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Mastering Simplicity: The Art of Simple Yet Elegant Style

Thursday 28 December 2023

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In a world often inundated with trends and flashy fashion statements, the allure of simplicity and elegance stands timeless. Embracing a simple but elegant style is an art form that not only exudes sophistication but also reflects a mindful approach to fashion. In this blog post, we'll delve into the principles of achieving a chic and refined look through the art of simplicity.

1. Quality Over Quantity:

The foundation of simple elegance lies in the quality of your wardrobe pieces. Invest in well-made, timeless staples that withstand the test of trends. Opt for classic silhouettes, durable fabrics, and impeccable craftsmanship. A carefully curated collection of high-quality items ensures longevity and versatility in your style.

2. Neutral Palette Mastery:

Simplicity often finds its expression in a neutral color palette. Timeless hues such as black, white, gray, beige, and navy serve as the perfect canvas for an elegant wardrobe. Embracing neutrals allows for easy mixing and matching, creating a cohesive and polished look effortlessly.

3. Tailoring for Perfection:

The fit of your clothing is paramount when aiming for a simple yet elegant style. Invest in tailoring to ensure that your garments flatter your body shape. Well-fitted pieces elevate your overall appearance, lending an air of sophistication that transcends the complexities of fashion trends.

4. Subtle Details, Maximum Impact:

Simple does not equate to bland. Elevate your look with subtle, well-thought-out details. Consider a delicate piece of jewelry, a fine scarf, or a perfectly tied belt. These understated elements add a touch of personality to your outfit without overshadowing the simplicity that defines your style.

5. Effortless Hair and Makeup:

A simple and elegant style extends beyond clothing to include grooming. Opt for hairstyles and makeup that enhance your natural features without being overly complicated. Effortless waves, a clean complexion, and subtle makeup choices contribute to an overall polished and timeless appearance.

6. Accessorize with Purpose:

Accessorizing is an art in itself. Choose accessories with intention, focusing on quality rather than quantity. A classic watch, a leather handbag, or a pair of elegant sunglasses can elevate your look without overwhelming it. The key is to let accessories complement, not overpower, your simple aesthetic.

7. Invest in Timeless Footwear:

Your choice of footwear can make or break an elegant ensemble. Invest in classic, well-crafted shoes that seamlessly integrate with various outfits. Neutral-toned heels, loafers, or simple sneakers can be versatile additions to your wardrobe, providing both comfort and style.

8. Embrace Minimalism:

The mantra of "less is more" resonates deeply with simple and elegant style. Embrace a minimalist approach to your wardrobe and accessories, focusing on functionality and purpose. A clutter-free wardrobe allows you to appreciate and fully utilize each piece, avoiding the overwhelming feeling of too many choices.

9. Confidence as the Ultimate Accessory:

The most crucial element of a simple but elegant style is confidence. Wear your chosen pieces with poise and self-assurance. Confidence enhances the impact of your outfit, making a simple look radiate elegance and sophistication.

The art of having a simple but elegant style is a timeless journey that transcends fashion fads. By prioritizing quality, embracing neutrals, perfecting tailoring, and focusing on subtle details, you can curate a wardrobe that reflects your personal style with sophistication and grace. Remember, simplicity is not a compromise; it's a conscious choice to make a lasting impression through the artistry of understated elegance.

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Weekly Interior Inspo: Minimalistic Orange

Saturday 16 January 2021

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Welcome back to my Interior Inspo corner!
I have been away for a while from my blog and have been gathering inspiring material for you all.
This week I would like to take you into my recent liking: bringing an orange colour to sit with us on the table and discuss how you can easily incorporate it.

As an Autumn lover ( my favourite season) naturally I am drawn to more earthy colours and materials.
In the picture above we can clearly observe that orange fits in pretty well, even if you are a minimal design lover.
So liking black and white/grey scheme that tends to be very clean and cold toned, would not stop you from
bringing some colour and if you also like orange like me, it is a great way to invite some warmth into your home, especially if you have plants as well.
Orange binds really well with greenery and wooden elements, as well as copper, brass and other warm metals you might want to incorporate around your interior as small details.

