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Friday
Aug022013

The perfect getaway

It's a long weekend for most Canadians and one of the last before not-so-nice weather returns. Everyone will be hanging out at a cottage, but I think I'd like to pack my bags and head to this villa on Mallorca. It's incredible - sophisticated, luxurious yet understated. I especially adore the courtyard complete with pool that you can see from every room. It looks so peaceful....I could spend hours and hours out there soaking up the sun, lounging in the pool and re-energizing. Thanks to Stephen of ecoDESIGNfinca for sharing his creation with us. 

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Monday
Jul222013

Field of dreams

Like a child's drawing. A rudimentary shape recognisable as a house. It wasn't there yesterday. Now settling softly in a new mown field with walls closed, little hint of what awaits within. Throw open the walls and breath deep. A simple structure, a simple life. Simply a dream. The ÁPH80 portable home by Spanish firm ÁBATON.

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Thursday
Jul182013

Susanna Cots - parallel to the sea

I have another stunning home for you designed by the talented Susanna Cots. The sea is the centre that marks the disposition of the rooms, the lighting and the colours of this interiors project. Inspired by the house’s exterior, we captured the lights and the shades which contribute to simplicity and calm. White predominates and gives to the space a personality that attracts order, and is complemented by colour. The design stretches out to the sea from every part of the house, to allow Nature in. My favourite combination - a simple, modern interior in mostly white with rustic accents (gorgeous coffee and dining tables!). The flooring in the bedroom and bathroom looks a bit like decking but I can overlook that. I am intrigued by the kitchen - very cool how the countertops are white and black and how the black carries up the wall.

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Thursday
Jul182013

Susanna Cots - transversal expression

Susanna Cots is an interior designer from Barcelona and this home is her creation. skin made of wood that transversally crosses the housing is Susanna Cots‘ “leitmotiv” to develop this interior design project, the home in Barcelona of two book lovers. The starting point of the housing is located in its central nucleus where the dining room's ceilings are dressed in wood that, at the same time, shapes the furniture that holds the TV and a bioethanol fireplace. This wooden wrapping continues across the ceiling and separates the living and the water areas inside and outside, and is subtly bathed in natural light in the bathrooms. The warm area reaches the suite defining the sleeping area and finally becoming the bed head. I really love the idea of a feature that carries from one space to the next. There's something very inviting about that... it's like an invisible force guiding you. And in this case it seems to act as a blanket. What a beautiful home. 

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Friday
Jun282013

Manolo Yllera

Whenever I need inspiration I find myself flicking through our archives and flitting from website to website to remind myself just how amazing are the people and places we feature on Desire to Inspire. Today's revisit is to Spanish photographer Manolo Yllera. Not just for his take on the stunning interiors he shoots but for his own amazing home and his studios. (You can see more on his website). So as the weekend closes in and I'm contemplating a little rearranging I'm drawn to these images, each a little different, each amazingly beautiful but what I find so inspiring is Manolo's understanding of positive and negative space. Sometimes it isn't what is there but what isn't. Happy weekend everyone! 

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