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A house in Drammen..

17 Jan

It´s not everyday a house in my hometown is featured in the New York Times. I´m from a small town called Drammen. My town is situated about 30 min away from the capital in Norway, Oslo.  The minimalistic house is for sale and it´s priced at $ 1.6 million.

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I´m not 100% in love with the furniture, but I do love the house!

Maggie ❤

Click here to open the link to the New York Times article and for more pictures…

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Christians Louboutin´s egyptian retreat!

19 Jul

                  A while back I read in Elle Décor about Christian Louboutin´s holiday retreat in Egypt. The place made an impression on me. I think it was the undone, unfurnitured feeling the place has. I had this weird craving for wanting to furniture the place, but I think thats the charm. That it´s that undone or minimalistic..

“Once a craftsman’s workshop, the building is made of earthen bricks, employing a technique that has been used in Egypt for thousands of years. Louboutin added an additional floor and a rooftop belvedere with views of the surrounding desert. Construction wasn’t easy: In this area, temperatures can fluctuate rapidly, and building materials are often scarce. “A thousand times I thought I was going out of my mind,” he jokes.”

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Quotes and pictures are from Elle Decor! 

 

Maggie ❤

École Maternelle Pajol- The rainbow inspired preschool

14 Jul

“A 2009 study at the University of Essex showed that memory, mental agility, reaction times and even physical  strength improved when exposed to sunflowers, rainbows and other what-nots…”

Now a days, especially since it´s summer I´m constantly trying to wear colors. One of the reasons is that I almost instantly  feel so much better when I wear colors. My mood shifts to a much brighter one, and I get a smile on my face!

The french authorities brought in the architectural firm:  Palatre & Leclere Architectes to transform this rather plain and boring preschool (a typical pre-school) into something different. I love this idea! It looks like a rainbow washed thru it!

They definitely needed guts to transform a school into this, but I definitely think it paid off! École Maternelle Pajol is now an unique preschool in Paris, and I hope that it will not be the only one! 

My inspiration/source for this article : WeHeart.co.uk


Maggie ❤

Kalkin´s container houses!

7 Apr

You all know how i love unique design/architecture, when someone uses something normal and changes it to something brilliant! The architect Adam Kalkin, took an ordinary shipping container and made beautiful houses out of it.

“The beautiful home stretches the boundaries of modern design and is truly a work of art.  It was created by stacking a dozen orange “reclaimed” shipping containers in a T-shape while replacing some of the steel pannels with large windows looking out over the rocky peninsula to Blue Hill Bay. ”

It´s possible to rent the “containers” for $6000-$10000 a week. I just LOVE  the playfulness of the spaces.  It feels as if they really were houses and courtyard. There are so many details to catch your eye! Amazing!

Quotes and some of the pictures are from: Jetson Green , Waveavenue and from

Architecture and hygiene : Adam Kalkin´s firm responsible for all this cool stuff!!

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Maggie ❤

The Corinthian Club

19 Mar

I read about The Glasgow Ship Bank at WeHeart. This Ship bank was built in 1842 and restored in 1999. The Corinthian Club has re-opened, after a multimillion-pound refurbishment led by Graven Images. The company Graves Images won the Elle Decoration Best Interior award on their work on the Corinthian club.

I just love this building! It has a contemporary touch of elegance! The wonderful glass balconies overlooking the casino. Just by looking around you gets feeling of the high society in 1842.

” Elsewhere, modern touches are fused with the building’s original decedent glamour – delivering a shamelessly opulent venue that quite simply cannot be ignored…”

Quotes and pictures are from WeHeart!

Maggie ❤

The Tree Hotel!

18 Mar

Ever wanted to live in trees? Well in Harads, Sweden you do have the opportunity. Maybe not the “Tarzan style”,  but I wound not mind living in these really creative, unordinary “tree houses”. These rooms are created by the really unique architectural firm Tham & Videgård Arkitekter. The Treehotel is a hotel situated in a Boreal forest! Not only can you live in an amazing room, you have a wonderful view of a beautiful forest. It´s located at the far north of Sweden close to the Arctic circle!