In the photo above you can see how you can also bring orange hues incorporated in the wood or like we have done here in the kitchen lighting: using copper/brass shades.
It worked quite well as we have wood in warm tones throughout the entire interior.
Starting with the dining table, the bar stools and the kitchen minimal shelving. Combined with accessories in copper scattered around, it really makes the interior a bit warmer and cosier.
Next step or how to bring this forward is by adding elements that will act as a strong contrast but still
work quite well with the warm hues. 
We have a dark wooden floor ( warm toned), which makes the white stands out even more. 
The final touch is bringing black metal elements, small so not too much in the face, as we want the focus to be on the airy white feel with a splash of colour.
You can observe the photo above how the black acts as a perfect contrast and looks awesome in conjunction with the orange. 

One of my favourites as well is bringing some plants into this mix. And if you are bold enough, notice te teal coloured front door?!

Talking about teal, orange and being bold with colour, have a look at the image above!
I really love how the teal interacts with the warm light from the minimal lighting bulbs with dark cables for extra contrast, as well as the orange Smeg.
Perfect if you want to up the game of a small space and make it stand out.

And again, plants and wooden elements seem to go hand by hand with this colour scheme.

If you like orange but prefer a slightly more subtle hue of it, well then copper/brass is the perfect material to incorporate in your plans.
And please do not worry if you already have silver elements placed( like the oven or the hob tops) I have been saying this for years now: But it really doesn't matter anymore! You can mix and match metal finishes as long as they look good together as in the image above. There isn't a rule of law where it says you must not. 
Interior designers are open-minded creatures, brave enough to open their minds and think out of the box.
New things and mixtures excite us and we would never say no to a brave idea. So, whoever tells you that you should not, well how about you switch to a different designer that has an open mind.
And maybe the result will be similar to the one above :)

This one is one of my top favourite schemes and results ever achieved!

I love it because it brings peace and calm and has this airy, earthy feel.

Contrast with mix of light, dark and warmer wood, leather and metal, black and white and a game 

of lines, squares and textures.

I am curious to read your thought about this space!

A prime example of a minimal design that is warm and inviting.

Here we have focused on materials admixing them bravely. we have wood, stone, metal and all in different colours as per material, which is what makes this so interesting, yet keeps its minimalistic look.

Notice the glass door? It actually plays a vital part in making the space fluid, like light is floating throughout the different rooms.

Another example of mixing brass, copper and silver metal that has worked pretty amazing.

The wood and marble elements add even more sleek look to the place.

Biggest example orange is the perfect companion to greener. Notice the scatter cushion and the insight brass finish of the light shade?

again we have dark for contrast, wooden floor as an earthy element which sits awesome with the brick wall and white finish on the walls. Not to mention the island which is cold tone but makes a perfect addition to this scheme.

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B&W Interiors ||

Wednesday 19 September 2018

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                            I have always been in love with Black and White Interiors. I think it is 
                           the subtle opportunity they give for focusing on some particular points like 
                           areas from your habitat you would like to bring up with adding an extra colour 
                           or material.

Another favourite of mine is having a library selection of great books. Not for the looks
 of it ( although it does bring that classiness) but for honouring the classic old experience of opening 
a good book, smelling the pages, leaving your mark in between, highlighting the lines that got your attention. You can not do that on a tablet and for me the experience is very important.
How many of you have sometimes find themselves opening a book you have read finding an old image or a ticket or a coffee stain from that sleepless night you had getting ready for a project or a presentation. 

Adding a fireplace to the picture is always a good idea. If you have been to the mountains staying in a lodge you deff know why I am saying this. There is something warm and cosy sitting up and looking at the burning wood and the dancing flames. It is almost hypnotising...
even better if you snuggle on a nice pillow or blanket with some book or tea, hot chocolate or whatever drink you like , maybe wine, whiskey ; ) 

Wooden floors with one vintage rug ..old time fav choice. It is rustic, rough but in the same time harmfully cosy. I also love when theres a black wall here or there covered with some bad ass memories from trips or activities like hiking, surfing, skiing or whatever floats that boat of yours. 

