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Monday
May092011

GIVEAWAY: Phone case & Keychain

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I love when people follow their passion and creative soul to become entrepreneurs, as is the case for two trendy Miami architects whose love for fashion inspired them to create this chic collection of cases for smart phones. After their frustration over not finding the right accessory to hold their phone, keys and credit cards all in one, and at a reasonable price, the mother-daughter team of Anabella and Daniella Smith, ventured to design their own line called d.nvlp. Made of 100% printed croc on cow leather, they're the perfect size to carry all of your essentials anywhere you go. Soon, their collection will also include iPad cases, clutches and beach bags. To celebrate the launch of their Etsy page, they're kindly offering my fab readers the chance to win one of their hot creations through this giveaway (the winner will be able to choose one of two cases shown in the picture above). Plus everyone will receive a 10% discount from their shop when using code THEDESIGNERPAD until May 31.

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Sunday
May082011

Calming Beauty

As we celebrate Mother's Day here in the US, and other countries around the world, I wanted to give you something especial to indulge yourself on the occasion. And what better treat than some of Melanie Acevedo's heavenly interior images from her exquisite portfolio. Sit back, relax... and enjoy! I wish all the fabulous mothers out there a very exceptional day :)

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Saturday
May072011

Timeless Touch

Details, details, details. For me they say so much about someone's home and style. When I visit my friends' house in upstate New York, I'm always taken by their collection of beautiful gadgets and finds they have gathered from their various trips and even specialty stores. That's what makes their home so especial and interesting. When I came across this wonderful selection of timeless objects by French company Neëst, I immediately thought of them. The idea for this company was born out of their passion for decorating, and particularly, by a tendency they call  “Natural style of life.” Influenced by Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics, this trend tends to value the beauty in ordinary objects of our everyday life, combining contemporary design and vintage objects. Because they're so simple and streamlined, these pieces blend seamlessly with any decor. I can think of at least half a dozen of their goodies I would love to have around my house.

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Friday
May062011

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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Thursday
May052011

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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Wednesday
May042011

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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Tuesday
May032011

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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Sunday
May012011

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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