Author: Anita Martinez Beijer

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 …

Book release offer!

Great opportunity for United Kingdom residents! In order to celebrate the book launch, Home Life Around the World will have a significantly reduced price on Kobo from May 17-30th 2018 in UK only. Take this opportunity to get your own copy of Home Life Around the World! Please spread the word and do let me know your thoughts of the book by leaving a review. Happy Book Birthday and Happy Reading!

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 …

The cosy home in no 4

A couple of floors up a steep and narrow staircase in an apartment building in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, I find the home of Eyal Cohen. The house is what the Chinese call a ‘walk-up’, a building from the 50-60s with no elevator. The first thing I see as I step inside is a bright and colourful wall made of – egg cartons. It’s a cheering and welcoming sight and a real work of art. His apartment is fairly spacious for Hong Kong, 575 square feet* and consists of one large room, a kitchen and a bathroom. It’s furnished and decorated by himself and filled with fun and eye-catching things. One wall has an image of a large ostrich with a hat. A full-scale sheep with blue wool is standing on top of a bookshelf. Origami squirrels are playing on a tree trunk on the floor. This is a home whose owner clearly has had a lot of fun whilst decorating it and I’m eager to hear the story behind it. “Rental apartments here in …

Living Off-the-Gridd

Far north on the coast of Uruguay and just forty kilometres from the Brazilian border is the small town of Punta del Diablo. It was formerly a fishing village that has become increasingly popular with surfers, who flock to the beaches Playa de Rivero and Playa de la Viuda. But it’s at the quieter end by Playa Grande, which separates Punta del Diablo from Santa Teresa national park, where Rosi and Martin have built themselves an off-the-grid house called ‘Vía Verde’. They live here with their son Telmo and a dog called Trotsky that has adopted them. Vía Verde, the green way, is a house designed to make the least impact on nature. 150 square meters split on several levels and with large terraced areas it stands alone on the brink of the sea on the outskirts of the small town. The main house is on three levels and contains the communal area with a small kitchen, five bedrooms and a couple of bathrooms and toilets. It’s sparsely furnished with only the bare necessities and …