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Luchtsingel Bridge, Rotterdam

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When the idea of taking a trip to Rotterdam jumped into my mind, Luchtsingel bridge was the first place I wanted to visit.

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The 390-metre-long, Luchtsingel pedestrian footbridge in the city of Rotterdam was completed in 2015, after a construction period spanning almost 3 years. Rotterdam-based architecture studio ZUS, Hofbogen BVCitizens and many other partners were involved in its construction. The bridge is considered to be “the world’s first crowd-funded public infrastructure.” With nine different entrances, Luchtsingel aims to rejuvenate Rotterdam through connecting neglected parts of the city. The name Luchtsingel, which means ‘air canal’, not only reflects this purpose, but also emphasises the importance of canals for the Dutch city in a metaphorical way.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

The bridge can also be considered as a public artwork criticising current market-oriented economy. According to its creators, it is Rotterdam’s responsibility to redevelop the abandoned area. And as such, the Luchtsingel bridge is already raising a fair amount of attention in regard to the enhancement of these areas. The multipurpose bridge is also linked to several public projects, like the harvestable roof-garden on top of the Schieblock, the new park with sports and picnicking facilities called Pompenburg and the recently refurbished Station Hofplein that hosts cultural events. Kristian Koreman, partner at ZUS, states that “the Luchtsingel, together with the transformed buildings and new public spaces, forms a new three-dimensional cityscape”.

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People of the city contributed to the construction of the bridge, by donating money to bring the project to life. “The more you donate, the longer the bridge.” As a reward or ‘thank you’ for helping in the funding the project, all who donated now see their names written on the bridge. Described as a ‘permanent temporarily’ solution, Luchtsingel will last up to five years with a possible extension of another five years.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Aerealphotos by Ossip van Duivenbode, the rest by Nook Twelve | Info Archdaily 

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Luchtsingel Bridge, Rotterdam

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When the idea of taking a trip to Rotterdam jumped into my mind, Luchtsingel bridge was the first place I wanted to visit.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

The 390-metre-long, Luchtsingel pedestrian footbridge in the city of Rotterdam was completed in 2015, after a construction period spanning almost 3 years. Rotterdam-based architecture studio ZUS, Hofbogen BVCitizens and many other partners were involved in its construction. The bridge is considered to be “the world’s first crowd-funded public infrastructure.” With nine different entrances, Luchtsingel aims to rejuvenate Rotterdam through connecting neglected parts of the city. The name Luchtsingel, which means ‘air canal’, not only reflects this purpose, but also emphasises the importance of canals for the Dutch city in a metaphorical way.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

The bridge can also be considered as a public artwork criticising current market-oriented economy. According to its creators, it is Rotterdam’s responsibility to redevelop the abandoned area. And as such, the Luchtsingel bridge is already raising a fair amount of attention in regard to the enhancement of these areas. The multipurpose bridge is also linked to several public projects, like the harvestable roof-garden on top of the Schieblock, the new park with sports and picnicking facilities called Pompenburg and the recently refurbished Station Hofplein that hosts cultural events. Kristian Koreman, partner at ZUS, states that “the Luchtsingel, together with the transformed buildings and new public spaces, forms a new three-dimensional cityscape”.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

People of the city contributed to the construction of the bridge, by donating money to bring the project to life. “The more you donate, the longer the bridge.” As a reward or ‘thank you’ for helping in the funding the project, all who donated now see their names written on the bridge. Described as a ‘permanent temporarily’ solution, Luchtsingel will last up to five years with a possible extension of another five years.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Aerealphotos by Ossip van Duivenbode, the rest by Nook Twelve | Info Archdaily 

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Luchtsingel Bridge, Rotterdam

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When the idea of taking a trip to Rotterdam jumped into my mind, Luchtsingel bridge was the first place I wanted to visit.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

The 390-metre-long, Luchtsingel pedestrian footbridge in the city of Rotterdam was completed in 2015, after a construction period spanning almost 3 years. Rotterdam-based architecture studio ZUS, Hofbogen BVCitizens and many other partners were involved in its construction. The bridge is considered to be “the world’s first crowd-funded public infrastructure.” With nine different entrances, Luchtsingel aims to rejuvenate Rotterdam through connecting neglected parts of the city. The name Luchtsingel, which means ‘air canal’, not only reflects this purpose, but also emphasises the importance of canals for the Dutch city in a metaphorical way.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

