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Luxury Watch Store Designed by Patricia Urquoila

Patricia Urquoila’s recent luxury retail store design is a perfect combination of creativity and sophistication. Panerai, the luxury Italian watch brand commissioned her to design its first US flagship store in Miami. Designers really do make the world tick, no pun intended.

The leading Spanish designer and architect has challenged the status quo. By creating an ultra-modern environment with class, she translates the brand’s ethos beautifully. We like the way fashion and design come together.


The luxury store complete with luxurious finishes like gold, marble and bronze has design elements. They cleverly pay an ode to the inner workings of watches. A large wall clock resembles one of the brand’s watch faces. An open stair also mimics the teeth of a gear.


According to Donna Karan, “Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable”.

We’re inspired by Patricia’s ability to exhibit this approach effortlessly time and time again. Last year, she designed her SHIMMER glass furniture collection which we shared in a previous blog post.


Story and images via Dezeen

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Top Interior Books to read in 2016

As we welcome 2016, it gives us the opportunity to look forward to fresh aspirations with a new lease of life. If you haven’t done so already, you can make some new goals today.  Think big and give yourself the chance to see your vision come to reality.

One goal of ours at Moody Monday is to challenge ourselves to innovate more. This will sometimes take us out of our comfort zone but we welcome this. We are eager to learn and find useful resources to help stretch our imagination.

What better way to start off 2016 than with a new book list? If it’s in the world of interior design, we have just the list for you. Read on for some of our favourite interior design books to open your mind up to a world of new possibilities. No doubt your home will thank you for it too.

1. The Tailored Interior by Greg Natale

Offering readers a step-by-step guide of the interior design process, Greg shares how he creates vibrant homes with his bold signature style. Find out more


2. Bright Bazaar: Embracing Colour for Make-You-Smile Style by Will Taylor

This colour-popping book is bursting with beautiful images and great ideas on how to use colour in every space in your home. Find out more


3. Sustainable Design Book by Rebecca Proctor

This book opens the door to a world of inspiration from over 200 designers who are taking ecological product design very seriously. It is sure to surprise and educate you. Find out more


4. Decorating with Style by Abigail Ahern

We love how she makes dark interiors look so luxurious and captivating. Find out more


5. Style Council by Sarah Thompson

Get introduced to unique interior spaces which celebrate savvy home style in Britain’s ex-council homes. Find out more

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Happy reading and a happy new year! Let us know which ones become your favourite.

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Christmas Around the World

It’s two sleeps before Christmas Day and we’re all gearing up for the festivities to come. Hopefully, last minute shopping is done, meals have been planned, homes are being prepared, and we’re almost there.

For the last blog post in our Christmas series, we take a look at some Christmas traditions outside the UK. Most cultures have similar traditions but we noticed quite a few differences too. If you’re like us at Moody Monday, you’ll appreciate beauty in diversity. Here they are.



Christmas starts early with the awaited arrival of Santa Claus, Nikolaus and his assistant Knecht Ruprecht on the night of the 5th of December. Excited children eagerly expect to be surprised with gifts if they’ve been good or bundles of twigs if otherwise.

Although not adhered to by all families, the Christmas tree, German Tannenbaum is traditionally decorated on Christmas Eve.  They also hide a pickle in the Christmas tree on that day. The first child to find it on Christmas morning gets a small gift.

The traditional German Christmas meal usually has goose, or duck, rabbit or perhaps a roast with side dishes like apple and sausage stuffing, red cabbage, and potato dumplings.


Like most countries, food plays a vital role in Christmas celebrations. The common meals you’ll find round the dinner table include pork, potatoes, blood sausage, sauerkraut and beer. A popular dessert is gingerbread which is usually made together by the family.

Another Christmas tradition is for the President of Estonia to declare Christmas Peace on Christmas Eve and take part in a ceremonial service. Families prepare their homes for the festivities and then head to the sauna for a bath together before leaving for Mass. This is probably one of the most well-known customs.


It has become tradition for the roads to be shut to cars in the capital city, Caracas to allow people to roller skate to Morning Mass from the 16th to 24th of December.

Christmas trees are popular but traditionally, nativity scenes are more common. Firework shows are also quite popular at this time of year.

The main Christmas celebration takes place on Christmas Eve when families come together to celebrate with food and music. The traditional Venezuelan Christmas meal consists of delicious dishes like Hallacas (made of flour, beef, or chicken), cornmeal dumplings stuffed with meat.

Santa Claus doesn’t come bearing gifts according to Venezuelan tradition, the child Jesus does.

For more interesting facts, have a look at this detailed infographic by HuffingtonPost

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Last minute Interior presents for Christmas

We’ve all had our fair share of last minute moments especially with Christmas gifts. It usually starts with us thinking carefully about what our loved ones would like and then spending some time hunting down that perfect present. But with many plans, they don’t always go as smoothly, we might second-guess our decisions or get the feeling that we haven’t quite found ‘the one’.

Many interior gifts offer great design, do not usually follow specific trends and are therefore timeless. So today on the blog, we bring you our favourite Christmas present choices which you can pick up at the last minute and will be sure to be a winner with your loved ones.

Ideal for someone who likes an elegant touch in their home

Pinched vase, Kelly Hoppen, £120

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For the design enthusiast in the family, add some fresh urban style to their sofa

Chinese paper silk cushion, Moody Monday, £132

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Know someone with a glam home? they’ll love you for brightening up their space

Zoffany Cicero table lamp, Amara, £431

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Perfect for the friend who doesn’t need an excuse to have a stand out piece

Wall sculpture, LuxDeco, £240

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In stylish vessels, these candles will appeal to anyone who values cosy nights in

Scent candles, gift set of 3, Heals, £80

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This is the perfect present for framing this year’s Christmas memories

Photograph bookend, Linley, £250

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A keen hostess will appreciate some earthy designs  in her living room

Enamel bowl, BoConcept, £109

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Hope you’ve been inspired. Let us know about some of your purchases.

