Wednesday, May 30, 2012


What are men to rocks and mountains?
                                                                   Jane Austin                  


 For a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots among the rocks.
                                                                        Friedrich Nietzsche

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle,
stand like a rock.
                                    Thomas Jefferson

When the world is weighing you down, all you can do is take the higher ground.
Invitation To Inspiration duo got on their higher plane in high heels.

Surrounded by the mighty rocks and silver sage blossoming from its rocky marrow, we found the ultimate happiness and peace.
When you live at the foot of the hill, you just have to climb on the top to put life into right perspective.
That is just what we did!

P.S. We`re going to reveal the mystery of this unique, set-in-stone place in our next post.
We invite you to explore it with us.

Monday, May 28, 2012


Architecture and Nature are the two guiding principles behind Ecomo.
Its goal is not to separate these two elements but rather to synergise
them to create designs that are coherent with the environment.

Architect: Pietro Russo-Ecomo;  Location: Franschhoek , South Africa  via

The  ECOMO HOME  modular housing system is based on the square modular units that can be used as living spaces ( "LIVE", "SLEEP", "PLAY" ). The units can be easily joined together to create virtually any home desired. 

Architect: Pietro Russo-Ecomo;  Location: Franschhoek , South Africa  via
The ecomo home is a compact home designed for modern, simple living in collaboration with nature...
Architect: Pietro Russo-Ecomo;  Location: Franschhoek , South Africa  via

The  ECOMO HOME  concept consists of three units: 
  • Sleep
  • Play
  • Live

These three elements can be arranged in a way that perfectly meets the client’s needs or some of these elements can simply be added at a later stage. This offers freedom to simply increase the size of the house when needed.
Architect: Pietro Russo-Ecomo;  Location: Franschhoek , South Africa  via

The ECOMO HOME is based on basic sustainable, green design principles. It offers a low-maintenance, modern, well-designed green housing alternative...

  • an innovative solution to the residential market that responds and adapts to the changing modes of living related to the modern condition
  • offers an escape from the concrete jungle and enables you to enjoy the time in natural surroundings
  • affords a wider group of people to experience this kind of luxury and creates spaces that are earth and human friendly 
  • responsible approach to intrinsic design aspects and the environment in which we live

Architect: Pietro Russo-Ecomo;  Location: Franschhoek , South Africa  via

Architect: Pietro Russo-Ecomo;  Location: Franschhoek , South Africa  via

...square modular units that can offer a variety of arrangements...

Another thing that Invitation To Inspiration loves about ECOMO is THE ECO_MOBILE
  • the eco_mobile is a 40 foot container size steel frame manufactured in its entirety off site 
  • clad with wooden panels and timber flooring, this unit consists of a bedroom with bathroom and a kitchenette with living space 
  • various panels can be flipped down to create outdoor areas and also increase the living space towards the outside
  • the hybrid energy and the bio toilet component allow this unit to be placed anywhere 
  • completely self sufficient 
  • this temporary structure doesn’t require foundations- instead, footings will anchor the unit to the ground in a non invasive and easy removable manner

You can find out more about ECOMO here.

Have a nice day everyone :-D

Friday, May 25, 2012


 Her skin is white cloth,
and she's all sewn apart
and she has many colored pins
sticking out of her heart.

She has many different zombies
who are deeply in her trance.
She even has a zombie
who was originally from France

But she knows she has a curse on her,
a curse she cannot win.
For if someone gets
too close to her,



the pins stick farther in.

In these cruel days of bad news we seek a place where imagination runs wild and free...
The artistic world of the unique Tim Burton is where Invitation To Inspiration finds an escapist`s haven in which dreams become ideas and ideas turn into reality.
It is comforting to know that there are still special people among us whose childish hearts and ingenious minds create amazing worlds of twisted and weird, yet innocent and liberating visions.  

Join us on the trip down the Burton lane! 

Photo by Invitation To Inspiration
A poem Voodoo Girl and illustrations by Tim Burton

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


photo by Invitation To Inspiration

Laila would remember the muted ceremony in bits and fragments. The cream- colored stripes of Rasheed`s suit. The sharp smell of his hair spray. The small shaving nick just above his Adam`s apple. The rough pads of his tobacco- stained fingers when he slid the ring on her. The pen. Its not working. The search for a new pen. The contract. The signing, his sure- handed, hers quavering. The prayers. Noticing, in the mirror, that Rasheed had trimmed his eyebrows. And, somewhere in the room, Mariam watching. The air choking with her disapproval. Laila could not bring herself to meet the older woman`s gaze. 

photo by Invitation To Inspiration
She walked, dragging a fingernail along the wall, down the hallway, then back, down the steps, then up, her face unwashed, hair uncombed. She walked until she ran into Mariam, who shot her a cheerless glance and went back to slicing the stem off a bell pepper and trimming strips of fat from meat. A hurtful silence would fill the room, and Laila could almost see the wordless hostility radiating from Mariam like waves of heat rising from asphalt. She would retreat back to her room, sit on the bed, and watch the snow falling. 

photo by Invitation To Inspiration

Laila examined Mariam`s drooping cheeks, the eyelids that sagged in tired folds, the deep lines that framed her mouth- she saw these things as though she too were looking at someone for the first time. And, for the first time, it was not an adversary`s face Laila saw but a face of grievances unspoken, burdens gone unprotested, a destiny submitted to and endured. If she stayed, would this be her own face, Laila wondered, twenty years from now?

