MALKITE 5: co-creating, co-laughing, co-loving

“Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, and independent activity. […] Coworking is also the social gathering of a group of people who are still working independently, but who share values, and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with people who value working in the same place alongside each other.” / source: Wikipedia


Enough with the terminology, let me tell you a bit about a special place called Malkite 5.

Malkite 5 is a coworking space in Sofia, Bulgaria.

It’s situated in a spacious apartment where the wood flooring is actually a storyteller from the 1920’s and the huge amount of natural light is a proper reason to just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere without thinking about anything else.

I met the lovely hosts Tsveta and Yasen over a coffee and had the chance to talk to them about the space, the DIY furniture they built themselves, the creative community in Sofia and… you know, good burgers. Here are some details from their space, which, according to them is both for cocreating and colaughing. Following my instincts, I decided to also add “coloving” to their list. You’re about to find out why.

The Poster. Although they admit that at first it was a love-hate-love case, eventually they started to like the leopard dog more and more each day. Having a completely out-of-the-box element in your otherwise minimal interior is always a good idea, so be brave.



What’s the secret ingredient for a perfect workspace?

That’s a question I didn’t have to ask because the moment you enter the place, you already know the answer. Love. As simple as it might sound, if you don’t invest your heart and your whole being in the things you do, then what’s the point?

The aristocratic atmosphere of the place is so well preserved that you feel literally at home with each step you take. I love the big glass jar combined with those tiny lights – perfect for a cozy dinner with your fellow co-workers.

When the official opening of Malkite 5 was announced, one of the things that grabbed my attention was the tempting offer for the people who want to share a working space together – they could basically do whatever they want, from getting a subscription to various magazines to even getting a cat. Anything, as long as they’re happy and constantly motivated. The cat is not a part of their community yet, but a whole stack of magazines is, and it’s the perfect company for coffee pauses and the necessary daily dose of inspiration.

The little magazine keeper in the living room.
Coffee and company.

Besides being a shared workspace for creative heads, Malkite 5 has other great plans for the future as well. The main mission of Tsveta and Yasen is to create a community of people who share the same work ethic, who persue the same goals and who laugh at the same jokes. Turns out that it’s way easier than you think.

Probably my favorite spot – two desks and two chairs in the classic wood + white combo, with a hint of color.
More mint please.
It’s really hard (but not impossible) to find such a long wood plank to bild a desk with, so if this is on your workspace to-do list, don’t give up. This entire desk is handcrafted, including the legs.
A classic vintage library for more aristocratic vibes.
A witty interpretation of a motivational poster.
Another vintage element – I love the contrast between the contemporary looking desk and the old chair.

And last but not least – if you’re looking for inspiration for your own workspace, find the things that make you happy and put all your love in the creative process – trust me, that’s the only advice you need.

Words of wisdom in a wooden crate or just another proof that everything at Malkite 5 is there for a reason. P.S. Notice the mint bucket?

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”



You can find Malkite 5 here, on Facebook and on Instagram.

If you’re planning on visiting Sofia, make sure to go and say “hi” at 57 Neofit Rilski str.

MALKITE 5: co-creating, co-laughing, co-loving

Wheels & Interiors

One of my best kept secrets is that, despite being 27, I still can’t ride a bike. I’ve tried it before but it didn’t quite work out as I imagined, so I decided that it’s probably not for me, or at least not yet. However, I love looking at vintage bicycles, I love looking at people riding them, and I just appreciate the whole beauty from a safe distance.

Since I’m constantly on the look out for interior inspiration, I decided to give a few pieces of advice to those of you who can actually ride a bike but are struggling with finding a good spot for it at home. Believe it or not, a pretty bicycle might look even better in your bedroom than in the hallway, so you don’t have to hide it – embrace its beauty instead.

Take a look at these ideas for combining your friend with other interior items at your home.


