Blogging From My Balcony

The kids are swimming, the baby is napping … so whats a girl to do in this lovely weather? why blog ofcourse! lol

I love our balcony here… its where we spend most of our time when we are at home…. and believe it or not it took me nearly 2 years to find this outdoor dinning table and chairs!!! I wanted a teak table top (to go with my teak floors) with a thick metal frame and legs  (to go with the thick balcony rails) …and I wanted my chairs to have no teak on them with a thin metal frame!!! I knew that my requirements sounded ridiculous yet I couldn’t just accept anything else just to fill up the place ….. So imagine my surprise when I found exactly what I wanted …. I was ecstatic and couldn’t believe my eyes….and the icing on the cake was the chair colour… it was the exact shade of grey on my living room wall !!!

I know that most of you are thinking what’s all the fuss about ? I mean it looks like a normal simple table right?….. Well the thing is, sometimes it is harder to find simple furniture with clean lines,  in good quality made with the right materials, in the right colour and is the right size….After all you know that it takes more effort to make things look effortless!!!

I have to say that I am very grateful to have such a patient husband 😉

Home Tour: A Trend Setting NY Home

Designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg live in this beautiful 4,000 square-foot Manhattan apartment (located Upper Westside).

Even though the apartment has a minimalist design approach with a very minimal colour palette the interiors are somehow full of life and energy…..What I love about their interior is that you can see their “story” almost unfolding as you walk in each room in the apartment…. from the living area to the bedroom, to the hallway.  You can see or guess where they have been in their travels… and you can immediately tell that they are trend setters.



The Christina O

Yesterday while driving towards Monaco we came across The Christina O in all her pride and glory… she stood out between all the other boats around her even though they were much bigger…. She was  truly magnificent …. I must admit that I was a little bit too excited and asked my husband to stop the car so I could take this picture

Christina O was originally a Canadian River- class frigate and was launched in 1943. She served as a convoy escort during the battle of the Atlantic in World War II. After the war the Greek shipowner Aristotle Onassis bought her for just $34,000 …. He spent $4 million (equivalent to $ 45 million today) to convert her into a luxurious yacht and renamed her Christina after his daughter. She was designed by Cäsar Pinnau and the children’s room was designed and painted by the illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans.

The Christina was Onassis’s pride and joy…..His first wife, shipping heiress Tina Livanos, said, “The yacht is his real passion. He is like a housewife fussing over it, constantly looking to see that everything is impeccable.” ……..A crew member once explained, “You could smash up a $20,000 speedboat into pieces and not a word would be said, but spit on the Christina’s deck, and you were out of a job.”.

Onassis entertained a lot on the Christina … so many events happened on board that defined 3 decades of the very essence of the Jet Society…… 

During the 50s Onassis regularly entertained celebrities including Frank Sinatra, The Aga Kahn, John Paul Getty, John D Rockefeller, Eva Peron, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Rudolf Nureyev, John Wayne, Greta Garbo and Dame Margot Fonteyn.

John F Kennedy was first introduced to Sir Winston Churchill on the Christina…… In 1956 the private wedding reception of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace took place on board.

 Aristotle Onassis and Sir Winston Churchill in the yacht’s swimming pool. It doubled as a dance floor – Onassis’ party trick was to flood it while people were still dancing.

For nearly 9 years the Christina was a stage to one of the world most famous love affairs …. Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas ( the ultimate Diva and one of my style icons)

One of my favorite pictures of the couple … They looked so happy together!

In 1968 Onassis married Jackie Kennedy on board of the Christina at his private island of Scorpios…. The Christina from then on entertained a new generation: the Kennedy children ofcourse, as well as dignitaries from both sides of the Atlantic.

Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at their wedding reception on board the Christina. ( Jackie’s dress was by Valentino)

When Aristotle Onassis died in 1975, he left the yacht to his daughter, who gave it to the Greek government for use as a presidential yacht. The Christina was renamed The Argo but was left to decay in a port in Greece until finally in 1998 was purchased by Greek shipowner John Paul Papanicolaou (who had sailed on her as a child). He changed her name to Christina O and undertook a major refurbishment between January 1999 and April 2001. In 2006 she became available to charter at between 45,000 and 65,000 Euros per day.

Christina O has a master suite, eighteen passenger staterooms, and numerous indoor and outdoor living areas, all connected by a spiral staircase. Compared to a typical 21st-century super yacht, the staterooms are relatively small and Christina O doesn’t have an indoor boat storage that is now standard for all sorts of boy toys; but on the other hand, the number of living areas are quite large, and the outdoor deck space is large. The main deck has an outdoor pool with a mosaic floor (with ancient Greek design) that rises at a push of a button to form a dance floor, and there is a heli-plad on the promenade deck. In Ari’s Bar, the barstools retain the original upholstery made from a very soft, fine leather made from the foreskin of a Minke Whale.

Here are a few photos I’ve found of the old interior

For more information: Christina O.