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Floating Hotel on the river Seine in Paris – Happy New Year!

My dream has come true! I’m incredibly happy to share with you my little secret… I moved to Australia, that’s a fact! It’s been a crazy time but finally everything is settled. Now I can relax, come back to blogging and enjoy my stay in Sydney!

In the previous post (which was ages ago!) I presented a beautiful house located in Melbourne. I have to tell you, I have been in Sydney only (or already!) for 2 months but I am loving it here. Architecture is amazing, I have already visited some local architectural and design events. I am going to keep you up-to-date with all of that. Although, in today’s post, because my heart still belongs to Europe, I want to share with you a great project of a hotel in my beloved Paris where I used to live. Well it’s not just a hotel, it’s a floating hotel – OFF Paris Seine! I am very happy the project is finally finished.


THAT House – outstanding idea of living in Australia.


It’s been a really long time when I wrote a post on my blog. Some changes have occurred in my life, and another even bigger is just about to come. I am very excited about it! But I will share my project with you when everything is settled for good.

We are in summer! Thus, in today’s post I’d like to show you a beautiful house located in a faraway land, for most appearing as a paradise, namely in ‘always sunny’ (at least that’s what people say) Australia.

Lately, I am fascinated by Australian original, modern and full of light architecture! And housing projects are outstanding. Thanks to this project I am presenting today, I fell in love with Australian creativity and I decided to broaden my knowledge about their architecture. The house called THAT House has been designed by the office Austin Maynard Architects. This innovative project received the Residential Architecture Award, Victorian Architecture Award this year. And quite deservedly because the idea shows a real challenge.


The last Winter post!


Finally, goodbye Winter! It was the first day of Spring, yesterday. Although, before I will start with fresh posts like: ‘Colour in interiors’, ‘Spring! Time for changes’, ‘New collections s/s 2016’, I would like to present you a rather cold and a bit raw interior, yet with no-nonsense.

To finish the Winter period I picked the house interior of the great chef behind NOMA, the restaurant in Copenhagen that has been awarded three times Best Restaurant of the World. Impressive! René Redzepi, the 38-year-old chef, has a beautiful house and like his restaurant the home is refined and designed with a subtle elegance. With its visible wooden structure, white interiors and the old, big chimney in the kitchen, it reminds me of mountain chalets. The wooden floors are made of oak wood, from Dinesen, specialized in a very high quality craftsmanship. The kitchen and bathroom closets are made of the same wood. I must say, the kitchen is a real masterpiece! The home’s interiors are furnished with beautiful finds from flea markets, gathered throughout the years.


:: Interior of the Day :: Enviable houseboat floats in Copenhagen harbour


I desperately need sun. Here, in Paris, every day is rainy and cloudy. Fortunately, the first day of spring is about to come in less than a month, I hope. In today’s post I want to share with you wonderful idea of living!

Houseboats have always fascinated me. It must be nice living on the water, having a beautiful view, rooms always soaked with daylight. A real dream! This houseboat has been completed by Danish boatbuilder Laust Nørgaard for his own family in Copenhagen harbour. I like its very modern and simple architecture, made by a dark-stained wood panels and floor-to-ceiling sliding slatted shutters in light wood providing more privacy and allowing to control daylight. The interior follows the architecture: very bright and contemporary. Classic beautiful Danish interior design. I love it! Light playwood walls with built-in shelves and the stove give the space warm and bright ambience. The house is furnished with well known modern classics like Eames chairs and Poul Kjærholm stools, along with contemporary pieces like a sofa by Hay and the freestanding kitchen cabinets unit by Danish company Vipp. Absolutely amazing! I wouldn’t mind owning a houseboat like this. 🙂


The great COBE’s architecture – kindergarden based on children’s drawings


When I look back on my last two weeks, there’s no doubt that time has passed quickly. I shared with you the news about the exhibition on my facebook page. I will show some photos of it soon enough. If you would like to see it yourself, I invite you to La Galerie d’architecture, located on 11 rue des Blancs Manteaux in Paris.

Working very hard during last months, doing many things at the same time and visiting the Renzo Piano’s exhibition taking place in Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, I realised how much I love architecture and like my job. Therefore, today’s post will be about architecture. I love the projects that are simple but unconventional. An understanding of the subject, environment and program of the building is always an essential part of a project. It’s what makes possible to design a building that simply ‘fits’. A building emerged from detailed analyzes, expert opinions and consultations, meeting the needs of the users and well situated for it’s context – that’s a great architecture.


