Derek Swalwell


I´ve done some laundry, decluttered the bedroom, read the newspaper and aired the house, now it´s time for some much needed inspiration and a nap before we go out for dinner. This evening we´re seeing John Legend in concert and we can´t wait. Meanwhile, I discovered Derek Swalwell, an Australian photographer whose work is stunning! Not only are the images beautifully curated, but they convey such a serene atmosphere I feel like jumping right in, like Alice in Wonderland.;-) Enjoy!

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I simply love Cos. Simple Scandinavian lines, impeccable cuts and fair prices. This fall I´m mostly working in court, so I get to wear dresses almost every day. Yippi yey! Since I´m not disciplined enough to find an outfit the evening before, dresses are perfect, I have them all lined up, all I have to do is decide whether I need a jacket, and if so, if it´s going to be black, navy or grey. ;-) I present you with some inspiration for the grey Scandinavian fall, hope it´ll light up your day a bit! xxx, Alina

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Hengki Koentjoro

Let me introduce you to Hengki Koentjoro, a fine art photographer living in Jakarta, Indonesia. I stumbled across his work yet again through Lumas, seems like I get to learn a bit about the artistic world through them. I was immediately fascinated by his black and white pictures, the light and the shades. In an interview given to ndmagazine, he lets us know about his background as a graduate from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1991. At present he´s working as a video cameraman for a production house in Jakarta, photography being mainly a leisure time hobby. If only I had a hobby like this one!;-) Enjoy!

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French interiors

It´s been a long time since I found any interiors worthy of sharing, but today I stumbled upon the works of Marianne Evennou through Remodelista and they´re just great! I´ve always loved French interiors and this one is no exception to the rule! Tell me what you think! I love the simple style, quality materials and the beautiful tableaux!;-) Not to speak of the children´s room, I would have loved to have one as a child!;-)

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Romanian old mansions

I´ve been traveling quite a lot lately and we´re off to Copenhagen in just 9 days, but I started registering signs of home-sickness none the less. For all of you expats out there, it´s when you start idealizing everything, when you miss the food, the weather and the architecture. Not to mention family and childhood. As many other people living abroad, I don´t necessarily feel an immediate affiliation with my countrymen just because we´re from the same country, but when we do click, it´s fantastic! All those common references, the same shared past and the humor, it´s almost too good to be true!;-)

This entry however is not about friendship and compatibility, but architecture. I miss the old houses, the colors, the gardens, the history in their walls. Every time I visit Romania I feel sick to my stomach because of all the neglect and the carelessness, and yet there´s something so alluring about the dilapidated buildings, the feeling you´re back in time, their past grandeur, the feeling that we´re all so small against time..

Take a look at some gorgeous estates from Bucharest, through DincoloDeFatade (beyond facades). They do a marvelous job at uncovering Romania and its forgotten charm.

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This week has gone fast and yet not fast enough. I´ve started working  9-4 with a few exceptions and it´s good to be able to come home and walk Sammy and make some food without constantly being in a rush. I managed to go to the gym once and I hope I can attend yoga tomorrow. It feels good to find some time for yourself. I spend enormous amounts of time on Netflix, but that´s because I´m too tired to do anything else. I´m bad with manicure, but I love it when I have one, so I realized I had to prioritize a bit. Breakfast or manicure? The latter!;-)

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