Enter The Loft
After quarantining for months, no matter how big or small, yet our living spaces - our homes, have become inevitably a forefront topic. While searching for inspiration we've stumbled upon The Loft - Amsterdam's beloved interior design agency. The Loft prides with one single passion; seeing spaces work their magic on people. They bring spaces to life by decorating them with all their favourite finds in the field of furniture, arts, accessories and curiosa. Their passionate team searches the globe for the most talented artists and craftsmen and bring you their finest creations. They create atmospheres where people feel comfortable and at home, by combining natural materials with soft colours and characteristic furnishing with inspiring accessories. We've talked about Amsterdam, future dreams and their latest residential project which is impossible not to fall in love with; The Dune House. Read on for Sara's and Floris' recommendations in Amsterdam and beyond that are close to their hearts.
Insider’s City Guide to Thessaloniki & Beyond
The museums of Thessaloniki are a great opportunity to take a peek into the city’s long and rich history. For the classics, visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the White Tower or the Roman Agora of Thessaloniki. For a look into the city’s art scene, visit the Municipal Art Gallery located in the preserved, Casa Bianca or MOMus - Thessaloniki Museum of Photography.
Mother's Day Muse: Louisa Chalatashvili
To celebrate Mother's Day, we interviewed our long-time muse; Louisa Chalatashvili about motherhood, the most kid-friendly spots in Tbilisi, her most inspiring travels and her passion for photography. It’s no secret that Louisa is one of our favourite photographers and more than that; a real muse, a mother and our ambassador for Tbilisi. Formerly lawyer by profession, Louisa turned her passion, photography into her full-time job. What we find amazing in Louisa’s photography and her aesthetic approach is that the energy and vibe of the new-wave Georgia shines through. The way she plays with subtle tones, harmony and magical lights is impeccable. She’s showing the new face of Georgia and Tbilisi; hip hotspots, its breathtaking nature and the striving creative scene. On a personal note, Georgia is a country where you can experience the sea, mountains, and culture in one trip but also the kindest of people and a real gastronomic treat. Speaking of gastronomy, Louisa and her husband are running a super cool restaurant called Cafe Daphna that prides with homemade 100% organic Chacha and artisan Khinkali variations. Enjoy the virtual journey to Tbilisi with Louisa!
Life-Long Island Dreams with Vianca Soleil
Have you ever wondered what it is like to live on an untouched island; a place where you have your own secluded beach, palm trees in your garden and collecting seashells becomes your daily zen moment? We've asked Local's Lore muse and ambassador, Vianca Soleil about her life-long dream; calling Romblon her home. Vianca Soleil Roquero, the creative soul behind one of our favorite Instagram accounts, lives a true island life in Romblon, Philippines. We also talked about her current favorite project which is overseeing the construction of her home she designed, both in terms of architecture and interior. Yet it’s not only a home being built, but also a lifestyle. A lifestyle that is slow and humble filled with creativity and simple pleasures. A lifestyle worth living. PS the rumour has it that Vianca is soon turning her home into an authentic eco resort, so you may as well experience her lifestyle if you’re seeking for a true escape in the land of no crowds and no distractions but in the realm of untouched nature.
Mexico City's NR. 1. Destination for Design Lovers: Studio IMA
What does being driven mean to you? How would you describe someone passionate? We’d use two words; Bettina Kiehnle. Bettina is the superwoman behind the Mexico City based hybrid design & art space called Studio IMA. She dedicated herself to visiting millions of shops, showrooms, vintage markets, galleries, art and design fairs and museums; also buying magazines and books on design, architecture and art to study more on these topics in prior to launching IMA. “Where I went or traveled I looked for the best designer stores and visited and analyzed them, and that's how the IMA inspiration started.” After graduation she moved back to Mexico and rented an apartment to live, and in a few months this apartment also became IMA in August 2018. This is what IMA stands for “In My Apartment," because IMA is really in her apartment.
