New Year’s resolution: Get organized before the year is OVER!

Organization starts with purging as much as you can. At least for me. If purging is making you nervous a good way to approach it is with enthusiasm.  Get some new closet storage like these closet design that are superb. Get excited about it. Organize the drawers inside as well, never neglect the drawers. I love the plexiglass dividers that let the light in. These solutions are also great to use for your home office design. Go for it! End the year with great joy and order!!! :-)

 

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The cake stand to store your perfumes, jewelry or office supplies is it just plain genius. I always want to get one of those but never really bake that often, so now I have the perfect excuse to go and buy myself one. :-)

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I absolutely love this space, from the storage units to the combination of textiles and colors. Everything in here is a amazing!! LOVE IT!

Photos via:  Danny Kuo, California Closets, HGTV, iidudu.

How to make your house a home

What do we mean when we say home? Is it where the heart is, where we hide away, a place for nurturing and caring, a haven, a reflection of who we are? So many questions, but the answer is always ‘yes’.

Turning a house into a home, on a practical level, is all about filling it with things that make us feel happy, relaxed and comfortable. We all have our own personal style, we have strong opinions about what we like and dislike, but ultimately, behind closed doors, we crave comfort first, style second.

That’s why, when turning a house into a home, it is essential to focus on the comfort aspects of the surroundings. Are the beds, chairs and sofas all gloriously comfortable and perfect to sink into after a long day in the outside world? The ideal living room is one which looks fabulous, feels cosy and comfortable and functions well. Half the battle is in finding the best seating and nothing beats a corner sofa for somewhere to stretch out and relax in style.

Personalising a home is so easy to do, but many shy away from it, fearing they will get it wrong. Be bold and put a personal stamp on the interior. Family photographs, wall art, personal collections, plants and cut flowers, all make a home feel lived in and vibrant. Found objects, such as driftwood or interesting stones and shells can be displayed to great effect and serve as reminders of special days. Using heirlooms or antiques and bric-a-brac to individualise a space can be very effective, as the ornaments or items chosen are rarely mass market and have a unique quirky charm.

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Photos via: Bolig

RGB by Carnovsky

Carnovsky is a Milan based artist/designer duo comprised by Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla. This new project is called RGB juxtaposing images in primary colors that once put through a light or film in  BLUE, MAGENTA or  GREEN will bring a single layer out. RGB was shown this week in at the Design Week in Milan 2013. I love the natural history  themes picked for these wallpapers. Incredibly inspiring and yummy to the eye. Enjoy!

Carnovsky installation 1Wallpaper with no filter.

Carnovsky installation 2Wallpaper through a magenta light or filter brings out the serpent, fish, birds etc.

Carnovsky installation 3Wallpaper through BLUE light bringing out a total different group of animals and insects.

Carnovsky installation 4Wallpaper through GREEN light will bring out the elephant, octopus etc…

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Photos via: Carnovsky

Eeron Saarinen. Lesson No. 5

One of the most influencial architects in the 20th century in the U.S. has to be Eeron Saarinen. Finnish born arrived in the U.S at the age of 13. He studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in Michigan where his father also taught. Some of his colleagues were Charles and Ray Eames. After the Academy Eeron studied architecture at Yale School of Architecture. He was defined as an organic architect with the use of natural and simple curves; his designs are very sensual and organic. He not only designed amazing structures like the TWA Flight Center in John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Gateway Arch in Saint Luis, he also designed beautiful pieces of furniture that are today coveted by many. Among those designs my favorite ones have to be the Tulip table with marble top and the Tulip chair.

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EeroSaarinen seatingA seating designed by Eeron Saarinen. One of my all time favorites designs.

Photos via: Life Magazines, Aqua-velvet, Modern Design, Archiexpo, Design-Moderne, ehomee.

Condesa DF

Let’s embrace color, let’s get ready for Spring. Check this incredible Hotel in Mexico City called Condesa DF. I stayed here few years ago, and I was mesmerized by the brave used of color. Turquoise is the main color around this incredible space making everything dance in harmony and vibrancy. The rooms are so inviting that you might feel is just an amazing home not a hotel we are looking at. So no more to say, look at it, let these colors inspired you.

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La barra” best place to enjoy a cocktail before dinner.

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Best breakfast I ever had. From fresh cheeses to marmalades, natural juices, fresh tortillas and more.

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This room seems to belong to a quaint house in the mexican city neighborhood Condesa DF.

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Beautiful matching shelves and wall color, just simply perfection.

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Condesa DF, a neighborhood where boutiques, art galleries and tacos merged.

Photos via: CNTraveler, Orbitz, Discover-deliver, Flickr.

 

Pastel forward!

Saving daylight is here meaning you were probably late for work today… no, meaning we are closer to Spring and we need some pastels in our life! That’s right! So, I am happy to present to you the Condesa Chair and Acapulco Chair made by hand in Mexico from a sustainable studio based in Denmark named OK Design. This iconic chair is been around in patios all around america from a long long time. But now it’s been revived in beautiful pastel colors and in the irreplaceable white.

 

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Iconic Condesa Chair all in white.

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More designs from the studio using PVC plastic cord.

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The also iconic Acapulco Chair in pastel blue. Adorable!

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Condesa Chair in pink in the process of being made by artisan in the Mexico studio.

Photos Via: OK Design

Barcelona in White

I miss Barcelona; my lovely cousin, vermouths and beautiful apartments with great mosaic floors. It is quite nice and rare to find an apartment with mosaic floors with pale tones and shades of white, like in this case. I love the simplicity of the space. You really don’t need much furniture when you have windows like these, mosaic floors and don’t forget…LIGHT. Even though it’s hard to believe this is a luxury that it is rare to find in Barcelona. Think about it, old buildings were designed up to six and seven floors tall along very narrow streets not allowing the light to enter. :( But let’ not be sad. You can still find beauties like this one! Enjoy!

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Photos via: Decoist

 

Color my floors

This beautiful work comes from GROOPPO Architecture Studio in Italy. I am a lover of white floors, but that’s the reason why I am so impressed with this project, because it really makes me rethink the idea of having some color tiles in my home instead. The tile work in this project is a chromatic master piece. If you are thinking on refurbishing some rooms I will suggest some tiles floors with these soft palette of colors. I assured you you wont get bored of looking at them, I actually think the will make your beautiful memories get pressed into your mind with more color.

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Photos via: Grooppo

Palm Springs groove

The Ace Hotel in Palm Spring California is a great combination of mid century design with a pinch of bohemian aroma and a touch of ethnic spice. Now that Coachella is approaching I would totally pair up the experience staying at the Ace Hotel. I always been in love with Palm Spring magic, what I love about this place is that can help you get so many ideas in how to come back home and make some purging, simplify your space and sleek it up with a simple mexican throw or a vintage signage or just one letter. This experience is going on my wish list for 2013. Enjoy.

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Photos via: Wallpaper, Paper, Sunset.

Josef Frank. Design Lesson No. 4

Textile, textiles, textiles. Some of the most beautiful textile designs belongs to an architect, that’s right, a Viennese architect from the ’40 called Josef Frank. He was born in Vienna and moved for some time to Sweden where he build vacations homes for swedish families. In the years of WWII he and his wife moved to NY for some time to only return to a Sweden that appreciated and understood his art, his vision and his talent; a range of works that today still stand as the most fascinating and modern works of the 21st century, even though was created on the 20th century.

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Photos via: Svenskttenn

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