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Thursday
Feb102011

An Eccentric Flair

I applaud those people who follow their passions and are not afraid to make them part of their lives — especially in their homes. It's quite obvious that whoever lives in this pad has a immense love for everything out of the ordinary. Their sense of style is very particular and distinctively personal, and the mix of elements is so unexpected that it makes you look twice. I really love how everything is put together, creating a space where traditional and funky can coexist. The eccentricity of each piece is mind-blowing and I'm sure they had a blast collecting all their kooky treasures.

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Wednesday
Feb092011

A Pod With a View

There's nothing better than travelling and knowing you're also being good to the environment. Swiss-born Sofia de Meyer feels the same way. That's why she had the brillliant idea of creating Whitepod, a unique hotel concept than links man and nature in a very eco-friendly way —of course, without sacrificing comfort and design. Set amid the majestic Swiss Alps with stunning views of Lake Geneva, the 15 dome-like pods are designed to blend in with their surroundings, not only visually but also by having a low impact on the environment (I think it's so cool that in the Winter the domes are covered with white canvas and changed to green in the Summer).

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Tuesday
Feb082011

White Perfection

The dream of the owners of this heavenly duplex was to have a very open and airy home. It came true when they had the chance to buy the apartment right above theirs and unify them into one glorious space. It's not often that interior design gets to be combined with home construction and even then it is usually in the form of new housing. The builder Ryan Homes provides an example of how these two professions normally blend. It can be a difficult balance, but to renovate an existing historical home is an even greater challenge. Located in a 1920's Art Deco building in Alicante, Spain, both apartments were very boxy with many little rooms. In order to open up the space and let natural light flow without interruption, they decided to knock down all the walls —only leaving the structural columns intact to keep some of the integrity of the original construction. La pièce de résistance: the sculptural floating staircase that connects both levels making a strong architectural statement.

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Monday
Feb072011

Tokens of Love

Love is meant to be expressed all year round, but February 14th is the official day when love and friendship is celebrated around the world — Saudi Arabia being the exception. In most countries this special day is observed by exchanging gifts with your sweethearts, but others have different traditions. In Korea and Japan only the girls give presents to the guys on that day, and March 14th (know as White Day) is when the guys do the gifting. Did you know that in Japan the girls actually have the luxury of choosing their own gift? I'm sure most gals out there would love to do the same. So in case you haven't already bought a token of love for your honey, here are some cool ideas for your consideration. Hurry, only one week left!

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Sunday
Feb062011

Eco-friendly Since Birth

I'm so psyched to see how green design is inspiring furniture companies to get behind the great concept of sustainability. The very innovative French company Castor & Chouca has come out with a high-end green collection of furniture from infants to juniors. They've worked together with pediatricians, nurses and mothers to create a line inspired by innovations in the medical field and futuristic design. The company uses sustainable raw materials such as bamboo, linen, organic cotton and recyclable components. I really like the versatility of the pieces and the multiple uses they have. They're really worth the investment as their idea is for the furniture to last and not to be thrown away —so your bambinos can grow up with them. They believe in a universe where ecology, health, security and well-being are inseparable. How cool is that?

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Saturday
Feb052011

Hare It Is!

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According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, we just started the year of the Rabbit. It's supposed to be a placid year, very much welcomed and needed after the ferocious year of the Tiger. Good taste and refinement will shine on everything, and for once, it may seem possible for us to be carefree and happy without too many annoyances. So, here's a collection of fun and chi-chi finds for your home that celebrate this adorable little creature. Happy Year of the Rabbit!!

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Friday
Feb042011

Size Does Not Matter

Living in tight spaces has its challenges. You have to be clever about how to use your limited square footage and make it functional for your needs. Malena Georgieva, a Bulgarian import, only had a little over 200 square feet to work with. Can you imagine? Her tiny fourth-floor studio apartment located a few steps from the Dakota (one of the most iconic buildings in NYC and former home of John Lennon), only has enough room for a bed, a desk, a dining table and couple of chairs. As an aspiring artist and interior designer, Malena put her creative talent in designing and decorating her petite pad —much needed talent when working on a budget not much bigger than her place.

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Thursday
Feb032011

Royally Exquisite

For me Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, and it would be perfect to be able to celebrate Valentine's Day in this glorious metropolis. Of course, staying at the newly renovated Le Royal Monceau would the cherry on the cake. Its amazing transformation, by the hands of no other than Philippe Starck, has everybody talking. Although we can see his signature quirky style throughout, Starck still managed to maintain the sophistication of this historic hotel. The grand and luxe ambiance of the hotel welcomes la crème de la crème from around the world. Starting at 780 Euros a night, the rooms are ingrained with glamour and effervescence — and I'm sure for those who can afford it, a stay here would be quite the treat.

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