• Kraków cafes guide | totallybydesign.com
    Interiors,  Travel

    Wanderlust: cafes in Kraków

    2016 has brought me to places that I dreamed of since childhood, like English country (albeit no heather covered hills – yet), places I should have visited long time ago, like Rome, and (twice!) place that can pull strings I did not know existed. After all those years…It is all in one home away from home, and an adventure, and a mystery of medieval cellars, inner city courtyards, and yes, you guessed it: cafes. Here is my pick of those that speak to me most. Happy travels in 2017, everyone! Charlotte – plac Szczepański 2 Nowa Prowincja – Bracka 3-5 Camelot – Świętego Tomasza 17 Bunkier Cafe- pl. Szczepański 3a Singer – Estery 20…

  • Christmas sugar cookies | totallybydesign.com
    Food,  Table Styling

    Christmas sugar cookies from family archives

    As much as anything “sugar” seems to be falling out of favor these days, and mostly for a good reason, I cannot let go into oblivion handful of my most cherished recipes. This particular one comes from my Grandmother Felicja. Simple sugar cookies, perfect combination of crunchy on the outside and flaky on the inside. It downed on me looking at the ingredient list how simple and accessible they where. Everything came from the farm: the eggs, butter, sour cream, even flour those days. The only thing she would have to get was vinegar and sugar, really just staples from the small village kiosk. This is the simplicity I am…

  • Fragrant sachet | totallybydesign.com

    Handmade gift – fragrant sachet with basil

    The season is upon us. I have been reading and admiring some wonderful gift guides on the blogs (and making note of any ceramics for myself), but really yearning for a different type of gift giving experience. Something small, something handmade, something with a story…I tend to walk around the city these days looking for color palette or a mood that will spark the inspiration and connect the dots on an idea. Just loving this copper, silver and white spotted at the NYC Flower District last week. The fragrant sachet is hardly a novel idea, but this particular one has a story. This summer, I was growing for the first…