photo by Invitation To Inspiration 

Mariam did not sleep that night. She sat in bed, watched the snow falling soundlessly. Seasons had come and gone; presidents in Kabul had been inaugurated and murdered; an empire had been defeated; old wars had ended and new ones had broken out. But Mariam had hardly noticed, hardly cared. She had passed these years in a distant corner of her mind. A dry, barren field, out beyond wish and lament, beyond dream and disillusionment. There, the future did not matter. And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion. And whenever those twin poisonous flowers began to sprout in the parched land of that field, Mariam uprooted them. She uprooted them and ditched them before they took hold.
But somehow, over these last months, Laila and Aziza- a harami like herself, as it turned out- had become extensions of her, and now, without them, the life Mariam had tolerated for so long suddenly seemed intolerable.

photo by Invitation To Inspiration
  Mariam is never very far. She is here, in these walls they`ve repainted, in the trees they`ve planted, in the blankets that keep the children warm, in these pillows and books and pencils. She is in the children`s laughter. She is in the verses Aziza recites and in the prayers she mutters when she bows westward. But, mostly, Mariam is in Laila`s own heart, where she shines with the bursting radiance of a thousand suns. 

photo by Invitation To Inspiration

What do we look for in the stories of other people`s lives?
An escape from our own stories? A paper soulmate who shares a common destiny with us?
It is probably a little bit of both…
A Thousand Splendid Suns is the story of two Afghani women, Mariam and Laila, recounted by a man`s pen. Moving words of Khaled Hosseini give you the insight into the woman`s perspective of the  polygamous marriage amidst the Taliban terror. The reader becomes a witness of a moving transformation from hostility to a lifetime bond between two women enslaved by the tradition and the laws of the patriarchy.

A Thousand Splendid Suns makes you painfully aware of the fact that reality goes far beyond your own  personal experience. 


Monday, May 21, 2012


It's not a secret that Invitation To Inspiration's second hometown is the beautiful city of Venice ( Italy ). It's the only city in the world that can be described as being truly unique. Every building, bridge or square, practically everything you see is a work of art. Living in Venice gave Invitation To Inspiration opportunity to see and get to know all those places which could never be discovered and experienced when being just a tourist. 
Today's inspiration is a beautiful small palace known as the PALAZZO CONTARINI DEL BOVOLO

The Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, the home of the Contarini family, was built in 1499 by GIOVANNI CANDIDespite the fact that Giovanni Candi was the original designer, it was said that GIORGIO SPAVENTO was the true designer of the famous spiral staircase located on the outside of the palace. The spiral staircase was not even built at the same time as the rest of the building, but rather it was a later addition to the building. 

photo by Invitation To Inspiration ( 2008. )

In Venetian dialect "bovolo" means a "snail shell" and the palace was given that name because it was said that the spiral staircase looked similar to the shell of a snail. The Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is often referred to simply as "the snail house".

photo by Invitation To Inspiration ( 2008. )

The palace takes after a few different types of architecture and design. There are Renaissance, Byzantine and Gothic styles incorporated throughout the palace, not only on the exterior of the building, but also in the interior. The building is mostly designed in the Early Renaissance style, however the staircase is considered to be more Gothic. From the exterior of the building the most noticeable are the half arches located on the outside of the stair corridor. There are also exquisite columns that follow the salient line of the staircase, which are located in the stairwell that face toward the Rio di San Luca.

photo by Invitation To Inspiration ( 2008. )

the stair is currently being restored and it is closed to the public. But they can't stop us to enjoy and to be inspired by this particular Venetian beauty.

P.S. It is very hard to take a good quality photo of The Contarini del Bovolo beacuse  it is located in a narrow, less traveled side street ( near the Campo Manin ) and it is surrounded by other palaces and buildings as tall as The Contarini Palace. Invitation To Inspiration was lucky enough to have a friend who lived just  across the Contarini stairs so we were able to make  few decent shots from her window :-D  

Saturday, May 19, 2012


photo by Invitation To Inspiration

 Any man`s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee...
                                                                                                                                         John Donne

photo by Invitation To Inspiration

photo by Invitation To Inspiration

Silver threads and golden needles cannot mend this heart of mine
And I`ll never drown my sorrow in the warm glow of your wine...
                                                                                                 Janis Joplin

photo by Invitation To Inspiration
photo by Invitation To Inspiration

The play of light and darkness...
 The game of shadows and reflections...
 The metaphor for life.

photo by Invitation To Inspiration

photo by Invitation To Inspiration

Feel the life around you...
Lose yourself in a daydream...

Invitation To Inspiration wishes you a restful weekend!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Nobility of  Time via

Profile of Time via

Woman Aflame via

The Vision of the Angel via

Homage to Fashion via

Surrealist piano via

Triumphant Elephant via

Man with Butterfly via

Homage to Terpsichore via

simplicity / complexity
uniformity / diversity
equality / hierarchy
the collective / the individual
politics / metaphysics
music / architecture
nature / beauty
progress / eternity
mechanics / dreams
the abstract / the concrete
youth / maturity
opportunism / fanaticism
spinach  / snails
cinema / theater
the sun / the moon
revolution / tradition
Michelangelo / Raphael
Rembrandt / Vermeer
the wild / civilization
philosophy / religion
medicine / magic
mountains / the seaside
phantoms / specters
women / Gala
men / myself
Time / melted watches
skepticism / folly

from the book the DALI' universe by Beniamino Levi