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Entries from March 1, 2013 - March 31, 2013

Thursday
Mar282013

A BUG ON THE WALL

I don't know about you but bugs are not my cup of tea. But these in particular are so cool that I wouldn't mind having them up on my wall. Danish photographers Mads Hagedorn-Olsen and Anders Morell's passion for insects and tiny winged creatures inspired them to photograph selected types of beetles and butterflies to create a beautiful series of art prints. The limited edition prints have a look that conjures up visions of old silk screen images. I'm digging them so much that I'm seriously thinking of bringing a couple of these precious critters into my home.

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Wednesday
Mar272013

SCENT AND SENSIBILITY

One of the many things I loved about my trip to Stockholm last Summer was discovering one of my favorite fragrances to date—Pulp by the Swedish brand Byredo. My fascination started when I walked into the lobby of the Nobis Hotel which was infused by scented candles from this wonderful brand. Ever since I returned from my trip, I've noticed how popular Byredo has become in the fashion world, all thanks to the vision, passion and design sensibility of former professional basketball player Ben Gorham. Today, to my delight, I share with you his very Scandinavian home in Stockholm. His eclectic flat is a combination of new acquisitions mixed with old classics from the 1950s—particularly his collection of chandeliers. If you want to dig in more into Ben's wonderful style, you can do so in this great The New York Times Magazine article. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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Tuesday
Mar262013

A DELIGHTFUL MIX OF STYLES

The use of materials such as concrete and limestone can make a space look somewhat cold and sterile. But that's not remotely the case in this smashing house designed by Spanish Architectural Studio Ábaton. By incorporating a variety of rich wood textures, leather, metal and pops of red and yellow into the mix, the I-P House feels welcoming and homey. The mix of furnishings and styles is delightful and the architectural features—like the floating staircase and modular fireplace that divides the living and dining areas— add character to the dwelling.

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Monday
Mar252013

A DESTINATION FOR DESIGN

For more than a decade, Architectural Digest has been hosting a phenomenal Home Design Show in Manhattan, and this weekend I had a chance to visit their 12th annual exhibit. With more than 420 exhibitors and over 500 premium brands, the show was truly a feast for the senses—showcasing the hottest trends and newest products in the home design industry. After a couple of hours strolling down aisles and aisles of inspiration, it was very palpable the renaissance for craftsmanship. Although this trend has been in the radar for the past couple of years, it was obvious the love for wood and metal were strong in the show. But one of my favorite sections of the exhibit was Dining by Design—a spectacular display of creativity and glamour presented by DIFFA where various designers were invited to create one-of-a-kind tabletop installations. Some of the participants included Marimekko, Ralph Lauren, Design Within Reach and Herman Miller among others who want to make a difference supporting the fight against AIDS (the whole purpose of the event). These are some of the vignettes I fell in love with. Which is your favorite?

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Saturday
Mar232013

A TOUCH OF FABULOSITY

Are you afraid of commitment, a serial mover or a renter at heart? Then this removable wallpaper is the perfect solution for you. If you're dying to give your walls an instant makeover without much effort or breaking the bank, this stylish creation by Chasing Paper will do the trick. It's a DIYer dream come true as it can also be used to add a touch of fabulosity to any surface like furniture, appliances and even to create unique artwork. Your imagination is the limit.

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Thursday
Mar212013

WARRIORS OF DESIGN

The secret is in the styling. Of course, taste and creativity are key too. For the creative team behind the Swedish Design Studio The Love Warriors these attributes are innate. From interior design to brand building, this talented team of four excel in their trade. Besides their wonderful design work, they love to travel the world in search of unique items and hidden gems to sell in their store. These beautifully curated images capture a few of their special treasures available in Le Shop. And guess what? I already started making my wish list.

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Tuesday
Mar192013

IN THE MOOD FOR SPRING

Last year on my trip to Copenhagen, I visited, among many gorgeous spaces, this stunning apartment set up like a gallery/showroom right in the middle of the city. I have to say it was quite the treat. You might remember it from a post I did featuring The Apartment in all its glory. A few days back, I was pleasantly greeted by an email from its Co-founder and Creative Director Tina Seidenfaden Busck with pictures of the space newly decorated for Spring with the most amazing furnishings. I'm particularly enamored with the bench by Ilse Crawford (above) they've recently introduced in their kitchen. Come on, that tall back is to die for. Don't you think? Luckily, most the pieces in their beautifully curated vignettes are for sale in their site.

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Saturday
Mar162013

FOR A RAINY SEASON

Just in time for Spring, this gorgeous umbrella stand by London Undercover and Method Studio makes a fine debut. Handmade in Linlithgow, Scotland, its design is duly inspired by the opening of an umbrella and is constructed from twelve solid oak staves individually jointed around a specially designed waterproof upper ring and drip-tray base. A darn good-looking addition to the foyer. I'd say. Curious? These are a few other of my favorite umbrella stands.

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