A school project

Cassandra's post last week reminded me of these drawings I made last year for a school final project. We, the students, were provided with an empty space with specific square footage to design our dream office. That was a very fun and interesting project. For my dream office the two most important elements, style and comfort, had to go hand in hand. I decided to divide the space in four sections: my office, a conference room, the secretary/library room and the reception. Below is what would be my office. I picked the Herman Miller executive chair, my all time favorite, because I can't think of any other chair that is as stylish and as comfortable at the same time.

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The drawing below is an elevation of the desk wall. Wood paneling cover the ceilings, wood beams below the paneling with recess lighting, a simple roman shade on the window, a comfortable couch with a side table for me to read or chat with clients, two chairs for meetings with clients.

Below is another wall of the office with bookshelves up to the top of the windows (this is a 20 foot ceiling structure) with a ladder, sconces, basket to keep swatches of fabric, drawers and closet with doors to hide what I wouldn't like to be seen.

Below is the selection of furniture. Some of them from 1stdibs and DWR. P.S these pictures were taken at night so they are not perfect.
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Treasures from overseas

My in-laws are visiting from Turkey and they brought with them really interesting presents. My favorites are these pair of Miniatures which I love. Turkish miniatures were originated in Central Asia, Turkish homeland. It is a very elaborate and detailed art and it could take up to 6 months for an artist to complete. They were purchased at this store in Istanbul.

They also bought these cute beads that they purchased at the Grand Bazaar and I had so much fun making these decorative hanging pieces. I think they will look good placed on a table or hung on a wall.

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Get away this weekend

Mentally or physically, we all feel the need to get away sometimes. These images remind us that regardless of the reasons to get lost, to never sacrifice style. Have a great weekend.

Pictures by Corrie Bond.
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Bohemian Decor

For the romantic ones there is green, white, pink and tiny pieces of gray.
You either love it or love it.

For the highly energetic ones. Red, black, white and wood. You either love it or hate it.

top left picture from magazine, top right Annekaisafaber. left bottom pict. Jason Loucas right bottom from Annekaisafaber.
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checkered floor

I'm a big fan of checkered floors. They can transform any interior into a timeless classic beauty.

Kate Spade's kitchen
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Louise Rastall

Lately I've been leaning towards more organic looking interiors. With lots of white fabrics, lace, wood, glass and embroidery. I love the simplicity, cleanliness and relaxed tone of these interiors.

Images by Louise Rastall.
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All women want or have ever wanted one. Some are lucky enough to reserve an entire room for it, called the dressing or make up room. Regardless of the space you have, either one of these options would look absolutely fabulous. And I am sure that we all look gorgeous in one of these fantastic spaces. Below are a few examples of how to replicate these rooms.

The glamorous room at the top was decorated by Medeline Weinrib. You can get a similar look by using this mirrored vanity from Venfield, a colorful stool, white mirror and some white and blue porcelain and lamp.

This very eclectic room above is from Living etc. Below are a few choices to get this look. The desk/console is from WS, mirror from Ikea, a contrasting chair and chrome lamp.

This room above is from our sadly gone domino Magazine. I love how young and fresh this room is and below is a very good interpretation of it. A classic vanity, skirted stool, a garden stool, a colorful carpet to add some color and a few vanity accessories.

I just love this room designed by Charlotte Moss.

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Country Living

When making my usual Sunday trip to my local Super Market I was standing on line when I decided to flip trough Country Living Magazine and oh oh!! that was not a good idea. As if I need another one of these sitting on my cocktail table. I mean if only the days were longer so I can keep up with them. "I didn't know Magazines could talk, it ordered me to buy it" I told my husband who doesn't understand my passion for them. This Spring issue made my Sunday night happier and longer. It reminded me of this post from last year. I mean seriously, look at this Greenhouse. It's glam, chic, flowery which is perfect for spring, and that beautiful wood construction is great.

Wouldn't you, like me, wish to cuddle in this daybed while sipping some coffee or tea in one of these gorgeous tea cups below?

You probably have seen this stone paperweight by Margaret Oomen around the blogsphere but I love this version so much when I saw it that I couldn't help posting it. Margaret wraps smooth sea stones in scraps of fabric and then embellishes them with embroidery and crochet. Now that's creative.

When I thought I had seen enough for my head to blow up I turned one more page and there was something even more beautiful. Really beauuutifull. Tamar Mogendorff's work always inspires me. These birdhouses are covered in fabric by designers such as Amy Butler, Jane Churchill, Manuel Canovas, and others.
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Have a fun weekend

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
Mark Twain

Laugh at your mistakes and have fun this weekend.

images from Chandra Auge.
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Get The Look

I like to customize everything I buy. Even if it is an Ikea kitchen cabinet. My husband is always asking me why I like to complicate things. Well, it's not that I like to complicate, it's just that I think that customized items and furniture are more interesting and special than those we purchase off the shelf. Customization doesn't always have to be expensive or done by professionals. We can do it ourselves by upgrading little details that can make a huge difference. For example, I like this cozy kitchen corner display (top image) that usually only custom-made cabinets have. But we all can get this look easier than we think. I put together a sample board showing how this can be done. First, you need two or three open cabinets, you can do this by removing the doors. Then, cover the interior of the cabinet with a wood grain wallpaper, install the china plate display that you can get here. This display can be cut to fit any length of open space and it comes in different colors. Add a few hooks from the lower shelf ceiling and hang a few of these very cool cups. Add accessories to decorate and you are all set. Try to incorporate different textures and colors like colorful plates, small porcelain bowls, cast aluminum salt and peper, etc.
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Toko Ohmori

Aren't these illustrations by Toko Ohmori gorgeous? I think so.

P.S I am so exited and flattered to be The Blog of the Month. Huge thanks to Rebekah and Amy at Elizabeth Ann Designs.

artist source chaikhana.
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Liana Yaroslavsky

This is definitely the best display of French style I've ever seen so far. I adore every detail, every image. It's rustic yet not masculine, feminine but not in a cliche way, romantic but not shoddy. It's French to perfection. I am talking about the incredible house of the Russian Designer Liana Yaroslavsky in the outskirts of Paris. I know I have said this so many times but this time is "the real thing". I am officially in love. But enough talking. With images like these, who needs talking? Let's instead feast our eyes.
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Images from elle in Spanish
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