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Spicy DIY

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Being married to an Englishman means having at least 30 different little jars of herbs and spices in the kitchen (can someone tell me what you do with asafoetida?). Due to their multiethnic society the British have developed a taste for spicy food and have a cuisine with many influences from every corner of the world. The little jars were previously displayed on two low shelves within Giulio’s reach, so Alex decided to build some tiny shelves to host his treasure trove (allowing Giulio to discover the delights of hot chili powder in rather more conventional ways). He bought a L shaped (4,5 x 4,5 in our case) piece of wood from a DIY shop, painted it white and cut it to measure. He then attached the little shelves to the wall screwing them in with the drill. It is was a very clever, simple, cheap idea that looks great. Just don’t put the shelves up on where little baby hands can reach the Raz El Hanout, whatever that is.
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2013 Spring/Summer Trends according to H&G

In the latest issue of Homes & Gardens there was an attachment entitled “Trends -Spring/Summer 2013“, a nice idea with nice photos.
The trends listed were the following:
A touch of texture
Chunky Knits
Setting the tone 
Mood & meaning
On form
We have in part already spoken about some of these trends (see for instance the post about Tom Dixon’s elegance, blue spaces and blue wall, fragmented rugs, tribal inspiration), some of these trends, like pastels, were a big hit last year as well so I bet they are on their way out. Tapestry (above from H&G) and folklore (below from H&G) are worth a mention above all if they are presented as well as they are in the photos from H&G.
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A creative way to recycle milk bottles

I was wandering around Brick Lane in London when I saw a little shop with the ceiling and the strip lights covered with dozens of milk bottles. Unfortunately I was in a hurry and I forgot to get a business card so I can’t quote the name of it (unless someone can suggest it to me!) but I wanted to praise them for the creative idea. 
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No dog, no life!

Do you love your dog? Do you think it deserves the best in life? This is the post for you, I’m going to give you some ideas, you’d better start saving though.
The kennel above, that inspired the title for this post, is one of the designs from  Architecture for Dogs. It is signed by the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and was inspired by his Boston Terrier; this elegant 0.8 mt cube structure is made of small panels of hinoki (which is a Japanese cypress) and some thick transparent acrylic boards that act as shelves.  The hollow central part hosts the beloved dog. Genius!
Even better is the Be With Me Sofa (below) by Min n mun, made of ash wood and upholstered with fabric.  It gives you the chance to slob on the sofa, stroking your dog snuggled in its own kennel. As you can read on the designer’s website it’s “a tool to communicate and share feeling between human and pet“.

Otherwise, if you like classical but stylish pieces of furniture, you can opt for the mpup kennel (below) also by Min n mun.

This one is undoubtedly much cooler but you could maybe knock one up yourself by building  your dog’s cushion 7 pieces of wood! 

 For more ideas and the explanations on how to make them, you can also visit the Morning Chores website.
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Creative ways of serving food

After many years working for a big and troubled Italian company, a friend of mine decided to move to Amsterdam with his wife searching for a better quality of life. He’s, among other things, collaborating with Archichef, a creative studio that focuses on a fusion of architecture and food design. They believe that the food experience should involve all of the senses and they have come up with some really good and sustainable concepts of presenting delicious food. I like the idea of sewing the edges of paper together to make little bags, it creates a heightened sense of expectation of discovering what’s inside. I like the idea of drawing on paper cloth making it unique and using an egg carton as a tray. Well done guys, keep up the good work. 
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Decorating with stripes

I’m absolutely convinced that you don’t need much money to decorate, you need ideas and time. I started this blog and approach my work with this belief at the forefront of my thinking. Painting some stripes on the wall can make a corridor or an entry hall much more interesting. If you are not brave enough to use colour, you can copy this idea from the Maxxi Museum in Rome and paint black lines of varying heights. In order to achieve a good result, draw the line with a pencil and then mark with some masking tape and paint within the lines by hand. In the blog Centsationalgirl, a few people swear that the way to do it is by painting over the tape. I’ve never tried this but I’ll definitely be giving it a go, because just applying the tape and painting inside the lines requires a very steady hand and it’s likely you won’t end up with a straight line especially if it’s a long stripe.
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Candy colours for nails and interiors



I think the combination of these pastel colours would work very well as part of a colour palette in a white, airy, light house with a well balanced mixture of vintage and modern pieces. They are fresh, summery, yummy shades that lift your heart. I also love the way the beauty brand Mavala has named them (in particular “Fresh Melon”). Paint your bedroom in blue mint, add some cushions and curtains with a hint of fresh melon,lemon cream and pistacho, put some fresh pink flowers on the chest of drawers and life will be sweeter, I promise.
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Neat masculine bedrooms

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Four beautiful neat bedroom looks that I would almost define masculine. If you decide to keep it minimal, it’s really important to find the right balance between natural raw materials, quality textiles and distinctive details, if you don’t want it to look just bare and boring. Also if you do go for this sort of look, keep in mind that it works only if it’s clutter free (and lets be honest men sometimes don’t understand this concept). 
Quattro look lineari per la camera da letto, che defineri quasi maschili. Se vuoi andare sul minimale, è importante trovare il giusto equilibrio fra materiali naturali, tessuti di qualità e dettagli di carattere, altrimenti il risultato potrebbe essere spoglio e noioso. Inoltre, se si opta per questo tipo di look, bisogna tenere presente che funziona solo se tenuto ordinato e con pochi oggetti.
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Multicoloured stripes

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The minimalist era, all gray and sleek, has come to an end. Colours are finally back. We wear yellow trousers and coral tops, fluorescent shoes and golden accessories. Our houses welcome new oranges, minty blues and bright yellows. Considering the difficult financial period that a lot of the world is experiencing at the moment, we need to bright up our days and rooms. Easily done with one the items above (just don’t go over the top with the stripes!).
From top:
Seletti: “Trip- 3 drawers” chest of drawers
– A re-uphlostered vintage armchair from Not On The High Street
Squint Limited : silky lampshade
– Ikea : “Randerup” rug
– Anne-Claire Petit : Elephant teddy bear