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Friday
May182012

RAW BEAUTY

Everything great always starts with a vision, like this fantastic lofty home in San Francisco's Mission district. Originally a Lucky Strike cigarette warehouse, the 1925 concrete building was converted into this sweet nest for British-born electrical engineer Clive McCarthy and his wife. After seeing the potential of the structure, he decided to buy it with hopes of transforming it into the contemporary home it is now. The whole building was gutted to create spacious areas for each room of the house, leaving the rawness of the original architecture seep through the design. How's this for industrial chic? Happy weekend!

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Wednesday
May162012

COLOR BLOCKING

Are you mad about color but find yourself doubting how to inject it to your living room? Well, doubt no more. Here's a quick guide from our friends at House to Home that will demystify color for you. If you're in a monochromatic mood, mix textures, patterns and different shades of the color of your choice to add interest to the room. Also, with the large variety of fun wallpapers available to us now, you can pick a feature wall in your living room and use a colorful wall covering to create a focal point. One last but important tip: don't be afraid to be bold as bold can be a good thing. Dare to use combinations of colors you might have never thought of using. Accent pieces are a great way to introduce this color-blocking concept. Are you feeling adventurous now?

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Tuesday
May152012

COMFORT IS IN THE AIR

Once a cottage built in the 1860 by a local fisherman, this warm and cozy home is my dream of a house. I simply love everything about it. There is a certain spontaneity and free-style to its decor that's right up my alley. Located a few miles north of Copenhagen, this family abode is filled with charming details that makes me want to cuddle up on any of their cushy pieces of furniture. You can see more of their gorg house and read the complete story on the renovation here. Enjoy!

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Monday
May142012

SIMPLE BLISS

Light, air and space are the main ingredients in the home of Danish interior designer Tina Offshore Wind. The result is this fresh and sun-drenched first floor apartment in a villa north of Copenhagen, which she shares with her husband, son and adorable pet rabbit Thumper. There is a simple aesthetic comfort to it that I simply love, particularly the subdued color palette that's very representative of her design style: earth tones, gray, white rose with wooden touches. And for course, her selective use of furniture is perfect. Everything is carefully selected and placed so that each piece of furniture has enough breathing room around it, creating a very relaxing ambiance.

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Thursday
May102012

THROUGH THE LENSE OF: HEIDE LERKENFELDT

Let's be inspired today by the beautiful work of the truly talented Danish photographer Heide Lerkenfeldt. I'm so into her delightful compositions and sense of serenity she captures in every frame. Her versatility as a photographer is amazing. Not only does she shoot amazing spaces and products, but she also does a masterful job with fashion, food and people. But don't take my word for it. Please, go browse through her portfolio and see for yourself. You will love her work as much as I do.

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Tuesday
May082012

SHELTERRIFIC

Just like its Parisian sister, the new urban-chic Mama Shelter Hotel has opens its doors to welcome tourists in search of a unique and trendy retreat in Marseilles. Designed by no other than Philippe Starck, the 27-room hotel is more than a place to stay but rather a one-a-kind experience. There isn't a corner in this locale without the trademark Starck splash of humor and surprise. His signature cornucopia of contrasting styles is what makes Mama Shelter far from dull. Papa likes!!

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Monday
May072012

LIGHT AND MODERN

Here we go again. Another week starts and I'm all pumped up to continue working on a project that's almost completed and start planning for a new home office I'm about start. But before I get too busy with my to-do list, I want to share with you this gorg home in Houston, Texas. Right in the middle of the city's artsy district, and only minutes away from the Museum of Contemporary Art, the modern abode is drenched in natural light and exquisite sophistication. With a balanced mix of new and vintage pieces, the decor is right up my alley. And to reflect the spirit of the neighborhood, the owners have proudly displayed their small art collection in strategic places in every room. Isn't it sensational?

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Wednesday
May022012

A SWISS DELIGHT

In keeping with the renovation theme, today I want to share with you this light and airy Swiss home owned by industrial designers Anette and Fredrik. When they found the old, dilapidated house in an overgrown apple orchard, they immediately saw the potential and fell in love with it. After months of renovating it, the couple created a modern home with delightful details. Simple but tastefully decorated, this house has layers of visual interest. I'm so glad they decided to leave the wood planks on the wall. They add character and reveal a bit of the property's history. A job well done!

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