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Entries from May 1, 2011 - May 31, 2011


In Living Color

Adding color to our habitats can sometimes be challenging, especially when planning to use more than a couple of hues. But that didn't stop architects from the firm Tham & Videgård Hanson when designing this outrageously colorful apartment in Sweden. Given carte blanche by the owner of this 4,036 square-feet home, the designers looked to architect Josef Frank for the primary inspiration in their color scheme. It only took close to 7000 multicoloured parquet tiles (12 different colors to be exact) to create the mosaic-like floors. Of course, with this much color the best way to furnish the rooms in this enormous flat was with crisp white pieces to avoid visual chaos. I'm sure it was quite a fun challenge – with great results.

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Petal Power

If you don't have a green thumb or space for plants, here's a fresh idea from Danish company By Nord, that designs and creates unique home accessories for those of you who want to add an organic touch to your pad. The raw yet beautiful Nordic nature is their source of inspiration for these floral photo print pillows, the perfect accent to throw on your couch and bring a little bit of the outdoors in. No watering needed.

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A Summer Dream

Light was the inspiration Swedish interior designer Nanna Lagerman used to decorate this dreamy attic recently published in Elle Interiör magazine. Through whites and soft tones of pastels, she gave this home a fresh summery feel. Of course, the place itself is just breath taking, and what I love most is the ingenuity and sense of humor she sprinkled throughout the place. Who would have thought of using white tape to create the illusion of area rugs in the living and bedroom areas? And the idea of using bed pillows as a bed canopy to make the bedroom cozier and fun: brilliant! Now, I wonder how they can keep that gorgeous wall of glass sparkling clean? Happy Saturday.

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Hot Off the Press

It seems like this week has been all about typographic wall art, so how can I not share these with you? When I learned that House Industries had come out with a new series of prints by House artist David Dodde, I got too excited not to let you know. Each hand-pulled, air-dried serigraph is printed and numbered in an edition of 33, so grab one before they’re gone here! Here are some of my faves.

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The Hamptons Style

I'm so happy warm days have finally made their way to New York where everyone is getting ready to enjoy the much awaited Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of Summer. Some, like me, will be staying in the City, but others will be escaping to their Summer retreats in the exclusive Hamptons— lucky them!. So let me treat you to a house tour of this drop-dead gorgeous and colorful home on the coast of this seaside resort. By the way, did you know The Hamptons have three of the top 10 most expensive zip codes in the U.S.? I'm not surprised.

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A Home With A Message

I have found my new motto in life: read above. Aren't these wall stickers delicious? I'm loving this fresh take on wall appliques by French couple Frédérique and Fabien. Their passion for typography and love for home decor inspired them to create their workshop Harmonie Intérieure, where you can find these decorative stickers and posters that send a message about your home. You can also take a house tour of their adorable French countryside home where they live with their daughter Thaïs and their four cats by clicking on the About us & our home link on the bottom left of their website.

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Rustic Modernismo

Some people are fortunate to find an old house close to ruins and have the vision to give it a new lease on life. That was the case for the owners of this gem in Segovia, Spain, who transformed this stone house into a stunning and eco-friendly country nest. Put into the hands of architect Ana Girod, the goal of the renovation was to maintain the old character of the structure and adapt it to their modern lifestyle. With the use of basic materials like wood and polished concrete for the floors, Girod accomplished simple yet striking interiors. Her use of streamlined furnishings mixed with rustic details creates the right balance between old and new. But for me, the room that takes my breath away is the kitchen for its unpredictable approach, specially for a country home. Love, love love!!

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GIVEAWAY: Silkscreen Print

Sorry, but entries for this giveaway are no longer accepted.

Do you love what you do? Obvious Coni Della Vedova, a graphic designer from Barcelona, does. “After working with diverse designers for many years I started my own journey creating and printing my own designs. My chosen technic: completely handmade screen printing. The type of work that makes your hands hurt and gives you a lot of joy after seeing the printed results,” she says. Her passion for language, typography and sings has inspired her to create these fun collection of prints. And this week, one lucky reader will take home the one photographed above (11.7” x 16.5”, unframed). She sees the statement on this particular print as a life motto because it will make anyone who follows it very happy. All her designs are printed on acid-free paper with non-toxic water based inks, and they're open editions, signed and dated on the back. You can browse through her collection at ConiLab. Thanks Coni for partnering with me on this giveaway and making one lucky reader very happy. Good luck to all!

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