5 minutes with... Eleni Psyallaki of My Paradissi

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Eleni Psyllaki is an architect and interior designer and the blogger behind one of my favourite online destinations My Paradissi, in which she shares both her inspirations and aspirations for putting together a dream home.

After training and working as an architect in Athens and other parts of Greece for more than ten years, a few years ago Eleni made the move back to her home town of Heraklion in Crete where she now works as a freelance architect and interior designer from her home office.

Somehow the warm rays of the Cretan sun seem to shine through Eleni's posts - My Paradissi beautifully evokes the light, breezy carefree feel of laid back, Greek island living, and along with the genuine warmth of Eleni's writing and the gorgeous interiors she shares, it's perhaps this that I love most about her blog.

She also writes Grecian Paradise - a blog that's full of azure skies and seas, white washed hilltop villages dotted with bougainvillea and other gorgeous Greek island inspiration, and which will almost certainly leave you wanting to hop onto a plane and head off to find your own little taste of paradise!

Enjoy a taste of warmth and sunshine with this glimpse inside Eleni's home.

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Which 3 words best describe your own home?

Cosy, eclectic, casual.

Who or what inspires you?

Nature, successful people, things made with love and passion.

Where's your favourite place to be?

The village where I originate from, in southern Crete.

What's your most treasured object or piece of furniture in your own home?

My sturdy wooden coffee table. Although a bit big for my living room, it is so practical with all that large surface to take advantage of!

How do you define style?

Personal needs and ideals expressed through real life projects.

Which words of wisdom do you try to live by?

Oh, there are so many. Currently I stick to "Move and the way will open" and the one by Thomas Jefferson, "I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have".

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Images courtesy of My Paradissi.