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Growing Up :: Leaving My Hometown

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Leaving my hometown to study abroad was one of the best decisions of my life. Sure, it was a challenge, but one I would take again without blinking once! It made me step out of my comfort zone for the…

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Elisabeth and Ifiyenia side by side at a backyard garden with a resistance band in hand.

Resistance Band At Home Workout | Lower Body

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After a few months, I came upon the realization that I haven’t posted the second part to a workout. (Sorry)! I’m talking about the resistance band at home workout that targets muscles of the lower body. Ifiyenia and Elisabeth had…

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Marble Decor Ideas For a Luxe Look

Marble Decor Ideas For a Luxe Look

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Marble is one of the most prized interior materials. It is also one of the most expensive too. Still, its growing popularity doesn’t show signs of slowing down. Its adoption as a floor, is the most straightforward way to introduce…

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DESIGN

Terrazzo’s New Age

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One of the oldest composite materials ever is on the comeback with a modern take – terrazzo. It is one of the newest trends in the design industry. Most of…

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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.

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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.

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Inside an Upper East Side Luxury Residence

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Located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, this luxury residence stands out for its unique character. Its feel of the sea, aided by the natural light flood and unobstructed views blows my mind. The owner, an art enthusiast, who owns a boat and has a passion of the sea, was very much involved in the project carried out by…

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A marble bathroom installation from Atlas Concorde at the Cersaie 2019. Love the accent wall with the fishscale tile accent.

Cersaie 2019 Highlights

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At the end of September every year, the city of Bologna hosts a ceramic tile…

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A monochromatic green interior can have such impact! Image via Essential Home.

Decorating with Green Walls

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It’s definitely not your idea. Green has been popping in interiors all the more often…

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Hotel Harry :: Cuban Inspired Interiors

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The other day I stumbled upon some images of a venue. They made my heart…

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Growing Up :: Leaving My Hometown

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Leaving my hometown to study abroad was one of the best decisions of my life. Sure, it was a challenge, but one I would take again without blinking once! It made me step out of my comfort zone for the first time, yet the idea of a freedom never experienced before, compensated for that big.…

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WELLNESS

Elisabeth and Ifiyenia side by side at a backyard garden with a resistance band in hand.

Resistance Band At Home Workout | Lower Body

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After a few months, I came upon the realization that I haven’t posted the second part to a workout. (Sorry)! I’m talking about the resistance band at home workout that targets muscles of the lower…

INSPIRATION

Marble Decor Ideas For a Luxe Look

Marble Decor Ideas For a Luxe Look

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Marble is one of the most prized interior materials. It is also one of the most expensive too. Still, its growing popularity doesn’t show signs of slowing down. Its adoption as a floor, is the…

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The Bad Outfit

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There are days when you wake up in the morning feeling like you will rule the day. You know exactly…

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A pasmina worn over a camel coat and a burnt orange skirt and slouchy boots. Note the colors both that cute dog and woman sport so well. Image via Hobbs.

Winter 2019 Fashion Lookbook

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As we move into colder weather, I think it’s time to run-down this winter’s fashion lookbook. As such I’ve collected…

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Punched tin wallpaper mural for a teen's bedroom can be super cool. Image via Wallsauce.

Best Teenager Bedroom Wallpaper Ideas

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When it comes to a teenager I have one simple solution for you. Wall-paper! That’s right! Wallpaper in teenager’s bedroom…

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A contemporary and very brights living room with a soft pink wall in the background known as First Light from Benjamin Moore. Image via Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore’s 2020 Color of the Year – First Light

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Just when you thought you might have seen the last of pink interiors, Benjamin Moore announces the Color of the…

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Fashion Trends A/W 2019

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I wanted to write a piece about the fashion trends of A/W 2019. So I set out to do my…

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Current and Upcoming Art Exhibitions

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Being in the great outdoors, hiking and watching nature’s transformation is undoubtedly one of the rewarding experiences – especially now…

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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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10 Fun Things About London as a Student

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Commitment to Wellness

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6 Key Elements Parisian Women Can Teach Us

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