Not long ago, I was looking to the internet for some design inspiration and I stumbled across this amazing blog.. It was beautiful; rich in culture, interior design, architecture, fashion and art, all from Helsinki, Finland. I found exactly what I needed. It was Charlie’s Design Diary that inspired me to start a blog of my own, and I am forever grateful for the gift she has given me..
Since then, I have wondered, who is Charlie and why has she devoted her life to my reading enjoyment? I had the opportunity to get to know her. As I suspected, she is absolutely wonderful and continues to be a source of strength and inspiration.
How did a NYC girl end up in Helsinki Finland?
In 1994, I was living in Seattle and working for a Finnish company. Early that year I was offered a position in Helsinki, it was just too good to turn down in May of 1994 I made Finland my home.
What inspired you to create Charlie’s Design Diary?
I have always been a bit obsessed with design so finding a niche was not difficult. Claudia from The Paris Apartment and Felicity from the late All Things Bright and Beautiful were a great source of inspiration. I started corresponding with them early 2008, and was surprised to learn that they did not know of any Finnish design blogs written in English. With their encouragement I launched Charlie’s Design Diary.
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How do you define happiness?
Isn't it everyones dream to own a house in the country and a condo in the city? Why do we even have to choose? Condo Living is a lifestyle that is easy to get accustomed to, especially if you have the right space. This space is designed by Toronto's Brian Gluckstein in his signature style, upscale, sophisticated and modern. City life is hectic, there is barely enough time to sleep or eat, let alone fuss about a house. Walking into this place instantly calms the senses. It's clean and composed, the contrast of dark wood and creamy walls is dramatic but inviting. And the wonderful cognac colour used in the chairs, console, rug and artistic glass add warmth. Entertaing? No problem. Granted this space is 3 times the size of most city condos, it s still equipped to entertain a fairly large crowd. An open layout, plenty of chairs to lounge on, a full service bar and of course a generous dining table. This place is like an upscale hotel that seduces you into never leaving.
All photos taken by Ted Yarwood, Photographer
Find more information about Brian Gluckstein, here.