Interior Scandinavian Style Ideas

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks … first it was spent celebrating my brother’s wedding in the gorgeous Tuscan countryside then heading to Florence for a few days on our own  (promise to share next week). We’ve now been back in London a week and I’ve been so sick that I’ve been locked up at home. There was a brief Canadian thanksgiving celebrating over the weekend. I couldn’t completely indulge in seconds and thirds as I would have liked, but it was fabulous.

Looks a little like my last week…

I have been writing an interior blog about Scandinavian style and what inspires me since June and in October I opened a webshop with products from new and upcoming designers from the Nordic countries. One of our recent additions are the beautiful prints by Ylva Skarp.

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Boxpark London and other attractions you need to know in London

We took a little break from DIY’ing on Sunday to visit Columbia Flower market and Boxpark, a pop-up mall in Shoreditch, East London.

It opened up at Christmas and since I only just got the chance for a visit it, I thought it was worth a share. BOXPARK is made from shipping containers and is designed as temporary retail space. It has a pretty good mix of fashion and lifestyle brands with galleries and cafes set on the upper level. (It was hard walking away from the cosy OnePiece)

I was more excited about the place itself, with it’s stripped back, refitting of shipping containers, exposed steel frames and timber patios above. The plan is for it to be open for five years where it can then be packed up a moved elsewhere.

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The art of storytelling in life, work and relationship

Even if you have a boring life, and spend all your time home alone, watching TV, and playing mafia wars, you still have something to share.  It may not be an exciting life, but it’s your life… it may seem less-than-ordinary, but it’s still unique in some way.  No two people on this earth are having the exact same experiences, thoughts, or feelings.  Maybe similar at times, but not exact.

Your experiences are unique and, therefore, valuable.
There are lessons to be learned even in the dullest of circumstances.

Yet, time and time again we leave out what makes us most unique.  Our Stories.

When you leave out your story,
all that’s left is generic advice.  

How many articles should I read that tell me how to save money?  That tell me how I should write? How I should manage my time?  How I should set goals?  Or how I should market my business? Continue reading The art of storytelling in life, work and relationship

What surprise me about the American dropout crisis

A lot of people know that the American educational system is in trouble. The question do you know how this will affect their economy, their society, and their students. It’s shocking actually. Take a look

  • In eleven states, the graduation rate is around ninety percent for white students, but you can find no state where the same number is true for non-white students.
  • The average U.S. graduation rate for Hispanic and African-American students is less than 68 percent.
  • If in 2013 the average graduation rate would have been 90 percent, the American GDP would have grown by $7.1 billion.
  • People who hold a high school diploma will less like be unemployed, have better jobs, make higher taxable incomes, and will less need social services.

Therefore the company I work for, EducateTheUSA.com offers GED Prep scholarships, and the company has done that before. In March 2014,we offered 20 people an online preparation for GED from GED Academy totally free. We got so many applications, there are plenty of people who want to learn and look for available help. This is our contribution to fight the US dropout crisis. Continue reading What surprise me about the American dropout crisis

Letting Go. Should a creative person explain or defend their work?

I struggle with this sometimes. I find myself over-explaining and wanting others to know exactly why something is meaningful to me. I, then, realize later that I should have let it go and welcome different perspectives. And therein lies the gift between Artist and viewer — allowing space for people to be affected in a way that best serves them.

Creatives are like parents and letting go can be hard, but it’s necessary.

Steven Pressfield  compares a work-in-progress to an unborn fetus and warns against talking about your work prematurely while it’s still being developed. I can relate to how that can sabotage work before it’s at least close to completion. But, when it’s done, it’s done.

At some point, you gotta let your baby go. You can’t protect her forever.

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Should a creative person explain or defend their work?

That’s a question I asked myself, recently, as I was explaining a piece to a friend. And, here’s how I’ve been thinking about it lately — If I make perfect interpretation my main objective, I’m going to end up needlessly disappointed, and too often, it ends up being a selfish pursuit.

I can explain something just so, and convey an understandable message, but personal meaning is relative. Explanations have limitations and putting up our defenses create even more.

Explaining has its place, but the more a creative defends their work and viewpoint, the more they rob viewers of their own meaning. If everyone experiences the same meaning as you, then what’s the point? You might as well keep your art hung on your own walls. You might as well write your poems in a private journal.

Creating goes beyond self-expression and it serves a greater purpose than self-validation. The greater accomplishment is connecting with something beyond ourselves. That’s hard to accurately predict. I don’t get to decide what matters to you. I don’t get to give you personal meaning

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Geting enough credit for creativity and recognizing the talent

photo-of-the=yearSometimes photographers don’t get enough credit for their creativity because they don’t literally draw or paint their work. They use real life. Credit is then given to the camera or the subject. But, good photography is born from the vision  of a creative person. A camera is the tool they use. 100 photographers can take a photo of the same landscape, but each one can use their vision to capture something different. A different emotion, angle, and focus. The nonfiction writer is doing the same. We take real life events and experiences and capture meaning and atmosphere with our own tools:  words. 100 nonfiction writers can write about the same subject, but each one can use their vision to capture a different emotion, angle, and focus. I realize that not everyone who takes a photograph cares about vision. And not  everyone who writes in this genre cares about creativity. Continue reading Geting enough credit for creativity and recognizing the talent

Shall I go back to B-school?

