Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer outdoor styling

Last week, Macedonian website for buying, selling and exchanging clothes and other fashion related items, published my guest article about outdoor styling ideas and tips.  You can read the whole post on their blog, if you can read Macedonian, of course. The mood boards I made were inspired by contemporary, nautical and industrial/vintage style. The terrace decor + photography is my own work. Have a fulfilled week, lads and lasses!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Torre di Moravola

When I first started this blog, I decided I won't be including architectural inspiration (although I don't think one can completely separate interior designing from architecture and vice versa) because then I would be covering too many topics for a lifestyle blog, but I just couldn't resist making a post about this amazing building. Now, let me explain a bit why this Umbrian holiday retreat is so special... Torre di Moravola used to be a medieval watchtower and it dates all the way back to XII century. It was abandoned for more than 50 years, until architect Christopher Chong and his partner Seonaid Mackenzie bought the property and started a 6 years long restoration of the ruins. The best historical aspects have been preserved and contrasted with contemporary design and materials, emphasizing the sense of Moravola’s history and thus resulting in a synthesis of the ancient exterior with understated modernity of the interior. The other reason why I'm so attracted to this building is because I just got back to Croatia after spending the last few months in the Italian countryside, so I know from my own experience how soul nurturing this landscape can be... Hope you're enjoying the summer!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Il Parco dei Mostri

The Sacred Grove was built in the 16th century by Vicino Orsini, Duke of Bomarzo as a memorial to his wife Giulia. Carved out of the local stone, this Mannerist garden is populated with fascinating huge sculptures of mythical creatures. The architect was Pirro Ligorio (he also completed parts of the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome after Michelangelo's death). After Vicino's death, the garden fell into oblivion. It waited for 300 years to be rediscovered. Many European artists, including my beloved Salvador Dali, were inspired by the garden in the 1930's, but the restoration didn't happen until 1953 when the local art appreciator decided to wake up the monsters. The garden is full of symbolism and philosophical thoughts. There is also notable inspiration from poets like Dante and Petrarch. Il Sacro Bosco is truly one of the most remarkable places I've ever seen. If you're a dreamy soul looking for magic in this world, this is the right place for you.