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Entries from November 1, 2012 - November 30, 2012

Friday
Nov302012

THE PERFECT HIDEAWAY

It's often impossible finding a swanky trash can worth displaying in the kitchen, but this trash bin / laundry basket hybrid can proudly sit in my kitchen anytime. Muuto’s new Hideaway bins, by Finnish designer Mika Tolvanen, neatly hides your trash or laundry in style. It's functional and streamlined design conceals the trash bag within when the basket is closed to avoid any unsightly messes, and when open the lid can practically hang on the side of the bin. Hmm, I think I'll add this beauty to my long wish list. Happy weekend!

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Thursday
Nov292012

A HOST LIKE NO OTHER

Warm and inviting with the unmistakable sense of Scandinavian coziness is what makes Copenhagen’s new Nordic restaurant Höst a delicious setting to dine. Norm Architects has created an organic environment in an urban setting by using “materials that age gracefully: recycled wood that has washed up on the west coast, granite in uneven pieces, concrete with clear structures and deviations, old cast iron and dented zinc. All of this is offset by a warm trickling light, soft wool rugs and lambskin”. Norm has even designed an exclusive dinnerware collection for Höst to compliment the raw and minimalist beauty of the space. I'm in love. This place is to dine for.

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Wednesday
Nov282012

RUSTIC COASTAL CHARM

Since I'm still in a relaxed and cozy state of mind, I thought I'd share with you this heavenly 1800s cottage in Cornwall, England. The ever-changing landscape of the sea and sky of the region played a key role in its decor, giving the home a rustic coastal look. It was a smart decision to remove the ceiling and expose the A-frame rafters—it made the space look that much bigger, especially when combined with the soft color palette of white, gray and stone. I can't get enough of this home's charm and alluring details. I already see myself sitting in that comfy lounge chair taking in the beauty of the seaside views.

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Tuesday
Nov272012

A DREAMY NEST

I just came back from a wonderful long weekend in upstate New York celebrating Thanksgiving. It really was a terrific and relaxing getaway full of great food and special moments in the company of loved ones. Every time we spend time in the countryside we crave more and more having our own country nest. We tend to explore the small towns in the area and enjoy discovering all their fun shops. However, we can't help paying a visit to a handful of home decor and lifestyle store that we simply love. One of them is Nest located in the beautiful Delaware River community of Narrowsburg, New York. Splendidly curated by Brazilian native and owner, Anna Bern (former art director for W and design director for Vogue magazine), Nest is a dreamy haven filled with country contemporary products ranging from bed and bath, decor, furniture, clothing, accessories and jewelry. Everything in it is right up my alley, particularly the eclectic mix of furnishings I always envision in my dream country home.

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Thursday
Nov222012

A DAY TO BE THANKFUL

Not having been born in this country, Thanksgiving wasn't a holiday I grew up celebrating. But after many joyful years in the United States, I've adopted this meaningful holiday as my own. I love what this day stands for: family, friends and being appreciative for everything life has giving us. One of the things I'm most grateful for is having the opportunity of living in a country where fighting for what you believe in is feasible and the possibilities of realizing one's dreams are endless. But the list doesn't stop there. There are many things I am thankful for this year and one of those is YOU, for your loyalty, boundless support and for keeping me motivated to continue sharing my love for design through this blog. If you're wondering what I'm doing today, I'm speding a dreamy weekend with the ones I hold dear in this gorgeous setting. I hope you're having a fantastic time with yours as well. Thanks a bunch and Happy Thanksgiving to all! Eduardo :)

Image via In Haus Press

Wednesday
Nov212012

MOUNTING TREASURES

If you like the look of taxidermy but the animal-friendly form of this art, you will fall in love with this eccentric Bicycle Taxidermy by Regan Appleton. Many sleepless nights at the Royal College of Art and a homesickness for the rugged Scottish highlands, inspired Regan to take his father’s once prized but long discarded mountain and road bikes and mount the handle bars on a European oak plaque to turn them in rather unique taxidermy. How cool are these? For sure they'd make a wonderful piece or art for your wall.

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Tuesday
Nov202012

AN ENVIABLE RENOVATION

Creating a city-sleek home on the top floor of an old Melbourne apartment was a tour de force for innovative architect Steven Whiting and his imaginative clients. After quite a strenuous renovation, this less-than-desirable flat was transformed into an enviable space where the interplay of textures give it the sense of warmth the owners were aiming for. I'm glad they opted for an open-floor layout as this unifies the living, dining and kitchen areas into one ample space. The color scheme—my favorite palette ever—is a calm mix of black, white and gray with the perfect touch of wood accents like the Mark Tuckey 'Tripod' dining table. Simply divine!

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Monday
Nov192012

SETTING UP FOR A CELEBRATION

The countdown for Thanksgiving has started and with it comes the endless list of preparations and decision-making for the special day. Whether deciding which menu to serve or how to decorate for the occasion, it's always fun to give your home a personal touch. Although it's a very traditional and family-oriented holiday, it's always good to infuse fresh ideas when it comes to setting the table. These stunning photos by the talented Line Klein for Alt magazine will spark some cool and out-of-the-box ideas for your tabletop. Dare to mix and match when setting up the table: mix styles, patterns and colors of your tableware to create a statement. This will definitely add a unique flair to the celebration.

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