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Candy-Colored Pizzazz

Renowned industrial designer Karim Rashid's designs are all about bright colors and fluid organic shapes, and his first hotel project is no exception. The very cheeky Hotel Semiramis in Athens, Greece represents his aesthetics to the fullest. In a city known for its famed past, this hotel's design is one of the future. With rich lollipop colors and energetic decor, Rashid has created a young and very seductive alternative for the modern traveller in search of style and luxury. All the guestrooms and public areas are filled with some of his trademark colors: light pinks, greens, oranges and subtle tones of yellow. He also used his signature curvy shapes as unifying elements that sweep through the hotel's interiors, generating a very soft and sensuous mood. I think he was also very clever to use colored plexiglass to add a little playfulness and transmit an energetic atmosphere. Having the opportunity to stay here must really be a sweet treat. Not bad at all for his first hotel project.

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Another Tally Of Two Cities


Do these look familiar? They probably do, since they're the latest creations from Vahram Muratyan's, co-founder of ViiiZ art direction and graphic design studio. Back in November, I dedicated a post to his magnificent and witty series Paris vs. New York. Since then, he has come up with new and brilliant graphics illustrating parallels between the two metropolis — they're all so great that I find it hard to pick a favorite. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. If you're crazy about his work, you're in luck. Some of his genius prints are available for your walls here. And soon you'll be able to enjoy his work on T-shirts, hoodies, iPhone cases and iPad/laptop skins. How cool is that?

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A White Christmas

By the time you read this I'll be in Barcelona, where I'm going to be spending the Holidays with family. But before I embarked on my trip, I wanted to share these delightful images from Scandinavian homes decked out in white Christmas decor. I simply love how effortless and beautiful the adornments look. This is proof that less is more and you don't need to over do it in order to create such a wonderful and festive ambiance — just perfect to enjoy it surrounded by family and friends. Feliz Nochebuena!

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Modern Trophies

Whether in the hunt for real or faux taxidermy, this trend is not going away any time soon. It's been around for quite some time, but there is always a new spin on this fad that makes it survive. These precious trophies are no longer for the rustic cabin or grandpa's library. The new interpretations are quite handsome and versatile — they fit in any style of decoration. These mounted animal heads and/or antlers are even turning up in the most modern and minimalist spaces. They really add drama and visual impact to any wall.

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Demystifying Paris

We've always known Parisian women to be icons of elegance and sophistication. But haven't you often wondered how this fabulousness influences the way they live? French photographer Baudouin uncovered this myth for us. Through his unique essay “Les Parisiennes,” he captured a variety of Parisian ladies, from unknown backgrounds, in their homes going about their lives. He gives us a more realistic and contemporary view of Paris and its people — in this case les femmes. “I have made it a point that all photographed women had been born, raised and educated within the city of Paris. Those are the ones who naturally carry the Parisian culture without the desire to become Parisians.” For me, these images are a real treat since I've always been a big admirer of the City of Lights. They have given me a much desired peek inside Parisian homes, and allowed me to see how their decor is an extension of their personalities and how varied their styles are. C'est magnifique!

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A Food Fest

Thanksgiving always revolves around delicious food. It's about sitting around the dining room table in the company of family and friends while countless mouth-watering dishes parade down the room. All week long, everyone has been talking about the yummy recipes they would be concocting for their family celebration. So in honor of this magnificent yearly feast, I want to dedicate this post to, yes, FOOD. So as a treat to you, I want to give you a tasting of the gorgeous work from one of my favorite food photographers Anna Williams. But before I go and get ready to take the train to my friends' house in Upstate New York (where I'll be celebrating the holiday) I want

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Leisurely stunning

For me Sundays are about kicking back, relaxing and enjoying a good read with a nice cup of joe on hand. Well, I think I found the perfect magazine for you to read. At Your Leisure is a labor of love project from j3 Productions. This magazine — or ”zine” as they rather call it — it's their version of those old handmade independent publications from the 80's and 90s we used to love. Their mission is just to inspire, pay homage to those that inspire us, and also showcase those individuals that live what they love and the creative spaces they call home.

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