Two Years Blogging & Giveaway Of The Book ‘Wohnideen aus dem wahren Leben’

October 20, 2013 0


Hello my dear readers – today is a special day for me, it’s the second birthday of Happy Interior Blog! I can’t believe it’s been two years – what a whirlwind period! So many great and exciting things happened during this time and one highlight is my very first book project. So well, what better occasion than a birthday to present the book I contributed to! And this is a special birthday – I don’t expect presents, instead I’m offering some. To be precise – three presents in the form of a book giveaway. So join the birthday party here!

The book ‘Wohnideen aus dem wahren Leben’ (literally ‘Living ideas from real life’) is a creative concoction of 15 European interior design bloggers from Norway to Greece. And almost all of them are my friends which makes this book a wonderful book to me – a book of friends. Every blogger shares pictures of their homes and inspiration for happy homes. And every picture is a real life story – unpretentious, unstaged, just honest and real. 

The book is structured into room chapters, so you get ideas for your kitchen, living room, bedroom and more. Additionally, general interior topic chapters give insights into the use of colours, the creation of still lifes or moodboards, decorating with flowers and much more. The chapters are rounded up by individual presentations of all bloggers including short interviews. And let me tell you – each and every of the 220 pages is a wonderful visual inspiration.

Even though the book has been only published in German, fret not! The photography speaks for itself, it speaks the international language of visual aesthetics. The language we all speak! ‘Wohnideen aus dem wahren Leben’ was published on September 20th by my publisher Callwey and is available in their online shop as well as on Amazon. But before you hit the buy button, leave a comment under this blogpost and secure your chance to win one of three copies of the book. The giveaway is open internationally and runs until coming Sunday, October 27th, midnight CET! So join in!

P.S. The Monday series ‘From Place To Space’ will be back tomorrow. It’s birthday week so everything  turns topsy-turvy!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply vosges paris October 20, 2013 at 22:59

    Happy interior blog birthday to you! You did an amazing job in the last two years by blogging your way through the days (and nights)’ I am happy to be your friend online and in real lofe , see you soon for more bloggerfun πŸ™‚

  • Reply dcoopsd October 20, 2013 at 23:49

    A very happy blogging birthday Igor! Looking forward to the next year of happy posts! A pleasure having met you IRL during some of the BlogTour festivities.

  • Reply novel October 21, 2013 at 04:22

    happy birthday! and you got my love all the way from asia! πŸ™‚

  • Reply * Angel of Berlin * October 21, 2013 at 04:55

    Happy Birthday! Only two years and you already have such an amazing blog. I am very excited about your book, since I follow most bloggers who contributed. I hope I am lucky enough to win a copy.

    Best wishes from Berlin again!

  • Reply Kasia Pohl October 21, 2013 at 05:26

    Congratulations! Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu den beiden, tollen Ereignissen! Dein Blog ist eine super Inspiration:) Ich möchte auch gern bei der Buchverlosung mitmachen, vielleicht habe Glück:)

    Viele liebe Grüße

  • Reply Tatyana October 21, 2013 at 05:31

    Happy Birthday!!! Just recently found your blog πŸ™‚ hello from your neighbor in FFB!

  • Reply Vronie October 21, 2013 at 05:50

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch. Dieses Buch ist bereits auf meiner Wunschliste. Bin sehr gespannt darauf. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Riikka October 21, 2013 at 05:51

    Happy blog-birthday! I’d love to win a copy of the book!

  • Reply Anonymous October 21, 2013 at 05:51

    alles gute! und kompliment für den schönen blog!! ich würde auch gerne teilnehmen… grüsse von einer italienerin in frankfurt

  • Reply Brianne October 21, 2013 at 06:07

    Happy blog birthday! I’d love a copy of your book for design inspiration and German language practice! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Annina Pfisterer October 21, 2013 at 06:17

    Happy Birthday! Ich würde das Buch wahnsinnig gerne gewinnen!

