• 12/13

    In 2011, Nicolas Schuybroek founded his architectural practice in Brussels, Belgium, driven by a mission to create spaces with precision, craftsmanship, and warmth. His style, often labeled monastic and minimalistic, reveals a artful elegance.

    Schuybroek's meticulous approach sets him apart, earning him multiple listings on the AD100 and features in international publications. From the shores of the Cote d’Azur to the energy of Mexico City, his work seamlessly blends context with a deep understanding of individual needs.

    Beyond architecture, Schuybroek designs objects showcased at prestigious events like the Milan Furniture Fair and Salone del Mobile. Currently engaged in large-scale projects globally, his multicultural background enriches his work with a broad, international perspective.

    Nicolas Schuybroek, is not just an architect but a visionary rewriting the rules of architectural elegance.
  • 11/12

    For those who may not know me on a deeper level, it could come as a surprise that I don't quite fit the typical Type "A" personality mold that many might assume. In reality, I see myself as more of a Type B personality with some unique organizational tendencies. However, the art of organization has become the cornerstone of my success, and I've come to rely on it in every aspect of my life.

    Over the years, I've explored various methods of personal organization, from physical agendas, notebooks, and journals to digital applications and computer notepads but it was a fortunate discovery of Notion, an online organizational tool, that marked a significant turning point in how I approach life.

    For those unfamiliar with it, Notion is an incredibly customizable tool that can be tailored to your specific needs. From the moment I started using it, I was hooked. Initially, I used Notion to bring a long-conceived business concept to life. I created a project within it to seamlessly compile lists, track tasks, take notes, preserve sources of inspiration, and even upload images, all in a meticulously structured manner. I adhered to my plans and diligently worked through my tasks for a whole month. Encouraged by this success, I expanded my use of Notion to organize my work and clients, and eventually I decided to commit to organizing every aspect of my life in December.

    When I say "every aspect," I truly mean it. I migrated all my projects from other applications to Notion and created new systems within it. I designed a "Habit Tracker" to monitor my top five habits, systems for tracking my progress in reading the Bible (almost completing it in a year), cataloged my capsule wardrobe, maintained a checklist for wardrobe updates, tracked my finances, monitored the shelf life of skincare products, managed work rotations, and even kept a personal journal – all within Notion.

    So, when I say "everything," I sincerely mean everything. This comprehensive approach to organization has made it much easier for me to stay on top of my goals throughout the year. Last year, I spent just three days creating a "Personal Development" PDF that delved into self-assessment across various aspects of my life, including finances, spirituality, career, and personal connections. This helped me establish a Notion-based system divided into trimesters, each with a set of tasks to be accomplished within three months.

    My goal was to create actionable, realistic goals for each trimester, without overwhelming pressure. Instead of fixating on specific deadlines, I agreed with myself that unfinished goals from one trimester could be carried over to the next. These goals ranged from simple ones like "drink more water" to more substantial ones, such as getting out of financial debt, completing crucial online courses, renewing my passport for future travel, launching a business from scratch, and starting the process of obtaining Brazilian citizenship.

    At the beginning of each trimester, I revisited my lists and took small steps toward achieving them. I made calls, enrolled in courses, attended appointments, shopped for my capsule wardrobe, interacted with government authorities, set up a business account and more. Gradually, I made progress without feeling overwhelmed. After nearly a year of dedicated effort, I'm proud to say I've successfully completed 42 out of the 60 goals I set for the year. As for the remaining 18, I've already taken steps to ensure their completion before 2024.

    Some might view this level of organization as excessive, but for someone like me dealing with mental health challenges, it's been a lifeline. It has allowed me to thrive, even in the most challenging situations. For instance, in one trimester, I accomplished a remarkable 22 goals, but in the next I only achieved three major objectives due to my deep involvement in launching a new business, which required most of my energy and financial resources. Nevertheless, I approached the following trimester with the same hope and optimism.

    Notion has remained my steadfast companion in organizing my life and maintaining a balanced pace of progress. It has streamlined client onboarding, supported my pursuit of long-term goals, facilitated systematic learning, and brought positive changes to my life and relationships.

    In the coming month, I plan to share some of my Notion templates for free. However, the true beauty of Notion lies in its adaptability. You have the freedom to customize it to meet your unique needs and make 2024 a year of profound self-improvement. If you haven't explored Notion yet, I wholeheartedly encourage you to do so by following this link.
  • 11/09

    In a world that whirls faster with each passing day, the allure of timeless minimalism in interior design and architecture stands as a testament to the enduring beauty of simplicity. This design philosophy transcends fleeting trends, capturing elegance through clean lines, thoughtful spaces, and a harmonious interplay of form and function.

