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Te Esse explores the vast space of inspiring ideas and possibilities with an open mind and the conviction that good design begins with an even better story.
Our mission statement appeals to anyone who pursues a more meaningful life, embraces slow living and delights in all the little things in life that matter most.
Hi, I’m Velvet Karatzas, a Greek born with a German mom, who studied civil engineering in the UK. I launched my career as a civil engineer some 22 years ago, but soon turned to interior design – my passion. My engineering discipline though combined with my artist’s psyche, gave me a strong backbone for developing my skills in design.
Naturally, my creative process evolved over the years and helped me build an inner confidence for exploring possibilities without the factor of “fear.” This allows me to design for clients and channel their own distinct style without overshadowing them. Currently, I’m based in Athens, Greece, living under a sea of sun with my beautiful family while designing, consulting and blogging away.
So how did the blog come about?
Back in 2015, I founded this blog that I named “Te Esse” that means ‘be you, be yourself’ in Latin. I know it is easy to pronounce, but not as easy to remember. Unless you know what it means. However, at the end of the day these two words describe best my philosophy in life.
Being as opposed to doing has always been my ultimate pursuit. And you can not pursue anything successfully unless you are truly yourself. Therefore, I choose to do things in my very own way as opposed to following all that is mainstream.
At first I thought I should “record” my appreciation for design, arts and architecture. However, I began sharing trade insights based on years of experience and inspiration sources for like-minded creatives. And that’s pretty much how I embarked on this blogging journey…
Being as opposed to doing has been my ultimate pursuit.
Over time, the multiple facets of my personality got me telling stories also, especially about discoveries I make. These stories are driven by my increased levels of curiosity for all that’s happening, inspiring, trending and connecting, with sprinkles of real life homemade experiences, fostering a strong sense of a mix and match sensibility. The outcome is a sincere, reliable, resource for your projects and a fun, pleasant read during your coffee break (or lunch break). So, stick around, peruse TE ESSE and see what it will mean to you…
Elisabeth is also a civil engineer. She launched her career almost 20 years ago. With the birth of her first child though, she decided to be a stay home mom. Now, she is the senior contributor of this project. She teamed up with me in 2017. At first she edited, but now she keeps things running smoothly in every possible way including anything that might go wrong! But she’s mainly the driving force in making this blog even better. She has a great eye for what is needed to complete the ensemble. Because of her outspoken, bright personality, she also handles most of the social media and manages many of the preparations that go into the posts.
Some facts about me: I’m also a self taught artist. I love to paint with oil colors, my favorite medium and have sold two of my five paintings. Back in 2003, I designed my own working desk that I use till today. That’s when my interior design journey began consciously. As a genuine design lover, I designed my own wedding shoes to fit my gown and had the wedding favors done myself.
Some fun facts about Elisabeth: she’s the definition of a “posh bohemian.” She’s got green eyes, but no one ever noticed that till she graduated from High School! She loves lipsticks, bags, shoes and sunbathing! She’s also totally into home decorating and a little obsessed with flowers and plants, but no one holds that against her! How could we?