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Tuesday
Mar192013

IN THE MOOD FOR SPRING

Last year on my trip to Copenhagen, I visited, among many gorgeous spaces, this stunning apartment set up like a gallery/showroom right in the middle of the city. I have to say it was quite the treat. You might remember it from a post I did featuring The Apartment in all its glory. A few days back, I was pleasantly greeted by an email from its Co-founder and Creative Director Tina Seidenfaden Busck with pictures of the space newly decorated for Spring with the most amazing furnishings. I'm particularly enamored with the bench by Ilse Crawford (above) they've recently introduced in their kitchen. Come on, that tall back is to die for. Don't you think? Luckily, most the pieces in their beautifully curated vignettes are for sale in their site.

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Wednesday
Feb202013

READY FOR ITS CLOSE-UP

I've always dreamt of a having a big, spacious kitchen where I can do some serious cooking and baking without having to worry about making a mess. Not that I'm a messy person, but when working in a space-challenged kitchen it's hard to keep things that neat. I've fallen head-over-hills in love with the openness and serenity of this stunning kitchen. It's a beautiful mix of materials and styles. I especially like that it was designed without upper cabinets—a trend that I'm seeing more and more. To be honest, the rest of the place is quite a charmer too. But if you're wondering who the lucky dwellers are, wonder no more. This space it's actually a studio in a restored Victorian house in SE London. No wonder!

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Monday
Feb112013

MIX & MATCH

I'm all for mixing decorative styles, as long as they complement each other to make the best of a home. This charming Stockholm apartment is a perfect example of this, where a variety of styles come together beautifully. As a big fan of the IKEA's aesthetic and innovation, I'm glad to see how well the owners have managed to seamlessly incorporate different pieces from the Swedish famed brand into their eclectic decor—making them their own by adding personal touches. The secret is in the balance between the new and the old and not limiting yourself to one specific style. Be daring and listen to your creative side.

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Monday
Jan282013

LAYERING OF STYLES

There's nothing more interesting in decor than playing around with styles from different periods, like in the Stockholm apartment of artist and illustrator Mats Gustafson and jewelry and product designer Ted Muehling. Here they have exquisitely blended Scandinavian Modern furnishings with 19th-century family heirlooms and flea market finds to create a stunning Nordic retreat. They both told The New York Times Style Magazine that decorating is not about perfection, but rather a balanced layering of styles. Something they do extremely well.

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Monday
Oct222012

LIKE MUSIC TO YOUR EARS

Have you ever wondered what the pad of a DJ  looks like? Well, you're in luck as today I'll take you inside the funky Madrid loft of Turkish DJ Jay Cumhur. With a style between high-tech and flea market chic, this eclectic space is where he lives and works. The loft is an amazing fusion of art, music, design and recycled pieces—like the two flight cases he used as coffee tables mixed in perfect balance with a collection of mid-century classics to die for. Every room in his fun-filled apartment is full of quirky details and wonderful artwork, all with very special meaning to its owner. Everywhere you look, the loft radiates his love for music and his passion for art. It is obvious tracks are not all he knows how to mix—mixing colors, patterns and styles is also something he does pretty well.

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Tuesday
Oct092012

A SPLASH OF ROCK-AND-ROLL

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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Monday
Oct012012

MODEZ-TY APPART

Every so often, I'm delighted to come across original hotels where the design concept is for every space to look completely different from each other. Recently opened, the Modez Hotel in Arnhem, The Netherlands offers its guests a unique experience through its eclectic look. Located in the middle of the city's Fashion District, thirty plus Dutch fashion designers were invited to design all twenty rooms of the hotel, each bringing a surprising concept that characterizes their personal styles. Although they're all wonderful, I happen to love the guestroom designed by Caroline Evers with her fun and quirky use of knits throughout the guestroom—including lamps, curtain, decorations and even chairs fully covered with knitting. Wouldn't it be interesting to have the chance to sleep in all twenty rooms and be pampered with so many different styles?

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Thursday
Aug302012

FAB & COLORICIOUS

Once you fall head-over-heels in love with color, there's no going back. At least that's the case for design-centric Bradford Shellhammer, founder and chief designer of Fab.com. His upstate New York weekend home is a Technicolor projection of his ardent passion for a bright color palette. This fun-filled early 1960's country house is the perfect getaway from his busy online retail job. His wonderful collection of mid-century furniture, artwork and chachkies come mostly from his own Fab.com. You can say he is a very satisfied customer.

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