Monday, January 12, 2015

Hopes + Plans For 2015


Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste. (Emily Brontë)

The holiday season is officially over and I am slowly returning to a more regular blogging schedule. But the last days have been gloomy and dismal and it was painful to see 2015 commencing with such sadness and insanity. I was aggrieved by the latest terror attacks in Paris, a city I call my second home for quite a few years now. But then yesterday I could see the sun rise again: millions of people stood up in France and expressed their voice against terror and racism. And then again I could feel the happiness returning to my heart. Slowly but surely.

I've had enough time to think about this new year that has dawned upon us. It is still a young year and yet we've seen so much craziness that has made me feel adrift in the unpredictable waters of this planet we call home. To be honest, it reminded me how small we are and how fragile our world can be. But it has also reminded me how much power and goodness lies in all of us and that we can unite for the good cause.

In 2015 more than ever before I want to contribute to share more happiness for we all deserve a happy place to live and thrive. Even though writing this blog is anything but significant for the happiness out there, it is my mission to bring happiness into the world through my everyday being - here on the blog and in my offline life as well.

For the blog 2015 will be a year of change. I've been working hard with a small and fine team of creatives over the past months to bring Happy Interior Blog to a new level. I feel like after more than 3 years this blog has grown and matured, a little bit like myself, my sense of style, my appreciation for design and also my expectations from myself. This natural process of growing older needs to be visualized as well and very soon I will be launching a new Happy Interior Blog, that will be a platform for interiors, travels and plants. A platform with a mission: to share happiness through visual beauty. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or wishes for Happy Interior Blog in 2015 in the comments, I am happy for any new idea or impetus.

With the new blog I will also elevate my standards - I want to share genuine, authentic content with better photography, better texts, with more value. I will not focus on quantity but quality. I want to inspire you to reinvent your homes, to travel and see the world, to love and cherish plants. I want to make you discover the happiness that lies all around us in our daily life. More than ever in this year 2015 that has started with so much negativity and terror. We all deserve a better and happier world. Let us all work on that. My humble digital contribution will be a better Happy Interior Blog.

Photography by Igor Josifovic

49 comments :

  1. What a beautifully written post! Like a ray of light through the clouds. Sadly the work of a few was able to cause such immense damage. But if there is one positive, it was also brought about the unity of millions. An amazing sight to see! I've been reading your blog since the beginning so I am really looking forward to your new launch and I wish you much success with it. I truly believe good design and nature uplifts us - so keep spreading happiness x

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Thanks for being part of this blog from the first minute - I appreciate this so much - and your true friendship! Here's to a great 2015!

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  2. Oh my goodness dear Igor-yet again, your sublime writing just blows me away and what incredible sentiment too. You are the most amazing blogger and fabulous person-what incredible achievements you have made so far and I cannot wait to see your new plans, which will doubtless be fantastic. Very proud of what you've done, clever you. Big hug.

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    1. Oh thank you so much dear Caroline. Your comment makes me smile and makes me really happy!! Thank you for your ongoing support!

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  3. Beautiful ! Happiness, standard elevation, and quality. I'm also all ears open :)

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    1. Yes, yes and yes. Let's make it happen soon!

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  4. thumbs up!
    the world is in need of happiness - doesn't matter how big it is.
    nous sommes charlie.
    frau s.

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  5. The events in Paris shocked me deeply and my natural response is to retreat into the safety of my own little world. I can't help it because otherwise I think too much about the madness going on in our world and how powerless I feel about it all. My blog is part of my little world and I can completely see and understand your motivation to spread positivity through your blog. I think it is an important contribution because every little step taken by every individual person (no matter how insignificant it might seem at the time) will hopefully contribute to a happier world.

    As for quantity over quality, well, you know I'm all for that ;-)

    xo

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    1. Sorry, I meant quality over quantity of course!!! :-/ xo

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    2. I can absolutely relate to your immediate reaction, Carole. I feel quite often the same and then I get furious about it all and I refuse to be confined in fear for the maniac deeds of crazy fanatics. Here's to more happiness despite their efforts for a darker world!

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  6. So looking forward to seeing your new blog design my friend! You have created such a nice palette on Instragram. I am sure the new design will be totally you!
    Speak to you soon,
    Elodie

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    1. Thank you very much, Elodie!! I hope you will like the new look of Happy Interior Blog!

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  7. wonderfully said, igor!

    i can't wait to see what you're coming up with!

    XO!
    nic

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    1. Thank you Nic! I hope to be launching very soon!!!

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  8. I have been following you on Instagram for quite some time now and have enjoyed your uplifting photos of vignettes, plants and cafes from your travels. I am looking forward to the new blog as I am sure it will a huge success. All the best to you in 2015! Orsi

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    1. Thank you Orsi!! This is really encouraging!

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  9. Couldn't agree more. Without a sense of "home", a space is just a space. Good luck!

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  10. I share your thoughts in the beginning of this year. These events in Paris were unimaginable. Then seeing all these people and the leaders filling the streets of the city gave me hope again; when watching the news footage the world was suddenly just as it should be. (I wish that feeling would last forever.)

