exterior Architectural Digest Spain (took a look inside the Mirindibas House by renowned architect, Marcio Kogan in the July/August 2009 issue.  Located in São Paulo, Brazil, the interior design of the home compliments the stunning architecture.  I found the interior so inspiring that I thought I'd break down lower cost versions of my favorite furnishings.


danishmodchairThe dining room decor is highlighted by the inclusion of Danish modern chairs.  The table is quite simple and probably was designed to accommodate the 10 chairs.  I found this Dux chair by designer,  Folke Ohlsson which is quite similar to the chairs in the Mirindiba house on Retro Renovation.   If you like the look of these vintage chairs, check out antiques markets or thrift stores.  Often the chairs you find will need some TLC in treating the wood and adding new upholstery but it is worth it to create this high end look.  I also love the striped, hand woven rug.  The tones work really well with the travertine floors.  Shift, by Christopher Sharp from the Rug Company has a similar feeling.


In the living room, the low furnishings expand the space vertically.  The sectional with loose pillows feels like the perfect place to lounge after a long day.  The Nova sofa collection by BoConcept is way to get this look on a budget.  Another element in the room that strikes me is the use of the low credenza.  The credenza acts as a floating mass that relates to the void of the fireplace.   I immediately thought of the flexible IKEA Besta cabinets, shown below.  This is an inexpensive alternative and they look best when open shelving is incorporated with cabinets.

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When I saw this bedroom, I wanted to kick out the owner and live here.  The Brazilian hardwood floors, the shag rug, and the super sleek platform bed.  Yes, yes, yes!  There is restraint in this minimal design as the large piece of artwork becomes the focal point.


438_ppLike many of you, I would love to acquire an Eames Lounge Chair but those suckers are expensive and they will absolutely always be in high demand.  And I refuse to buy a knock-off...that is just a slap in the face to Charles and Ray Eames.  Although there are several less costly alternatives in the meantime.  Try searching for Eames-era lounge chairs - you will be surprised by ebay, Craigslist, and vintage dealers that carry chairs inspired by the original and at a fraction of the cost.  My favorite of the era is the Pollock Executive Chair designed by Charles Pollock for Knoll.   Designed for the office, the Pollock chair does not have a matching ottoman but it is incredibly comfortable and perfect for lounging.  And you can find them vintage starting at $200.

img8mThis platform bed dressed in very simple bedding works perfectly in this room.  To get a similar look, check out the storage bed shown above by West Elm.  Not bad on the wallet and there is storage integrated into the frame.

Although inspiring, homes like the Mirindibas house can seem unapproachable and unattainable.  But if you can't afford the land and renowned architect right now, take some steps towards attaining a more high-end, luxurious feel in your own abode.