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The No-Rules Approach
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by Christiane Lemieux 



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My top 10: Humidifiers

Isn't ideal when beautiful design meets Mr. Functionality? Humidifiers have always been those forgotten but necessary artifacts that comes out from hibernation once a year. While in the market to replace my old and not-so-attractive humidifier, I was thrilled to find out that designers are finally paying attention to making these kind of appliances more attractive in order to meet today’s contemporary lifestyle. Now you can get them in any size, shape or color and some are even kind to the environment. Actually any of these ten finds can be that piece de resistance that will make your room a little more comfortable and stylish this winter

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It's about time

Image byDavid Prince

The daylight is waning, the leaves are changing and there’s a crispness in the air. It’s unmistakable that time of year when the days are getting shorter and soon we'll be turning our clocks back one hour. BUMMER! But this year you can do in vogue with any of these stunning time pieces. I was seduced by them all. They don't just tell time anymore. Now wall clocks have become a very important part of our home decor. Don't let time pass by without getting one.

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My top 10: Coat racks

Today New York City woke up to a crisp chilly morning – the coldest of the season so far. I feel Autumn finally descending upon us and everyone is starting to take their fabulous jackets, coats, scarfs and hats out of storage. So this is the perfect time to start thinking about buying a very chic coat rack for your much neglected foyer. They come in different shapes, colors and materials to fancy any taste. From minimal to whimsy, there is something for everyone. Even for those Earth lovers, I found these colorful coat racks made out reused rebars (above). But don't worry, if you feel your space can't handle a free standing coat rack, I'll be giving you my top choices of wall hooks on a later post. Keep warm!

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Style also comes in small packages

Who says small spaces can’t be functional and stylish at the same time. If you don’t believe me, ask Steve Sauer who lives in a minute 182 square-feet condo for two in the basement floor of a 102-year-old apartment building in Seattle. His tri-level apartment includes two beds, a kitchen, bathroom with both shower and tub, a dining area plus closets and storage for his bikes. His secret? Steve doesn’t believe in wasting space or having needless accessories or furniture. Job well done!

See more images and read all the details how Steve designed his small pad without sacrificing style at The Seattle Times.

Image: © Benjamin Benschneider/The Seattle Times 


Wink, wink!

In a couple of weeks I'll be traveling to Amsterdam and Antwerp to help celebrate a milestone birthday for my best friend. As I always do, I already did my research for new boutique hotels where to stay. I enjoy lodging in these smaller design hotels because they offer me a source of inspiration and a home-away-from-home feeling that most hotels don't. They're never bland or predictable and pay lots of attention to details. Most people rather stay in more familiar brands because they already know what to expect. But believe me, once you go boutique, you'll never go back.

Someone who knows my addiction to good design, told me about 40 WINKS, this unique and charming B&B in trendy East London. This four-story Queen Anne townhouse built in the 1700s is home to acclaimed English interior designer David Carter, where he rents a couple of spare rooms to visitors in the creative and fashion industries who are bored with the impersonal stays of the bigger hotels

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