Splurge vs. Steal – Tolix Chair

Some may call them garden chairs but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them in your dining room or even in your living room.  And, if you can get a good deal on similar ones, why not get a few extra, right? 

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www.dwr.com
$250

Those pieces are absolutely timeless and can be used both in a modern or classic décor.  I was even wondering whether those could easily be painted as well.  Maybe by using Rustoleum paint spray?  Has anyone tried that yet?


www.homedecorators.com
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A Little Union and Lots of Jack – Shop This Look

Hello Darlings,

For some reason I thought about my old room today.  The one I painted in these exact colors when I was 15!  The walls were that purple and the heating element and door frames were orange, yes that exact orange.

I remember my mom’s friends saying that it was an “interesting mix”.  I guess what they really wanted to say was “hectic”, but hey! I liked it and clearly until today these are colors that work together.  And! Purple has a calming effect on me, and when you know me, you know I need that a bit … 

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Do you remember that moment when Princess Diana sat in front of the Taj Mahal with a combination of bright red and purple?  A lot of people thought that it was a weird combination but it set a trend and from then on people started putting colors together that didn’t necessarily fit into the schemes we were used to.

Hah!  Which reminds me of this book – “70’s, The decade that style forgot “ (http://www.amazon.com/The-70s-Decade-Style-Forgot/dp/1853756008 ).  Has anyone read it?  If not, get it, put your feet up, settled in our stylish sofa, with the Union Jack cushion in your back and have a good old laugh …

See yah next time…

 Steve 

Shopping List:

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Images that inspired us:

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Favorite Designers – Thom Filicia

I have been a big fan of Interior designer Thom Filicia since Queer eye for the straight guy.  I love his New-American Style creating this perfect balance between contemporary and timeless interiors. 

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No wonder House & Garden called him an “International Taste Maker”.  And have you seen his Home Collection?  Check out those rugs he designed for Safavieh.  How beautiful are those? 

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They look so elegant and stylish.  And by using viscose yarns made from wood pulp to create them, they are not only stylish but they are eco-friendly as well. I can definitely see those in my living room.  What do you think?

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House in Pozuelo de Alarcon

Now this is not what I am thinking of, when I think about Madrid.  I remember visiting a few years ago with a group of friends and we were in awe of its beauty.  From the Roman type villas to the ornamental palaces, everything just looked so majestic. 

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Yet it is no surprise that Madrid has quite some modern and minimalist villas like this one designed by A-cero Architects.  I think I am especially in love with the indoor pool!  I also love the light walls.  I could see a photo shoot for Gucci there.  You know, model leaning against that wall, beautiful sunlight and then that water on the side.

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What do you think?  And which style do you prefer?  The traditionally regal architecture that can be seen on the Gran Via or do you prefer this contemporary style?

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DIY Weekend – Gold Polka Dots

I am so happy because I found porcelain markers in so many different colors today.  Can’t wait to make one of those glamour cups!  How cute are these?  Seems like such an easy, little DIY project for the weekend.  I think I am also going to use gold.  Should I make one with stripes as well?  Just use some masking tape and draw in between the lines.  Or I could go all out, use all the colors I got and go rainbowy.  So many options.

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Check out many more ideas on how to glamorize your own pottery here

Have you completed any DIY projects lately? I must say, I am so addicted to Pinterest, it’s a bit embarrassing!  I swear I do have a life besides pinning.  Are you on Pinterest too?

The Tree Hotel Sweden

One of my favorite words is oxymoron.   I love it because; well I think it sounds good but more so because I love the combination of two contradictory terms.

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When I stumbled upon these images my first thought was ‘hah a modern tree house’.  Isn’t if funny how most of us seem to think of tree houses as hand made structures created with branches and twigs the Elves left behind somewhere in the woods?

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http://www.treehotel.se

Well if you want to get closer to nature, enjoy nighttime safaris and experience the Northern light during the winter all the while enjoying ecological and modern luxury, this might just be the place to be.  I am in awe!  And I want to go there!  

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http://www.treehotel.se

Have you seen the other tree houses on their site?  One of them is actually all branched out and then there are the other ones, like he mirrorcube and the UFO which are so modern!  There is even a tree sauna!! Talking about some revolutionary architecture.  Has any of you ever had the chance to stay in one of these?

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http://www.treehotel.se

 

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A Modern Country Dining Room – Shop This Look

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 Shopping List:

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 Images that inspired us:

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Splurge vs. Steal – Blue Gourd Lamps

When I think of my time working at Miles Redd, I am thinking gourd lamps and tassels.  Which I had come to love by the way, so much that I used to hang them all around my Brooklyn apartment.

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www.lampsplus.com
$39

Yes! I am standing my ground on this; when done with style and in the right décor; tassels can look amazing and add a touch of sublime chicitude.  Yup!  I did say it.

So, what do you think of saving some serious cash on those beauties?

 

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www.neenaslighting.com
$272

 

 

Z Purple Chinchillas – Shop This Look

Darlings,

Yep here I am again! And this time I’d like to start by quoting someone: ” you should live and act every single second of the day as if you were in front of the camera … ” Now in my case, I do forget to do it once in a while, don’t we all ? But I think in this setting it ‘s simply easier to keep on reminding oneself to do so.

I’ve always been a strong believer in the mystical healing power of purple, all and ANY purple, deep purple, soft lavender, and all shades in between, really.

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Amethysts are my favorite stones by the way. Tanzanites are too, or should I say, will be the day I have the money to buy them…

The tones that are brought together here, shower me with a feeling of intense warmth, love and happiness.  Just imagine to walk barefoot on that carpet before draping your gorgeousness on that bed with some soft lighting, a good old glass of bubbly, a drop of lavender liquor, some scented candles and your favorite book and some jazz in the background  ?

Heaven can wait …

Steve

 Shopping List:

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Images that inspired us:

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www.polyvore.com

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www.indulgy.com