Thursday, December 24, 2009

Reuse & Repurpose: A Velvety Touch

While visiting Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia earlier this month, I bumped into Saša Šekoranja, a witty artist who also happens to be a wedding and flower designer extraordinaire. Even though Saša seems a shy, creative type of few words, his original vision speaks volumes in his chic Velvet Caffe and its adjoining gallery where he sells pieces of his own art and carefully curated objects for the home among displays that feature imaginative uses for found objects.

The photo above is of the front of Velvet Caffe, which is where those in-the-know sip a cappuccino on a chilly day. It also happens to offer one of the best cups of coffee I've had in Zagreb, second only to Elis Caffe. You know why? Because my new pal Nik Orosi who owns Elis also supplies specially roasted coffee beans to Velvet!

After a steamy cappuccino both at Elis and then at Velvet all within the same hour, my caffeine buzz took me into Šaša's gallery where I was amazed at his ability to take old and odd objects and turn them into focal points within his light and airy gallery.

In the street-side vitrine, a welcoming collection of pastry tiers and cloches are filled with wintery white ceramic pomegranates and pods, silvery pine cones and shimmery orbs.

A simple wooden ladder is the perfect place to display books adorned with holiday greenery.

Even spools of twine become objets d'art when combined with an artistically wrapped pair of scissors.

An old travel trunk becomes a joyful display for a selection of whimsical children's apparel.

And a small bath basin gets a glamorous new look when filled with glistening holiday ornaments.

May your Christmas Eve be shiny and bright!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. What an absolutely charming place! Have a lovely, peaceful Christmas, Stan.

  2. I have just found your blog and it's a treasure trove of great ideas. I am a long time thrifter and have found many great things. I love the Housing Works shop in NYC and have discovered many great little out of the way places (including one in a private psychiatric hospital) where I get great finds.

    Happy Christmas!

  3. What a fascinating place. I never knew that I wanted to go to Zagreb till I read your posts. The Croatian division of tourism should give you a stipend.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. I love that bath with the silvered ornaments! Absolutely marvelous post! Merry Christmas Eve you Darlin' Creature!

  5. So thoughtful and pretty! Love all those ideas!

    Merry Christmas to you, Stan! And a more the happy New Year!

    Hugs and kisses!

  6. Hi Stan,
    Thanks very much for your support and inspiration this year, it's meant a lot!

    Wishing you and yours a very blessed and Merry Christmas!

  7. merry xmass and all the best in new 2010. wishing you to find more fab stuff all over the world...and offcourse, we are waiting for you here in croatia.
    your nik.



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