My (B&W) Xmas gifts

This year I’ve been a good girl again, so Santa got me some lovely gifts. All in Black &White (of course, he knows my taste very well)…

black and white xmas gifts


“Milano – Storia di una rinascita is a beautiful book with black and white photos from 1943 -1953: a reportage from the destruction caused by the II World War, to the rebirth of the City. It’s the catalog of the exhibition at Palazzo Morando (Via Sant’Andrea, 6 – 20123 Milano). Highly recommended if you’re around!!!

black and white xmas gifts

The cashmere blanket is gonna be perfect for the cold winter London days, while the Menu Salt and Pepper grinder have been on my wish list for a long long time, I think they will be a nice addition to my kitchen.

black and white xmas gifts

Paris is now awaiting me for NYE and the Cereal City Guide is just the perfect gift for it.But before that, I am gonna enjoy the best present today: a day in Milan with my sister 🙂

What did Santa bring you this year?









Design Shopping in Gothenburg #2

Hello, here’s the second part of my Design Guide of Gothenburg. I shot so many photos that it took me a while to organise and edit all of them. (p.s. Have a look at my Flickr Album  for more city and architectural photos …)


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A DIY Restaurant by IKEA

Yesterday I visited the new IKEA pop up Restaurant in London Shoreditch (East London)

ikea diy restaurant

The Dining Club (that’s what it’s called)  features a DIY restaurant where you’re the chef, an IKEA cafe, serving Swedish delicacies, inspiring workshops, and a small shop too.

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Online Design Shops Review #1

Buying stuff online nowadays is so easy and affordable, but in terms of designer furniture and accessories, I’m never so sure where to buy and which sites to trust.


OnlineDesignShopsreviewI thought I’d share with you (design addicted people out there) some of my favourite furniture and design shops, to share my experience and tips:

MADE IN DESIGN madeindesignreview

It’s a French website which has got a very broad catalogue of furniture, lamps & accessories. They sell most of the popular Design Brands and also some small independent ones.

They also have some exclusive sales every now and again, where you can really grab a bargain. Most of the time they are ex display with little scratches etc but generally in good conditions.

I bought the Artemide Eclisse table lamp on a special sale on this website and I am very happy with it. The site was easy to navigate and order from.

Delivery (to UK) was pretty quick if  the product is on stock, they use a good courier company (I can’t remember the name), so you can easily track it.

Unfortunately they don’t offer Saturday delivery 😦

The customer service was also very good and very responsive.



If you love Scandinavian design this is the website for you. The selection of pieces is carefully curated with all the main Nordic Brands (like Artek, &Tradition, Ferm Living, Muuto, Hay etc etc ) . It feels like shopping in Copenhagen ( oh well almost…)

Delivery was quick and customer service was good too. They used DHL as a courier which gave me a bit of headache with the fact that they don’t call you before delivering big parcels or let you select a delivery time slot -and no Saturday delivery again 😦

Apart from that, prices are also quite good (but beware that are in Euro) and they also have some exclusive campaigns with exclusive items.

I got my Hay Tray bedside table here, and I was really pleased with the service and price ( I got it on sales, and with free delivery too).

The inspiration section is one of my favourite, I could spend all of the day there 🙂



Monoqi is a German Website which ships to UK and (i believe) to Europe too, full of interesting Furniture, Designer pieces, Fashion accessories.

You have to register to be able to access their “Daily Sales Offers”. They add new offers every day for a limited period and with good discounts. Most of the time their products are from very unique and interesting brands from all over the world.

I often use it as an inspiration, to get to know some new brands. I just bought some small items from here, but I was pretty pleased with the customer service and delivery.

Only down side:  sometimes you have to wait a long time for the delivery (that’s probably how they manage to keep the prices low), but they also have an Outlet section on the website with ready to ship items.


LOVETHESIGNLovethesign is an Italian website which was founded in 2012. It’s been growing a lot in the last few years (they ship worldwide too). The selections of pieces is very broad, and mostly focus on Italian Brands (of course…). They offer top brands at very attractive prices.

Keep an eye on the  promo sales section  which is updated weekly, I found some cool Flos Lamps in here recently.

I can’t comment on their UK delivery, as the only time I shop here I had items delivered to Italy, but it was very quick and smooth.


5 best FURNITURE online shops

Tanini Home is a really nice Italian website specialised on furniture and bathroom. They have shops in Milan and Florence and they ship to UK and Europe ( free for order > 50£)

They store a good selection of Italian and  Scandinavian Brands (basically all my favourite ones:-) ).

I bought my wall shelf from them on sale and it got delivered really quickly. The prices are good and they always have discounts codes (if you sign on the newsletter)  and Outlet item on sale. Worth a visit.

That’s all for now. I hope you’ll find my list interesting or helpful when you want to upgrade your interior. Leave me a comment and tell me which is your favourite design online shop as I’d love to discover new ones .


P.S. All the reviews are my personal opinion, no sponsored, endorsed or censored