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Wednesday
Aug292012

GETTING PERSONAL

 

No matter which home decorating style you fancy, it's all about how much of YOU is reflected in your nest. Undoubtedly, this 900 square-feet home shows lots of special touches from owner Benedikte Ugland. Her passion for photography and interior design is present in every nook as lovely details that exude personality. I'm particularly crushing on the impromptu chandelier in the kitchen, made with six different hanging bulbs wrapped around a pole she commissioned to a blacksmith. The mix of concrete, industrial accessories and flea market finds gives this home a lived-in feel that's really charming and inviting.

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Tuesday
Jun262012

ROOM TO INSPIRE

There isn't a better place to find great inspiration for bedroom decor than beautifully designed boutique hotels. This recently opened gem in the center of Oslo, Norway, has plenty of eye candy to stimulate your senses. The interiors of the Hotel Grand Central are divinely designed by architects Lars Helling and Ajas Mellbye with murals by artist Ariel McMillion. The rooms in particular are brilliant. They're all spacious with lofty ceilings and decorated with lots of wit, style and a little rock-'n'-roll attitude. The designers conceived different themes for the guest rooms. Although they all enjoy that Scandinavian flair, each rooms has its own personality—some are whimsical and eclectic where others are more minimal and monochromatic. So take your pick. Which one better fits your style? I'm having a hard time choosing since all of them have plenty to love.

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Wednesday
Aug102011

Design Storytelling

Every designer has his or her own creative process. Seyhan Ozdemir and Sefer Cagle, creative duo from Turkish design firm Autoban, use storytelling as a way to help them conceptualize their interior design projects. They see furniture as characters in a space that has a soul and a past, creating unique experiences in their interiors. Seyhan and Sefer's eclectic design style is influenced by nature, childhood memories and their many travels — and clearly from their colorful city Istanbul, which is filled with contrasts and surprises. Their style is somehow sublime yet filled with unpredicted fun moments. There's nothing about this smashing home I would change. I'm especially crazy about their phenomenal collection of lighting fixtures that star in every room's story. They're all dreamy

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Thursday
Jun092011

Divine Indulgence 

Apparently, Malta is one of the new, up-and-coming destinations in the Mediterranean, and this stupendous 16th century townhouse rental for two is the perfect retreat that would make anyone's vacation super special. Its name Indulgence Divine says it all. This luxury holiday accommodation, located in the ancient city of Vittoriosa, was beautifully designed by London-based art director Gattaldo with a delightful use of color, whimsy and gorgeous custom-made furniture. I appreciate the sense of humor he injected into the space, particularly the fun and unexpected take on the wardrobe —simply magical. And the ice white built-in kitchen unit is drool-worthy. I have no words to express how much I'm loving this place.

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Thursday
Jan202011

A Relaxing Haven

This must have been a dream come true for architect and designer Philippe Phi — converting an old provincial winery into his own boutique hotel in the south of France. All five rooms in La Maison Pujol are simply to die for. Phi used vintage letters as protagonists infusing them with modern classics and the right touch of rustic, creating a very plush and sensual setting. Plus, the simple palate he chose helped achieve this mellow and intimate haven. The charming essence of this magnificent inn was beautifully captured by photographer Manolo Yllera.

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Thursday
Dec162010

Industrial Chic

Being the heart of a home, the kitchen must be a welcoming space since it's the place where everyone ends up congregating. The Studio Kitchen, shot by Danish photographer Stuart McIntyre, is for sure a place that I would love spending some time in — plus the beautiful way it was photographed makes me even drool about it. The most fascinating aspect of this room is the random mix of styles, although very successfully put together. The unexpected use of elements and odd accessories is very smart. From the china, old utensils, the blend of furniture to the mind-blowing yellow car suspended above the working area, this kitchen goes beyond traditional. And what's most amazing is that the uniqueness doesn't stop there, it spreads all the way through the sitting area where a very slick metallic silver couch awaits for someone to lounge on. This is the complete package and an absolute winner on my book.

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