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Thursday
Feb212013

CELEBRATING A CLASSIC

The iconic Stool 60 is celebrating it's 80th birthday. Designed by architect Alvar Alto in 1933, the 20th-century design classic is the number one seller of Artek's products and one of the most recognizable designs around the world. To commemorate the special occasion, the Finnish product company commissioned a handful of architects and designers to create a limited-edition stool. My favorite interpretations are Rings (above) by Japanese designer Nao Tamura and the whimsical depiction by Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme Des Garcons, with black polka dots.

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Monday
Feb112013

MIX & MATCH

I'm all for mixing decorative styles, as long as they complement each other to make the best of a home. This charming Stockholm apartment is a perfect example of this, where a variety of styles come together beautifully. As a big fan of the IKEA's aesthetic and innovation, I'm glad to see how well the owners have managed to seamlessly incorporate different pieces from the Swedish famed brand into their eclectic decor—making them their own by adding personal touches. The secret is in the balance between the new and the old and not limiting yourself to one specific style. Be daring and listen to your creative side.

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Monday
Feb042013

A PEACEFUL SPACE

The ultimate simplicity of Finnish design is what makes this airy country home a peaceful and tranquil environment. Homeowner Ulla Koskinen, designer for Finnish firms like Marimekko and Artek, worked alongside her husband to create this magnificent open-layout floorplan for their home—where they both live and work. Using concrete, wood and glass, combined with mostly a gray and black palette, they achieved a very clean yet rustic feel. Much of the wood used in the construction came from fallen trees around the property. "The best thing about living here is the wide-open space, the peaceful feeling and the calming views. And that we are now more aware and sensitive to change of seasons,” explained Ulla to Nuevo Estilo.

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Monday
Jan282013

LAYERING OF STYLES

There's nothing more interesting in decor than playing around with styles from different periods, like in the Stockholm apartment of artist and illustrator Mats Gustafson and jewelry and product designer Ted Muehling. Here they have exquisitely blended Scandinavian Modern furnishings with 19th-century family heirlooms and flea market finds to create a stunning Nordic retreat. They both told The New York Times Style Magazine that decorating is not about perfection, but rather a balanced layering of styles. Something they do extremely well.

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