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The No-Rules Approach
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by Christiane Lemieux 



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Minimal Splendor

Continuing with my fascination for Scandinavian aesthetics, how about this striking penthouse in Copenhagen by NORM Architects? NORM is a Danish multidisciplinary design studio whose primary goal is to create useful products, appealing design, and architecture that captures and inspires life. They tend to work with a very simple and sophisticated color palette of black, white and gray, which to me works exquisitely in these minimalist interiors. And those squeaky-clean white floors are killing me. I want them so bad!

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Swedish Delight

I've always loved the Scandinavian design sensibility. It has an unparalleled eye for simplicity and composition that's unique. So let's start this last week of July with a little eye candy from Swedish photographer Karl Anderson. His jaw-dropping images capture the quintessential Scandinavian spirit I'm talking about. Droll, drool, drool!

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Newborn Style

Designing spaces for the little ones is a lot of fun, the only limit is your own imagination. It's all about creating a fantasy world to be enjoyed by everyone, not only the kids. So why not start with unpredictable pieces like this adorable cradle by Portuguese company Murmur, who are known for their beautiful and flawless craftsmanship. You're probably wondering if the crooked legs are stable enough for a cradle, but its design meets the safety standards in Portugal. Their Cabaninha line also comes with a changing table that you turn into a bookcase later on. Sweet!

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Instant Impressions

There's no excuse to live with boring empty walls, especially with all the hassle-free products available that add instant coolness to them. Blik, the world’s first removable wall graphic company, produces really unique, different, and a lot less permanent solutions than wallpaper or paint. Their latest ones are these self-adhesive fabric tiles that are eco-friendly and non-toxic. You can choose from a variety of patterns, but if you decide you want to create your own, they can easily reproduce it for you. You can also check their amazing line of wall decals here.

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A Funky-Chic Retreat

Two of my favorite designers happen to work side by side creating über fun and unexpected interiors. Courtney and Robert Novogratz, founders of Sixx Design, are a hip and artsy couple known for conceiving sumptuous and well-designed spaces, while juggling seven children and dozens of clients. Their funky-chic style is characterized by their striking aesthetic and amazing use of details. One of the ways the Novograts break away from their busy lifestyle is by escaping to their country retreat, or as they call it the anti-NYC. Every time they pull up to the house, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the yellow shutters are a sunny reminder for them to leave the stress of everyday life behind. This home not only reflects their fun personalities but also their true design imprint. Their mix of styles, textures and artwork is what makes their signature design brand unique. They're on a constant hunt for new pieces, refurbishing vintage ones and creating original furniture and home goods when they can't find the right look in the market place. If you want to see this creative duo in action, you can do it by tuning in to their new TV show, Home by Novogratz on HGTV. It's a lot of fun!

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Welcoming Ideas

via InteriorConnector

Today, the web is one the most important tools for interior designers as it gives us amazing accessibility to resources and new products from around the world. In my daily browsing, I came across Interior Connector, a phenomenal site where you can find the most unique, brilliant, exciting and of-the-moment collections of furnishings, and more. It is a hub where we can find inspiration, discover the newest undercover sources and get the latest industry news. A cool feature Interior Connector offers is an array of articles by talented designers, trendsetters and tastemakers lending design tips and highlighting the latest trends. One that caught my attention is a piece on foyers and entryways by Robyn and Sara Karp, a mother-daughter design team from New York. Here's what they have to say about this important part of the home:

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Stay Tuned

One of my favorite European destinations has to be Berlin for its history, creative vibe and the mix of the old with the new. Also known for its cutting edge music and culture scene, the German capital is an international epicenter for design. Walking down the street, you can't help but notice all the cool and modern architectural structures juxtaposed with the old Berlin. One of the most recent additions to the skyline is the nhow Berlin, Europe's first music hotel. Located directly on the banks of the river Spree, the hotel was designed by New York designer Karim Rashid. His visionary style strikes the perfect chord with the building’s exterior, designed by star architect Sergei Tchoban, making the nhow Berlin one of the capital's modern architectural and design highlights. Its design is a manifestation of a philosophy that allows guests to enter another world for the duration of their stay.

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A Theatrical Experience

Wanting to redefine the experience for their guests, hotel La Maison Champs-Elysées recently commissioned Belgian fashion house Martin Margiela to redesign, redecorate and reconcieve part of the hotel. The project included suites, the restaurant, smoking room, bar and reception area. Maison Martin Margiela beautifully created a theatrical environment where reality and trompe-l'oeil blend into a surreal and minimalist atmosphere, with utmost simplicity and yet abundant in details. The result is an atypical ambience of different harmonies that come together into something new, innovating and simply cool.

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