Friday, November 30, 2012

Inspiration for Budapest Apartment: Kitchen Edition

As I promised, here are some of the pictures I have collected as inspiration for our new kitchen in the apartment in Budapest.  Going with the Scandinavian theme, I was looking for kitchens with lots of white wood paneling, nice old fashioned cup pulls for the drawers, simple decorations of mixing old with new.  As our kitchen takes shape, I will post pictures of the result. Right now, here are the inspiration photos:

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Time flies, and summer seems like a far-away memory.  To bring it back, here are some of the pictures I took this July on the picturesque island of Crete. Amid the charming old buildings, quaint cafes, and panoramic bays, what struck me was signs of the hardship and poverty the Greek economic meltdown brought to this lovely island. Graffiti abounds, many of the buildings are in disrepair, and there are boarded up storefronts everywhere. Don't get me wrong: Crete is still beautiful and vibrant. We had a great time exploring the market, tasting some wonderful Greek food and wandering the narrow streets. I do hope there will soon be renewed prosperity for this pretty island in the Mediterranean Sea. 

Colorful doors and buildings

Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Gift Ideas

Thanksgiving is just three days away, and with it the official start of the Christmas shopping season. When I have a little time, I enjoy hunting for gifts on the web.  Below are some of the goodies I found. A few of these will definitely show up under (or on) our tree!

Glass Bird Canisters @ Pottery Barn

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Inspiration for Budapest Apartment

One of the projects I am busy with these days is remodeling a small apartment in an old villa in the hills of Budapest, Hungary.  The apartment connects to the garden, and we are opening it up to bring in as much natural light as possible.  The project started in July, with walls being knocked down and moved,  water being relocated and windows relocated. 

Now that the apartment starts taking shape, it is time to consider decorating. I am thinking of furnishing the it in the Gustavian style, with lots of white-on white tones, mixing antiques with modern pieces. Here are some pictures I collected on my Pinterest board "Inspiration for Budapest Apartment".

Mirrors and white walls reflect the light in this room.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A New-Old Hawaiian Home

Lucky me, I get to visit broker's open houses on many a Thursday, because of my friend and realtor extraordinaire, Debbie. Here are some photos I took at a lovely Kailua home. This home is brand new, but its layout and feel is very "old Hawaii". It is spacious without being pretentious, open to the cooling winds and has a lovely canal-front setting. Check it out if you have a chance. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my photos.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Owls Everywhere

Do you like owls?  It seems to me that they are popping up everywhere lately.  Here are a few of my owl inspirations:

I got this adorable owl ornament in Santa Fe

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Santa Fe

Here are some of the photos from my recent visit to Santa Fe. A picturesque town with many galleries, shops and spas.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Misty day on the Big Island

Last week we hopped over to the Big Island of Hawai'i for a couple of days. One of the places we visited is the Mountain Thunder Coffee Company, in the hills above Kona town. It was a wet and cloudy day, and I enjoyed taking these photos of their picturesque property deep in the rain forest.