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Friday
Sep202013

A STUDY IN CONTRAST

If you're a social media junkie, then you've probably tried your hand at Tumblr. And if you've ever wondered how the company's young founder and CEO lives then you're in for a treat. The New York Times T Magazine recently published David Karp's newly renovated Williamsburg, Brooklyn loft, giving us peek into the high-tech design leader's crib. Contrary to what everyone would expect, his loft is not futuristic and high-techy at all. As a matter of fact his style leans more towards the old and rugged—hence the exposed bricks, reclaimed wood and weather concrete in this amazing home. Actually, it's quite fascinating to see the contrast between his two worlds. By the way, you can learn more about David style and his home here. Happy weekend!

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Monday
Sep162013

INDUSTRIAL BONES

I always feel the true essence of a place should survive any renovation, especially when talking about old homes. If anything, it adds character and interest to the transformed space. I think it's pretty neat how these Amsterdam dwellers left industrial traces from the original building to be part of their new home's look. The original steel beams and ceiling create a interesting contrast with their more relaxed and rustic decor. Also, by using wood throughout they softened the austere feel of the industrial bones, adding warmth and coziness to the house.

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Wednesday
Aug142013

IN TOUCH WITH NATURE

Don't you feel sometimes like taking off to a remote spot in the middle of nowhere? A peaceful location where to relax and take a break from your daily routine? Well, Hotel Magazin1 in an island off the coast of Sweden might be the ideal place to do just that. A former grain storehouse from 1934, the building now houses this charming country retreat with five very unique rooms individually designed in that Scandinavian style I simply adore. The decor is rather minimalist but with beautiful details that make each space warm and inviting. This hotel is the right place to be in touch with nature and yourself.

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Friday
Jul192013

RUSTIC IS THE NEW BLACK

Haven't you noticed how the farmhouse look is the latest rage now? This rustic trend seems to be the “in” style and it's popping in every shelter magazine and book. I personally love it, especially when mixed with modern decor. Take for instance this converted farmhouse in Burgundy, France. Its charming architecture is complemented by the use of contemporary furnishings and accessories, creating a warm and sophisticated country retreat. If I could only be there right now. Happy weekend!

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Thursday
Jul112013

MINIMALISM WITH A FRENCH TWIST

Mixing design styles is not often an easy task, especially when talking about two very different styles such as Nordic minimalism and Southern French. But this lovely home in Vence, France hosts these two distinct decorative approaches rather beautifully. The warmth of the wood furnishings are perfect complements to the simpler lines of the Mid-century pieces that bring the Scandinavian undertones into the fold— while unexpected bursts of bright colors introduce the element of surprise to this fusion of styles.

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Thursday
Jun062013

A CONSCIOUS RENOVATION

What happens when you outgrow your apartment? In the case this New York family of five, buying the loft above theirs and merging them to create this 3,600 stunner was the perfect move. They implemented several eco-friendly solutions and sustainable materials like recycled denim as insulation into the renovation. Granted the final result is to dye for, but I can't stop drooling over their amazing collection of mid-century chairs—one more beautiful than the other.

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Monday
May272013

BETWEEN BOHEMIAN AND CHIC

Located in one of Madrid's most legendary and trendy neighborhoods, this eclectic apartment showcases all the ingredients of its surroundings. Its owner wanted to find a style that would serve as a stage for contemporary art and his love for music – given that he's the artistic director for Universal Music. He accomplished a very retro look by putting together a delicious mixture of vintage pieces found in flea markets and auction houses complemented with others made from recycled materials like wood and metal. The result: a warm, welcoming home full of memories with a style somewhere between bohemian and chic.

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Thursday
May232013

WHEN IN ROME

The first thing that comes to mind when I look at this gorgeous room is that it's the private residence of someone with exquisite taste. Much to my surprise, this loft-like space is a fabulous Osteria and Pizzeria not far from Rome's city center. Noses Architects designed Kook with an eclectic flair that celebrates the old-world Italian aesthetic but with enough contemporary touches to create a special place where you can enjoy delicious Roman fare.

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