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6 Dark Bedrooms Designs To Inspire Sweet Dreams

Mi, 21.09.2016 - 17:00

While bedrooms are the perfect place to experiment with color palettes and decor choices that might seem too bold for the social areas of a home, these bedrooms take a more practical approach. Dark themes help to center the mind, creating an atmosphere of relaxation to help lull the resident to sleep each night. But not only are dark themed bedrooms practical, they are a great candidate for sophisticated design themes – restrained color palettes show a sense of discipline and targeted attention difficult to achieve with a more whimsical or playful approach.

Visualizer: Anastasia Andryushchenko   

Such a bold and limited palette can make almost any space feel minimalistic, but here, the smart use of subtle texture helps the bedroom remain interesting and immersive throughout. The clever use of artwork continues this practice of contrast by breaking up expanses of sharp angles with smooth flowing lines. Bold black and white meets greyscale only through the effect of light and shadow (with a few exceptions, like the carpet and details on the paintings). Overall, the room looks richly dark but not gloomy thanks to the abundance of pristine white surfaces to counteract the black features.

The directional pendant lights are from the AIM series by brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. It’s perhaps the only “sculptural” element in the room besides the wall panels, making it a perfect blend of ornament and function.

Visualizer: Evgenei Artemiev   

Comfortable mocha tones take on a luxurious personality paired with this bedroom’s dark palette. Bold natural materials stand in organic contrast to the matte black accent wall – rich striped wood features and stone floors balance the emphasis on clean lines with their own organic flow. These natural features also help to tie the interior to the small courtyard visible through the expansive sliding doors to the right hand side of the room, emphasizing the natural elements over the clean modern backdrop against which they stand. The black and white photograph? It’s the perfect finishing touch for a space like this one.

The versatile bed frame suits this simple bedroom quite well. It includes a table, drawers, and even a padded bench. The rug speaks to the geometric theme while maintaining the subtlety of a black-on-black theme.

Visualizer: Giorgos Tataridis   

Geometric paneling takes this dark bedroom to the next level. The black and white feature wall creates the illusion of middle greyscale tones thanks to the creative play of light and shadow, transforming an otherwise strict palette into a dramatic feature that draws the eye immediately. Indirect lighting on the white stripe makes this effect even more powerful. In the foreground, warmer neutrals make their stand with strong contrast in terms of both hue and texture – smooth woodgrain and organic brushstrokes versus sharp geometry.

These distinctive chairs are from the Tabano collection by Patricia Urquiola. In the background, the pendant lights are the work of Jordi Vilardell and Meritxell Vidal, from the Match collection.

Visualizer: Harun Kaymaz   

Classical features like intricate boiserie and a grand antique-style chandelier lend a sophisticated character to this dark and sumptuous bedroom. A triptych of black and white photographs fit into the panels directly above the headboard, almost like a window to another time and place, easily reflecting an old-warm charm this bedroom seems to personify. It’s hard not to love the little collection of curios beneath the window, too. Other features stand out as decidedly modern including the brassy geometric side table and the practical recessed lighting above.

The side table lamps are very similar to the iconic Jieldé style, or perhaps one of its many reinventions. Let’s also take a moment to appreciate the incredible ambiance the visualizer has captured with the floating dust motes.

Visualizer: Hasankhani Tabriz   

The designer dubbed this apartment “Hello-Yellow” and this beautiful bedroom gives a good example of the name’s intent. Artwork, accent wall, and even the floors are dark, lending even more drama and pop to the soft yellow accents like the lips on the painting and the dandelion gold throw blanket on the bed. The painting, of course, brings the distinctive color theme together flawlessly – its colorful details much more vivid than the textile palette it mimics. To balance out the room’s surreal style, straightforward industrial lighting and furniture remain relics of the world outside.

The lamp to the far left is the classic Fortuny lamp by Mariano Fortuny, designed in 1907. It’s always amazing how historical designs constantly reenter the realm of relevancy.

Of course, it’s hard to close out this bedroom tour without a peek at the enviable walk-in closet. This level of color coordination would definitely belong to somebody who would contract a bedroom like this.

Visualizer: Valium Studio   

To close out the bedroom tour, here’s a look at a room that is exceptionally dark in terms of both palette and theme. The matte black backdrop highlights a typographic installation that counts down the resident’s “days left to live”, presumably based on an average lifespan. The designers created this bedroom with a bachelor in mind, stripping down furniture and personal affects to only the most necessary objects and personally representative decorations. Decorative themes include motorcycles and vintage media – with a little creative planning even the most basic lifestyle staples can become ornament.

The countdown idea is reminiscent of the “Death Clock” webpage that became popular on the early web around 1999. The number of the counter works out to around 40 years and readily drives home the fleeting nature of life.

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30 Funny Doormats To Give Your Guests A Humorous Welcome

Di, 20.09.2016 - 17:00

Doormats are an often-underappreciated part of a tidy household – but they’re a necessity, so why not have some fun with them? We’ve collected 30 of our favorite humorous doormats to brighten the mood at your entryway. Mats like these are always a great conversation starter if you need a housewarming gift or birthday present for that friend who loves to laugh. While almost all of these models are durable and suited to outdoor use, others would look just as nice at an indoor threshold or inside of a dorm room or RV. Create the ultimate entryway by checking out our list of inspiring front door designs too.

Buy It: $33   

Welcome-Go Away Ambigram Door Mat: This doormat welcomes guests as they enter, and shoos them away as they leave. Or if you’re feeling particularly unsociable, you could always flip the mat around and let the world know how you feel.

Buy It: $20   

Here’s another doormat for those who don’t appreciate unexpected visitors. Maybe next time that door-to-door solicitor will think twice before knocking.

Buy It: $44   

Everybody has a friend that could use one of these. The seller also offers custom options in case you want to switch out Ryan Gosling with another celebrity… but who on Earth would want to do that?

Buy It: $10   

Ward off would-be thieves with this humorous mat – just maybe don’t let your neighbors see what you’re up to. The reviews state that this is a very thin mat so it’s better for a rarely used side or back door.

Buy It: $36   

This is definitely the perfect doormat for somebody who has a “way with words”. Consider giving this as a gag gift for somebody who has a darker sense of humor.

Buy It: $16   

If you know anybody who would actually fall for this trick, the rug becomes ten times better. But even as it stands, it will definitely bring smiles from passerby – it’s family friendly and innocently funny.

Buy It: $40   

Buy It: $65   

Hello From The Other Side Doormat: Adele fans will definitely get the reference and everyone else can at least appreciate its literal interpretation. These mats are painted by hand in Westminster, California.

Buy It: $16   

Hi, I’m Mat Doormat: Proper introductions are just good manners, and this mat sets a good example. Your neighbors might even wonder why their own doormats aren’t more polite.

Buy It: $20   

Warrant Doormat: The ideal gift for the anti-authoritarian friend.

Buy It: $13   

No Soliciting Sign Doormat: This sign has everything! It wards away the most common door-to-door nuisances but makes sure to let the Scouts know their wares are always more than welcome.

Buy It: $24   

Dog Can’t Hold Its Licker Doormat: Although perhaps not as frightening as a general “Beware of Dog” sign, this doormat does a good job of letting guests know that they might get greeted with big slobbery kisses from your four-legged housemate.

Buy It: $50   

Wipe Your Paws Doormat: If only dogs could read… this doormat is still a great gift for people who love their canine companions, or for parents who feel like their kids muddy the house like a pack of wild animals.

Buy It: $22   

Remove Your Shoes Doormat: This mat humorously urges visitors to slip off those dirty sneakers while doubling as a reminder to keep those sneakers where the pups can’t get to them. This one might make a nice gift to a friend with cutely mischievous pets.

Buy It: $18   

Not A Joke Doormat: No pooch could be happier than if a guest actually heeded this ransom note. The good news is that most of us are lucky enough to own dogs that wouldn’t trade us for even the most prime of cuts.

Buy It: $22   

Whom The Dog Barks Doormat: Hemingway fans and literature buffs will dig the reference, and guests will appreciate the humor as your built-in security alarms raise their voices at the first knock.

Buy It: $18   

Friendly Warning Doormat: One more doormat for the dog fans out there – this one is way too relatable for anyone whose best buddies are overly friendly with the guests.

Buy It: $10   

Sad Dinosaur Doormat: Poor t-rex can never join in on the fun and games. This would make a cool gift for a friend who has one of those inflatable t-rex costumes currently making the rounds on social media.

Buy It: $23   

I Will Not Be A Doormat: Sometimes it feels like this is how all of those inspirational daily affirmations end up working out, but at least this doormat has come to a place of acceptance. Hopefully guests won’t feel too bad for the rug.

Buy It: $40   

Bring In The Booze Door Mat: This mat says what every host is really thinking. This would be a great gift for a housewarming or bachelor/bachelorette party.

Buy It: $10   

House WAS Clean Doormat: We all know the feeling. Consider this mat as a gift for busy parents – or even new parents, since they’re bound to face the struggle eventually.

Buy It: $5   

Retro Cassette Doormat: Fans of the 70s hit song by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young won’t be able to help but burst out into song when they check out your rad new doormat. It also has that cool throwback aesthetic that even non-fans can appreciate.

Buy It: $17   

The Local Host Doormat: Are you looking for a gift for the hardworking IT technician at the office? This is a must-have for anybody who appreciates a little nerdy humor and knows his or her way around a home network.

Buy It: $15   

Moustache Door Mat: When you simply “moustache” somebody to wipe those feet before entering, this clever doormat is the way to get the point across. It’s a nice compact doormat so you can infuse some big personality into a smaller space.

Buy It: $10   

False Weighing Scale Doormat: Some guests might be alarmed at the thought that this doormat might reveal their weight to everybody nearby. Thankfully, it’s just an image.

Buy It: $23   

Retro 8-Bit Controllers Doormat: Microsoft and Sony fans need not apply – use this doormat to show the world that yours is a Nintendo household at heart.

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2 Modern Apartments Under 1200 Square Feet Area For Young Families (Includes 3D Floor Plans)

Mo, 19.09.2016 - 17:24

Home design magazines often feature clean, elegant spaces – showing satin cushions, white couches and spotless bedspreads that soon become the wreckage of children. How do you attain a gorgeous, minimalistic space that all the family can enjoy? These two modern apartments under 1200 square feet from Minsk, Belarus and Dnipro, Ukraine, show how colouring and neutral tones can be both harmonious and child-friendly. Using clever partitioning to divide spaces, competing colours in kids’ bedrooms can be loud – and work together. Neutral undertones and subtle texturing make features out of background tones, creating the illusion of more space. Unique elements set several spaces apart, creating harmony in the space that your family meets, greets, and eats.

Designer: VAE Design Group  

Designed for a family of four, this apartment in Radischeva, Minsk, covers 107sqm in a characterful fashion. Unusual features, split-colour schemes and monochromatics blend together in space well-used, well-partitioned and well-transitioned. In the living room, alternate chequered cushions sit before a game of checkers, atop a blue sofa and afront yellow accents. The result is a space that looks effortlessly cool, calm and collected.

From behind the couch, a monochromatic panel housing TV and entertainment essentials meets the eye. Light wooden flooring, muted grey walls and a lack of clutter help it dominate the space.

Muted hues add desirability to certain spaces, with little quirks to attract the eye. Hunger-inducing beige kitchen benches remind the visitor of coffee and bagels; light-wood slatted lights offer a warmth suitable for illuminating breakfast. Charcoal cabinetry in the kitchen reduces clutter in a busy family environment.

The master bedroom excels in muted hues, with a colourful art contribution above the bed. Dreamy chiffon curtains let in not-too-bright light, while muted light grey, dark grey and navy colours say sleep.

