poppy apricot crumble tart

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Here goes one of my absolute classic desserts. Super easy to do and perfect to keep in the fridge for a couple of days (and eat it as breakfast for example – topped with Greek yoghurt). It is important to use sweet apricots so make sure to use ripe ones…

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poppy apricot crumble tart

you will need

20 medium sized apricots

1 roll of pastry crust (if you are lazy like me)

vanilla sugar

For the crumble

100gr flour

100gr caster sugar

100gr soft butter

100gr almond powder

a handful of poppy seeds

Pre-heat the oven at 180c. Cut the apricots in halves and place them on the pastry crust.

Put all the ingredients for the crumble in a big mixing bowl and start making crumbles with your hands. Pour the preparation over the apricots and sprinkle with vanilla sugar.

Put in the oven to bake for about 40 minutes (until golden brown). Serve warm with ice cream or cold with crème fraiche.

Bon appétit!

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one blazer, 5 ways



When I saw this article on the Zoe Report, it inspired me as I love the versatility of a simple blazer. I don’t know about you guys but I am currently on a strict budget so massive shopping tours and maxing my Visa is not really happening BUT I do believe in using what I have and simply mixing it with pieces I wouldn’t normally wear it or adding cool accessories…




eall pictures via the zoe report

full article here

decoration inspiration : textile mix


When I freshly started doing interior design, I was all about white, beige and grey. Nothing too color-y or pattern-y but getting older (and wiser?) I really started to use colorful textiles. In fact, I like it so much that colors, fabrics and ethnic decor items are what our company – Atelier Boemia – is going to be selling starting the end of this year (will let you know more about it in due time but let’s just say I am super excited!!!).  2






8all pictures via design sponge

full article here

happy friday

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Happy Friday! I hope you are all doing well. This week was a bit on the lazy side (post holidays) and it felt really nice. I managed to catch up on stuff that was pending though (with the help of my beloved to-do lists) and this weekend is going to be pretty much the same. I’m always running around like crazy with my head filled with projects so it is nice to breathe before attacking next week. I’ll be traveling to Switzerland to meet my (business) partner in crime for our new exciting project (glimpses here) and see dear old friends… I cannot wait!

Here are 3 things making me happy:

The beach of Peschici at sunset

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Focaccia con patate

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the cutest little notebook for my to-do lists (available here)

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!


cool places : the encanto in acapulco



As you know, fellow blog readers, I have a thing for Mexico (here and here). So when I read about this (unbelievable) hotel in the latest issue of the Italian Architectural Digest, I knew I had to publish pictures about it… What do you think? Is it incredible or what? And prices start at 200 euro, expensive but affordable if you want to spend one night in such a cool place…











all pictures via home-designing.com


zesty avocado and caramelized tomatoes appetizers

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My mom made these as appetizers when we were in Switzerland celebrating National Day. I showed how she made them and copied her recipe last weekend…

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avocado and caramelized tomatoes appetizers

For about 20-25 crackers

1 medium avocado (needs to be ripe!)

300 gr cherry tomatoes


sugar, salt, chili flakes, curry powder

olive oil

lime juice

fresh coriander (not a must but adds a nice touch)

Start by caramelizing the tomatoes: slices them and place them on baking paper. Sprinkle with sugar (very important!), salt, chili flakes and olive oil. Place them in a 200c pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.

Prepare the avocado: cut it and mash with a fork (I like when there’s still chucks in the mix), season with salt, lime juice, curry powder and coriander. Place in the fridge for half an hour to chill.

Put the avocado mix on the crackers and place the caramelized tomatoes on top. Bon appétit!

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decoration inspiration : rumi neely’s apartment in LA


You know Rumi Neely from fashion campaigns, party pictures and, most importantly: fashiontoast.com, her super-star blog. I actually saw this article on Elle Decor and then discovered HOMEPOLISH… I love this concept!!! Go check their website out and get inpired by Rumi’s cool LA home pictures…









all pictures via homepolish and elle decor

full article here


bye bye birdies


Cheers from the south of Italy where I’ll be spending lazy days until the end of the week! I’m happy to be here, I need to charge my batteries (and body) with sun, great food, delicious wines and friends…

See you again next Monday and in the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram!