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 hotel on the Riviera Maya in Mexico. I started blogging based on a hunch. I just felt like it was something I should do. As I was typing away, I also re-discovered my passion for writing (I used to write lots of short stories when I was a kid), so I decided to pursue it further.

Photography: courtesy of Andaz

Restaurant at Andaz London Liverpool Street

Never did I imagine though that one day I’d get invited to some of the most amazing hotels and design shows in order to write about them. I initially launched my blog to share my thoughts, ideas and inspirations about interior design and of course to draw traffic to my website for my interior design business. Whilst my blog still serves as a platform to express myself and as a marketing tool, it has also become a small business in its own right. So today, as I celebrate 3 years of blogging, I would like to share 10 highlights of my 3 years of blogging with you!

I love blogging, because I get to…

1) …take a bath in a UNESCO World heritage bathing facility

Therme Vals, Switzerland

2) …explore Le Corbusier’s last architectural contribution to the world

3) …experience a design overdose in Milan

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Milan Design Week 2015

4) …experience 25 hours in Zurich 

5) …live like a millionaire for a weekend

Deluxe Room (52 m2)

Deluxe Room at The Chedi Andermatt

6) …define the word ‘eclectic’ in one of London’s newest design hotels

7) …attend a blogger award’s ceremony in London

8) … collect a design award in the British Virgin Islands

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9) …dine like a member of a guild in Basel

10) … admire the sunrise from my bed at 1221 m

 

What I have learned in 3 years of blogging and entrepreneurship is that we have to celebrate our successes along the way. There also have and surely will be lots of challenges, setbacks and disappointments, but it is the successes that kept me going, motivate me to keep going and make it all worthwhile…

I wish those of you on a similar journey all the best and remember: «Always keep a bottle of champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of champagne in the fridge.» 😉

Happy celebrations!

Simone xx

 

Posted by Simone Aïda Baur: I’m a multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-passionate award winning international interior designer, award winning blogger and ex-hotelier. I have turned my life upside down more than once. Feel free to learn more about my story and connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

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