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A vintage house hostel

where you can relax and learn about the art of tee.

SITTING ROOM STYLE: Three chic schemes: classic, comfty & softly modern.

A HOUSE OF SPECIALITY TEE In our hostel, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon we serve a delightly cup of tee for everyone

Designers giving English style a fresh twist

ENDURING DESIGNS Discover the prints & patterns that never fall out of vogue.

LOGO TIPE - from idea to final concept -

First try

2nd try

the final result

Chosing the logo is always a problem. For this one, i tried to create a text font as smooth as possible, from curved lines to match the chosen concept. The concept itself revolves around everything that the English style means.

The classic bay window, the fullness of textures and pastel colors, elegance and refinement and not least, the tea. In England, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon it is customary to drink tea. I tried to take on this idea both in the layout and in the creation of the logo


For any magazine, the most important

component would be the content. So naturally, you would want it to be as simple and straightforward as possible, and not have to worry about visitors trying to decipher cryptic messages hidden behind poor color choices and messy fonts.

This is why font choice and the

overall consideration for typography are important. By choosing appropriate font faces, and assigning hierarchy where needed, you can greatly decrease confusion. Leaving visitors happy to stay and read your content.


The two most important qualities that your text should have

are a readable font, and high contrast. Many sites today choose a sans-serif font such as Arial, Verdana, or Helvetica as their base font because they are familiar and very easy to read on screens. They also come standard, so by choosing fonts such as these, you can be sure that the text will visually be the same on every screen.


is also very important. If your background is a dark color, such as black or deep blue or green, make sure to use a very light font color such as white, or a light version of another color that compliments the background. Neon colors or colors that are similar in saturation or brightness are generally not a good idea to use, since they can make the text difficult to read.

ENGLISH STYLE INTERIOR English style interior is a common name for various trends in design and architecture that developed in Great Britain from the Middle Ages to the present. British style is loved because its austere elegance, classic luxury, high quality materials, the presence of many decorative elements and the absence of too catcy accents. In its best form, it is an example of elegance and good taste. But, to recreate it in its entirety, it will take a significant investment.

COLOR PALETTE The color palette usually consists of three or four colors that make the room cozy and attractive. Colors can be both bright and muted. Modern English style in interior design is distinguished by a variety of romantic patterns and floral prints.


Interior of a kitchen in classic English style usually is designed in the following color schemes: antique white, light gray, light yellow, soft cream and other pastel shades. Details such as curtains, canopies, kitchen towels, pillows for sitting and tablecloths provide excellent opportunities for the distribution of bright color accents. The most important thing to think about when choosing a material for such kitchen is reliability. Mainly natural stone, wood and marble, furniture and kitchen set of which is decorated with expensive gilded fittings.

FURNITURE Classic English style in interiord design is represented by Victorian furniture. The predominant material is wood in a light or dark tone. It can be painted, screen and have an antique look. Tables, dressers and bookshelves are usually made of oak, redwood or pine. Used furniture can be painted and then lightly polished to give it an antique look.

TEXTILES The style intends an abundance of different fabrics. Soft sofas upholstered in plush or leather, cushions of corrugated fabric and lace window curtains look absolutely harmonious. Chintz with a floral or printed polka dot pattern and damask are the most popular materials. It is interesting that all of them can be combined in one room and large prints are usually combined with small ones.


The atmosphere in the bedroom will also be created by the presence of a variety of fabrics: curtains with drapes, bedspreads with embroidered small flowers, plaid plaids and several pillows of various sizes. The ideal option would be a gorgeous bed with a high beautiful carvings, made of natural wood.

Ground floor


t the ground floor, I tried to create a common space, as open as possible where the guests can meet for various common activities.A large livingroom, a kitchen+dinning, a small reception area right at the entrance, a common toilet, a small area for temporary storage of luggage and not at least, a room with it’s own bathroom adapted for people with disabilities.

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he attics retains its proportions largely, prividing two big rooms, both for two people. Each room has its own bathroom and a common balcony area. Places for luggage storage, large cabinets, a reading area just under the bay window. The house is located in Botosani, Hudum on the top of a hill behind which there are forests, to the right of the house there is a beautifully arranged leisure lake and few neighbors.


English interior has fullness of the wood and textile. Cozy carpets and luxurious curtains The floor is covered with the parquet and the ceiling with the molding. The color gamma can widely verify – from warm shades of yellow, red, and gold to cool blue, green, and gray

A neutral color palette punctuated by subdued greens, sunny yellows, faded pinks, and watery blues and grays draws inspiration from nature and underlines the bucolic atmosphere. From grain-sack pillows to ticking-stripe upholstery— as seen in Brooks’s printfilled living room—the look is classic country.

Furniture made of natural panels. They are lacquered or waxed instead of surface treatment.



You can get playful with furniture schemes within this interior style. A classic trope of the English country house look is its eccentric busyness. So, go wild! Pick a range of furniture in different styles.

Patterned fabrics are a must when it comes to furniture designs. If you’re feeling crafty, you could even upholster a modern armchair with vintage material — no one will ever know the difference!

