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Monday
Apr162012

A STRIKING HABITAT

A casual and exclusive environment surrounded by black, white and gray welcomes guests everyday at the hip Hotel Habita in Monterrey, Mexico. Behind the minimalist, concrete front desk visitors can admire a wall mosaic made of hand-made mirrored tiles brought from India. Every single space in the hotel is sleek, dramatic and filled with timeless classics like Swan Chairs by Arne Jacobsen and furniture from avant-garde designer Rick Owens. The hyper-modern interiors were created by Parisian design extraordinaire Joseph Dirand, the creative mind behind the stupendous Hotel Distrito Capital in Mexico City—which I featured here not long ago. This one is most definitely going on my list of favorite boutique hotels.

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Friday
Apr132012

AGRICULTURAL CHIC

One of my many dreams is to one day buy an old barn in need of some TLC and transform it into a ideal weekend retreat. So when I came across this fabulous home in Dwell, my heart sskipped a beat. This fantastic British Barn conversion made me a little jealous. The surprising use of oriented strand board (made from pressed tree chippings and resin) as a decorating element throughout the house is really refreshing and unexpected. Using this material in furniture, wall coverings and to cover complete rooms, the owners found a design muse in OSB and made quite a bold statement. What a special place to spend a weekend, wouldn't you say?

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Thursday
Apr122012

NORDIC SENSE & SENSIBILITY

One of the things I love most about Nordic design is the sensibility to humor in its decor. It's those quirky touches that add a casual and effortless feel to every Scandinavian interior. This lovely home in Skåne, Sweden, is a fine model to follow if that's the look you're aiming for. Take for instance, the casual use of bulb string lights candidly freely from some of the curtain rods. But I'm most fascinated by the white dining table with just one of its legs partially painted in black. Love, love, love! Any which way you turn, you find fun and spontenous vignettes that will keep your entertained for a while.

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Tuesday
Apr102012

IN THE CIRCLE OF THINGS

I believe simplicity is the key to beautiful design. And for me, the circle is one of those simple, basic shapes that can say so much. Its perfect form has been the basis for so many design solutions throughout time—and keeps inspiring many of us in our daily creative challenges. For German industrial designer Sandra Thomsen, silk screening circles has become one of her passions. These very minimal and graphic prints are some of Sandra's wonderful creations. They're hand-printed on beech plywood and paper using a very interesting color palette. It's great to see how something so serene and understated can add so much on a wall. You can take a look at the whole collection here.

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Monday
Apr092012

SUNNY IN MANHATTAN

Who hasn't dreamed of living in a fabulous penthouse in New York City? Well, I have. Everyday. But for New Jersey interior designer Barbara Littman, that dream came true when she renovated this gorgeous space into an urban pied-à-terre. Wanting to be part of the hustle and bustle of this great city, Ms. Littman sought the guidance of architect and friend Robert D. Henry to help her create this sunny 2,400-square-feet modern haven. Although the color palette is rather limited, her choice of yellow as accent was a superb idea. It really warms up the space and makes a strong statement. I'm in love with this place. Aren't you?

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Thursday
Apr052012

CAPITAL OF STYLE

With impressively minimalist decor and commanding views, Hotel Distrito Capital is one of the hottest and stylish places to stay and chill out in Mexico City. The dazzling black, gray and white interiors were designed  by none other than Joseph Dirand, known for his modern, elegant style with a twist from the past. Located in one of the trendiest areas of the city –Santa Fe– this hotel is a statement to how cool and trendy Mexico’s capital has become in recent years.

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Wednesday
Apr042012

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

What's not to love about this gorgeous flat in Barcelona's Gothic District? Pretty much every single inch in this place is to die for. Architectural firm YLAB Arquitectos did a breathtaking job renovating this 1400-square-feet apartment, creating a quiet and intimate environment for its owner to work in, but at the same time conceiving a welcoming space for entertaining. Every room is uniquely designed, but the kitchen is my favorite. The use of wood on the walls and ceiling gives it a striking look and makes warm and inviting despite its ultra modern design.

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Monday
Apr022012

DINNER ETIQUETTE

Inspired by her love of finding beauty in everything that surrounds her, Australian still-life stylist and art director Sonia Rentsch gives life and personality to everyday kitchen utensils and dinnerware pieces in this collection of vignettes she called Dinner Etiquette. Together with photographer Scott Newett, Sonia has created these whimsical compositions with an elegant flair and a fashionable twist. How adorable are they?

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