Styling with Advent wreath

Styling with Advent wreath

If there’s one thing we like, it’s the creative reinterpretation of traditional elements. Finding a new way to use something we’re all familiar with is as useful in architecture as it is in floral arranging and cooking.

Advent wreath was always one of our favourite Christmas traditions. Counting down weeks until Christmas is an exciting time for kids, but creating (or picking) a new wreath each year was always an exciting time for us. Because we fully decorate our homes a week before Christmas, the Advent wreath is like a little sneak peek at Christmas styling.

For years, we only used them as table centrepieces. This year, we used them to create little Christmas nooks, perfect for styling a console table in the entryway or a sideboard in the living room.

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Räs studio transforms the former commercial space into a modern apartment in the heart of Barcelona

Räs studio transforms the former commercial space into a modern apartment in the heart of Barcelona

We are so excited to show you the last project from one-of-our-favourites RÄS studio, apartment la Diana.

If you follow our blog for a while, you might’ve seen their amazing design in la Dominique and la Carme apartments. We almost believe it’s possible to tell how great an architectural studio is, simply by the way they name their projects.

La Diana is (now) a two-story apartment, and the challenge for the architects was to link visually and functionally two independent entities: a commercial space on the ground floor and an apartment on the first floor. Continue reading “Räs studio transforms the former commercial space into a modern apartment in the heart of Barcelona”

How to be the best Secret Santa

How to be the best Secret Santa

Secret Santa is a Christmas tradition in my office. A budget for a gift is limited to 30-40hrk (which equals 6$ or 5€). Two years ago, I got an extendable fork with the note „May the fork be with you“ from my Secret Santa.
You see, I love good food and I love Star Wars, so this was the perfect gift if you ask me. 🙂

When it comes to gift giving – it’s a thought that counts.

We really believe that. That’s why we don’t like to give thoughtless gifts. And no one likes to receive a thoughtless gift.

As a Secret Santa, you have the opportunity to give an amazing gift without anyone knowing it’s from you – and you have the opportunity to give a crappy gift without anyone knowing it’s from you. Well, at least during the Christmas time, we’re all about spreading joy.

We created a go-to list of gift ideas we think work every time. Their secret is in simplicity and adaptability. And also in the fact, you don’t have to break the bank to show someone you thought about them. We actually think they are great gifts to give to anyone, but they probably work the best when given to someone who doesn’t expect much.

*If you have any ideas what to give to someone with high expectations, please share in the comments section. We’re starting to feel anxious, and it’s not even December yet. Continue reading “How to be the best Secret Santa”

Trendy side tables that are just one click away from your home

Trendy side tables that are just one click away from your home

Are you picky? Do you have a long wishlist of things you’ll probably never buy because you’re not sure if they’re good enough? Or are you an impulse buyer?

Either way, if you’re currently trying to figure out how to easily upgrade your home, this post is for you.

At the moment, we are remodelling one living room, and we created numerous collections of furniture for our client. We tend to spend quite a lot of time choosing the perfect piece, so we thought – maybe you’d enjoy a sneak peek?

So, this is not our usual ‘Things we love‘ type of post because, let’s be real, not many people can afford the things we love. It’s a collection of beautiful, budget-friendly side tables, chosen from two of our favourite (web)shops (IKEA and ZARA HOME) – literally a click away from your living room. Or bedroom. Or entryway. Continue reading “Trendy side tables that are just one click away from your home”

Acts of kindness

Acts of kindness

We are so happy to start our second edition of Christmas posts – and not just because we are keeping this blog alive for more than an entire year – but because we love Christmas.

We get so caught up in the magic of Christmas. We start listening to Christmas songs way too early. We thoughtfully choose gifts and explore new ways to wrap them up. We bake cookies. So many cookies.

And the decorations! It’s really the best time of the year.

But last year, a mind-shifting thing happened. Can you bear with us as we’re painting the picture of that moment?

We had just finished the last round of Christmas shopping, sat in the car and were on our way to get home. Since one of us refuses to get a drivers licence, it’s not unusual to see us shopping together, especially if big purchases are about to happen.

And then there was this news on the radio. One Croatian daily news website asked children from home for children without parental care – to write a list of their Christmas wishes. Everyone could go on the website, see the list, and choose something to gift. By the end of that day, or maybe by the end of the next day, the wishes came true. People feeling generous during the Christmas time doesn’t really come as a surprise.

But you should’ve seen that list. One little girl wished for a box of cookies. One boy wished for a pair of football socks. Because he thought ground boots are too much to ask for. Continue reading “Acts of kindness”

5 things moms can teach us about home interior

5 things moms can teach us about home interior

In our families, moms are in charge. They are housekeepers. They are chefs. They are party planners. They do pretty much everything around the house.

They are home designers, of course. And over the years, we realized there is so much to learn about a functional home from, not just our moms, but mothers in general. Because most of them manage to create a functional home for their families, often regardless of the size, or layout, or style of the apartment.

The statements we chose to share with you, are the ones that differ from the things we’d usually advise. Because, as we always try to point out, different things work for different people, and we believe it might be helpful to hear a thing or two from someone who’s not that much into the home ambience, as they are into the practical part of home design. So let’s hear them out! Continue reading “5 things moms can teach us about home interior”

DIY Hanging / Table Centrepiece

DIY Hanging / Table Centrepiece

Well, these ‘green’ DIYs are becoming kind of our thing and we have to admit – WE LOVE IT. This one is a perfect table decoration piece and there’s also a great little story behind it.

A while ago, after we published our DIY Macrame plant hanger post, Alexandria from FTDbyDesign contacted us via e-mail saying she loved our post and provided us with their video tutorial to share in it (if we are interested). First of all, let us just mention how humbled we were because of her words – FTDbyDesign is such a wonderful team of floral and styling experts, and of course, we were interested – we know it’s a lot easier to make something while watching a video about it.

So, a few weeks ago she contacted us again with the most amazing suggestion ever – she sent us a link to their blog post/video tutorial about how to make a hanging centrepiece, and kindly asked us to share it on our blog. We still can’t quite believe that people from another side of the globe read our blog and, well, you probably can guess what our response was just by reading this post.

Not only we are happy to share it with you, but we were so amazed by it we decided to give it a try. To be honest, we saw more than a few amazing photos of this kind of centrepieces all over Instagram but always thought they are so hard to make. Guess we were wrong. Continue reading “DIY Hanging / Table Centrepiece”