Beach, BBQ, friends and fun: Gullane.

28 September 2011

Last weekend was so sunny, but a bit chilly. We had a very good time on the beach of Gullane in East Lothians. Lovely spot for a picnic. Believe it or not some brave folks were swimming and wind-surfing. Crazy. 

Have a lovely mid-week! (two sleeps until the weekend)

Cosy minimalism: Copenhagen

27 September 2011

As you'd know, cosy minimalism is the definition of our dream interior design. This apartment in Copenhagen not only ticks all of my boxes in terms of the aesthetics; the owners have created a beautiful and functional space using recycled furniture and thrifty finds and they sure did a great job. I love the bare roof beams, the colour palette for the living room and the purposefulness of every little corner in the house. So here goes a first volume of a series called Cosy Minimalism. 

What a great idea for a DIY project! Books arranged according to colours and zoological vintage posters are my all-times favourites too. Cosiness and minimalism it is. 

The styling: Louise Kamman Riising, photos: Pernille Kaalun. Source.

And here are 3 posts about interior design that you might have missed:
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This weekend

24 September 2011

What are you up to this weekend? It's the Doors Open Days here in Edinburgh this weekend, where many many interesting buildings are available for the public to see and explore. We can't wait to see some of the Georgian houses in New Town! And tonight I'm baking a carrot cake - my favourite autumn treat.

It's the first weekend of Fall! Have a good one!

It's time for a mug of cocoa

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M:     Can you make me a cup of cocoa please?
J:       For 12 zl*? (meaning : plain)
M:     No, for 16 zl (meaning with foamed milk and marshmallows/ice cream)

A cup of cocoa in the evening has become my guilty pleasure as of recently, especially if I happen to have a good book to read. (Have you read "The Help"? Honestly, it's such a good novel. I can't wait to see the film.)

Also, ever since we've been to Norway for the first time, I want to buy a mug with moomins, aren't they adorable? And the facemask mug (No.8) is not only pretty but how useful too. No. 7 is by a Polish pottery designers Boleslawiec. Imagine someone getting a full mug No 2. and discovering the shark once they've had a couple of sips :).

PS. More designy coffee cup 

*zl is the abbreviation for Polish currency Zloty.

Wanderlust: Tatra mountains

23 September 2011

Czerwone wierchy mountain. (Source)
Today is the first day of Autumn according to the calendar. It's also the fall equinox which means that the sun's centre will be directly over the Equator at solar noon, making the day's and night's duration almost equal. The full moon close to the Autumnal equinox makes the moon light last well into the night, which used to help the farmers to finish off the harvest - hence The Harvest Moon*.
Ornak mountain. (Source).

Nowadays, it's just the definite end of the summer. From today on we can expect shorter days, waking up in the darkness and coming back from work when it's dark again. But hey, Autumn can be fun. Mother nature makes sure we're entertained during the day with all the pretty colours around, we get sunny crisp mornings, apples and pears are in season and it's a perfect season to go hiking in the mountains ( at least in Poland).

If we could go anywhere in the world right now, it would be the Polish Tatra mountains for a long weekend. We would rent a room in a small mountain village and go on long walks up the mountains every day, we would eat smoked sheep cheese (well at least I would, J is not a huge fan) on the mountain meadows, listened to the wind and then had some warm apple pie in the shelter (it's tradition to have apple pie in the Polish mountains). Oh Tatry, how we miss you.

* Information found here
Sheep at Rusinowa Meadow. (Source)

Typical shepherd hut. (Source)

Aren't these landscapes beautiful? If only we could take a long weekend... 

Have a good Friday everyone!

Last weekend - the Botanic Garden

21 September 2011

There was a bit of both sun and rain last weekend but generally it was terribly gloomy. We would normally spend it under cosy blankets drinking tea or another soothing beverage of choice. However, it's the end of warmer days and we want to take the full advantage of our weekends.

On Sunday I was half asleep for most of the day. We had some shopping to do and by the time we were done the rain started for good. Although tempted to head back home, we decided to drive by the Botanic Garden hoping the weather would improve (you never know in Edinburgh!). Indeed, the rain eased off and we crossed the gates.

The Royal Botanic Garden is an amazing place we've always known about but I haven't visited until recently. It might not be the best botanic garden or something that you can't see anywhere else, but what I like most about it is that it's a proper park. That's nothing extraordinary you say. Well, yeah. But we don't really have proper parks in Edinburgh. Not too many, anyway. We do have gardens - private ones and public ones. But they're usually tiny. Princes Street Gardens aren't that small, but they are by one of the busiest streets and often full of people. Also, there should be more trees in a real park!
The Botanic Garden is tucked away from the city centre and is rather spacious with it's Victorian palm houses, with dozens of paths to wander and a huge collection of plants including about half a thousand rhododenron species (of which M. is very fond).

M. just before entering the Fairy Wood. No, really, that's what the sign said:

On the other side

Inevitably, the fall is coming

And it started to rain again...

Properly rain...

Love the victorian palm houses. Such a brilliant piece of design and architecture.

There's even a little waterfall and a mountain stream

Calton Hill and Arthur Seat from afar

It turned out the Garden was just what we needed. The marvelous smell of trees and flowers and so much green at the same time woke us up in no time. Even the rain was more refreshing than depressing.

PS All pictures taken by us last Sunday.

Typographic buttons

As you can see I had a lot of fun with some new fonts I've recently downloaded from dafont
If you clicked and followed it would totally make our day.