  • Reply Kerstin October 21, 2013 at 06:38

    Danke für 2 Jahre happy Interior! Dein Blog zaubert oft ein Lächeln auf mein Gesicht… πŸ˜€

  • Reply Filipek 70 October 21, 2013 at 06:51

    MY CONGRATULATIONS and happy blogging for next hundred years :)) I hope one of these books will be mine πŸ™‚ greetings

  • Reply Simone October 21, 2013 at 07:02

    Happy Birthday to you!!! All my best and congrats on your second birthday happyinteriorblog πŸ™‚ Many more will come and I´m looking forward to it. I actually wanted to order the book this week, since the first order of it had a too long delivery time. So maybe I get lucky here. Best of luck to you! πŸ™‚

    xoxo Simone

  • Reply geraldine@littlebigbell October 21, 2013 at 07:08

    Happy anniversary Igor. The book looks amazing and would definitely love to win a copy. Have a lovely week. xx

  • Reply Annette [blick7] October 21, 2013 at 07:08

    Woohoo! Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Bloggeburtstag, Igor! Da hüpf ich doch sehr gerne in den Lostopf.

  • Reply Nord und SΓΌd October 21, 2013 at 07:09

    Happy, happy Blog-Birthday dear Igor! Amazing job! I am enjoying your blog so much!

  • Reply bine October 21, 2013 at 07:14

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum 2.!! Und was das Buch betrifft: Allein der Titel macht Lust hineinzuschauen. Würde sich prima in meinem Bücherregal machen. πŸ˜‰ Ich springe dann mal in den Lostopf.

    Danke dir für viele tolle Blogposts – mach weiter so!
    LG bine

  • Reply Sarah Halbeisen October 21, 2013 at 07:25

    Congratulations on your second blog-birthday! Can you believe that it’s already been two years?! Please do keep it up. I makes me happy every time I read you.

    Your book would be the best coffee table addition. I’ll keep my fingers crossed! (I speak German too…) πŸ™‚

  • Reply Smbumblebee October 21, 2013 at 07:26

    Congratulations on your two year blogging anniversary! I’m proud to say that I have been with you all the way πŸ™‚ Time really flies though!
    I’ve been eyeing up this book for so long now so fingers crossed!

    All the best


  • Reply Julia October 21, 2013 at 07:50

    congratulations on two happy and colourful years igor πŸ™‚ and thank you for giving away these copies, i would love to win one of them! greetings julia

  • Reply Sarah October 21, 2013 at 08:28

    Congratulations with your blog-birthday and with your book collaboration !
    – Sarah

  • Reply dramaqueenatwork October 21, 2013 at 08:47

    congratulations! Tataaaah!!:-)
    O love this whale – bookend! Where is it from?
    Thank you for all your lovely inspirations! And of course I would love to get this book!!

  • Reply Julia October 21, 2013 at 08:53

    Lieber Igor, happy, happy Birthday! Erst zwei Jahre jung ist dein Blog? Kaum zu glauben! Mach weiter so mit Deinem tollen Blog, ich schau so gern bei Dir vorbei πŸ™‚ Jetzt drück ich mir erstmal die Daumen, damit ich eine Ausgabe dieses tollen Buches gewinne, ich ziehe nämlich demnächst um und brauche DRINGEND Inspiration πŸ™‚
    Liebe Grüße!

  • Reply Kasia Taylor October 21, 2013 at 09:15

    A very happy birthday to the Happy Interior Blog! I hope you enjoy writing it as much as we enjoy reading it! I’d love to get some inspiration from this stunning book, so fingers crossed! Very well done!

    All the best wishes,


  • Reply Sarah Hannen October 21, 2013 at 09:32

    Ohh alles gute!! Ich mag so gerne hier stöbern…und dieses Buch…hach ich liebe es und es steht auf der Weihnachtswunschliste… ich muss ja meinen Freund daon irgendwie überzeugen das die zukünftige gemeinsame Wohnung ähnlich gemütlich aussieht πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Bigi October 21, 2013 at 09:35

    Happy happy Birthday, happy Interior Blog! Love your work, thanks for that πŸ™‚

  • Reply Alexandra Preis October 21, 2013 at 09:41

    Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Happy Interior Blog! Good job, Igor, congratulations on the blog and the book! πŸ˜€

  • Reply feliciastigert October 21, 2013 at 09:42

    LOVE IT!

