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Tour de Tel Aviv

Known lovingly as The White City, all of Tel Aviv was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The happening city in Israel is filled with gorgeous historic buildings from the Ottoman empire to the Bauhaus era. Filled with clever fusion eateries, killer coffee, amazing street art and more museums per capita than most cities in the world, this city should be on the bucket-list.  Aside from the famous beaches, and all night clubs, I highly recommend perusing boutiques in the indie fashion district, the revitalized twenties-era Gan Ha’Hashmal.

Gabrielle Toledano in Tel Aviv by The Walkup

From its weather to music to its attitude, Tel Aviv is a modern, pleasure-seeker’s paradise with unexpected treasures around every corner of the mediterranean haven. What’s also in the second-city-that-never-sleeps? My cousin through marriage, Gabrielle! Say Bonjour…errr…Shalom!

Gabrielle Toledano in Tel Aviv by The Walkup

Gabrielle is an architect, although upon first glance one might think she’s a fashion model (credits include  shots for DE GRIS by Alexandre Silberstein and Kopito). She recently moved to Tel Aviv, Israel from Paris, France by way of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Quite the jet-setter, she’s fluent in French, Spanish and English. Apparently, she’s also fluent in the sparse Scandinavian meets Moroccan Shuk design aesthetic.

Gabrielle Toledano in Tel Aviv by The Walkup

Her apartment is located in the “Kerem Hatemanim”, a lovely, artsy and picturesque neighborhood in the heart of Tel Aviv.  It’s the perfect spot to start exploring the city while feeling like a local – especially since the space is only a 1 minute walk from the open-air Carmel marketplace filled with  fresh fruits, spices and veggies.

Gabrielle Toledano in Tel Aviv by The Walkup

The apartment is full of light and it features its own private closed entrance from the street, private staircase and private rooftop. That sort of privacy can lead one to sunbathe naked all day. Interested in visiting? Travel to this exact home! You’ll be licking your lips in no time enjoying the delights of Eser 10, the hummus at Abu Hasan, or sipping an espresso among other bohemian types at Cafe NOACH (which makes its home in a converted artisan lampshade store).

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Tour de Brooklyn

Just as the Tour de France stops in many locations, so too, will this post feature a tour of many rooms I adore in various neighborhoods of Brooklyn!

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

Neon pillows, shag shams, clean white sheets, rustic wooden armoire, photographs leaning  and a paper lantern give this guest room a minimal, zen feeling. One could easily meditate on the wooden floors.

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

The devil is in the details, they say. The small, meticulous accents here include Wooden Birds by artist Kristian Vedel, a Rubik’s cube, a framed, vintage ACE playing card, milk-ware ceramics and more.

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

Bibliophiles take heed – even if your bookshelf isn’t towering and in need of a rolling ladder, use one anyway! And let a Maneki-neko (lucky, waving Cat) protect it all.

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

A decidedly mid-century modern lounge area is accented by a jute rug, mismatched but tonal pillows and tons of wooden details.

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

A hanging, circular mirror serves as a focal point and does double duty by expanding the small space through illusion. 

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

 Chihuly style blown glass becomes a centerpiece when stack like fruits in a bowl. Someone’s guitar is both a decorative item and utilitarian gathering point when company is over that can play. Finally, the kid;s third grade art project looks deceptively like collected African masks

Brooklyn Brownstone Home Decor Tour

The fifties accents – from the Calder mobile, to the oblong table, from the record player, to the artichoke, beige colored lounge chair – let the room live in a fun, yet updated timewarp.

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