Antwerp Diaries with Ellen Wauters
For the Local's Lore community there is nothing new about our love towards the city of Antwerp, nor for design, secret hotspots and passionate like-minded superwomen, like Ellen Wauters. Let us introduce our latest local love-concept; Jackie Bohème and the visionary woman behind it. Jackie Bohème was founded by Ellen Wauters and tells her unique real estate story. She combines her intuitive and mindful power into real estate concepts that feel good and awake positive energy. You can engage in Jackie’s aesthetic adventure by booking a getaway in L’appartement Jackie, or by welcoming your guests for an event or stylish gathering in Maison Jackie. Both locations were curated by Jackie and her circle of designers who got to work their magic on the spaces. Want to add a little bit of Jackie to your everyday rituals? Then take a look at our Atelier Jackie webshop, a refined selection of items that embody the Jackie Bohème lifestyle. For your home, your wardrobe or on the go. Even if the "on the go" has to wait.
Musings: Interview with Monica Steffensen
We're really excited to present you our interview with Monica Steffensen, Copenhagen-based photographer, writer and storyteller - happened to be our muse as well. Having travelled extensively as former full-time travel writer, and previously residing in both Paris and London, Monica is used to composing and bringing together written and visual content from near and far. Capturing spaces, moods and people, Monica is specialized in composing and bringing together written and visual content. Well, we are passionate about her work and excited to try and test her Copenhagen guide once the lockdown is over. Happy daydreaming and we encourage you to embrace the Danish hygge while staying at home.
Interview with Photographer muse: Eslee
One of our New Year’s resolution was that we’ll share more of what we love. Since Esther’s (Eslee) clean and subtle visual world is one of them, we jumped on the opportunity to make a quick interview with her. We’re especially curious about how traveling influenced and still influences her approach to photography. Esther is an editorial and lifestyle photographer based between Seattle and Los Angeles - in two very different cities that affects her practice differently. She started photography because of her first trip to Africa; her trip to Kenya made her fall in love with photography. “After I got back I looked through the photos and realized how important it was to capture memories on something tangible instead of reliving it only through memory. Just being able to capture the culture and the people and then having the ability to really look back in detail was something I knew I wanted to keep doing in the future.” Our number one favourite project is the recent cinematic series shot in Korea. Enjoy the ride!
Christmas Giveaway: Valletta Vintage
"Valletta Vintage is a collection of vintage and contemporary finds — properties & contents — which we curate with my husband, to offer an alternative to mainstream holiday accommodation. The collection grew from one small apartment to five, and soon to be ten apartments, each housed in buildings older than a hundred years and spread around the city of Valletta and its harbour." Read our interview with Hanna - our lovely Valletta ambassador who's also the superwoman behind Malta's number one design-hospitality concept; Valletta Vintage. Scroll down for a joint Christmas surprise and follow the @localslore Instagram page for updates! Happy Holidays and a well-travelled New Year!
Interview: Atelier Sukha
"The way we work is simple. We slow down in a fast-paced world and see the beauty in small things, we laugh with our hearts and make time for joy in our lives. With every item of clothing, a piece of furniture, poem and drawing, we try to bring beauty and joy to life." Thanks to the two founders, Irene Mertens and Sam IJsbrandy you can slow down in busy Amsterdam too; in the midst of carefully-crafted designer items in a beautiful paradise called, Atelier Sukha. Sukha means ‘joy of life’ in Sanskrit. It is a store and studio, where beautiful things are conceived, developed and created by a team of designers, makers, illustrators and in house poets. Read the interview with Sukha’s founders and the inspiring journey of staring Sukha Atelier, their own brand and find out about their connection to Nepal.