The bridge can also be considered as a public artwork criticising current market-oriented economy. According to its creators, it is Rotterdam’s responsibility to redevelop the abandoned area. And as such, the Luchtsingel bridge is already raising a fair amount of attention in regard to the enhancement of these areas. The multipurpose bridge is also linked to several public projects, like the harvestable roof-garden on top of the Schieblock, the new park with sports and picnicking facilities called Pompenburg and the recently refurbished Station Hofplein that hosts cultural events. Kristian Koreman, partner at ZUS, states that “the Luchtsingel, together with the transformed buildings and new public spaces, forms a new three-dimensional cityscape”.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

People of the city contributed to the construction of the bridge, by donating money to bring the project to life. “The more you donate, the longer the bridge.” As a reward or ‘thank you’ for helping in the funding the project, all who donated now see their names written on the bridge. Described as a ‘permanent temporarily’ solution, Luchtsingel will last up to five years with a possible extension of another five years.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Aerealphotos by Ossip van Duivenbode, the rest by Nook Twelve | Info Archdaily 

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Luchtsingel Bridge, Rotterdam

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When the idea of taking a trip to Rotterdam jumped into my mind, Luchtsingel bridge was the first place I wanted to visit.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

The 390-metre-long, Luchtsingel pedestrian footbridge in the city of Rotterdam was completed in 2015, after a construction period spanning almost 3 years. Rotterdam-based architecture studio ZUS, Hofbogen BVCitizens and many other partners were involved in its construction. The bridge is considered to be “the world’s first crowd-funded public infrastructure.” With nine different entrances, Luchtsingel aims to rejuvenate Rotterdam through connecting neglected parts of the city. The name Luchtsingel, which means ‘air canal’, not only reflects this purpose, but also emphasises the importance of canals for the Dutch city in a metaphorical way.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

The bridge can also be considered as a public artwork criticising current market-oriented economy. According to its creators, it is Rotterdam’s responsibility to redevelop the abandoned area. And as such, the Luchtsingel bridge is already raising a fair amount of attention in regard to the enhancement of these areas. The multipurpose bridge is also linked to several public projects, like the harvestable roof-garden on top of the Schieblock, the new park with sports and picnicking facilities called Pompenburg and the recently refurbished Station Hofplein that hosts cultural events. Kristian Koreman, partner at ZUS, states that “the Luchtsingel, together with the transformed buildings and new public spaces, forms a new three-dimensional cityscape”.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

People of the city contributed to the construction of the bridge, by donating money to bring the project to life. “The more you donate, the longer the bridge.” As a reward or ‘thank you’ for helping in the funding the project, all who donated now see their names written on the bridge. Described as a ‘permanent temporarily’ solution, Luchtsingel will last up to five years with a possible extension of another five years.

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Luchtsingel Bridge Rotterdam Nook Twelve

Aerealphotos by Ossip van Duivenbode, the rest by Nook Twelve | Info Archdaily 

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Top Interior Trends for 2017

Pubblicato da blog ospite in Design, Interiors, Nook Twelve

After numerous fairs such as imm Cologne, Maison & Objet, Stockholm Furniture Fair and so on, it is time for a little recap of the top interior trends for 2017.

You’ll be reading at this time of year a lot about trends in furniture and colors. Some of the trends, such as the Pantone selected color Greenery, we knew already. Others, like velvet, made their return gracefully by taking place in the most furniture collections for 2017. Before we take a look, let’s have something in mind – trends come and go. Be sure to know first what’s best for your house or space.

Top interior trends for 2017

Furniture

Artisanal. Beautiful hand craved cabinets, bamboo tables, softly woven textiles pieces that show a glimpse of the hands that created them.

Mirrors are BIG right now. Especially round ones, shaped a bit unusually or with an antique effect – the more the better.

Bold lighting and groups of pendant lights that makes an impact are very important right now. Grouping definitely creates a mood as well as impact and nothing above your table should be boring! Lights that make you stop and stare. Go for those.

