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A white kitchen with minimal furnishing and a Mediterranean feel to it.

Insights From the IMM Cologne 2020

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If there’s a motto for this year’s imm Cologne 2020, then that would be better living. The first furniture fair for this year that ended last week, attracted well over 125,000 visitors from 145 countries and some 1,200 exhibitors. It…

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A child's blue bedroom with a bookcase like a huge rectangular planter. Image: Einrichten-design.de

How to Get Your Child Interested in Reading

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One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a parent lately is to get my eldest child interested in reading. He’s a bright 8 year old who asks questions about everything all the time and quite diligent too. Yet,…

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A bright, perfectly styled dining vignette in a home with a Cycladic minimal vibe. Photo: Three Birds Renovations/Raja Homewares.

Friday Musings 01.17

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The weekend is almost here and looking forward to it. Any plans? Personally, I will rest as much as possible. That means a lot of Netflix and some reading. So if you’re also in the mood for a bit of…

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Sneak view of a minimal Scandi looking sitting set in a bright white room. I just love both armchairs with their textured feel and the black round coffee table in front of them. Image by Debenhams.

DESIGN

My Top 5 Tips For Styling A Coffee Table

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Heyyy guys! Today I’d like to share with you my top five tips for styling a coffee table like a pro, so that you can turn it into a beautiful…

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The Normann Copenhagen Eddy table lamp on a mustard colored velvet pouf amongst other furniture including a blush pink two seater sofa. The surrounding walls appear to be made of two different kinds of marble. Image by Nest.co.uk.

Interior Trends 2019

An overview of home interior trends for 2019, the ones that we’re seeing, the ones that will see more of and a few we might see sometime in the future.

A contemporary bathroom where teal reigns in the wainscotting and flooring. A brassy round mirror is paired nicely with two brassy sconces on each side of it. I like the wall mounted wooden tone vanity furniture that makes everything feel more airy. Image by El Corte Inglés Decoración.

Top 6 Bathroom Design Mistakes To Avoid

A guide meant for the perfect bathroom redesign without these 6 bathroom design mistakes.

View of a room with a clothing rack in front of a window with white sheer curtain and a round tall concrete planter pot against a gray microcement wall

5 Reasons Why Microcement is Designer's Matter Envy

The ultimate guide about microcement’s application, maintenance and cost.

A white sitting room with a bohemian flair to it because of the white hanging Moroccan lantern, the seagrass baskets in front of the white sofa, the blue patterned throw pillows, the plants and the peackock fan white armchair. Image by Monsoon.

Bohemian Decor :: The ``It`` Decor For Eclectic Decorating Fusions

A look at bohemian decor for that worldly and well traveled feel in interiors.

A white kitchen with minimal furnishing and a Mediterranean feel to it.

Insights From the IMM Cologne 2020

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If there’s a motto for this year’s imm Cologne 2020, then that would be better living. The first furniture fair for this year that ended last week, attracted well over 125,000 visitors from 145 countries and some 1,200 exhibitors. It echoed eight distinct living trends, articulating some of the upcoming changes in our living spaces. These are due to space…

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A stylish Scandinavian chic bright bedroom with an eye-catching nightstand and beautiful linen bedding. Photo: Bambury.

Most Stylish Nightstand Ideas

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When it comes to pulling off a gorgeous bedroom design, then everything needs to be…

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A modern living room with a striking color palette against a white backdrop. Image: Covet House/Sergey Krasyuk.

This Luxury Apartment in Moscow Is a Color Feast

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After this long holiday break, I hope everyone is feeling refreshed and ready to embark…

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The Ike suspension lamp complimenting those neo-mint velvet armchairs with a blueberry toned accent wall in the background. WOW! Image by DelightFULL.

Interior Trends 2020 and Beyond

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Sustainability, mindfulness and inclusivity are the top three words that come to mind in describing…

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MOTHERHOOD

How to Get Your Child Interested in Reading

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One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a parent lately is to get my eldest child interested in reading. He’s a bright 8 year old who asks questions about everything all the time and quite diligent too. Yet, many times he stubbornly refuses to have a go at reading a book just for…

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A child's blue bedroom with a bookcase like a huge rectangular planter. Image: Einrichten-design.de

LIFESTYLE

A bright, perfectly styled dining vignette in a home with a Cycladic minimal vibe. Photo: Three Birds Renovations/Raja Homewares.

Friday Musings 01.17

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The weekend is almost here and looking forward to it. Any plans? Personally, I will rest as much as possible. That means a lot of Netflix and some reading. So if you’re also in the…

TRAVEL

Velvet, the author, by the wall of a Medieval fortress in Monemvasia. In the background, the castle town of Monemvasia and the Aegean Sea.

Monemvasia, a Greek Medieval Castle Town

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From afar, it looks like a rocky “iceberg” with some rugged cliffs. It is however, one of the most impressive places in Greece. Righteously so, Monemvasia, the Greek Medieval castle town, attracts a plethora of…

Looking up from under the cubic building of the Arche de la Defense in Paris. Image by Velvet.

10 Must See Iconic Buildings

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One of the greatest joys in life is traveling and that’s why many of us have bucket lists with all…

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A beautiful contemporary living space with large windows, a Mid-century inspired armchair, an off white sofa in front of a modern fireplace and lots of Christmas decor on the coffee table and Christmas tree. Image via H&M homestores.

The Holiday Edition Musings

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“When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people. As I grow older, I admire kind people.” These wise…

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View of a beautifully styled table setting for Christmas.

A Dreamy Christmas Table Setting

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Once again this year, Elisabeth set up a Christmas table setting to share with y’all. And it’s dreamy! It’s the…

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Sailing away from the port of Piraeus.

Weekend Links 12.13

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True story. Last October, George (my husband) and I, went to Syros for some business. It was a day’s trip…

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4 Skincare Mistakes I Wish I Knew Earlier

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So many times I have thought to myself: if only I knew this any sooner!!! I’m pretty sure that many…

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Looking Into Nutrition Coaching With Kelina Fili

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As a mother of two in my early forties, I always get somewhat excited about any healthy discoveries that may…

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Velvet arranging pampas grass in a vase.

a note from Velvet!

Who’s Te Esse?

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Ten years ago, if someone told me that I would be blogging about design, I would simply nod my head and utter a ‘Nay!!! No chance!’ But in the beginning of 2015, I decided ‘Why not?!’ I had just began reading things that other design bloggers wrote, most of which are design lovers and not necessarily in this industry. So it dawned on me that maybe it’s time to also…

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MOTHERHOOD

A young child appears to be busy doing something on a table in a nursery room. I love the wooden child chairs with the animals faces painted on them. How cute. Image by Cuckooland.

The Essential Pieces For A Baby’s Nursery

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TRAVEL

London's Big Ben and parliament house with the crossing bridge. Image taken from the south bank.

10 Fun Things About London as a Student

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WELLNESS

Velvet while walking inside the woods.

Commitment to Wellness

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STYLE

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