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.

Interior Design Project: New York meets Nature

With my recently launched blog series ‘Interior Design Project’ I give you a glimpse behind the scenes and share some insights about the interior design process from concept to realisation. As I always say « Interior Design is the secret ingredient of feeling at home anywhere in the world. » Living in 7 countries and on 3 continents myself, this has been my personal experience. Now I use this experience to help my clients, who are mostly expats living in Switzerland, create a home that reflects who they are and also reveals a bit of their story, so they […]

Interior Design Project: Comfort meets Luxury

With my new blog series ‘Interior Design Project’ I would like to give you a glimpse behind the scenes of my full service interior design projects. Even though I typically work with busy expats living in Switzerland, each project is different, because each client is different in terms of their needs and preferences. It is crucial for me to take the time to get to know my clients and their lifestyle and find out what makes their eyes light up. This way I can ensure to create a space for them that not only reflects their personality […]

Making the best of staying home during Covid-19

The current health crisis is affecting each and every one of us on a global scale. Whether we live in a country with a full or a partial lockdown due to the Coronavirus, our daily life has drastically changed. The word home has taken on a whole other meaning. I think it is fair to say that collectively and individually we have been experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions. Unless you are a so-called essential worker (thank you!), you have probably been spending more time at home than ever before. What if your home does not inspire you, […]

The Hide Hotel Flims: design meets convenience

In the late 18thcentury the English poet William Cowper exclaimed: “Variety is the very spice of life” and I couldn’t agree more. This probably explains my multiple interests and passions, such as travel, discovery and interior design. Hence, visiting unique hotels in the Swiss Alps not only satisfies my aforementioned passions, but also my love for nature. So when I heard that a new hotel with bold design had opened its doors in Flims, I had to go and see it for myself.

The Hide Hotel Flims is an urban experience in an alpine setting. Conveniently […]

M Maison Particulière Porto: a labour of love

Discovering new places and spaces fills my soul with joy. Some places even make my heart skip a beat. Such was the case with Porto! Without any particular expectations, I couldn’t help but fall head over heels with the authentic charm of this historic city on the river Douro. It’s hard to say whether it was the city’s unique architectural style, the ‘chic meets patina’ feel, the friendliness of the people, the food or all of the above. On second thought, maybe the M Maison Particulière also had something to do with it… as it sure set […]

Beau-Rivage Genève: a princess’s tale

Once upon a time, there was a little boy who loved running through the maze of corridors at the Beau-Rivage Genève and play hide and seek with his sister. Those are some of Monsieur Jacques Mayer’s first memories of growing up in a Grand Hotel. He’s one of the fourth generation owners of this historic hotel, where royalty, heads of state and movie stars have rubbed shoulders for more than 150 years. As he was reminiscing about the past and sharing stories of his family legacy over a drink in the Atrium Bar, which is where I […]

Amara Interior Blog Awards: Will you vote for my blog?

More than five years ago I embarked on this journey of writing my own blog. What started out as a marketing tool, has now become a vital part of my business and more so, an integral part of me. There is something truly special about writing down your thoughts, insights, inspirations, ideas and dreams and then put them out there for anyone to see…

My blog has taken me on many an adventure and has allowed me to see and experience places and spaces I could otherwise only dream of. At the same time, I have also […]

Hotel de Rougemont & Spa: Switzerland’s best kept secret

Everyone has heard of Gstaad, but what about Rougemont? Almost as if hiding in the shadow of world renowned Gstaad, you will find the enchanting village of Rougemont. Authentic wooden chalets make up the village and lush Prealpine landscapes and the Videmanette, also known as ‘The Gstaad Dolomites’, create the backdrop. So, if you love the region of Gstaad, but not necessarily the hype that comes with it, then Rougemont is the place for you.

The Hotel de Rougemont & Spa is one of those hotels, where you literally feel the stress […]

Kempinski Hotel Bahia: life is a beach

First impressions count and the Kempinski Hotel Bahia, conveniently located between Marbella and Estepona, sure knows how to make one. As I entered the resort I felt like I was in for a grand experience. Whilst walking through the impressive lobby and past the boho-chic lobby bar ‘Black Rose’, that holiday feeling started to creep up… Once I stepped outside onto the terrace, overlooking the stunning landscaped gardens, pools and the Mediterranean Sea, I smiled and thought to myself: « Yep, I am on holidays. »

The generously sized property only consists of 145 rooms and suites. The […]

Barranco Grand Case: boho-chic oceanfront dining

As an interior designer and with my background in the international luxury hotel industry, I have developed numerous filters when it comes to choosing hotels and restaurants. In my opinion a restaurant needs to fulfill three main criteria: good food, good design and good service. That should be the starting point. Far and between you will find places that over deliver in one or more areas. Such was the case with the Barranco Grand Case in Saint Martin. It was the design that attracted me to this lovely oceanfront restaurant and the food that makes me want […]

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