Today New York City woke up to a crisp chilly morning – the coldest of the season so far. I feel Autumn finally descending upon us and everyone is starting to take their fabulous jackets, coats, scarfs and hats out of storage. So this is the perfect time to start thinking about buying a very chic coat rack for your much neglected foyer. They come in different shapes, colors and materials to fancy any taste. From minimal to whimsy, there is something for everyone. Even for those Earth lovers, I found these colorful coat racks made out reused rebars (above). But don't worry, if you feel your space can't handle a free standing coat rack, I'll be giving you my top choices of wall hooks on a later post. Keep warm!
I had always heard the Dutch were known for their impeccable aesthetics and their love for great design. And in my recent trip to Amsterdam I found this to be true. Everywhere I looked I saw proof of how design-oriented they really are. Walking down the streets next to the winding canals, I found myself peeking through huge panoramic windows of beautiful Dutch houses. I was honestly mesmerized by what I saw. It was really interior design porn. I never felt I was intruding in their privacy, I could tell they were proud to expose their picture-perfect pads to everyone passing by and show off their very personal style. Whether big or small, fancy or simple, their level of taste is truly exquisite.
After ten relaxing days of traveling, eating yummy food and discovering wonderful things in Amsterdam and Antwerp, I'm home in the process of getting back in the groove of things. Once I'm done with the unpacking (not my favorite thing to do), I will go through all my photos and material I collected along the way in order to start sharing with you the many cool things I came across in my trip.
But in the meantime let me show you how you can add a pinch of flavor to your decor with these delicious lamps made of salt. Yes, you heard right, salt. Designed by Roberto Tweraser, the SALT lamps made their debut at this year's London Design Festival and are great pieces that will season any bland space. How savory are they?
After a two-hour train ride from Amsterdam we arrived in Antwerp, Belgium. This charming city has always been on my list of destinations since it's known to be a Mecca for up-and-coming fashion designers who are influencing the couture scene. While strolling down the cobblestone street near the Hotel Banks (where we're staying) I came across The MoMu, the Fashion Museum of Antwerp. Immediately I went in, and to my surprise they were hosting an exhibit of the largest collection of Stephen Jones' hats outside of his native Britain.
It's that time of year again! But now you don't have to resort to pumpkins, witch hats or cobwebs to add some terrorrific and magical ambiance to your home. Any of these bewitching pieces will do the trick giving your pad some spellbinding style. And the best part, they're artsy enough to keep them year-round.
I love to walk around the hotel where we stay in order to discover the little treats the area has to offer. This time was no exception. A couple of short blocks away from Hotel V, I noticed this impeccable place with minimal decor and good looking, mouth-watering food. I wasn't sure what to expect once I opened the door. But to my surprise, Uliveto, this very charming Italian delicatessen welcomed me in. A long communal table with a Carrera marble top, soaring stainless steel shelves, metal containers, glass jars with pickled vegetables and white tiles as background is all they used to adorn this very tall space. I think what made it work was the repetition of basic shapes and beautiful objects in a very mnimal way. Simply delicious!
I have finally arrived in the land of the tulips and windmills where I'll be staying for the next few days. After checking into the hip Hotel V, we hit the streets in order to stay awake and fight the jet lag and fatigue. Walking around a maze of canals, we found some amazing furniture and design stores that I'll be including in my list of favorite places to shop...stay tuned. I will do my best to give you daily updates of my travels and the beautiful things this part of the world has to offer. On today's agenda we'll be visiting a couple of famous museums in town, and later I'll be doing another of my favorite cultural activities, SHOPPING – or most likely window shopping. For now, I'll give you a peek of this cool hotel where we're staying. Off we go!
Rich, bright, sophisticated and warm. No, I'm not talking about the perfect soulmate, but the attributes that describe the versatility of this magnificent hue. Being one of the most popular choices when it comes to decorating, Golden Glow (my second choice from the Pantone Fall and Winter selection) is a mood lifter as it's said to help the brain work better. It comes in an array of tones, from an intense gold to softer pastels...it all depends on your personality. Wherever you fall in the spectrum it will absolutely create a fresh and welcoming environment. It is definitely a fun color to live with and a ray of sunshine for your home – especially for those long and gloomy winter days we don't look forward to.