Hello everyone! My name is Eleni and I’m the blogger behind My Paradissi. Along with blogging I work as an interior design architect on the island of Crete in Greece. I’m fascinated by beauty and sort of need a pretty environment to feel vibrant and alive. My blog helps me create an imaginary paradise to keep me inspired and help others see the bright side of life too. Talking of beautiful (and bright) surroundings, I always had a thing of small sourced light, from strings of fairy lights at home to impressive sparkling fireworks in the night sky, and the amazing results it creates when used correctly. In that occasion, I love to use candles at home. I have never intended to start a lantern collection but, somehow, I ended up with a bunch of them and probably their number will just keep growing. With them you can count several votive holders, candlesticks and meters of string lights, every so often all lit up simultaneously!
I collect a lot of things like shoes, bags, presse papiers, international ceramic tea sets, and notebooks. But my oldest passion is my collection of gem stones jewelry made my independent jewelry makers. My fascination with gem stones started as a child. My mother always wore a large brown with black quartz pendant necklace that mesmerized me while sitting on her lap. She also had a ring with an aqua blue topas she got when she turned 16 and handed down to me when I turned 16. I never take it off.
Since then I have been collecting natural stones jewelry, but only by independent jewelry makers. My treasures come from everywhere, from Mexico, to a Navajo Indian reservation, Bali, Paris or the Netherlands. The jewelry are great reminders of where I’ve been, they never go out of fashion, and I love how each stone has its own energy.
I’m Elena and I live in Barcelona. I write at facing north with gracia where I gather the particular mix of my personal inspirations about design and interiors: simple essential spaces with a preference for the Scandinavian and industrial ones.
Lamps are my greatest passion: I could collect them like many women collect shoes! I’ve always been fascinating by these objects but it was not until I moved to Barcelona that I started to gather a few. Cuboluce was the first to arrive home, a present from a dear friend (who knows me well!). I’m interested in both designers’ lamps but also vintage objects, like the small rounded one I bought as a welcome present for my husband when we moved to our new flat. Lamps are essential element when it comes to create the right atmosphere or enhance a specific corner. I like to move them around a lot to see how they work in a different and unexpected spot: the way a place reacts to light always amazes me.