'Italians Do It Better' chez Tuscan Vacation home by Vincenzo de Cotiis

'Italians Do It Better' chez Tuscan Vacation home by Vincenzo de Cotiis

Powerful concrete brutalism is softened with canary yellow velvets in the form of Aldo Morbelli armchairs, dramatic natural light, neoclassical sculptures and couches I could possibly be tempted into selling an organ or two for. Take a look at this stunning vacation getaway in Tuscany, we found on the ever inspiring AD France.

Los Angeles | August

Los Angeles | August

As we approach the end of summer, it's time to make the most of the warm, long days and get out there and enjoy all that LA has to offer. This month's roundup features a few ongoing art events and exhibitions, as well as some extremely talented artists who are helping to make the LA art and design scene one of the most vibrant in the nation. 

Jeroen van de Gruiter, Furniture Design

Jeroen van de Gruiter, Furniture Design

Young Rotterdam based product designer, Jeroen van de Gruiter, seems to find a very fine balance between innovation and beautiful pieces well suited to a gallery or to a home. His thoughtful approach to solid forms and the perfect hue to compliment that, really caught my attention.

Small Homes, Grand Living

Small Homes, Grand Living

Now in my new minuscule oasis, I sit and crack open Gestalten's 'Small Homes, Grand Living' to see if I can get to the bottom of how to make the best of a small living space. Have a peek at the (very) rough new palette I am starting off with and what I plan to apply from the book when redesigning my new home.

chez Dan Brunn

chez Dan Brunn

I’m Julia Haney Montanez, NYC-based interior designer, say hi to_ contributor and Architectural Digest Show producer. Through my work I get to meet a lot of interesting characters, and one of my favorite characters is Dan Brunn, of DB Architecture. Recently, Dan gave me a personal tour of his gut-renovated home in Hancock Park, LA.

Rendez-Vous chez Carly Jo Morgan

Rendez-Vous chez Carly Jo Morgan

I connected with Carly and was lucky enough to pay a visit to her studio and learn a bit more about her process. A truly inspirational creative force, it was exciting to hear about about Carly's vision and her evolution as an artist.

Villa Noailles Design Parade | Kristen's Picks

Villa Noailles Design Parade | Kristen's Picks

This year I wanted to share and shed light on the plethora of design gems from the creative landscape of my adopted home of France. One of the most special events, places and projects in the contemporary creative landscape here in France is - Villa Noailles.

I did a roundup of a few of my favourite finds from this year's Villa Noailles Design Parade. Have a look at my top picks.

Villa Noailles Design Parade Hyères and Toulon 2017

Villa Noailles Design Parade Hyères and Toulon 2017

Villa Noailles Design Parade is an annual event which consists of two contests for up and coming talent in the realm of design, held between two adjacent seaside cities in the South of France, as well as a series of installations around each city for guests to discover. 

Have a look at what I discovered from each contest and the winners! 

Visual Feast

Visual Feast

Why do us 'curators' choose what we choose to display and share? What makes a great image? In an era full of Instagram photographers (some of which are very talented in their own right) - what truly defines and separates the masters of Still Life Photography? I plopped myself down on an armchair in my cozy staycation room at Le Pigalle, ordered myself a café crème with the iPad in my room and cracked open 'Visual Feast'.

say hi to_ Presents 'Natural Elements Meet Lustrous Futurism' Exhibition with Atelier Meraki

say hi to_ Presents 'Natural Elements Meet Lustrous Futurism' Exhibition with Atelier Meraki

I am very excited to announce that Atelier Meraki, an amazing cultural institution here in Paris supporting emerging creators, has invited me to curate say hi to_'s first exhibition to celebrate their 2nd anniversary.

May 24th - 28th. Atelier Meraki, Paris, France.

Denmark | May

Denmark | May

It’s May and time to kick in the spring! This month I’ve picked out some exciting brands and really talented designers. We’ll get around textile designers, a lot of gorgeous furniture and even a new Danish beauty brand. You’ll see complete, contemporary and ambitious designs in this Copenhagen round-up and I can assure you, that they won’t disappoint!

Creative Vacations_ European Edition 2017 | IV. Villa Lena

Creative Vacations_ European Edition 2017 | IV. Villa Lena

I've been hearing about Villa Lena's picturesque retreat and it's renown artist residency for quite some time now. I can only imagine the Italian sun on your back, a fresh wind in your hair, the smell of herbs and cypress trees being the perfect setting to get out of busy city life, take life a bit slower and develop on ideas and collaborative projects. Each year the Villa welcomes a number of selected artists to spend two months at Villa Lena developing their project of choice, where you can also join them for a weekend.

Creative Vacations_ European Edition 2017 | IV. Institute de Français

Creative Vacations_ European Edition 2017 | IV. Institute de Français

Looking to learn a second language in record breaking time? Search no further! I've found you a hardcore French language bootcamp on the French Riviera, which will have you ordering your café crème en Français and impressing clients in no time.

Creative vacations_ Europe Edition 2017 | III. Domaine de Boisbuchet

Creative vacations_ Europe Edition 2017 | III. Domaine de Boisbuchet

There is one spot in France which is famous for their all-star lineups of, the best of the best, who's who of the design world - giving workshops and that spot is the French Château of Domaine de Boisbuchet. They host a series of small hands-on workshops throughout each summer with some of the hottest contemporary designers. You'll get to have one on one time learning from today's most innovative and sought after talents.

Creative Vacations_ European Edition 2017 | II. Made Labs by Formafantasma

Creative Vacations_ European Edition 2017 | II. Made Labs by Formafantasma

So since 2016, Formafantasma has been the head of the design course MAN MADE/Design in Flux with a new University, Made Program, in Sicily, Italy and this summer they have organised 8 days of workshops and lectures around the theme of "Authentic-city".