According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, we just started the year of the Rabbit. It's supposed to be a placid year, very much welcomed and needed after the ferocious year of the Tiger. Good taste and refinement will shine on everything, and for once, it may seem possible for us to be carefree and happy without too many annoyances. So, here's a collection of fun and chi-chi finds for your home that celebrate this adorable little creature. Happy Year of the Rabbit!!
Living in tight spaces has its challenges. You have to be clever about how to use your limited square footage and make it functional for your needs. Malena Georgieva, a Bulgarian import, only had a little over 200 square feet to work with. Can you imagine? Her tiny fourth-floor studio apartment located a few steps from the Dakota (one of the most iconic buildings in NYC and former home of John Lennon), only has enough room for a bed, a desk, a dining table and couple of chairs. As an aspiring artist and interior designer, Malena put her creative talent in designing and decorating her petite pad —much needed talent when working on a budget not much bigger than her place.
For me Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, and it would be perfect to be able to celebrate Valentine's Day in this glorious metropolis. Of course, staying at the newly renovated Le Royal Monceau would the cherry on the cake. Its amazing transformation, by the hands of no other than Philippe Starck, has everybody talking. Although we can see his signature quirky style throughout, Starck still managed to maintain the sophistication of this historic hotel. The grand and luxe ambiance of the hotel welcomes la crème de la crème from around the world. Starting at 780 Euros a night, the rooms are ingrained with glamour and effervescence — and I'm sure for those who can afford it, a stay here would be quite the treat.
I consider myself a very crafty person and love everything handmade. I'm always delighted to see how others use their creativity to transform everyday materials into something unexpected and beautiful. When I stumbled upon these lovely heart pieces in Bloesem I was immediately seduced by them, especially by their sculptural vive. These personalized handmade Hearts are the creation of Brit artist Veronika, founder of the design studio Sarah & Bendrix. The funny thing is that it all started with a piece she made for a friend as a wedding present and everyone started asking about the artist...and the rest is history. You can tell she puts a lot of love, care and attention in each one of her creations. I'm telling you, one of these little treasures will make a super Valentine's Day gift for that special someone in your life.
The month of love and friendship has arrived and what better way to start celebrating it than by cuddling up with your sweetheart in one of these darlings. The loveseat, also known as settee or British two-seater, is a very versatile piece of furniture that can be used in most rooms around the house. In cases where square footage is modest, one of these cozy two-seaters is the perfect alternative for a couch — plus it secures an intimacy that a couch cannot. Remember that two's company and three's a crowd.
Have you ever wondered how your place would look like decorated in different styles? Well, that's the idea behind this project by interior designers Berta Cayuso and Astrid van Roy. They decorated one apartment in three distinct styles —contemporary, romantic and minimalist— consistent with today's trends and lifestyles.
This tall, dark and handsome pad is quite the catch. The charcoal walls seamlessly unify every single room creating a dramatic and bold statement. Although they used very bright and contrasting colors, the ambiance is quite serene. I love their clever and whimsical use of accessories. You can say the decor is somewhat minimalist, but every piece used in this home certainly has personality. But my all time favorite is the bookshelf wallpaper and how it was used to emphasize the height of the lofty living area. How about that wire-framed lamp shade?
On my first visit to Paris, the City of Lights had me at “hello”. I remember everything being monumentally beautiful, the people dashing and the food to die for. But as the trip progressed, one thing struck a chord: every Parisian would waltz out of the supermarché carrying these fabulous and trendy shopping totes that were not your typical plastic sacs we were used to in the States. After a couple of days, I knew I had to get my hands on at least one. The curiosity was killing me. But my friend, whom I was staying with, filled me in on the scoop. Apparently, this phenomenon of eco-friendly, reusable shopping totes we are now seeing in the U.S. had been the norm in the Old Continent for a while. Go figure