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Wednesday
Dec112013

A RENOVATION GONE CHIC

Not everything in a renovation needs to be expensive and complicated. It's all in the approach and design concept of the project. For this Belgian couple, the 5-month renovation of their old brick house seemed to have gone rather smoothly thanks in part to their thoughtful recycling of materials — and of course some elbow grease to lower the cost. The result speaks for itself. The transformation is remarkable and their home is now a warm and inviting environment full of personal touches and chic design solutions.

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Wednesday
Oct022013

SHOW ME HOW

Although painting is no science, there are a few basic steps you must follow to make you project go as smooth as possible. No matter your level of experience, the rules apply to all of us. There are plenty of how-to books and manuals that will help you make the best of your task at hand, but I recently came across a series of instructional videos by Glidden Paints that really breaks down the painting process into seven easy-to-follow online tutorials. These “Show Me How” videos by Lindsay Ballard provide quick, quality tips for easing the painting process. From prepping the walls to cleaning up, her tips are concise and very helpful. Here are a few of her videos:

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Tuesday
Jun042013

DESIGN ON WHEELS

This super chic little caravan puts cool back into camping. Danish company Design Camp recovers old retro caravans and refurbishes them to give them a second chance on life. After an impressive and much-deserved restoration, the trailers are transformed into modern mini boutique hotels on wheels equipped with custom bunk beds, graphic wallpaper and a trendy decor. Not a bad incentive to go on a road trip.

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Tuesday
May072013

A KITCHEN'S NEW LIFE

There's nothing like having a spacious and cozy kitchen that will motivate you to cook delicious meals for the family. That's what London-based photographer Aby Campbell was aiming for when she renovated her newly-bought house. To achieve the warmth she was looking for, Aby took inspiration from the time she spent in upstate New York and used panelling on the walls and ceiling of the kitchen—a sure way to add character to any room. I love the fact tha she did without wall cabinets, a smart move on her part to make the room feel larger. There isn't a thing I don't like about this space. Every single nook in this kitchen screams good taste, plus her attention to detail is beyond amazing.

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Monday
May062013

A FACTORY OF POSSIBILITIES

It's hard to believe this bright and impeccable dwelling was once an old factory building in Berlin's city center. After relocating from London, Eve and Gerard Ruecker were in the hunt for a quiet, light-filled oasis in the middle of the German capital —a not-so-easy find in such a urban city. But when they found this crumbling factory, they instantly fell head-over-hills in love with its charm and saw plenty of potential in it. They hired the German architectural firm Miethe+Quehl to help them transform the industrial structure into a home with the Scandinavian flair they were going for: an ultra comfortable environment with a clean and minimalist approach. After completeing the long renovation, the Rueckers got the stunning oasis the had hoped for.

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Monday
Jan142013

FROM FARM TO FAB

Today's eye candy comes in a delicious package all the way from one of the most picturesque villages in Mallorca, Spain. La Finca is a 13th-century farm that has been renovated into a gorgeous private vacation home with an eclectic decor that borders between rustic and modern sophistication. Its black, gray and white palette plays an important role in keeping the balance between these two styles. I love the fact that they painted the silhouette of an armoire around the built-in wooden cabinets in the living room to create the whimsical illusion of a larger piece of furniture. They also played the same cool trick in one of the bedrooms with the headboard. It's touches like these that add the element of surprise and ingenuity to a room and that make all the difference in making it special.

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Tuesday
Nov202012

AN ENVIABLE RENOVATION

Creating a city-sleek home on the top floor of an old Melbourne apartment was a tour de force for innovative architect Steven Whiting and his imaginative clients. After quite a strenuous renovation, this less-than-desirable flat was transformed into an enviable space where the interplay of textures give it the sense of warmth the owners were aiming for. I'm glad they opted for an open-floor layout as this unifies the living, dining and kitchen areas into one ample space. The color scheme—my favorite palette ever—is a calm mix of black, white and gray with the perfect touch of wood accents like the Mark Tuckey 'Tripod' dining table. Simply divine!

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Friday
Nov022012

A STYLISH NEW ENTRÉE

I remember planning my trip to Copenhagen over the Summer and reading about how wonderful the eating experience at the award-winning Noma was supposed to be. For the last three years the eatery has been named “World’s Best Restaurant” and a reservation waiting list is pretty much the norm in this place—one of the reasons why I didn't have the chance to dine there. Coincidentally, the restaurant's interiors have been recently revamped by Danish studio Space Copenhagen, which changed the decor color palette from its original earth tones to black and gray tones, and replaced the furniture. “It was very much about using organic materials such as wood, stone, leather, brass and linen in a new way; materials that age beautifully over time,”  described the designers Peter Bundgaard Rützou and Signe Bindslev Henriksen. Hmm, I guess this is yet another good reason to plan ahead and make a reservation at this coveted gourmet gem—of course, for those living in the Danish capital. Happy weekend!

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