Modular and multifunctional furniture. Sofas, tables, it should all have more than one way to use and enjoy it. It can be repositioned, used to work, to play, to sleep, to accommodate guests etc.

top interior trends for 2017

Colors, materials, texture

Bold tones, but not the typical saturated hues like pure red, blue, violet… The colors are definitely more moody, shaded and cozy. White and wood are also classics, but companies are giving us more bold solutions for kitchen units, countertops or side tables.

Luxe materials and texture. Marble and colored glass are definitely on trend. Velvet, leather, linen, crystal, wool, anything that makes you want to touch it. Metal is everywhere too. Frames, legs, lighting, kitchens, everything – but way more understated and matte than before, not so much bling.

Painted walls or multi-colored walls are now on point. White is definitely not trending right now and walls need to be in color, mostly bold moody tones as mentioned. Another trend is to use different colors on your walls or paint the walls in unique ways with more than one color (such as 3/4 of the way up, one color, and the top, another). Being playful but still maintaining a sophisticated vibe.

Curtains semi-sheer and very lightweight that almost look like netting. Others more dramatic and in lush materials used as room dividers. There is a huge revival in fabrics for interiors at the moment. Layering rugs is getting popular too.

Greenery

The indoor outdoor trend was everywhere also last year, but now it seems even more captivating. After the big plants, baskets of foliage suspended from the ceiling is taking over together with blossoms everywhere and anywhere.

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Hotel Henriette Rive Gauche

Pubblicato da blog ospite in Interiors, Nook Twelve

The Hotel Henriette Rive Gauche – a boutique design hotel in Paris’ Left Bank, recently reminagined by French design firm Les Nouveaux Decorateurs.

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The modern yet homey feel makes you not just want to stay there, but move right in!

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Situated in a small and quiet street close to the Mouffetard district, the Hotel Henriette offers a truly unique and intimate experience. The hotel has so much to offer – a lounge with a wide selection of reading matter, an appealing vintage winter garden and a delicious breakfast served daily.  A conciergerie service offers a friendly helping hand with arrangements for travel, excursions, restaurant bookings, theatre tickets and anything else that will help you  enjoy your days and nights in Paris.

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Thirty-two individually designed bedrooms provide a constantly unfolding and fresh source of delight for the guests. The décor was created by the noted interior designer, Vanessa Scoffier. It is innovative, refreshing, bold and striking. Hher superb work has given the Hotel Henriette an utterly, yet beguilingly, unique appearance. Retro stylish Platner chairs, Arte wallcoverings and Thomas Eyck contemporary design products are brought together in a daringly bold and visually and conceptually delightful way with lines of fluorescent pink wingtips, mottled sconces and rope hung lamps to create an ambience like no other.

Both accessible and exclusive, the hotel is the very epitome of a luxury that is both cool and completely desirable.

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hotel henriette paris nook twelve

hotel henriette paris nook twelve

hotel henriette paris nook twelve

hotel henriette paris nook twelve

hotel henriette paris nook twelve

hotel henriette paris nook twelve

P.S. Hurry up and book a room, early bookings get a discount plus a first night breakfast included.

photographs  Hervé Goluza  and Hotel Henriette 

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Xavier Corbero’s home has to be poetry

Pubblicato da blog ospite in Interiors, Nook Twelve

When describing his work, famed Catalan sculptor and artist Xavier Corbero explained, “the outcome of anything I do has to be poetry”.

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A shining example of this ethos is Corbero’s home – an eight-acre, nine building estate. The house has taken him over forty years to turn into a dramatic example of living, ever-evolving art. This is a home tour you have to see to believe.

Friends with Salvador Dali and famed for his large scale sculpture displayed the world over, Corbero began working on this home in 1968. He discovered dilapidated industrial buildings on the outskirts of Barcelona has worked for 40 years transforming them into a stunning home, workshop, studio, gallery – a magic labyrinth of art, architecture and beauty. There are a total of 10 beds and bathrooms to welcome guests, as well as a number of studios and workshops, including one beneath the ground. The home regularly serves as a residence for fellow artists staying in Barcelona. The structures are a mixture of concrete, often whitewashed in the living quarter, raw plywood, open staircases, manmade caves and soaring arches. It continues to be a work in progress even as Corbero turns 80. I think the following description captures the heart of this place best, “The artist has created a space where creation is immortalized, both as process and as an end.”

Check out this video to truly appreciate the majesty of this house and to hear from the artist Corbero himself.

