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Entries in Yellow (20)

Wednesday
May082013

A TINY PARISIAN JEWEL

One really needs to get creative when space becomes a luxury. I'm amazed how this micro apartment in Paris was designed to fit everything needed to live comfortably. French design firm betillon / dorval-bory used a minimalist approach in its design where light becomes an important element to compartmentalize the space. Using white as its primary color was key in making the apartment look more spacious than it actually is. This proves that square footage doesn't actually matter that much, and it's how you take advantage of it that counts.

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Friday
Mar152013

AN IDEAL MARRIAGE

Born out of the partnership between the famed Danish design house Fritz Hansen and Italian firm Spotti, the first Republic of Fritz Hansen showroom opens its doors in MIlan. This magnificent space combines the best of both of both worlds—classic Nordic style and Milanese tradition—creating a fresh new look. Undoubtedly, the limited edition pieces and site-specific installations ultimately make the store a unique place to visit. Is anyone game for a trip to Milan? This might be worth a visit. Happy weekend!

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Tuesday
Oct162012

CONTEMPORARY PASSION

Behind the facades of four old town houses in the old part of Ljubljana city, Slovenia, lies the modern interiors of the Vander Urbani Resort. The hotel's design, by architects Sadar and Vuga, is based on a kaleidoscopic play of 3D patterns in different materials and reflections. All 16 rooms and suites are designed in soothing colors, soft lines, exquisite materials and custom-designed furniture pieces, creating an intimate atmosphere and a unique living environment for the stylish traveler. One of my favorite features is the mirror-encased bed in one of the suites and the unexpected play of textures and patterns that create a luxurious yet welcoming place to stay.

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Tuesday
Oct092012

A SPLASH OF ROCK-AND-ROLL

In this ravishing Barcelona flat, art director and interior designer Cristina Ramos has merged, together with her husband-photographer Txema Yeste, a brilliant mix of decorative styles with a beautiful dose of color and a pinch of humor. A few of the original architectural features like doors and moldings were kept in the restoration carried out nine years ago, but the jewel in the crown is the hydraulic tile flooring characteristic of Barcelona homes in the early 20th century. I love how they managed to convert each room into a unique space sprinkled with multiple influences from the 70s, Art Deco, Neoclassicism, Bohemian and Industrial styles with a splash of Rock-and-Roll —of course always keeping in mind comfort and quality.

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Tuesday
Sep112012

A GLAMOROUS TRANSFORMATION

After a much needed makeover, this glamorous Madrid apartment was renovated into a beautiful stage of divine colors, art and Mid-Century-style furniture. Decorated by Mary Lantero, the pad was conceived as a white box where she injected personality by adding vivid splashes of blues and gold. Area rugs, fabrics and wallpaper played a major role in defining the various spaces and framing the delicious furniture vignettes Ms. Lantero put together. Her exquisite taste and sense of humor helped transform this apartment into a very special and personal home.

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Friday
Aug172012

A COCKTAIL OF STYLES

Tradition and eclecticism mix divinely in this Italian jewel. Located in Lombardy, Italy, the unique sixteenth-century house is owned by the head of interior design studio Mariateresa Facchini, who bought the house to renovate it and reclaim the splendor of the original structure. The decor is a cocktail of architectural and decorative styles, with wisely-chosen pieces of furniture and few concessions to color—except smart splashes of yellow and hints of blue. Everywhere you turn there's a delightful surprise, either through the beautiful interiors or the unexpected decorative pieces like the wire donkey sculpture and the cage rabbit on a pedestal—which by the way I want for my pad. Happy weekend!

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Saturday
Aug112012

THE PERSONAL TOUCH

Accessorizing your home is the most fun part of decorating—at least it is for me. With those special details you can show your style and personality in your home. That's why I love finding pieces that you can customize to make your own, like these Albert clocks by Sven Stornebel Design. The back panel comes off giving you the opportunity to decorate the interior of the clock as you wish. Very cute!!

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Thursday
Aug092012

A WELCOMED TREND

Hostels have been around for a long time offering affordable no-frills accommodations for the thrifty traveler. But lately I've noticed a rather welcomed trend of design hostels popping up everywhere. This particular one immediately caught my eye for its gorgeous and minimalist look. Designed as a hybrid between a Japanese pill hotel and an old European department store, the modern Goli Bosi Design Hostel is located in the heart of the old town of Split, Croatia. Yellow plays a key role in its decor paying homage to the old sulphur baths the town was known for. Although simple in its design, this hostel has very delightful details—I especially love the graphic signage in the rooms floors. If you're not into sharing your room with other guests, don't sweat it. You can choose a private room to enjoy a fabulous stay in this groovy inn.

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