I love design and but in real life I’m a researcher, recently I was working on the piece about MBA programs, it made me think if maybe I should consider myself joining one of the MBA schools. The only problem is that most of them require GMAT or GRE test scores and this test is a bitch. But I found this website that lists all kind cheap MBA programs, the cheapest, online and accredited MBA is in Oklahoma and it costs $9200. I could still keep my work and get the degree using the long distance option, right? The price is still high for me but I could manage.

If you’re thirty-something and work regular hours, the consideration of going back to school might seem like a neglected dream. Sandwiched between work plus family or home household tasks, finding the time to be able to go back to a school and waste hours sitting in a classroom is no longer an option. I want to review my dreams back, because nowadays, long distance learning makes all of these dreams a possible reality.I don’t want to spend all my years working without feeling appreciated and when you looks at these 2 infographic it’s pretty clear that MBA degree might be the right solution.

 

 

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My favourite places in London

As you know I blog about things I love on design, travel, events and food. I work in a 9-5 job in marketing at the moment and am working towards owning my online shop / creative business as soon as possible. today I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite spaces in London. I love visiting the city as much as possible; it is such a creative, fun city, I always come back feeling inspired!
Getting Creative: 
Firstly, Drink Shop Do is a fantastic creative space. It is a cafe, craft space and shop all in one. It’s right by Kings Cross, so it’s a perfect place to go if you’re waiting for a train or just getting off one!
The Make Lounge is also a fun creative cafe too.
A Great Coffee: 
I love coffee so I really indulge in awesome coffee places when I visit London. One of my all time favourites is Monmouth coffee. They have locations in Borough Market, Bermondsey and Covent Garden. Their fresh truffles are amazing too!
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Where to Relax:
Another great place is the Victoria and Albert Reading Rooms. Right by the V&A museum, it is a perfect place to go to relax and be surrounded by more design after a day of visiting the museums in that area. The V&A Reading Rooms is an awesome place- you can browse the fantastic selection of books with a nice glass of red wine in your hand, as it also has a lovely wine bar.
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In the summer months, the Scoop is a great place to visit. It’s an outside sunken ampitheatre which hosts free music, theatre and concerts. It’s in a great location to have a walk by the river too. Perfect for summer!
Finally, one of my favourite places in London is Primrose Hill. Not only is it a beautiful, relaxing park, it also has a fantastic view over London. Really recommended!
This week’s blog love is from the lovely Hannah of Sparrow + Spark

Inspiring Nano Garden Kitchen

Today I am super passionate about the benefits of well-designed spaces and products. Design directly affects the way we live. I believe that good design helps us express ourselves, it helps us be more efficient and effective, it helps us to be aware of our environment, think about our choices and enjoy life’s little and big moments.

That’s why when I stumbled across the Kitchen Nano Garden concept, I got super excited and wanted to share about it right away!

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This kitchen brings hydroponic agriculture right into your home. It allows you to sustainable grow a lot of your own food products, controlled by you and free from pesticides and other chemicals. The food industry is one that we need, yet one that also is causing us major problems. I think that being more individually involved in our own food could help relieve some of those issues and can also encourage a more sustainable and mindful life. Unfortunately, not all of us have access to green spaces or have the right seasonal conditions to substantially cultivate our own gardens. The Kitchen Nano Garden provides an interesting solution and is one example among the growing tend toward living/sustainable kitchens.

This compelling idea is the result of a collaboration between Hyundai E&C and Ill-woong Kwon of Gromo. I believe it is still in concept phase, but it won the Silver Award at the International Design Excellence Awards. It’s definitely an idea I would like to learn more about. How about you?

Naturally, I couldn’t help imagine what it would be like to incorporate this concept into existing kitchen schemes. In the name of inspiration, I think the following kitchens may blend well with some of the features from the Kitchen Nano Garden:

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Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I hope you are making use of simple design principles and innovation to live your best life.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Five | Recently

What a fabulously busy week it’s been! Since I got a little busy a didn’t have time to do a proper ‘Five’ post yesterday, I thought I’d share a few things that I’ve been up to recently.

What a week! It has definitely been a hectic one. Last weekend we spent the time joining in on London’s Canada Day celebrations. It was great seeing Trafalgar Square full of fellow Canadians decked out in Red, White and Roots!

Monday came around and it started off with a few days of late nights getting ready for a client meeting. Fingers crossed it all goes well! The week has also been filled with  imagery which clearly is influencing today’s Five post.

1) I’ve been on a bit of a mad baking spree and I’ve discovered this amazing homemade granola recipe . It’s super simple, just takes a bit of time, plus makes loads.

(2) Another little discovery were these fabulous lemon crinkle cookies  although mine didn’t turn out so pretty, they were mighty tasty.

(3) I finally finished knitting my first pillow! It’s missing it’s pair, but finally one is done as it’s been months since I first started it.

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(4) It seems like it was a week of shows this week. First went to Magic Mike on Wednesday. (Beautiful men and awkwardly funny, but definitely not the best film I’ve seen recently) This was one-up’ed by the Blood Brothers Musical my mum took to to last night. Absolutely fabulous! Again, not the best, but such a good story and great music.

(5) Lastly, I’ve been trying to get my outfits ready for my Brother’s four-day Tuscan wedding extravaganza in September and I found these fabulous Nine West shoes (on sale!)

Have a fabulous weekend!