The kids’ bedroom and study injects more play. Lego-esque circles feature on cupboard walls and desk chairs in mustard and teal, tones bright but reserved enough for an office. Twin inlets framed by stone allow Batman and Superman feature walls to battle it out, while cross-matching duvet covers fit rather than match. Under-bed cabinetry hides away the toys.

The family bathroom harks to the marine in an understated way. Metallic silver panelling behind the mirror extends it, reminiscent of fish scales. Electric blue tiling says swim, and textured white tiling ties it all together.

The ensuite binds bathroom duties to master bedroom colouring. Charcoal cabinetry and light wooden features are combined in multi-hued tiling. Slatted wooden ceilings and clever inlets ensure the contemporary feel is maintained.

Designer: Aleksandra Nuzhnaya & Nastya Kravchenko  

Situated in Dnipro, Ukraine at 110sqm, this characterful home was designed with comfort and function in mind. Using neutral colours with a focus on being technology-friendly, it intermixes the needs of a young family with a multi-layered, contemporary look. The living room offers a glimpse into a space used for eating, watching television and socialising, mixing teal, mustard and black elements together with a hexagonal-patterned rug. A black opaque feature wall houses the television, easily hidden away for more formal occasions.

Tying in the hexagonal theme from the rug, the kitchen to living room segue uses geometrical outlines to create harmony. See-through shelving and rectangular wall art mirror each other, while neutral light-wood and plant life soften the resemblance.

The view to the kitchen offers a different perspective. Three black chairs pair with three black hanging lights, a perfect symphony for dining. Two interlocked black-and-glass tables work with new black features and previous rectangular elements. A light wooden cross-room wall and floor adds an unexpected feature.

Hued in light-wood shades, couch and table elements in the study look comfortable but practical. Wood-panelled elements and concrete tiling offer the contemporary, while side-lighting adds a modern elegance. A patterned rug and vertically-painted triptych break the beige.

Twin minimalistic backgrounds create space and interest in the bedroom. A thin, horizontal wall inlet provides the space of a bedside table without the clutter, while midnight blue covers and rich terracotta upholstery adds warmth.

The children’s room allows creativity – within good design. Midnight blue from the bedroom duvet translates to a feature chalkboard wall, for the kids to draw on.

A zen-like bathroom uses minimalist materials to create a feeling of calm for the whole family. A large round feature mirror reflects the wall behind, giving the impression of more space while adding a central focus. Beige and white elements intersect each other in the shelving underneath, and the layout of the simplistic shower.

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East Meets West In This Multi-Storeyed, Minimalistic Home

Fr, 16.09.2016 - 17:00

How do you blend Scandinavian simplicity with Taiwanese culture? This multi-storeyed home, designed by Taiwan’s HAO Design and photographed by Hey! Cheese has the answer. Using white walls, wood and block shapes, this home remains minimalistic while still showcasing Taiwanese anime culture. Using wooden blocks to separate out spaces, vast panes make small areas look spacious, and room intersections look seamless, while anime fixtures dot themselves around the periphery of the rooms. Interspersed plant life in the block design adds colour and vibrancy, while a Mediterranean concrete façade, complete with block windows, harks back to an intelligent interior.

A striking feature, the wooden block staircase is the first introduction to this bicultural home. Using three types of wood for shelving, tables and floors, the living space retains simplicity with clean, simple lines, retaining interest through muted-pattern throws and rugs. Potted and hanging plants add life.

As the day darkens, main living spaces take on alternate functions. The kitchen table turns into dinner. The bedroom’s low-lying furniture affords a view up a level, and lighting illuminates over surfaces, drawing attention away from their casing fixtures. A white rail ensures safety without structural interference.

Views up and down the staircase, the home’s central feature, make for a cathartic experience. Housed in a small space, white walls and solid wood lifts visitors to higher plains within the structure. Plant life greets and farewells each viewer from ceramic box holders.

A spark of colour with a bright, turquoise desk breaks the simplicity of the interior, afforded by the concrete flooring and toned-down wall colouring. Cute elements such as ceramic doves insert a Taiwanese quirk into random spaces.

The block theme continues seamlessly throughout the home. Reflected in the staircase design, French windows and fragmented wood panelling, each block elements tells its own story. Small spaces use the block design to insert light, such as the ceiling corridor French skylight design.

A pop of Taiwanese art finds itself on easels in enclaves and larger-than-life stones on grey wooden floors.

Lush plant life and a teardrop mirror in the bathroom add a Scandinavian cabin feel that feels both global and particular. Full wooden floors, ceilings and walls give the experience of being in another world, while wide-paned windows let the outside world in.

The block design carries through to the exterior, which is as strong by day as by night. Day shows distinct elements present inside, while night illuminates the block design. Extra partitions are made in steel against the concrete façade, mimicking the usage of different woods in a block pattern in the interior. A stone entrance marks a spot of difference.

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A Minimalist Family Home With A Bright Bedroom For The Kids

Do, 15.09.2016 - 17:00

Located near Kiev, Ukraine, this home boasts a creative and effective 105 square meter floor plan to accommodate a family with one young child and one infant. Designer Yevhen Zahorodnii opted for a minimalist interior theme to suit the busy lifestyle of the residents – minimalism grants simplicity and convenience by erasing some of the material complication from the home, a practical choice with two little ones running around. Some rooms do boast a bit of color though, namely the child’s bedroom and a small office dedicated to study and play. Are you planning to adopt a minimalist style? This home will inspire!

Visualizer: Yevhen Zahorodnii  

The practical L-shaped layout consists of white walls that surround a freestanding volume in dark plywood panels, light floorboards guiding the eye along the length of the living space and toward the dining room.

Simple furniture combines sharp angles and smooth rounded forms. Geometric themes are most noticeable in the functional decor like this large geometric planter and cone-shaped floor lamp.

Even the entryway is effective and stylish. A full mirror allows last-minute checkups to make sure that outfit or makeup is still on point and the built-in seating leaves rooms to store shoes.

Around the corner, a beige-toned kitchen hides just out of sight from the main living area. A neutral take on color blocking works wonders to separate each functional space.

The kitchen is just as simple as the living room. Cabinetry hides behind sliding panels to avoid the need for overhead storage, allowing light to touch every surface.

Rather than ordinary handrails, the staircase makes use of white wires that run the length of the atrium. Large drop-shaped pendant lights illuminate the way.

Wires transition to mirrored bannisters toward the top of the stairs. The floors here are especially unique – white plywood offers a smooth uninterrupted plane of textural wood grain.

Upstairs is home to private spaces like bedrooms and two offices. We’ll explore those next!

One of the offices is for the child, complete with woodcut style wallpaper. Light blues and bright white create a comfortable atmosphere for study and homework.

The desk attaches to the wall on each side of the window for a clean and uncluttered aesthetic.

Attractive shelves leave room for books and study material in addition to toys and other inspiring decor.

Once all of the day’s homework is complete, the young resident can snuggle up in one of these big cozy poufs for some multiplayer gaming with mom or dad.

The main office is more professional. Concrete walls offer a hint of industrial influence, heightened by the strip of indirect lighting that emanates from the back of the cantilever desk.

Creative angled shelving makes it easy to browse the library selection right from the sofa. If the resident uses this as a meeting room, this arrangement would definitely ease the boredom of waiting clients.

Even the entryway is effective and stylish. A full mirror allows last-minute checkups to make sure that outfit or makeup is still on point and the built-in seating leaves rooms to store shoes.

Now, here’s the fun part! The child’s bedroom diverges from the home’s minimalistic theme with colorful walls and furniture, with playful characters like this whale to keep things interesting.

Illustrated jungle wallpaper fills the room with smiling animal faces. House-shaped bedframes are a popular trend for kids rooms, and this lavender frame fits especially well with this design.

Although the child does have a separate office, this desk allows for PC gaming or making quick corrections to homework before bedtime.

Overall, it’s a very fun space with plenty to do and plenty to keep the young occupant’s eyes and mind occupied.

The master bedroom doubles as a nursery for the family’s newest resident. Just like the older child’s room, the small crib includes a “roof” strung with adorable lights just out of the infant’s reach.

While decor remains minimal, the textures are impossible to ignore. An intricate accent wall, a stylish rug, and layers of blankets are a soothing contrast to the smooth surfaces of the main furniture pieces.

A simple glass door leads directly into a spacious walk-in closet.

Inside, a full-length mirror makes it easy to see the day’s outfit at a glance. Abundant natural lighting is a hugely important feature since artificial lighting can change the appearance of fabric sheen and color.

Wood drawers and shelves have classic appeal. Ever-so-slightly notched corners modernize the choice of materials to avoid seeming overly rustic.

The bathrooms are perfection. This low vanity rises to the occasion with a tall vessel sink, a focal point in an otherwise very consistent and minimalistic design.

Here’s a look at the second bathroom, this time with tiles that demonstrate a smooth stone effect rather than the glossy concrete of the other one.

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Three Homes With Simple Decor And Neutral Color Palettes

Mi, 14.09.2016 - 17:00

Sometimes it’s hard to find inspiration for simple interior design. When you’re working with a limited color palette or a spare furniture theme, every element makes a huge impression – one little detail can make or break the design. This post explores three modern homes with neutral colors and streamlined decor, each one taking a different approach. The first interior is smooth and sophisticated with subtle industrial themes, the second makes a bold impact with high-contrast tones, and the third home feels softer and more decorative. Each one is worth admiring!

Visualizer: OFDA  

This streamlined interior belongs to a modern one-bedroom home in Tenczynek, Poland, just outside Krakow. While the decor themes remain simple throughout, unique architectural features definitely catch the eye around every turn.

The furniture layout focuses on gathering with friends and family. Notice how the television is present but isn’t the anchor of the living room – in fact, it’s set entirely away from the seating arrangement.

Industrial elements bring urban character into the otherwise wood dominated decor motif. Metal lighting, textural concrete paneling, and linear furniture prevent the room from looking too rustic or cottage-like.

Design themes remain unified throughout the home. Here’s a peek at the kitchen, recessed into its own private cove. Wood floors transition to glossy white tile, the entire room warmed by richly grained lumber in strategic places.

This breakfast bar is especially interesting. One side extends the kitchen workspace with its glossy surface, a great place to work with ingredients that might stain the wood countertops.

Public spaces occupy the ground floor. The bedroom and office takes the high ground. Without access to windows, the wire mesh risers play an important role by allowing light to penetrate into the stairwell.

What a gorgeous bedroom! White furniture stands out against the eggshell-textured black background, simple yet attractive. Copper accents maximize the sense of luxury and capture the light wherever they can.

A large mirror also extends the effect of the room’s single window. The sideboard table makes a wonderful vanity complete with a simple sled leg stool. Additional copper decorations continue the sophisticated theme.

The other side of the room features distinctive cabinets, the upper and lower portions enclosed with the middle units serving as oversized open shelves. Clever backlighting draws the eye toward the decorations within.

Simple yet handsome, the office has plenty of room to accommodate both computer-based work and pen and paper tasks. An exposed brick wall sets a homey tone and geometric prints bring the decor up-to-date.

Another distressed brick wall caps off the other side of the room. The comfortable meeting area resides next to a distinctive series of shelves with plenty of reference material and books to read during work breaks.

And finally, the first home tour ends with a look at the bright and welcoming bathroom. Tiled stairs lead up to the enviable soak tub, perfectly positioned to enjoy a lovely view from the window.

Visualizer: OFDA  

This home is located in Krakow proper. Its modern high-contrast interior adopts a much stricter aesthetic, almost minimalist in its focus. Black and white make up the foundation of the color scheme but middling greys and browns help to soften the look.

