The Cozy Guest Room

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A recent deluge of out of town guests have been keeping me and my guest room busy. While I’m still working on the basics (ahem…nightstands! lamps!), I found this guest room checklist that has been acting as my long term inspiration:

I already have a few of these for guests: flowers, waste bin, scented candles, magazines, even snacks. What do you think? When you visit people, what would make the guest room more comfortable?

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Best Home Arrangements for Valentine’s Day

This week is the most waited or hated day in the whole world, Valentine’s Day. Talking about this day, you will always find 4 categories of people: people in love looking to celebrate it, people not having a partner and stressing out on this day, positive thinking people – not having anyone but celebrating it anyway with friends, and haters of this day – also celebrating it. So basically, everyone’s organizing some interesting events until that day as well as on it.

Here I come with couple of home ideas for your little home parties with the girls, or some ideas for a romantic night for your lover. On Valentines Day you don’t want to overdecorate the room and the house, better less and giving a sense of a  designing look. However you are thinking about this romantic day, let’s make it and try to remember all the good times and loving moments on Valentines Day, if not for yourself – than make someone else happy.

First things first. If you are arranging a fancy party somewhere than a good sign decoration would be suitable for it. You think you have time for this, than try to crafting a heart or writing on the panel  or poster some sweet words.  Showing off a bit in front the room or place the event will be held – will bring smiles and it will come as a first discussion in the conversation.

Crafted Heart

If you are not so much into crafting than you can buy a Valentine’s Red Door Wreath, that looks very fancy and you can keep it for a while more.

Valentines Day Door Wreath

The cheapest way to decorate  is using whatever you have in the house and replace it or a bit change it. If you are a candle fan, why not using them for Valentines Day. Just grab whatever candles you have and redecorate them for this special romantic occasion. Add some red ribbons and hearts and voila, one set is done. Set them on a plate or something and arrange where the dinner or the fest is going to be held.

Candles

Preparing for a dinner party with the girls or pairs, than a gorgeous looking table will be enough for the whole night event. Keep it simple and add some small decorations that you hand made. If you are not red color lover than there is some good ideas for holding an amazing romantic dinner table.

Non red color - Valentines Day Dinner Table

Going completely anti – red color, than craft some hearts from your old magazines and stick them to each other hanging from above the ceiling.

Hanging Heart

“Love” letters are in fashion all the time. You can color yourself and make them colorful or any pattern you prefer. The best thing in letters is that you can use them on the wall, or table, or anything or anywhere you have a wish to use.  Another advantage about letters – no need to specially use red color for them, cause they send love from their meaning anyway. Just be creative.

Love letters

And the last words from your Valentine… Valentine’s Day is not only for couples but for all people in the world. Love should be spread all over and don’t be afraid of trying new things and use your own crafty ideas. Even you are not so good at it, a hand made gift or decoration will bring happiness and more love in the air. Make it happen and let’s enjoy love day not only on 14th of February, but all the year long.

Valentines Wishes

Xoxo

Always Yours

Valentina

Never late for a bit of Italy…

There is never late to have a look at the warm places on this globe and to enjoy good memories of Italy diary, even in Winter season.
Italy is one amazing country that catches you from the first sight…and makes sure it stays there in your mind for a long long time. I always was wandering is that because of delicious food, fabulous people or warm colors on the buildings. But maybe all together creates that aura around it that you get fascinated and fall in love.

In the pictures I collected there is shown in its brilliant way – Giglio Island in Italy and Porto Santo Stefano. Starting from different tastes of ice-cream, various pizzas and ending with houses and flowers, in Italy everything is very very colorful and joyful. Sometime we are afraid to play with color and to put more color on the buildings but keep it standard. As sunny is the country, as more color you see on the buildings… You can find any type of brick buildings in North part of Europe, but also a variety of painted houses in warm and sunny countries.

Island of Giglio is a smal populated island on winter time, being app. 400 population, but summer filled with tourists and ice-cream shops. The urban structure of the cities close to ports are really concentrated, but than you have to climb a whole hill or mountain to get to another haven place with sandy beaches and cute personal houses that you can only dream about.

Giglio Isle Italy

Giglio Isle in Italy

Giglio Isle and its beauty

Giglio Giglio

Giglio Isle

POrto SAnto Stefano

Porto Santo Stefano at night

Wish you a joyful time and most colorful life to all…
Xoxo

February Home Look

As long as this year cold winter days are still keeping to be in the air, the hibernation still goes on.
So, I decided to collect some good ideas for your house to give a refresh of the month.
When I was little, me and my sister used to decorate in the beginning of the month or season the whole house. We were changing the colors and adding some new pillows. Winter time was an interesting season, but also a lazy one for both of us, we were waiting for the spring to come every second. Having cold winters in Moldova, sometime reaching to -20 degrees Celsius, we were sitting in the house all days. So a change was right there all the time when we got bored of the look of our room. That activity brought us closer and made our house look wonderfully catchy and very cozy.

