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Cafe Coutume: Soft Minimalism at its Best

Functionality, quality and aesthetics. These are the main principles of Studio Joanna Laajisto's designs. Be it interiors, products or services, the agency's philosophy is to create beautiful, long-lasting and meaningful design that stem from sustainable values and the understanding of human behavior.

Cafe Coutume is the studio's latest project. A minimalist cafe located in Paris, France. High ceilings, warm walls and the introduction of simple-yet-timeless pieces of furniture makes this a soft-minimal haven. Laajisto's Airisto stools and benches, Saku Sysiö's Laakso dining chairs and a large gold rug draped across the wall show the studio’s mastery of mindfulness and minimalism principles.

The spirit and subtleness of Joanna and her team is strikingly clear across all of her projects.

Pink walls, anyone?

Ph. Studio Joanna Laajisto

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Perfect Sense: Mindful Minimal Interiors

This 150sqm apartment located in Denmark, Copenhagen was designed by Natalie Dubroska, a talented interior designer based in Kiev and founder of Dubroska Studio.

Her work stems from very basic principles – those that we often overlook as important in any creative process. She describes the focus of this project as "creating the perfect home", which to Natalie is:

Space, an abundance of light, literate details, every item matters.
Harmony, silence, good energy.
In decisions, there is a soul, every idea "lived".

Meaning, feeling, mindfulness, mind.

It is impossible to disagree with such a perfect description – in light of how it plays out in reality.

Ph. Yaroslav Priadka

Damoy: Effortless High-end Fashion

Photography by Damoy

Damoy is a multi-brand boutique based in Antwerp, Belgium. Their carefully curated showroom includes a small but wonderful array of Designers.

The stunning boutique is soon launching a label called "La Collection"—a minimal, effortless and eclectic brand that has a high-end approach in mind. The sneak peaks on social media have created high expectations for this brand... and I’m sure they won’t be disappoint.

La Collection’s first try is shaping out to be a hit, with pieces that take us on a journey through the magical streets of Morocco while bringing comfort and style.

From the headquarters to each individual piece they offer, Damoy pays close attention to detail—and we are sure to see them surface as a favorite of many, including myself.

Baked Falafel, Tzatziki Wraps: The ‘Meatiest’ Vegan Wraps

Let’s face it: If your a carnivore reading this, you have most likely already dismissed the idea of making this recipe. Why? Because sadly, most veggie patty recipes out there seem deliciously healthy… but once you click over to read a recipe, you encounter a potion-like list of ingredients and steps. What was meant to be healthy and easy ends up becoming a mission.

I’ve personally rejected the idea of attempting to make falafel at home, with the excuse that most recipes call for deep frying, prodigious amount of starches, chilling, freezing, breading… with the express purpose of making them hold together and not come apart in a pan full of oil.

So yes, I’ve tried it in the past and I’ve failed. BUT last Sunday I was feeling like eating something flavorful and ‘healthy-ish’ and all I had at hand were the ingredients I’m about to list below. You’ll be surprised at how geniously creative we can be when we’re limited. Who was it that coined the phrase, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”? Well, that person was spot on.

This time, I came at it from a simpler direction: only using the ingredients I had at hand, not caring if my falafel would offend any falafel-know-it-alls AND most importantly, forgetting about frying. Who has the time and the stomach for that, anyway?

photo: ana degenaar

Now, before I FINALLY move on with this recipe, let me just say, eat these as you wish. I went the wrap way because I was craving a nice wrap – but you can eat these as you wish. The idea is to make this recipe work for you. Open your pantry and bask in your options. Who knows, maybe we can swap notes at some point? I’d love to get more ideas.

To make baked falafel:

1 can of cooked chickpeas
(I can hear the above mentioned know-it-alls gasping at my suggestion of not using dried chickpeas... but it is what it is)
1 tablespoon of grated onion
1 small grated garlic
2 tablespoons of fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of cumin
1/4 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 tablespoon of tahini paste
A dash of fresh lime
2 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1. Use a food processor to combine all the ingredients
2. Make small patties (about 2 TBS portions)
3. Pace them in a pan lined with baking paper or greased with olive oil
4. Bake in a preheated oven at 180ºC for 20 minutes or until they look golden and dry
5. Let them cool off before removing them from the pan so they don’t stick

Serving suggestion

• 1/2 cup of natural greek yogurt
• 1/3 cup of grated, seedless cucumber
• 1 clove of minced garlic
• 1/2 lime juice
• 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley (replace with dill if you want authentic tzatziki)
• 1 tablespoon of chopped mint
• Salt and pepper to taste


I make these wraps at home whenever I crave a good sandwich – and realistically they don’t take a whole lot of extra time, but it does involve gluten, kneading and more dirty dishes... so instead, you could also use some paleo bread or gluten free tortilla if you wish.

I also served this one with radishes (because, obsessed!) but the falafel alone is deliciously enough.

Add more tahini paste over the top and get really to have your mind blown by a simple falafel wrap.