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Dazzling Luxury Christmas decorations

Now we’re in December, everyone is starting to get in on the Christmas decoration action. From luxury hotels to department stores, the desire to put up the most imaginative festive displays continues to grow year after year.

Read on for three Christmas displays to inspire you.

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

Jeff Leatham, artistic director at the hotel has gone all polar with this year’s arctic-themed display in the hotel lobby. Known for his floral installations, his Christmas displays at the hotel definitely do not go unnoticed. We really like his ingenuity.


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Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel

You can’t go wrong with lots of sparkle at Christmas. This Waldorf Astoria hotel gives guests an unmistakably festive winter wonderland welcome with this festival of lights in the hallway.


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Galeries La Fayette, Paris

As they imply, enjoy Christmas from another planet with this extravagant cosmic display. The stunning creation combines the paradoxical nature of the cosmos with familiar Christmas colours and elements.


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Inspiring Designers, Part II : Prasetio Budhi

This week, we introduce you to another talented interior designer based in Indonesia. Prasetio Budhi heads up Plus Design, the interior design consulting firm which he set up over a decade ago.

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Photo: Le Salon, © Plus Design 2015

His style is particularly youthful, having the ability to combine luxurious elements bringing individuality and personality to beautiful high-end spaces.

His mantra is “to bring world class design to every project”. Embracing more of a classic style in his interiors whether residential or commercial, his ability to showcase interesting design with a contemporary aesthetic is remarkable.

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Photo: Senopati Residence, © Plus Design 2015
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Photo: Jade Boutique © Plus Design 2015

The refined look created in this commercial store displays a creative juxtaposition of dark ambiance with statement lighting. We think his work is undeniably stylish with a refreshing edge.

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Photo: Elite Senayan City, © Plus Design 2015
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Photo: Elite Senayan City, © Plus Design 2015

For more of his interior projects, visit If you haven’t already, also read the first blog in our series, Inspiring Designer part 1.

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6 Christmas tree decorating ideas

Food, music, presents, gifts, there’s so much to plan ahead for Christmas but undoubtedly one of the highlights of getting our homes ready for Christmas is decorating the tree. Whether real or artificial, Christmas trees come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and they can provide the perfect avenue to express bouts of creativity.

You can stick to what’s tried and tested or decide to switch things up with your tree decorations this year. We have some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Channel Scandi chic by letting your green tree stand out against the backdrop of grey tones and muted colours. The key to this is keeping  the decorations really simple using pretty icicles, festive accessories and fairy lights.

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Stay in harmony with your living room’s colour palette by sticking to one colour for the tree decorations. In this cosy living room, baubles of different sizes create the right amount of texture and impact

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Sticking to a green colour scheme, the ornaments provide variety and make the tree anything but boring.

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You can’t go wrong with a colourful traditional look. Go bold and beautiful with vibrant garlands, baubles, ribbons and accessories.

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An alternative Christmas tree like this one with a hoop design is an option for those who like to try something unique.blog6_christmas tree

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Have fun decorating!

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Creative ideas for your Christmas presents

With Christmas swiftly approaching, many of us have started our annual shopping sprees. Some people are already done but if you’re like some others, you’ll probably leave it till 1-2 weeks before to get the adrenaline pumping.

Whatever the case, you want your presents to stand out from all the rest. The presentation is as important as the gift inside waiting to be revealed on Christmas day. You don’t have to be a pro to knock up something that looks gorgeous and well thought-out.

We start our new Christmas themed series sharing some unique ways to make your presents stand out this Christmas season and become the favourite gift giver among your friends and family.

(1) Consider moving from the usual Christmas wrapping paper, let simple colours shine.


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(2) Accessorise with pretty Christmas ornaments


Images via Marie Claire Idees and Make Create Do

(3) Add some glitter and sparkle  


Images via Victoria Mag, The Sweetest Occasion and Centsational Girl

(4) Let beautiful wallpaper do the talking


Images via Kelly Wearstler

(5) Introduce the unexpected with feathers

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Images via Lia Griffith, Paper Crave and Carolyne Roehm.

(6) Or just keep things simple with this luxe monochromatic look


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Get wrapping. Let us know any of your own creative ideas.

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Stunning Blue Interiors

According to research, Blue is the world’s favourite colour. With so many beautiful shades, this colour depicts calmness and serenity and is loved by many interior designers and designer wannabes around the world.

Dark blue hues are usually great for autumn and winter. Get inspired by these beautiful blue rooms.


The blue walls in this gorgeous living room are complemented by the gold and white accents

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The statement wallpaper acts as a great backdrop in this blue and grey room

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Stunning blue wall panels add vibrant colour and accent to this luxurious room

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We love the way this beautiful sofa stands out perfectly placed in symmetry with the fireplace and wall art.

Image credit: From Greenwich

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Paired with white, the blue furnishings create a relaxing colour scheme in this bed room

Image credit: LuxDeco


Simplicity at its best, the colour scheme takes advantage of indigo blue

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Designer’s picks – Food styling inspiration

The art of interior styling involves creativity and originality to present a space beautifully. So we thought why not look into another area where styling is key – food.

Get some inspiration from these beautifully styled food photos. Enjoy!


Images via The First Mess and Foodies Feed 


Images via LivingxDesignBorrowed and Blue and In Pursuit of Food


Images via Relais & Chateaux and  Kafijaskruze