  • Reply un23 ilaria October 21, 2013 at 09:55

    Happy birthday HIB … you’ve gone a long way and you deserve all the great things that happened and will happen. Enjoy this special day πŸ™‚
    I’m not afraid of the German text, I start being used to buy interiors’ books in unknown languages πŸ˜‰ have a great day Igor xx

  • Reply Anonymous October 21, 2013 at 10:00

    Alles Gute deinem tollen Blog und deinem Buch! Es sieht ganz toll aus und auch wenn ich es nicht bekomme, werde ich es mir definitiv bestellen :-)…es wird ja nicht nur auf deinem Blog kräftig die Werbetrommel dafür gerührt, da kann man dann ja praktisch gar nicht widerstehen, wenn so viele tolle Leute mit gearbeitet haben. Mach weiter so, denn dein Blog gehört zu meiner Tageslektüre πŸ˜‰ …LG Jacky

  • Reply stylencritics October 21, 2013 at 10:17

    Happy Birthday my blog – friend!!!

  • Reply Anonymous October 21, 2013 at 10:20

    Happy Birthday! I would love to get this wonderful book! πŸ™‚


  • Reply Tina Kreslin October 21, 2013 at 10:29

    Happy Birthday! πŸ™‚ Love this blog.

  • Reply My heart is here October 21, 2013 at 10:58

    Happy birthday! I´d love to have this book πŸ™‚

  • Reply Anya Jensen October 21, 2013 at 11:08

    Congrats lovely friend on your anniversary – look forward to many years to come – I already have the amazing book, so good luck to everyone, Much love Axx

  • Reply Lena October 21, 2013 at 11:13

    Happy blog birthday! I’m very curious to see that book with so many bloggers I like and admire in it. I never win, but there’s always a first time, right?

  • Reply Riell [project:Home] October 21, 2013 at 11:13

    Happy birthday! Keep on, you are doing a great job here! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Yvonne October 21, 2013 at 11:20

    Congratulations! Your book looks amazing…
    Wishing you all the best!

  • Reply Lisa October 21, 2013 at 11:28

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Sowohl das Buch als auch der Blog sind tolle Inspirationsquellen!

  • Reply Ligia Seabra October 21, 2013 at 11:41

    Congratulations Igor! Wishing you all the best!

  • Reply Johan October 21, 2013 at 12:08

    Happy birthday Igor! 2 years and already published in a book. You are a great example to me! πŸ™‚ So curious about the book ! Still I think it’s a present to you too to be published πŸ™‚ Enjoy this pretty Monday!

  • Reply Muriel October 21, 2013 at 12:50

    Happy birthday to your great great blog, Igor !!
    and congrats for this book!!

  • Reply jon r October 21, 2013 at 13:12

    Happy Birthday.
    The book looks great too.

  • Reply motessa October 21, 2013 at 13:49

    Hoch die Tassen und happy B-day! DAs Buch wollte ich schon kaufen, aber nun warte ich lieber noch mal ab… Hoff, hoff…

  • Reply Julie Les Miniboux October 21, 2013 at 13:53

    Happy Blog Birthday ! You’ve shared so many beautiful things over here, it’s well deserved to see it comes with great projects. The book looks absolutely great too, so I give it a go & we’ll see if I can understand a few german words !

  • Reply Antonia // craftifair October 21, 2013 at 14:06

    Glückwunsch zum Bloggeburtstag!!
    Habs schon durchgeblättert und würde mich wahnsinnig freuen es zu gewinnen!

    Viele Grüße,

  • Reply stefi b. October 21, 2013 at 14:19

    happy b-day!!!!
    *the crowd goes aaaah*
    nice – two years of blogging on such a regular basis. i’m deeply impressed. well, also i hope, you go on as before! you have a really nice blog and i think you show a lot of inspiring stuff here.
    so: go, igor, go!
    frau s.

