First Bloggerversary – And A Little Idea…

21 October 2012 0


Exactly one year ago, I wrote the first words here on Happy Interior Blog. It’s been an incredible year, my dears! A year full of happiness, colourful ideas, home visits, design shows, guest posts. My idea was to create a blog with the mission of bringing happiness to our homes and our daily lives. I hope I’ve succeeded at least a bit and made you all a tad happier when visiting here.

However, today I’ve decided not to celebrate my blog with balloons or happy cushions. I would like to set a little reminder: as much as I try here, our big world is still not an entirely happy place. At least not for everyone. There are many less fortunate people who have bigger worries than decorating their homes. Sometimes it’s the plain worry of having a home at all.

So I’ve decided to do my little bit here and raise the awareness for those regions and people who lack a decent home, children who have no proper schools, no hospitals or other necessary infrastructures for a dignified life.

I’ve done a little research and found a non-profit organization called ‘Building Trust International‘. They are essentially a charity that offers design assistance to communities and individuals in need. I’ve contacted them and learned about their current projects that are partly funded through donations, such as the project ‘Moving Schools‘, a community project at the Thai/Burmese border. 

So for the first bloggerversary of Happy Interior Blog I’ve decided to make a little ‘community donation project’ here. And these are the simple rules: I will start with a unpretentious minimum donation of 20 Euros. And then I need YOUR help: Leave a comment under this blog post to support the ‘Building Trust International’ projects until coming Sunday, October 28th. Each comment will equal 1 EURO of extra donation to the 20 Euros. At the end I will count all your comments and donate the total sum in Euros. My treat!

So, all you have to do is leave one comment and together we will contribute – and let’s be pretentious now – to a happier world!

Thank you my friends for one year of support & happiness!

Yours, Igor

Photography by Building Trust International

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  • Reply Applewood House 21 October 2012 at 10:39

    What a wonderful and generous idea! Happy bloggerversary, dear Igor!



  • Reply paris parfait 21 October 2012 at 10:43

    Congrats, dear Igor! Great idea to celebrate your blogging birthday by helping others.

  • Reply SIESTA 21 October 2012 at 10:44

    All the best!
    Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Reply Lost In Cheeseland 21 October 2012 at 10:46

    Such a lovely idea, Igor! A great cause indeed. Keep writing and making us happy!

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar 21 October 2012 at 10:52

    A wonderful idea and a worthy cause indeed. Keep on bringing us your happiness in the way that only you can. Hugs. x

  • Reply Anastassis Vamvakas 21 October 2012 at 11:59

    Thank you for reminding us all. It’s not always about colors and undertones. Things being as they are now in Greece, I face an everyday struggle to re-define my work and its significance.

    Thanks again for inspiring me.

  • Reply Pierrot et Coco 21 October 2012 at 12:07

    A brilliant cause, a great idea and from a really nice person! Happy 1st Blog Birthday Igor! x

  • Reply Karen@PasGrand-Chose 21 October 2012 at 12:12

    A wonderful idea, Igor, and warmest congratulations on one year of a fantastic, always-inspiring, happiness-guaranteed blog!

  • Reply Nordic Bliss 21 October 2012 at 12:17

    You have such a beautiful soul Igor!
    Best way to celebrate ever and so generous of you. I am so happy to have gotten to know you here in the blogosphere, and you are a genuinely nice and generous person. I am sure you will continue to spread joy what ever you decide to put your energy into.

  • Reply Judith 21 October 2012 at 12:18

    What a clever idea! Congratulations on the first 12 months of happiness (and the new blogbanner!) and many more to come. Keep up the good&happy work!

  • Reply Anonymous 21 October 2012 at 12:31

    Great idea and thanks for the reminder. Happy 1st year. Keep up the good work.

  • Reply Kate 21 October 2012 at 12:45

    What a wonderful idea Igor! and I had no idea your blog was only a year old; it’s amazing how much you have achieved in such a short space of time! Can’t wait to see what the next 12 months brings x

  • Reply Claire - Miso Funky 21 October 2012 at 12:49

    What a great idea. Happy anniversary! I just discovered your blog today and loving it already.

  • Reply Susanne 21 October 2012 at 13:02

    Igor, that’s a wonderful idea! And happy 1st blog birthday! 🙂 Liebe Grüße, Susanne

  • Reply tina 21 October 2012 at 13:02

    Dear Igor, happy 1st anniversary. You bring a smile to whoever reads your blog or has the pleasure to meet you:) you are truly Mr Happy. Thank you for brightening up our days!!