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Interior Inspo from Pasadena

Tuesday 18 September 2018

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    Our habitat is where we unwind from the daily stress and recharge for the new challenges ahead.
    In this sense the  interior should not take the attention away but compliment our life.

   Minimal simplicity has always been my preferred style as it achieves that balance. Ethereal but light and somewhat dreamy. This is the feels I get when I look at this mid century house in Pasadena.
The lightness and open plans help bring some nature into the picture and that is always a good idea.
Nature helps us calm our mind and come to piece easier.

   What also got my likes for this house is the gentle theme of earthy materials going through the interior. The metals like copper that bring some warmth mixed with the brickwork and the stones like terrazzo and marble. Heavy materials but used in a very elegant way.

                       But then again it all enters around that openness and the connection with

And it seem to work pretty good using light and warm shades as it comes naturally            
together as if it was designed effortlessly.

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B&W Interior | Nashville

Tuesday 10 July 2018

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It is a three storey house crush in Nashville, (Tennessee) designed by April Tomlin Interiors.
Featured in Architectural Digest.
Home of a cute couple that certainly have their styles in sync.

    It is a super cool feeling when two people are dedicated to bettering their lives together and this house just resonates the purity of this intention, their gentle and deep connection and respect for each other. The masculine and feminine elements of the house are really well balanced too.

What I love about the interior is that it is airy and light, and it sort of welcomes you to the outside forest scenery. Even the windows are as almost framing the view, which adds to the whole serene experience. It wouldn't be hard to destress as they are not many shouting colours or patterns, but this does not mean the interior is lacking detailing.

Nevertheless it is my epitome  of minimal, open retreat for the senses. its simplicity gives opportunity for  focus on oneself. As both of them stated " It is not the house and the interior that should be loud but its occupant's lives" The home certainly reflects both of theirs very successfully.

   I love how the deep dark elements create a perfect contrast with the view outside and you can still see the details of the setting.

   They are not many colours mainly and it makes it easier to see the shapes instead, which I think was their main focus and intention in the design.

    It is so cool and funky how they opted out for different chairs and broke the formal unity of the idea for a dining table.

The kitchen has a very earthy feel with wood and metal detailing, warm and simple. And we can also their B&W picture frames leading like an arrow to the next space.

Notice how different shapes and materials sneak from the corner . The mixture of different wood and the open hall ceiling just add to the overall balance .

Fireplace in the bedroom is always a good idea for some warm and cozy moments. 

                              Floating bed, as if it was not airy and dreamy already. 

 It is the notion and movement in the house that also makes it a lovely design, the journey through the rooms and the experience and ambiance they give out. 

   Truly great design that inspires with its simplicity . Very personal and yet the nature loving side of it is admiring.

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Style it: The Bedroom

Monday 9 July 2018

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Bedroom; the one place we chill and generally destress and recharge our batteries. 
So if you are bored from yours or you just would like to add a personal touch to make it stand out even more and do the job of relaxing you properly, here are some ideas that do not cost a fortune.

Also some of my favourites. I will be glad to explain why exactly bellow.

              1. Get that view going.

                It is great to wake up by the sunday's or the noise of the falling rain, pull up the
                curtains with one move of your hand and stretch under the daylight.
                An instant natural body alarm.
                Another great point of view could be gazing at the night sky from the comfort of
                your bed.

              My favourite(1) I am a wood lover so naturally I am drawn to interior that consist of
               it and a lot of it. It adds warmed and it gives me the feeling I am somewhere in a cozy
               chalet in the mountains, or in the forest. Even better if the view I get is an actual
                mountain scenery.

                     Minimal, white... New York style warehouse apartment. So we have bricks
                      and wooden floor painted in white  with hints of colour here and there.
                      As you have also noticed the bed ( or the mattress part of it) is on the floor.
                      Modern, cool and easy to achieve as you don't have many colours or
                       materials to think about in terms of going together.

