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The No-Rules Approach
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by Christiane Lemieux 



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Playing with food

Don't you remember your parents always telling you to stop playing with your food? I do, many times. Especially when I saw these pictures that brought back some fond memories. These clever compositions made with fruits and vegetables, by Swedish photographer Carl Kleiner, are simply delightful. The little creatures —from his Cafe M, Beirut series— can easily be part of a Dr. Seuss tale. They're crafted so beautifully, they look almost animated. If his work seems familiar, it's because Kleiner also shot the unique images for IKEA's cookbook Homemade is Best. I just can't have enough of his innovative style, so I thought you might get a kick out of it too. I hope you're having a fab weekend!

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A Brave New Color

Winter hasn't started yet and the new trends for next year are already on our doorsteps. Pantone has just named Honeysuckle not only as 2011 Color of the Year, but also as the defining hue for Spring. Courageous and confident, this reddish pink is a dynamic and uplifting color. “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

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A Rental Showcase

Most likely renters won't make any improvements on their rental property, but sometimes a little TLC can make a huge difference. That was the case for the occupants of this bright and airy 1950's flat in Madrid. Although not a drastic transformation, they decided to make some minor changes before moving in. They knew they wanted a neutral space where their existing pieces of furniture and artwork could live harmoniously. White was the call for the walls, as it emits peace and tranquility. And to add some warmth and texture to some of the rooms, floral wallpaper was the easiest way to pull it off.

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An Off-the-Wall Christmas

Are you depriving yourself of some holiday cheer because of lack of space this year? Deprive no more. I have found some ingenious ideas that will inspire you and get you in the Christmas spirit. These alternative tree solutions are great for small dwellings since they take literally no space and will give you that extra room to gather all your gifts. This very jolly Christmas Tree Wall Sticker full of twirls and stars will make your heart grow three times bigger, just like the Grinch.

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A Bowl of Many Layers

The nifty Fruit Bowl 128 go its name from the amount of layers it's made of — its beautiful surface resembles a terrain model. Designed by Dutch Studio SEMdesignthe bowl is handmade by gluing 128 different pieces of recycled cardboard together. Its sculptural shape looks gorgeous with or without fruits in it. Are you thrilled by challenges? Well, how about making your own bowl. The designers offer a free manual that walks you, step by step, through the project. Come on, you can do it

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Moooi: Amsterdam

In my recent trip to Amsterdam, one of my must-visit places on my list was the famous Moooi store and gallery. To feel like locals, we rented bikes and headed to one of the oldest part of town where this hot spot of interior goodies and unique gifts is located. When you first come in into the building, also housing Dutch designer Marcel Wander's headquarters, you're welcomed by the beautiful Raymond lamp and stunning mosaic tile floors.

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Holiday Gift Guide: part 6

Sadly, this is the last of my Holiday Gift Guide series. I've had a blast compiling all the cool stuff I found during the process. I hope it has been a great help to you, and made your shopping a little less stressful. This time it's all about the home. I found a selection of lovely items that can be the perfect present for a host, or hostess, or that last-minute gift you were not counting on. I know some people feel that giving home-related presents can be an imposition on someone's taste. But if you know your friends well, you shouldn't have a problem. In any case, chocolates are always appreciated. Happy giving... and receiving, of course!

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Stylish Cardboard

For those procrastinators who are still living among boxes after the big move, the Wannabe Table by German Design Studio Llot Llov, has come to your rescue. The laser-cut steel table can make cardboard look very chic — you can place it atop one of your own boxes, or use the cardboard box that comes with it. Besides visual relief, this clever innovation also serves as very handy storage. Use it as a coffee table or even night stands. Who would have thought that cardboard could be part of your home decor

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