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by Christiane Lemieux 



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Live Like a Nolitan

New York City is often referred to as the capital of the world, so people visiting this magnificent metropolis shouldn't expect less from the hotels they stay in. What makes this city so special is all its different and picturesque neighborhoods. Nolita, one of the coolest (and my favorite) just got a new hot spot that everyone has been talking about and expecting with much anticipation. The Nolitan Hotel recently opened its doors to offer luxurious downtown living with blissful boutique hotel services and amenities, creating a distinct New York City experience.

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I Scream For Style

There's nothing better than a delicious gelato cone on a hot summer day. It always brings me back to the days when my parents would take us for this yummy treat every Sunday afternoon, of course, given we were good that week. But things have changed since. Ice cream parlors are no longer what they used to be. Some are now trendy and sophisticated spots like the gorgeous Podka Gelato in London, offering a special gelato experience. The branding company Vonsung was responsible for the ultra minimalist and monochromatic space where all the color and taste comes from the luscious gelato. Isn't this a rather stylish way of bringing these frozen treats back into our lives? I absolutely think so.

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Bird Alert

It's about time someone gave the smoke detector a much needed makeover. Thanks to Dutch designer Louise van der Veld you can now enjoy having a unique and chirpy smoke detector in your home. Chick-a-Dee is one-of-a-kind because it combines lifesaving technology that adheres to the latest safety standards, with a friendly and modern design. “At the smallest threat, the bird calls chick-a-dee-dee, and in more serious circumstances, the call becomes a loud dee-dee-dee sound”. Besides keeping your home safe, I can assure you this quirky-looking gadget will put a big smile on the faces of little ones at home. You can choose from these five different colors here.

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A Precious Find

Mirror, mirror on the wall, how many goodies can you store? Surprisingly, this practical mirror system by French designers Céline Merhand and Anaïs Morel of Les M Design Studio, can conceal quite a bit. The jewelry box-inspired Precious (loving the name) consists of a pull-out bar with hooks to neatly hang necklaces and earrings, and a set of three built-in drawers to put away smaller accessories or even makeup. You can even customize the look of the mirror by playing with the shapes and colors of the boxes. Nicely done!

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Straight From The Runway

For the fashionista in you who wants to bring some style into your pad (without having to break the piggy bank), I have some amazing news: Missoni has teamed up with our beloved Target to launch a wide collection of apparel for the whole family and fun accessories for the home. Come September, you'll be able to get your hands on these hot items showcasing Missoni's striking and colorful patterns. Here's a sneak peek at some of the goodies that will make an impact in your home. Happy Friday!!

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Coming Trough

There's nothing turbulent about this new interpretation of the iconic airplane trolley. The mini bar on wheels has been repurposed by Skypak into a multi-purpose storage piece for your home. Whether you use it as a wine rack, a luxurious shoe cabinet or a coffee bar, these chic and functional trolleys –actually made from original airplane equipment–are a fun accessory to have. You can go crazy choosing from a variety of cheeky designs, some even with gold interior, Bisazza mosaic tiles and 82,000 Swarovski crystals. Apparently the sky is the limit, pun intended!

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Design Storytelling

Every designer has his or her own creative process. Seyhan Ozdemir and Sefer Cagle, creative duo from Turkish design firm Autoban, use storytelling as a way to help them conceptualize their interior design projects. They see furniture as characters in a space that has a soul and a past, creating unique experiences in their interiors. Seyhan and Sefer's eclectic design style is influenced by nature, childhood memories and their many travels — and clearly from their colorful city Istanbul, which is filled with contrasts and surprises. Their style is somehow sublime yet filled with unpredicted fun moments. There's nothing about this smashing home I would change. I'm especially crazy about their phenomenal collection of lighting fixtures that star in every room's story. They're all dreamy

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Experiencing the Past

If you're an adventurous traveler, the kind who seek the unexpected when abroad, this might be the kind of lodging you might want to experience. Yet another minimalist hotel in Italy, this one is quite different from the one featured in yesterday's post. Austrian architects feld72, took an abandoned house in Prata Sannita, north of Naples, Italy, and transformed it into The Million Donkey Hotel, resembling the town's original cave-like houses built into the the rocky hillside. The hotel is far from being a 5-star resort, but the experience of going back to Medieval times is priceless. Although the hotel doesn't offer many rooms, they're extremely unique, especially Il Letto Volante (The Flying Bed), a room with a rolling bed that gives you the option of sleeping indoors or under the stars — of course, given you don't suffer from acrophobia.

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