What would life taste like without Salt? - Interview: Salt Budapest
You can open the menu to see what's coming, or leave the seal untouched and let the Salt Team surprise you. Whichever option you’re opting for, you definitely won’t be left untouched by the unworldly match of flavours-service-atmosphere. Salt Budapest was created on the foundations of the traditional Hungarian cuisine where Chef Szilárd Tóth’s kitchen herbs and wild plants play an important role. Thanks to their honest approach, Salt has instantly become one of Budapest’s most coveted restaurants. The unique interior also contributes to the Salt experience; the Chef’s table stands in the middle of the restaurant so that guests could easily have a few words with the hosts. Also, the two hosts – the Chef and the restaurant manager, Máté Boldizsár – often serve the dishes themselves. Both the service and the atmosphere of Salt feels so intimate that you’ll not only be overwhelmed with the flavours, but the fact that a whole team is working on the fullest experience you’re about to have in the next three-and-a-half-hours. It’s emotional, surprising, interactive and heavenly - all at once. The experience was indeed one of our fullest and most special so far; incredible flavours, close-to-nature approach. exceptional staff, the feeling of togetherness and phenomenal juice (and wine) pairings. We’ve got so much that we feel the least is an article to give back and also to recommend Salt from the bottom of our hearts. Read on to get to know Szilárd’s and Máté’s vision, and then go and visit Salt.
Exploring Edinburgh with Juan
Despite all the rain and unpredictable weather Edinburg is surely a precious gem when it comes to travel destinations. The city itself is super compact and all the pretty areas are walkable from wherever you are, so you never need to set out much time for exploring. "I'm constantly trying to find new angles in this city — Edinburgh is becoming pretty popular, especially on Instagram so every time I’m out, wandering around its streets, I would say my aim is to try and find a different perspective on such a photo-saturated city." If you were wondering where to get cosy, Juan's got an awesome collection of top new-wave cafés, brunch hotspots and for sure something new to show for the Instagram community. Discover Edinburg with Juan's Local's Lore guide.
Interview with Martino di Napoli Rampolla: Numeroventi
Are you ready for an extraordinary getaway in Florence? Or are you happened to be an artist looking for a heartening artist residency program? We might have an option for both. Numeroventi aims to provide an inspiring shelter to artists and creative professionals looking for a mental and physical space to develop their projects. The contrast between the history of the building and its vibrant new occupancy is reflected in Florence itself; a city that is a living testament to the astonishing achievements of the Renaissance while also striving to be young, creative, and forward-looking. We've sat down with Martino, the visionary founder behind Numeroventi to discuss his vision and initial idea of Numeroventi. " I wanted to create a place that would aim to act as a retreat, as a place where creatives can rediscover the core of their profession. That would invite them to break out from routines and be inspired; by other people, by the space—actually, in many different ways. Of course, every individual comes here with different needs and expectations, but they all seek the possibility to recharge creatively." In search of a true recharge whether you're an artist and a traveller, Numeroventi shall be your number one destination.
Stay at Autor Rooms - Interview w/ Magdalena Ponagajbo
Autor Rooms has been on our bucket list ever since, and we've finally got the chance to sit down with Creative Director and Partner, Magdalena Ponagajbo to talk about the idea behind this uniquel design-slash-hospitality concept called Autor Rooms, in the heart of Warsaw. Autor Rooms is something more than accommodation. It is an elaborate concept built with help of people from different disciplines. The hotel proudly features Polish culture and art, their very own design and craftsmanship as well as Polish hospitality. "Many guests appreciate the city’s imperfection. It disrupts their usual sightseeing routine, forces to ask questions and to meet local people." - Wondering if it's true? Visit Warsaw and book your stay today or enter our GIVEAWAY and win a two-nights-stay with your loved one at Autor Rooms.
Around the Planet w/ PetersPlanet
It was one of those far-between days to find Péter Szűcs, our friend in Budapest, despite his globetrotter lifestyle to sit down for a coffee and talk about his recent travels from India through Belarus to the Maldives. Peter's history goes long back in traveling, so it's no surprise that he dedicated an online platform called PetersPlanet to sharing travel experiences; stories of real off-the-grid places, local people and exciting cultural insiders. Peter is the kind of traveler who doesn't mind taking the road less travelled, on the contrary, he seeks for those. Hence PetersPlanet is for those who appreciate both quality and adventure; travellers, who tend to hunt places beyond maps and aiming for one-off destinations with their minds wide open. PetersPlanet offers an insight through genuine experience; a real dip in different cultures in order to truly experience one culture at its deepest and to live the locals’ life. It’s not only the location, but the attitude of the people, the noise of the city, the smell of rural areas, the flavour of the meal that contributes to a whole experience. This are the kind of hotspots Peter has collected you on his Local's Lore maps.
