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Architect Barbie (still can´t find any Industrial Designer Barbie)

There isn´t any Industrial Designer Barbie… yet ! But we will keep waiting for her. For now, we can all be happy with Architect Barbie :

Image courtesy of Dornob

It even comes with her lovely thick black glasses, blue prints  and a little scale model of her (dream?) house.

The AIA (American Institute of Architects ) and Mattel held a design competition for the architect Barbie, the newest addition to the career-themed “I Can Be” series.  The winner of this Design competition designed a lovely, pink, modern, glass filled and glamorous barbie eco-friendly House : “The four-story Malibu beach house features luxurious open chef’s kitchen, fitness room, and landscaped garden on the rooftop as well as green-lifestyle touches—sourced furniture, solar panels, bamboo flooring, and low flow toilets—throughout the 4,881 square feet. But the fashion-loving doll’s favorite part would be the computerized glass tower closet that runs through all floors”  Read more in this Article of Times online magazine.

Nobody will built this house unless you want to buy the blueprints and do it yourself. Anyhow , we will wait for that to hapen too. 😉

Remember that this week´s Design Challenge theme is Barbie, wait for the results next  Monday and tell us what you think.

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Kids Furniture

When I was a kid  my favorite book was Mashenka. I loved the story and the illustrations. I still remember how i felt when i noticed that all the furniture was the perfect size for her, and i always desire to have a bedroom  like hers.  Just like us adults do, kids need chairs, beds and tables suited for their size and age so they can use them as comfortably as we do.

Whenever you think of furnish a room for a kid think always in furniture that will fit the kids needs until certain age, because it is true that they grow really fast. Also, decide whether if you want a decor that will last long enough or just stand until certain stage of their lives, that will give you an idea of what type of color you want on the walls and the type of furniture you are buying for it.

Kids furniture allow you to experiment with all those styles that just never seem right for your age, let lose all your creativity with kids bedrooms, they will thank you for it, specially if you choose furniture that will allow them to create and play with the space and their imagination, here i have a beautiful example from smarin, a french design studio that creates one of the most amazing pieces i have ever seeing :

Last but not least, always allow your kids  to choose their furniture, it was so frustrating for me not to have the last word about it.

Illustrated Guide for Curtain Styles

So , today I´ve decided to give you an illustrated guide for curtain styles. Curtains can be very tricky, we desperatly need them to complete the perfect look in our homes, yet, the wide variety of curtain styles available out there can drive us nuts . With this post you´ll see that it is not so difficult to identify the different types and lines between each style and also impress your friends with your vast knowledge of curtain names !

Louis XIII

Friezes are simple,most fabrics are reused.

Louis XIV

Courtains with baroque style are represented in the Louis XIV type of frieze.

Louis XV

Louis XV curtains are the equivalent to Rococo lines in furniture, but translated into fabric.

Louis XVI

Above all, Louis XVI curtains should maintain symmetry, new shapes , forms and types of draping are found.

Directorio

This particular french curtain style  lasted only a few years. The most important characteristic of this style are the straight and simple lines in the fabrics.

Empire Style

Empire Style curtains are always rich and interesting. Bold and voluminous fabrics are typical of this style.

Biedermeier Style

Biedermeier style curtains are good in entertaining areas.  Always light and enchanting, fabrics used in this particular style have soft colors.

Napoleon III

Napoleon III  curtains  always have an intense decor, with rich fabrics, colors and patterns.

Modern

Modern Style curtains are functional and simple.

Retro Interiors

I love interior design, makes me think about happy times in family , with friends or even on your own, it doesn´t really matter, the important thing is to have a beautiful and functional space to develop your activities.

Interior design history is something that´s been proven appealing to all of us. I don´t know what it is, the melancholy, the memories or even the idea of living in another era, looking at vintage  interior design pictures evokes something inside of all of us.