A’Design Awards Call for Submissions 2014-2015



A’Design Award & Competition has announced its Call for Submissions for 2014-2015. This is a prestigious international juried competition which creates a platform for companies, designers, architects and innovators to showcase their works across varied categories while garnering press and publicity to help carry these inventive design concepts forward.

The grand jury panel is comprised of academics, press members, fellow designers and industry experts who cast their votes independently of each other to ensure fairness and equality across the board. Entrants have until February 28, 2015 to register and submit works for the next A’Design Award & Competition.

Design Award categories are varied and plentiful. Some of the most popular include:

Winners of the A’Design Award & Competition receive an extensive PR campaign, press releases and distribution to magazines and blogs, mention in the official newsletter, a winner’s certificate, inclusion in the annual yearbook publication, award trophy, gala-night invitation, feedback notes by jury, options to sell winning designs, inclusion in both designer and world rankings, invitation to prime events, translation into 20+ languages and more!

Deadline for the A’Design Award & Competition is February 25, 2015 so register today!

Winners will be posted and published on April 15, 2015 so stay tuned…

For extra article regarding this Design Award Competition press here.

Novica – Changing the World One Artisan at a Time

Imagine being able to explore and acquire the captivating works of artisans from around the globe from the touch of your laptop keyboard? Welcome to Novica, the world’s leading online, fair-trade marketplace of exquisite and exotic home decor, furnishings, art, jewelry and gifts handcrafted by talented artists spanning a plethora of different cultures including regions of the Andes, Bali and Java, Brazil, Central America, India, Mexico, Thailand and West Africa to name a few.

In its efforts, Novica focuses on artists from small towns and villages of these countries, brining to light these men and women who would otherwise sell their works and wares amongst only the locals. Now, their vocations have become globalized, breaking trade barriers and creating vast opportunities for both the creators and buyers of these exceptional finds.

For those with a penchant for unparalleled interior design elements, Novica offers a stunning selection of furniture, paintings, rugs, hammocks, sculpture, lighting, photography, tableware, pillows and throws and various decorative accessories, as well as specialty curated collections. Materials such as indigenous woods, leather, steel, glass, cotton, even recycled components are part of these selections, with an array of themes, textiles, styles and colors to beautifully complement any interior space.

Seasonal gift-giving from Novica is popular whether for the holidays, birthdays or other special occasions. This Mother’s Day, all of the items offered not only make for unique and memorable gifts but help to remarkably advocate women artisans who themselves are mothers.

From quality craftsmanship to a worldwide support of art preservation, Novica is shedding new light on today’s dynamic online marketplace, where change is happening and global impact is being made.

For Mother’s Day find on Novica unique gifts for mom.


BLOG LOVE: Happy Interior Blog


This week on our weekly column ‘Blog Love’ we interviewed  Igor Josifovic – founder of Happy Interior Blog.

1. When did you start blogging and why?

I started Happy Interior Blog in October 2011 as my ‘digital home’ for everything that inspires me to a happy home. Before blogging I curated lots of interior design related content and at one point I just needed a permanent, more personal base to save and share all those inspiring finds. Ever since I am trying to pass on a bit of the happiness I feel when it comes to beautiful, personal homes and home accessories.

2. Tell us a little about your blog and where you are from.

My blog’s core mission is to share happiness – for your homes and consequently for every reader. I truly believe that a beautiful, personal home is the basis for a happy and content life. We should be more encouraged to embrace our personal style and tastes. We should create our home with the people we love and with the finds that we bring along in our lives. All that makes for a happy home. And this is something I want to share on a daily basis on Happy Interior Blog.

I myself come from various cultures. I was born and raised in Austria to Serbian parents, lived in Greece and now I am living in Munich, Germany and Paris, France. That multicultural background and my ongoing travels have shaped my vision of interior design and my personal home which is also a reason why I’ve embarked on the adventure of interior design blogging. Apart from my blogging I pursue a career in online marketing as a day job.

3. If you had the choice to change your marketing  job,  what would you choose ?

Marketing is a creative field that I really like and I wouldn’t change it for the moment. I am focusion on social media and the impact we can reach by smartly using the social web. This in combination with anything interior design related is my dream occupation.