                             Rough concrete, wood and nature. I love this. I love the book shelving
                             and the books, the warm colours that contrast on the cold concrete,
                             the masculine yet gentle and warm feel of the whole setting and the view
                             that takes the whole wall.

    Fireplace in the bedroom? Hell yeah..... especially in those winter months. What is also cool here is
    the wooden platform on which the bed sits and the skylight on the ceiling that I am sure offers
     great view of the stars .

                          A little more classic touch with symmetry that definitely pleases the eye.
                          It is like a little exclusive island you are entering . The island where no
                          drama is allowed and only good energy and vibes are tolerated.
                          And again wooden flooring and warm colours with the great window on top.

                    Platform that holds the bed is sure a thing, as we can see it again here. It gently
                    raises it offering a step or an extra shelf for your phone, book, water..etc. Love
                    the contrast of dark wood, pale white and the greenery from the trees outside.
                    I hope you too see why bringing your bed closer to your window could be a good idea.

                            Next two ones are very mountain like. I am not saying you should
                            immediately cover your bedroom with wood but a little piece here and there
                           could actually give you the same feel, if you are that sort of a person.
                             What I love in the two images above is the mic of different woods and
                              combination with contrasting bedding.

                 2. Ge that funky wallpaper on

                  It doesn't cost much and if you have a good eye and negotiating skill you can get
                  yourself with a good deal and piece that will make you dream...

                 Floor to ceiling piece of forest? too much, well maybe you can go for something 
                 less forestry but you get the idea. I just love nature so I don't mind looking and falling 
                 asleep to this view. Plus I love the colour scheme of the bedlinen with the copper 
                 nightstand and the wooden floors.

                                Travel junky ? You like big maps on which you can plan your 
                                next adventure? Why not do it from your bed, a perfect recipe for great 
                                dreams at night.

           Favourite (2) Ah Love this massive piece of art on the entire wall. I could almost picture
           myself doing it by hand. Love the dark colours. Kind of like the hues of the night sky,
           I would feel absolutely ion a mood to dive into this art and fall into my dreams.

           You could also opt out for a block colour wall to contrast on your bed. As I told ya... I
             love forests and nature general so this dark deep green is really by my liking, plus the copper
           details, white and woods really stand out.

                    Or the classic dark grey ... favourite indeed. Great colour scheme too. You
                    can make it more girly by adding soft pinks or more masculine with the blues.
                    Better yet- B&W with a wooden ceiling.....just love how the wood adds an instant

    3. White like in a cloud

    You can never go wrong with choosing white, its pure, clean and gentle colour. Just Make sure
    you are aware of its maintenance. One good thing is that you will discover marks and spots quicker

   Favourite (3) Love this as it is super soft look but because of the wooden elements it is cozy too.
   Notice how the colourful objects pop out.


                             Brick, wood and dark leather, when you go for white Interior it actually gives you
                              the opportunity to put the focus on your desired zones by locating them with some
                              colour. Example: The relax chair or my next day outfit stand, vanity corner, yoga
                               corner and so on.

                 4.Cleaner air, nature bond

                  Well, just get a nice plant of your liking there and make sure you look after it.

                             Favourite (4)

                                         5. Get brave with your "lights" game
                                         I am very aware this is probably not a Gents thing
                                         But hey a candle or two, some weird light can show
                                         some character and bring you that muted sleepy light.
                                         It makes all the difference, especially if you get annoyed
                                          with bright lights after a long day.

                                          Favourite (5) I absolutely love this one, I think it is my top
                                          choice so far. I have always had a thing about attic
                                          style rooms. The dark wall on the back resembles the nights sky
                                          and the lights are like little stars. The scheme of the bedlinen is
                                           super relaxing on the eye and the plants just make it more forest like.

                                           Favourite (6) One word: Hyge Style.

                  6.  Pick up your bedlinen colours and material

                   I know it sounds spoilt but think about it, you are going to use them a lot so
                    why not pick ones you really love and find relaxing and soft.

                  I am curious to know which one is your favourite and why?
                 Would you combine styles and elements and how?

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