Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Friday!


I've been working really hard this past week so I'm very happy it's Friday! Mainly I've been working on my project for uni but also I've been making prints, going back and forth photo labs and setting up an etsy shop. I have a few other things to figure out this weekend but I'm getting closer to finally having my little shop. So excited!

(Photo: Iva Yaneva)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Envelop

I've been looking for some cute colourful cushions to throw on my white couch. I think white couches look gorgeous with quite a few cushions on them, it just makes the sterile whiteness a lot cozier. Generally guests are "afraid" to sit on white furniture but when there are cushions - well, that's a whole other story.

Luckily I found a website called Envelop that has tons artwork printed on pillow covers (and not only). There are over a thousand pillow covers alone and you can search by pattern or by designer. Here are some of my favourites so far.




Monday, February 21, 2011

Girl Crush

It's Monday again and as usual that means more work and less pleasure. Excuse my negativity but it's been snowing here all weekend and it still is and I really need some sunshine!



On the good side the weekend wasn't bad at all although spent mostly indoors. On Saturday we went to see "I am number four" with a couple of friends and went for drinks after that. The movie was surprisingly good, maybe that's due to my quite low expectations when it comes to the typical Hollywood blockbusters. But really, we all liked it, so I definitely recommend seeing it! The thing that I liked most about the movie though was Dianna Agron's character - Sarah and I suspect a lot of you will like her too. She was this lonely girl with the floral dress paired with a cute cardigan and a quite impressive collection of vintage film cameras. Like her already? I couldn't help but poke my boyfriend every now and then saying things like "Oh, look she has empty bird cages in her room like the one that I have! Oh, and paper cranes like the ones at home!" I still admire my boyfriend for not swithcing seats with someone else at the middle of the movie :D

Well, did anyone else see this movie/plan to see it? And how did your weekend go?

(Photo: IMDb)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Happy Friday!


My, I have become obsessed with growing flowers! I am buying new pots this weekend to put the hyacinths and the tulips from last year and I am getting some more hyacinths for the pot that I have (the one that's in it looks pretty lonely). I am contemplating whether I should get some more herb seeds for the kitchen but I think they are not supposed to be planted just yet so I might wait.

I am also going to see "I am number four" (I hope it's worth it) on Saturday and then on Sunday I'm going to the theater (my boyfriend chose the play since he knows I love going to the theater I don't even remember what we'll be watching).

So that's pretty much all of my plans for the weekend. Anything this weekend you are excited about?

(Photo: leuntje)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Home


I've got some progress to show you on redecorating my apartment. I finally got a table! Yay! I don't think I've shown you the couch as well, so there you go. I had been using a small table from my patio furniture for ever and working on it with my laptop was a huge pain in the ass. So I really needed a little bigger table that can fit my laptop plus some drawings next to it and it also had to be a little taller. I went through so many catalogs and I found nothing I like. I wanted it to be white and shiny and white furniture is pretty hard to find in Bulgaria! (Thank God IKEA is opening a store this summer!)



I finally liked the set of tables shown above and thought I can keep my laptop on one of them and something else on the other. Plus they are very compact and save up a lot of space. But when we went to get them they looked terrible, very low quality of material (well, that I kinda suspected because they were really cheap) so I gave them up. On my way out of the store though I saw another table that looked so much better and decided to get it.


I wanted it to be white because my floors are wooden and I thought if I get a carpet it can be some bright color. Plus I really like the glossy finish and placing colorful items on top of it.



As you can see my space is really small - that on the right is my bed! It's quite hard for me to photograph the whole room because I have nowhere to stand and my 50mm lens isn't helping.



I also got these colorful coasters from Buttlers and I love how much cheer they bring.



And last but not least, I got some flowers. I planted this baby last weekend and I can't believe it's blooming already! I also found out yesterday that my tulips and hyacinths from last year are actually still alive, I was so happy! Turns out I may not be as terrible at gardening as I always thought!

I also got some seeds - basil for the kitchen and lavender for the balcony. I'll show them to you when (if) they grow. I also want to get some other herbs for the kitchen - thyme and rosemary perhaps?

Do you grow any herbs or flowers at home?

(Photos: Iva Yaneva)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Adi's Cook & Book


You know those places where the moment you go trough the door you already feel at home? Well, Adi's Cook & Book is one of those places for me. If I had to explain it using just one word it'd have to be "magical". It is a small bistro/bookstore and is located in an old building with lots of white furniture and pretty little details everywhere. It even has one of those old food elevators that to my surprise is working and is used by the staff all the time (on the right at the top picture).


I've been contemplating whether I should buy separate bookcases for my living area or just install shelves like the ones above. The second option is definitely better if you have high ceilings and want to use the whole space.



Cutest kitchen window ever!





This sitting area is one of my favourite. I think it works for your home too. Especially if you don't have much space. Think how much fun it will be to have your kids eat their breakfast there while you cook?



Besides the obvious reasons (providing ridiculously tasty cappuccino and lots of books to read while you enjoy it), the most important thing there is probably the character. There are so many little details that you discover as time goes by and it really shows how much care and love was invested in this place. It makes perfect sense that the owner of this place, Adi Tzanova, is a quite famous wedding planner.