Minimal and creative Mit Mat Mama store in Barcelona


This week was full off nice surprises for me. I can share with you one, the biggest surprise. I have gotten my own great camera! 🙂 Finally, I will start to make my dream come true of taking pictures myself! Soon I will show you the first results of my work.

However, today I would like to share with you a great minimal design by Spanish architect Román Izquierdo Bouldstridge. The maternity clothing store Mit Mat Mama in Barcelona has been furnished with a modular shelving system made up of ash timber ladders. The architect’s principal concept was to create a place where products and architecture come together, creating a beautiful space of nature, clearness and light. He achieved it! He created airy and bright space thanks to four-meters-high ceilings and a completely glazed facade. Clothes are displayed on rails and shelves fixed between rows of wooden ladders. The ladders have a different function depending on the height they are placed. Once, the steel bars are used as hangers for clothing, another time the same steel bars hold the plants pots or lighting tracks.


Dutch railway transformed into multi-level and enviable office.

1dadcfc5c9Christmas and New Year’s Eve passed and we all had to come back to normal live. I can imagine that waking up every morning was very difficult for you, for me too! Although I’m getting up at 7:30, which you would say is not too early, I have a huge problem to pull myself out of the bed and always dismissing the alarm clock. But one of my new year’s resolution is to change this lazy habit and 3 days per week wake up at 7 to practice yoga. I have also another resolution for this year: write posts regularly. It’s time to start! 🙂

In today’s post I would like to show an amazing work space. The Dutch office Bedaux de Brouwer Architecten designed a bright and airy space inside an overhauled railway building, the oldest remaining structure in Spoorzone area in Tilburg. To achieve this effect, the architects reopened the arches and placed behind them a huge glass facade to let natural light in and complement the opened structure of the warehouse. They continued also with the glazing across the centre of the ceiling to create a long skylight. Inside, a large oak-clad box has been installed with bleacher-style seating at one end as a group meeting area. This volume includes offices and bathrooms and provides the framework for an informal auditorium. In large spaces like this warehouse the idea of installing a big volume or few smaller ones perfectly separates the enormous room without violating its construction and structure. A restaurant has been located on the opposite side of the wooden steps and is opened to both staff and public.


For all busy bees – gift-wrap inspirations


Last days at work and my flight to Poland caused very long break in writing. I would like to apologize to all of you. Lately I am a very busy bee, I think I’m not the only one. Am I? 🙂

The last thing I do before the day of Christmas Eve is gifts wrapping. I have to confess that I love doing it! I think that beautifully wrapped present encourage you even more to get to know what’s inside! Nowadays we can find plenty of wrapping paper. I would like to show you some nice wrapping ideas I found. This year I fell in love with ideas of simple gift wrapping.

Let’s start then! Make sure that your gift is the one everyone is itching to open! 🙂


Selected ideas for Christmas gifts

 A sketch by ‘a pinch of design’ – Joanna Walczak

Christmas is in less than two weeks! I love this time of the year, buying Christmas gifts. Although it seems like a hard nut to crack in fact, it doesn’t have to be so difficult. We just need to remember about the most important principle: buy gifts fitting the taste to whom you will give it to, not yours. Buying someone a gift you would like to get is a nice idea only if the person has similar tastes to you. The best way to get an idea of what to buy is to listen carefully to somebody, what that person liked lately, what book he would like to read or what’s missing in his home.

I would like to present you selected ideas for Christmas gifts that I picked for you. Maybe I can help you somehow with this list to buy gifts for your loved ones that will bring a smile on their faces.


Merci store – a realm you must visit!

Merci-boutique-noël-2015-0031. Christmas at Merci store, 2015.

Last weekend finally I managed to visit the famous Merci store. And I was absolutely blown away, I’m gonna come back there more often!

Merci was created in March 2009 by Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, in the heart of the historic Haut-Marais district. Since the opening it has achieved enormous popularity thanks to its aim to bring all together: traditional and modern, local and international, simple and costly, mass-produced and individually made, and present the best of each world. Merci store turns a dream into reality. The dream of mixing contemporary objects with antique pieces, vintage clothing, everyday objects, new and second-hand books. And what’s more, Merci it’s not only a shop, it s also a home for many exhibitions and events.