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FOR THE HOME: project entrance area

As much as I love our apartment, I am beginning to feel like it is getting too small. When we moved in almost 3 years ago, we were well aware of the fact that we were  passing on extra space (ie. an office or guest room) in favor of the rooftop terrace. After 10 months of searching, we simply became more realistic and decided that you just can’t have it all (unless you have unlimited funds), and the outdoor space was something we weren’t willing to compromise on. We love the area where we live and nothing beats our “second living room” during the Summer. However, the longer we live here, the more stuff we collect. Meaning: We’re running out of space. In desperate need of more storage room, I have come up with a plan to transform our entrance area, allowing space for a 2 meter PAX closet. My mom is coming into town next week to help me, and I am super excited for a little redo. It’s been way too long since I got to shop for furniture! Until it is all done, here is a preview of what I have planned:

entrance area redo |Bikinis & Passpors

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5 tips to keep your cut flowers fresh

One of my favorite guilty pleasures are fresh flowers. Every week! It may be a waste of money to some people (including my boyfriend), but to me, it is pure happiness. Nothing beats waking up to a living room with a touch of color, or the excitement when peony season comes around. Call me stupid, but it is the little things that make me happy. Over the years, I have tried various things to make my favorite blooms stay around longer. Which is why I wanted to share my personal 5 tips to keep your cut flowers fresh longer for today’s post to kick-off a super rainy week here in Vienna.

5 tips to keep your fresh flowers longer | Bikinis & Passports

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12 | Categories: Apartment, Decor

FOR THE HOME: time for an update

It’s nice to see your home come together over the years, and I truly love our little abode, but when you love decorating as much as I do, you also miss those first few weeks and months in a new place, where there was still so much to do. No more major changes to be made or furniture to be bought nowadays… That is, until we decided to upgrade our rug (I basically jumped of joy when Mike agreed to the plan). Don’t get me wrong, I loved that blue patterned beauty up until the last second, but over the past 2 years it had to endure a lot of sunlight and the color started to fade. Plus, I was ready for something a little more elegant. I must have forgotten how difficult it is to find nice rugs in Europe since my last purchase, because again, I found myself frustrated after a while. Luckily, however, I finally came across onloom.at a few weeks back and spotted this stunner by Michalsky Living within a few minutes! Literally: rug of my dreams and absolutely perfect for our living room! It is hard to put into words (or pictures for that matter) how amazingly soft it is, but let me just tell you that everyone who has ever touched it doesn’t want to leave our place anymore.

onloom.at Teppiche - Bikinis & Passports

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17 | Categories: Apartment, Decor, Interior Design, Sponsored

FOR THE HOME: a (coffee table) love affair

We’ve lived in our current apartment for over 2 years now, and every time I come home I still get excited and am thankful to be able to call it home. It is a home that Mike and I have created for ourselves and it is my happy place. It’s hard to say which is my favorite room or corner. Our rooftop deck is pure bliss during Summer, but when it is as rainy as this year, I spend most of my days in our living room. And let me just tell you, I have a serious love affair going on with our coffee table. Don’t ask me why, but it has always been “my baby” from the very beginning. It is never seen without fresh flowers and a few of my favorite items on display. I took these photos for a feature on The Daily Dose, but also wanted to share my little love affair with you!

coffee table decor - Bikinis & Passports

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