home decorating

“Hot” from The Furniture Show “Salone del Mobile 2016”, Milan

I have just returned from a spectacular furniture show “Salone del mobile Milano”, held in Milan, for the 55th time in a row. It is one of the largest events in interior design sphere, where many furniture manufacturers introduce and predict hot trends every year; and every other year, also manufacturers of kitchen and domestic appliances at the same place with the event “Euro Cucina”.

There is so much happening, not only at the “Fiera Milano”, but also in the heart of Milan. Streets, squares and museums are lively in accordance with the big event. The city is filled with visitors from all over the world! The atmosphere is mixed with the inspiration and expectations!

Among the most spectacular exhibitors at the fair are found big names, such as Fendi, Trussardi, Versace, Knoll, Minotti, Natuzzi, and many others. Designers, interior designers, architects, journalists, bloggers, students and other visitors, all meet at one point, looking for innovations, which have been prepared by the companies in cooperation with the designers, who create and suggest new trends and concepts.

"Momenti" - when a wallpaper turns into an art

“Momenti” – when a wallpaper turns into an art


"Momenti" - when a wallpaper turns into an art

“Momenti” – when a wallpaper turns into an art

I extremely enjoyed the atmosphere at the show; experienced high scale designed exhibitions, gathered the innovations, inspiration for decorative ideas, and perceived what is hot on the market! After the visit I felt exhausted, but despite this, I feel fresh and full of inspiration!

Bedroom atmosphere by "La ebanisteria"

Bedroom atmosphere by “La ebanisteria”


Playful animal print by "La ebaniesteria"

Playful animal print by “La ebaniesteria”


Impression from the show by exhibitor "Cattelan Italia"

Impression from the show by exhibitor “Cattelan Italia”


Little sitting area by exhibitor "Cattelan Italia"

Little sitting area by exhibitor “Cattelan Italia”


Nostalgic loveseat by "Meritalia"

Nostalgic loveseat by “Meritalia”


Living room coziness brought into bathroom by "Duravit"

Living room coziness brought into bathroom by “Duravit”

Are you interested in what’s “hot” this year? Which colors, materials, patterns are going to follow interior designers? Follow me; I’m going to reveal what trends have caught my eye in the world of interior design; room by room, from a living room, to a kitchen, and a bathroom.



Before and After: Home Office with an Art Gallery and Hobby Corners

The client, who rents a home in a charming building from 1930’s (in Arnhem, The Netherlands), asked me to recreate her home office with mostly the same and some new furniture (limited budget), to give it more modern twist. The room would serve several purposes; as an office, as a place for herself, where she could enjoy her hobbies in spare time, and also as a place where she could meet up with her clients and friends. She likes to collect artwork, make jewelry, read and play a piano.


When I examined the room for the first time, I could see lots of potential! The most charming features of this room are classic French doors, which open to living room, there is an original 1930’s open fireplace, and the room has a high ceiling and large windows that fill the room with plenty of natural light.

 2015 - Manuela's galery-hobby room1

After detailed conversation with the client, I quickly envisioned furniture centered by the fireplace to create a cozy feel and a better flow. I took detailed measurements of the room and the furniture for space planning. With reconfiguring the furniture arrangement that would accommodate each and every activity going on in this room, allows the space to be better utilized, with a new fresh flow, and serve the client’s needs.


During the years my client collected some new furniture and some antique items, different textiles, amazing artwork, all in different colors and styles! Mixing the styles, textures and shades together, bringing them closer to a more balanced eclectic color palette, I blended in grey window blinds, a grey floor lamp, new decorative pillows and accessories, finished with grey satin (re-upholstered the antique chair and custom made number of items like decorative pillows, curtain ties and jewelry display).




As mentioned before, the client’s wish, among others, was to have also a home art gallery in this room. Therefore, as a final touch to the whole atmosphere, carefully chosen collection of stunning paintings from a local artist, were hanged against pure white walls.


Having an inspiring work office is essential in order to keep working time pleasant and efficient. Would you like to work in a home office like this?

