Home Decor: lights and little lanterns

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Did you manage to resist decorating your room with beautiful little lights or lanterns? Well, I didn’t!
When you check new pins on Pinterest it’s almost impossible not to come across a photo with a bedroom decorated like that. Some of the photos are really adorable! That’s why I decided that I MUST have my own set of lights 🙂
I got them from a Polish online shop Nikamon and they look like miniature Chinese lanterns. I love that they are so colourful and each is different! 

You can see in the photos how do they look like in my room 🙂

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The Chewing Gum Man of Muswell Hill

I usually describe here the artists that I found out about on the Internet… well, not today! Today I’m going to write about an artist that I found in London – lying on the Millennium Bridge and painting on the blobs of chewing gum, to be more precise.

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photo by Antoni Osiejuk

Ben Wilson, or the Chewing Gum Man as he likes to introduce himself to the passers-by, is an English painter and sculptor. Painting the used chewing gums is not his only project – he created some wooden sculptural reliefs, a series of black and white graphics and oil pastel paintings which were exhibited in many countries around the world. However, it’s the idea of miniature paintings on the pavements and brigdes in London that made him quite famous.
Here are the ones that I noticed on the Millennium Bridge.

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photo by Antoni Osiejuk

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photo by Antoni Osiejuk

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photo by Antoni Osiejuk

But if you look around London, and especially in Muswell Hill, you can come across some of these little pieces of art.

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People and nature in Sara K. Byrne’s double exposure photography

After discovering Jasper James’ City Silhouettes, I am quite fascinated by double exposure photography and so I was checking out similar projects by other artists. That’s how I came across this ABSOLUTELY AMAZING series of double exposure photographs by Sara K. Byrne. 
Unlike James, who decided to juxtapose human silhouettes with big city landscapes, Byrne combined the portraits with the images of nature – colourful flowers, blooming trees and clouded sky. 
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As you can see the atmosphere and the image of people and the world that Byrne is showing us is completely different from the one in James’ project. 
The question is: which one do you like better? 🙂

A ride with Jesús Prudencio

The project that I am showing you today is addressed mostly to movie enthusiasts but given its originality I think that it may interest even those of you who have never seen these particular films.
Jesús Prudencio’s Cars and Films is a series of movie posters which present a given film by focusing on the vehicle that the main character is using throughout the story. It is quite surprising how characteristic some of these vehicles are and how much they are saying about the film, its atmosphere and even the plot.
Moreover, isn’t it good when a poster shows you something different than the main characters in those clichéd poses?

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If you want to know more about Prudencio’s project, go to his official website!

A handful of stair art ideas

After 5 months abroad I’m back in my own room… and I can’t wait to change something in it. I mean, of course, it’s great to get back to such a familiar place but a room where nothing has changed in 5 months? That can’t be! 
So I was searching for some inspirations on the Internet and I found these beautiful pictures of painted stairs. And no, I don’t have any stairs in my room… not even in my flat! I just have to show you some of these amazing ideas to make your hall unique.
Here they are:
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If I have stairs in my future flat/house, I swear I will do something like that! 😀 And what do you think about it? 🙂

By the way, I signed up for instagram recently (and it’s kinda my new hobby 😉 ) so if you liked this post or my blog in general and you want to get to know me better – follow me here: http://instagram.com/cwaitress 🙂

 

5 months of Belgian chocolate

My 5 months in Brussels as an Erasmus student came to an end. Of course, it’s great to be back home but I really liked living there… and that’s why I already miss it and I wish the student exchange lasted a bit longer. I figured that maybe writing a post about Brussels and the things I liked there will help me cope with this little sorrow and end this chapter of my life. And who knows? Maybe you will learn something new and interesting about this place? 🙂

First of all, I must mention Belgian chocolate! IT IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD! Just look at this window display:
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Moreover, Belgian chocolate has therapeutic effect and can solve your problems 😉 
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Thus, the only problem left is which kind of chocolate you should buy. In this case, free tasting turns out to be very helpful.
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But if you have a sweet tooth (and I do!), this is just a beginning. You can’t visit Belgium and not taste Belgian waffles (preferably with ice cream and chocolate)
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a huge meringue,
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and a fruit tart.
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After eating all these sweets, you’ll probably be thirsty. Well, it’s time for a famous Belgian beer then. There are over 200 kinds of beer in Belgium and they are all known for their great quality! The best and the most popular place to taste them is Delirium pub.
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And what is the best way to burn all the calories from chocolate, waffles and beers? Walks! There is plenty of places you must see in Brussels:
the city centre with Grand Place, Royal Palace and many atmospheric squares,
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(also at night)
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the big and beautiful parks such as Parc de Leopold, Parc du Cinquantenaire or Bois de la Cambre,
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and the European Parliament, of course!
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You prefer cycling to walking? No problem! Renting a bicycle (Villo) is very cheap and there are cycle paths all over the city.
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Finally, once you’re in Brussels, it is very easy to travel to other Belgian cities. There are many rail connections and the trains are fast and punctual.
It takes only 20 minutes to go to charming Leuven,
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1 hour and 15 minutes to be in timeless Bruges,
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and two hours to walk along the beach in Ostend.
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Obviously, I chose only some of the advantages of living in Brussels… and my choice is very subjective.

Also, I’m not saying there is nothing annoying in this city – of course there is! Just try to get used to this:
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But when I was sitting in my favourite Parc du Cinquantenaire, eating chocolat au lait and listening to the passers-by talking in French with the charming accent belge, I felt like it was the best place in the world. I will miss these moments very much!

If you ever have a chance to visit Belgium, do it! You won’t regret 🙂

Marion Bolognesi:(much) more than just a portrait

I’ve already mentioned my weakness for watercolour painting when I was posting about Elena Romanova (https://acatastrophewaitress.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/elena-romanovas-colourful-world/).
Well, here it is again!
I fell in love with Marion Bolognesi’s works instantly. She has not only a great talent but also an incredible passion for painting which makes her works very expressive and unique. No wonder her works were exhibited all over the world and she was invited to collaborate with many other recognized artists.
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More about Marion –> http://www.marion-b.com/