Dear Rhino,

How silly of me hoping that you would share my feelings after we met. It's been two weeks since we last saw each other and I can't stop thinking of you. Silenced by the perfection of your body and your seductive rustic, perfectly done skin, I couldn't tell you for how long I've been coveting you. Ever since I saw your roving presence overshadowing the already cute Nate Berkus’ office, I was forever enchanted by your charm. How naive of me. It didn't occur to me that perhaps you would just be one regular mortal contaminated by the world's greatest sin, greed. There goes my love, with your hunger for more. Always more. But for three thousand dollars am I hanging like this? Just not fair.

I'll go away to a place where your beauty and reality will be surpassed.


images credit. Top via Google images, 2nd and 3rd via Oprah, 4th via Grey the blog and last via my kitchen.
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Why a designer?


We could find many answers by looking at this simple but carefully planned stunning room. For instance functionality, comfort, scale and of course beauty. Image via here.
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Mirror Mirror

When I visited the Munich Residenz, a palace that served as the seat of government and residence of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings from 1508 to 1918, and I walked through this magnificent hallway, I was instantly transported to the beautiful kitchen (last bottom picture) designed by Scott Slarsky and Katarina Edlund that was featured in former Metropolitan Home magazine in 2007. Impressive resemblance.



photos via Munich Residenz and Elle Decor.
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Déjà Vu


The reason for my long and total absence conjures one full sentence "I've been biking in Munich." Literally. I've been biking up and down for days of sightseeing, eating, shopping, and mostly going into quite secluded neighborhoods and into small and "only-locals-know-about" shops. Because that's what I prefer to do when I travel. I like to act and do everything like a local. I first walked around and sensed the environment. It didn't take me long to realize that Germans have everything figured out when it comes to sustainable living. There were more bikes on bike-paths that will take you everywhere in the city, than cars driving on the streets. God, New Yorkers would be happy to have at least half of those bike-paths.

I have to say that what I loved the most about Munich was going around Schwabing's quite neighborhoods and appreciate the gorgeous Art Nouveau architecture. Due to the City's strict laws for building skyscrapers (height limitations) it's easy to enjoy the beauty of Munich's Neoclassical and Gothic main buildings without any view interruption.



The wires hanging on this street belong to the tram system.



The Ludwigskirche Church with colorful tiles added on later to the Neo-Romanesque architecture.



Notice the adorable tree house.

There was an ongoing baby-size chess match going on every day at this corner. A different take from the domino games played in tropical islands. Don't they look cute?

Me, biking.


How cool is this organic wall? A view from a Brazilian restaurant/pizzeria, one of the places I went Pizza hopping or I should say Pizza tasting, on my last night. Yes, pizza hopping and one of the restaurants was a Brazilian Pizzeria? Go figure. Who goes pizza hopping in Munich as if you were in Naples? But I guess that after so many days of going around, there is nothing else left to see and get to a point when all the new, the excitement and the beauty of a foreign country is simply not home. Therefore for me the best part of of traveling keeps being the same, "coming back home". The joy in my son's laugh when he saw his Mommy, whom he had been separated from for the first time, was the best part of my trip. There is no wonder in a foreign country that can match that.
I hope you are enjoying your summer as well.
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Exquisite



After being far away from home for the past week (somewhere in Europe) I surprise myself at the idea of sometimes doing nothing is all I need. I'll be posting a little bit about my trip in the nearest future.

Top image from tumblr, bottom Allesandra Branca via House Beautiful.
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