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Entries from May 1, 2013 - May 31, 2013

Tuesday
May282013

A NEW AND FUN ROOMMATE

For me, traveling is about expanding my horizons and experiencing other cultures and customs. It's about enjoying the city I'm visiting as much as the place I'm going to be staying in. That's why I'm a big fan of the Room Mate Hotels — a quite affordable hotel chain that's passionate about great and innovative design. Located just steps from Barcelona's Plaça de Catalunya, the Room Mate Pau is the latest addition to their family. The friendly hotel offers a unique cosmopolitan decor full of character and great sense of humor conceived by architect and interior designer Teresa Sapey. By using oversized graphic images throughout the hotel's public areas, she created unexpected and fun spaces for the guests. The dramatic design also extends to the rooms, where white and circles are protagonists. Super fun!

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Monday
May272013

BETWEEN BOHEMIAN AND CHIC

Located in one of Madrid's most legendary and trendy neighborhoods, this eclectic apartment showcases all the ingredients of its surroundings. Its owner wanted to find a style that would serve as a stage for contemporary art and his love for music – given that he's the artistic director for Universal Music. He accomplished a very retro look by putting together a delicious mixture of vintage pieces found in flea markets and auction houses complemented with others made from recycled materials like wood and metal. The result: a warm, welcoming home full of memories with a style somewhere between bohemian and chic.

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Friday
May242013

GRILLING IN STYLE

Just in time to kick off the grilling season, and the unofficial start of Summer, I wanted to share with you this stunner of a BBQ grill designed by Barcelona designers Mermeladaestudio. The geometric design of the stainless-steel grill will create a far more interesting pattern on your food. “It shows elegance and its aesthetics are planned as if it was a piece of furniture. Its shape and size is ideal for reduced outdoor spaces, ” the designers explain. Have a phenomenal holiday weekend!

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Thursday
May232013

WHEN IN ROME

The first thing that comes to mind when I look at this gorgeous room is that it's the private residence of someone with exquisite taste. Much to my surprise, this loft-like space is a fabulous Osteria and Pizzeria not far from Rome's city center. Noses Architects designed Kook with an eclectic flair that celebrates the old-world Italian aesthetic but with enough contemporary touches to create a special place where you can enjoy delicious Roman fare.

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Wednesday
May222013

A PALETTE FIT FOR SUMMER

If you're a fan of color, particularly bold and bright ones, then you'll love the fun and cheerful palette used by interior stylist Susanna Vento in these whimsical vignettes. Pretty much any color looks amazing when combined with black and white graphic patterns, like she did here. So if you're in the mood for giving your home a fresh look, here's a dose of inspiration for that Summer makeover.

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Thursday
May162013

YOU'VE GOT MAIL

This is no ordinary mailbox. It's witty and modernistic representation of a bird makes it a quite charming mail holder. Designed by Bill Playso from the Australian lifestyle brand Playso, the Koo Koo was meant to add a touch whimsy and curb appeal to any front yard. The wing was strategically designed to hold the larger pieces of mail. Triple love!

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Tuesday
May142013

A VERY PERSONAL STYLE

Set in the gorgeous region of Alentejo, Portugal, this glorious country adobe is the peaceful retreat of designer Nuno Benito. His enviable collection of flea market finds, vintage Scandinavian furniture and family heirloom compliment each other beautifully in this house—giving it soul and personality. From quiet to bold, the area rugs play an important role in this home's decor as he feels they're the finishing touch that give warmth and humanity to every space. As for the accessories, he prefers to use older pieces that have some history and individuality.

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Friday
May102013

SWEET AND SUNNY

We've been bombarded with quite a few late April showers in the last couple of days—and unfortunately the forecast doesn't seem promising. So in hopes of bringing the sunshine back to the Big Apple, I thought some outdoor eye candy would be the perfect antidote. If you're getting ready to start designing your outdoor rooms, these sweet and quirky spaces have the perfect elements to make your Summer a sunny one. Happy weekend!

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