    What a wonderful and generous idea. Now we have 1 week to spread #igormania

    Here is my contribution, if you get tons of comments, I’m really happy to contribute to your total sum….it would be instead of buying you a cushion as an anniversary present!:))

    Here is to many more Happy Interior Blog years….. x

  • Reply I.De.A 21 October 2012 at 13:34

    What a nice idea to celebrate your first blog birthday by helping people that they are really in need!
    When I meet so kind and generous people like you, it gives a boost to my morale and I feel that always there is a hope for our world to become better…I need to believe it, especially now that things in Greece go from bad to worse and the majority experience a daily struggle of survival!

    Happy bloggerversary and keep inspiring us!!! 🙂

  • Reply Terhi 21 October 2012 at 13:41

    I admire your effort and will certainly give my support to your idea to donate funds for good issue. Terhi, a nurse from Finland. Happy anniversary!!!

  • Reply Petra 21 October 2012 at 13:43

    Vse najboljse Igor X

  • Reply mamaguapa 21 October 2012 at 14:10

    Happy BLOGGERVERSARY!!! What a wonderful way to celebrate it and we can even take part in it! Thank you for everything that you share with us!
    Mvh. Helene

  • Reply Holly 21 October 2012 at 14:14

    Perfect idea dear Igor! A truly wonderful gesture and one I am happy to take part in and even happier you made possible.

    Happy 1st Bloggerversary! Wishing you even more success and happiness to come xoxo

    ps. I haven’t been around the blogosphere much these days, so it’s the first time I noticed your new blog design. Very nice!!

  • Reply Sarah Parris 21 October 2012 at 14:32

    Happy 1st Bloggerversary Igor. What a wonderful and gernerous way to celebrate. I have only recently found your blog but very much look forward to your 2nd year of blogging

  • Reply Lakshmi 21 October 2012 at 14:44

    Such a thoughtful post and a generous act, Igor. I discovered your blog thr Maryam’s post on BlogTour London and happy to have it bookmarked. You have made a difference with your happy thoughts and a much bigger one with this one by gently reminding us there are people out there who worry more abt daily necessities than abt what color on their walls look good.

  • Reply Lysann 21 October 2012 at 15:29

    Dear Igor,

    as so many times said here before, that’s an wonderful idea and of course I’m happy to take part in! Thank you for this reminder!

    And of course Happy 1st Bloggerversary, Igor! I enjoy every single visit here and so I’ll take this chance also to Thank You once again for writing this amazing blog, sharing tons of inspiring ideas, gorgeous interiors and happy thoughts.
    You truly make a difference!

    Herzliche Grüße nach München.

  • Reply Style Inside 21 October 2012 at 16:15

    Great idea….and inspiring to say the least. Congrats on your 1st year and many more to come.

    The Style Inside Girls


  • Reply Toni @ Skandivis 21 October 2012 at 16:17

    Loving your spirit Igor! Happy bloggerversary ! Here is to another year of Igor happiness :)))

  • Reply Claudia von Dinner um Acht 21 October 2012 at 16:27

    Happy Bloggerversary!!!You’re blessed with your blog! And the readers as well!

  • Reply Caroline @trend-daily 21 October 2012 at 16:29

    How incredibly thoughtful Igor-I’d be more than happy to donate real euros too. Happy 1 year anniversary and congratulations achieving so much :-)x

  • Reply Britta 21 October 2012 at 16:30

    Great idea, and Happy bloggerversary.

  • Reply Jules 21 October 2012 at 17:28

    What a great idea, Igor!!!!
    Bin dabie!

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Happy!

    Allerbeste Grüße

  • Reply Bine {was eigenes} 21 October 2012 at 17:33

    Igor, das ist toll! Eine wunderbare Idee und einfach klasse von Dir!
    Ich gratuliere Dir zu Deinem happy-Blog!
    Mach weiter so.
    LG Bine

  • Reply staceysheppard 21 October 2012 at 17:42

    One year has already passed? In some respects it seems like only yesterday that Happy Interior Blog hit our screens but then again it feels like I’ve been reading it forever! You have brought a lot of joy to a lot of people Igor and you should be very proud! And great idea to help a great cause!

  • Reply Roger 21 October 2012 at 18:29

    Happy Bloggerversary! What a great way to celebrate…!

