Grateful for the valuable moments spent together
Our guest in the new section of the magazine, where we present the homes of our clients, this time is the charming Silvia Vassileva. She meets us in her spacious home in Boyana with a cup of tea, served in exquisite Hungarian porcelain, tellling us about the life of her family - her husband Nikolay Vassilev and their two daughters - here in this lovely house.
You are a life-coach and a business coach. How exactly do you help people?
I teach them how to be more confident in themselves, appreciate, develop as personalities and believe in their uniqueness. This helps them get rid of fears, mobilizes their resources and develops their potential. Each of us has infinite strength and unique qualities and must believe in them in order to be more successful in everything he or she does and to achieve his or her personal and professional dreams.
How would you describe your home?
Spacious, bright, charged with positive energy and a sense of freedom!
How did you decide that this is your home?
We chose the location because of the fresh air at the foot of Vitosha mountain. This property has won us with the magnificent panoramic view of the city, the spaciousness and the light. We felt the good energy and serenity of the place. We had two young children and these things were extremely important for us.
Did you use the services of a designer, or did you do the interior of the house by yourself?
Everything you see has been done by us. There are just a few things that we consulted the interior designer Veneta Boneva for. We chose natural colors and materials for our home. We like earthly tones that are in harmony with the nature around the house. As an accent everywhere you will see details in my favorite blue color. The materials are wood, stone and glass, creating the feeling of lightness and efficacy we were looking for. We also chose a clear and simple design for our garden in which this exquisite tree is the center piece. I love the orchids you see scattered all over the house.
Which are the things in the house that are really important for you and would definitely come with you if you move to another place?
I take furniture as something that is here only to serve us and I do not feel sentiment about it. The paintings of our favourite Bulgarian artists, as well as some small objects, a special series of photographs - a gift from people close to us, are things that we would certainly keep. We also appreciate the family photos that have captured special moments for us and the photographs that symbolically mark our way with Nikolay as a couple. The first one is from Budapest, where we met. Here is a fantastic shot from Tokyo where we went together, then from Boston, New York, London and Madrid.
When traveling around the world, what do you usually buy for your home?
We like exotic destinations. From our stay in Japan we have brought some really exquisite items for our home, which we like very much. Usually, we do not buy things on purpose, except for a wonderful Murano vase, which we went especially to Italy for. From a trip to Cuba we took some wonderful photographs that kept our memory of the place. Our library is huge and besides the great collection of books there we have arranged those small objects and belongings we have brought from our trips around the world.
What is your favorite place in the home, where you spend the most pleasant moments?
"Mum's kitchen is the heart of the home," says the inscription on that wall sign. I love to cook and for me food is a ritual that gathers people together, unites them and right here, on the table, in the dining room, we say the best things to each other. Here and in front of the fireplace we are together in the tranquility and coziness of the home. We enjoy the valuable moments together with gratitude for everything we have.