Local coffeehouses

Good morning everyone! Hope you’re having a great weekend. I spend most of my weekends in cafes, everywhere around the world. I have my very personal favourite cafe in most of the European capitals. This is where I absorb local culture, observe people and discover their habits. It gives you an amazing and unique insight into the way people live!

There has been a lot of discussion about chain versus local cafes. I personally don’t like the milky oversweetened as calorific as lunch drinks, do not even consider them to be coffees, at the place called S… and the like. And if I have choice, I always go for a little cafe around the corner, because it gives me the vibe of the city and coffee is usually of better quality as well. One of the things I’m absolutely addicted to and will never ever ditch the habit of having it everyday is Coffee! ❤ Pure unconditional love. Out of all the cafes I’ve ever visited and, trust me, I’ve seen many, I particularly like hanging out in the super old ones with a feel of history and original interior. Below a couple of pics from the oldest cafe in Warsaw. Established in 1895. One of the guests was Frederic Chopin.

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Simple, minimalist but warm and perfect for studying! (especially espanol as in my case).

And here something more modern from the city of canals, Amsterdam, full of around-the corner cafe-bakeries, serious competition for Vienna with its Kaffeehaus Kultur! One of the features of the city which I keep falling in love with are also little vintage boutiques and cafes in one. That’s a cool way of making your shopping a real pleasure.

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Enjoy fresh bread at De Bakkerswinkel.

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Mix of all the different styles, but this is exactly what we want and expect of local cafes – DIVERSITY, which enriches our lives, and a cup of cappuccino:). Goes perfectly well with a caramel tart! Try le pain quotidien when in Amsterdam!

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Enjoy your chilled-out coffee-flavoured weekend!

camY

Atelier-like home

Hello lovely people! Today I had an exceptionally nice afternoon thanks to an American couple, whom I met in one of the art galleries in the city and started talking to them about art and … politics. It turned out that they came to Warsaw from Washington DC only to buy a few pieces of art. And that inspired me to share my view on the exposition of art at home, specifically paintings.

The way people traditionally expose art at home is by hanging it on a wall at eye level, usually in the centre. A bit like in a museum, don’t you think? Personally, it makes me feel a bit uptight and gives a rather not homely cosy feeling. And it’s just boring.

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Not a bad interior, but not very creative.

What I would do, unless it was an original Da Vinci (not a big fan though), would be to put different pieces on the floor in a row, like below, or, if hang them, then super high, for example above the door, or in a place like … a bathroom. Weird, no? Yes, but so much more intriguing and chilled-out at the same time. Needles to say that not every painting would look cool in a bathroom, so it’s a tricky art (literally) to show art in an artistic, yet original way, but, as someone once said, “if you are unwilling to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary”, so there you go!

And here you have a little unintended example of presenting art without all the airs and graces. This is an art gallery (http://galeriaart.pl/), but I would do it exactly the same at home.

A bit like here.

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Below a couple of really cool pieces for an atelier-like home. The first one is from the gallery above.

Art is beauty. Enjoy it your way. Accessible. Easy. Cool.

camY

industrial cafes

Good afternoon! (for me it’s actually still morning, not really an early bird)

Today it’s about industrial cafes! Industrial style has been a hot (even though it actually gives a rather cold feeling) design idea for some time now. Everyone wants to live in a loft these days, especially nouveau riche society class. Urban areas for urban people. An old factory or a power station, adapted to living needs, is a perfect creative and full of its own life setting. Prices of studio apartments in Battersea Power Station in London start at £800,00, but you can also get something bigger for even £4 million! So, yeah, there’s demand for rough open spaces with metal and wood.

Industrial is also making a foray into cafes’ and bakeries’ interiors! Look down to get an idea of the trend.

But what I find even cooler than adapting a not necessarily originally industrial space into a cafe is simply using a real old industrial building for that purpose, without changing anything, except of just putting a coffee machine and some chairs in there . Such a natural and effortless way of giving a cafe or a restaurant a raw twist. It’s REAL and we want real stuff in this superficial world, no?

And, yes, you can be sure that your favourite cafe will be a unique one, because there are not too many naturally industrial interiors around you, at least not too many left.

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Modern Art Museum Cafe in Warsaw. An inspiring city. Naturally industrial because of its Communist history, glorifying industry.

Speak later,

camY