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Entries from June 1, 2012 - June 30, 2012



I'm not fond of weighing everything I eat, but this mechanical kitchen scale by Bengt Ek Design might tempt me to start. It has that Scandinavian design I adore with a classic retro feel, plus it has a clock in the back side with ultimate Swiss precision. This object of beauty would look gorg in my kitchen counter since hiding it is not an option. Papa likes!

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Having lots of art around never hurt anyone, especially when it's as fabulous and affordable as these prints by Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd, founders of Australian studio Inaluxe. Their design philosophy is simple: “Make it beautiful, use the best materials possible and be responsible and sustainable in production practice.” Their print motifs have a vintage mood reminiscent of the 50s and 60s with the coolest color palette that I love. Kristina and Jason show pride in their artwork by using only the best archival fine art paper available and first-class giclee reproduction technology. Besides their mod-themed collection, they have a great series Of Botany & Birds largely inspired by the native Australian woods and birds. I can easily picture them hanging in Don Draper's fabulous New York City pad in Mad Men. Don't you? Happy weekend!!!

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I'm so glad the weekend is only a day away, although I'll be spending it running around like crazy trying to finish a staging project I need to complete before I go on vacation next week. Instead, how I wish I was enjoying a couple of days in this soothing Swedish Summer lake house photographed by the talented London-based photographer Rachael Smith. It's the ideal retreat for a delicious weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The decor is done just right with enough furniture and beautiful details to create a comfy refuge to lounge in. I can just see myself killing time in that groovy white lounge chair by the fire indulging on a divine Summer cocktail (I guess it doesn't hurt to daydream). Cheers!... and enjoy whatever fabulous plans you have this weekend.

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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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There isn't a better place to find great inspiration for bedroom decor than beautifully designed boutique hotels. This recently opened gem in the center of Oslo, Norway, has plenty of eye candy to stimulate your senses. The interiors of the Hotel Grand Central are divinely designed by architects Lars Helling and Ajas Mellbye with murals by artist Ariel McMillion. The rooms in particular are brilliant. They're all spacious with lofty ceilings and decorated with lots of wit, style and a little rock-'n'-roll attitude. The designers conceived different themes for the guest rooms. Although they all enjoy that Scandinavian flair, each rooms has its own personality—some are whimsical and eclectic where others are more minimal and monochromatic. So take your pick. Which one better fits your style? I'm having a hard time choosing since all of them have plenty to love.

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Wanting to recreate the feeling of their previous home, the owners of this spectacular abode commissioned revered interior designer Barbara Hill to renovate their traditional 1920s Mediterranean house in Atlanta, Georgia. By stripping down most of the original ornamentation, Hill was able to create a blank canvas where to conceive these pristine and magical spaces. This represents everything Hill's style is all about: incorporating pieces from different eras and amazing artwork to compliment them.

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Let's celebrate the arrival of Summer by enjoying the experience of outdoor cooking with this super sleek and convenient EcoQue Portable Grill. You can grill, bake, boil, fry, roast, and smoke your foods. Its unique reflective pyramidal design focuses more heat up toward the cooking surface for optimal performance. No briquettes handy? No worries. Use any biomass fuel like sticks, twigs, wood chunks, lump charcoal, alcohol or any other wood products. This jewel of a grill is made from high-quality stainless steel, lightweight and collapses to just over 1” in thickness. How convenient is that?

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I've always dreamed of having a sizable bathroom—one big enough for twin sinks, a tub, a shower and plenty of space to walk around. But being a New York City dweller, that dream is hardly attainable. That's why I almost fell off my chair when I spotted this spectacular ensuite bedroom/bath renovation by Jonathan King and his partner Michael. They've done a magnificent job, especially at making both rooms work so well together by using an open floor plan which, by the way, I find super sexy. Of course, I'm also mad about their choice of black and white as a palette plus their exquisite use of accessories. Oh, and how cool is that headboard made with a vintage map? Simply superb!! I'm so green with envy.

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