After a quick research, I found out that all months have their own birthstone that describes them perfectly. And February’s birthstone is amethyst. This stone has amazingly and sparkly nuance of purple, gold , brown and blueish colors, but mainly violet.

amethyst

Purple encourages a fresh perspective on emotional issues. When using in your home enhance compassion and takes you closer to your friends and family. Purple relaxes your mind and thinking and opens your heart to new things. This color is associated with wealth, nobility and magic.

Bring some magic in your house and make your house look the best with some purple elements. As mentioned before, the amethyst stone has gold nuance too. So, if you are not so much into purple, you can add some gold elements, but also keep some wool blankets to make it cozy for this cold days.

Gold and Blanket

Again, if you are more into minimalism style in the house and earth colors lover, than some blue prints like pillows would refresh your room a lot but will keep the coziness and warmth that we all like in winter time.

Blue and Earth Colors

Wish you all a good February for your house and a great time decorating it.
Xoxo

Make your Office Table the Best

Sometimes winter time is depressing and stressing us out. Especially when you live in Nordic countries of Europe you feel demotivated to work or to study in any way this time. When you have to go to work or to start studying at home but you don’t have a wish, than your office desk should be the one to understand most and to cheer you up at anytime.

1: The first thing you should think when talking about office desk is your chair. The reality is that you should sit on it for those 8 – 12 working hours in the day. This long time only a good comfortable chair can save you. Even though your chair is an old wooden one or you don’t afford to buy a new one – a blanket or any type of wool or pillow will help a lot to change it.

Comfy Office Desk

2: There is a huge advantage if the room has big windows and daily light can come directly to your desk. Only make sure that the light is coming from your right hand and not from in front (your eyes are not going to get so tired and you won’t feel like light is disturbing you a lot when working on the computer)

Light a major thing while working

3: Whether you like a minimalist style or multiple things everywhere, keep things that give you inspiration and lighten up the mind on some great ideas evertyime. Work with the colors too. Hanged or nailed items either with favorite moments or great quotes will fill your desk with history and soul. All the objects used on your office table can be changed every time whenever you think you are tired of them.

Minimalism

Best Items on your wall

4: A new refresh in your folders will not make it worse either. Pick the folders you use the most and buy some wrapping paper and cover them in. This will give your desk a new business look or depends what preferable color you use. This is a cheap change on your desk but quite creative and complete your preferences.

Wrapped Folders

Wrapping Paper Colors

5: Colors used around your office table could be various, but from my experience fresh cold colors or earth colors are the best for concentration and a good environment around your desk. If you adore colorful things, my suggestion would be to go with green (fresh), blue (best to concentrate and think wisely), pink (lovely and cute) and yellow (happy color).

Hope you all will enjoyed the guide on how to make your office desk the best looking desk in the world and a happy place for you to work.

Xoxo

Parisian Diary

I was looking through my past pictures folders and I found the winter trip to Paris with my sister and family. So decided to share some of the memories from there to you. Maybe the pictures does not describe the whole trip and adventure there, but sure do describe the beauty of some little things that I enjoyed and loved.
It was for my very first time to see Paris and it kind of cached me with it’s chic and Parisian Architecture, even though the weather wasn’t the best.

The long narrowed windows or balconies you see on almost each facade brings into the mind the beauty of the Parisian history kept for years. Building facades are decorated with graved details where you see different figures and ornaments, which gives a heavy look a little bit but in the same time rich and posh. The gold lions and the gold polished facades spread in the air royalty and makes you love Paris for that even more.
Feeling special after the whole chic urban structure of Paris, Notre Dam de Paris takes you in the past and open the gate to the history, pain, war and amazing work in construction. Notre Dam de Paris is one of my favorites due to its ability to stop you thinking and start admiring and enjoying the work that has been done there. When you think how many historical moments where held in that building you will feel even more special and important to have this opportunity to see it.
One more breathtaking place is Eiffel Tower, one of the biggest keepers of love moments in the whole history. Love is spread in the air around it, and even you are not a romantic one from your nature, you are going to get inspired by it anyway. I have no idea why people started to think and decided that Eiffel tower is one romantic place, for sure not because of it’s steel structure look, but it has something in it that you love.

And finally, there is nothing better to warm up in a cold winter day, but sweetened pink sugar wool and a sister to share it. Paris is one sparkled capital…
xoxo

Paris Long Narrowed Balcony Windows

Eiffel Tower

Notre Dam de Paris

Notre Dam de Paris

Notre Dam de Paris

Sweets#Sugar#Sister

Parisian End