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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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Thursday
Nov012012

SHARP AND BEAUTIFUL

How cool would it be to live in an abandoned pencil factory? Well, you can get a good idea of what that would be like by snooping around this light and airy apartment in central Copenhagen, home of Morten Bo Jensen, chief designer at Vipp. The open-floor plan works beautifully for this young family of four. They've successfully created separate spaces through the use of furniture, panels and sliding doors, giving the home an industrial feel. Every room is minimally decorated with a neutral palette and plenty of personal style—like the artwork made by Morten with 195 No. 2 pencils (above) to celebrate the building's previous life. One of my favorite features of the home is the way they store the logs for the fire: it's clean, simple yet adds lots of character to the living room.

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Tuesday
Oct022012

A TUSCAN TREASURE

I can't deny or even hide the apartment envy I'm having on this fabulous Tuscan loft recently renovated by Italian architect Sabrina Bignami from b-arch studio. Sabrina did a classy job transforming this place into a minimal and polished single family apartment that's simply to die for. I adore how beautiful and seamlessly the old pieces blend with the modernity of the furniture chosen for the decor. And how dreamy is that bathroom suite, isn't out of this world? That's what I call a bathroom.

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Monday
Sep242012

A RENOVATED GEM

I can never get enough of the stunning work of Copenhagen's NORM Architects. Their minimalist and striking interiors are simply to die for. However, today I'm thrilled to feature the recently renovated home of Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, one of the firm's founders. Even though it hasn't been that long since they moved in, the place is already looking immaculate. If this is what their home looks like after a week, Imagine what it would like in a few months. Gorgeous!! If you're a renovation junkie like my you'd love to see the before pictures here.

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Tuesday
Sep182012

THE DOVE HOUSE

I can't get over how gorgeous this renovation by Gundry & Ducker Architects turned out. They've beautifully transformed a formerly dark and narrow kitchen area into a light-filled kitchen and an informal family room with direct access to the garden. By using a monochromatic color palette in the new addition of the house they've created a lovely contrast with the Edwardian colors already used in the existing London home. A double sigh and a round of applause for such a stunning space.

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Saturday
Aug182012

WITH DOGS IN MIND

As a dog lover and owner of a French Bulldog, I'm always thrilled to discover great design solutions for my four-legged friend. I can't get over how cool and practical this doggie staircase looks in the newly renovated home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The pet-sensitive staircase was especially designed by architecture studio 07Beach with narrower treads and shorter risers to make them more suitable for the owner's dogs. Not only is it a genius solution, but the stairs also look structurally stunning.  My Oliver would get a kick out of them, especially being a short-legged pooch.

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Saturday
Jun232012

A DREAMY RENOVATION

I've always dreamed of having a sizable bathroom—one big enough for twin sinks, a tub, a shower and plenty of space to walk around. But being a New York City dweller, that dream is hardly attainable. That's why I almost fell off my chair when I spotted this spectacular ensuite bedroom/bath renovation by Jonathan King and his partner Michael. They've done a magnificent job, especially at making both rooms work so well together by using an open floor plan which, by the way, I find super sexy. Of course, I'm also mad about their choice of black and white as a palette plus their exquisite use of accessories. Oh, and how cool is that headboard made with a vintage map? Simply superb!! I'm so green with envy.

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Monday
Jun042012

WHITE SPLENDOR

This spectacular and well-preserved Barcelona flat is anyone's dream come true. With captivating purity, lightness and inviting serenity, the immaculate interiors embrace the stunning detailing on the wall and ceilings. The owners did a phenomenal job of maintaining the essence and personality of the place by carefully restoring the original mosaic floors, windows and gorgeous arched doors that connect the living spaces. The strong architectural elements, high ceilings, simplicity and smart mix of elements from the past and present is what defines the identity of this breathtaking Catalonian home. All that glorious white... double sigh!

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