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by Christiane Lemieux 



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My Cup of  Tea

Simplicity is a great thing. There's no need to over decorate a space when you have the right concept in mind. This was true for architect Alan Chu who used color as inspiration for The Gourme Tea, a fun tea room in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This flawless space is basically a stark-white box with just the right punch of colors and very simple furnishings. I love how something as simple as the color of tea canisters can spark an idea to create such a unique place. Everything fits just right, especially the delicious pendant lamps he used to emphasize their product. Tea anyone?

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Please Rewind

One of the things I enjoy the most when I travel is to discover new and unique little shops that offer never-before-seen treasures. In my three short days in Antwerp, Belgium, I found many stores that caught my attention, but one in particular stood out for its approach to green living — it was the perfect marriage between ecology and design. 

Everything in Rewind has been created using recycled goods and materials in a very clever way, and of course without compromising their aesthetics. The store works with sixty designers and artists from across Europe and often organize exhibitions for artists working on recovering materials or re-thinking their surroundings in an ecological manner. I was really amazed how ingeniously some of these materials were transformed in such beautiful and unique pieces, and they have nothing to envy their high-end counterparts.

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Moooi: Amsterdam

In my recent trip to Amsterdam, one of my must-visit places on my list was the famous Moooi store and gallery. To feel like locals, we rented bikes and headed to one of the oldest part of town where this hot spot of interior goodies and unique gifts is located. When you first come in into the building, also housing Dutch designer Marcel Wander's headquarters, you're welcomed by the beautiful Raymond lamp and stunning mosaic tile floors.

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Delicious sophistication

One of my favorite treats in the world is finding a place that sells great macarons. When I came across the pictures of this luscious white gem filled with the multicolored confections, I flipped over two of my fave things: macarons and white interiors, together in one space. What else could I ask for? In the last couple of years, I've noticed a boom of these French delicacies popping up in several stores. Back in 2009, Theurel & Thomas opened its doors in San Pedro, the most affluent suburb in Monterrey, Mexico. It's the first store that specializes in macarons in that country. The flawless bright interior is the absolute best backdrop to showcase these sweet confections. Also, the way they chose to display them is exquisite, and the packaging, impeccable. The whole concept was created and designed by the Mexican Agency Anagrama. The boutique-like store is a contemporary twist of and old French patisserie. Now I have another reason to pay a visit to Mexico.

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Thank God is Friday (Next)

Before leaving to Amsterdam I had made a list of places I wanted to visit. Being my first time in the charming Dutch capital there were plenty of things I wanted to do and see. In my busy agenda I had a couple of design stores I had to stop by before coming back home. I had read about Friday Next, a new concept store that offers a surprising blend of furniture, fashion and delicious food. And since I'm a huge fan of all three, I HAD to go.

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Curb appeal

I had always heard the Dutch were known for their impeccable aesthetics and their love for great design. And in my recent trip to Amsterdam I found this to be true. Everywhere I looked I saw proof of how design-oriented they really are. Walking down the streets next to the winding canals, I found myself peeking through huge panoramic windows of beautiful Dutch houses. I was honestly mesmerized by what I saw. It was really interior design porn. I never felt I was intruding in their privacy, I could tell they were proud to expose their picture-perfect pads to everyone passing by and show off their very personal style. Whether big or small, fancy or simple, their level of taste is truly exquisite.

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Moooi: beautiful

I have always been a huge fan of Marcel Wanders, Dutch designer and one of the masterminds behind the outrageously creative design company MOOOI, which means BEAUTIFUL in Dutch - they decided to add an extra O because it's extra beautiful. The original store is located in Amsterdam, but as of yesterday the British capital has the amazing pleasure to house the first permanent showroom and UK headquarters. 

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