    I like what you have in mind for your new blog - I'm looking forward to seeing it!

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    1. Thank you my friend! I hope these terrible events will bring the good to the forefront and we will shape a better future for the sake of all of us!!

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  11. The world is a better place with you in it Igor, Wishing you continued happiness and success in 2015.

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    1. That is such a sweet comment! Thank you so much!

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  12. A sad & shocking start to the year indeed, my heart gieves. But such hope & positivity in the united voices that follow in tidal waves. Hooray for your attitude & plans. Bringing positivity, inspiration & creativity through your passion & joy is no trivial thing - it's marvellous. Here's to happy, dear Igor x

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    1. Thank you Sarah-Lou! Here's to a better, peaceful and more successful 2015!

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  13. Hello there! You have a lot of nice plans.

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  14. Totally agree with the sentiments of your post Igor, I wish you a happy and successful 2015. xxx

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  15. Igor, great sentiment articulated beautifully. It reflected my and many others feelings at the faltering start to 2015, we must hope for peace, happiness, tolerance and kindness. And better original blog content! This is my plan for 2015, more of my own photographs and maybe more of me, if I'm brave enough...thanks for the inspiration, all the very best for 2015, Alison

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    1. Thank you Alison! I am happy if I can inspire a little bit and hope to we all can make a good leap forward in 2015!

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  16. Hey Igor, so lovely to read this post. I've been thinking about you a lot watching the horrors in Paris unfold and how it has affected you lately. Very uncertain times, but look at the power of people coming together. 2015 can only become stronger now.
    I had wondered when your blog was going to get an update, I've been a reader for so long (and now a friend) and always admire your impeccable sense of style -congratulations on the update and your decision to take up slow blogging...I assume? Looking forward to seeing it all unfold, and here's to a happy 2015. xx

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    1. Thank you Tiff, I do believe in a better 2015. It's up to us! Let's work on it!

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  17. Great post and I'm looking forward to the new look (not that there was anything wrong with the old one!!) ! I especially enjoy your photos.. I would love to get more insight on how you take them and any tips you'd like to share for taking great interior pictures :) All the best, Pia

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    1. Great point Pia! I will note it for a future blog post!

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  18. Hello Mr Happy. Been thinking about you and P a lot over the past few days. You know I'm Jewish so I've had many conversations with my jewish friends in France, who all had predicted this 2-3 years ago. It's all too horrific and scary.

    So, yes, we can all in our little way do something and spread happiness. Me, I would send a truck load of What's Bugging You? maps to all these fanatics out there. That should sort them:-))

    Happy New Year and I'm really looking forward to your new site.

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    1. Oh what a terrific idea, Tina!! I do ask myself what's bugging them!! Thank you for your supportive comment & hope all your Jewish friends in France are safe & well!! Hugs!

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  19. Oh Igor... You make me happy. But you already knew that. Didn't you?
    I'm super excited about your brand new and shiny HIB.
    The other day I was thinking to myself and wondered if it's something that you are working on. For some reason I felt like you are hiding something under your belt! And you sure did.
    BTW, can I have a sneak peek?!
    Sending your way the sunniest hug for a bright and happy 2015.
    E

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    1. Thank you chavera:-) I will share a sneak peek with you once I've fixed a few little beauty bugs - I hope you'll like it!!

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  20. YES to all of the above and so wonderfully written down. Really! I know more people feel like this: let 2015 be the year we make this world a happier place. I've also been working on a new blog with similar values myself, which will be launching soon.
    Sending you all the positive vibes, I can't wait to see how the new Happy Interior Blog turns out. Will be happily reading along, as always :) x

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    1. Thank you Yvonne! Can't wait to share it & I'll keep an eye on your new blog too!

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  21. I would say just keep doing what you are doing! A refresh & update of your blog sounds good - exciting times ��

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    1. Btw those 2 question marks were a smiley face :-)

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    2. Thanks mister! Always appreciate your feedback:-)

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  22. Happy New Year Igor :) Yes, more happiness is definitely needed these days.
    So happy for you and can't wait to see the new look of your blog! :) I'm sure it will be awesome x

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  23. I can't wait to see what you are coming up with but I know it will be just wonderful, no doubt about that. Meanwhile I am just looking forward to a more personal tête-à-tête in a few days. xx

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    1. I loved our tête-a-tête - merci my dear!

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  24. Dear Mr.Happy, so touching your sweet lines, yes, we have all the power to make our planet a better place and to give a little happiness out. I´m very exciting about all what will come out from you and your lovley blog and be sure it will be more than wonderful. You are such a very smart and emotional person and so your new blog will it be too. My thoughts are with you, your betterhalf and all your friends there in Paris. And for all people there out: "Hope is the only thing stronger than fear."...take care, a big hug and so much more...hopefully see you soon...cheers...i...

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    1. Thank you my friend! And a wonderful quote at the end - let the hope guide our way! Hugs to you!

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  25. We can never have too much happiness, I wish you much success and can't wait to see what your blog brings in 2015.

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