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Monday, 27 April 2015

Guest Post: Creating the Ultimate Guest Room

Hello friends,
Let's give a warm welcome to Jane Blanchard who is guest posting today for the Happy Turtle. 
Jane works for Modernize.com, a new home design, decorating, and remodeling website.
 She has written for sites like The Huffington Post, About.com and Apartment Therapy.



With more people just staying at hotels these days, the art of preparing a proper guest room is practically lost. It's not as simple as making the bed or fluffing the pillows anymore. You must make the visitor feel special and comfortable with thoughtful items and arrangements within the space. Create the ultimate guest room with these bright ideas next time someone knocks on your door.

Offer Ample Cabinet Space

Even if your guest is only staying one night, they’ll want to have some privacy for their personal items. Clean out and line a sturdy cabinet or dresser. The cabinet interior should be free of all items, encouraging guests to "move in" temporarily. Definitely add some decorations on the cabinet's top surface, but still allow ample space for guests to lay down certain items. Keys, phones and other small items get lost easily if there's no clean surface to store them on.




Lay out the Ground Rules

Emergencies can happen at any time, even when guests are just visiting for the night. Provide a safety list in the guest room with all emergency exits clearly marked. Even provide some local emergency numbers in case of any issues. On a more casual subject, also include the home's WiFi password with this information. With today's technology relying heavily on Internet access, it's courteous to offer the password so the visitor doesn't have to use their data plan to check email and other accounts.

Provide Easy Access to Linens

Although this host added several pillows to the bed, you don't have to create such an ornate display. Add one or two pillows to the guest bed while storing away two other pillows in an adjacent closet. Point out these pillows and blankets when the guest sets their personal items in the room. They'll feel more at home if they know where these essentials are located. You don't want your visitors to be cold at midnight without extra supplies.



Install a Small Refrigerator

If you really want to create the ultimate guest room, install a small refrigerator. Although it may seem like overkill, this thoughtful convenience is appreciated by nearly everyone. Fill it with bottled water, juices and other goodies. The kitchen could be just down the hall, but finding fresh water in the middle of the night could be a chore for some visitors. For seniors in particular, cold food and drinks within reach are true luxuries.

Act like a Hotel

You can't get anymore convenient than this glass cabinet. Visitors will always be in need of certain items, including tissues, toilet paper and even toothpaste. Add all the essential toiletries to a basket or a cabinet like this one. Visitors see the items immediately, making them feel like they're at home. As a good host, you want to avoid making people feel embarrassed about asking for more toilet paper, for example. Offering your home to a person creates a bond that helps them feel more comfortable visiting another time.





 For more design ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Shop Ines de la Fressange



From my perfect style icon ever...
(see here)
Now, 
shop on line 
her impeccable style, , 
right 

xoxo

A Lilly (Pulitzer) bit of happy

Hi! 
Hello, Friends!
You know how much I looove my Lilly!
Yesterday I was leafing through  a book 
(Victoria Moran's Living a charmed life)
and inside I found this picture of me, some years ago, wearing -of course!- Lilly!



{Images above: 
-Fabulous and real!-}
Hohoho! 
Lilly lightning!
I checked Lilly's website
And here are my favorite prints of the season





Not everyone is I shaped!
Well done to both Target and Lilly!


My personal favorite is this Nosie Posey dress. 
At just $38!
Love it!!!

 And now I am going to say 
See you Soon
With a glimpse of my Spring mani


and my favorite quote from Lilly


P.S. Want some more FUN? 
Try this quiz to find out if you are truly a Lilly Pulitzer kind of gal!
As for me, I miss hit once,lol, and I got

FINAL SCORE: 91%
Your knowledge of Lilly is as bright as a pink flamingo–covered maxi dress. Congrats!

Pretty Good, ha?

xoxo


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Athenian apartment (worth seeing)







I absolutely fell in love with this apartment in Syntagma Sq., that's the very heart of Athens.
Conceived by an architect, it's 200m2 , bathed in natural -Greek!- light.
What do you think, people?

{All images via here}

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Greek Light: Queen Calliope's World

Last summer I visited for the first time the shop of Calliope. 
The world famous Greek photographer has been a favorite of mine, a bohemian style icon, an accomplished professional.





Α kaftan came home from her collection


 I loved her work in her first book, a few years ago.
Now she is publishing her second book, 
Children of the Light, Journey in Greece, 
benefiting children charities.






You can see more on Calliope Karvunis, here and here.
Her Instagram is right here.
And see a recent interview


Saturday, 3 January 2015

Bellissima 1945-1968: The roots of Italy’s post-war fashion revolution






Curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, Anna Mattirolo, and Stefano Tonchi of W magazine, “Bellissima” presents a selection of 80 outfits by Italian greats such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Mila Schön, and Valentino that capture the spirit of the country’s fashion output during two decades of enormous cultural change. On display alongside the clothing is a selection of accessories, including jewelry, as well as shoes, hats, and handbags that highlight Italy’s enduring tradition of fine craftsmanship.

Rome, Italy, 2 December 2014 – 3 May 2015

Read more here, here and here

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Holiday cheer (Part IV: What my Holidays looked like)

.MEMORIES.



 Times of cheer and anguish.
Missed opportunities.
Half-finished projects.

AND

Finding my way amidst all of it.
Finding purpose.
Repurposing.
Reevaluating.
Accepting.

.CHEER and JOY.


Red.
A tree.
Strings of light.
No clutter.
Peace.

.QUIET.


The peace of it.
Concentrating.
Sensing what matters.
Enjoying what is.

.MY CHILDREN.



Because life has a way of going on. 
And giving us sweetness when we least expect.

xoxo

Goodbye 2014
Thank You, 
with all my heart.