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Thursday
Sep192013

RELAXED SOPHISTICATON

There's nothing that makes me happier than a beautifully designed home collection, especially when created by world-famed designer Paola Navone. Well, perhaps delicious food, shopping and traveling. Ok, but back to what's making so excited today. The multi-talented Italian designer recently launched her tableware and furnishings collections exclusively designed for Crate & Barrel. All three collections, Como, Mallorca and Riviera, are "dedicated to many different houses... joyful and delicate, imaginative and poetic, classic and timeless." The collection has an air of simplicity and a relaxed sophistication that make the pieces an easy fit with any style. It's fresh and elegant at the same time. What can I say? I'm totally crushing on it. This is one not to be missed!

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Wednesday
Apr032013

HONORING THE PAST

Do you have plans of going to Paris any time soon? If you happen to be so lucky, you absolutely have to stop by the recently renovated Café Artcurial by architect and art lover Charles Zana. The revamped look is a hybrid between bold sophistication and that old Parisian flair we've all fallen for. Zana's use of materials is exquisite, creating a modern space that honors the past. If you're totally loving Zana's new vision for this iconic restaurant, you can easily achieve the same vibe for your home with some of the pieces I'm suggesting below.

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Monday
Mar252013

A DESTINATION FOR DESIGN

For more than a decade, Architectural Digest has been hosting a phenomenal Home Design Show in Manhattan, and this weekend I had a chance to visit their 12th annual exhibit. With more than 420 exhibitors and over 500 premium brands, the show was truly a feast for the senses—showcasing the hottest trends and newest products in the home design industry. After a couple of hours strolling down aisles and aisles of inspiration, it was very palpable the renaissance for craftsmanship. Although this trend has been in the radar for the past couple of years, it was obvious the love for wood and metal were strong in the show. But one of my favorite sections of the exhibit was Dining by Design—a spectacular display of creativity and glamour presented by DIFFA where various designers were invited to create one-of-a-kind tabletop installations. Some of the participants included Marimekko, Ralph Lauren, Design Within Reach and Herman Miller among others who want to make a difference supporting the fight against AIDS (the whole purpose of the event). These are some of the vignettes I fell in love with. Which is your favorite?

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Monday
Aug202012

MY TOP 10: SERVING TRAYS

This ultimate serving piece is a must in everybody's home. Besides giving a hand when entertaining or treating your honey to a delicious breakfast in bed, trays can become a nice finishing touch in your decor. When they're not busy carrying drinks, trays are wonderful pieces for accessorizing. I often use them as a frame for my vignettes, especially when stacking books and accessories on my accent tables. With a never-ending selection of shapes, styles and materials, we have plenty of trays to choose from. But if you need some help making a decision, here are 10 of my fab favorites as of lately. Which one do you fancy?

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Thursday
Jun072012

RAW SOPHISTICATION

Pulling off a run-down industrial look it's not an easy task, but interior designer George Livissianis successfully achieved the style in The Apollo, a handsome eatery in Sydney, Australia. Trying to imitate a Greed landscape, he went for simple, natural finishes and a rather dusty color palette. This place is all about textures and materials, giving the restaurant a raw sophistication, setting the perfect mood for a special dining experience.

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Monday
Apr022012

DINNER ETIQUETTE

Inspired by her love of finding beauty in everything that surrounds her, Australian still-life stylist and art director Sonia Rentsch gives life and personality to everyday kitchen utensils and dinnerware pieces in this collection of vignettes she called Dinner Etiquette. Together with photographer Scott Newett, Sonia has created these whimsical compositions with an elegant flair and a fashionable twist. How adorable are they?

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Wednesday
Feb012012

A FINE DINING EXPERIENCE

As part of a collaborative effort between Danish furniture company BoConcept and Egyptian-born designer Karim Rashid, this collection of affordable dining room pieces is just to die for. Every single piece in the Ottowa Collection has the distinctive fun and quirky style that Rashid is known for. It includes a complete dining room set with table, chairs, sideboard and cabinet. But that's not all. Rashid wanted to extend his vision to complementing accessories as well to create a complete dining experience. From lamps, dishes and vases the accessories add the finishing touches to the room. But one of my favorites is the bold black and white fingerprint rug that I find simply irresistible. Although the collection was designed for the dining room, most of its components would work just as well in any room of the home.

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Wednesday
Jan112012

They've done it again!

When I came across these beautiful compositions, I knew right away they were the magical work of photographer Carl Kleiner and stylist Evelina Kleiner. Probably these images look familiar to you too. If you remember, they also created these photos for the IKEA cookbook “Homemade is Best”. Obviously, IKEA was so impressed with their talent that they hired them again to work on this new project. This creative duo doesn't stop to amaze me with their imaginative creations and concepts.

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