Linear forms guide the eye along the length of the open layout living and kitchen arrangement. Strong horizontal elements echo the same of the room, with the diagonally focused print and lamp serving as a subtle focal point.

Bright white surfaces help stretch the effect of the single window toward the end of the room. Within a dark interior, the kitchen and dining areas would feel robbed of their brightness.

Private rooms exist in the portion of the home that hides around the bend from the kitchen. Here, wood floors and white walls transition to a solid palette of warm grey.

The bedroom decor introduces a warmer aesthetic with more middle-toned neutrals. It’s simple, sparely furnished, and makes good use of its narrow layout.

Dramatic black marble definitely turns the bed into an incredible focal point. Thin mirrors border the slab on either side, surely amplifying the effect of the Beat lights that hang in the foreground.

The same black marble reoccurs as the bathroom floor, with luminous Carrara on the walls. As brilliant as these materials really are, it’s the surprising dash of wood that serves as the primary focal point.

Visualizer: Agnieszka Graczykowska  

Designed for a young and growing family, this 150 square meter home has a softer aesthetic than the previous spaces. It introduces more variation in neutrals – a great range of the greyscale spectrum in addition to various light and dark wood choices.

The downstairs floor plan is primarily open but each functional area feels unique thanks to the creatively staggered layout.

While the living room focuses on greyscale design, the dining room is all about natural wood tones. A wide stripe of black paint visually separates the two spaces.

It’s hard to go wrong with the classics. The animal-themed prints are the work of Pablo Picasso, and the chairs are from Hans Wegner’s Wishbone series.

Line of sight persists from kitchen to dining room to living room. This makes it easier for the residents to remain in constant contact with guests while entertaining.

An attractive combination of textures makes the kitchen unique despite its simplicity. Smooth wood grain, composite stone countertops, and rough white walls feel homey yet modern.

Upstairs, the master bedroom feels more expressive than the common areas on the ground floor. Geometric decor feels modern, whereas the low-profile furniture keeps things casual.

Layering plays a huge role in the decor. Varied pendant lights, a mountain of plush pillows, an arrangement of art and mirrors… it feels like home.

And finally, a look at the adorable little nursery – it’s hard not to love the sleepy eyes above the bassinet.

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40 Unique Wine Racks & Holders For Storing Your Bottles With Style

Di, 13.09.2016 - 17:00

Even dedicated connoisseurs with fully equipped wine cellars or refrigerators still need an attractive way to keep a few choice bottles within reach. This post makes it easy to find the perfect wine rack to suit any style and budget – we’ve compiled 40 of our favorite designs to suit interiors ranging from industrial to rustic, artsy to minimalistic. Once you’ve picked out your favorite rack, make sure to find a spot away from direct sunlight and heat sources to keep your bottles as well conditioned as possible. Then, see our compilation of decorative cutting boards for your cheese and hors d’oeuvres pairings.

Buy It: $40   

Flow Wall Mounted Wine Rack: Curvaceous, fun, and attractive – this modern wine rack balances your favorite bottles on either side.

Buy It: $24   

Minimalist Wall Mounted Vertical Wine Rack: Kitchens decked out with abundant stainless steel or industrial decor could definitely benefit from a handsome wine rack like this one. It has a more rugged look than most decorative options available.

Buy It: $15   

Stainless Steel Wall Wine Rack: This rack is suitable for any kind of bottle up to 3.5″ in diameter. This model is available in 3- and 5-bottle sizes for those who need to save space in the kitchen or dining room.

Buy It: $10 per rack   

Wrought Iron Wine Bottle Rack: Traditional wrought iron always looks fabulous within rustic and classic interiors. These wine racks are modular, linking together to perfectly fit that empty space on your wall. Each rack is sold separately so you can add as you go.

Buy It: $104   

Elle Wall Mounted Wine Bottle Rack: If you want to make a lasting impression with your wine display, this uniquely shaped rack is sure to accomplish just that. The tongue and groove hanging system ensures a snug fit and a clean look.

Buy It: $68   

Contemporary Wall Mounted Wine Rack: With angled wire holders, this rack is one of very few models that allow a choice between vertical or horizontal positioning. The backing board is made of weathered oak for a nice organic aesthetic suitable for a variety of interiors.

Buy It: $79   

Small Wine Bottle & Glass Rack: Two in one! Keep up to 18 wine glasses and 6 standard wine bottles all within reach of your serving area with this attractive design. The flat shelf bottom is perfect for displaying collectibles when you’re down a few bottles.

Buy It: $50   

Hexagonal Wine Rack: Handsome weathered gold finish gives this geometric wine rack elegant appeal. The distinctive shape holds wine bottles of any size securely and fashionably.

Buy It: $51   

Contemporary Wine Bottle and Glass Holder: Combine art and function with this geometric wine rack with space for two of your most versatile glasses. The overlapping rounded frames have a subtly retro flavor ideal for designers who love a bold aesthetic.

Buy It: $86   

6 Bottle Table Top Wine Rack: Complement your industrial or geometric decor with this interesting piece. At three pounds, this silver-finished wine rack is sturdy enough to hold your bottles without worry.

Buy It: $25   

Rooster Steel Wine Holder: Every country kitchen needs at least one piece of rooster decor! Get that charming farmhouse look with this folksy hand crafted wine holder, crafted from recycled scrap steel to satisfy your eco-friendly side.

Buy It: From $40   

Dinosaur Wine Racks: Your guests will not be able to stop talking about these quirky dinosaur wine holders – the perfect focal point for the kitchen countertop or dining room. The artist also offers unfinished Wine-O-Saurs so you can paint your own.

Buy It: $40   

Horse Wine Holder: With or without a delicious bottle of wine, this stunning horse sculpture stands as a work of art you can admire every day. Consider this piece as a housewarming gift for equine aficionado.

Buy It: $24   

Lion Wine Holder: Accessorize your African style decor with this handmade metal lion finished to look like carved wood. The head and mane fit over the cap of the bottle, attached to the body by a chain so you won’t lose it. There’s a window in the lion’s back so you can still read the label with ease.

Buy It: $506   

Deer Wine Rack: Wouldn’t this look lovely in a Scandinavian inspired interior? Each one arrives in flat pack and assembles like a puzzle – this piece could serve as a fun DIY project with your wine friends or even the entire family.

Buy It: $25   

Antler Wine Rack: Imagine this wine holder in your lodge-themed den, or consider buying an extra as a housewarming or wedding gift for a couple who enjoys hunting or deer watching. Each one is hand-painted and crafted from durable resin.

Buy It: $30   

Knight’s Armour Wine Holder: People of Medieval times were no strangers to wine. This single-bottle holder would make a nice addition to a themed home bar, or would make a lovely gift for a friend who likes to sip while reading classical fantasy novels.

Buy It: $22   

Medieval Dragon Wine Holder: Serve drinks for your next Game of Thrones party or simply express your love for dragons with this exceptionally detailed dragon-shaped wine bottle holder. It’s made of cast resin but the incredible paint job makes it look like pewter.

Buy It: $13   

Mythical Dragon Claw Bottle Holder: Are you looking for a wine holder for your big Halloween party? This dragon claw is spooky and stylish, and hardcore Halloween fans might find it cool enough to display throughout the entire season.

Buy It: $22   

Gothic Skeleton Wine Holder: Perfect for Halloween or your favorite metalhead friend, this skeleton will get your next party started right.

Buy It: $24   

Skull Bike Bottle Holder: It’s hard to find a wine bottle holder just for bikers, but this piece could fit the bill. It would make a pretty sweet decoration for Halloween too!

Buy It: $49   

Antique Plane Wine Holder: Aviation fans are sure to love these next few wine holders! This one takes the shape of a vintage biplane, a neat metal sculpture that would look just as lovely without the bottle.

Buy It: $49   

Airplane Twin Wine Bottle Holder: Here’s another vintage airplane style, this time capable of holding two bottles of wine on either side. The nose swings up to reveal a space to tuck away a third bottle, perhaps a cheap wine that you don’t want your oenophile friends to see or an expensive vintage that you don’t want to share with just anybody.

Buy It: $90   

Jet Airplane Wien Holder: This jet plane is made of recycled scrap steel and crafted by hand in Germany.

Buy It: $21   

Antique Tricycle Wine Holder Elegant and chic, this bronze-tinted bottle holder comes to life with delicate flourishes and interesting details. We can just imagine how lovely this would look as a centerpiece at a wedding reception or on the shelf of a classically decorated home.

Buy It: $84   

Architect Wine Holder: It’s hard to find a fitting gift for the architect who has everything. This wine holder (more of a wine cover, actually) would certainly lighten up your favorite architect’s mood after a long day at the drafting table.

Buy It: $21   

Heel Wine Holder: Bachelorette party goals, right? This bottle holder would contribute attitude and style to any kind of gathering of wine-lovers. Other fitting party themes include Wizard of Oz, Halloween, or as a general gift for a shoe collector.

Buy It: $11   

Chain Wine Holder: Optical illusions are a quick way to create a focal point in any room. After all, it’s impossible to ignore something so unexpected.

Buy It: $12   

Lasso Wine Holder: Perhaps even more unexpected is to see a piece of “ordinary” string supporting a cantilever wine bottle with little effort. This optical illusion is so realistic, it’s bound to become a conversation starter.

Buy It: $10   

Ribbon Wine Holder: And here’s one more optical illusion bottle holder for those who want to add color to their wine and cheese spread in addition to turning heads. This one is available in every color of the rainbow.

Buy It: $15   

Balancing Wine Holder: No, this one isn’t an optical illusion. It’s all about balance. Getting the bottle and holder to maintain equilibrium takes a steady hand, but physics geeks are sure to enjoy the novelty.

Buy It: $19   

Arc Balancing Wine Holder: Smooth lacquered wood and careful construction make this one of the sleekest wine holders around. This piece is perfect for a minimalist interior. It comes in three colors, and look great lined up in a row in case you need to keep multiple bottles handy.

Buy It: $50   

Literal Wine Rack: There are wine likers, and there are wine lovers. This combination wine rack and glass hanger is for people who make a lifestyle of their oenophile tendencies.

Buy It: $102   

Baroque Style Wine Holder: Without investing in precious antiques, it can be hard to accessorize a baroque interior. This piece would make a neat addition to Art Deco themed homes as well.

Buy It: $59   

Swirl 6 Bottle Wine Rack: Modern, minimalist, and all-white interiors can definitely benefit from a sleek wine rack like this one. It holds six bottles (with one on top) but looks neat no matter how many you have.

Buy It: $89   

Curved Stainless Steel Wine Rack: This stainless steel wine rack is sure to stand up to the ages. It holds a maximum of five bottles but an especially motivated connoisseur could probably fit more on the sides or in the middle.

Buy It: $138   

Deco 79 Wood Wine Rack: Not only does this rack give off a wonderfully rustic and classic vibe, but it can store an incredible number of wine bottles on the long term – horizontal storage ensures the corks won’t dry out and ruin your favorite selections.

Buy It: $1144   

76 Bottle Curved Corner Wine Rack: If you’re looking to fill a hard-to-fit corner in your wine cellar, or have to work around a small wine cellar, this efficient rack just might work for you. It’s constructed from quality redwood and measures up at 25″ of width and depth, standing 72″ tall.

Buy It: $12 each   

Vino Styx 1 Bottle Wall Mount: Turn your favorite wine into decor with these stylish wall-mounted racks. Hang one in a handy place, like next to your cozy reading nook, or make a modular display by grouping several in any arrangement you’d like.

Buy It: $89   

Wall Mounted Wooden Wine Rack: Featuring a strip of metal against a sturdy pine shelf, this wine shelf and glass rack combination would suit any style of interior. It’s the ideal go-to solution for quality that can adapt to a changing interior.

