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.

Palapa Grill & Lounge: new hot spot in Saint Martin

Everyone likes a good story. When I visited the recently reopened Palapa Grill & Lounge, I soon realised that even though there’s lots to discover in terms of design, there is much more to the place than what meets the eye. The owner, Barbara, had a story for almost every single piece of furniture and it made discovering her restaurant a true adventure.

As you enter through the lounge, you are met with an explosion of colours, patterns and styles. Some quirky decorative items, gilded mirrors and artwork complete the eclectic look of the Palapa Lounge. […]

Le Sereno Saint Barths: barefoot luxury

Saint Barthélemy or short Saint Barts lies in the French West Indies and is one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world. A tropical playground for the rich and famous. This being my first visit to Saint Barths, I had no idea what to expect. Arriving by sea from Saint Martin, I quickly realised that this island is like no other. As the ferry slowly sailed into the port, we were surrounded by dozens of mega yachts. Arriving at the port, we were met with the picturesque little town Gustavia. It’s like a Caribbean […]

Hotel Arnica Scuol: minimalism with a view

Location is arguably the most important factor when it comes to real estate. So what do you do when you inherit an auto and transport company on the edge of a popular mountain resort overlooking a beautiful valley? Well, the new owners didn’t have to think twice. Running a small hotel had always been a dream of theirs and in 2001 they took the leap and opened the Hotel Arnica Scuol, a small 3-star hotel.

If you have been reading my blog posts about the hotels that I visit, you will have noticed that usually I […]

Maiensässhotel Guarda Val: pampered with authenticity

Spending time at the Maiensässhotel Guarda Val felt like stepping into a Swiss fairytale. When I was a little girl I had two favourite books; ‘The Jungle Book‘ and the ‘Schellen-Ursli‘ (A bell for Ursli). The latter is one of Switzerland’s most famous children books (after ‘Heidi’) and tells the story of a little boy in the Lower Engadine, his adventures with regards to the traditional annual event the ‘Chalandamarz‘ and the simple life in the Swiss Alps in general.

At the Maiensässhotelhotel Guarda Val, you will experience such simplicity, but combined with luxury. I’ts a truly […]

Huus Gstaad: multi-cultural melting pot in the Swiss Alps

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a beautiful design hotel in the region of Gstaad. Gstaad may be difficult to pronounce for many, yet it is one of the best known mountain resorts in Switzerland, especially amongst the elite. Like many people, I used to think that Gstaad is only for the rich and famous and somewhat on the snobby side. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to find a very sophisticated, yet relaxed atmosphere in the village of Gstaad, much like in the Huus Gstaad where I spent a couple of nights.

Thanks to my […]

Vitznauerhof: lots of smiles and a touch of magic

The scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne set the mood for the weekend ahead. Glorious sunshine, blue skies and glistening water against a stunning mountain range and picturesque villages got us equally excited as the Chinese tourists onboard. The Vitznauerhof, a building like from a fairytale, caught our sight from afar as we approached our destination.

Quaint, idyllic and charming would be the best way to describe the Vitznauerhof which sits on the shores of Lake Lucerne at the far end of the village Vitznau and with the Rigi as a backdrop. The beautiful gardens of the […]

Milan Design Week 2018 – colours, jungle fever and more

Colours, lots of colours and jungle were the dominant themes of this year’s Milan Design Week! For a design addict like me Milan Design Week is the most anticipated design event of the year and it never disappoints. However, this year’s buzz was almost intoxicating and as if high on adrenaline made me walk a whopping 57 km in 6 days!

Speaking of 57, this year was actually the 57th edition of the “Salone del Mobile”. The fair has continuously grown in size, importance and numbers and experienced a record breaking year this year with nearly […]

At home at The Capra Saas-Fee

As I walked into the Capra Saas-Fee I felt a strange sense of familiarity and was overcome by a feeling of relaxation, thanks to the soothing design and the warm welcome. The hotel manager greeted me, took my coat and led me to the lounge, where I was offered a welcome beverage of my choice. Much like in interior design, the devil’s in the details when it comes to (luxury) hospitality. With my background in the luxury hotel industry as my first career, I have come to appreciate the difference between plain luxury and genuine luxury. I found […]

Home Detox: more than a spring-clean

“Spring is in the air” – or at least it was when I started writing this post… With the official change of season in March, people living in the Northern Hemisphere are eagerly awaiting spring. Personally, I’ve been ready for spring since the day after Christmas, but that’s another story. There’s something truly special about spring, a feeling I have only come to appreciate since I returned to Switzerland after living in sunnier and warmer parts of the world for many years. The word in itself conjures up a rush of excitement and a sense of anticipation, […]

Mood board: the right style for your home

As an interior designer and particularly because I offer Interior Design Coaching sessions, I get to see dozens of homes – apartments and houses – every year! My clients contact me because they either don’t know where to begin or they get stuck along the way when designing their home. As different as these people and their homes may be, they have one thing in common: they lack a concept!

Recently I was approached by the real estate firm Remax Switzerland and was asked to share my knowledge of interior design on their brand new […]

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