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The No-Rules Approach
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by Christiane Lemieux 



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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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Mix & Match

Accessories are as important to your decor as everything else in your home. Through them, you can show a little more of your style and personality. However, it is always a challenge to successfully accesorize your pad. Often, these keepsakes have very special meaning: they're mementos from your travels, family treasures or simply finds you adore. The secret is to create interesting vignettes with balanced compositions playing with different shapes, heights and shades of color. Don't be afraid of trying various arrangements, but editing is key. For this you must trust your eye. These gorgeous images from the portfolio of photographer David Prince, are proof of great displays. I'm a firm believer that accessories should not look forced in a space, they need to blend harmoniously within the rest of your decor. Remember, this is all about you, so have fun showing off your proud possessions.

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Delicious sophistication

One of my favorite treats in the world is finding a place that sells great macarons. When I came across the pictures of this luscious white gem filled with the multicolored confections, I flipped over two of my fave things: macarons and white interiors, together in one space. What else could I ask for? In the last couple of years, I've noticed a boom of these French delicacies popping up in several stores. Back in 2009, Theurel & Thomas opened its doors in San Pedro, the most affluent suburb in Monterrey, Mexico. It's the first store that specializes in macarons in that country. The flawless bright interior is the absolute best backdrop to showcase these sweet confections. Also, the way they chose to display them is exquisite, and the packaging, impeccable. The whole concept was created and designed by the Mexican Agency Anagrama. The boutique-like store is a contemporary twist of and old French patisserie. Now I have another reason to pay a visit to Mexico.

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My top 10: Bookcases

Are you one of those bookworms with volumes of best sellers and magazines, but with no special place to keep them stashed? These buddies that keep you entertained day after day deserve better than sitting on big piles around your pad. Here are some of the front-runners on my list of favorite bookcases in the market. They're different and fun, and some unexpected. Also, if you've always liked the look of a formal library and cannot afford to have one, you can get the look with this very nifty Bookshelf Wallpaper — a fun twist for any room. Happy reading, in style!

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