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2 Gorgeous Single Story Homes With 80 Square Meter Floor Space (Includes Layout/Floor Plans)

Fr, 09.09.2016 - 17:00

Even though these two single story homes only have 80 square meters of floor space, they feel much more spacious. The designers have utilized all varied design methods to create different spaces within the home to make it more useful. Bookshelves in both homes are used to divide up rooms and walls are used to store everything from guitars to shoes! The first home, even though it’s tiny, even makes room for a nursery behind a bookshelf that separates it from a home office. Just when you thought 80 square meters was too small to come home to, you glanced at these!

Visualizer: Polygon  

The designer for this small home used different wall textures and colors to define different spaces. The back wall of the living room has a fun faux wood wallpaper, which distinguishes it from the kitchen.

Floating the blue couch opens up this 80 square meter home. Horizontal wood floorboards draw your eye towards the two windows in the back of the room. The use of yellow accents in the lights and stools bring the open floor plan together.

Floating shelves in this bedroom allows for more floor space. Instead of using a traditional bookshelf, the books work with the wall to look like art. The watercolor art above the bed draws the eye toward the ceiling as well. A high-pile rug anchors the bed and makes this room feel cozy.

From the other angle in this bedroom, you can see that there is a bird wallpaper along the left wall. This makes a statement but isn’t too overly ornate. The floating shelves that were on the side of the bed are then mimicked along the wall facing the bed. Each has different art and accent pieces. The curtains match the bedding perfectly.

When floor space is limited, you get creative with what you have. This room serves many different purposes. At first glance, you’ll notice the light green accent wall to the right. There are desks on either side of the room and seating area for a home office. A large see-through bookshelf divides the office space with the seating area in the back.

On the other side of the bookshelf you’ll notice a surprise -a nursery! There is a white crib and a fun plush mobile above it. A large white organic light fixtures hangs in this space and helps define it as separate from the office. This small corner is perfect for new parents who want a space to cuddle their baby and have it close while working.

Along with being an office and a nursery, this space can also serve as a hobby corner. The fun window seat is a great place to sit while cuddling a newborn or playing guitar. The electric guitar is hung up on the wall as art, and can also be taken down to be used.

A narrow hallway is a strange space, but is used thoughtfully. There are large windows lining it, art on the wall, and a space to organize bills and paperwork. To keep the style simple, the designer choose a world map in a wooden style to coordinate with the flooring and the blinds.

Bright blue tile is calming behind the soaking tub and there is a faint color on the floor tiles that compliment it. Wooden design is simple and sleek along with the other accents in this small, but organized bathroom.

Sometimes it can be difficult to picture a floor plan on a home just by looking at images. This floor plan helps you envision the entire space. You can see where the office is that works into a nursery and hobby space. You can also see that the living room is open to the kitchen. Even though there are only 80 square meters, they’re used to their limit!

Visualizer: Hot Walls  

This open space uses darker colors than the first, but has incorporated hints of yellow to brighten it up. This gray couch is a great example. Although the couch is neutral, one cushion is mustard yellow.

The couch is versatile and faces both the TV and away from it. This simple design trick makes the most out of the space without breaking up the room. You can have guests face the TV or the kitchen area while visiting.

A wall of windows welcomes light into the dining space, which is located on an upper platform. This platform designates this space as a dining zone. The rest of the kitchen is more sunken-in. Lighting at different heights invite people to read, lounge, or sit upright and eat a meal.

Instead of building a lot of walls, which would make the space seem small, the designer choose to use bookshelves to divide the rooms. The entryway opens up to living room. The see through industrial bookshelf spans the space from the ceiling to the floor.

Making the most of wall storage is smart when you have limited storage in a small home. This entryway is characterized by a hanging coat rack and small bench seats for getting your shoes on. There is also a mirror, which makes the space seem larger.

A home office is set up in the bedroom. This works well if there is no other space in the home and the desk works with the design. The dark gray of the closet and then the same colors on the desk bring it all together. It seems as if it was meant to be there. It fits and makes use of the floor space between the bed and the walk-in closet.

From the desk, you can see there is wood on one side of the bedroom and a white wall on the other. This adds visual interest and makes the room seem wider. In the end of the room is a bright window that lets natural light in. This is a peaceful place to work without taking up too much space in the home.

Tying in with the rest of the wood used in this home, the side table is a wooden stump. This unique design contrasts well with the home-made art lamp upon it. The black headboard also contrasts with the wood used on the back wall. This room has an overall masculine feel.

When both lamps are on, the room feels warmer and more homey. Art is leaned against the wall and makes the space seem less formal. The lamps are made of unique items and could even be handmade. Instead of matching the nightstands, the designer has chosen to mix them.

The bathroom is an extension of the bedroom. Wood walls are met with the contrast of a pure white sink and toilet. There are industrial elements and dramatic lighting. This space feels contemporary.

Extra storage is always needed in a bathroom. Under the sink, you can see there are hidden towels and toilet rolls. Both of these items are within reach, but look stylish with the rest of the room.

By looking at this floor plan, you can see that the bedroom is quite narrow. The design works to the size’s advantage. By placing the desk in this room, otherwise empty floor space is used. The interesting shape of the couch allows you to lounge in any space in the living room.

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4 Small Apartment Designs Under 50 Square Meters

Do, 08.09.2016 - 17:00

Apartments are not known for their spaciousness – inner-city locations, compact-living and budget-friendly spaces are more their forte. Living in a space under 50sqm, however, doesn’t mean that your apartment can’t look spacious. Elegant, modern designs with minimalist details are the key to creating space where little was before. Clever functionalities, such as creating two, or even three, living spaces in the one area leaves breathing space between key area transitions, giving the illusion of room. Muted hues and subtle details such as patterning add interest, without clutter. These four stylish apartments under 50sqm give a guide on how to make the most of your everyday spaces.

Designer: Helen Baranova   Visualizer: Vitaliy Bozhenov  

This 40sqm, two-level studio apartment plays with a cool background palette, allowing more unique-coloured furnishings to shine. Here, a wide avocado-hued sofa makes its mark on the main living area, while minimalist grey patterning and simple wooden textures give the room breathing space.

Design features can be kept to a minimum when spaces are at their tightest. A stencilled kitchen table makes a less dramatic impact, while the thin design introduces elegance.

A grand feature in an apartment can make a space look larger. The winding, wooden staircase makes a statement while affording a clean, non-intrusive backdrop for other elements.

Finer details polish up a space just as much as a grandiose staircase. In the kitchen, simple mason jars reduce clutter.

Architect: M3 Architecture  

A slightly larger space, this 45sqm home is able to play with more textures and subtleties, while still aiming for greater spaciousness. In the living room, large-format tiles in slightly-differing hues line the feature wall, tricking the eye into seeing more widely. White-slat and glass-windowed partitions let light and extra space into the area.

The bedroom segues from the living room, sharing the same glass wall partition. A wide bed takes centre stage, giving the impression of ample square meterage. A bookcase behind the bed utilises an inlet wall space, while muted, charcoal tones inject both warmth and a feeling of calm.

The home’s dining area and kitchen play on the same theme – white space dotted with interesting and eye-catching detail. The dining room keeps it simple with a wooden frame table and black pod chairs, while monochromatic prints lift the eye. The kitchen’s cabinetry appears in plain enamel, offering small breaks in charcoal quotations, shelving and saucepans.

Visualizer: Polygon  

Our third space, a 49sqm loft in Lyiv, Ukraine, uses geometrical shapes to frame a range of reserved hues. The living, dining and kitchen areas are made larger by separations in the shapes, all tied together by their outlines. The living room boasts an octagonal chair upon a lined rug; the dining room a plus-shaped light; the kitchen a series of coloured blocks which act as its cabinetry.

The hallway and entrance area offers a breathing space before the main area, while still following the same theme. Circles form mirrors and art on the walls, while the white backdrop affords space for the unique branched coat rack.

An outside patio is a segue between the main area and hallway, remaining light but not white. Green potted plants in solid forms introduce the outdoors.

Inhabiting the other side of the living room’s glass partition, the bedroom is darker again, a perfect climate for sleeping. Triangle and diamond shapes cover the rug, while a wooden geometric chair, a series of rectangular windows and differing textures fill the corners.

The bathroom takes on a softer side to framing, with a block cabinet and bath in white ceramic. A light teal tint and towelling offers a feminine touch to a space for pampering. Wooden shelving and small potted plants fill the room with nature.

Visualizer: Anton Medvedev  

Our final living space, coming in at 25sqm, is a truly innovative use of space. White-walled interiors showcase a kitchen and living space, with the kitchen bench an additional backing for the lounge. Corked kitchen tiling draws the eye.

Stored in the living room inlet, a black table and white chairs form a dining space. The pale-coloured couch fits in thematically, offering seating for the other side of the table.

Able to fold away or further extend, the original couch seating folds out to a bed. Clothed in the same colour bedding as the lounge, the stowaway acts as a side table.

Not only a bed header, the reverse of the kitchen sink forms a partition for different living spaces. Inserting a table and chair, the space becomes an office, with the inlet behind a new filing cabinet.

Framed by wood stencils with a cork inlet and floor, the kitchen is a feat of design ingenuity. A wide passageway gives the feeling of space, with appliances neatly tucked away in cupboards. A preparation bench doubles as a breakfast table, with spare seating available just outside its walls.

Through a corridor serving as a walk-in wardrobe, the bathroom beckons with similar features. A cork-walled shower, white tiling and high wooden frames give the illusion of space through using height and muted materials. Chrome fixtures finish off the space.

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50 Unique Cutting Boards That Make Cooking Fun & Personal

Di, 06.09.2016 - 17:00

Cutting boards definitely say a lot about their owners. From the tradition of heirloom butcher’s blocks to the practicality of lightweight modern designs, it feels like this indispensable kitchen tool is a strong form of expression in its own right. This post collects cutting boards for every type of cooking enthusiast and professional chef alike – including bamboo, plastic, solid wood, composite, marble, and more, in every shape and size. Don’t forget to check out our big list of kitchen gadgets and these incredible fruit bowls if you want to get serious about equipping your kitchen in style.

Buy It: $21   

Fred & Friends Obsessive Chef Bamboo Cutting Board: Do you have trouble remembering the sizes for brunoise, batonnet, julienne, and other specific cuts? This board has handy guides for each one! The marks are durably burnished so you don’t have to worry about them wearing off.

Buy It: $17   

Pi Cutting Board: Engraved cutting boards are more than just display pieces! While the engraved side would be too hard to clean, the other side often remains blank for everyday chopping needs.

Buy It: From $19   

Solar System Cutting Board: Plus, engraved cutting boards are also ideal for use as attractive serving platters for hard cheeses and other solid snacks. They make great housewarming gifts!

Buy It: From $24   

Keyboard Cutting Boards: A great gift for the web developer, programmer, office worker, or PC gamer in your life – this burnished keyboard is a great geeky kitchen accessory. There are fully engraved options out there too!

Buy It: $35   

Periodic Table Cutting Board: This piece offers the best combination of education, wit, and functionality. Chemistry buffs will love the design, and ecologically sensitive consumers will appreciate the natural bamboo construction.

Buy It: From $25   

Breaking Bad Chopping Boards: Each one of these cutting boards offers an edgy and fun throwback to the wildly successful Breaking Bad series. There are plenty of materials and styles to choose from, so pick out your favorite and get cooking.

Buy It: $43   

Game Of Thrones Cutting Board: Everybody knows a diehard Game of Thrones fan who would love this House Stark cutting board. This piece is made of locally sourced lumber and coated with natural oils or beeswax as a safe and sustainable protectant.

