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The No-Rules Approach
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by Christiane Lemieux 



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Transforming Vision

It takes a very creative mind to see the hidden potential of used and beat up scraps of furnishings. Thomas Wold is one of the lucky ones who has the vision to transform someone else's rummage into one-of-a-kind sculptural pieces of furniture. His multi-disciplinary studio in the San Francisco Bay Area focuses on the design and fabrication of original and personal creations. It's amazing how he takes fragments of old desks, cabinets, tables and other found objects from different styles and combines them to construct these incredibly whimsical compositions. I find them absolutely wonderful.

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A Greek Delight

Combining her passion for drawing with her architectural background, Joanna Burtenshaw brings spaces to life with her breathtaking atmospheric chalk murals — with her apartment in Athens, Greece, as proof. A trained architect in London, Joanne decided to move to the Greek capital in order to follow her long time interest in art. Now, she is graciously opening up the doors of her beautiful 645 square-feet pad —which she shares with her architect boyfriend Dimitris and their cat— and invites us to take a peek at their exquisite retreat. The place is a perfect marriage of styles, so let's get the scoop on how they did it.

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Georgian Meets Modern

Believe it or not this magnificent 1801 house in Somerset, England, was once a shoe company. It took four years and five architects to transform it from business offices into a modern family home for six. The interiors, by London designer Ilse Crawford, are truly astonishing. I'm specially enamored with the bold contrast she created by using super modern decor in such an Old World setting. She made a conscious effort not to fill all 40 rooms with tons of furniture that would interfere with the architecture. Her sense of design is flawless. I don't have words to express my fascination for this place... It's absolutely drool-worthy. If you want to learn more about the design of Dinder House click here.

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Colorful Flourishes

As you're getting ready to beautify your outdoor space and start looking for fun pieces to brighten it up, here are some whimsical chairs for you consideration. Inspired by the designs of traditional wrought iron fencing, the Versha Chair is designed by British artist and designer David Le Versha. Their playful backs and lovely colors make it hard for me to choose a favorite. They're so cute, they put a big grin of my face. By the way, these might also be a great choice to add some fun to your kitchen table. Oops, I almost forgot. These beauties are brought to you by the one and only Anthropologie.

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An Unexpected Find

The Bowery is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Manhatttan right now. It's known for its fashionable boutiques, restaurants, vibrant nightlife and some of the trendiest design hotels in the city. While strolling around the neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon, I was taken by the beauty and colors of this decopage-like mural, above, by Shepard Fairey (the same artist that did the HOPE poster for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign). I never expected  it would be part of the sleek and contemporary structure belonging to the Cooper Square Hotel — designed by New York-based architect Carlos Zapata with interiors by Italian designer Antonio Citterio. Of course, it made me want to go in and snoop around to see what it looked like.

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Urban Totems

I was captivated by the alluring beauty of these images by Parisian photographer Alain Delorme. Taken in the streets of a highly colored Shanghai, Totems depict local men perched on their bikes or pulling a cart stacked to the top with a variety of household items. From chairs and empty cabinets to cardboard boxes, these traveling piles soar like moving sculptures through a city of hope and change. So I hope you enjoy these magical photos that show the urban side of Shanghai through an artistic lense.

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Fine Dining

Historically the dining room consists of a large table, most commonly rectangular, with two armchairs at the end and an even number of armless chairs along the sides. Although the family dining experience has somewhat changed and the traditional dining room per se has evolved, it's still and important space in our home. Whether grand or small, it is a room we must certainly not neglect. For many it's where they gather every day for family dinners, and for others it's a place for formal dining with guests or on special occasions and holidays. Having said that, here's a glimpse at the work of the very accomplished lifestyle photographer Emily Gilbert, who has beautifully captured the essence of these exquisite dining spaces. An inspiration overload. Have a designful weekend!

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Building Blocks

If you've always dreamt of owning real estate in New York City this might be your opportunity to do so. Well, al least figuratively. You can Build Your Block with Patrick Chirico's collection of pillows printed with images of iconic Brooklyn buildings. Become an urban planner by picking and choosing as many buildings and colors that best match your decor to give your home a touch of Gotham. His inspiration came from the delis, brownstones and abandoned buildings he used to walk by in his neighborhood in Brooklyn. The best part of it is that you can get your hands on one of  these hot properties without having to get a mortgage and pay sky high maintenance fees.

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