about us
Elisabeth and Velvet

Welcome to TE ESSE. We are Velvet and Elisabeth, two sisters, moms and design addicts with an engineering discipline who believe that true beauty is never perfect!

We share our passion for design, eclectic trends and “out of the box” spaces, and love any style that is an outcome of diversity and individuality. We like to keep things simple. Real simple. And we certainly enjoy good living, travel, arts, fashion, and parenting as much as any other girl. 

As such, this joint project of ours began with an emphasis on simple, honest design, but aspires to grow steadily into something much bigger – a journey where we share ideas, inspiration sources, trends and tips, endless possibilities and a few homemade stories that celebrate being. We seek to be your source of fun, creative, intriguing inspiration that will brighten your life. 

Thank you for getting to know us.


I launched my career as a civil engineer some 21 years ago. My engineering discipline gave me a strong backbone for developing my skills in design – my passion. The incentive behind this passion is my love for all beautiful things. Obviously, my creative process has evolved over the years and helped me build an inner confidence to explore possibilities without the factor of “fear.” This allows me to design for clients and channel their own distinct style without overshadowing them.

Back in 2015, I founded a blog to express myself, my views about my industry and to share lots of inspiration sources for like-minded creatives as myself. I named it “Te Esse” for it was the best way to describe my design mantra. It means ‘be you, be yourself’ in Latin. That’s the only way to fear less and live more! Shortly after that, I had to put it on hold, because of some pregnancy related issues, but my zeal and passion only grew stronger. Thus, in late 2016 I picked it up from where I left off and I began working on it, elaborated it and posting on a regular basis. And I will continue to do so, for I’m hoping that it will serve as a sincere, reliable, fun resource for your projects with sprinkles of real life homemade stories. My pursuit: being as opposed to doing.

Velvet sitting in front of her desk but looking at the camera.

My pursuit: being as opposed to doing.

Needless, to say that I’m the curator of this blog. That means that I spend many hours scouting the web for design and styling trends, DIY projects, imagery on architecture, art, travel, new materials and technological advances, fashion trends, quotes, fun reading links and anything that gets under my skin.

I consult in interior design projects and refurbishments, while I also offer online consultations. Moreover, I’m preparing to launch my own bespoke small-furniture line. So, feel free to peruse TE ESSE.

Velvet on a sailing boat's deck wearing a navy blue windproof jacket and a pair of jeans

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.

A black and white photo of my wedding shoes next to their sketch drawing I made for them.


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 stay home mom. Now, she is the senior contributor of this project. She teamed up with me in 2016. 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 all the preparations that go into the posts.

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?

Elisabeth at Hyde Park in London.


A decor related image on the far left, a style image next to it, then a travel one and on the far right Velvet against a sail.

At TE ESSE, we share our good times wherever we go, publish interviews, editorials, trend reports and reviews, setup beautiful tablescapes while having as many laughs possible along the way. Every Tuesday is dedicated to fashion on Style and every Thursday to Design. You will also find curated lists of links to home tours meant for inspiring laid-back reading in your leisure time under Entertainment, among music playlists and other interesting essays. As of recently, a new fitness motivation thread was launched on Mondays with short videos on our YouTube channel, with workout routines from our fitness coach Ifiyenia Koskina. Be sure to check out them out under Wellness.

A collage of three images depicting a ceramic vase with some foliage against a sofa with decorative cushions in the background.

One thing I really want you all to know is that I don’t post just for the sake of posting. I post about the things I like, inspire me and motivate me or give me food for thought and challenge me. At a time when everyone is in a rush, I like to use this little web space as a creative outlet where my values for a slow living, but a good one at that prevail. Thus, it would thrill us to have you join us! Please, make sure you also check out our policies.


We love to hear from you should you wish to share with us any ideas, thoughts, or concerns. Please feel free to write to Velvet and Elisabeth at info@te-esse.com. For more details see our Contact page.

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This year has been a real treat for us. We managed to get both shortlisted for the prestigious Amara Interior Awards and picked as one of the top 50 decor blogs by Lawnstarter. Woo hoo!!

Amara Interior Blog Awards Badge for Shortlisted Blog

Best Written Blog – International Category

The Golden Home Award badge from Lawstarter.com for the Top Home Decor Blog 2018.

Made it to the TOP 50!

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We are also proud for being selected just recently (in February 2019) among the ‘Top Interior Design Blogs That Rock The Web’.

The Conseiller en Decor bagde award.

Next, we were awarded the Consellier en Decor award!

Last but not least, we were selected as one of the “Best Interior Design Blogs: Top 100 Influencers You Need to Know If You Love Design”.


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