Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, the Mandarin Oriental’s first luxury hotel in Southern Europe located in the chic and central boulevard of Passeig de GrĂ cia. I thought it would be only good to see some pictures of its beautiful interior. This elegant building that previously used to house a bank comes alive with a full revival and beautiful interior design by Spanish designer, Patricia Urquiola.

The skylights and the hanging plants used in the lounge evoke a heavenly oasis.

Did I mention that this Hotel has a rooftop swimming pool where you can contemplate the beauty of Barcelona's famous architecture?

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A happy summer

Summer to me signifies relaxation and fun. Needless to say my sporadic posts since the prelude of summer. I intend to invest more on quality family time, on the beauty of a short New York summer and on a few family trips, instead of investing my spare time on searching and putting together blog posts. I apologize if this is of any inconvenience to my regular readers. Please expect posts just not as regular. All the best, Julie
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Stephen Sills Associates

When I posted this picture a few days ago I called it perfection, not knowing then who designed it. Luckily for me, navigating Elle Decor's website this week I came across its creators: the former Sills Huniford associates. Although Mr. Huniford and Mr. Sills are not business partners anymore visiting Stephen Sills Associates website was a treat to my eyes. His interiors are a perfect symphony of scale, comfort and beauty, three nonnegotiable ingredients to be included when it comes to accomplishing superb design. This is what exquisite design should look like.

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A Perfect beach house

When I think of a long weekend the first thing that comes to my mind is a comfy beach house where to escape. Since we can't go anywhere this weekend I can only dream of being in this gorgeous house designed by Tom Scheerer that has enchanted me since the first time I laid my eyes on it.

I love how the beauty of this house slowly reveals itself. As I keep looking at it I can notice the different colors and textures that at first are barely discernible due to the calmness in the colors. I also love how the playful patterns on the fabrics and wallpapers and the comfortable furniture make this house perfect for a family vacation home with a great degree of sophistication. As this house proves, a beach house doesn't have to lack grandeur.

Have a happy 4th of July weekend!!!

images from Tom Scheerer.
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