About Simone Aïda Baur

Awarding winning interior designer and blogger and founder of Global Inspirations Design offers interior design services for new builds and renovations, as well as interior design coaching and workshops.

Les Trois Rois Basel: steeped in history

Basel, the city on the Rhine river, where the countries Switzerland, France and Germany meet, is not only home to many pharmaceutical headquarters, but has also become known for its many cultural and architectural highlights. During «Baselworld» and «Art Basel» the city turns into an international mecca of watches and jewellery and art respectively. Basel has a long standing history as a trading city, which dates back to the Middle Ages and is reason for the many historic guild houses. The Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, referred to as «s’Dreikönig» by the locals, enjoys a prominent location right on the edge of […]

Penha Longa Resort: history, nature and luxury

At the end of my holidays in Portugal I had the pleasure of spending a couple of days at the fabulous Penha Longa Resort in Sintra. Penha Longa literally translates to ‘long rock’ and is associated with the large-scale rocks that were piled up by nature forming a natural hideaway on top of a hill. The resort, a destination in its own right, is run by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and sits on 545 acres of national park surrounded by natural and architectural beauty.

Upon arrival at Penha Longa I was offered a smile, a cold towel and […]

The Dolder Grand Spa: spa holiday without the jet lag

The city of Zurich is far more than a financial hub and there is plenty to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. A broad range of culture, entertainment and gastronomy are on offer as well as lots of activities in and around Lake Zurich. Only minutes from the city centre, by car or cog railway, you can even experience the ultimate spa holiday without the jet lag at «The Dolder Grand Spa».

«The Dolder Grand» with its iconic towers sits high above the city of Zurich and embodies luxury, exclusivity and relaxation since 1899. After an extensive […]

The highlights of Milan Design Week 2017

Another Milan Design Week has come and gone! With an average of 18’000 steps, 10’000 impressions and 100’000 people per day, I am delighted to share the highlights and my personal favourites of the one and only Milan Design Week 2017 with you.

The first «Salone del Mobile» took place in 1961, which is how it all started. In later years «Euroluce» (lighting), «Workplace» (office design),  «Salone del Bagno» (bathroom design), «Eurocucina» (kitchen design) and «Salone Satellite» (young designers and design students) were added. During this year’s 56th edition of «iSaloni», there was also «Euroluce» and «Workplace 3.0», […]

Declutter your home, declutter your mind

The word spring conjures up a variety of emotions – feelings of excitement, lightness, new beginnings and anticipation to name a few. Having lived in places with year-round sunshine, such as the Caribbean and Dubai, for more than 13 years, I now more than ever, experience the above feelings when spring is on our doorstep. I’d be lying if I told you I missed the seasons, because summer was and always will be my favourite season. However, there is indeed something special about spring and it is only after experiencing several months of winter that one can truly appreciate it. As […]

Talking about the home with Ina Dederer

As an advocate for «Wellbeing through Design» I recently launched my new blog series «Talking about the home», where I interview successful business owners about their relationship with their home. Many successful people are always on the go, some even have multiple homes in different countries. I wanted to know what home means to them and how it impacts their wellbeing and success.

In my first interview I presented a successful fashion and lifestyle blogger and in this post I’d like to introduce you to a talented artist and multi-entrepreneur Ina Dederer. Ina was born in Russia […]

Before and after interiors: bathroom renovation

As an interior designer I may be biased, but I truly believe that our homes have a great impact on our health and wellbeing. I like to refer to it as «Wellbeing through Design». The best way to demonstrate this, is with before and after images. In this post I would like to share a recent bathroom renovation I did and give you a glimpse behind the scenes.

The nearly 40 year old bathroom, an original from the late 70’s, was in dire need of a renovation. Not only was it outdated in terms of style […]

10 highlights of 3 years of blogging

One of the perks of being an international interior designer and blogging about design and lifestyle is that I get invited to some of the most fabulous design exhibitions, restaurants and hotels around the world. I love staying at these hotels, not only because I enjoy getting pampered, but mainly because I love to admire every little detail in terms of the interior design. In fact, I often draw from these ideas and impressions when developing a design concept for my clients.

On February 22nd, 2014 I wrote my first blog post about a fabulous […]

Talking about the home with FunkyForty

Have you ever wondered how successful people live and how important their home is to them? For those of you who have been reading my posts, follow me on Social Media or have attended one of my workshops, you will know that I often talk about wellbeing through design and how our home impacts our wellbeing and health. I strongly believe that our surroundings, whether it is our home or our office, also influence our success. «Talking about the home» is a new blog series I am launching, where I interview successful business owners about their views […]

Hotel Chetzeron: adventure and luxury at 2112 meters

As the old saying goes, the journey is the destination. The more challenging and the more unusual the journey, the more we appreciate the destination and the more it will stick in our memory. The Hotel Chetzeron sits high above the clouds in the region of Crans-Montana, Switzerland and certainly enjoys a very privileged position. Far away from the crowds, it is only accessible by the hotel’s own snowcat in winter, the hotel Jeep in summer or by cable cart, followed by downhill skiing or walking. It gives the word arrival an entirely new meaning!

Crans-Montana has […]