    Here, quality triumphs over quantity. Every piece, whether furniture or decor, is chosen with precision and care. This emphasis on craftsmanship ensures that each element in the space adds value, both aesthetically and functionally. It's a philosophy that embraces the longevity of design, resisting the disposable nature of fast-paced trends.

    Minimalist spaces often ingeniously harness natural light. Expansive windows and strategically placed openings seamlessly blend the interior with the exterior, erasing the boundaries between inside and out. The interplay of light and shadow becomes a dynamic element, casting a poetic ambiance that evolves throughout the day.

    While minimalism may initially convey a sense of austerity, at its core lies a deep understanding of the human experience. Thoughtful design takes into consideration the needs and comfort of the inhabitants. The minimalist space becomes a canvas for personal expression, inviting individuals to infuse it with their unique stories and experiences.

    Much like the work of architect Oliver Du Puy, timeless minimalism in interior design and architecture serves as an enduring ode to the beauty of simplicity. It extends an invitation to live deliberately, surrounded by elements that bring joy, purpose, and a sense of calm. In a world saturated with constant noise, the elegance of minimalism offers a respite—a timeless sanctuary where less truly becomes more.
  • 11/06

    In a world that's constantly evolving and changing, there's something deeply appealing about timeless, enduring elegance. INO Jewelry has embraced this concept and emerged as a beacon of sustainability and quality in the jewelry industry. Crafted with precision and passion, their modern, unisex jewelry pieces made from recycled precious metals transcend trends and make a statement about identity and legacy.

    INO Jewelry's commitment to crafting timeless jewelry starts with their choice of materials. Every single piece is handcrafted from 925 sterling silver or 14k solid gold, ensuring that they not only withstand the test of time but also retain their original luster and shine. This dedication to quality means that when you invest in an INO piece, you're investing in a lifetime of elegance.

    Sustainability is at the heart of INO's mission. They take a proactive approach to minimizing their environmental impact by using recycled precious metals in their creations. By doing so, they not only reduce the demand for new mining but also give discarded materials a new lease on life.

    INO's commitment to sustainability goes beyond their materials; it extends throughout their supply chain and even their packaging. From responsible sourcing to ethical labor practices, they prioritize every aspect of their production process to ensure that their jewelry reflects the highest standards of sustainability.

    At INO, jewelry is not just an accessory; it's an extension of one's identity and a legacy to be passed down through generations. While the fashion industry often celebrates fleeting trends, INO challenges the notion that beauty should have an expiration date. Their pieces are designed to tell a story, to be cherished today and treasured forever.

    When you invest in INO jewelry, you become part of a movement towards sustainability and quality in the industry. By choosing pieces made from recycled materials, you contribute to reducing the environmental footprint of the jewelry industry. This choice is not just about style but about making a statement for the future of our planet.

    INO Jewelry stands as a testament to the idea that in a world filled with fleeting trends, there is still a place for enduring elegance. Their commitment to quality, sustainability, and timelessness is an inspiration to us all. By choosing INO, you not only adorn yourself with exquisite jewelry but also become a part of a broader movement towards a more sustainable and responsible future for the industry. So, next time you seek a timeless piece to make your statement, remember INO Jewelry – where quality, elegance, and sustainability intertwine to create lasting legacies.
  • 11/03

    It's been just 11 months since I launched my guide, Curated, and the journey has been nothing short of remarkable. In this relatively short span of time, I've witnessed countless individuals who invested in my guide embark on their own journeys towards success, discovering Pinterest's incredible potential for generating passive income. But the story doesn't end there; I, too, have experienced a substantial leap from where I was 11 months ago to where I stand today. By adopting a low-effort approach and gradually building up my income streams, I've also strengthened my relationships with companies and brands that now seek my services, a far cry from my earlier days when I had to reach out to them.

    It's mind-boggling to think that millions of people use Pinterest daily, yet only a small fraction fully grasp the gold mine they're sitting on. Pinterest is a platform that offers opportunities for everyone to benefit, regardless of their following, niche, or willingness to put themselves out there. So, if there's one takeaway from this post, it's that no matter your current circumstances, you too can harness the power of Pinterest to create a steady stream of passive income. Those who started before you have already blazed a trail, and now, it's your turn to reap the rewards for your efforts.