This is quite funny. The bathroom doors don't really have a sign which one is for men and which one for women. Instead they put these little doll angels on each door - one dressed in a male suit and the other one - in a dress.


Maybe this is where I should remind you we don't have IKEA in Bulgaria (the first store is opening this summer) and the fact that most of the furniture is from it doesn't really bother anyone, even the opposite. I think it is a smart move because you get a unique and beautiful interior that not many people here have seen without investing too much money in furniture.




The only thing left for me to say is in a perfect world I would be staying in this place for days. It just completely stole my heart!

p.s. You can see many more photos on their facebook page including making of the interior.

(Photos:
Adi's Cook & Book)

79 ideas

Valantine's day is over but the lovely Radostina (the blogger behind 79 ideas) started an e-magazine and there is a special St. Valantine's issue. I am a little late posting this but with all the traveling and with no internet access for a while I am just starting to catch up on your blogs. If you haven't already seen the magazine you can do so here. I promise you it is full of gorgeous photographs and inspiring ideas.


I am really happy this magazine is getting all this attention in the blogosphere because Radostina is such an inspiration and the fact that she's a Bulgarian only makes me like her and support her even more. So congrats, dear! Can't wait for the next issue.

p.s. You can also read the magazine in Bulgarian.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love is...


Yes, it's Valantine's day as you probably know if you watch TV, read any kind of newspapers, have internet access or have just walked outside of your home in the last few weeks. Hearts and flowers overload!

I am not the biggest fan of this holiday but I am a huge fan of love. And not just love for the person you are with, I'm talking about loving your family, friends and most of all loving life. Loving the random stranger you see on the street who gives you a smile or says "hello", the tiny heart-shaped cookie the waiter left next to your tea, the smell of your morning coffee, the insanely bright color of the car parked down the street, the very old piece of paper with your grandma's writing on it. To all those of you who know what I am talking about - Happy Valantine's day! To everyone else, enjoy this holiday nonetheless.

Much love to you all! xo

(Photo: .blue.algae. )

Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy Friday!


My, time does travel fast! I had a pretty great week with my family though. My grandma was in the hospital but she came home and she's feeling better now. Spent some time with my parents and my lovely niece and nephew, ate lots of delicious homemade meals, went to a book signing and spoke in front of public (one of my biggest fears ever that I should really overcome soon!). Now I am ready for a lovely weekend and I hope that yours isn't any less lovely than mine! See you next week! xo

(Photo: m for marvellous)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Yay!


Yesterday was great! I spent some time with my brother and my little niece and nephew (cutest kids ever!) and I also found out that I had won a photography competition (yay!). It was organized by two lovely ladies who published a cookbook (not quite sure if that's how I should call it because it's so much more - you guys will love it!) and the rules were to cook and photograph whatever you choose from their recipes. Nice and simple (and also healthy!). I took photos of the Himalayan tea (or Masala tea or Chai, whatever you guys call it - photo at the bottom) and of Ice cream sandwich that has zero ice-cream in it and still tastes lovely (photo at the top).

The price was a handmade wooden box to keep all their lovely books in (all 8 of them!). I will show you pictures as soon as I get it - it is so cute!



I hope that you are all having a wonderful week!

(Photos: Iva Yaneva)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bulgar USA


Most people don't know much about Bulgaria, which is understandable - our country is small and not that important for the world economy. Our neighbors get a lot more attention than us - Greece is a well-known destination for tourists and Turkey has this exotic culture.

Well, imagine my surprise when I found out that there is a company in the US called Bulgar USA that sells traditional Bulgarian pottery and textiles. And what is more, it has been featured in magazines like VOGUE, ELLE Decor, Domino and many more. Apparently, the owner of the company is a Bulgarian who escaped in the US at the age of 17 and with his American wife years later they decided to support the Bulgarian culture by selling traditional items there. Their story is quite fascinating so I recommend reading it here. They also have a few traditional Bulgarian recipes on their website, including one for the famous Bulgarian yogurt: "Bulgarian yogurt contains Lactobacillus bulgaricus which lives only under the climatic conditions of this mountainous nation, thus the yogurt you'll eat in Bulgaria has its own very distinct flavor and nutritional properties."

p.s. This is not the first time I find Bulgarian items that get so much attention abroad. Going through my favourite company Plumo's website I found these Bulgarian Folk Chests.

(Photo: Bulgar USA)
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Inspiration: Bernini


A detail from The Rape of Proserpina by Bernini. This is my all time favourite sculpture. Ever. I went to see it a few years ago in Galleria Borghese in Rome and it took my breath away. It is hard to believe Bernini made this stunning piece at the age of 23. If that is not talent I don't know what is.

The sculpture shows "Proserpina being seized and taken to the underworld by Pluto, depicting "rape" in its archaic definition of kidnapping". The detail shown above is my favourite - the flesh looks so real that you can almost mistake the statue for real people.

The beautiful photograph is by printed and can be bought on Etsy for just $15.
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