“The functions included provide for a living for two people; a double bed, a small bath room, a living room and a roof terrace. Access to the cabin is by a rope bridge connected to the next tree.”

“To prevent birds colliding with the reflective glass, a transparent ultraviolet colour is laminated into the glass panes which are visible for birds only.”

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Here is the link for the hotel (the quotes are from here), where you could book a stay and see more amazing pictures!

Maggie ❤

A Floating Sauna!

25 Feb

Since I´m norwegian I thought that it´s about time that I blog about something norwegian. I found this floating sauna online at Openbuilding. (The quotes are also from here) The sauna is located in Hardangerfjorden, which is one of the most popular fjords in Norway.

What you can see here is a Finnish sauna room, which can be heated up to 90 C. You can also do it during wintertime, when it´s -20 C outside. A sauna is enjoyed by sitting on the wooden benches throwing cold water at the heated stones.

“Sweat and silence, mental purification and physical maintainance. Anchored in the middle of the fjord, a level of privacy is maintained for bathers. Little winter daylight comes through transparent walls. At night sauna shines as a floating lantern. Access with rowing boat only. Descending swimming straight through the floor of water. Using any kind of soap is prohibited due to ecological reasons. 

This project is possible to construct due to the warm Gulf-stream meeting the west coast of Norway, keeping the sea ice-free the whole year. In Finland sea is mostly ice-covered from December to April, and this sauna should be lifted ashore in wintertime.

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Maggie ❤

Let´s go here friday night!

24 Feb

Sometimes people just do way to much with their design. Way to much!

I think this restaurant/lounge is a great example, that proves my point. You might not agree, but I think most of you guys would share my point of view! 

This is basically Urban Interior. This extravagant sake bar and lounge is located in a famous shopping district in Tokyo. To be more precise in Omotesando which is in the hip and trendy Harajuku neighborhood. Harajuku is know to be the spot to be if you like observing unique clothing styles. 

The lounge which is created as a student project at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, looks like it´s been swallowed by the monster of poppy colors and strange shapes!

“The wide-open layout and opulent interiors of Urban Interiorites without a doubt captures the imagination of any passersby immediately. The building pushes boundaries and challenges viewers to become completely immersed within the restaurant’s impressive environment where shapes and structural forms appear both novel and familiar to the eye at the same time.” Quote and idéa is from ChicTip!!

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Maggie ❤

A Sliding House!!

23 Feb

I never thought I would be writing about something so brilliant! The headliner explains it! When I found the article at home designing I had two read it twice just to make sure that I read it correctly. And to my surprise I did! It´s a sliding house! You heard me right!

It looks like a normal house right? Guess again!

“The Sliding House created, by dRMM Architecture does something that we have never seen or heard any another house do – it slides. Besides the visual awe that the slide creates, it gives the control for its residents to adjust the heating, lighting and mood of the home to suit any weather.”

In the video below the owner of this phenomenal house tries to explain it:

Read more about this sliding house at Home Design (quote is from here) and Dezeen.

Maggie ❤

A Deeper Look at the Nautilus – The Snail Shell Dwelling

22 Feb

This is the Nautilus! A couple in Naucalpan, Mexico decided that they wanted an unconventional home. So they hired the designer Javier Senosiain’s  and Senosiain Arquitectos to draw a unique, snail-shell shaped house. The house is an amazing combination of colors and shapes. It´s a  work of mind bending architecture and art.

The designer calls the place a sparkling example of  “Bio-Architecture”. “The building is based on the natural principles of organic forms bring us back to local history, tradition and cultural roots, in turn creating harmony with nature.”

Quotes and the pictures are from Inhabitat and Spotcoolstuff.

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Maggie ❤

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