It almost slipped off the radar to mention that I visited Budapest in Hungary last October!
I've been wanting to visit this city for a while and I kept on hearing such great
things about it from everyone.
I was there for a few days, but long enough to confirm that Budapest is indeed a gorgeous city
worth visiting! Here are my photos:
The incredible architecture from the Parliament's building. It is such an eye-cather that can be seen from many points in the city.
The center of the city to do some shopping.
The famous Chain Bridge with its lions.
Panoramic Budapest views; with the Chain Bridge, the Hungarian Parliament in the far left, and the city center at the right.
Buda Castle and its magnificent night view.
The prettiest church I have EVER seen -- or at least, the prettiest roof! Matthias Church.
And just general prettiness from Budapest. Have you ever been?
If you ever want to take several credit cards with you and indulge in Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta,
Jimmy Choo, Moschino, Yves Saint Laurent, and many others, pay a visit to Il Bacio. You can leave your husband waiting at the bar.
And after seeing this incredible ice cream rose all over the web, I knew I had to try it!
So delicous and pretty from Gelato Rosa.
Stuck in a interior design rut? Then fear not as I've been doing a bit of internet research to see what's going to be big in 2015, and I think that you're going to like it!
After all of the acid brights and pastel colours of the past few years, it looks like the colour green is going to be making a big resurgence according to the House Beautiful website.
The deeply sensual colour will work with soft wood tones and provide a sense of natural elegance to just about any interior. So with rich hues of forest green and teal you can provide your home with an enigmatic and bewitching atmosphere.
If green isn't your thing, then fear not as blue is also looking to be making something of a comeback by replacing greys and beiges as the wall colour of choice.
Old meets new
2015 is already looking to be something of a post-modern year as a big trend is emerging of having a mish-mash of old and modern styles in the same place.
This can keep things from looking too uniform or showroom inspired, and is a great way to inject a space with a bit of personality.
So hunt around in vintage shops for those chic clocks and mirrors which will create a great contrast to any modernist desks or beds that you may have. And if you're looking to upgrade your bed for the New Year, then check out this handy bed buying guide for some ideas.
Beautiful tiles also seem to be making something of a comeback in 2015. With rustic folk patterns and even exotic Moroccan styles emerging, it's a great way to add a touch of charming atmosphere to a room and is a well overdue change from those stark white and beige kitchens of the past few years.
And if you're feeling somewhat financially stretched, then fear not, as there also exists some great tile effect wallpaper that will save you reaching for the grouting tool!
And finally it's good to know that interior design fashion is nothing if not contradictory, as there looks to be a big resurgence in industrial themes.
Copper was a big hit last year turning up in a variety of unexpected areas. And metallics are looking to increase their presence through a proliferation of brass, bronze and deluxe golds.
But whereas there was something of a shabby-chic ethic underlying industrial chic before, in 2015 it looks to be strictly minimalist with sharp vectors and a hyper-sleek functionality.