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The No-Rules Approach
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by Christiane Lemieux 



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Relax in ‘Classe’

In doing research for my upcoming trip to Amsterdam and Antwerp (leaving on Thursday), I came across this amazing old village school converted into this gorgeous four-star hotel in the heart of the most beautiful region of Belgium. The owners' concept for La Classe came from wanting to break away from the traditional idea of rustic group accomodations. It's obvious that the seven-rooms auberge was designed with comfort, relaxation and refinement in mind. From designer furniture to meticulously landscaped gardens, everything in this place reflects a high standard of taste. Even the dinnerware (left) was especially designed by a local potter. And what's most amazing is that you can still see some of the school's identity all around. Even the rooms are named after school subject

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My top 10: Dog beds

Yesterday's post was dedicated to bringing style to the little ones in your lives. But for those of us who don't have any kids, today I want to share with you my top selection of the most stylish pet furniture out there. I chose them mostly because of their design and the comfort they offer our furry friends. These sculptural pieces can seamlessly become part of your decor and at the same time serve as your pooch's own personal sanctuary, even though we know they'd rather curl up in bed with us.

To see the complete list of these fabulous beds go to THE DESIGNER PET


Petit classics

Why didn't anyone think of thesewhen I was growing up? Being a fan of mid-century classics, I would've given anything to have one, two, or three of these dreamy replicas for my room. They might not be for everyone, but for those who really go mad for this style it's an investment that your little ones can pass on to their own. I'm sure any of these mini-masterpieces will make your kid feel like a real grown up. And you know they'll love that. You can find them herehere and here.

For the complete post and more pictures go to THE DESIGNER KID


Extreme Makeover: ‘Buck’ edition

I've always felt our iconic Dollar bill is in major need of a makeover. Most foreign currencies are bold, colorful and modern, but ours is quiet, classic and boring – although they have tried to renew it by adding bits of color to the bills in the last couple of years. Now, the Dollar ReDe$ign Project is conducting a competition in search of a fresh new look for the US Dollar, and several interesting designs have been submitted. So hopefully we'll be putting some cool looking bills in our wallets pretty soon. This is very exciting.

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Eclectic elegance

Who knew that after spending many of his childhood days playing with colorful carpet remnants and arranging make-believe furniture, this talented Graphic Designer turned Interior Stylist, would evolve his early diversion into an amazing career. It is obvious that Graham Moss is a very creative self as you can see in this awesome five-story brownstone in Harlem, NY, which took him two months to design and two ”excruciating but rewarding” years to remodel – and I would say worth the time and sweat. It's simply stunning.

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Bird watching

Don't worry, no need to run! These feathered creatures are not here to get you. To the contrary, they are the latest craze in home accessories. They're not your typical Limonge figurines, but this new generation of objects d'art will be a conversation piece in any home, for sure. I personally think this wallpaper from Trove is formidable, it will bring the unexpected to any room. But hello, don't transform your home into an aviary. A couple of these lovebirds will be enough to introduce some harmony into your life. Happy Fall!

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In the kitchen

The Museum of Modern Art

If you’re planning to visit New York in the next six months, you must make time to visit the Counter Space: Design and Modern Kitchen exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art.  It’s a wonderful display that takes you through the twentieth-century transformation of the kitchen as heart of the home, and its changing technologies, aesthetics and ideologies. The exhibit has four different themes: The New Kitchen, Frankfurt Kitchen (a new acquisition by the Modern and highlight of the show), Visions of Plenty and Kitchen Sink Dramas. So start planning your trip as the show runs through March 14, I highly recommend it.

Read the exhibit's review in The New York Times.


A brush of excitement

Image by Lucas Allen

After black and white, red is the most commonly encountered color in our lives. An interesting fact: not all languages have a word for green, blue, yellow or orange, but all have a word for red. Of all the colors, it's considered to be the most vibrant and stimulating of all. Lipstick Red, a gorgeous hue with a pinch of blue undertones, will certainly inject a bit of warmth and excitement to a room.

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