Buy It: $19   

Targaryen Cutting Board: Gorgeous! Here’s another cutting board for Game of Thrones fans, this time featuring House Targaryen. The house words may not seem appetizing to all, but it does sound about right for those who prefer their steak rare.

Buy It: From $40   

Laser Engraved Cutting Boards: Intricately detailed and covering some very distinctive themes, these engraved cutting boards serve as functional art for the kitchen. As with every engraved board, you’ll want to use the flat side when it comes to the actual cutting.

Buy It: $25   

Mondrian Art Style Cutting Board: Do you need a little art for the kitchen? This cutting board takes on the iconic geometry and coloring of Piet Mondrian’s famous style. Modern art fans will swoon at the reference.

Buy It: From $59   

Printed Art Cutting Boards: Colorize your kitchen with these artistic cutting boards by Rebecca Fisher! The tempered glass surface is durable but can be a little hard on your knives, but they make a wonderful display or general prep surface.

Buy It: $30   

Flock of Birds Cutting Board: Featuring a tasteful flock of birds on a navy background, this tempered glass cutting board would make a lovely trivet or cheese board.

Buy It: $31   

Keep Calm Chopping Board: When cooking gets stressful a little inspirational message can go a long way. These chopping boards are all natural and everything under the “keep calm” slogan is customizable.

Buy It: $30   

Personalized Cutting Board: Customized cutting boards make very tasteful wedding gifts. Simply order and then email the Amazon seller with the message you want engraved.

Buy It: $28   

Personalized Engraved Cutting Board: Here’s another style, available in a wide range of sizes and types of wood to ensure a match for any kitchen.

Buy It: $32   

Forminimal Chopping Board Set: With a convenient holder and distinctive shape, this cutting board is sure to make an impression. The handle makes it so much easier to pick up the board and transfer the contents to your pan or compost bin.

Buy It: $22   

Cutting Board with Collapsible Scrap Bin: Easily collect your scraps or cuttings with the removable bin, then reattach and collapse for easy storage. The cutting board’s unique design allows you to use both sides, on the surface of the countertop or on the edge.

Buy It: $38   

Over-Sink Cutting Board: Instantly expand your kitchen workspace with this over-the-sink cutting board and strainer combination. If you’re working with a small kitchen, a piece like this is infinitely useful (and not to mention attractive).

Buy It: $16   

Folding Cutting Board: This handy kitchen gadget makes it easy to go from countertop to cooking pan with one swift motion. Simply squeeze the handle to turn it into a chute!

Buy It: $11   

Cut Carry Rinse Chopping Board: Here’s another multipurpose cutting board, this time with a wood cutting surface for those who appreciate the traditional aesthetics and antimicrobial properties that only wood can provide. Each piece is removable for easy cleaning.

Buy It: $103   

Color Coded Chopping Boards: Stay sanitary and organized with these color-coded chopping boards with easy identification tabs on top. These would make a great gift for those who enjoy color in the kitchen. It even comes with matching knives.

Buy It: $15   

Splash Chopping Board: This cutting board is sure to draw eyes in the kitchen. The drip is removable for easy cleaning and storage.

Buy It: From $25   

Colorful Circular Cutting Boards: While round cutting boards may not be the most convenient for storage purposes, they sure do look cool! These super-colorful boards are made of tough glass for use as heat resistant trivets or snack displays.

Buy It: $150   

Corner Cutting Board: Small kitchens can really benefit from a corner cutting board like this one. This cutting board is 1.5 inches thick for a weighty and sturdy appearance, and Boos products are as natural as they come. The drip ridge is useful too.

Buy It: $15   

USA Cutting Board: Available in the shape of the United States or as any of the individual states, this cutting board would make a nice gift for a traveler.

Buy It: $30   

Union Jack Cutting Board: Bright, bold, and available in two sizes! Whether you’re a traveler or a proud UK resident, this piece will liven up any kitchen.

Buy It: $30   

Maple Leaf Cutting Board: Of course, there’s a neat cutting board for Canadians as well! This piece adheres to North America Sustainable Forestry Standards to help keep Canada’s forests beautiful.

Buy It: From $35   

Country Flag Cutting Boards: A quick search on Amazon reveals plenty more flag-themed cutting boards to represent your country. For those shopping for a friend, the cutting boards pictured here represent India, Belgium, and Norway.

Buy It: $41   

Cute Cloud Chopping Board: Smile every time you walk into the kitchen with this adorable cloud-shaped cutting board. It is definitely not intended for cutting messy foods, but it would work great as a display for cheeses or desserts.

Buy It: $22   

Fish Shaped Cutting Board: The perfect combination of rustic and modern, this quirky fish-shaped cutting board is super heavy for serious chopping and attractive enough for snack presentation. Each one is hand carved from mango wood and Indian rosewood.

Buy It: $32   

Whale Cutting Board: Convenient and playful, this whale cutting board includes a natural handle for easy prep. Despite what the photo may depict, there is only one size of whale currently available. But there is a small minnow shape available separately.

Buy It: $37   

Turtle Cutting Board: An unforgettable statement piece, this mango wood cutting board includes metal details to complete the turtle theme. Metal complements most kitchen themes so it’s a natural addition to any interior.

Buy It: $22   

Pig Shaped Cutting Board: Decorate your rustic-themed kitchen with this beautiful pig themed cutting board. This cutting board is constructed from bamboo strips – environmentally friendly and distinctively attractive.

Buy It: $22   

Dachshund Dog Cutting Board: Dog-lovers and dachshund owners are sure to love this one. This delightful pup is made of acacia wood, sturdy and easy to maintain, and sure to last for years.

Buy It: From $18   

More Shaped Cutting Boards: With a huge variety of shapes to choose from, this collection of bamboo cutting and serving boards offers something for nearly any kitchen theme. An occasional mineral oil rub will keep them looking new for as long as you own them.

Buy It: $50   

Puzzle Cutting Board: Each set includes four small puzzle pieces that work great as coasters or fit together for use as a cutting board. These would make a spectacular multipurpose housewarming or wedding gift!

Buy It: $55   

Wooden Cutting Board With Plate Niche: Easily slide your ingredients right into your pot or onto a plate with this innovative wooden shopping block. The form is extra thick, and the weighty beech wood material ensures its durability.

Buy It: $43   

Simple Cutting Board With Storage: A slide-out drawer serves as a compact place to slide scraps or ingredients. It’s a nice piece for a small kitchen. This cutting board is available in white and lime green or white and grey.

Buy It: $15   

Bamboo Cutting Board With Tray: Here’s another option with a slide-out tray, this time combining classic bamboo construction with BPA-free plastic. The drip groove actually empties straight into the tray – a thoughtful touch.

Buy It: $20   

Chopping Board with Integrated Knife Sharpener: Wood chopping boards are already easy on knives, but this neat device wants to make sure your utensils are always safe and sharp. The sharpener is made from ceramic so it’s ideal for steel blades (but not serrated or ceramic ones).

Buy It: $116   

Dual-Sided Cutting Board With Magnetic Knife Storage: If you’re looking for a cutting board that deserves permanent residence on your countertop, this board and magnetic knife holder is a great bet. And it’s available in three sizes to suit a variety of situations.

Buy It: $20   

Modern Chopping Board With Storage For Knives & Mini Forks: This cutting board includes a knife and three miniature forks, which hide easily within the hidden compartment. Consider taking this along on your picnics! The high lip helps keep juices contained as you chop.

Buy It: $200   

Bamboo Cutting Board With Storage: Storage cutting boards grow more popular all the time, and this is probably the most robust one we’ve seen yet. Keep your fruits and veggies separated and tidy! Two of the containers include sealed lids for freshness.

Buy It: $11   

Chopping Board With Splash Proof iPad Stand: Keep your tablet or phone handy without worrying about splatter radius. This chopping board includes a splash shield to prevent damage to your favorite devices. The knife storage is a nice bonus.

Buy It: $29   

Striped Bamboo Cutting Boards: Simple, stylish, and sustainable – each set includes a large and small board made from thick natural bamboo in contrasting shades.

Buy It: $40   

Textured Bamboo Cutting Board: At two inches thick, this bamboo chopping block is sure to please serious chefs. A drip grove and convenient handles make it exceptionally convenient to use around the kitchen.

Buy It: $48   

Maple Cutting Board: Boos Blocks arrive completely unconditioned so you can apply oil or wax yourself, a boon for those who want to ensure that their prep supplies remain as natural as possible. This is the type of cutting board that survives from generation to generation.

Buy It: $80   

Epicurean Carving Series Cutting Board: This board has extra wide drip grooves to accommodate even the juiciest ingredients. The textured center helps keep slippery foods in place for added safety.

Buy It: $52   

Wood And Sandstone Cutting Board: Now here’s something a little different. This cutting board is extra heavy and can withstand incredible amounts of heat thanks to the sturdy sandstone construction.

Buy It: $60   

Marble Cutting Board: Although marble tends to blunt knives over time, and can’t handle acidic ingredients very well, they sure do make for amazing eye candy in the kitchen. On the other hand, marble is awesome for rolling and shaping dough!

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2 Super Tiny Home Designs Under 30 Square Meters (Includes Floor Plans)

Mo, 05.09.2016 - 17:00

This beautiful pair of apartments may be on the smaller side, but their layouts are super smart! Each one clocks in at less than 40 square meters of floor space, yet they make the most of their compact layouts by striking the perfect balance between openness and functionality. And get ready to redefine your loft goals: both apartments feature lofted bedrooms and offices, clearing out plenty of space for other lifestyle necessities. If tall ceilings and lofted small apartments are your thing, keep scrolling.

Designer: A Little Design   Photographer: Hey!Cheese   

Located in Taipei, Taiwan, this apartment simplifies its interior to the most basic elements in order to stretch its 22 square meter layout. The ceilings reach 3.3 meters in height – somewhat low compared to other interiors with mezzanine levels but more than enough for this designer to work with. The resident (a frequent traveler) required ample storage for clothes and books along with wide-open space for exercise, which the designers accommodated without sacrificing any of the essential amenities of home.

Furniture remains as simple as can be. Each piece scales to its specific niche without flaw, the tatami sofa tucked into the window alcove and the dining table matching the width of the alcove’s edge.

Because of the resident’s frequent travel, the books don’t require constant access. The sliding ladder makes them easily available when needed with several shelves within easy access of the loft.

Split construction gives the dining table more functionality for its footprint. This configuration maintains a streamlined form against the wall, appropriate for working on a laptop or sitting down to write a letter.

The second configuration transforms the table into a formal dining space. Check out that wall lamp – it swivels to accommodate both arrangements.

Compact stairs lead to the bedroom loft with kitchen and bathroom beneath. Note that the designer didn’t pass up a chance to integrate more storage space under the first few steps. Smart!

From the bedroom, it’s easy to catch a glimpse of the neighboring apartment building or admire the living space below. A half-wall offers just enough privacy to help the resident feel secure.

The ceilings aren’t especially high so the loft keeps furniture very low to the floor. Pillows make it easier to sit cross-legged at the desk for longer stretches of time.

Limited in terms of vertical space and natural lighting, the kitchen makes the best of its circumstance with bright white surfaces and smooth concrete floors.

Appliances take a conservative approach by remaining mostly below the countertops. The washer and dryer used to reside in the bathroom but once you see the bathroom’s fresh new style, you’ll see why the designer moved them.

Open wood shelving allows for display of attractive coordinated utensils and tableware while deep cabinets hide everything else above and below.

Guests and residents enter the apartment through the kitchen, the bathroom conveniently through the door to the right hand side. This sensible layout maximizes the amount of sunlight in a space that would be fairly dark otherwise.

