BEST OF: Side Tables

04/05/2011 § Leave a comment

These are some of the most unique and just plain beautiful accent tables around! There are sculptural pieces like Baker‘s Lotus Table (4.) and High Fashion Home‘s Sherwood table (9). There are innovative designs like Luminaire‘s Illusion table where the mirrors slowly fade into clear glass (8.). And then there are those pieces that reinvent classic designs such as Andrew Martin‘s Howard Side Table in steel (5.).

1. Almost Tube Table $ 1,375 , 2. Pilot Table , 3. Soane Side Table , 4. Lotus Table ,5. Howard Side Table in Steel ,6. Hans Barbell Table $895 , 7. Zipzi table by Michael Young , 8. Illusion table by Jean-Marie Massaud

9. Sherwood Iron Table $839 , 10. Side Table Letter T , 11. Vetro End Table $529 , 12. Digitable by Patricia Urquiola , 13. Bubbles Ceramic Side Table $129 , 14. Terra Stool Small $149 , 15. Parsons Accent Table $ 450 , 16. Aluminum Hexagon Side Table $149


Chances are if you’re reading this you must be a design junkie too so tell us: What’s your favorite accent table?

WALK THROUGHS: Modern Ocean Penthouse

03/23/2011 § Leave a comment

These are photos from one of the most recent projects from Miami based interior design firm DKOR Interiors.

The design of the ocean-front penthouse borrows from the seashore nearby it’s curvilinear forms, organic textures and abundant light accentuated with the repetition of white. The result? An airy modern beach house in the sky.

Photos by Renata Bastos

Miami’s Local Music Scene

03/21/2011 § Leave a comment

It used to be that Miami had very limited options for true music lovers looking for a good time.

Electric Pickle (c) The Miami Hurricane

Most of what was available were the numerous nightclubs in Downtown & SoBe, bars in the Grove and happy hour in the Gables. The problem was that most of these venues played only electronic, hip hop or latin influenced music.

That all began to change with the digitalization of the music industry. In the past few years artists of all shapes and sizes have been touring more frequently because of large falls in sales caused by illegal music downloads made widely available through the internet. Even for those who still buy music the fact that they can buy songs individually without having to buy the whole album (like in the heyday of CDs) put a big dent on overall sales.

$0.99 per song vs. $15.00 per album?  Great for us, sucks for them.

To make up for this, artists are performing in cities where they didn’t used go to before because they didn’t really have to. Now we can locally get a good taste of genres that just weren’t as readily available before like folk, alternative rock, funk, classic rock, and electro-indie.

Keeping up with this growing trend in demand we have seen a fortunate jolt in the uprising of  raw live music venues around Miami. Finally there are so many shows in town that it’s hard to keep up!

By: Ana Paula Bastos

The following are some of the great venues where you can catch a great show or on regular days enjoy something a bit out of the ordinary:

1. Bardot

(c) VPS Photography

French speakeasy vibe. Pool table. Intimate.

3456 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood Area

2. Tobacco Road

Miami’s oldest bar, open since the early 1900’s. Grab a beer and burger while catching a live show in the outdoor patio or in the upstairs room.

626 South Miami Avenue, Brickell Area

3. Electric Pickle

Chill in their backyard or dance til the weee hours in their newly renovated upstairs room.

2826 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood Area

4. The Vagabond

Aweeesome patio- wanna hot-dog? got it. Wanna lounge on a daybed for freeee? got it. Want some MJ and Clash? got iiiiiit.

30 Northeast 14th Street, Wynwood Area

5. Bar

No Cover. No Hassle. They’ve got a pool table and board games, and picnic tables out back and new artist installations every few months.

28 NE 14 Street, Wynwood Area

6. Bougainvillea’s

Is this Miami? Feels like we’re in the Caroliiiinas. Cozy cottage, poker night on Mondays.

7221 Southwest 58th Avenue, South Miami Area


* * * TALK TO US: What are your  favorite music spots in Miami?


IN TOWN: Miami Food Truck Frenzy

03/18/2011 § Leave a comment

So over the past year the West Coast Food Truck Frenzy has made its way into the streets of Miami. Originating from the numerous loncheras that served typical Mexican dishes in Southern California, the food trucks expanded the concept by creating mini gourmet restaurants on wheels that serve very affordable meals at street food prices. The idea exploded and now they can be seen all over town!

Track the Miami Food Trucks on their facebook page to get a taste of the commotion!

Big names in Miami’s Gourmet Truck scene:


Prices: $3 – $5

Not sure if your craving Burgers or Mexican, well not both at the same time! Thats right Miami foodies, you can get Latin Burger Truck’s gourmet fusion of Mexican and American flavors in a big juicy burger.

Latin Burger Truck $3 – 5


Prices: $7 +

Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers is a mobile food truck serving the Miami-Dade Metropolitan area of south eastern Florida.  The signature food items are, the original Ensenada-style Fish Tacos and the All-American Burger.

