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Saturday
Apr232011

Modular Sensation

Sometimes it's quite hard to find the perfect piece of furniture that will fit our needs, either in size or color, without sacrificing quality. In order to address this dilemma, Håkan Johansson founded the Swedish company Zweed. One of its most innovative lines is Citti, a flexible and modular system that offers their clients a storage unit tailored to their requirements. What's great about this concept is that you have the option of choosing the size, depth, configuration, finishes and colors that best suit your home. You can also design your unit with or without doors and drawers for the compartments. I just love the versatility of this product, especially when space is an issue. It's the perfect storage piece for any room in your home that can be modified or expanded if needed.

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Friday
Apr222011

GIVEAWAY: Eco-friendly Drapes

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It's very exciting to see how more and more home decor manufacturers are joining the environmental movement and coming out with sustainable products for our pads. Curtainworks, a great online source for ready-made curtains, is one that has jumped on the green bandwagon by offering consumers an eco-friendly and stylish alternative in window treatments. Caress Voile Sheer curtain panels are fashionable, affordable and feature Repreve fibers made from 100% recycled materials including used plastic bottles. I'm so delighted Curtainworks has teamed up with us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and sponsor this giveaway. Luckily, they're giving a reader the opportunity to be part of the green revolution and are hooking her/him up with a pair of Caress Voile Sheers panels. The winner will be able to pick from selected lengths and colors (white, ivory or linen). Ok, ok, here's how you can get your hands on this fab freebie. 

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Thursday
Apr212011

A Common Good

Let's start celebrating Earth Day by making your Spring cleaning a little greener using this line of biodegradable and refillable household cleaners by Brooklyn-based company Common Good. Created by former prop stylists, the brand was born of the idea that we were using too much plastic. With the help from specialists, they were able to develop products that were not only safe for people and the environment, but also didn't sacrifice cleaning power by using low toxic and plant-based ingredients.. The line offers laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap, an all-purpose cleaner, soap bars, candles and 100% cotton flour sack dish cloths. Even the minimalist packaging design reflects their visionary concept. Common Good products can be found in select New York stores and of course online. By the way, don't miss our fabulous Earth Day Giveaway tomorrow!

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Wednesday
Apr202011

Make It Beautiful

 

How cool is this? I came across this genius and charming stop-motion animation video here and clearly HAD to share it with you. I thought you would get a kick out of it. The project was created by The Indigo Bunting for the May 2011 iPad issue of Martha Stewart Living. He came up with the whole concept, folded and created the origami elements and even the lettering. The stills were  photographed by Johnny Miller and the video edited by Philip Leaman. Enjoy!

Video © The Indigo Bunting

Wednesday
Apr202011

Through The Lense Of: Simon Bevan

Photographing interiors is not an easy task, especially when trying to capture the essence of a space. But for London photographer Simon Bevan, it comes naturally. His interiors portfolio is absolutely dashing; every single image seems to tell the seductive story behind each room he photographs. His compositions are exquisite and every shot is filled with curious details. His work speaks for itself.

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Tuesday
Apr192011

Designer Banking

I'm so very glad design is making its way into everyday institutions like banks. Isn't it about time your savings have a stylish depository to be live in? If I was walking by and looked through the window into this fabulous space, I'd never think it belongs to a financial institution. These slick and futuristic interiors are the flagship offices of the Raiffeisen Bank in Zurich. Designed by the multidisciplinary collective of designers NAU, this space is one of a new wave of designer banks sprouting throughout Europe that is changing a sterile image and creating a welcoming and refreshed atmosphere for their customers.

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Monday
Apr182011

Style For Rent

When traveling I prefer to stay in design hotels because they're always a great source of inspiration, plus they're usually located in some of the hottest areas of town. However, another wonderful alternative to boutique hotels —and a trend that's blooming around the world— is design rentals, which at times can be more convenient when vacationing with friends. This luxurious Dutch gem in The Hague's city center is a great find to spend a few days away surrounded by sophistication and style. Housed in the top floor of an 1890 historic mansion, the minimalist Maff Apartment has everything you would need, and more. The architect was very clever to use curvilinear and multifunctional furniture in his design, maximizing the square footage and visually making it seem larger than what it actually is. The use of black and white with a splash of orange makes it very bold and dramatic. Most definitely a pretty dashing place for a rental. Wouldn't you say?

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Sunday
Apr172011

Challenging Design

I'm a huge fan of the Danish housewares design company Normann Copenhagen. I love their simplistic aesthetics and the way they challenge conventional design rules. They like to think of it as “putting on a pair of glasses and seeing the world in a different way”. I'm thrilled to have recently discovered their blog, and on it these fun kaleidoscope-like compositions showcasing some of their products. Aren't they genius? They immediately remind me of these. Enjoy!

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