Glamping Interior in India

For those of us that must do everything in luxury and style Glamping.com has taken the ability to book the most stylishly-in-tune-with-nature getaways you can imagine. Want a tent in India with pluming and leather furnishings? Done. With locations in North American, South/ Central America, United Kingdom, Africa, Europe, Oceania, Asia and the Middle East you’ll find an exotic destination with a resort like glamp site that will suit your fancy [ ..and oh how fancy it will be!].

Below is the interior of the tents at the resort Aman-i-Khás, located north of Jaipur on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park in India. As sanctuary for India’s exotic wildlife, Ranthambore is one of the best place to see wild tigers in their natural habitat. The tents and resort is just as impressive as the wildlife surrounding it. I love the leather, wood and white theme that keep the safari decor spirit alive while remaining minimal and luxurious.

Images via Aman Resorts

White Washed Stable House

Transformed from an old horse stable into a charming country residence in Alcácer do Sal, in the Alentejo region of Portugal.  Architectural firm Atelier Data are the masterminds behind transforming this rural building to a contemporary  private residence. The stable was stripped clean, preserving only the beautiful sloped wooden ceiling and exposed beams.  Contrasting the original wood the walls were painted white creating a bright and fresh feel.  Decor and furnishings were kept minimal and linear, also designed custom by the firm Atelier Data.

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Condo in SOHO

Want city life in SOHO without sacrificing space? Budget allowing, one option is two buy two units and merge them into one luxurious single residence. That is just the case for this condo, designed and created by CCS Architecture it is located on the 12th floor of 505 Greenwich Street and has remarkable views. The walls of the previous units were completely demolished and the new space was created from scratch resulting in a total of 1600 square-feet of living space.

All rooms were designed along the five floor to ceiling windows getting the most possible light and view into each room. It has a open plan concept where then living room, dining room, kitchen flow into one another. The two bedrooms are located on opposite ends of the unit allowing for maximum privacy.

Remodel Progress: It’s All Coming Together

The kitchen Cabinets, wardrobes and bathroom vanities all arrived at the end of April and began getting installed this first week of may. It’ so exciting [and stressful] to see everything coming together and watching these walls and empty space turn into the home we have been trying to visualize in our minds for months now- like “yeah I think floating glass cabinets in the breakfast nook will look good and still leave us enough room to walk into the kitchen” -they do.  Next on the immediate agenda is to have the kitchen counter tops made as we have already selected our marble slabs, get the two bedroom window treatments and have “the glass guy” [ as our contractor calls him] come in for the bathroom mirrors and some other glasswork. All this plus the continuation of the kitchen and bathroom installments, overhang cabinets, backsplash some grouting and finishing up the bathrooms. We are looking forward to seeing this transformation in completion and to begin some serious furniture shopping!

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a very special delivery

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beginning of glass cabinet installation

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the kitchen so far

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kitchen cabinets

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guest room wardrobe in progress

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master wardrobe in progress

 

-Beatrice Brody

The Chicest Decor You Will Find At IKEA

Big city living isn’t cheap and neither is your taste, right? Many of us suffer from champagne taste on a beer budget and  that’s why I’ve gone through IKEA’s inventory, to selected the chicest items to make the best impression in your pied-a-terre without taking out a mortgage. The key is to stay sophisticated with the color choices and materials; whites, grays, glass, and stainless steel items are my personal choice for sleek higher end looks.

Without further ado:

 

KIVIK Chaise, Blekinge white $350.00

EKTORP Footstool, Svanby gray $149.00

FUGA Ceiling/wall lamp, chrome plated, clear glass $39.99

SONGE Mirror, silver color $99.99

STOCKHOLM Glass-door cabinet, beige $399.00

TRENDIG 2013 Glass, assorted designs $4.99 / 2 pack

EKTORP Chair, Blekinge white $249.00

RATIONELL Flatware tray basic unit, beech $12.99

GRUNDTAL Kitchen cart, stainless steel $149.00

STORNÄS/ HENRIKSDAL Table and 6 chairs, brown-black, Blekinge white $983.00

 

 -Beatrice Brody

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Micro-Apartment in New York City

Oh the woes of tiny apartment living in NYC! Luckily the architects and designers at Allen+Killkoyne have solved the space limitation of a 340 square foot studio apartment located in Manhattan with their “mirco-apartment design”. They boast contemporary living, eating, working, sleeping areas and large storage with cabinetry that wraps throughout the apartment without the need for multi-functional pieces!

Contemporary Kitchen by New York Architects & Designers Allen+Killcoyne Architects

Contemporary Family Room by New York Architects & Designers Allen+Killcoyne Architects

-Beatrice Brody

Remodel Progress: Marble Counter vs Porcelain Slabs

Kitchen installation is still weeks away but nothing beats advanced preparation when dealing in a business that fluctuates so much in material, labor, cost and availability. The goal right now is to have the kitchen and bathroom counters installed as soon as possible after the kitchen installation, like, 2 days after [!!] – so selecting the counter top material, reserving it and getting quotes is of the essence.

Typically you will not get the exact price of granite/ marble installation until your granite guy measures the counter out in the actual space. In this case the kitchen and master bath sinks.

However I wanted a quote asap so we sketched out the dimensions of how we expect the marble to be done; two kitchen counters with joints for the sink (unless they can do a cutout) and joints for the cook top. The master bath is a smaller vanity space but will need 2 cut outs for the under mount sinks, a backsplash and overhang, as well as 3 panels that will run up the wall on either sides of the mirrors.

I gave , and went over, these sketches to a granite/ marble guy referred by the contractor in order to get a quote soon. I then sought out an alternative to marble, out of curiosity. Porcelain slabs that are, exquisitely, made to look like the pricer marbles on the market. We are talking calcutta gold, onyx etc.. These porcelain are cheaper and stronger than their high end counter parts.

Photos below of our original sketches, picking out marble onsite and viewing the porcelain marble alternatives.

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[ our ultimate selection ]

Porcelain Gold Calcuta Slabs:

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-Beatrice Brody