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Friday
Apr042014

KITCHEN LOVE

There is a growing trend in kitchen design ruled  by minimalism and innovative storage solutions. Unlike classic kitchens, the modern versions usually do without top cabinets or simply replace them for some sort of open-shelf unit. This serene kitchen, designed by Danish company Kobenhavns Mobelsnedkeri, is a gorgeous example of this trend. I do love the idea of a simpler kitchen, although I know it's not optimal when space is an issue. Are you loving the trend, or not so much? Have a phenomenal weekend!

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Friday
Feb142014

HEART TO RESIST

To celebrate this day of love and friendship I thought this sweet wooden board in the shape of a heart by Orphan Socks would be the right treat for the occasion. I hope you have a love-filled day in the company of your sweetheart and closest friends. Happy Valentine's Day and a fantastic weekend!

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Monday
Jan132014

A GREAT NEW ADDITION

When it comes to renovating a kitchen, IKEA, in my humble opinion, is by far your best bet. Ever since I started my love affair with IKEA, I've designed all my kitchens (and even those of my clients) with their fabulous METOD cabinets. They're great fun to design with and truly not very hard to install. But the talent of IKEA never seizes to amaze me. I'm beyond excited they're expanding their already fantastic kitchen system by introducing METOD — a brand new line which is simply to die for. With new cabinet sizes, different door choices and accessories, METOD gives you endless possibilities to design the stylish kitchen you've always wanted. What I love most about this new kitchen line is it's versatility and sleek features. I can't wait to see it in person.

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Tuesday
Oct222013

A MODERN TWIST ON THE PAST

The industrial trend seems to be stronger now more than ever. All the new home decor collections have taken some sort of inspiration from this retro, rustic style. I personally love this look as it's way of bringing back a bit of the past to our homes. IKEA has truly kicked some butt with their new RANARP lighting line — a modern twist of the vintage industrial lamps. The beautiful fixtures are made of white powder-coated steel, brass-colored trimmings and textile covered wires to complete the look. From pendants to desk lamps, the whole collections is to die for.

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Saturday
Oct052013

REINTERPRETING THE PAST

Inspired by a trench filled with 400 years worth of cast offs and blemished items, this tableware collection by House Industries is uniquely gorgeous. The prolific type foundry collaborated with designer Kyohei Baba to create a new brand they called Monohara. The 15-piece collection combines traces of Japanese culture with House Industries' amazing typographic perspective. The  collection includes five plate options, six bowl sizes, teacups, teapots, a compra bottle and a tenugui cloth — all superbly presented in three distinct, hand-crafted Japanese Paulownia wood boxes. The Monohara collection will be available in the United States by the end of the year. Happy weekend!

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Thursday
Sep262013

HANG IT ALL

The timeless classic coat rack by Charles and Ray Eames has always been a favorite of mine. Although I loved the original Hang-It-All version with the multi-colored lacquered balls, I'm elated to see new colors added the collection. Now an all-black and all-white versions available for those who want to keep things to a minimal — like moi. It was about time!

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Thursday
Sep192013

RELAXED SOPHISTICATON

There's nothing that makes me happier than a beautifully designed home collection, especially when created by world-famed designer Paola Navone. Well, perhaps delicious food, shopping and traveling. Ok, but back to what's making so excited today. The multi-talented Italian designer recently launched her tableware and furnishings collections exclusively designed for Crate & Barrel. All three collections, Como, Mallorca and Riviera, are "dedicated to many different houses... joyful and delicate, imaginative and poetic, classic and timeless." The collection has an air of simplicity and a relaxed sophistication that make the pieces an easy fit with any style. It's fresh and elegant at the same time. What can I say? I'm totally crushing on it. This is one not to be missed!

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Saturday
Sep072013

A TIME TO CELEBRATE

I can't believe how fast time goes by when we're having fun!!
Today, it's been three years since I published my first post here in the TheDesignerPad, and let me tell you: it's been quite a ride. I've have the most fun sharing with you my design crushes, tips of the trade and eye candy that inspires me every single day. But let's be honest, NONE of this would have been possible without YOU and your amazing support all this time — for which I'm totally thankful. But the fun doesn't stop here. There's still much more to come so I hope you keep coming back here for your daily dose of design tonic. Cheers and happy weekend!

 

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