  • Reply engelenchen 21 October 2012 at 18:31

    Eine schöne Idee! Gratulation zum Bloggeburtstag und viele Grüße von Marisa

  • Reply Eleni 21 October 2012 at 18:33

    Happy blog birthday Igor! Such a great idea to celebrate the day! Here’s to many more!!!!

  • Reply Baumhausfee 21 October 2012 at 18:36

    Die besten Wünsche zum Bloggeburtstag! Weiterhin viel Lebensbuntheit und Glück! Und die Idee find ich CHEF!

    Teuerste Grüsse
    die Baumhausfee

  • Reply magalerie 21 October 2012 at 19:46

    Happy bloggerversary Igor!
    Just one year, that’s impressive. I thought you started years ago.
    To many more great years to come!

  • Reply moinservus 21 October 2012 at 20:54

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Eine tolle Idee – weitermachen 😉
    Liebe Grüße, Anna-Lena

  • Reply lecanotrouge 21 October 2012 at 22:07

    Love this idea, Igor! What a great way to mark the occasion!

  • Reply Jennifer Mehditash Dec-a-Porter 21 October 2012 at 22:10

    amazing day, but of course – why would we expect anything less from you…!
    a lovely thought, and beautiful idea, and add to your 20 euros another from me (i actually probably have some somewhere, i can mail it to you!)
    happy blog-iversary, and many many more. i am happy to have met you and your happiness .. big hugs to you.

  • Reply maison21 21 October 2012 at 22:22

    you are a good man, igor!

  • Reply annette joseph 21 October 2012 at 22:27

    awesome idea. happy anniversary! you’re such a lovely human.

  • Reply Lynn 21 October 2012 at 22:39

    Count me in for the. Dollar equivalent of 20 Euros . You are an amazing person Igor and I am so happy to know you. Lynn from Decor Arts Now

  • Reply Joey Thomas 21 October 2012 at 23:49

    Wow so many comments already! I only recently stumbled upon your blog but am looking forward to reading your future posts. I love the concept behind it and what a nice idea for your bloggerversary!

  • Reply Nina 22 October 2012 at 01:01

    Congratulations Igor! Looking forward to many more of your posts!

  • Reply Chairunnisa Rauter 22 October 2012 at 01:40

    What a kind way to celebrate your bloggerversary. my support is all yours. good luck!

  • Reply Sarah @ Mocha 22 October 2012 at 04:42

    Congratulations! And what a special way to celebrate. Wishing you continued success with your wonderful blog.

  • Reply DG Arquitecto 22 October 2012 at 05:21

    Happy First Bloggerversary!!!

  • Reply LatteLisa LisaHjalt 22 October 2012 at 06:22

    What a thoughtful and beautiful way to celebrate your blog anniversary.
    You’re definitely making me happy today 😉

  • Reply Beauty Follower 22 October 2012 at 08:03

    Να τα χιλιασεις!
    Σε ευχαριστω και εγω Ιγκορ μου για τις ευχες σου 🙂

  • Reply Amtico 22 October 2012 at 09:04

    Lovely idea from a lovely man.
    Happy anniversary!

  • Reply Cecilaki 22 October 2012 at 09:57

    Hope I can still contribute to this very cute idea ! Happy Bloganiversary Igoraki mou, I wish you the best for the next happy year !

  • Reply Trinske Driscoll-Antonides 22 October 2012 at 10:11

    Congratulations to you for a very successful year! And I think it’s such a nice gesture & post you’ve written, so I simply had to comment, Igor! Very best wishes, Trinske

  • Reply Andreia 22 October 2012 at 10:42

    Congratulation for thos first Bloggerversary!

  • Reply Giova 22 October 2012 at 10:51

    Happy first year Igor! And what a wonderful idea, I’m sure they will be very happy indeed!

  • Reply David Cole 22 October 2012 at 10:54

    Happy anniversary and thank you so much to you and all your kind followers for such a lovely gesture! All the best for the next year!

  • Reply Anonymous 22 October 2012 at 11:06

    What a great idea! Happy Anniversary and good luck with the fundraising!

  • Reply Anonymous 22 October 2012 at 11:16

    A little light in a big dark world – fantastic idea!

  • Reply Anonymous 22 October 2012 at 11:17

    Nice idea, well done!

  • Reply Anonymous 22 October 2012 at 11:31

    Happy anniversary, this is a great and very lovely idea to celebrate in this way! Best wishes!

  • Reply Bojana 22 October 2012 at 11:43

    Happy anniversary, dear Igor! I wish you many happy travels and inspirations for your readers. I love how you chose to celebrate this first year of HIB.

