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Saturday
Aug252012

COPENHAGEN MEMORIES

If there's one thing I'm guilty about, it's not getting around to sharing my travel pictures soon after my trips. It usually takes me a few weeks to actually sit down and go through all my photos. It's not because I don't want to, but mostly because of the lack of time. Between my projects and my everyday errands, I barely have time left in the day to getting around to do it. So after threats from my friends and family, I felt the need to carve a few minutes off my weekend and edit. Here is a small sampling of some of my favorite shots of my Copenhagen visit. From a stunning boutique dressing room (above) to unexpected furniture finds, the Danish capital is full of beautiful vignettes worth a snapshot. Enjoy!

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Thursday
Aug092012

A WELCOMED TREND

Hostels have been around for a long time offering affordable no-frills accommodations for the thrifty traveler. But lately I've noticed a rather welcomed trend of design hostels popping up everywhere. This particular one immediately caught my eye for its gorgeous and minimalist look. Designed as a hybrid between a Japanese pill hotel and an old European department store, the modern Goli Bosi Design Hostel is located in the heart of the old town of Split, Croatia. Yellow plays a key role in its decor paying homage to the old sulphur baths the town was known for. Although simple in its design, this hostel has very delightful details—I especially love the graphic signage in the rooms floors. If you're not into sharing your room with other guests, don't sweat it. You can choose a private room to enjoy a fabulous stay in this groovy inn.

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Tuesday
Aug072012

A MEMORABLE STAY

The moment we got off the taxi and saw the spectacular 19th-century façade of the Nobis Hotel in Stockholm, we knew we were in for a treat. We were welcomed by a enchanting and exotic aroma that permeated the hotel and made that first impression memorable. The lobby displays a stunning collage of different-sized spherical pendants that makes quite a statement—one more gorgeous than the other. The über chic interiors of the Nobis were conceived by Swedish design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune. The design is not loud, flamboyant or self-righteous, but toned-down and discreet, which makes its interiors tranquil and extremely welcoming. The atmosphere in the rooms is calm, relaxed and sophisticated, with a demure decor, a mellow color palette and an exquisite attention to details. Our room was dreamy and wonderfully comfortable with a beautifully view overlooking a popular square in Stockholm. The Nobis is not all about looks and charm. The unparalled service by its friendly staff is also noteworthy. By far, this is one of the coolest hotels I've ever stayed at.

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Tuesday
Jul312012

MORE THAN ART

One of the things on my must-do list when traveling to a new city, is paying a visit to the local Modern Art Museum. So Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen wasn't going to be an exception. After a 40-minute train ride from Central Station, and a short walk through a beautiful suburban street, we arrived at the most stunning setting I've ever seen for a museum. Absolutely breathtaking. An amazing sculpture park faces the sea and the interaction between art, nature and the museum's architecture is quite unique. One of the largest museums in Scandinavia, its permanent collection includes over 3000 works from artists like Picasso, Giacometti, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol and Rauschenberg, among many others. Luckily, we were also able to see the New Nordic, a super cool exhibit that explores how ‘Nordic’ features are reflected in their architecture. Lousiana is truly a magical place. More than a museum, it's a great destination where we spent a glorious sunny Sunday enjoying art, strolling through splendid grounds, and eating delicious buffet spread with local fares in their Mid-Century decorated cafe. Most definitely, this is a museum you should add to your list of places to visit.

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Friday
Jul272012

A LUXE GETAWAY

Symbolic of its name and minimalist decor, White 1921 is the first boutique hotel for the world's leading luxury brand Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy  Set in St. Tropez’s mythical place des Lices, the exclusive hotel offers a mere eight rooms and suites, each divinely decorated in a chic and modern style. A selection of eclectic objects and splashes of colour here and there give each chambre its unique personality. If you've fallen in love with the place and you're already planning your trip to St. Tropez, you better hurry and book soon as the luxe inn is only open through October 7th. How exclusive is that? BTW. I'll be going up to Boston this weekend to help my best friend decorate his newly rented pad. So if you want to take a peed of the progress, follow me in Instagram (@thedesignerpad). Have a designful weekend!

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Monday
Jul232012

UNDER THE CAPRI SUN

This charming, yet stunning boutique hotel is the perfect setting for a dreamy getaway. Part of the St. Micheles’ convent built in the XVII century, Capri Suite is a two-room inn located in the heart of the ancient village of Anacapri in the Italian paradise island of Capri. ZETASTUDIO Architects made some incredible design calls when putting together every single space in this lodge. A fresh and breezy color palette of blue and yellow pulls the whole seaside theme together deliciously. What about those modern and groovy furnishings in that old setting? It's over-the-moon fantastic. Capri is sounding really good right now!

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Wednesday
Jul042012

SCANDINAVIA BOUND

One of my all-time favorite hobbies is riding a bike. Ever since I was little I had one, and couldn't wait for the weekend to come so I could spend endless hours riding around my neighborhood with friends. Even though, I sporadically ride my bike in NYC, I feel it's not the same. I miss not having to worry about oncoming traffic, especially those crazy taxi cabs. For sure, that's one of the things I'm look forward to doing in my trip to Copenhagen and Stockholm—it's the best way of exploring a city and discovering all the special treasures it has to offer. Today, I embark on the much anticipated, and needed, Nordic break. By this time tomorrow, I'll be getting ready for my quest of all that awesome Scandinavian inspiration I'm craving for—of course, on a bike I plan to rent the minute I get off the plane. Since I'm going to be quite busy gathering all the fabulousness I want to share with you in the on my return, I won't be posting on a daily basis. But don't worry, you will be getting a taste of my travels through my tweets (@hedesignerpad) and instagram (thedesignerpad). Of course, some posts will be coming your way from across the pond every now and then. So stay tuned for what's to come. Meanwhile, have a happy 4th of July!!

Wednesday
Jun272012

A WELCOMING STAY

As you might know by now, I'm a hopeless junkie for the simplistic beauty of Scandinavian style—the reason why I've always wanted to go to the place where it all started and experience first hand the coolness of Nordic design. So guess what? A week from today, my dream will come true as we cross the pond for a much anticipated visit to Copenhagen and Stockholm. Did I tell you I'm up in the clouds of excitement? While doing my homework of searching for neat places to stay, one that caught my eye was the stunning STAY Copenhagen. A former hub for the city's creative elite before the renovation, the Apartment Hotel offers 12 different spacious and fully-equipped apartments types designed with comfortable Scandinavian minimalism by Danish furniture company HAY. In all honesty, I wouldn't mind spending a few days in any of these dreamy and fantastic pads while in the Danish capital.

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