Occupying the space below the mezzanine level, the bathroom is surprisingly bright and spacious with plenty of natural sunlight throughout – with a large vanity mirror to maximize its effect.

Simple tiles and simple fixtures allow the bathroom to feel open and comfortable, while at the same time, carefully curated decoration avoids an overly utilitarian aesthetic.

Designer: Ani Yenokyan  

With 28.5 square meters of floor space and with ceilings approaching almost 4 meters in height, the decision to build vertically definitely made sense for this chic modern apartment. But that’s not all! While the loft is definitely a cool feature for any smaller home, this space doubles or even triples its functionality thanks to transformable living spaces – the living room turns into a home theater, the office desk folds into the wall, and the kitchen completely disappears. The concept is so versatile you just have to see it to believe it.

At first glance, the amazing transformable interior seems simple enough. Satin black walls and light-colored wood offer a streamlined aesthetic. Pale yellow sofas lighten the mood.

Every portion of this semi-studio apartment serves multiple purposes. For example, by rotating the sofas and pushing them against the opposite wall the resident can enjoy a private home theater experience – no screen needed.

Because the sofa splits into small lightweight segments, seating is exceptionally easy to move. The living room transforms into an art studio with very little effort.

When the projector wall isn’t screening a film, it becomes a convenient place to complete or display large-scale artwork. And peek at the ceiling – each panel holds a finished work.

A streamlined staircase/ladder leads up to the office and the bedroom. Rollers allow it to slide to either side so storage remains accessible at all times.

Glass and wire shelves offer a little extra privacy for the sleeping area while serving up bedtime stories on demand. The folding bedside table to the right is such a neat idea!

The entire office is transformable at will. Its primary purpose is an office, but the desk flips into the wall to allow expansive storage to rise from the floor. With all furniture retracted, it’s spacious enough to serve as a spare bedroom.

Other surprising transformations include this expansive pull out wardrobe. Shoe racks, boxes, shelves, and hangers – it accomplishes so much for an addition most guests would never know was there.

Now check out what hides behind the other cabinets! A fridge, dishwasher, cooking appliances, a pantry, and yes, even an entire countertop and sink complete with retractable dining table.

It’s like a matryoshka doll of functionality. Every cabinet seems to reveal more layers of storage and functionality. It’s truly a complete kitchen, easily stored away beneath the office.

Textural walls make it easier to erase the seams and gaps of cabinets. While the doors are closed, only the beautiful materials stand out.

In many ways, the bathroom is the most conventional part of this apartment. It does hide the necessary toiletries effectively, but that’s expected. The bathroom is a casual retreat in a home full of surprises.

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Three black and white interiors that ooze class

Fr, 02.09.2016 - 17:00

Black and white interiors are an easy way to create contrast within a space. Linked to silver screen icons Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin, using black and white in your home or office can have the effect of old-world glamour – or a home lacking imagination. These three spaces from across Europe, illustrate ways to spice up your interiors with black, white, and some subtle colours in between – and make it work. Using luxurious materials, surfaces and points of interest, each space shows how two colours can easily create class and simplicity.

Visualizer: Sergrey Baskakov  

Sergey Baskakov’s visualisation of a private interior in London, England, shows how imagery and shapes can add spice to simple materials. In this lounge and dining area, two wide-panned photographs centre the room, while rounded white and grey surfaces contrast against rectangular black. White orchids add life.

The white kitchen adds relief, while the marbled splashback continues the monochromatic theme. Looking to the black wooden slat partitions, light is let in.

Visualizer: Dmitry Tereshchuk  

Dmitry Tereshchuk’s house design in Olsztyn, Poland, uses large, wide surfaces to effect, with woven materials taking centre stage. In the lounge, two orbs hang in the corner, while a woven carpet ties black, white and grey together.

Woven orbs hang in the dining area and continue through to the fireplace. Within a high vertical iron shaft, a burst of orange flames adds cosiness to the scene. Green touches outside add a touch of nature, bordering the rooms’ flat monochromatic furniture.

Details in the woven chairs reflect the orbs, an act of thoughtfulness, while a large-tiled floor adds textural contrast. Stacked wood and potted plants tie in the outdoor to the indoor, while the granite kitchen bench harks back to the texture of the outside pavement.

Visualizer: Velizar Dimitrov  

Bulgarian visualiser Velizar Dimitrov’s apartment mingles black, white, and complementary tones in single surfaces. The living room feature wall combines light wood and black, while the rug beneath carries a white and grey stencil pattern, mimicked in the design of the accompanying tables.

Cylindrical elements gain greater importance as the space progresses. Hanging lights and standing ornaments give character and attract the eye. Wood takes the form of chairs and kitchen cabinets, while a slate bench adds difference.

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Architectural Flow: Surrealist Home Illustrations By Neyra

Do, 01.09.2016 - 17:00

Exterior home visualisation is often the domain of photographers or architects. The segue between the external and internal spaces, and any abstract artistic interplay between them, is often left out of the puzzle. Visualiser Fer Neyra breaks these traditional boundaries with his artful pencil and watercolour sketches. Surrealist shapes are housed in unconventional geometric outlines worthy of a gallery wall. Unconventional perspectives of buildings are populated by red and orange characters, you and I, the occupants of each space. Facades are coloured for effect rather than to reflect reality. The result is an art-gauche glimpse at the buildings we inhabit in different ways, every day.

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Grey Bedrooms: Ideas To Rock A Great Grey Theme

Mi, 31.08.2016 - 17:00

Grey-based palettes are wonderfully flexible. They can reflect cool hues or warm, they can adapt to industrial interiors or smooth modern styles, they can be a tool of expression for the minimalist and the artist alike. This post looks at six bedrooms that put their grey color schemes to good use – each one reflecting a different side of this versatile neutral. If you’re looking for bedroom color inspiration and think grey might be the right choice, these creative spaces just might encourage you to take the leap. Or, if you’re looking for new ways to spice up your existing grey bedroom, ideas abound below.

Visualizer: KRoom  

This spacious 30 square meter bedroom takes a simple and striking approach to its color palette. Hot pink accents make an immediate impression within the otherwise calm greyscale interior, turning ordinary features like textiles and chairs into dramatic focal points.

Stripes are one of the few decorative patterns that reoccur throughout, with the majority of ornamental emphasis placed on texture alone.

Lighting combines practicality and aesthetic appeal. Mini pendants illuminates the side table, sconces highlight a crane print, and a strip of warm light above the headboard wall casts soft mood lighting over the entire room.

The resident can relax with a book or cozy cup of coffee in the comfortable corner reading nook near the window, furnished by a gorgeous armchair from the Aston collection by Rodolfo Dordoni.

Across from the reading nook, a collection of decorative curio offers a place to rest the eye while daydreaming.

Much of the decor, including these tall black vases, includes some tie-in with natural materials.

Other details, especially near the bed, forego direct natural references and instead delight with their curvaceous organic forms.

The only piece of visual artwork to hang on the walls hides in the closet against a background of vivid fuchsia. A distinctively framed mirror offers just enough height for dressing.

Visualizer: Hasankhani Tabriza  

Pastel accents and smooth natural materials soften the effect of the greyscale elements in this neutral bedroom. Defined by the basics but enhanced by a sense of understated luxury, this bedroom fosters a comfortable and casual environment that still manages to stoke envy at every turn.

Despite the streamlined appeal, this room still maintains plenty of breathing room for personal expression, often through artwork.

In the corner, warm curtains and a plush seating arrangement create a lovely environment for casual socialization or morning tea. The chairs are a design by Patricia Urquiola.

Unique lighting elements keep the space bright. Eye-catching features include the faux fireplace, indirect LED strips, and – the crowning piece – a fabulous chandelier by Gino Sarfatti.

The pendant lights over the bedside tables are from the IC Collection by Michael Anastassiades, delivering a touch of brass elegance.

Of course, it’s impossible to miss the fantastic walk-in closet! Frosted cabinet faces soften the outline of shelved apparel, while coordinated boxes conceal any hint of clutter.

Visualizer: Andrew Repn  

Check out this super bright design! The forms seem to retain a strong minimalist element, but the bright yellow headboard area pops out from the greyscale surroundings and definitely pushes this space more toward the side of futurism. High-end furniture and lighting makes a strong statement with their sculptural forms.

The opposite side of the room remains minimalistic so the resident can fall asleep easily at night and study at the desk without distraction.

Visualizer: Landusheva Nastia   

Designed for a young single man, this apartment turns soft greyscale tones into urban flare with a strong industrial approach. Textural concrete reflects the apartment’s urban location on the 30th floor of a city high rise. Despite the emphasis on rugged materials, bold textiles help soften the aesthetic for a more comfortable and relaxing experience.

Despite the cohesive palette, contrast still plays an important role in the interior theme. Minimalist artwork paired with a traditional rug is just one of the juxtapositions that stick out most.

It’s rare to find a space that takes delight in the hard edges of industrial decor while still prioritizing comfort. The bed is obviously the center of the space – the mattress looks like it could sink right through the overstuffed frame.

Adjustable wall lights offer easy reading before bed.

The layout is quite smart. While the bedroom proper enjoys a flood of sunlight, a walk-in closet occupies a portion of the wall that doesn’t host a window.

Slatted doors still allow ample light to penetrate the interior.


Homey and eclectically decorated, this bedroom is nowhere as minimalistic as the other homes in this post. Signs of a well-lived life flourish everywhere the eye comes to rest. It’s a relatively compact space for all of the things it accomplishes – boasting plenty of storage, workspace, and artwork. Here, the greyscale color theme serves as a casual neutral between the colorful decorations.

Bookshelves occupy the wall to the left of the bed. The small side table and accompanying lamp make it easy to read right up until bedtime.

The right hand side fills a gap with a neat little desk and another bookshelf. Workspace continues to wrap around to the wardrobe wall.

Wardrobe space and small upper cabinets fill in the rest of the space between the desk and the media table.

Visualizer: Thanh Minh  

Graphic design enthusiasts are sure to appreciate this bedroom. Although the layout accommodates two young siblings, the style itself absolutely transcends age or lifestyle. Yellow details pop out against the background of soft grey, allowing bold patterns to share the room without overwhelming the strict focus of the decor.

Typography, sculpture, and bold geometric forms demonstrate innovative application of today’s most popular design trends.

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50 Unique Animal Planters To Help You Bring Nature Indoors

Di, 30.08.2016 - 17:00

Planters are so much fun! They’re just the perfect combination of interior decor and low-maintenance gardening, easy to incorporate just about anywhere that needs a splash of greenery. This post has a pretty specific theme – we’ve tracked down 50 of the cutest animal-themed planters we could find, sure to delight animal lovers and green thumbs alike. While most of these planters take on a miniature form well suited to air plants and tiny cacti, we’ve tried to include a few larger sizes for your favorite flowers and houseplants too. Don’t forget to check out our big list of self-watering planters to complete your collection.

Buy It: $17   

Elephant Planter: This hand-painted elephant features carefully gilded tusks to delight its owner with a touch of luxury. The elephant itself is plastic for durability and the paint enjoys a protective finish for longevity.

Buy It: $14   

Elephant Shaped Planter: Simple and stylish, this adorable planter is perfect for a minimalist interior. Its porcelain body includes a drainage hole to accommodate a wide variety of plants.

Buy It: $14   

Minimalist Elephant Shaped Planter:Now here’s the ultimate minimalist elephant form. These super-streamlined planters are also available shaped like cats, rhinos, dogs, and more.

Buy It: $223 for 3   

Cute Fox Planters: Imagine these tucked alongside cozy decorations in a Scandinavian-inspired home! Each one is handmade from start to finish.