  • Reply Evelyn B October 21, 2013 at 14:44

    AAAles Gute zum Geburtstag. Wirklich fantastisch Dein blog. Also wünsch ich Dir und uns allen noch viele Jahre spannende “happyinterior” Impressionen.
    Nun hoffe ich nur auch ein bisschen Glück und ein Exemplar.
    Viele Grüße aus Schweden

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey October 21, 2013 at 15:10

    Happy blog birthday boy πŸ™‚ And well done with the book! Looks very cool. Gx

  • Reply holly {Avenue Lifestyle} October 21, 2013 at 15:15

    Congratulations on two fab years of blogging, Igor! You and your blog make me smile on a daily basis, and I feel honoured to have co-authored a book with you and so many other wonderful talents. Holly x

  • Reply Alana Highberger October 21, 2013 at 15:20

    Looks like today is National Happy Interior Blog Day! Have a great one! xx

    Alana at

  • Reply Trisha October 21, 2013 at 15:28

    congratulations Igor!!! such a lovely blog πŸ™‚ x

  • Reply Laura Rowley October 21, 2013 at 15:35

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  • Reply Laura Rowley October 21, 2013 at 15:37

    Happy Birthday Happy Interior Blog! May you continue to inspire and create!

    Laura @ Roller Blinds Direct

  • Reply philuko October 21, 2013 at 15:44

    GLÜCKWUNSCH! So jung und so erfolgreich!!! Beneidenswert! Liebe Grüße!

  • Reply tina @ colourliving October 21, 2013 at 16:04

    Happy Happy 2nd Blog Birthday my friend. The Blogging world wouldn’t be the same without you…Can’t wait to see the book. And, of course, I can understand every word in it:-))
    Big hugs x

  • Reply Ana Kamin October 21, 2013 at 16:55

    Congrats Igor on your 2nd anniversary! You do everyday an amazing job, keeping us up to date on all that cool design stuff and it’s been great to follow you along. For more anniversaries to come! Cheers! And oh the book, the book is great! I can read it too and my birthday is on 27th October. πŸ˜‰ What a present that would be. πŸ˜‰ Have great week!

  • Reply Tim October 21, 2013 at 16:59

    congrats Igor! Look at the super talented you and how much you have accomplished in 2 years! BRAVO!

    Loving the sneak peek of the book and your living room!! It is definitely a must-have to my decor inspiration collection. You will have to autograph my copy for sure if I am the lucky winner!

  • Reply *ursl* October 21, 2013 at 17:09

    Happy Blog-Anniversary!
    Hope I´ll be a lucky one, who winn this amazing book.

  • Reply Henrikje October 21, 2013 at 17:15

    Alles alles Gute zum Geburtstag wünsche ich dann mal πŸ™‚
    Ich bin zwar eher stiller Leser, aber dein Blog ist mehr als toll!
    Natürlich hoffe ich die Glückliche zu sein, die dieses tolle Buch gewinnt. Es steht schon seit der Erscheinung auf meiner Wunschliste πŸ™‚

    Liebste Grüße

  • Reply Anonymous October 21, 2013 at 17:21

    Happy Birthday und ich muss das Buch haben….
    Weiter so, Gruß Nina aus MZ

  • Reply variety_express October 21, 2013 at 17:27

    Happy-versary Igor! Thank you very much for lifestyle inspiration, I also discovered bloggers’ world 2 years ago, and your happy stylish blog is my favorite! I hope to be lucky to win your first book ;))
    Lets get this party started :o) <@:)

  • Reply Maike Karen October 21, 2013 at 17:54

    Lieber Igor, Ich bin so neugierig auf “Euer” Buch! Da wir gerade unser neues kleines Haus renovieren, brauche ich noch einige Ideen für die Einrichtung, ich würde mich gerne inspirieren lassen!

    Liebe Grüße
    Maike Karen
    maike01 (at)

  • Reply Anja October 21, 2013 at 17:59

    Wow, you are so lucky! It sounds like a great book and is just ready by your second Blogiversary! Congratulations, love your blog, your instagram, love it all! Happy Birthday and of course would love to win one of those lovely copies!!!


