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by Christiane Lemieux 



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Make it Work

As I spend most of my day in front of a computer working on my projects (and my blog), I know how important it is to have a comfortable and pleasant space that inspires me. Home offices have become an integral part of our homes, so we mustn't hide them anymore. We should pay as much attention to them as we do to the rest of our home. Whether it's compact or have a room of its own, your work space needs to reflect your personal style. If you're in the lookout for some inspiration, here are several cool and simple ideas that will spark some motivation to give this often neglected part of your home the TLC it deserves. Happy Friday!!

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A Tribute to Industrialism

Here's yet another brilliant example of a commercial building turned into a striking living space. This one happened to be a smelly and oil-filled garage in Sant Gervasi, one of Barcelona's elegant suburbs. It took the ingenuity of interior designer Estrella Salietti to transform such a rough structure into her colorful and perky home. In keeping with the history of the space, Estrella used graphic elements, like the green arrow in the entrance, as a reference to traffic. The balance between the industrial elements kept from the original space and the softer additions to the decor is just right — maintaining some of the raw feel of the garage intact. It's quite obvious she's not afraid of using color, especially with the shinny black floors she decided to use throughout her home. By the way, can you guess what her favorite color is? It rhymes with dream... Exactly what this place is.

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White As a Feather

As our feathery friends start making their way back into our gardens, let's welcome them with these fun and stylish bird houses and feeders. They deserve a nice place to hang out while filling our terraces and backyards with sweet melodies. For sure, if I was lucky enough to have some outdoor space, a couple of these would be part of my decor. Although you can find them in different colors, I picked white — not just because I love everything white— but because their colorful plumes will stand out even more.

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Under The Danish Sun

Architects nowadays have no boundaries when designing homes to fit our modern lifestyle. This rather angular and unique house, set in the Danish woods, belongs to a family of four. The living area was designed as a big bright central room where the kitchen, dining and lounge area are located. Soaring floor to ceiling windows on either side of the space bathe the space with natural light all day long. The decor is quite simple yet striking, with the unexpected touch of red velvet curtains that soften the rather crisp black and white interiors — and with pops of sunny yellow throughout the house to add a ray of whimsy. Another delightful home I wanted to share with you today. Enjoy!

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Paris By Colors

Flâner is French for strolling with no destination in mind, simply for the pleasure of it. That's how Evan and Nichole Robertson, of Little Brown Pen, captured these darling images of Paris. They see the City of Light as pops of color against a backdrop of worn grays, weathered whites and muted browns. “We love how seemingly unrelated details with a similar palette play off each other and tell a story,” they explain. If you want to bring a little bit of their Paris into your home you can buy these captivating photos in a variety of sizes here. Nichole, the artist behind the lens, also has a wonderful blog that chronicles Paris through her creative eyes... It's a visual feast!

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Almost There!

My dearest supporters, we're on the home stretch of Apartment Therapy's Small Cool Contest. Thanks to your amazing help our tiny NYC apartment has made it all the way to 3rd place in just one week. As the final day of voting gets closer (Sunday at 12:01pm), and the competition gets steeper, we need all the votes we can get to win our category and make it to the final. So would you like to give a hand spreading the word? This is the LINK where to vote. A million thanks for your total support during this contest!

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Moby's Castle

Not everyone has the fortune to have a castle as a home, but I was delighted to find out Moby, one of my favorite musicians, does. Thanks to The New York Times, we're able to take a house tour of “this crazy shining castle,” as he called it. The techno artist bought this amazing 1920s gem when he decided to leave the harsh New York winters behind for sunny Los Angeles. After falling in love with this rare find in the Hollywood Hills, Moby put the petit château through a major renovation bringing back all the original details, architectural elements and elegance from its period. He also did a magnificent job with the minimalist interiors mostly using Scandinavian style furnishings and a rather serene color palette. I'm sure one of the selling features for this place was the arresting views of the city. You can read the whole scoop on Moby's move and gorgeous new home here. T.G.I.F. Have a dreamy and relaxing weekend!

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A ‘Belle’ Experience

Mondrian Hotels are known for their whimsical design concepts and by seducing their guests with a magical atmosphere. Finally, one has made its way to New York City, where the Mondrian Soho recently opening its doors. Interior designer Bejaming Noriega-Ortiz of BNO Design was inspired by John Cocteau's La Belle et Le Bête (Beauty and The Beast) to create a fairy-tale experience. From soft French hues to sensual royal tones, Noriega used blue as the unifying color throughout the 270-room hotel. The Morgans Group has done it yet again by giving their design-fanatic customers a splendid affair — and another place to add to your must-see list when visiting the Big Apple.

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