Buy It: $24   

Tiny Fox Head Planter: Fuzzy yarn conceals a plastic pot to hold a tiny succulent, but the cheerfully clever fox face is sure to steal the show. You can even coordinate with your decor by selecting from one of the 28 colors the artist offers!

Buy It: $14   

Cute Fox Ceramic Planter: Use this sweet little planter as a catchall or fill with stones or soil and cultivate your own miniature garden. The drainage hole makes it ideal for outdoor use, too.

Buy It: $14   

Cat Planter: Of course, we wouldn’t leave the cat fans out of the fun. The little bell is irresistible!

Buy It: $39   

Cat With A Heart Planter: Tall enough to hold pens or other utensils, this loving kitty is sure to capture the attention (and hearts) of your guests. This ceramic planter would make an incredible housewarming gift for the cat owner in your life.

Buy It: $15   

Cute Planter With Cat: This cat sits on a perch attached to the edge of a white ceramic shell so it looks like it’s hiding in your new miniature garden.

Buy It: $90   

Tiny Stretching Cat Planters: Isn’t this the cutest cat butt you’ve ever seen? Available with or without the ribbon, a pair of these charismatic planters would make a lovely wedding or anniversary gift.

Buy It: $10 each   

Tiny Kitty Planters: Kawaii kitties with sweet expressions – these little planters are hard to pass up. The artist is open to customizing the colors (including the eyes) so you can match your interior or pay homage to your favorite pet.

Buy It: $65 for 3   

Tiny Cat Faces Planters: Felted planters are such a nice choice for a cozy home. These sleepy kitties with heart-shaped noses would look amazing in a bedroom or next to your favorite reading nook.

Buy It: $111   

Silly Dog Planter: So much personality! This set includes all three planters, each one shaped like a dog with super silly ears and individual expressions.

Buy It: $14   

Dog Planter: Terrier owners are sure to love this one. This curious puppy will protect your favorite small plants or succulents with the loyalty only a canine could muster.

Buy It: $25   

Tiny Dog Head Planter: Like all of the yarn planters from this artist, this piece is available in 28 different colors so you can match your pet or your decor.

Buy It: From $25   

Cute Painted Dog Planters: These metal sculptures would look right at home in an eclectic garden or guarding a sunny balcony. They’re just so unique and fun! Each pot is 4 inches across to hold small plants.

Buy It: $45   

Dachshund Planter: And here’s a large size planter for dachshund owners! The sturdy rustic style would look nice in a traditionally decorated home or just about any garden.

Buy It: $15   

Dachshund With Butterfly Planter: Just the right size for small plants or a whole landscape of succulents, this incredibly detailed stone-effect planter really stands out. The butterfly perched on the nose makes it extra memorable.

Buy It: $13   

Rabbit Planter: Minimalistic and smooth, this round white rabbit-shaped planter includes a drainage hole and removable tray to keep your succulents or small plants healthy.

Buy It: $95   

Bunny Planter: This chubby realistic rabbit is weighty and large, perfect for use outdoors. And the calm expression is so sweet! He’s ready to make sure every day feels like springtime in your garden.

Buy It: $28   

Hedgehog Planter: With a 3-inch space to place your plants, this hipster hedgehog makes up for his small size by having a huge personality. It would make a cool penholder for your office or library, too.

Buy It: From $28   

Safari Animal Planters: Moving into untamed territory, these safari-themed animal planters will turn your patio or windowsill into a zoo of plants and charming animals.

Buy It: $25   

Zebra Planter: This quirky metal sculpture comes without a drainage hole so you can use it indoors, but you can easily add your own by puncturing the bottom with a nail and hammer. The zebra stands at 15 inches tall and the pot is 4 inches across.

Buy It: $13   

Rhino Planter: Vases shaped like rhinos are definitely uncommon, so this little guy is sure to draw compliments. The horn is made of matte rubber for a unique contrast in texture and material.

Buy It: $13   

Bull Planter: With the horns of the majestic and powerful Cape buffalo, this planter would make a nice little friend for your miniature rhino planter.

Buy It: $12   

Hippo Planter: Red pottery and handmade appeal make this little hippo so special! The eyes and mouth can serve as holders for small buds you’ve trimmed from your flowers.

Buy It: $76   

Tiny Kangaroo Planter: Such a great idea – this kangaroo is happy to spread the joy of its little garden everywhere it goes. The peaceful expression is especially sweet. Consider this piece as a gift for a new mother!

Buy It: $35   

Giraffe Planter: Glossy 24k gold antlers (did you know that they’re actually called ossicones?) make this giraffe look as regal as can be. If your interior needs a touch of sophistication, this piece would be a great place to start.

Buy It: $42 each   

Wall Hanging Animal Planters: Combine your love for vertical gardens with the hot trend of faux trophy mounts with these miniature animal-shaped planters. White ceramic belies minimalist influence but the detail is out of the world.

Buy It: $11   

Crocodile Planter: It looks like rustically carved wood, but this planter is actually made of durable waterproof resin, ideal for use indoors or out. This sleepy spotted crocodile is anything but menacing.

Buy It: $95   

Turtle Planter: Just look at that face! This quizzical turtle weighs an impressive 16 pounds, more than a 12 inches long and 4 inches tall. The drainage hole ensures your outdoor plants will thrive.

Buy It: $8   

Cute Animal Planters: These super-tiny planters water themselves thanks to the unique wicking action of the adorable pink tongues. Each one includes a water dish, seeds, soil, and the planter itself.

Buy It: $13 each   

Elephant, Pig & Hedgehog Planters: Sweet pastel tones ensure these irresistible little planters will look great anywhere you put them. Plant your favorite small succulents or tiny cactuses and watch as they come to life.

Buy It: $34   

Pig Planter: Now this small minimalist pig definitely makes a big statement! The planter cutout is roughly 3 inches long and 3 inches wide. Check out the artist’s other listings for more color options.

Buy It: $14   

Super Cute Micro Owl Planter: It’s impossible to replicate the aesthetic and personality of decorations that are handmade from start to finish. This owl definitely overcomes its small size by capturing hearts with its highly detailed rustic design.

Buy It: $30   

Hipster Owl Planter: Super stylish. This handsome owl is part of a collection of hipster animal planters, ranging from turtles to rabbits and even frogs. Follow the link to choose your favorite!

Buy It: $12  

Owl Succulent Planters: Rustic, traditional, and retro-inspired interiors can always put adorable characters like these to good use. Even the most modern of homes could use the texture and color these owl planters provide.

Buy It: $21   

Magnetic Owl Wall Planters: These tiny owls can stick to any magnetic surface, like the fridge or a metal-backed chalkboard. Can’t get enough of these neat owl designs? Check out our big list of owl home decor to complete your collection!

Buy It: $18   

Bird Magnetic Wall Planter: Bright and simple, these ceramic magnets are just the right size to hold a small air plant or cactus but they could be used to hold single blossoms you’ve trimmed from your garden as well.

Buy It: $23   

Swan Planter: A beloved classic! This swan planter is made of durable plastic, easy to move for replanting or storage between seasons compared to similar models made from concrete. The opening is about 6×8 inches to accommodate larger plants.

Buy It: $34   

Jelly Fish Hanging Planters: It’s hard to find a cooler air plant holder than these. The body of the jellyfish is actually real sea urchin shells, and the tillandsia that makes up the ethereal tentacles are shipped alongside the holders.

Buy It: $13  

Pink Version: And here’s a pink version! The pink and green definitely make a cute combination. Unlike the other set, these come with three different air plants for variation.

Buy It: $24   

Octopus Hanging Planter: This sleepy octopus offers another take on the upside-down planter trend.

Buy It: $19   

Cute Whale With Flower Pot: Pastel teal glaze gives this whale such a smooth and calming aesthetic, but the surprising flower absolutely makes this design! It’s so hard not to fall in love with this!

Buy It: $11   

Whale Planter: Carefully sculpted resin takes on the appearance of rough-carved wood in this charming sleepy whale planter. This is from the same collection as the crocodile pictured earlier.

Buy It: From $41   

Dinosaur Planters: Seriously, what could be cooler than dinosaur planters?! These ceramic pots would be the perfect treat for your inner child.

Buy It: From $10   

More Dino Planters: Dinosaur planters aren’t just a one-off novelty. Etsy has so many different models in a variety of colors and materials to suit any interior decor style.

Buy It: $15   

Cute Dragon Planter: How could anybody resist that face? Plant your favorite succulent in this sculpted resin dinosaur and enjoy as guests fawn over his irresistible party hat.

Buy It: $24   

Pokemon Go Bulbasaur Planters: Can’t get enough of Pokemon Go? These 3D printed planters let you grow your own Bulbasaur right at home, with any plant you wish.

Buy It: From $9   

Bulbasaur Planters: If you’re looking for larger Bulbasaur planters, this seller offers a range of sizes up to 18 x 16 centimeters. These would be perfect for outdoor use!

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31 Unique Wall Shelves That Make Storage Look Beautiful

So, 28.08.2016 - 17:00

Organizing can be fun! Whether you’re searching for creative storage solutions out of necessity or decorative desire, this post can help you find unique pieces that you probably won’t find at your local furniture store. We’ve compiled a list of wonderfully distinctive shelves ranging from super-modern choices for minimalist or industrial interiors to charming rustic options for cottage styles and Scandinavian-inspired homes. You’ll find neat selections for every room in the house – kitchen, living room, office, and there are even a few geeky and novelty shelves for the game room or home theater.

Buy It: $257   

Fishbone Shelf: This collection is artistic, modular, and flexible. Rotate the shelves whichever way you’d like – the unique shape embraces books from any angle. These would look wonderful within a modern Scandinavian style interior.

Buy It: $35   

Supershelf – Superman Metal Floating Shelf: Do you need an extra shelf for your comic room? Books hide the shelf unit and the superman cutout attaches magnetically.

Buy It: $35   

Supershelf – Superwoman Metal Floating Shelf: Here’s a shelf in the same style, this time featuring a super tough super woman. Pair with your other comic book decor or give as a gift to show appreciation for the woman in your life who manages to do it all.

Buy It: $40 for 2   

Invisible Book Shelf: Have you ever wondered how these “floating” bookshelves work? Simply slide the shelf inside of a large and sturdy book, and slip the bottom cover into the tiny hooks that sit flush against the wall to prevent the cover from hanging.

Buy It: $49   

Adjustable Perforated Shelf: Combining chic Nordic influence with a slight industrial edge, this modular shelving system is an easy way to add color and expand storage at the same time. Each set includes two shelves but adding more is easy with the unique connection system.

Buy It: $139   

Diamond Cross Planes Shelf: Interiors designed around geometric patterns could totally make great use of this shelf! Three tiers offer plenty of room for small potted plants and books.

Buy It: $50   

Metal Shelf With Wood Planter: Planters and shelves always make a great combination! This simple framed-in shelf would add a nice decorative touch for a minimalist interior.

Buy It: $100   

Fire Escape Shelf: Are you looking for a touch of the city in your suburban home, or maybe want to embrace your industrial side? This fire escape shelf is a great place to start. Stack multiple shelves to create skyscrapers right in your own home.

Buy It: $79   

Peak Shelf: Gold accents add instant elegance to any room. This streamlined shelf catches attention from miles away while maintaining a low-profile form appropriate for smaller spaces.

Buy It: $159   

Brisbane Wood Storage System: Super-adjustable pegboard shelves accommodate accessories and electronics of any size. Unlike other modular wall systems, you could reconfigure this one on the fly.

Buy It: $89   

Hexagonal Wooden Shelves: This fresh honeycomb would look equally at home in a minimalist, geometry-themed, or Scandinavian modern interior.