  • Reply Anonymous 22 October 2012 at 12:02

    Happy 1 year anniversary – well done on a fantastic idea

  • Reply Anonymous 22 October 2012 at 12:58

    Until 2 months ago, my husband and I worked in Mae Sot. He helped to build the moveable classroom! Its fantastic. Thanks for donating! Deborah

  • Reply Anonymous 22 October 2012 at 13:29

    Blogging takes courage. Happy celebration of success on your first year.

  • Reply Elli 22 October 2012 at 13:52

    Happy bloggerversary Igor!!What a great idea!!Thank you for inspire us!

  • Reply Tiffany Grant-Riley 22 October 2012 at 14:14

    Happy 1st year Igor! I can’t believe your blog has only been around for a year, it seems much more mature than that!
    You’ve chosen a great cause to mark the occasion-let us know how it goes.

  • Reply Erin T 22 October 2012 at 14:22

    I had no idea your blog was only a year old, what an impressive year! This is beautiful idea Igor, miss you!

  • Reply Anonymous 22 October 2012 at 14:41

    What a great idea to support Building Trust in this way. All the best from Sweden!

  • Reply jon 22 October 2012 at 15:57

    happy blog-iversary! keep up the great work!

  • Reply MichaelaRae 22 October 2012 at 18:43

    This is great! And happy blogiversary!

  • Reply Mezza@HOP 22 October 2012 at 19:09

    Happy Bloggerversary Igor! What a wonderful gesture and such a great cause. I totally love your work and the work you do to it. Here to another fabulous year. From your blogging sis.

  • Reply Polly Chetwynd Stapylton 22 October 2012 at 19:41

    Great idea Igor, and great blog too – only came to it a few weeks ago – Happy Anniversary. Polly x

  • Reply Hollie@MiaFleur 22 October 2012 at 20:17

    Happy 1st bloggerversary!!

    What a fantastic idea… I’ve only fairly recently come across your blog, but I’m looking forward to reading your next year!

    Hollie x

  • Reply Yvonne Eijkenduijn 22 October 2012 at 20:35

    Happy Bloggerversary Igor!! What a beautiful and thoughtful way to celebrate. xox Yvonne

  • Reply Christine 23 October 2012 at 01:37

    Congratulations, Igor! I always love your blog and it’s amazing what you’ve accomplished in one year. What a kind way to celebrate. Always in support of you.

  • Reply Tim 23 October 2012 at 03:11

    congrats on the anniversary Igor … look at what you have accomplished in a year and am I ever glad that you started blogging (otherwise I would have never met you in Munich!!)

    What a big big heart you are on this community donation project! I will certainly head over to their website now to make a donation myself as well. An extra 20 Euros … You’ve got it!

  • Reply giovanni.storino 23 October 2012 at 08:08

    Yours is a very good initiative, I am a design engineer, if I can help with my consulting work contact me.
    engineer Giovanni STORINO

  • Reply Stylemaedchen/ Imke 23 October 2012 at 08:43

    Congrats on your blogs’ anniversary – great and generous idea. Very brave of you!

  • Reply Anonymous 23 October 2012 at 08:59

    Great Idea!

  • Reply raina @astylistslife 23 October 2012 at 12:22

    happy blog bday! fab idea and of course I will donate as well.

  • Reply frauheuberg 23 October 2012 at 17:47

    Mr. Happy, Happy Happy first Blog Anniversary!!! And this is just a magical idea and i will jump in for sure…really really lovley thoughts and i´m so glad to meet your wonderful blog and you in person, too…its a pleasure to know someone so thoughtful and concerned who reminds us today to the important thing in life…to give…thanks, my dear friend for this post and this lovley idea…i´m proud to be a little part of it…a big hug…take care…cheers and hugs…i…

  • Reply Anonymous 23 October 2012 at 18:16

    I have followed the progress of Building Tru
    st Internationaland I have admired the commitment of its co-founders, Louise & David Cole, who have given up their jobs in London to work full-time for the cause of providing housing for the poorer members of society World-wide. Their work in Mae Sot, Thailand, is particularly praiseworthy.
    I thank you for your generosity in supporting their work.

  • Reply Susan 23 October 2012 at 22:18

    What a beautiful idea, sorry to be tardy to the party…I SUPPORT!! Also happy blogiversary!

