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Tuesday
Sep022014

SLEEPING IN THE PAST

The opportunity of staying in a Middle Age monastery doesn't come along very often, especially in one that has been gorgeously transformed into a luxurious hotel. "What we wanted for Fontevraud was not the classic hotel and restaurant experience, but something unique; a journey between tradition and modernity that reinterprets the story of Saint-Lazare for the future, marrying emotion, sensual pleasure and poetry," explained designers Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku of Agence Jouin Manku who steer headed the stunning renovation. With a simple palette of wood, metal and fabrics the creative duo created a serene atmosphere that complements and brings forth the history of the building. Simply put, this hotel is a heavenly place to kick back and relax.

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Monday
Sep012014

TOOLS FOR MODERN TIMES

If you like to keep your toolbox well equipped with the latest and coolest gadgets you're going to love this new collection of household tools by London based Chauhan Studio. Their "inspiration came from exploring the role of tools used for common light hardware tasks around the home, and Fiskars shared vision of "light hardware", moving these tools out of the toolbox in the garage to somewhere more easily accessible in the home". The futuristic looking tools are the perfect hand me downs for the next generation. I so want a set right now!

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Thursday
Aug142014

BRILLIANT WHITES

Deciding what color to paint a room is often a task on its own. Can you remember how many times you've stood in front of a sea of color chips with a blank stare on your face not knowing which one to pick? I've certainly done it way too many times, especially when faced with the hard decision of choosing the 'perfect' white. That's why, as a contributor to My Colortopia blog, I chose to break down the myths about this terrific neutral and its many tonalities in a post for their Color 101 series. I invite you to take a peek and get the nitty-gritty on this popular color that will help you decide which one is the right one for your project. Besides white, the series also expands on other color families and gives you tips to help you make the right color choice. Enjoy!  

I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Friday
Aug082014

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT

Today, we embark on a make-believe trip over the Atlantito take a tour of this spectacular penthouse in Marseille, France. For interior designer Francois Champsaur the sky was literally the limit when he was comissioned to renovate the top floor apartment of an old storage building. His vision was to create an open-layout plan where light navigates the spacious rooms of this modern home. The designer has the amazing talent of playing with proportions and color incorporating pieces that make a dramatic statement — like that amazing oversized round mirror sitting on one corner of the living room. I mean WOW!

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Wednesday
Aug062014

DANISH HOSPITALITY

It's no secret that Danes have an exquisite taste in design, and that their hotels are no exception to this rule. The recently opened Hotel SP34 is one of the newest additions to the impressive line up of design hotels in Copenhagen. The hotel, formerly known as Hotel Fox, was completely revamped by architect/designer Morten Hedegaard into a chic 118-room boutique hotel. Designed with the staple Nordic aesthetic, the hotel is decorated in a soothing grey and white palette with deliciously warm details in wood and leather. No doubt Hotel SP34 should be on the top of anyone's list traveling to the Danish capital any time soon.

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Friday
Jul112014

A PRECIOUS PARISIAN JEWEL

It's hard to believe this fabulosity-packed apartment is only 430 square feet. Home to interior designer Charlotte Vauvillier, this Parisian flat is tastefully decorated with a delicious mix of mid-century pieces and custom made furniture. One of its amazing features is the clean and clever storage solutions in the living area. But of course, that gorgeous kitchen is the pièce de résistance with that amazing floor tile and stunning gray, yellow and blue color combo. Undoubtedly, Charlotte lives in a small jewel worth drooling for. Wouldn't you say? Happy weekend!

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Monday
Jul072014

A GENDER NEUTRAL LOFT

I can't get enough of the beautifully serene color palette of this 1860 loft in SoHo, New York . Its soft neutral colors flow from room to room creating a harmonious and soothing ambiance. The whole renovation and design story was conceived by British interior design firm Ochre, known for their exquisite attention to proportions, use of luxurious materials and matchless craftsmanship. One might relate these soft hues with feminine interiors, but by mixing in metal, wood and clean-line pieces they made it a gender neutral home. It is absolutely to dye for!

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Wednesday
Jul022014

A PASSION FOR COLOR

Known for her passionate love affair with color, French interior designer Sarah Lavoine lets  us take a peek into this fabulous Parisian duplex she designed. With a black and white base color palette, Sarah introduced strokes of jewel tones to create a sexy design story. I'm sure she decided to paint the floors white to make these gorgeous colors pop and really come alive. Her masterful mix of furniture styles has the right proportion between old and new pieces. I'm in love!

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