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Veronika Blomgren

Nikola Kostic

Veronika Blomgren moved to Bali in 2008. She was a well-established designer in Moscow, working on high budget private projects. She started in 1995, back then when the word “design” was still foreign to most Russians. She opened one of the first furniture showrooms in Moscow at the age of 26, her own interior design studio a year later, and was one of the main stars on a Russian version of an Interior Makeover TV program.

By the age of 29 Veronika and her mother Tatiana Rogova, cofounded what is now the biggest school of design and architecture in Russia, “School of Design Details”, where she is still doing her much-anticipated annual lectures.

She was at the peak of her design career, but left it all behind. On one of her trips to Bali, through a string of almost magical coincidences – she found herself in a spot on the island, which she just could not leave. That spot a year later became Oazia Spa Villas – an award winning boutique hotel and spa. The years that followed were full of endless construction projects and business adventures, the highlight of which is Alexa – a luxury 30 meters Phinisi yacht.

Nikola Kostic was born in Belgrade, Serbia receiving a serendipitous offer from his uncle to help him with his booming jewelry business – in Bali. There was no hesitation and he was on the next plane to Indonesia. For several years Nikola was designing silver jewelry, and finally became the business manager. At some point new photographs were needed for the company and so he bought a camera. A new passion and talent was born.

Soon it took over his life; he got assignments as a freelance photographer for the most prominent fashion brands in Bali, worked with the best hotels on their interior and exterior images, and he was invited into the most famous restaurants to do food photography. His passion also included landscape photography, as well as interiors, fashion or food.

His life was full of amazing experiences in the past seventeen years – he lived with a Balinese family for two years, shared their lifestyle and fell deeply in love with their culture. He lived in stunning villas with pools and tropical gardens, enjoying all the comforts and guilty pleasures the island has to offer. He travelled extensively throughout the archipelago, sailing its seas as well.

Nikola met his future wife – a famous Russian designer and architect – in Bali. As fate would have it, she saw his photographs in an exhibition and fell instantly in love, well before meeting him in person.