  • Reply Beauty Follower October 21, 2013 at 18:09

    Μπραβο για την μέχρι τώρα πορεία του καλαίσθητου αυτου blog!
    Πολλα φιλιά Igor πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jeanne | Shop Sweet Things October 21, 2013 at 18:34

    Aww, congrats Igor! Feels like you’ve been blogging for longer than two years. You’re such a pro! And I love your taste! It would be so cool to add this book on my shelf!

  • Reply navucko. October 21, 2013 at 21:01

    und auch auf diesem wege:

    alles liiiiebe und gute dieser erde und noch mehr!
    tolle sache! weiter so!

    und grandioses buch!
    also meine däumchen sind gedrückt :))

    najveci pozdrav,

  • Reply Lucy October 21, 2013 at 21:46

    Oooh this book looks beautiful! Happy anniversary πŸ™‚

  • Reply meingefangen October 21, 2013 at 22:07

    So great! I’d love to turn some pages in this awesome book and let my eyes enjoy it.

  • Reply Stacey Sheppard October 21, 2013 at 22:34

    Has it really been 2 years Igor? Feels like Happy Interior Blog has been around forever already! You have achieved so much in that short time and you should be really proud of how far you have come! I would love to win a copy of your book so fingers crossed!

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily October 21, 2013 at 22:54

    Happy happy 2nd Birthday dear Igor. You have achieved so much, worked so hard and truly deserve your success. What a wonderful book to be included in πŸ™‚

  • Reply L'amore Di October 22, 2013 at 00:10

    Happy 2 yrs!! Thanks for allowing us to see the beauty of interiors through your eyes. Here’s to many more years of inspiration! =)

  • Reply kelly October 22, 2013 at 06:03

    Belated happy birthday! Anyway, I found your page on Pinterest and I wanna share interesting themes to customize our Pinterest page.
    It’s FREE! Here’s the link:

  • Reply Menthe Blanche October 22, 2013 at 08:17

    Happy birthday to your lovely blog! This book is a very nice giveaway πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar October 22, 2013 at 08:27

    Happy second blogging birthday, bro! Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration you share with us all – here’s to many more years of blogging, bubbles and bros! LOL

  • Reply julia I mintlametta October 22, 2013 at 09:50

    YEAH! Gratulation auch von mir! Ich bin spät dran, hoffe aber dennoch auf Gewinnchancen für das wundervolle Buch, nachdem ich die Veröffnetlichung hier bei Dir schon verfolgt habe und auch bei anderen tollen Wohn-Bloggern schon erste virtuelle Einblick sammeln konnte. Ganz liebe Grüße – julia

  • Reply Sandra von 3-ZKB October 22, 2013 at 14:14

    Happy Birthday (nachträglich) to your wonderful and inspiring happyinteriorblog!

    Congrats – the book looks great. I am happy for you to share these amazing experiences with your blogger friends!

  • Reply STUDIO 8940 - October 22, 2013 at 20:16

    So wanting this book! I’m in!

  • Reply Galina October 22, 2013 at 20:24

    I like how you write!
    If the book have English version?

  • Reply Anna W. October 23, 2013 at 06:41

    The best to you!
    Love the book!
    Kisses xxx

  • Reply Nadini October 23, 2013 at 08:19

    Oh, happiest of birthdays to you!!!
    Alles, alles Liebe und mach so weiter! πŸ™‚

    Über das Buch würde ich mich maaaßlos freuen πŸ˜‰

    Liebe Grüße

  • Reply A-Smile-Style October 23, 2013 at 21:08

    Lieber Igor,
    Happy Birthday zum 2. Geburtstag (;-) und Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Deinem 1. Buchprojekt.
    Natürlich würde ich mich RIESIG über den Gewinn des Buches freuen, so wie alle “82” anderen (bis jetzt) !
    Have a nice Day Anja

  • Reply Sarah Swanson October 24, 2013 at 02:12

    Happy happy happy blog birthday! Looks like a fabulous book I would love to have! xoxo’s Sarah

  • Reply Kristine October 24, 2013 at 02:42

    Happy Blog Birthday. I’ve enjoyed you blog so much and have looked to several of your posts for inspiration in my home’s remodel/redecorating that I’m about to undertake.

