Month: January 2017

Being featured in As You Like magazine

In As You Like Magazine

I hope you’re having a nice weekend so far. Mine started nicely with a power walk listening to Louise Hay (has any of you started listening to her!? If you have, please let me know what you think) and then I took Mila to the gym so she could practice for her competition in a couple of weeks. When we came back home, there was a copy of As You Like magazine with 6 pages dedicated to our home in London and a profile about me. I’m so excited! I know I had press coverage in the past but that kind of things never gets old, believe me! As You Like magazine is a women’s magazine dedicated to the new e-generation and regularly draws profiles of Digital Influencers, Bloggers, Vloggers etc….I mean, how far have we all come as a profession to have a magazine just dedicated to all the inspiring people we find online, it’s incredible and it gives me so much hope for the next generation of women, our girls, to create something …

Domotex 2017: The things I love the most

Domotex 2017: The things I love the most

Last week I flew to Hannover as I was invited to attend Domotex. When it comes to interior design trade shows I usually attend Maison & Objet in Paris and a few in London and I have to admit, both Domotex and Hannover were not on my list of places to visit but I’m so glad I went because it was a visual feast and I met a lot of interesting people including Award-winning Designer Alfredo Häberli (see his site). If you don’t know anything about Domotex, it is The world’s largest flooring trade show and if you are a Retailer, Designer, Architect, Interior Designer, Manufacturer or Journalist, this is the place to be to discover the latest trends and technologies in flooring from rugs, tiles, carpet and wooden floors. The rugs area was by far, my most favourite hall and the one that caused my heart to skip a beat more than once, especially the designs of Berlin-based creative company: Rug Star which I’m sharing with you today. From hobby to passion: How did it all start for Jürgen Dahlmanns, Rug Star …

How to deal with criticism & improve your positive thinking

How to deal with criticism & improve positive thinking

Do you get hurt when you receive an unsolicited comment or criticism from someone close to you and would you like to know how to deal with criticism? Generally speaking, criticism sucks. It’s never nice to be at the receiving end of bad comments and even more when you didn’t ask for anyone’s opinion. A “friend”, once, told me that the item I wore (and loved!) didn’t suit me at all when I was telling her how much I loved that piece of clothing. I wasn’t hurt by her comment. I was in a good place in my life and when I narrated the conversation to my husband, it made me laugh thinking how rude, my friend’s comment was, given I hadn’t asked for her opinion. Some people need to work on their delivery and diplomatic skills I think. However, should I have been in a difficult place in my life at the time, her comment would have hurt me like hell I think. Since it was a recent friendship, I naturally distance myself a bit. …

How to use black chalkboard paint in the bedroom

How to use black chalkboard paint in the bedroom

We often see black chalkboard walls in kitchens, workspaces or even the kids bedrooms but how about using it in your own bedroom… Would you be open to the idea? I have used Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe in our bedroom in France (you can see more photos on Instagram) which creates a nice, design statement statement in a room that was fairly plain to begin with, with the exception of the French windows leading onto the garden and which are a nice feature. If you’re not ready to make the jump to a black chalkboard wall, I have compiled a lot of beautiful bedrooms painted with dark walls on Pinterest. However, chalkboard paint adds something that traditional paint doesn’t and that is…TEXTURES Love it or hate it, once you’ve written a few messages and then wipe them off to write new ones, chalk adds texture and character to a wall and a room like nothing else does. I say love or hate, because personally, I love the look and texture of chalk writing on a wall and it makes a really nice …

15 beautiful winter coats to grab in the sale

12 beautiful winter coats to grab in the sale

The January sale are the perfect time to grab a great investment piece like a winter coat at a reduced price so I have rounded-up for you my favourite all-time pieces and some are up to 60% OFF!! 1.A cashmere coat is on top of my wish list and I love this stylish grey cashmere coat by Isabel Marant. Was £925 NOW £463 (50% OFF) 2. Oozing sophisticated style, here is the Michelle coat by Hush also available in black.Was £190 NOW £110 3. This Wide lapel wool-blend coat from Mango is a real steal. Was £89.99 NOW £39.99 4. Timeless and versatile, the black Ophelia coat is Hush’s take on the French caban with large lapels creating a statement silhouette and deep, comfy pockets. It will go nicely with this Breton jumper and a pair of Stan Smith or Veja sneakers for a French look. Was £170 NOW £130 5. If you’re tall, this cashmere, elegant coat is for you. Was £579.99 NOW £399.99 6. A blend of alpaca and wool, this Eclipse belted coat by Malene Birger will keep you warm and stylish. Was £575 …

5 feel-good things to do this year

5 feel-good things to do this year

I recently read my post from January 2016 about 4 feel-good things to achieve in 2016  and my excitement for the year ahead back then, made me smile. Considering, we had lost our dad two months before, my eagerness to move on as quickly as I could from the pain and grief, was a bit naive to say the least :-) 2016 was indeed a year of grief, acceptance and gratitude as we lost more loved ones and so did the rest of the world. I can feel this year has changed me though. I’m not sure if I have changed in a good or bad way but I certainly feel different with regular seismic kicks from my inner child who seems keen to get out and live her life to the full. How about you!? How are you feeling a few days in 2017? Business wise, 2016 was a big transitional year too. Closing the chapter on 10 years of my life when I sold the e-shop, was a big thing but I’m glad to say that it remains …

Happy New Year 2017

And so does the year 2017 begins…

2016 was a challenging, painful year for many people worldwide and close to us and sadly it’s not over for some but I’m absolutely convinced that we are turning a corner and here is what I wish for every single of you: * PEACE: To the risk of sounding like Miss World ????, I wish this world, our world…peace, love, understanding and gratitude and decent, honest, kind people in control of government matters. * HEALTH: To take care of yourself inside out by eating healthy whole foods and start exercising if you haven’t done it yet. Nobody is asking you to run a marathon but everyone can walk to work and it matters you matter! * LOVE: To love yourself just the way you are because YOU are unique and beautiful. * COURAGE: to make your dream comes true because believe me, you really can do this! * FORGIVENESS: To let go of things that hurt you & leave them where they belong…in the past. * RESPECT: To honour this planet we live on & make daily …