Would love to hear back from you :)


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Let Fall to enter your Home!

Fall is here! The leaves are turning bright colors, and nature is glowing on sunny days! Colors of nature affect our feelings in a happy, positive way. Personally, I like to go for walks to the woods, and pick up some leaves, acorns, chestnuts, pinecones with children, or go to the local farm to find a “perfect” pumpkin to carve it at home – and decorate!

If you like the fall colors (just like me), why not to invite them in your home, to extend the fall cheerfulness also when the days become more grey and cold?

Here are some inspirations:

1. Decorate with colorful pillows! Pick the kind with geometrical or nature related patterns. They can be knitted or made of warmer materials, such as wool or felt. They can work with many color schemes.

Source: Pinterest

2. Make your own decorative arrangement! If you like to go for walks in the woods, pick up some colorful tree branches, rosehip or hawthorn. Get a vase and arrange them in a bouquet, just as you would do with flowers.

3. Make your “home made” room scent! For lovely fall scent in your home you don’t need to go shopping. Instead you can get creative decorating oranges with cloves and cinnamon sticks, using scented ingredients that you can find in your kitchen.

Source: Pinterest

4. Create your own lantern candle holder! Again, with treasures that you find while walking in the woods, you can make your own fall lantern candle holders, which will warm up your space!

Source: Pinterest

5. Decorate with pumpkins! Pumpkins are so diverse, by shape, colour, and size! Pick up your favorites at your local farmers market or farm, and bring them home! Have fun matching them with leaves and other finds from the nature. I am sure your fresh decoration would bring smiles to you, your family and friends :)

Source: Southern Living

6. Decorate with knitted baskets! Use them to store your favorite magazines, fruites, wood, toys, etc. If you love to knit or doing other “warm” handcrafts, why not to proudly expose that in your home for some extra coziness?

Source: Pinterest

7. Wrap yourself with a blanket! For those really cold days have your soft blanket at hand to wrap yourself warmly.

Source: Pinterest

Did you find this useful? I would love to hear from you, how do you decorate for fall?

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Spring Color Schemes with “Marsala” – Color of the Year 2015

Spring is around the corner and some of you would perhaps like to add some fresh spin to your space. Would you like to try that with the rich and warm color of the year “Marsala”, Pantone 18-1438 (I wrote about it in one of my previous posts)? You like it, but you and aren’t sure how to incorporate it into your home color scheme?  

You can always combine “Marsala” with greys and creams, but do you wonder what it happens when “she” gets the company of other hues?

I created five color schemes for you to see how to pair Marsala with other colors:

1. Mostly “Marsala” in diverse textures for extremely warm and elegant atmosphere:


 2. “Marsala” blend with tangerine, combined with diverse textures, copper and bronze, and wood – for an earthy atmosphere with a twist: 


 3. “Marsala” room with beige, and a touch of different shades of grey, a splash of yellow, with well balanced textures – for an elegant, happy home atmosphere:


4.”Marsala” paired with pink, red and white – creates a sensual, feminine, and romantic atmosphere:


5. “Marsala” in a company of deep blue and green, some aquamarine, and a dash of yellow, altogether paired with natural wood – for a pleasant, calm and soothing atmosphere:


The exciting thing about designing with “Marsala” is that every room gets a sense of elegance and warmth at the same time! There are endless options to “play” with “Marsala”, depending on personal color preference, etc. Do you have your favorite?

Have a nice day :)


*All color schemes are designed by A-Interior Designs, Anita Janjic

Marsala is the Pantone’s interior design color of the year 2015!

In the begining of December, global Pantone, the authoroty on color, announced Marsala, as color of the year 2015. Yes, Marsala, named after red Italian wine!

Marsala is a rich, earthy, red-brown hue with bold character, which adds elegance and tasty texture (just like Marsala wine to the food) to any space.

Lets see how Marsala color works in different situations and rooms!