  • Reply Juliette Stuart October 24, 2013 at 06:43

    Well Happy Birthday to a mighty fine blogger, who never fails to inspire and excite me with his creative delights. Thank you for sharing your talent with us over the last 2 years, looking forward to many more πŸ˜‰ !

  • Reply Marco Riekstins October 24, 2013 at 09:20

    Greetings from South Africa! I’d love to own this book- think you’re doing wonderful things and i’d like to have those wonderful things in my house! I’m German but I’m not taking the classes now so this would be a good incentive πŸ˜‰ marcoriekstins @

  • Reply Emelie October 24, 2013 at 10:48

    The book looks really good! Well done! Of course I would love to win a copy! I wouldn’t mind a German edition, it would be a perfect opportunity to practice my German πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Leonie October 26, 2013 at 14:25

    Happy birthday! Love your blog so the book will be great too πŸ™‚ Keeping my fingers crossed…

  • Reply Marianne Le Temps Jadis October 26, 2013 at 16:19

    Happy blogiversary! The book is on my wish list! I am Dutch but can read German (I live near the border with Germany), so reading the book is no problem. I’d love to win a copy!

  • Reply Tanja Praske October 26, 2013 at 19:48

    Happy birthday to your 2nd year of blogging – jetzt also ein Gegenbesuch meinerseits und verspätete Glückwünsche! Freue mich sehr, dich nun zu kennen und drücke dir die Daumen für alles weitere!


  • Reply Tezz October 27, 2013 at 21:52

    Happy Blog Birthday! It’s always a great pleasure to come by and read your posts and look at your photos. Would love to win one of these books.

    Have a great day πŸ™‚


  • Reply Emily October 27, 2013 at 21:54

    Happy Blog Birthday! Here’s to many more happy and inspiring years of blogging! This book looks fabulous. I am crossing my fingers & toes! x

  • Reply Eleanor October 28, 2013 at 09:36

    Ooh! Alles Gute zum Blog Geburtstag πŸ™‚ The book looks delightful, I’d love to win one!!!

  • Reply Anonymous October 28, 2013 at 11:26

    Happy Birthday! Und auf viele weitere, inspirierende Bloggerjahre Igor!
    Und dann noch so ein giveaway… toi toi toi ;-))
    Liebe Grüße, Alex

    • Reply Alexbaehr October 28, 2013 at 11:27

      super, anonym bei einem Gewinnspiel mitzumachen, haha…

  • Reply Lina October 28, 2013 at 11:41

    Congratulations and happy birthday! The book looks great πŸ™‚ I hope it will inspire many more people to create a happy home!

  • Reply Shelley Jacobsen October 28, 2013 at 13:42

    I’m afraid I missed the deadline:( But wanted to give you a big shout out on the book & your two year anniversary! Can’t think of a better way to celebrate!! Wonderful!! Good luck to everyone and I may just go and order this on Amazon:) Cheers Igor!

  • Reply Anissa October 28, 2013 at 19:23

    Alles Gute & weiter so! Der Blog-Name ist wirklich Programm und stimmt immer fröhlich!

  • Reply Igor Josifovic October 29, 2013 at 21:25

    We have three lucky winners chosen randomly by – congrats to comment no. 5 (Kasia), no. 37 (Lena) and no. 63 (Variety Express) – please email me your addresses to

    • Reply Kasia Pohl October 30, 2013 at 19:15

      Hallo Igor:)) Danke nochmals, ich freue mich auf dieses schöne Buch und herzlichen Glückwunsch an die anderen beiden Gewinner! πŸ™‚
      Liebe Grüße

  • Reply Iro - Ivy October 30, 2013 at 14:02

    belated 2 year anniversary to your creative child – aka your blog – dear Igor & many congratulations for this book! There are the homes of quite a few blogger friends included, so it’s shouldn’t take long till the postman brings it to my door. Happy expectations πŸ™‚

  • Reply ChloΓ© & Mathias November 3, 2013 at 12:29

    Happy belated blog’s birthday, and congrats on the book collaboration! I missed the chance to win one copy, but I will add the title to my wish list πŸ™‚

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