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Tuesday
Mar292011

Literary Timepieces

I'm always on the lookout for cool and talented individuals in the blogosphere whose work inspires others (including myself). The other day I came across the fabulous blog of Swedish freelance photographer and graphic design student Hilda Grahnat. I instantly fell in love with the freshness and originality of her posts, particularly the gorgeous photographs she takes herself. While exploring her blog, I found her shop where she sells these nifty clocks she makes out of vintage books. Aren't they neat? I thought you would get a kick out of them. Actually all the wonderful goodies in her store are made by her very talented hands. So make sure you pay her blog a visit to treat yourself. Keep up the good work Hilda!

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Monday
Mar282011

Living In 500 Sq. Feet • The Bathroom 

I know, it has taken me a while to post more juicy details about our pad's renovation. But don't worry. Today I'm giving you all the fun background on our itty-bitty (4’6” x 7’8”) bathroom facelift. For me, the bathroom is one of the most important spaces in a home. I remember when we went to see the apartment for the first time and took a glance at the bathroom , I almost fainted. It was sooooo 70's. The bathtub and toilet were olive green and the vanity white Formica. But wait, the best part: the toilet seat was black, yeap, BLACK! I knew right away everything had to go.

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Sunday
Mar272011

Furniture Transformers

Change the decoration in your home in no time, and without breaking the bank, with these fun vinyl furniture stickers by French company Domestic. They will immediately transform basic tables, chairs and other storage units into groovy accents that will gussy up any room. You can also steal this idea and use any other vinyl contact paper to embellish any piece of furniture in need of a little excitement. Take a look at these other cool sticker solutions in this post.

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Saturday
Mar262011

Authentic Gardening

If you have a green thumb and you're always in search of original ways of displaying your greenery, these plant bags may do the trick. The innovative Urban Garden Series, designed by Patrick Nadeau for Authentics, is a fun alternative to the conventional ceramic and plastic pots found in your local nursery. The inventive Plant Sack is made of coated textile fabric giving it a casual look and making it quite practical. The sacks are filled with water-storing clay marbles for easy drainage. This new and versatile plant system allows you to place or hang your flowers, plants or herbs practically anywhere in your pad without the use of additional saucers. They're ideal for those plant lovers in need of unconventional and chic indoor gardens. Enjoy your weekend!

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Friday
Mar252011

A Fairytale Retreat

During my recent trip to Miami, I was lucky to stay at the Mondrian in South Beach. I had heard wonders about the place, especially its far-out interiors. Located on a very quiet street far away from all hustle and bustle, the Mondrian Hotel offers spectacular views of Miami's downtown skyline and gorgeous sunsets. Its magical design is the work of none other than one of my favorite designers Marcel Wanders, who envisioned it as “Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.” As soon as you drive into the porte-cochere, you're transported to Wanders' wonderful world. You're greeted by four of his signature silent bell light fixtures, which are also showcased in the hotel's Sunset Lounge and restaurant Asia de Cuba. (BTW, their mojitos are a must).

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Thursday
Mar242011

A Jewel From the 50's

This magnificent and spacious flat in the center of Barcelona is a classic example of the great architecture from the 50's. Such style was the inspiration for the team of interior designers Patrizia Casarini and Mónica Colominas, who decided to keep most of the apartment's features intact. The only drastic change was made in the kitchen, where they combined three different areas and transformed them into a modern and more efficient area. The mix of styles, furniture and colors is splendid — they flow harmoniously throughout the many rooms. The designers also chose to use curtains in the same tone of the walls and trims in order to visually expand the space. I love how they showcased a variety of textures and fabrics: from plain canvas, rich damask and velvets to unexpected furs. But for me, the highlight of this pad is the oversized artwork, behind the orange Louis XV settee, depicting the back of a matador. It's to die for.

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Wednesday
Mar232011

Save It From A Rainy Day

As we get ready to enjoy our outdoor spaces and take care of our plants and blooms, it's important to be conscious about water conservation. To help us in this effort, young Dutch designer Bas van der Veer has created a rainwater collection system that plugs right into your downspouts, providing a watering can that fills up automatically when it rains. The Raindrop Mini, inspired by a drop of water, was designed specifically to be used on balconies and in small gardens. We all know recycling rainwater is a simple way of reducing household water consumption, so this genius system makes it easy for city dwellers to store and reuse rainwater in urban environments.

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Tuesday
Mar222011

A Splash of Spring

Today I'm heading back home from a few days in Miami where the weather was absolutely dreamy. It was nice to trade jackets and gloves for sunglasses and shorts — a much needed break from a long and cold New York Winter. This change of scenery, and weather, made me look forward to the warmer days of Spring. So what better way to welcome this joyful season than with these inspiring and stunning images from the amazing portfolio of photographer Johnny Miller. The use of color in his imagery is uplifting and beautiful. It's like a breath of fresh air. 

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