Sketch. ♥ restaurant in London with striking interiors. Feast your eye & have some tea.

If you are mad about architecture, beautiful interiors, chic service and tasty food you should read this post!
If you love to know about hidden gems worth to visit in chic cities like London…you are in the right post.

I’m not sure if the joy is bigger than the torture experienced after leaving the restaurant. But to their credits I must add that not visiting the Sketch, if you are able to go, is almost a sin.

Sketch is a complex and unique site. A converted 18th century building that will make your head flop and fly at the same time becasue in here anything becomes possible, and even the unthinkable becomes thinkable.

Restaurants, bars, tea rooms, and art shape the world of a visionary team composed by restaurateur Mourad Mazouzand and renown chef Pierre Gagnaire. The interiors were designed by the talented India Mahdavi, and the art is by  David Shrigley, an Scottish artist.

One of the rooms stole my heart: The Gallery. A sumptuous space, flamboyant and sophisticated where pink is king (or Queen). Brass lighting fixtures and a zig-zag tiling floor become part of the scene where white tablecloths are the perfect backdrop for the bold, yet delicate food that accompanies your (english) classic afternoon ritual.

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Gorgeous Interiors at The Gallery
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All images courtesy of The Sketch website.
WHERE IS SKETCH?
sketch
9 conduit street
London W1S 2XG
 

Cheers,

Dinorah
P.S. Remember that spaces are an unavoidable part of our journey in life, becoming silent influencers of our mood and actions. Making intentional visits to places that make you smile will lift you up and energize you. Hope you like my post from today!

Before & After | Contemporary Barn Renovation

It’s not a secret to anyone that I’m a huge fan of the TV program Fixer Upper and of the renovations Joanna Gaines & Chip (her husband) do. This before & after contemporary barn renovation was so great that I decided to share my insights with you. Also, I’ll give you 3 tips to help you understand what makes it a great design.

My first reaction to Joanna’s ability to merge contemporary and country style is admiration, to a point that my heart wants to melt in front of such a good work. Yeap, you read it correctly, I just went all the way in here by exposing my admiration in a metaphorical language – not shame on that! 🙂

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Visually Loud | New York City Street Art | Love it!

©2015 Dinorah Matias-Melendez

VISUALLY LOUD

Love New York City gritty-awesome art.

What about you? love it or hate it?
Street art gives character to a city. It also helps enhance the spirit of the place, and strengthens a sense of belonging of many city dwellers – who, like me, feel attracted to this informal artistic expression.

Deep Blue in Interior Design

Combining images found online to insert later on my inspirational design board is an activity done on a daily basis. It’s a practice that keeps my inspiration flowing and excited.

Chevron Marble Subway Tiles + Single Copper Cord Set w/Edison Bulb + Blue Wall + Blue Cabinetry + Ocean + Open Cloudy Sky + Spaciousness + Classic + Hydrangeas + Sublime Beauty

By pairing down the room designed around a deep blue theme and the ocean, I enhanced the moodiness and beauty of one another. Hope you enjoy it!
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How to Create A Perfect Home Office – My latest interview (in spanish)

Perfecta Home Office

Hello! I’m so happy to share with you my latest interview done for the spanish-speaking blog Madres Conectadas (learn more about this blog below).

Como Crear Tu Perfecta Home Office

 

Gianny, a great friend of mine, approached me, over a month ago, to help her figure out how to re-create a more inspiring home office where she could keep growing her business with style and comfort. Her working space is part of a mix-used room which needed to retain that double functionality.

Just FYI, for years, I have acted in many occasions as her (not official) appointed designer’s advisor when she feels stuck reorganizing her spaces – this is a real joy for me, and she knows it. Anyhow, she finally, with the help of her husband, finished the project and decided to share the journey with her thousands of followers on a 3-part series blog. The idea was to inspire other parents on creating a sanctuary for their work, and to show them that you don’t always need big money to make a space neat and functional. Read more

7 Basic Questions To Ask Yourself Before Designing Your Outdoors.

It’s well known how the simple thought of renovating can give you hot flashes and make you feel sick.

I won’t deny it, going through one can be a challenging experience that many times makes you want to have never embarked on it on the first place.

BUT, it’s also true that having a surrounding that responds to your unique lifestyle allows you to carry a better balanced life. With this final goal in mind, you can avoid reno-aches (renovation+headaches)  by starting your process the right way, and one first step is knowing what you really want, need and can afford. Read more

Trend Spotlight! Industrial Lighting

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5 Important Ways To Respect Water Life in Your Landscape

Water in your Landscape

Water is essential for all living species. The planet is 70% covered by it, and this fact alone had given the fake assumption (to many of us on developed countries- at least) that it was an unlimited resource that could be used in a very indulgent manner. However, each day it’s more obvious that our water resources are limited and should be taken care. One local example, here in the United States, is the drought in California and the multiple new regulations being applied as a result of it,

Our landscapes can be one of the most important areas where to act with responsibility towards an issue, that even if it’s miles away from us, will affect the way we carry life nowadays -again, just check California’s new rules about water use. With this in mind, here are 5 important ways to implement in your landscape designs to respect and conserve such a valuable resource. These 5 points can be followed by designers and homeowners.

#1. Respect natural drainage patterns

As part of creating outdoor spaces you regularly find the need to modify the topography of your land. If this is the case, apply, or request if you’re the client, a plan that considers the way water will navigate in your property. First at all water should run away from your foundation! this is kind of unrelated to this post, but you should know this…

Now back to topic,  if the shape of the land becomes too steep or too leveled, it’ll cause either erosion or poodles and it’ll not maximize the water absorption of the soil. Another example is if too much impermeable material is used in the project, here the amount of runoff water will increase and trigger a lot of unwanted consequences and expenses. Read more

How A Small Laundry Room Was Transformed Into A Sleek Ultra-Efficient Space

“If your laundry room is prettier, it’s more fun to do laundry”.

How can you deny that having beautiful spaces do not affect the way you behave? I can’t imagine you arguing with this…spaces are constantly shaping your (our) behaviors without you noticing it. You should know that us, architects, study the sociology of humans to determine what is the best solution for a particular project, and that’s what makes design interesting! Read more