Author: Anita Martinez Beijer

Colour of the year 2019

UK paint brand Dulux has appointed ‘Spiced Honey’ as the colour of the year 2019, as part of the brand’s industry-acclaimed ColourFutures trend forecast. Spriced Honey is a versatile shade filled with warm and inviting tones of amber and rich caramel. “2018 was an unsettling and unpredictable time,’ says Dulux. ‘We were overwhelmed by the deluge of news, choices and demands upon our time, causing us to close up and retreat into spaces where we feel safe and cocooned. We pressed pause and took time to regroup.” “As we move forward into 2019, we find this pause has given people time to re-energise and deal with the sense of unpredictability with positive action, optimism and purpose. If the unpredictability of last year forced people to retreat and regroup, 2019 is the time for their awakening. We are ready to ‘Let in the Light’.” Other paint brands such as Jotun have similar shades in their new colour palette for 2019. Jotun’s RAW-Palette we find warm earth colors, neutral gray shades and burnt reddish tones. LADY 12085 Rural LADY Pure Color 20118 …

Online interior design courses coming soon!

I’m delighted that the book Home Life Around the World has been well received and the next step is going to be to launch a series of online interior design courses. The main course will be about how to create a truly personal home, beginning with – you! As I hold a diploma as an Associated Certified Coach (ACC), at International Coach Federation (ICF), I am very excited to have created a course based on a series of coaching sessions, aimed to help you create a home that reflects your personality and supports you emotionally. The name of the course is Bring Soul to Your Home. This course can be complemented, if you wish, by courses about colour knowledge, +Colour, and basic interior design practices, +Basic. More information will follow shortly!

Inspiration from Formex

The main trend seminar at this season’s Formex, was held by one of our times greatest trend analyst Lilly Berelovich from the New York-based trend agency FS Creative. I was so excited to find that many of the influences and tendencies she shared with us, show up in the homes of my book Home Life Around the World. The slow living trend is something that many of us yearn for in the busy and fast paced life of today. The chapter Wabi Sabi in Brooklyn highlight the love of handmade craft and embrace the idea of the imperfect. Healing Spaces celebrate the patina and aged beauty of furniture that have had an earlier life. In pursuit of happiness we seek to reconnect and live a life in harmony with nature as in Living Off-the-Grid. Realising the importance of silence in the chapter A peaceful Haven and creating an equilibrium in life in Visual Quietness, both show us ways to keep us connected with ourselves. The chapters Consciously Minimal and Industrial living are perfect examples of how work and home life are interconnected in the …

Book release!

Book release! So happy to share this labour of love at last! Thank you all for helping me celebrate last night at Äppelvikens Bokhandel! I’m thrilled to bits, touched and overwhelmed at the respons Home Life Around the World has received! Here are some snapshots from the evening. Showing my world tour that was the foundation for the book. I enjoyed sharing the thought behind my book. These are all the wonderful people who generously opened the doors to their homes and shared their stories with me. The author hard at work at the serious business of dedicating books. Such a delightful task! It’s so great to have supportive friends around you! For those of you who were unable to attend, there will be an opportunity to purchase a dedicated book signed by the author right here on Bohemialife. For yourself or perhaps as a gift? This would be a lovely house warming present. Soon to be featured. Photocredit: Thank you friends & family!

Reviews

Home Life Around the World has been warmly received and I’m so grateful and happy! If you would like to grab a copy for yourself or as a gift, the book details are below. There will be an opportunity to purchase a signed and dedicated copy of the book right here on Bohemialife shortly. Watch this space! Here are some of the wonderful reviews the book has received so far. Thank you everyone who has taken the time to read and review it! Your reviews do so much to help with a book’s success. “I enjoyed this peek into several people’s home lives, from Africa to South America. While each home had many unique and creative aspects, I found it interesting to focus on what they all had in common: access to greenery or plants, lots of light, effective use of space, and display of a few treasured items instead of holding a lot of stuff. A very soothing read.” San Fransisco Book Review “The Home & Gardens section of Publishers Weekly, the February 12th issue, sees a …

Living by ear

Sam lives in Hong Kong, in a small studio flat on the 31st floor that has its very own private roof terrace with amazing views over the city. But we meet in Shanghai, where he’s currently on a work assignment. Sam spends much of his time away from Hong Kong for work, but he offers to host me in his apartment when I’m in Hong Kong. I’m happy to accept and look forward to this, as it will give me an opportunity to experience his apartment myself. We meet at a cafe in the French Concession. Sam tells me a bit about his work as a designer and consultant. When he describes what he does, he uses words like strategy, research, innovation and culture. But mostly, he says, it involves people and problem solving. He spends his days listening to the many layers of his clients. Gathering in-depth information about them and through that knowledge gaining an understanding of what they need. His motto ‘Living by ear’, reflects this well as it parallels the expression ‘playing …

Happy Book Birthday!

It’s finally the release day for Home Life Around the World! Happy Book Birthday! The process of making a dream come true has involved if not blood, at least sweat and toil and it has been amazing! Every step of the way has involved exploring unknown paths and at times the learning curve has been steep. But with diligence, single minded focus and sheer stubbornness I got there at the end and result is so rewarding. What started at the end of 2014 as merely an idea, to explore what a home really means to people, actually involved selling my own home to realise funds to make the project feasible. Then followed a period of thorough research and the first tentative outreach to persons previously unknown, living on every continent. Every place I travelled to, was a place I never before have visited. Everyone I met was a stranger at first. Also, it meant getting the necessary equipment needed to complete the project. As well as acquiring the knowledge how to use these new tools. It has …