1. Marsala in the kitchen:




























2. Marsala in bedroom:

3. Marsala in living room:


I am so looking forward to start working with Marsala :)! How do you feel about the color of the year 2015? Would you “marsalalize” your living space?







Decorating for Xmas 2014

Each year at this time, since I have been living in The Netherlands, I visit my favorite Christmas decoration shop, called the Intratuin. They are known for the most inspiring Christmas Show in the country. However, I went there to get some inspirations and decorating ideas for the coming holiday season, and to see what’s new this year.

What I saw was almost overwhelming! Let me share some bits of that with you :-)!

1. Naturals & Wooden Trees!

Simple charming wooden trees, can be frosted, and decorated with other naturals, such as cones, leaves, berries, copper, and much more!

2. Red & Green!

Classic, but for some there is no Christmas without those colors :-). Bulbs, flowers, matched with black for very formal atmosphere.

3. Gold

Irresistible sparkling golden bulbs, matched with lace and satin would sure create that lavish magical feel during the holidays.

4. Copper, copper, copper!

I love copper! That was the most inspiring and the hottest trend I have noticed in 2014, comparing the event with last year. I would say, copper is a new gold. Paired with naturals, antic pink, peach, bronze and dark green, would jazz up any Christmas tree.

I really hope this post would help you finding your favorite decorations, which would invite the magic spirit of the holiday season into your home.

Happy decorating :-)





Classy Copper is Back in Trend

One of the latest trends that really inspire me lately, is seeing copper in interior design and architecture. I remember orange-redish glossy copper pots and dishes from my grand mother’s kitchen. They have such a nostalgic impact on me!

Walking through old parts of cities, my eyes would stop at the green oxidized copper roofing of churches and impressive older buildings. Copper had been around for centuries, and now is back in trend!

That means that silver, nickel, and stainless steel, which have been seen as metalic decorating materials in modern interior design for years, got a respectful company. Copper is used in interiors and exteriors. Indoors is mostly seen as wall covering, light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, cookware, and even furniture! Outdoors you can find it on roofs, gutters, front doors, pergolas, and more.

Usually metals give luxury, but slightly cold feeling. Copper is one of rare metals that warm up the space. Because it has been around for centuries, it has a nostalgic impact on people. Depending on what style are the products, and how they are incorporated into style of spaces, that can change the feel from homey, rustic, modern to classy, with a strong taste of luxuriousness.

Bellow you can see some examples of copper in interiors and exteriors:

Copper in the kitchen for nostalgic, rustic and homey feel, but also modern if looking at the modern kitchen appliance on the picture.

Copper lighting for modern, subtle or rustic atmosphere.

Furniture made of copper – from modern to traditional.

Copper makes every bathroom luxurious!

Exterior copper finishes nowdays!

How do you feel about letting copper into your home or other spaces?

Decorate with Souvenirs – Global Style

In my previous post, I promised that I will be writing about the native Sri Lankan masks and wooden crafts, since I have just returned from there. The thought of that actually made me think of broadening the topic on decorating with souvenirs – creating a global style.

Global style is exotic and very personal. It shows cultures and traditions around the world and mixes them into a complete story. Color schemes are neutral, earthy or can be vivid and colorful.

If you like to travel like myself, then you most probably like to stop at local markets, galleries, boutique shops, and workshops etc., from where you end up leaving with a mask, a painting, textile products, pottery, and maybe even with a piece of furniture! Weather it is a mask from Sri Lanka, a wool rug from Peru, or a painting from Italian street artist, each personally chosen piece, large or small, inspires and reminds us of the beautiful places, different cultures and special moments that we spent there. Every memento carries a story!

Anyway, whatever treasure you bring home from your trip, if incorporated into your home with a proportion, can greatly add on to your home décor and home atmosphere. Weather it is a collection or many different pieces that you collected over many different trips, you would want to avoid creating a “museum” or a “souvenir shop” in your home.

Here are my tips what to consider when intentionally blending your travel mementos in your home decor:

Stick to your color scheme already when shopping: If you are shopping for your existing color scheme, work with the hues you already have, unless you are creating a new color scheme. If that is what you want, you should keep the new hues in mind when choosing your souvenir.

