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Friday
May062011

Make it Work

As I spend most of my day in front of a computer working on my projects (and my blog), I know how important it is to have a comfortable and pleasant space that inspires me. Home offices have become an integral part of our homes, so we mustn't hide them anymore. We should pay as much attention to them as we do to the rest of our home. Whether it's compact or have a room of its own, your work space needs to reflect your personal style. If you're in the lookout for some inspiration, here are several cool and simple ideas that will spark some motivation to give this often neglected part of your home the TLC it deserves. Happy Friday!!

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Wednesday
Mar302011

Coolness At Work

Skype's spirit of innovation has spread to their new and improved U.S. headquarters in Palo Alto, California — a world-class office designed by architecture and interior design firm Blitz. The über cool 54,000 square feet space is a highly functional yet creative workplace designed to encourage interaction and spontaneity among Skype's 250 employees. A simple palette and restrained use of finishes unifies the open-plan workspace. The unique design of the different areas is meant to motivate people to collaborate, contemplate and concentrate — resulting in a workplace they want to inhabit and enjoy using. This also gives Skype and edge for recruitment and retention. Not a bad place to go to work everyday. Right?

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Saturday
Mar052011

Weekend Fun

Pssst! I just got the perfect thing for you to make your weekend even more delicious. The Spring issue of Sweet Paul Webazine just came out and it's full of fun and yummy goodies. For the first time, Paul has dedicated the entire issue to kids. From delicious everyday food recipes for the whole family to white-and-gray crafty projects for Easter, your eyes will have a feast with its gorgeous photography. And if you happen to have kids, it's the perfect magazine to share with them as it's filled with witty ideas from cover to cover. Here's a sneak peek of what to expect. Enjoy the eye candy, and have a fantastic and relaxing weekend!

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Tuesday
Feb222011

A Table To Inspire

Image © Gemma Comas

Last week I got a sweet email from one of my readers in search of some inspiration for table settings. She loves to entertain A LOT and is always looking for fresh ideas to style her tables. Luckily, she likes to mix things up - French, modern, floral…..you name it. It's funny she asked me since I also enjoy playing with my table settings. Although I'm more of a white-palette kind of guy, I often find myself advising clients to be adventurous when entertaining. I think it's always fun to have a variety of styles, shapes, colors, textures and heights to play with. Your tables should always reflect your style and it's ideal to start with a theme or inspiration — this will dictate the direction to take and give your table a cohesive look. So I've put together five themes to show you how imaginative you can get when dressing up your tables. Remember, it's always better to start with all your options and then edit down, but the key is to have a ball. So my dear Monica, I hope these vignettes will inspire you to let your creative juices flow. Happy entertaining!

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Sunday
Feb132011

Room To Dream

For me one of the most important rooms in a home is the bedroom. It's your true sanctuary where you allow yourself to dream. The bedroom should be a reflection of you as it's the last room you see before falling asleep and the first when you wake up. It's very important to be surrounded by objects dear to your heart that will help you start your day with a sunny disposition. Comfort, softness and warmth are key words to have in mind when decorating your room in order achieve your dream retreat. Whether you like bold colors or muted ones, here are some seductive rooms that can inspire a new look for your boudoir —and make it the perfect haven to enjoy a good night's sleep.

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Saturday
Feb052011

Hare It Is!

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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!!

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Monday
Jan312011

A Pad with Multiple Personalities

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.

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Thursday
Jan202011

A Relaxing Haven

This must have been a dream come true for architect and designer Philippe Phi — converting an old provincial winery into his own boutique hotel in the south of France. All five rooms in La Maison Pujol are simply to die for. Phi used vintage letters as protagonists infusing them with modern classics and the right touch of rustic, creating a very plush and sensual setting. Plus, the simple palate he chose helped achieve this mellow and intimate haven. The charming essence of this magnificent inn was beautifully captured by photographer Manolo Yllera.

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