Natural wood panels or tight wallpapers with the traditional strips or small flowwers are commonly used for the wall design in English living rooms

Only natural fabric are used for upholstery.

My Interview With A Tea Expert F

‘ The Tea

or as long as I can remember I have loved coffee…the smell, the warmth, and the feeling…it is definitely one of my comfort foods. However, over the past few years, I have become a bit of a wannabe-tea-drinker. I drink it a few times/ week, but mostly in the form of “Sleepytime” Chamomile – and not much else. I often thought….there must be more to tea than this?

degree in Accupuncture and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In her private practice in Annapolis, Lynayn has blended all her specialties into a business where she teaches tea as a daily meditation. She shows people how to use tea to lighten up the mind, body, and spirit. Check out her special discount for my blog readers at the end of this post.

Lucky for me, I recently had the pleasure of meeting Lynayn Mielke, an awesome and inspiring person, but also (as luck would have it) a certified tea expert. How cool is that? We spent the weekend together at a conference for wellness professionals and I learned just enough from her about tea that it left me craving more. The day after I got back, I called her for an interview.

I’m so excited to share her expertise with you. Lynayn is straight-forward, down to earth, and has a refreshing sensibility. So grab a cup of tea, relax, and get ready to learn a whole lot about tea, how it can improve your health, and get Lynayn’s unique perspective on how the “agony of the leaf ” relates to the ebb and flow of our lives.

Below is a transcript of our conversation. We talked for a full hour. About tea. And we probably could have talked for an hour more. Lynayn is a tea expert, certified from The Specialty Tea Association. Interestingly, she is also a practicing acupuncturist and an expert in meditation and mindfulness. You can find her brewing up a pot of tea or chatting about tea on Facebook. She’s also a holistic health coach, certified by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, with a master

I understand you are part of an elite group of tea experts around the world. What is a tea expert? I am a Certified Tea Specialist and have my certification through The Specialty Tea Institute of the U.S. which operates through the Tea Association. I have been studying tea since 2005. We study the science and chemistry of the leaf and its components, what makes up the leaf and the chemistry of it; we basically learn everything from production to growth and what

Lover’s Journal’ goes on in the leaf chemically to produce what’s in your cup. I have traveled to China, Japan, Taiwan and now Sri Lanka, all of which are major tea producing countries. I’ve visited the tea gardens and plucked tea myself. I have seen the entire processing and manufacturing of tea. For example, in Taiwan we made Tung Ting, which is an oolong tea, and we basically made that tea from start to finish. We worked 23 hours straight as the tea master trained us explaining what he did and we watched the whole process. And then we had our tea. Wow! So Tung Ting, is that a process or is that an actual type of tea? That’s an actual type Taiwanese oolong, Taiwanese and Formosan oolongs are sort of interchangeable. What you described, is that how all tea is made? You said “plucked.” Is that the word you use? Yes. It’s plucked as opposed to picked. All tea is plucked from a bush. Originally tea grew in large trees, so what we’ve done is we’ve made it an agricultural product, we’ve sort of shaped the trees down to bushes so they are more easily managed and people can walk through and pluck more readily. There are places in China, particularly in Yunnan, where there are original tea trees that are protected by

‘A hug in a mug’ the Chinese government. But it is true that tea actually grows in a tree, and it is a bush now because we made it a bush Is it like wine, where there are different regions and each region will have different types of tea? Absolutely! Tea likes a certain amount of sun during the day. It likes a certain amount of rain. Tea originated in China. It’s also in Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka; it’s also grown in Kenya…many other places too. What about Japan? When I think of tea I think of green tea, like Japanese tea. Yes! Absolutely. That’s what I was doing there in Japan, looking at the different ways green tea is made in China versus green tea made in Japan. Is there a region known for producing the best tea? Certain regions and countries are known for producing different types of teas. For example, Sri Lanka is known for black tea. than anything else, Taiwan is known for its oolongs, but they do produce black tea as well that is quite good. India is also well known for its black teas and particular regions, for example, Assam or Nilgiri are known for very specific types of black tea, although again they do produce green, as well as white tea, in India.

‘Served hot, or cold makes everyting better’ So it’s not that it’s any better or higher quality, it’s just a different taste? Well, no, you just have different types. Basically all tea comes from one plant, camella sinensis. And what makes it different is where it’s grown, how it’s grown, and how it’s processed afterwards. But the plant itself…there is camellia sinensis,-sinensis, and then there’s camellia sinensis-assamica. The camellia sinensis-assamica is found only in Assam. It’s in India and is a naturally larger leaf. My understanding is that when the British left China, which I believe involved the Opium Wars, they stole tea and went to India to cultivate it, and the camellia sinensis-assamica was discovered there. nteresting. So all tea comes from one plant? YES! Well, the camellia sinensis assamica leaf is a little bit different so that’s why there’s a distinction there. But basicall you can say all tea comes from camellia sinensis. And there are different varietals and different cultivars of the plant, especially now as tea has become such a great business and each country has it’s research and development people working to make their tea plants heartier, make better varietals and cultivars to give them the qualities and characteristics that they like, just what you would do with other plants.

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