Monday, November 28, 2011

Things that made me smile this week [14-28/11]

part 1

1. Pillows from Drink, Shop & Do
2. Relaxing after a really long day with some chicken soup with my friend A.
3. Reindeer shaped hooks from Urban Outfitters
4. Merilyn Monroe cupcakes at Soho
5. Drink, Shop & Do at King's Cross (Visit their website here)
6. Skull snow balls from Urban Outfitters (you can find them here )
7. Christmas window displays (I'm an addict)
8. Frozen yoghurt at Soho
9. Platform 9 3/4
10. Sparkly turquoise clutch
11. Knitted pillow (love it!)
12. Regent street Christmas lights

1. Building my new IKEA sofa
2. Details from my tiny and almost empty living room (more details soon!)
3. An interesting chandelier created by milk bottles at Brick Lane
4. Leaving a vintage shop at Shoreditch
5. Skull & Buddha rings at Brick Lane
6. Fake snow with my sil Georgia outside the Urban Outfitters on Oxford street
7. Brick Lane Market
8. Bunny iPhone case
9. My bf Kleo at China town
10.Exploring my new neighborhood at Maida Vale
11&12 My pretty guests from Greece : Georgia, Victoria & Annie!

DIY Monday : Christmas calender Ideas

A minimalistic Christmas Calender - via

London is really moody and cold today, the only thing I can think about is Christmas.
I'm counting down for Christmas holidays with my family and friends and I decided I need a calender for that. A special calender that will count the days until the time I'm home.
I did a little research and I found some great DIY ideas.
I hope you like them and they'll give you inspiration for your own Christmas decorations.

Do you have a special countdown?

Maria Matiopoulou

Saturday, November 26, 2011

House tour : A fashionista's apartment

This apartment definitely belongs to a person with a great sense of style. 
Dark floors combined perfectly with fashionable posters and colorful books. 
I heart all the artworks that are displayed on the walls. 
Check out how the owner uses a ladder to decorate his bathroom. 
It is for sale on Bolaget.

What do you think? 

Maria Matiopoulou

Friday, November 25, 2011

House tour : Vacation house of 'Le pain Quotidien' family

Le pain Quotidien is definitely one of my favorite places in London. 
A place to enjoy your brunch, have a coffee, work & read.
So when I discovered this house tour on Architectural Digest I was thrilled. 
A vacation house that belongs to Vincent Herbert, CEO of Le Pain Quotidien, and his wife, Laurence Verbeke.
Renovated by Francis D’Haene of D’Apostrophe Design , it's located in Remsenburg, New York.
I love the Tom Dixon pendant lamps that are hanging over the dining table.


Maria Matiopoulou 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

You light up my Tuesday : Skull Chandelier

This skull chandelier is a creation by Hans Van Bentem.
An Artist born in The Hague, he now lives and works in Rotterdam, the Czech Republic and China.
He creates some of the most impressive chandeliers you'll ever see.
Today I want to focus on the Skull Chandelier, an extraordinary rock lighting pendant.
 Definitely not suitable for an apartment but a great choice for events or even a restaurant.
What do you think?

 Check out all the other Chandelier creations by Hans Van Bentem here.

Maria Matiopoulou

Monday, November 21, 2011

DIY Monday : Christmas in a jar

I found this amazing DIY project on 'The Tortoise and the Hare' blog and I have to admit that I loved it. I've saved this picture so I can make something similar and I think you will find the concept amazing,  plus it's really easy! The concept is really simple: Christmas in a jar.
You will need some empty glass jars and a few Christmas decorations. Some paint to dye everything and maybe some snow to put it on the bottom of the jar! Read the instructions by the lovely sisters of thetortoiseandthehare blog here.
Would you attempt to create something similar?

I can't wait to create my own Christmas jars!

Maria Matiopoulou

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chair Wednesday : Tip Ton chair by Vitra

Let me introduce you to Vitra's Tip Ton chair. Designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby in collaboration with Vitra.
A simple chair that differs from all other usual plastic chairs because it can be tilted forward from its normal position and will remain stationary at a 9 degree incline. The ideal chair for restaurants, conference and office spaces but also universities and schools.
You can find it in eight different colours and it's made from polypropylene. Durable & 100% recyclable. Find out more about Tin Ton chair here.

Maria Matiopoulou

Take a look at this video that presents Tip Ton chair in a more artistic and playful way.

Director Johnny Kelley for the Vitra ‘Tip Ton’ Chair.
Animated by Matthew Cooper

House tour : Nostalgic Retro apartment

Another house tour that belongs to a Designer. Charlotte Adrian is an senior designer and works for Royal Copenhagen. Her apartment has a nostalgic atmosphere with vintage details. I love the cozy corner with the bold pink armchair and the 60's inspired table.

