Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Small town clichés

Nothing beats a good old cliche.  Because if something wasn't so amazing in the first place, it wouldn't have become a cliche. Like pastel sky above my hometown. It never gets old.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Villa Kalos

If you're up for some quality time with your loved ones, this secluded holiday retreat is probably the right place for you.  Villa Kalos is situated on the stunning Ionian island of Ithaca. The architecture and interior design of this understated beauty is completely in compliance with its surrounding landscape, and that's what makes this place a successful renovation project.  The owners (photographers Gerda Genis and Robbert Koene) are obviously great visionaries with a flair for design, but the help from the locals was also much appreciated during the process of transforming an old ruin into this.  I think Odysseus would approve, don't you?

With kind permission from the owners.  Photography: Robbert Koene

Monday, March 10, 2014

Minimalistic posters with inspirational quotes

I love posters with minimalistic typography and inspirational quotes, but sometimes instead of using someone else's work for my walls, I make my own posters. It's a simple and effective way to add something new to your space without spending a fortune. I just print them out and use my old frames. This first one is a well-known expression English people say when they disagree with something, but  don't want to sound rude, and it occurred to me that, if you use it in the imperative mood, it becomes an inspirational quote. Something like "dare to be different" or "don't care what other people think, just do your own thing" and that kind of stuff. You get the picture. The second one is a saying that probably everyone knows, but the important thing is I really like how my design turned out.  It can't go more minimal than this, right? I know that a lot of people don't understand all the fuss around minimalism, but those of you who love and respect it, and have tried to make something like this yourself, know that it's not as easy as it seems.  (Especially if you're meticulous and like to implement the golden ratio into your work.) The last one means "less ego, more self-criticism" in my language (Croatian).  If people would exercise that kind of behaviour at least every now and then, the whole society could benefit greatly. Ah, well.