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Entries from September 1, 2012 - September 30, 2012

Sunday
Sep302012

UTILITARIAN SIMPLICITY

I'm starting to browse the internet in hopes of finding the perfect wall lamp to change the one I have next to the kitchen. It's not that I dislike it, but I feel it's  time to replace it for something chicer and with a bit more personality. Although this is not the style I'm looking for, I think these Radar Sconces by Schoolhouse Electric Co. are fantastic. They're inspired by a light originally used on an 1970s industrial parts washer. Don't you love them? The Radar Sconce can be hardwired into a wall or ordered with a cord to hang anywhere you please. They're perfect if you're wanting to add a touch of industrial chicness into your nest.

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Saturday
Sep292012

DESIGN WITH A CONSCIENCE 

I'm totally in sync with sustainable design, and love coming across beautiful products and companies, like Slow design, that make an honest effort to preserve our planet. They use the savoir faire and dexterity of Tuscan artisans to recover, re-invent and repurpose objects and give them new life in beautiful and stylish ways. One of my favorites is their gorgeous Vetro collection—a series of containers and lamps designed with recycled glass bottles and hand-turned beech woodwork. It's simply exquisite.

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Friday
Sep282012

PEDAL POWER

The weekend is hours away and I plan to do nothing but kick back, relax and perhaps go for a leisurely bike ride around town. As much as I love biking, I haven't been able to do much of it as I've spent most of my Summer weekends either working or out of town. So the time has come to dust off my two-wheeler and take it for a spin. In that state-of-mind, let me treat you to a few casual interiors where wheels play an impromptu role in the decor. Have a sweet and restful weekend!

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Thursday
Sep272012

A NEW PERSPECTIVE

Yesterday I woke up to the best of emails: Paperblog, a selective blog curator, had chosen yours truly as the 'Blogger of the Day'—SWEEEET! (A zillion thanks to Paperblog for this wonderful honor). I was so delighted by the news that I started doing the happy dance. Well, not quite, but I was certainly walking on air. So to share a dose of my joy with you, how about these gorgeous pictures I found by the über talented photographer Petra Bindel? This is part of her latest work she did for the Danish furniture and home decor company MUUTO (inspired by the Finnish word ‘muutos’ which means new perspective). How beautiful is their new line and soft color palette? Love!

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Wednesday
Sep262012

GIVEAWAY: KAUFMANN MERCANTILE

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I'm crazy excited to bring you this great giveaway sponsored by our dear friends at Kaufmann Mercantile. If you haven't heard about it, you're in for a treat. Kaufmann Mercantile is a wonderful online store built on the concept that everyday objects should be designed well and manufactured to last a lifetime—a "luxury" general store if you will. From kitchen and home decor to beauty and grooming accessories, every goodie is carefully selected, long-lasting, and well-designed with substance, wit and inspiration. I love every single item in their collection, and I'm sure you will too. So how would you like to win a sweet $150 GIFT CARD to be used towards ANYTHING you fancy in their store? All you have to do is follow the easy steps below to enter. Additionally, Kaufmann Mercantile is offering TheDesignerPad readers a fantabulous 15% OFF any purchase for the next two weeks using code KM-92512. BTW, did you know that by signing up to receive their newsletter you will, besides getting an extra entry for this giveaway, receive a code that will take $7.00 OFF your first/next purchase? How peachy is that? Now hurry and enter to try your luck by doing the following:

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Monday
Sep242012

A RENOVATED GEM

I can never get enough of the stunning work of Copenhagen's NORM Architects. Their minimalist and striking interiors are simply to die for. However, today I'm thrilled to feature the recently renovated home of Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, one of the firm's founders. Even though it hasn't been that long since they moved in, the place is already looking immaculate. If this is what their home looks like after a week, Imagine what it would like in a few months. Gorgeous!! If you're a renovation junkie like my you'd love to see the before pictures here.

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Sunday
Sep232012

ROOMS TO FALL FOR

What better way to celebrate the arrival of Autumn than by indulging in the beauty of these snuggly living spaces. From sophisticated to comfy, each one of these rooms are perfectly styled to enjoy the upcoming lazy days of Fall—especially when sitting by the fire with a hot cup of cocoa. Enjoy!

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Saturday
Sep222012

COZY UP!

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