Maria Matiopoulou

For re-wiring in older buildings, just be sure to find an electrician with excellent training.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Things that made me smile this week [8-15|11|11]

 A few snapshots from the week that passed. Most of them are taken through the weekend with John John. It was a really busy week, full of new projects for me. 
If you're around London you have to try Hi Sushi Salsa restaurant. Amazing almost all-you-can-eat sushi. You can also see mY new obsession : the golden nail polish from Topshop. You can buy it here for 6£. I hope you've enjoyed a lovely weekend.

Maria Matiopoulou

Light up my Tuesday : Retro lighting pendants

Coco flip studio is a Melbourne based design studio. I fell in love with these retro pendants since I first saw them. The pendant in the first picture is "Mr. Cooper" and you can check it out here and the second pendant is called Coco pendant and you can explore all the details about it here. I can easily imagine one Coco pendant hanging over my breakfast bar!

How do you feel about retro aesthetics?

Don't forget to join our Facebook page "Unidentified Lifestyle" and see daily Decorating quotes, fashion tips and design news!

Maria Matiopoulou
Via  | Photographer Haydn Cattach

Monday, November 14, 2011

DIY Monday : Rolling Crates

Happy DIY Monday to everybody! I hope you've all enjoyed your weekend. I hope you enjoy this week's DIY project! You need two things : A crate and four(4)  plastic wheels and you'll have a  low cost rolling crave for magazines, toys anything or anything want! Just follow the photo instructions from Poppytalk blog on the picture below. If you really like the design but you can't afford the time to build rolling crates you can buy this rolling storage crates from Rose & Gray for 55£ here.

What do you think? Would you attempt to built this project?

Maria Matiopoulou

Friday, November 11, 2011

Styling Recipe : Small bedrooms

Last week I received an email with a request from a lovely friend & reader. Her name is Maria and she wanted some help with her bedroom renovation. The problem is that the bedroom is too small for a double bed and she needed some tips that would help her organize and create a beautiful atmosphere. Maria I hope you'll find these tips helpful!

Maria Matiopoulou

A minimalistic bedroom with no headboard and absolutely no unnecessary decorations. There aren't any nightstands and they used a lamp that is placed on the wall to save valuable space. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

House tour : Vintage & Bright

This is definitely one of my favorite house tours. Romantic , totally white and full of vintage furniture. My favorite part? The bathtub in the bedroom. It is located in Filtzroy, Australia and it belongs to the lovely Lyn Gardener. Visit Lyn's website here.
What do you think? How would you feel in an bright apartment like this one?
Maria Matiopoulou

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

House tour : A Designer's apartment : Hanne Dalsgaard


Another house tour, another cozy and stylish apartment. I'm still trying to find the right furniture for my apartment, so I'm constantly looking for inspiration.  Designed by Hanne Dalsgaard, she moved in this apartment in Holte with her family with intentions to stay for a few years. Today, almost 20 years &many rennovations later they still there and they're not planning on moving.
Did you notice a few things I've shared with you  before?
1) Organizing your library by color
2) Eames chairs all ever the apartment

Maria Matiopoulou

Things that made me smile this week [1-8|11|11]

Monday, November 07, 2011

DIY Monday : Frame your Shopping bags

This post is a Styling Recipe and a DIY project. What's the future of your shopping bags? Do you keep them somewhere safe?  I usually throw way the shopping bags and just keep my shoe boxes, without knowing if I will ever use them again. This is a fun way to display your shopping bags : frame them and hang them on your wall!
What do you think? Would you try something like this in your closet or in your bedroom?

Maria Matiopoulou

Friday, November 04, 2011

House tour : A small family apartment

photos : Tia Borgsmidt


This modern residence is a family apartment. It belongs to a married couple with two children. It's not a huge apartment, it's only 80 square meters. What do you think of white interiors ? Is it too bright for you? I love white apartments, especially when they're perfectly combined with dark furniture!

Maria Matiopoulou

House tour : An Illustrator's apartment

I bet you already understood that this apartment belongs to a designer. The person who lives here is an illustrator, her name is Sarah Hvasss and she's Danish. A modern apartment full of vivid details, perfectly combined with each other. I love the yellow rocking chair in the living room!
Check out Sarah's portfolio here.
What do you think?

Maria Matiopoulou

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Things that made me smile this week [24-31|10|11]

Hello Unidentified friends! How are you today? First of all I hope we all have a lovely November! These are some pictures I took during the last week. I hope you like them and that they will make you smile!

Maria Matiopoulou

Topshop Winter collection : I want to buy everything!

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