  • Reply Anonymous 24 October 2012 at 04:36

    Great charity that you have chosen to support and congratulations on your 1st anniversary. Lorraine

  • Reply Suzy 24 October 2012 at 08:45

    Happy Bloggversary! What a fantastic way to celebrate and what an admirable cause. I used to work for an architecture firm and will be sure to let all my old colleagues know of this worthy cause. Good luck for year 2! Suzy

  • Reply Anonymous 24 October 2012 at 17:22

    BTI are a fantastic charity doing inspiring work in areas with communities that have very little. What a lovely way to celebrate your 1st Birthday! Hope this next year is as successful and happy for you and BTI xx

  • Reply Joseph 24 October 2012 at 19:49

    Well done!

  • Reply Hannah 25 October 2012 at 10:55

    What a lovely idea! Happy Bloggerversary, thank you for all your colourful inspiration!

  • Reply juan porta 25 October 2012 at 11:42

    great proposal!!!


  • Reply Anonymous 25 October 2012 at 11:46

    A seguir asi muchos mas años!!!!

  • Reply VJ 25 October 2012 at 11:53

    Happy to support for your cause.
    All the very best.

  • Reply Paul Cohoon 25 October 2012 at 12:12

    Happy to see this exposure for Building Trust International, a brilliant organization!

  • Reply ARIF ASHRAF IMAGE 25 October 2012 at 12:19

    Carry on BTI, We’re with you .

  • Reply Anonymous 25 October 2012 at 12:28

    Thanks for the sweet idea, and good luck with all your future endeavours!

  • Reply Anonymous 25 October 2012 at 12:48

    Great idea!!

  • Reply Alebazi Ka 25 October 2012 at 13:10

    Beautiful idea! 🙂 Happy anniversary…

  • Reply Anonymous 25 October 2012 at 13:25

    Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Elena 25 October 2012 at 13:33

    Excellent idea! Wish more people would think along those lines…Happy anniversary!!

  • Reply Hugh 25 October 2012 at 13:42

    Congratulations on a successful year. BTI is a wonderful charity to support and I wish you all the best in the future.

  • Reply ahmed tarek 25 October 2012 at 13:43

    happy anniversary :D. May you have peace and good in your life as you help such noble causes :D.

  • Reply Loong 25 October 2012 at 14:40

    Happy blog anniversary Igor, keep up the good work!

  • Reply Isabel 25 October 2012 at 15:50

    Very nice initiative! Congratulations:)

  • Reply Anonymous 25 October 2012 at 17:44

    Very happy to hear someone is doing good deeds like this

  • Reply Anonymous 25 October 2012 at 18:10

    Happy one year anniversary! Keep it up!

  • Reply Amar Hromo 25 October 2012 at 18:24

    Izvrsna i plemenita ideja! Nadam se velikom broju komentara.
    Happy Anniversary and good luck with the fundraising!

  • Reply Deborah Benbrook 25 October 2012 at 19:32

    Happy Anniversary and well done for all the good work.

  • Reply Anonymous 25 October 2012 at 19:37

    Nice idea, Congrats!!

  • Reply Jinisha 26 October 2012 at 05:54

    Happy Anniversary to Happy Interior blog and good wishes to Building Trust International.

  • Reply Yohan Kong 26 October 2012 at 07:12

    Happy Anniversary to Happy Interior blog~!
    Hope the best for Building Trust International ^^!!

  • Reply amit singh 26 October 2012 at 08:13

    nice idea…..:)

  • Reply Igor Josifovic 28 October 2012 at 23:08

    Thank you ALL so much for your comments & support! I will round it up and donate 130 Euros for Building Trust International the coming days and share it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Thank you very much!

  • Reply wishurhere 30 October 2012 at 13:28

    Belated congratulations on your blog anniversary. You have a great idea to generate comments and do good at the same time.

  • Reply Anonymous 31 October 2012 at 19:02

    I heard Building Trust mentioned on The One Show on BBC One last night. These guys have some really great ideas to encourage interest in their projects. The latest competition to design a cheap home for homeless people was won by architects in London, was praised by a reporter on the TV. Well Done BTI and Thanks, Igor

  • Reply Jeanne 6 November 2012 at 19:53

    This is such a good thing you’re doing, Igor! I’m so inspired by this and you! Happy birthday to the happiest blog I know! xo Jeanne

  • Reply vosges paris 14 November 2012 at 00:03

    You are an amazing person celebrating your blog anniversary in this way! I love you for your positive and caring character!
    Rock on you and congratulations on your one year old baby 😉
    (can’t believe it’s one year already… time flies)

  • Reply Anonymous 21 November 2012 at 23:29

    Well done

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