4. If your house were on fire, what would you grab first?

I think I’d go for my Macbook, iPad and iPhone. First, it is the easiest to grab and run, second it has loads of important stuff in it – my private pictures, work, my entire blog content. I wouldn’t want to miss it. All the rest is rather replaceable.

5. Describe your dream home.

My dream home would be a bit more spacious. I’ve always lived in tiny city center apartments and had to compromise when it comes to interior design. I had to make yes and no decisions. I would love to have a home that would offer the space to create and recreate my interiors, to live my passion and change corners of my home. Oh, and it should be a cosy home located in Paris. That’s where I am heading eventually for my personal future.

6. What are you wishes for 2013?

I would love to have more time for my blog cause I have many ideas for this year. I want to refresh and grow it and make it an even happier place for my readers.

BLOG LOVE: 79 Ideas

This week on our weekly column ‘Blog Love’ we interviewed Radostina Bosseva – founder of 79 ideas.

1. When did you start blogging and why?

My blog was born on the spur of the moment. I moved to another country and at first I was almost without friends so I’ve had plenty of spare time after work.
In the beginning I was writing a hidden blog for design, which could be accessed by me only. but later I mustered up my courage and in October 2009, 79deas.org came to existence.
Blogging is a great way to keep in touch with people from all over the world. You also learn a lot of new things and it gives me a lot of positive emotions. Of course it costs me almost all of my spare time, but I think it’s worth it.

2. Tell us a little about your blog, your E magazines and where you are from.

My blog is the place where I share the things which impressed me during the day – beautiful photos, somebody’s great home or the work of a stylist. Sometimes, when I have some time I show my things, things that I have created – styling or an easy recipe, which my readers can prepare at home too.
79 ideas is a bilingual blog, written in English and Bulgarian – I am Bulgarian living in the lovely Prague, Czech Republic.
As for the magazines – they appear somehow naturally. First was “79 ideas magazine”, which I made for a week with the idea to give something as a Valentine’s gift to my loyal readers. Just a way to thank them for visiting my blog, writing lovely comments and emails. The other magazine – “You&Me” is a serious project and collaboration with a close friend – Lucie, with whom we share the passion for everything beautiful. It is a wedding magazine written in English and Czech, in which I am the creative director.

3. If your house were on fire, what would you grab first?

That’s a very interesting question. I am sure the first thing would be my dog and then my camera. After this if I still have time I will grab my computer and some old family objects, which have sentimental value for me.

4. The last thing you bought and loved and the thing you eyeing next?

The last thing that I bought actually did not yet arrive – new lens for my camera, therefore I will tell you for the pervious one that I bought. Gorgeous ceramics by an young Bulgarian designer – Ralitsa Yovkova.
As for the next thing – I hope it will be in the form of plane tickets to USA and then Cuba.

5. Describe your dream home.

My dream home would definitely have big windows, white walls and a Chesterfield sofa.

6. What are you wishing for the new year?

For the new year I am wishing first of all strong health and to be positive – these are very important things. Also maybe we should notice and value more the small things around us.

All the photos are from Radostina Boseva portfolio.

Fanjo’s Amazing Designs for Modern Children’s Rooms

Ok, so Fanjo, out of Belarus, obviously does not just design children’s rooms, but to me these are rooms that stand out from the rest in the realm of children’s design. I’ve just picked a couple to showcase here, but I am amazed at the creativity of Fanjo. What impresses me is not only the overall design of the room itself, but also the detail paid to each enchanting piece within the room. For the youngest set, I think my favorite is Young Flat (pictured above). This room would easily transition from infant to child, allowing the design elements to endure longer then most others out there. Many aspects will even endure through the tween and teen years. This is fabulously functional kind of design I am looking for as a parent. From the whimsical light fixture to the creative shelving and storage and the not overly girly design, this one is a winner. If you look at the Young Flat design site, you will see that Fanjo really has significant talent for overall modern home design, so don’t miss it. Here I am just focusing on a couple of contemporary children’s rooms.



