4/30/11

Have a fun weekend

"Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game".
Michael Jordan




 

 
Enjoy your weekend to the fullest.
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4/29/11

Boho style taken outside

Everything about Boho Style is relaxing and laid back glamorous and it gets even better when it's taken outside. I have said before how nothing inspired more than the outdoors and due to the beautiful days we're finally enjoying lately I feel such a desire of being outside and enjoying these short days of summer. If I had a big enough outdoor space I think I would go for a Boho style. Yeah, definitely.
The two first images are via Interior Design Magazine and last via Domino.
























Chandelier, bench and rattan chair, pillows, platta decking, rattan striped stool, miner's bottle, hammock.
I almost forgot how fun it's to make these inspirational boards. To see more go here, here and here.
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4/28/11

Chevron floors

 
How come there is no floor porcelain tiles in the right size to form a chevron floor? I've been looking high and low for floor tiles in elongated forms and thin enough to form a chevron pattern for Luca's bathroom but it seems there are none. How is that possible? In an effort to frustrate myself even further I'm posting these images to remind me of the limited availability on floor tiles.

 
How come there is no floor porcelain tiles in the right size to form a chevron floor? I've been looking high and low for floor tiles in elongated forms and thin enough to form a chevron pattern for Luca's bathroom but it seems there are none. How is that possible? In an effort to frustrate myself even further I'm posting these images to remind me of the limited availability on floor tiles.
 

I mean, look at that dining room. No wonder there is no carpet.

No carpet here either.
 
images from Cote Maison and my files.
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Mix and Match dining chairs

I haven't found the perfect chairs for my dining room yet so I'm contemplating the idea of just going with the flow and buy the chairs I love even if they come in pairs or single. It's a no-brainer and affordable way to do it and it's also a younger approach so the little ones will relate very well to the idea. More traditional people are afraid of going with this more casual look but a safer and more balanced way of doing it is by using chairs of the same color or using the same fabric for upholstery. In the top image the fact that the chairs share the same color, make this room more elegant.

In this case all chairs are the same but the contrast of the wood, leather and metal, somehow give the same feeling as a mix and match dinging room.

This image above reminds me of Sarah Jessica Parker's dining room but in a more modern way. All chairs are of the same wood.

And this last image is simply fun and girly.
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4/27/11

Lighten up your Karma and do good while shopping


I recently received this email and was more than happy to discover what it said:
"The Bootstrap Project's mission is to create a sustainable platform to promote and retain centuries-old crafts and customs. We create the outlet for the local artisans. The profits of the sales go back to the artists and their communities, through our development partners, to empower them by providing the education and opportunity to retain, preserve and advance their fast-dying crafts, customs and way of life. by purchasing through Bootstrap you allow artisans-who act as the catalyst for their whole communities-to end their own poverty. It's trade not aid." red in their website.
Well, looking at their mission and the beautiful work they create, it can't be easier to help. I have yet to come across a more beautiful work with such a wonderful mission. Each and every one of their design can be incorporated in any design setting because, after all, isn't that what "Global Chic" is all about?

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Classic Wednesday, white and blue

 
Very few color combinations is as classic as blue and white. A combination that has been used since the time of the Ottoman Empire and in places as exotic as Morocco, it's been adopted by American Design since the longest time. Blue and white is a timeless combination of which one never gets tired, because as someone recently said: “it's in nature.” That is probably why we never get bored of it. Below are a few images of white and blue rooms dating back as old as 1966 to prove it.
Inman Cook 1966
Mario Buatta 1977

Madeleine Castaing via



Oscar de la Renta gorgeous table setting via


Michael S. Smith

Below, more modern ways of using this combination today.

via Elle Decor
 

Two previous images Todd Alexander Romano's apartment recently featured in Architectural Digest February issue.

In a more transitional way by Miles Redd.

via Lush Belle
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4/26/11

An office with a view

It's part of the American dream to own an office with a view. I'm sure Corporate America does not think that beauty+comfort and glam can go this well together when it comes to having an office with a window.


via

Elle Decor

Aerin Lauder's office via

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4/25/11

Kitchen of the Week, Think outside the box





I posted a few months ago about this new trend of kitchens looking like anything else but conventional kitchens. This trend seems to be determined to linger over a little longer, which is perfect for small spaces. The first two images are great examples of this idea. In this kitchen the modern lines of the only existing lower cabinets juxtapose with the antique chevron floors. This kitchen looks more like a sideboard in a hallway than a real kitchen. The simple details of the African masks emphasize the zebra wood-like cabinets. The lower kitchen, with the undecorated center island, looks more like a slick and modern flower shop cutting station that's been set up for a buffet.
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