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Tuesday
Sep022014

SLEEPING IN THE PAST

The opportunity of staying in a Middle Age monastery doesn't come along very often, especially in one that has been gorgeously transformed into a luxurious hotel. "What we wanted for Fontevraud was not the classic hotel and restaurant experience, but something unique; a journey between tradition and modernity that reinterprets the story of Saint-Lazare for the future, marrying emotion, sensual pleasure and poetry," explained designers Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku of Agence Jouin Manku who steer headed the stunning renovation. With a simple palette of wood, metal and fabrics the creative duo created a serene atmosphere that complements and brings forth the history of the building. Simply put, this hotel is a heavenly place to kick back and relax.

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Thursday
Jan162014

NORDIC CHIC DOWN UNDER

Looking at the beautiful Nordic style of this home you would think this gorg house is somewhere in Denmark or Stockholm. But I was pleasantly surprised to find out it's actually in Melbourne, Australia. With the quintessential Scandinavian color palette of black, white and gray, Whiting Architects created a stunning habitat. The occasional wooden accents around the house are the perfect touches to add warmth and spontaneity. I'm in love!

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Friday
Oct252013

A BEAUTY FROM THE PAST

I'm sure it's hard finding any potential in an old, rickety garage for military vehicles with holes in the roof. But for Swedish architects Henry and Lotta Imberg it was quite easy. After looking a various houses to turn into their dream holiday home, the couple fell in love with the rustic look, proximity to the sea and the unique landscape of this abandoned building. They were hoping to find an unconventional structure with lots of character they could make their own. And so the did. Wanting to keep the integrity of the old garage, they opted for a open layout — only adding a couple of partitions to separate the living and sleeping areas. The use of raw plywood combined with the beautiful slate blue and soft black, creates a stunning contrast that gives the Imberg home a beautiful yet primitive quality.

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Wednesday
Feb132013

A WINDOW FIX

There's nothing like walking around the Big Apple taking in all the wonderful inspiration this city displays. Each neighborhood has its own flavor but still in keeping with that captivating New York vibe we can't get enough of. I know that's why I'm totally crushing on these illustrations by New York based graphic designer Jose Guizar. The Windows of New York project is his way of fostering his obsession with this magical Mecca. In his own words it is “a product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city. This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up”. How cool is that? These are not all. You must click over to Jose's cool website to enjoy the rest of these wonderful renderings.

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Sunday
Feb032013

INSPIRATION GALORE

Most Sundays, all I want to do is lounge and do pretty much nothing. And that's exactly what I plan to do today, except I will also be enjoying the new online issue of Est Magazine. The magazine is filled with the best in Australian and international design, interiors, fashion, luxury goods, travel and lifestyle. But this particular issue they've dedicated to The Art of Simple Living—my favorite subject. So if you have no plans for today, I encourage you to sit back with your tablet on hand and browse through the gorg pages of Est. Enjoy!

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Thursday
Jan172013

A TOUCH OF VINTAGE MODERN

I'm glad I stumbled upon these wonderful swinging wall lamps created by Logan Hendrikson from Onefortythree. Logan started designing and building furniture and lighting fixtures for his own house to later launch his online shop where he sells his mid-century inspired collection. His lamps are hand-bent and welded with durable powder coated finish in matte black or gloss white. The sockets are made of real Teak or Walnut wood veneer and wired with a cloth twisted cord to give it that vintage feel. I'm really liking the simple lines of these lamps. They're perfect if you're looking to add a little bit of industrial chic to your home.

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Thursday
Sep202012

SMALL & SMART

Talk about making the most out of a small space. Interior designer Jimmy Schönning knocked down some walls and reconfigure the layout of his tiny 376 square-foot studio to better fit his needs. By converting what used to be the old kitchen into a small bedroom and moving the kitchen to the hallway, Jimmy was able to create a more convenient flow for his charming pad. He was also smart to preserve the old kitchen cabinets and use them as extra storage above his custom-designed headboard. And of course, the space also benefited by the use of white and mirrors, giving the apartment a bright and airy feeling. Another clever solution to making a small home seem larger, is to keep the color palette to a minimum—something he achieved beautifully by only using white, black and wood accents. Here's yet another proof that style also comes in small packages.

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Wednesday
Sep192012

A DESIGNER'S TOUCH

I always enjoy taking a peek inside a designer's private space, like the extraordinary studio/shop of Danish interior designer Oliver Gustav in the heart of Copenhagen. The industrial flair in his mix of furnishings and accessories is making me green with envy, especially his beautiful displays of black apotheke-inspired bottles. He has created a beautiful balance between rough and sleek, making his atelier remarkably dreamy.

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