Jerusalem comes of age- well nearly!

The scene: Ben Yehudah street Jerusalem, Israel- a new café has popped up on the ‘midrechov’…

As an Interior Designer and and Olah from Australia (quite a stylish country- if I don’t say so myself!) I have a somewhat critical eye when it comes design and style in Jerusalem. Not to say that Jerusalem isn’t stylish- its is- it just has a different style, a more rustic mid 18th century Arabic style lets say…

But Jerusalem is starting to come of age in the style department whether it be in boutique hotels or cafes on the street- Jerusalem is starting to draw inspiration from its European neighbours when it comes to styling (and hopefully service too- but perhaps we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves on this one just yet…).

As my Husband and I were walking along Ben Yehudah Wednesday afternoon on ‘chol hamoed’ Pesach, we came across a new and seemingly stylish (and from the looks of it-delicious) café called De Masa- which loosely translates to- well Im not sure and seeing as Google translate couldn’t figure it out for me lets just say that its probably something like ‘The Dough’.

The café appears to be some kind of mix between a French patisserie- with its beautiful marble countertops, light stained timber and lovely glass case of scrumptious looking cakes and pastries crossed between and Italian Bistro and a Spanish style tapas bar- not a bad mix of elements if you ask me!

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The owner (who claims he designed the place himself- and whose wife strangely reminded me of Heidi Fleiss- the famous American madame from the 90’s) has really done a lovely job of creating the right ‘vibe’- when it comes to choices of materials and fittings. I particularly liked the 4 meter wall of shelving behind the servery that was stacked with all kinds of European delicacies and the punchy pendant lighting in what looked like a brass finish which contrasted wonderfully against the Carrera marble tops..

The menu also read a treat- with all kinds of indulgent breakfast combos -different than what you’d find a Tal bagels (alavah shalom..) or anywhere else on emek refaim- some very interesting Pesach pasta options, sandwiches and robust salads.

The only negative word I have to say about the whole place is that the waiters and hostesses were terrible- too terrible for words in fact- which im hoping that I’ll have to excuse as teething problems, seeing as they’ve only been open for a month.  We actually ended up walking out because after 20 minutes of no one taking our order and the host (who previously moved us to a smaller table so a larger family of four could sit down) told us that their order was taken before our because WE moved-we were about ready to eat our own hands off and eventually had enough.

And where did we end up? Tmol shilshom- a GOOD OLD Jerusalem establishment…one of those lovely Mid 18th Century Arabic types…

All in all Its lovely and refreshing to see new and exciting design and ideas in Jerusalem but at the end of the day, while they are figuring out EXACTLY how its done the tried and tested establishments that typify Jerusalem’s style are just fine by me.

stuff I LOVE!- GEOMERTYgeometryGEOMETRY!

GEOMERTYgeometryGEOMETRY!

What do you say when you see an empty parrot cage?
POLYGON! – speaking of which, Geometric is IN!

Whether we’re talking about earrings (http://www.darios.co.il/gallery/win08_daniel.html —>LOVE these ones by Darios.co.il), coffee tables or wall prints GEOMETRY is very NOW.

Want to take your geometric designs into the third dimension? Try this one! I absolutely love this “origami coffee table” by West Elm- the geometry of the base is offset against the soft curve of a rounded top which creatures a modern but warm piece- And if you have the foresight to switch the top to a marble or even timber you’ll have to high five yourself (awkward turtle a little?) for making such a clever upgrade!

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How about some lovely lighting for your home?- YES this comes in the GEOMETRIC version too! here are some great examples of pendant lights that will pack a punch in any space:

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FYI circles are GEOMETRIC too! And if you’re not into the hexagons then switch it up for some circular sensuousness!

 check out this AWESOME origami geometric tile with this beautiful round framed mirror- LOVE the look!

How about this circular mirror with different scale circles in the one piece- it creates interest while maintaining unity at the same time- the prefect recipe for a deliciously harmonious interior!

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All I can say is that Geometry in school may have been a waste of time- but this GORGEOUS Geometry definitely is not!

Stuff I LOVE- Mirrored EVERYTHING!

Stuff I LOVE:

Mirrored EVERYTHING!

Mirrored items are all the RAGE of late and why not embrace this great trend!

From mirrored coffee tables, to mirrored panels on walls- mirrored objects create a sense of translucency and continuity in a space and they don’t have to just be the white/clear standard mirror that we’re all familiar with. For a more updated version and a slightly edgier take on the trend try smoky grey mirrors. They are sleek, oh so sexy and make everything look beautiful and sparkling – what’s not to love about that?

Have a look at this super cool mirrored rhino head (gotta love the geometry of this piece too!)

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Check these great mirrored coffee tables (from one of the designers on Florentine st Tel Aviv). They have a certain 1920’s Art-Deco charm about them- if ever there was a sexy coffee table- this may be it! Just watch the finger-print-factor with these ones!

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Another great application for this trend is to mirror an entire wall giving the illusion of continuation of the room – This application is particularly good for small spaces and rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light. Have a look at this very cool (and very chic) mirror illusion!Image

whats that you say? You like mirrors but your home isn’t modern? If you prefer a more traditional look go for the distressed mirror, it embodies a certain rustic-ness that compliments traditional (and modern) interiors perfectly while maintaining a contemporary edge.

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However you decide to apply this oh so Fab-U-lous trend in your home, you’re sure leave onlookers with a little sparkle in their eye!