Jefe’s Original – Fish Tacos & Burgers $7+


Prices: $3 – $5

Mmm craving some gourmet American favorites. Well gastroPod has them all, like Sloppy Joe’s (Sloppy Jose), Hot Dogs (Dirty Dawgs) and Burgers. Wanna find gastroPod its not hard just look for their bright and shiny Airstream.



Prices: $1 – $6

The mobile menu will include the best old school eats from Sakaya Kitchen and the popular “Dim Ssam Sundays” brunch. Dim Ssäm à gogo will also use natural beef, poultry and pork, organic dairy and support local farmers like Swank.Dim Ssäm à gogo will hit the streets for lunch, dinner & for late night party goers.

Dim ssam a gogo

Along with many others…

What do you say locals?

Which are your favorite trucks?

Favorite item on the menu?

I want some recommendations!

GET THE LOOK: Sarah Jessica Parker’s House in Bridgehampton

03/10/2011 § 1 Comment

The bright, cheery and casual attitude of this house struck a cord in me. Maybe it’s because I’ve been seeing so much beige or maybe it’s the extreme minimalist interiors that just aren’t calling my name at the moment. Either way I came across this project and found it charming and appropriate that SJP and Ferris, I mean, Matthew Broderick would share this lovely abode.

If you feel a tingly sensation and would like to emulate some of this colorful casual elegance below the photos of the rooms from Elle Decor are some key elements to help you get the look in your own home!

From top left: Mirrored vanity from Glam FurnitureCapri teardrop lamp from Jonathan AdlerRibba frame from IKEAChenille Rug from Pottery BarnOrange letter boxes from Container StorePink tulip watergarden from Glam Furniture, Merete curtains from IKEA, French bergere chairfrom Glam Furniture


Apple mirror from Jonathan Adler, Tolix barstool from Pottery Barn, Kulla pendant lamp from IKEA, Tulip and hydrangea watergarden from Glam Furniture, Calligaris table from All ModernVintage glass chandelier from 1st DibsChippendale chair from Jonathan Adler (far left),Modern windsor chair from West Elm (center), Queen anne chair from Pottery Barn.

Desk 51 from Blu DotCMYK art print from the Print ShopTolix cafe chair from Pottery Barn, Amelia lounge chair from KMPLack side tablefrom IKEA, Metal apothecary waste basket from Restoration HardwareButterfly collection from Wings & ThingsPeony watergarden from Glam Furniture, Rattan stool from IKEA.

LOCAL: Miami Green Expo 3/3 – 3/4

03/04/2011 § Leave a comment

So it appears that our town wants to go green after all! For all those lucky guys living the green dream in the West Coast – wait for us! We’re trying to catch up!

To get the news on all the latest products and innovations in sustainable design don’t miss the Mia Green Expo and Conference being held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from 3/3 (yesterday) to 3/4 (today)!

What you can expect:

Hall with thousands of Green Products & Services
Featured Opening Sessions
50+ US & International Top Speakers on:
– Designing & Building Greener Americas
– How to Be Green and Be Profitable
– Policies, Certifications & Benefits
– It’s All About Energy
– Impacting the Environment
Special track: Innovative Green Products & Technology
“Succeeding as a LEED Professional” (8 GBCI & AIA CEU)
“LEED Green Associate Training & Exam Prep” (8 AIA CEU)
Special session “Adopt, Adapt or Discard LEED in your
Country: A Latin American & Caribbean Challenge”
US Dept. of Energy special program
(by invitation/reg via DOE)
Cocktail Reception

It’s only $30 for a 1 – day pass!

+ $70 for an educational session

+ $40 for the cocktail reception where you get to mingle with like-minded tree-huggers!

For more info click here!

DESIGN TRENDS: Bets for 2011

03/03/2011 § 2 Comments

Casa Claudia, a Brazilian interior design magazine, asked 7 renowned designers/architects their predictions for the top trends in design for the next year. This is what they said is to come:
1. Decorations that reflect personal history.

Designer: Juliana Llussa

This collection of vintage mirrors and keep-sakes makes a beautiful installation

2. Notice the beauty in simple pieces.

Designer: Heloisa Crocco

Recycled Spanish Glass Vases from West Elm $12

3. Flexible and dynamic interiors.

Architect: Guto Requena










24-Room Transformer House

24-Room Transformer House: Bedroom

24- Room Transformer House: Living Room


4. Nature takes over.

Architect: Claudia Haguiara












House in Nagoya, Japan by Suppose Design Office


An Indoor Garden inside a Spanish Office Building

5. Tidbits of color and humor in daily life.

Designers: Caio de Medeiros & Daniela Scorza











Home of Danish artist, Sarah Hvass featured on Design Sponge


Home of Anna & Gerard from Design Sponge

6. Return to our roots.

Architect: Regina Adorno











Cottages at Fallingwater by Patkau Architects - exterior


7. Equilibrium of man with nature.

Designers: Luciana Martins & Gerson de Oliveira











Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Grass Roofed Hypar Pavillion at Lincoln Center, NYC

People sit on grassy roof of Hypar Pavillion at Lincoln Center, NYC

Interior view of restaurant within the Hypar Pavillion

*** What do YOU predict will be the guiding trends for 2011?


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