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Saturday
Dec292012

A TIMELESS CLASSIC

With just a couple of days left until we ring in 2013, time is running out to get a cool calendar for your wall. There are tons and tons of options out there, but if you're looking for something stylish and timeless, I'd consider Massimo Vignelli's Perpetual Wall Calendar. First introduced in 1980, this classic (and my all-time favorite) calendar can be used month after month, year after year while being a super graphic piece or art for your home office. 


Monday
Dec102012

ECLECTIC SIMPLICITY

It's no secret I love everything Nordic, especially their design sensibility. There's something about their aesthetic that says so much without trying too hard. Today's interior treat comes from a town outside of Stockholm furnished with an eclectic blend of furnishings in that distinctive Scandinavian style. I love the subtlety of the checkerboard pattern painted on the entry hallway's floor—it's an easy and inexpensive way of defining a space while at the same time creating the illusion of an area rug.

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Saturday
Dec082012

MEOW LIKE AN EGYPTIAN

How groovy is this cat playhouse? Treat your kitty or small pet to a recharging station for his/her magic powers to multiply with the new Energy Pyramid Cat House. Designed by Tiziana Agnello exclusively for LoveThyBeast, this cool and modern pet sanctuary is made of cardboard and its fun graphic pattern is printed with soy based inks and is acrylic coated for easy cleaning. The house also comes with a corrugated liner perfect for your cat's naps and provides your furry friend with a hard-to-resist scratching surface.

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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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Friday
Nov162012

SIT DOWN WITH NOBODY

Danish design company Hay never stops to amaze me. I fell in love with their furniture and accessory collection when I visited their flagship store in Copenhagen, and now I'm crushing on Nobody—an industrially produced chair made strictly from textile. The chair is molded in one piece and in one single process, resulting in a light weight and stackable chair meeting modern demands of sustainability in both materials and production. Its design is inspired by a piece of cloth used over a chair to protect it. Using a technique borrowed from the car industry, the Nobody chair is manufactured from a 100 % recyclable material made from used water and soda bottles. Amazingly, the production process neither requires an internal frame, plastic, screws, glue or any other type of reinforcements. I'm a big fan of this chair's modish vibe and the powerful statement it can make in a room.

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Thursday
Nov152012

A MODEL APARTMENT

There's nothing like a place that lives and breathes the personality of the people who use it, like this über funky flat in Stockholm. Home to 30-year-old model Patric Ohlund, this apartment is jam-packed with fun and artsy touches. I can't get enough of his skulls and amazing poster collection. One of his great ideas was to display cool books and magazines together with awesome accessories and mementos to create witty vignettes throughout. Although it seems spontaneous, I'm sure everything in Patric's place is carefully curated.

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Wednesday
Nov142012

COFFEE WITH STYLE

I'm happy to see coffee houses breaking away from the Starbucks model. Don't get me wrong. I love Starbucks and all, but after seeing one in every corner of Manhattan, it's refreshing to find cool and modern versions sprouting around the globe. Newly-opened Café Craft reinterprets the Parisian neighborhood coffee shop experience. Its striking interiors, dominated by the contrast of black and white, were designed by Parisian Studio Pool offering locals a beautiful space where to relax and work while enjoying a delicious cappuccino or a snack. This one is definitely going on my must-visit list for my next trip to Paris.

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Monday
Nov052012

NO-RULES STYLE

Today's house tour takes us all the way to London, where we visit the beautiful 1840s, three-story town house of interior designer Harriet Anstruther, where she lives and works. Her home embodies her witty, humorous and eccentric style. She is not a big believer of design rules—she loves to mix traditional, classical styles with very modern pieces. Her fine art and fashion background has largely influenced her decorative aesthetic, helping her through the redesign of her home that she shares with her husband, daughter and dogs. The results speak for themselves.

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