartment in St. Petersburg. The wooden details (especially that living room partition), earthy colors, clean lines and black & white accents are right up my alley. Plus, how about that bedroom? The bed panelling and light- flooded corner office space are to die for! If anything, I might have opted for plain white marble in the kitchen and bathroom instead but, overall, I find this to be a gorgeously designed space I’d most happily move into in a heartbeat (provided the usual sub-zero Russian temperatures were not in play, that is…). [via Freshome]