An almost invisible bike rack that can give your room a minimal look while saving you space at the same time. /source


One of the best locations for storing your bicycle is in front of a blank wall, preferably close to a balcony. /source


A bike rack and a bookshelf? Not only it’s possible but it also looks clean and simple, especially when placed in a living room. /source


Matching colors! Find a small detail from your room and place your bike nearby to match its color with the chosen item. Ideas: posters, paintings, plants, books and even your bedding. As long as it’s a match, you’re all set! /source


If you’re not actively using it, you can use your bike as a painting or any other piece of art, because, let’s face it – it’s as pretty as that. Hang it above your cabinet, your favorite chair or your couch – it will give your room the cozy touch you need, without making it look small. /source


If you like the items in your home to be more DIY-looking and if your bike is stable enough, you can try this simple storage idea. Perfect for books, magazines, and, of course, for the role of “the chair” where you can put the clothes you don’t really need right now but you’re too lazy to put in the closet. /source


Feel free to share your ideas in the comment section below, but before that there’s one more thing you can do. Take your bike with you, go outside and enjoy the ride!

Wheels & Interiors


If you know me personally, or if you’re following my Pinterest, then you won’t be surprised by the fact that I’m a huge fan when it comes to minimalistic furniture, and, especially, chairs. The idea of a “Christmas wishlist” came naturally to me, as I was trying to pick the theme for my first (real) blog post. Some of you were struggling with finding Scandinavian furniture items online and I hope that via this post I can give you some hints. If you need anything specific, don’t hesitate to ask me – I’ll do my best to find it for you, or at least to give you some guidance.

So here it goes. This is my Christmas wishlist:


Rex / Lozenge


I just LOVE this bar stool by the Australian brand TUCKBOX. It can be used as a bar stool, side table, foot rest, or simply as a piece of art which can find a place in any home. You can find it here.




Another gem by TUCKBOX, the MJ hallway console is designed for spaces where a standard side table just won’t fit. It comes in two heights and can be used as the perfect space for storing books, magazines, plants and all kinds of small accessories. You can find the MJ console here.



I am absolutely in love with this chair, designed and handcrafted in Mexico by The Coyoacán Design Studio. The materials used for the Aldama chair are straps of Mexican leather and steel for the frame. Basically, if you love patio furniture so much that you want to bring it indoors as well, then this is the right choice for you. Find the product here.

Christmas in the Great Hall – Book Lovers’ Scented Soy Candle – 8oz jar


To be completely honest, I’m not a big fan when it comes to Christmas decorations. If I had to choose, I’d pick a private cozy atmosphere than shiny tinsels and big lights anytime. Consider this the ultimate solution for a festive decor for people who aren’t festive (or am I the only one?). The artists behind Frostbeard studio are Rox and Tom – a married couple, specialized in creating “nerdy things that need to exist”, such as that adorable candle.

Anker Rack Black


Because every girl needs a proper place to store her clothes. The Anker Rack is made of powder coated steel and is designed by Christian Troels and Jonas Birkebæk Poulsen – a two-man company from Copenhagen. You can find the product here.

Soap Stones by PELLE: Onyx/Cassia Nugget 3oz

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PELLE is a design studio, specialized in creating objects and design for the modern age. The Soap Stones are handcrafted glycerin soap, intended for both use and display and consisting of all natural, vegetable-based soap ingredients. This one comes in opaque black color and its scent is warm and cinnamon-like with hints of floral – perfect for the cold winter weather.



NUR is a Danish studio, focused on giving a honest, simple and minimalistic approach when it comes to their products. If you don’t believe that such thing as “love at first sight” exist, think again. The Geyma sideboard is simple, light and versatile, plus it will fit perfectly in your living room/dining room/hallway… okay, let’s face it – it will fit anywhere.

New York Elevations


It’s not a secret that I’m a huge fan of studio esinam – a Swedish creative studio, founded in the spring of 2013 by Josefine Lilljegren and Sebastian Gokah. Some of you are probably familiar with their unique print series Elevations and Landmarks, capturing the feeling of various cities around the world and their specific architecture. Here’s their brand new product -the New York Elevations print

Crux Blanket Black/Offwhite


Nothing says “Scandinavian design” more than this particular blanket by Pia Wallén – a Swedish designer, famous for her minimalistic products, successfully combining tradition and modernity. The Crux blanket is made of 100% wool, so consider it the perfect partner for cold winter weekends at home.

And what’s on your Christmas wishlist?