Artists at work!

A mask and a painting, both from Sri Lanka, incorporated to my color scheme at home.

Textures and patterns: For example, if your space is already decorated with mostly shiny objects, then you would look more at the dull objects. Well balanced textures create pleasant home atmospheres.

Wonderfuly combined textures with a selection of African souvenirs. Source: Pinterest

Match it with your room style: When traveling, being present in a new place, and enthusiastic exploring a new culture, all the fresh around you can easily take you over, without a great effort you forget about your style at home! Anyway, when decorating you should let your heart guide you, but keep your decorating intentions in mind. Talking about styles, eclectic style would give you the most freedom when placing your souvenirs, although you would also need to carefully mix varieties of colors and designs together to achieve an impressive look. If your style is contemporary, modern or minimalistic then you would follow the rule “less is more”. Stick to your color story, and try to choose only one or two favorite pieces, or group a collection of similar objects or picture frames together. Place your selection in designated spot for a sophisticated and bold effect.

Global style in this tastefully decorated modern minimalistic space. Source: Pinterest

Find the right spot for your souvenir: Regarding to the size, shape, texture, color, and purpose of your precious piece, you thoughtfully find best place to fit it in your space. In order to avoid over stuffiness, you should not regret to store some of your souvenirs for some time, if you realize that they just don’t work with your color scheme and interiors.

Souvenirs from Marocco in this cheerful eclectic room. Source: Pinterest

However, global style is not only for travelers! If you don’t get a chance to go on a journey, but still get attracted with crafts from all over, you can visit your local home decorating store with an exotic section. Hopefully you can find the product, which would get a special place in your home, and take YOU :) around the world!

Inspired by Sri Lankan Interior Design

I have just returned from a wonderful family vacation in Sri Lanka, and feeling more than inspired by the Sri Lankan interior design. Visiting Asia for a second time after more than ten years, I really looked forward to the trip!

I have learned that Sri Lanka means ‘Sunny Island’, and from my experience it truly is!

Being in love with the interior design, I always see, find and look for some inspiration when traveling and exploring around.

In my excitement, I always keep my camera ready to capture things that draw my attention. During our trip we stayed at several resorts and private villas. I saw some interesting and beautiful designs, local products and crafts, so I would like to share these things with you in this post.

The first thing that really caught my eye was polished concrete/cement finish, which was popular in the nineties and came back in the past few years and can be found mostly in industrial and modern interior design. I have seen it across Sri Lanka, and I dare to say that is seems to be the most popular interior design trend at the moment. Many newly built or renovated resorts and homes have finished floors, walls, kitchen or bathroom counters, shelving, etc. with polished cement.

Concrete cement as a finish in interiors seems rough, unfinished. It actually feels smooth on touch and could have more or less glossy shine due to the polishing effect. With its natural grey colour, it radiates the warmth of natural material and contrasts well with white. As with every other finish, this one also adds its own texture to a space. When used in combination with fine, smooth contemporary furniture rooms and other spaces, or with natural materials, such as different woods, metals, etc., it sure creates a well balanced, modern and stylish space.

Next time, I will write about the native Sri Lankan masks and wooden crafts.

Kitchen with open concrete shelving in the beach villa

Kitchen with open concrete shelving in the beach villa

Concrete cubbies in bedroom used as storage space

Concrete cubbies in bedroom used as storage space

This is polished concrete bathroom in a beach villa

This is polished concrete bathroom in a beach villa

Concrete shelving blended with wood

Concrete shelving blended with wood


Lovely concrete outdoor sitting area…

Polished cement bathroom counter

Polished cement bathroom counter

Polished cement shelving in a hotel room

Polished cement shelving in a hotel room

Decorative concrete pool with fresh jasmine and other tropical flowers in the hotel lobby

Decorative concrete pool with fresh jasmine and other tropical flowers in the hotel lobby

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