    Unlocking Pinterest's Passive Income Potential
    Pinterest has always been known for its visual inspiration and ideas. It's a platform where users collect and share images, and for many, it's a go-to source for discovering new recipes, DIY projects, travel inspiration, and much more. But beneath the surface lies an incredible opportunity for individuals to turn their time spent on the platform into a source of passive income.

    The Low-Effort Approach
    One of the most beautiful aspects of leveraging Pinterest for passive income is that it doesn't require you to be a social media superstar or spend hours creating content. Instead, Pinterest allows you to curate content from around the web and share it with your audience. This can be as simple as pinning images and articles related to your niche or interests. Over time, your collection of pins starts to gain traction, and as your pins get more engagement, you'll see a steady rise in your followers and views.

    Gradual Income Build-Up
    The process of building a passive income stream on Pinterest is gradual but incredibly rewarding. As your following and engagement grow, so does your potential to earn money. Companies and brands recognize the value of Pinterest as a marketing platform and are willing to collaborate with influencers and content creators to reach a wider audience. This presents an excellent opportunity for you to monetize your Pinterest presence. Sponsored pins, affiliate marketing, and partnerships are just a few ways to turn your Pinterest activity into a reliable source of income.

    Strengthening Relationships with Brands
    In addition to generating passive income, Pinterest can help you build strong relationships with companies and brands that are eager to tap into your influence. As your Pinterest profile gains traction, these brands may begin seeking you out for collaborations. They recognize that you have a dedicated following and an eye for curating content that resonates with your audience, making you a valuable asset in their marketing strategies.

    No matter your starting point, what's most exciting about Pinterest's potential for passive income is that it's accessible to everyone. Whether you have a small following or a vast one, you can make Pinterest work for you. Your niche, interests, and comfort level with self-exposure are all factors that you can tailor to your advantage.

    Pinterest is indeed a gold mine waiting to be explored. The stories of those who have ventured into the world of Pinterest for passive income are proof that with the right approach, anyone can benefit from this remarkable platform. So, if you've been underestimating the power of Pinterest, now is the time to tap into its full potential and begin your journey toward a more financially secure and rewarding future. Those who started before you have paved the way, and now it's your turn to start building your own success story on Pinterest.
  • 11/02

    In the ever-evolving realm of design, striking the perfect balance between tradition and innovation can be quite an endeavor. Nevertheless, New Works, a groundbreaking design company, has truly mastered the art of crafting pieces that eloquently bridge the gap between the past and the present, light and shadow, design and art. Their unique approach pays homage to the rich history of Scandinavian craftsmanship and materials while embracing contemporary shapes. I once had the pleasure of immersing myself in the captivating world of New Works, and what I discovered was a harmonious fusion of their collaborations with celebrated designers and artists, resulting in inspiring creations that celebrate both the sensual and the bold.

    New Works' philosophy is deeply rooted in the Scandinavian tradition of craftsmanship and a deep reverence for authentic, tactile materials. This profound connection to their heritage permeates every work they create. By honoring their roots, New Works rejuvenates classical design principles with a modern twist, striking a delicate balance between tradition and innovation, all while respecting their design lineage.

    One of the most enchanting aspects of New Works lies in their unwavering commitment to partnering with a diverse group of esteemed designers and artists from around the world. These individuals share New Works' passion for sculptural forms and the use of genuine materials. Together, they embark on creative journeys that give rise to designs that are not only visually arresting but also emotionally resonant.

    The collaboration between New Works and these talented artists and designers breathes life into a broad spectrum of pieces that challenge the norms of conventional design. By consistently pushing the boundaries of what's achievable, New Works continues to redefine the limits of creativity, crafting pieces that captivate the senses.
  • 11/01

    Everyone and their mother, yes, including me, seems to be embracing the spirit of Christmas, even though we've barely left October behind. I don't know why or how; perhaps that's a topic for researchers and psychologists. Maybe (more like definitely) there's an underlying reason behind our yearning for a more 'joyful' time, but I'm here for it.

    I've already indulged in a bit of Christmas shopping myself. After at least 8 years of getting a real tree in the tropics every year, I finally caved in and got myself a faux tree (which sounds better than 'fake,' for sure) for sustainability reasons. Also, well, it's 2023, you know?

    I've also spent hours swooning over glass baubles and dreaming of a country Christmas, just like in the pictures above, with a Dutch baby pancake baking in the oven, and more. The anticipation and excitement are real and hard to resist, so have a merry holiday time, everyone.

    photos: amber interiors
  • 10/30

    Atelier MKD by Maria Dru expertly refines spaces, showcasing the epitome of minimalism.

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