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In this ravishing Barcelona flat, art director and interior designer Cristina Ramos has merged, together with her husband-photographer Txema Yeste, a brilliant mix of decorative styles with a beautiful dose of color and a pinch of humor. A few of the original architectural features like doors and moldings were kept in the restoration carried out nine years ago, but the jewel in the crown is the hydraulic tile flooring characteristic of Barcelona homes in the early 20th century. I love how they managed to convert each room into a unique space sprinkled with multiple influences from the 70s, Art Deco, Neoclassicism, Bohemian and Industrial styles with a splash of Rock-and-Roll —of course always keeping in mind comfort and quality.

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After a much needed makeover, this glamorous Madrid apartment was renovated into a beautiful stage of divine colors, art and Mid-Century-style furniture. Decorated by Mary Lantero, the pad was conceived as a white box where she injected personality by adding vivid splashes of blues and gold. Area rugs, fabrics and wallpaper played a major role in defining the various spaces and framing the delicious furniture vignettes Ms. Lantero put together. Her exquisite taste and sense of humor helped transform this apartment into a very special and personal home.

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I'm not really feeling blue, but blue was the main color I chose when I started staging this apartment a couple of months age. It's important to narrow a color palette before starting any decorating project, whether it's renovating, staging or simply sprucing up a room. The challenge here was to make a few square feet look larger and welcoming within a tight budget. In this case, the living area was right next to the kitchen, so I needed to create a separation of both spaces. By painting the wall behind the couch but leaving a white border, I was able to create a visual separation for the living room—a trick that I often use and works wonders. I was lucky this place had somewhat high ceilings, which helped make the rooms appear larger. So I decided to take advantage of this and add some drama to the bedroom by using a tall tufted headboard. Since I couldn't find one tall enough, I created one by framing wallpaper with a tufted print to achieve the same look. It really came out great. Remember, keeping it simple and telling a visual story are two rules to keep in mind when working with smaller spaces.

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Accessorizing your home is the most fun part of decorating—at least it is for me. With those special details you can show your style and personality in your home. That's why I love finding pieces that you can customize to make your own, like these Albert clocks by Sven Stornebel Design. The back panel comes off giving you the opportunity to decorate the interior of the clock as you wish. Very cute!!

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Nothing makes me happier than Fridays. What else does the trick? A colorful stunner like this loft in downtown Montreal. There's something so beautiful about the spectacular color blocking used in this 15,000 square-feet, open-plan apartment that's making my day. Its interesting design was conceived by architect Jean Verville for a collector of modern art and design objects. The glossy surfaces together with the prismatic colors make a divine combination. It must be like living inside a box of Prismacolor coloring pencils. Right? Have a fierce weekend!

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This charming, yet stunning boutique hotel is the perfect setting for a dreamy getaway. Part of the St. Micheles’ convent built in the XVII century, Capri Suite is a two-room inn located in the heart of the ancient village of Anacapri in the Italian paradise island of Capri. ZETASTUDIO Architects made some incredible design calls when putting together every single space in this lodge. A fresh and breezy color palette of blue and yellow pulls the whole seaside theme together deliciously. What about those modern and groovy furnishings in that old setting? It's over-the-moon fantastic. Capri is sounding really good right now!

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Exposed to breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, this jewel of a home is the result of the perfect marriage between clever architecture and contemporary art. The villa is located high in the mountains of the Italian island of Capri, which gives it that authentic bright sunlit aura. The whitewashed walls, together with the stone floors, set the perfect scene to enhance the select colorful pieces in the decor. It's evident blue is the color of choice as it's the one hue that's present in every room of the house—perhaps inspired by the alluring deep blue sea that surrounds it. But my favorite feature of all is the impressive stone wall in the shower area that creates a dramatic contrast with the slick design of the bathroom. This is paradise.

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Are you mad about color but find yourself doubting how to inject it to your living room? Well, doubt no more. Here's a quick guide from our friends at House to Home that will demystify color for you. If you're in a monochromatic mood, mix textures, patterns and different shades of the color of your choice to add interest to the room. Also, with the large variety of fun wallpapers available to us now, you can pick a feature wall in your living room and use a colorful wall covering to create a focal point. One last but important tip: don't be afraid to be bold as bold can be a good thing. Dare to use combinations of colors you might have never thought of using. Accent pieces are a great way to introduce this color-blocking concept. Are you feeling adventurous now?

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