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Saturday
Nov152014

A THRONE-WORTHY CAT

It's been a while since I've come across cool-looking goodies for our fury friends. So I was thrilled to have stumbled upon these wonderful cat pods by Colombian designers Martin Zapata and Susana Mejia of Lord Paw. So if you still haven't decided what to buy your kitty for Holidays this might be your golden ticket. Hop over to their Etsy shop as I'm sure Whiskers will love to snuggle in such a cozy bed.

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Thursday
Nov132014

FOR THE LOVE OF CONCRETE

Concrete is often associated with urban and industrial interiors, but this home in the island of Gotland, Sweden is one exception to the rule. Once an old brewery, the rustic abode is a cozy and warm palace in spite of the amount of cast concrete used throughout. I think the mix of natural elements is just right. The decor's bare simplicity is so soothing and inviting that's hard not to fall in love with it.

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Wednesday
Nov052014

A HOTEL WITH A COLOR STORY

If you're a color lover then I have the perfect dose of color for you today. At the The William Hotel in New York guests are welcomed to a feast of vibrant colors from the moment they walk in through the doors. From floor to ceiling, each floor of this hip hotel is designed in a different glowing monochromatic palettes of blue, teal, pink and yellow. Grey tweed furniture together with neutral accents serve as the perfect balance to such a intense burst of hues. It's a magnificently well told color story. Which is your favorite room?

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Monday
Nov032014

THE BLACK HERITAGE BARN

Hey dear friends, I know it's been a while since I last sat down in front of my computer to write a post, but to be tell you the truth the last couple of months have been a little crazy. Needless to say I haven't had the time or energy to find cool stuff to write about :( God knows I've missed it. I can't believe it's already November!! Where has the time gone?! Anyhow, I felt it was time to get back in the swing of things and continue sharing doses of inspiration for y'all, especially with the Holidays fast approaching. Right? So let's get to it. Being that today is Monday, I thought this dreamy barn renovation from the Czech Republic would be the perfect burst of inspiration to start the week of. The amazing transformation was done by Oooox design firm with the utmost level of coolness and fabulosity. I'm loving how a minimalistic approach works so well for a countryside retreat. Despite is restrained color palette, the Boooox Heritage Barn still feel warm and inviting. By the way it feels good to be back!

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Tuesday
Sep022014

SLEEPING IN THE PAST

The opportunity of staying in a Middle Age monastery doesn't come along very often, especially in one that has been gorgeously transformed into a luxurious hotel. "What we wanted for Fontevraud was not the classic hotel and restaurant experience, but something unique; a journey between tradition and modernity that reinterprets the story of Saint-Lazare for the future, marrying emotion, sensual pleasure and poetry," explained designers Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku of Agence Jouin Manku who steer headed the stunning renovation. With a simple palette of wood, metal and fabrics the creative duo created a serene atmosphere that complements and brings forth the history of the building. Simply put, this hotel is a heavenly place to kick back and relax.

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Monday
Sep012014

TOOLS FOR MODERN TIMES

If you like to keep your toolbox well equipped with the latest and coolest gadgets you're going to love this new collection of household tools by London based Chauhan Studio. Their "inspiration came from exploring the role of tools used for common light hardware tasks around the home, and Fiskars shared vision of "light hardware", moving these tools out of the toolbox in the garage to somewhere more easily accessible in the home". The futuristic looking tools are the perfect hand me downs for the next generation. I so want a set right now!

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Thursday
Aug142014

BRILLIANT WHITES

Deciding what color to paint a room is often a task on its own. Can you remember how many times you've stood in front of a sea of color chips with a blank stare on your face not knowing which one to pick? I've certainly done it way too many times, especially when faced with the hard decision of choosing the 'perfect' white. That's why, as a contributor to My Colortopia blog, I chose to break down the myths about this terrific neutral and its many tonalities in a post for their Color 101 series. I invite you to take a peek and get the nitty-gritty on this popular color that will help you decide which one is the right one for your project. Besides white, the series also expands on other color families and gives you tips to help you make the right color choice. Enjoy!  

I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Friday
Aug082014

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT

Today, we embark on a make-believe trip over the Atlantito take a tour of this spectacular penthouse in Marseille, France. For interior designer Francois Champsaur the sky was literally the limit when he was comissioned to renovate the top floor apartment of an old storage building. His vision was to create an open-layout plan where light navigates the spacious rooms of this modern home. The designer has the amazing talent of playing with proportions and color incorporating pieces that make a dramatic statement — like that amazing oversized round mirror sitting on one corner of the living room. I mean WOW!

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