Friday, March 15, 2013

Deliciosa Alma Maria

Designed by StudioArthur Casas, the Alma Maria restaurant  is a unique bistro in the Brazilian city of São Paulo that serves Spanish style tapas. Keeping the colorful and textured patterns of the Catalan culture, the interior is a mixture of organic materials, patterned walls, vibrant accessories and integrated plant-life. 

The modern and linear forms are juxtaposed with the original structure of the building, including a stone wall and a central space defined by wood shelves filled with colorful general-store-style rainbow selection. Including colored soap bars, glass jars filled with pop of colors, white jars of milk and red cans with minimum branding, just to name a few.


 Photos by Tadeu Brunelli and Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Giraffe Manor

For those seeking a truly exotic, once-in-a-lifetime out of Africa-type experience, Giraffe Manor may just be that place. This charming and luxury boutique hotel 12 miles outside Nairobi, Kenya was set up by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife as an effort to re-introduce the engendered Rothschild Giraffe into the wild.

The historical 1930's European building will take your breath away; but let's face it, the Manor's main attraction are the resident  herd of Rothschild giraffe who tend to visit the Manor in the mornings and evenings to greet guests and sniff out some snacks before venturing out into their sanctuary of 140 acres. Could you imagine of a better way to start your day than giraffes poking their heads through your window to share breakfast with you? I can't!

Photos via Honestly WTF

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bright, Serene and Green : 2013 color of the year

Maybe you already know that Pantone announced the color of the year 2013 to be Emerald Green (I know, I’m late). Every year, the Pantone Institute explore the world to look for color influences; covering travel, art, fashion, the entertainment industry and the socioeconomic climate. Pantone’s chosen color of the year will heavily influence fashion, interiors, marketing and other trends throughout the year, so get some inspiration and sparkle some emerald hues in your life!

Colors have a huge psychological impact on us, they influence the way we think, feel and act towards things. Colors should always be carefully chosen to have maximum effect, so if you want to portray prosperity, renewal, sophistication and harmony, emerald is the perfect color for you.

Credit note: while I put together these boards, I can’t take credit for the beutiful images. These were all sourced via Pinterest and can be found on this Emerald Green board.

Below are some beautiful photos of stunning hotels across the globe for a little design inspiration.

Rambla Catalunya, 27, Eixample, 08007 Barcelona

Rambla de Catalunya, 27 · 08007 Barcelona ·Rambla de Catalunya, 27 · 08007 Barcelona 

A new boutique hotel concept with exquisite design, chic comfort, authentic local architecture and the best possible location in Barcelona.

Santa Monica, CA
1819 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90401 USA 

Designed by one of my favorite designers Kelly Wearstler; the interiors are a perfect mix of classic sophistication and contemporary chic to create a thoroughly modern and uniquely luxurious beach boutique hotel.

Photos via Viceroy and Praktic Rambla