Day: July 1, 2020

See Inside J Balvin’s Two Stunning Colombian Homes That He Says ‘Feed My Soul, Not My Ego’

When he’s not in New York, music superstar J Balvin (nee José Álvaro Osorio Balvin) lives in his native Colombia, splitting his time between a loft in the city of Medellín, and a retreat in the mountains of Llanogrande, just 30 minutes away. 

The “Machika” singer, 35, recently opened up the two homes in a cover story for Architectural Digest’s July/August issue, proving that despite his bold style choices — including hair that has been every color of the rainbow — the hitmaker prefers a minimalist feel in home design.  

“Architecture, music, fashion — they’re all forms of expression,” Balvin explains to the publication of the two properties, both designed by Medellín-based firm 5 Sólidos. “When it comes to the places I live, I definitely take a less-is-more approach. A house should be a place where you can rest your spirit. I’ve tried to create places that feed my

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How to Design a Sensory-Friendly Playroom on a Budget

Photo credit: Flashpop - Getty Images
Photo credit: Flashpop – Getty Images

From House Beautiful

When building a playroom for a child with special needs, such as autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental delays, or sensory processing disorder, each design choice should accommodate learning, therapy, comfort, and play. Often, a family raising a child with special needs also needs their home to act as a therapy center, as they have a host of professionals coming in to provide specialty services.

Karri Bowen-Poole is a mom, educator, and interior designer who specializes in creating specialized playrooms through her company Smart Playrooms. She also recently launchedSmart D2, a new business that she co-founded with award-winning interior designer Denise Davies of D2 Interieurs. Karri designs these educational playrooms for clients by selecting furnishings, materials, and equipment that are developmentally appropriate, functional, and beautiful.

“About a year ago, I gut-renovated my garage and turned it into a

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