Photography by zara home and Jerome Galland for Architectural Digest, Video by Albert Moya for NOWNESS, info by Apartment34

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The Alternative Berlin Guide

Pubblicato da blog ospite in Design, Nook Twelve

In the European epicenter of cool, instead of just buying a brilliantly faked piece of The Wall try to explore the alternative Berlin.

Creative spirits, cheap booze, and despite those two things, a totally functional economy. Berlin has something for everybody. But first, here’s the deal about Berlin: the city has no city center. While everybody thinks that it’s Alexanderplatz, they couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, Berlin was never a real city. It is a conglomeration of smaller settlements that made Berlin what it is today.

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PLACES OF REMEMBARANCE

The East Side Gallery is something you just have to see in Berlin anyways. Take a glimpse of the famous Bruderkuss or Fraternal kiss graffiti and go for a stroll along the river. From there you can see better the Oberbaumbrücke Bridge, which formerly marked the border between East and West.

Skip the selfie-farm at Check Point Charlie and Unter den Linden, where Germans dress as US Army soldiers and pose for pics. Head to the Bernauer Strasse memorial instead. It’s the last piece of really preserved Berlin Wall, complete with border fortifications, a viewing tower and tons of info.

One of the most photographed places after the Bruderkuss is the Holocaust Memorial. Designed by Eisenman Architects, at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews people can grasp “what loneliness, powerlessness and despair mean”.

Revisit the dark past at the Topography of Terror, one of the most popular, but interesting museums.
It’s an information-based museum, meaning that you’ll get to read a lot. You’ll be surprised at how disconnected we all are sometimes about the horrors and terrors of World War II. The Topography of Terror offers an amazing permanent exhibition that details the life of the Gestapo and the SS.

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Check Point Charlie

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The Wall

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The Holocaust Memorial

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The Holocaust Memorial

MUSEUMS

Berlin has so much interesting museums to choose from. In alternative to Museuminsel, visit the Haburger Bahnfhof Museum. The museum’s name refers to the building’s original function as one of the first terminal stations of the rail system in Germany. Since 1987 it is Berlin’s most important exhibition space dedicated exclusively to contemporary art from the 1950s to the present. The best of all was Julian Rosefeldt’s new film installation Manifesto: 13 films running in parallel bring angry, youthful, and amazingly current sounding words to the screen.

The Jewish museum, mostly famous for its building designed by Daniel Liebeskind, displays two millennia of German-Jewish history. Definitely worth a visit.

Visit the Bauhaus Archive if you are interested in architecture and design. A permanent exhibition displays key works from the Bauhaus collection. Unfortunately, one of the best exhibition spaces, Neue Nationalgalerie designed by Bauhaus director Mies van der Rohe, will remain close for another 3 to 4 years for maintenance.

Sign in your agenda Potsdamer Straße, there you can find amazing small bars and galleries such as Blain|Southern.

Topography of Terror

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Jewish Museum, Installation Shalekhet (Fallen Leaves) by Menashe Kadishman

ALTERNATIVE BERLIN

The guidebooks suggest that the best city skyline is the one from the TV Tower.  Actually, no. Skip the massive fee they charge for riding the elevator 200 meters up, and instead hike yourself over to Wilmersdorf’s Teufelsberg. Teufelsberg translates as ‘Devil’s Mountain’ and it’s the highest hill in Berlin. It’s a man-made mountain, a spying station built by NSA in the sixties. The place is almost abandoned now, but you can still sneak in.

The Berlin Zoo is one of the largest in Europe and completely worth a visit. But if you want to spend an alternative day outside, visit the Botanical garden. It is one of the top three in the world and well worth a visit even during the winter.

The Hackesche Höfe represent the largest, enclosed courtyard area of Germany once put under a preservation order in 1972. Now is a lavish area with numerous bars, restaurants and clubs. One of the best places is a hidden library – exhibition space on Rosenthaler Straße, by the side of Cinema Café, on the second floor of the building. In order to find it you have to keep your eyes open, there are no signs.

Drive around Berlin in a Trabi. Trabant, or trabi, was East Germany’s standard car for more than 30 years until it no longer met safety standards. Trabi Safari gives you the opportunity to actually drive one while your guide sits in the back and explains the city to you.