The MyMi room has a forest theme with so much storage and specialized areas for play, work and sleep. Again, this stunning design would be so easy to transition over the years as your child grows older without having to revamp the entire space.  There really is a place for everything in this room and it is infused with the cheer and creativity that will boost the imagination of any young child. For those of us who reside in urban areas, this design is a particularly wonderful way to bring a bit of nature into your home. There are two wardrobes for storage, a bed, desk, screened dressing area and still room for play. All of these elements blend seamlessly together to create a harmonious and natural space.

So both of these designs are somewhat gender neutral, but certainly more on the feminine side. I have boys and I totally see where a slight change of color palette from the peach and pink to maybe some blues or yellows and a few other minor adjustments would make these wonderful rooms perfect for boys too.  Not only would these rooms provide a creative and relaxing space for children, but also one that will last throughout childhood and beyond with a little tweaking here and there. The designs are modern and streamlined with a calming sense of joyfulness and exploration. What better way to surround your child?  For more information about these room designs and products therein, please contact Fanjo at info@fajnodesign.by or click the links provided above. Don’t forget to take a peak at the other great pictures of these rooms below!


This week on our weekly column ‘Blog Love’ we interviewed Bree Hester – founder of Baked Bree a food recipes blog.

1. When did you start blogging and why?

I started my food blog almost 3 years ago as a way to have an online version of my favorite recipes.

2. Tell us a little about your blog and where you are from.

I am from New Jersey, but my husband is in the Coast Guard so we have around quite a bit in the last few years. Right now, we live in the suburbs of DC.

My blog started as a way to keep track of recipes, but it has evolved into a community of people that really want to be better cooks and eat good food. I think of myself as a teacher, and want people to follow along with the step-by-step recipes so they have enough confidence in the kitchen. I really wish that people trusted their instincts more in the kitchen and have fun creating meals.

3. If your house were on fire, what would you grab first?

After my husband and kids of course, my camera. It is an extension of myself and and has helped me through both the good and the bad. I can chronicle large portions of my life because I almost always have my camera on me.

4. In your fridge we’ll always find?
Diet Coke, Parmesan cheese, flat leaf parsley, and lemons.

5. Describe your dream meal.
I have been lucky enough to eat some fabulous meals in my life. The ones that stand out the most are the ones that included good company and lively conversation. A really good dessert is always a part of that equation.

6. What are you wishing for the new year?

My wish for the new year is going to sound cliche, but I really want to have a simpler life with more time with my husband and children. I want to slow down, simplify, and take it one day at a time.


This week on our weekly column ‘Blog Love’ we interviewed Heather Dalton – founder of Chickabug an Etsy shop that sells birthday’s decorations.

1. When did you start blogging and why?

I started blogging a few months after I opened my Etsy shop, because I wanted to share the pictures that customers sent me after they used my products at their parties. Customer photos are my favorite thing, so I always wanted to share them, even when my only blog followers were my very best friends! Since then it’s grown so much. The more you put into a blog, the more you get out of it.

2. Tell us a little about your blog, your Etsy store and where you are from.

In my online shop, I sell personalized paper goods and DIY printables, and I specialize in children’s birthday parties. I have over 50 themes to choose from, so there’s a little something for everyone! I live in Maryland, where I work out of a home office that my assistants and I share. It’s just big enough for all of us AND my many shipping supplies.

On my blog, I talk about birthday parties, food, crafts, DIY projects… basically anything that my shop customers might like to read about or find fun!

3. If your house were on fire, what would you grab first?

My dog Charlotte. Although I wouldn’t really have to grab her, she follows me everywhere – much less in an emergency!

4. Describe your dream home.

I’d love to live in an old house with lots of charm, beat up wood floors, and an effortless shabby chic style. The kind of place where you’re not afraid to put a glass on the table without a coaster, and where scratches add character.

5. Holidays are right around the corner, what are you wishing for?

The older I get, the more I love Christmas for every reason except for the “stuff.” So there are no flashy presents on my list – just a nice, quiet holiday is all I need!