Interview with Photographer Muse: Marietta Varga
Photographer muse, Marietta Varga's sensitivity in the use of colours and spatial awareness help to create the unique atmosphere of her visual world. Her pictures often have strong symbolism where the viewers can find themselves in a strange surreal dream. Mariettas's visual world evokes a dream-like nostalgia thanks to its cinematic quality, use of pastels and perfectly composed urban settings with a touch of human presence on many of her images. We've sat down with Marietta to discuss the process to her extinctive visual style, the future of traditional photography and her own muses. Read on and don't shy away from indulge yourself in Marietta's dreamy imagery.
Minimalist Musings: Wijdan Arendse-Hendricks
Wijdan is an avid seeker of beauty in day-day seemingly mundane things; coffee, shadowplay, clean white bedding, her husband’s smile, her clothing rail (overly styled to the tee but lived-in at the same time). "It’s been nearly a decade since I started exploring the world of the internet and its many online social platforms. During that time, I’ve been lucky enough to come in to my own and find my unique voice in the world of blogging. As someone who subscribes to a lifestyle that craves quality over quantity, my interests in fashion, skincare, travel, and interiors, are all documented from a perspective of quality." Wijdan's effortless approach to seeing and capturing moments, details whether it's a piece of cashmere clothing or a hip corner of a newly opened coffee in her hometown, Cape Town caught our eyes long time ago. Wondering where to go first in Cape Town? The Native Espresso Bar, both indulgent yet unassuming, has reaffirmed Cape Town’s appreciation for the coffee culture expanding in every food district across the Western Cape. Finally, we caught up with her for a quick interview, so guys, read on and follow along her minimalist journey!
The Lore of Washington D.C.: Austin Rutland
"When I moved to D.C., I was worried that I was going to constantly be surrounded by tourists. This is definitely true if I go to the National Mall or the other big tourist hotspots. But that is just a fraction of what D.C. has to offer. There are so many different neighborhoods in D.C., all with different cultures, communities, restaurants, etc. I love living in D.C. for its “all in one” structure as well. You can go downtown and get the urban vibe, go to more open and green spaces like one of the district’s many parks, or get a mixture of the two in the residential areas." - Meet Austin, our ambassador and your coolest guide in Washington D. C.. Austin is a 6 feet 6 inches guy of coffee addiction who will not only take you to the best coffee-slash- brunch spots, but will also show you around the residential area of the city as well share a few hints for the design-savy travelers. Read on to get to know him better and book your next trip to Washington D.C.!
Lore of Warsaw: Yanina Trapachka
From design shops to 'breakfast' at 3pm, Poland's capital is abuzz with creativity. "Warsaw growing with the global trends. A lot of cool new places opening there. Museums, theatres, restaurants, cafes, stores and more. From the other hand, people understand the goals of life in this city, and they fell in love with this city again and again. " Follow one of our first and dearest ambassadors', Yanina's guide for the finest of the Polish capital's coffee, gastro and art scene and step into her world when in Warsaw!
Around The World With Yamil
The countdown is almost here and we can't be more thankful for everyone who has used Local's Lore as inspiration or our MY MAPS function as a tool on your journeys. You may find almost 10K images under the #localslore hashtag, curated by our like-minded community of travellers from all over the world. Yamil, is one of them! His disctinct style of content creation and curation speaks of real passion for traveling, but also of the appreciation of two of his hometowns; A Illa de Arousa and Barcelona. "You can be walking down a regular street and suddenly find an art nouveau building with a facade that looks like a piece of art. It still happens to me daily and I think I will never get used to it!" - Read on for Yamil's thoughts on Barcelona, Local's Lore and traveling.