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Hackesche Höfe

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Botanical Garden

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EAT

A not so alternative must is a burger from Burgermeister just across East Side Gallery. It’s a century old and used to be a public toilet, but try not to think about that.

Check out Street Food Thursdays. Every Thursday, Markthalle Neun transforms into a communal dining area serving dishes from all over the world. Paradise for foodies.

Go to Mauerpark on a Sunday afternoon. The park transforms into a social gathering, where everyone comes to eat, drink and listen to the bands play.

If you love art and food, then Zagreus Projekt is definitely for you. Every other month artists are invited to create a site-specific installation. Then the chef composes a menu inspired by the artwork and serves it at a communal table right in the gallery. Reservations are essential.

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Hackesche Höfe

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Zoologischer Garten Berlin

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the alternative berlin guide nook twelve

the alternative berlin guide nook twelve

Das Berliner Dom at Festival of Lights 2016

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Berlin Artist Loft by Annabell Kutucu

Pubblicato da blog ospite in Interiors, Nook Twelve

Interior Designer Annabell Kutucu was responsible for one of my favorite homes in 2016.

So it’s no surprise that I’m sharing more of her work and in one of my favourite European cities. In line with Berlin’s status as a magnet for artists and creative culture, this apartment is also a home studio. A sleek style elevates the home’s raw edges to a refined, effortless cool.

Berlin Artist Loft by Annabell Kutucu

Annabell Kutucu is an expert when it comes to balancing a home’s individual personality with an earthy, raw sensibility. Here, she strips back the apartment’s existing aesthetic to focus on the bare brick walls, ceiling beams and sprawling windows. The color palette is a staunch monochrome, the light is natural with a couple of lights to create a warm night-time glow. Herringbone timber floors and black tiles define the living and kitchen space, while the bedroom is softened with a plush charcoal carpet.

With its enormous windows, bare walls and white bricks, the living room could feel hollow, but the layered rugs, sprawling couch and bookshelves add personality. The open plan leads nicely to the kitchen, where the dark tones and modern appliances are softened by earthy crockery.

Berlin Artist Loft by Annabell Kutucu

The studio component of the home has been integrated as separate spaces.  From the grand piano tucked around the corner of the living room to the separate music room, where keyboards and synths are each given prime position to pick and choose from. It doesn’t feel like a home where the work and play are segmented, more like different spaces to create.

While this apartment has significant cool factor, it never feels untouchable. The unpretentious design and materials let the building’s views and structure do the talking. As Annabell Kutucu has already demonstrated, doing more with less is what makes a home truly unique.

Berlin Artist Loft by Annabell Kutucu

Berlin Artist Loft by Annabell Kutucu

Berlin Artist Loft by Annabell Kutucu

Berlin Artist Loft by Annabell Kutucu

Berlin Artist Loft by Annabell Kutucu

Photos Claus Brechenmacher Info Est Living

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Books and gray moodboard

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Thoughts about being sick in bed, books and gray moodboard.

Books and gray moodboard

I feel as blaze as grey, which is the most indifferent shade of the spectrum, wouldn’t you agree? I adore grey, on my bedding, knitted thick into sweaters, but not when it colors my days. And this gray moodboard sums up pretty much how I feel.

Last week I was supposed to be in Sofia having a great time walking the snowy boulevards. The only thing that made me feel better was the comfort of my bed. Don’t get me wrong, I do prefer hiding under a blanket instead of being at -17 degrees Celsius. But I also hate that my 38 degree fever didn’t let me experience another great vacation.
I’m finally finding time or way to share something personal on the blog. I’m quite sure this won’t last long because I’m certainly not a sharing person. I still don’t have snapchat or use Instagram stories as most of the popular bloggers. Sharing every little aspect of my life makes me anxious.

In order to make myself feel better and because I wasn’t capable of doing much, I was catching up on my reading. For Christmas I received a pile of books one of which is called 100 Interiors around the world by Taschen. The selection of interiors was nice, but I was certainly expecting more from it. Another, better book, from the same publisher is the Case Study Houses from Elizabeth Smith. It tells a little story behind every house and it’s nice to kill some time on a lazy Sunday or to fill your collection of architectural books.

Currently, I have my hands on the Simenon’s books. I love the author and I’ve read many of his stories, but lately I enjoy the Maigret novels and other stories. One down, I’ve got ten more books to read!

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