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Entries from April 1, 2011 - April 30, 2011


Almost There!

My dearest supporters, we're on the home stretch of Apartment Therapy's Small Cool Contest. Thanks to your amazing help our tiny NYC apartment has made it all the way to 3rd place in just one week. As the final day of voting gets closer (Sunday at 12:01pm), and the competition gets steeper, we need all the votes we can get to win our category and make it to the final. So would you like to give a hand spreading the word? This is the LINK where to vote. A million thanks for your total support during this contest!

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Moby's Castle

Not everyone has the fortune to have a castle as a home, but I was delighted to find out Moby, one of my favorite musicians, does. Thanks to The New York Times, we're able to take a house tour of “this crazy shining castle,” as he called it. The techno artist bought this amazing 1920s gem when he decided to leave the harsh New York winters behind for sunny Los Angeles. After falling in love with this rare find in the Hollywood Hills, Moby put the petit château through a major renovation bringing back all the original details, architectural elements and elegance from its period. He also did a magnificent job with the minimalist interiors mostly using Scandinavian style furnishings and a rather serene color palette. I'm sure one of the selling features for this place was the arresting views of the city. You can read the whole scoop on Moby's move and gorgeous new home here. T.G.I.F. Have a dreamy and relaxing weekend!

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A ‘Belle’ Experience

Mondrian Hotels are known for their whimsical design concepts and by seducing their guests with a magical atmosphere. Finally, one has made its way to New York City, where the Mondrian Soho recently opening its doors. Interior designer Bejaming Noriega-Ortiz of BNO Design was inspired by John Cocteau's La Belle et Le Bête (Beauty and The Beast) to create a fairy-tale experience. From soft French hues to sensual royal tones, Noriega used blue as the unifying color throughout the 270-room hotel. The Morgans Group has done it yet again by giving their design-fanatic customers a splendid affair — and another place to add to your must-see list when visiting the Big Apple.

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A Wall Is Born

If you're looking to add instant pizzazz to your home, without breaking the bank, look what I got for you. These phenomenal sculptural wall tiles are your ticket to cover an existing wall, help disguise a not-so-smooth surface or add a modern pattern to any room setting. And what's even better is that no tree was harmed through the process since they're made from 100% bamboo pulp. You can create your own pattern by simply rotating them and they also can be painted to match your decor. I love them so, that I recently finished covering a brick wall in my pad with the Seesaw Wall Flats. It looks amazing! Stay tuned, I'll be posting about this DIY project with before, during and after picture for you to see. Aren't these cool?

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And The Eco-Friendly Drapes Go To...

Congratulations to Kiki, the lucky winner of this giveaway. Living in Germany, a country where recycling is a priority, she has learned to be Earth-conscious in order to help our planet. She recycles everything that is to be recycled, uses green supermarket totes, is very good at not wasting water and public transportation is her way of commuting when not using her bike. Kudos to you Kiki, and thank you for participating in our giveaway. I hope these Caress Voile Sheer panels from Curtainworks will be a great addition to your pad. Enjoy!



Waterfront Beauty

Can you believe these stunning interiors once transported cars across a Copenhagen waterway? I know, I couldn't believe it either. Danish architect Nils Jeppe Hansen transformed this ferryboat into the offices for his design firm, DSA ARK Studio. Hansen kept the boat's original structure intact and added a sculptural zinc box with a row of skylights on either side and solar panels on the roof. I think it's a unique concept. I'm smitten by all these design studios that are revolutionizing the house boat image and creating sophisticated floating habitats like this one. I'm sure this boat is glad to have put its transporting days behind it to enjoy a new serene and stylish life on waterfront.

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Living In 500 Sq. Feet • The Bedroom

So here it is: the final details on our pad's renovation. But before I start with all the juicy details, I'm very excited to tell you our tiny place made it into Apartment Therapy's Small/Cool Contest. So it would be sweet if I could count with your support to win our category and be able to go to the finals. All you need to do is go to this LINK and make it your favorite. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the love :)

Now, let's get back to business. Although it's the last room in the series, the bedroom is the one I'm proudest of because it presented the biggest challenge due to it's teeny-tiny size (7'7"wide  x 15'3"long). Besides the bed and nightstands, we needed to create room for as many closets as we could fit. The best solution we found was to knock down the existing wall to open up the room into the living area. That's when we came up with the idea to build an L-shaped partition that would house the closets. 

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An Egg-cellent Habitat

Happy Easter everyone, I hope you're having a superb holiday. Look what I found on my Easter Egg Hunt: these adorable and stylish pods will offer your furry friends a safe and nurturing habitat to relax in. Why not add some pizzazz to Fido or Whiskers' life with a small sanctuary that reflects your personal style. You can customize their pEi Pod (Ei means egg in German) by selecting from charming pastel colors and fabrics. I'm sure that if Oliver saw these he would add one to his wish list.

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