Buy It: $96   

Triangular Floating Shelves: Asymmetrical decor is a great way to break up the rigidity of a geometric decor theme. As this image illustrates, it’s easy to further accent the shelf by tucking baubles or ornaments inside the triangle.

Buy It: $72   

3 Triangular Shelves: Clear oil finish brings out the grain on the outer edges of these adorable triangular shelves. The insides remain unfinished just in case you feel like adding a splash of color to your interior with a little DIY customization.

Buy It: $22   

Minimalist Square Shelves: It doesn’t get much simpler than this. These square shelves capture attention with their thick and attractive frames, with plenty of room to store items on top and inside. Each set includes all three sizes and they’re available in black too.

Buy It: $39   

Modern Intersecting Shelves: Do you love the bold framing of the previous shelves but want something a little more decorative? These intersecting squares offer just a little more visual interest. The smaller niches would be perfect for tiny air plants.

Buy It: $127   

Simple Modern Wall Shelf: Available in every color of the rainbow, these shelves are just what you need to bring your favorite color theme to the walls.

Buy It: $72   

Nexera Next Wall Shelf: Enjoy the look of open and closed shelving with a single piece thanks to this unique sliding door. This shelf is ideal for a messy entertainment area or home office.

Buy It: $415   

Floating Corner Shelf: There are two ways to hang this versatile shelf! Unlike other corner shelves, this one can also wrap around the corner itself – a great solution for complicated spaces.

Buy It: $286   

USA Bookshelf: Travelers can use this USA-shaped shelf to display keepsakes from every region they’ve visited. This piece would look right at home in a vintage or rustic style interior.

Buy It: $48   

Mountain Wall Shelf: This is definitely a great choice for a rustic or cottage interior style – of course, the wire backing could enhance an industrial interior as well.

Buy It: $48   

Kids’ Wall Shelves: Check out these adorable dip-painted teepee shelves! Available in a variety of pastel hues, these are sure to fit within any whimsical children’s room. But even adults might find these too sweet to pass up for a themed room.

Buy It: $299   

Storyline Bookshelf: Shaped like a skyline, this shelf would definitely add a touch of abstract interest to a minimalistic or futurist style home. Plus, perfectionists with a little extra time can make sure all their differently sized books form a straight line.

Buy It: $235   

New York Skyline Shelf: Here’s another skyline themed bookshelf for the New Yorker in all of us. This is definitely a statement piece. Each one is carved from solid wood and manufactured in Italy.

Buy It: $15   

3D Eagle Sculpted Wall Shelf: Incredibly detailed, this bald eagle wall shelf would make a lovely gift for a birder, conservationist, or an especially patriotic American. This might look neat in a rustic styled home or even a motorcycle shop.

Buy It: $130   

Whale Shelf: Cute! This artsy whale is made from metal and distressed wood with colorful patterns, awesome for a craft room or a cottage-style household.

Buy It: $90   

Rustic Floating Shelf: Complete with a wine glass rack, this shelf is just begging to complement your rustic kitchen or formal dining room. Grow small potted herbs or store your spices on the shelf above.

Buy It: $45   

Shabby Chic Shelf: Here’s another neat wooden shelf for the kitchen, this time with a distressed look. Hooks make it easy to display your favorite mugs proudly.

Buy It: $46   

Rustic Kitchen Wall Shelf: Another great multipurpose pick! This one includes a towel holder, but you could easily add hooks for mugs or utensils or other hanging items.

Buy It: $49   

Small Steampunk Shelf: Even the bathroom can benefit from creative shelves! This neat steampunk construction easily holds a roll of tissue, but the upper portion would be a nice home for spare rolls or a nice scented candle.

Buy It: $149   

Stylish Floating Shelf With Edison Lamp: Can you imagine a more perfect shelf for a small entryway or bedroom? Magnets serve as a low-profile key catch, the warm Edison bulb casts soft illumination, and the shelf features a convenient groove to hold your phone in place.

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Carrying patterns and colours across living spaces

Fr, 26.08.2016 - 17:00

How do you tie rooms in a living space together, without appearing kitsch or too-perfectly-matching? This apartment by Lugerin Igor of Lugerin Architects shows how a few well-thought-out design themes can lend balance and harmony to your room transitions. Interestingly-placed pieces, unusual materials in muted hues and stand-out details in each room lend your apartment the vogue of one in a magazine, without revealing the work behind the scenes. Undertone patterns and common background colours add a finishing touch, letting bolder colours take centre stage and contrasts take effect.

The first sight of the interior-designed living room is a unified example of how to bring several themes together in one space. Complementary orange and sky-blue tones are back-dropped by tones of living green, while a dark wood staircase adds grounding to the room. A lightly-patterned rug adds conversation between the elements. Round bauble lighting mimics the lines of the table.

To offer a breath between each space, the hallway is shown in muted tones, with a green vertical table referencing the dramatic colours of the preceding room.

The television room is modelled off the living room – bold couches, lightly patterned rug, and stencil features – but adds its own twist with oblong and square motifs. The artwork on the right exemplifies this approach – a similar frame can hold a bright orange theme, but only if enough white breathing space exists around it.

Further from the living room, muted whites with stencil artwork help the cupboards lend space to the bright orange and sky-blue couches. The light wood benchtop mimics the hallway.

The versatile theme of stencils continues across the master bedroom and bathroom, where it takes on a different nature. In the bedroom, softer hues and headboard patterns dominate, while the sky-blue rug adds a cloud underneath the place for dreamtime. The bathroom offers a soft green as a counterpart to the master bedroom’s blue, creating a segue between the two with a midway tile design.

Finishing touches throughout the apartment show how a level of detail can add the quality of afterthought to a home’s design. In another angle of the television room, a stencil light comes to greet visitors, while the box effect in the same room acts as a handy partition for the office. The office and lounge, two polar sides of the apartment, are linked by the same type of plant in their corners.

The cloud theme is also carried across the bedrooms. While the master bedroom only hints at the cloud metaphor, the child’s bedroom is more overt, with painted clouds handing above sleeping heads. ‘X’ motifs are the feature star in this room, and are replicated across detailing along the wide wall, bedside table and duvet, still linked to the remainder of the home through light stencilling detail appropriate for a child’s bedroom. Pinky, terracotta themes add character and softness to this room, and are easily replicated in the ensuite, which adds a touch of the same hue to a side wall, resembling the painting in the television room.

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Wine Storage At Home

Do, 25.08.2016 - 17:00

Are you an oenophile? If you’re as obsessed with wine as these homeowners, you’ll soak up every last detail of these wine storage solutions. Some designers have incorporated the wine storage into the living spaces and use them as room separators. Other designers have gone all out and made the wine bottles the center of a kitchen or entryway. From hiding your wine collection under your stairs, to placing your bottles in a cabinet that blends in with other appliances, these wine storage ideas are inspiring. Keep scrolling to see basement wine cellars which can be seen from upstairs through glass floors!

Visualizer: Oleksii Karman  

This natural wood wine storage wall is the highlight of the dining room. The same material is used with the cabinets in the kitchen to bring it all together. Spotlights make it front-and-center.

Visualizer: E3A  

This living room and kitchen floor plan is separated slightly by the white wine tower. Circular holes are cut all the way through and hold bottles perfectly. The design is also followed through above the kitchen cabinets.

Designer: 081 Architects (Left) & Teresa Sapey (Right)  

A little bit different than the circular wine storage in the previous image, this wall doesn’t have holes cut all the way through it. Instead, rounded holes with backs hold more than one bottle of wine. The circles are in different shapes, allowing different sized bottles to be held.

Visualizer: Andriy Voskolovich  

The backs of steps don’t have to be bland. This wine storage solution illuminates the unique floating stairs while serving a purpose.

Architect: Kevin Howard Architects  

These wine bottles are stored alongside both sides of a wine cellar under steps in a loft-space. The exposed brick adds an industrial feel to the space and spotlights illuminate valuable bottles.

Architect: Brandon Architects  

The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into this entryway is the exquisite wine room. Glass and lights grab your attention to the stacks of bottles. The white sleek style of the stairs and design make the cellar even more dramatic.

Under the steps in this home there are lots of hidden treasures. The dark gray cabinets look unassuming until you open them. There is a freezer drawer and above it a space for wine.

Architect: PLASTE[R]LINA   Visualizer: Jan Wadim  

Wine bottles are artfully stuck between the different spaces of this honeycomb design. The wall makes a statement and also serves a purpose. The colors tie in perfectly with the abstract painting.

Visualizer: Le Anh  

Instead of keeping their wine bottles in a cellar or allowing them to separate a space, these homeowners allow them to be the center of their dining room. The back wall highlights the bottles and creates a fun texture up the wall.

Visualizer: Felipe Walter  

An ultra modern space like this is made complete with the towering acrylic wine tower. The see-through material keeps the attention on the wine bottles, which appear to be floating. This accent keeps the room open, but divides up the dining space from the rest of the design.

Visualizer: Sachin Mahajan  

Similar to the image before it, this wine tower is made of a see-through material. The wall separates the dining and living space. The tall element bring the eye upward and draws attention to the art around the room.

Visualizer: INT2 Architecture  

Wine doesn’t always have to be on display. This fun storage solution keeps your bottles close by and organized. The wine storage is hidden beneath the bar and there are numbers below each bottle.

Visualizer: Konstantin Kildinov  

This built-in wine rack looks like it’s within an ornate frame. The different “frames” around it draw your attention to the middle. Having the bottles face bottom first also creates congruency.

Visualizer: Alex Turner  

Wine racks can be created by using all different types of materials. Your only limit is your imagination! This fun rack is made of PVC pipes. The light from the window creates a fun hue when it hits the different bottles.

Instead of laying bottles of wine within a circular holder, this space has vertical shelves to hold them. The end result is wall art, which also serves a purpose!

Buy It: Anthony Kalambet  

Don’t see a wine cellar? Look harder. The glass floor leads you to the underground wine cellar. The use of greenery hanging above it creates a fun play on shapes. The straight lines in this modern home are broken up by the organic nature of the greens hanging.

Source: Spiral Cellars  

This wine space is one of the coolest you’ll ever see! The rounded glass window built into the floor lifts to reveal a spiral staircase. The staircase leads you down into the owner’s personal wine cellar. The lighting of the cellar in a dark room makes it even more inspiring.

Designer: Beckwith Interiors  

This may be one of the craziest living rooms you’ll ever see! Below the refined formal space is a glass floor. The floor reveals a wine cellar. The cellar has acrylic shelves which hold the wine bottles. It really looks cool when it is black lit!

Source: KBC Developments  

A kitchen continues to flow into the hall space when the glass-like wine wall is added. Other elements, like the skylights and floor accent make it flow with the aesthetics of the space effortlessly.

This wine rack isn’t from a video game, but it looks like it could be in one! The squares have a giga-bite affect on the wall. Different bottles are placed in the square holes.

Designer: Iron Design Company  

The curved flaps of this white wall accent fit bottles of wine perfectly. The end result is a wall piece that looks like the bottles are rolling down the wall!

It’s OK if you don’t have a lot of space to dedicate to your wine collection. Instead of redoing an entire wing of your home, purchase this Don Vino Winerack table. Holding just enough bottles for a starter collection, this table is fun and stylish.

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Three Cozy & Colorful Modern Apartments

Mi, 24.08.2016 - 17:00

When designing a space how do you use bright colors while making the home cozy? These three apartments embrace unique color schemes but still look inviting and warm. Shades like red, blue, and green are all used in moderation against other neutrals. Two of the three apartments embraced wall colors. By painting the walls, the spaces were given a backdrop of color to build upon. The last home opted to add a colorful rug and other accessories. Materials used also added to the “cozy” factor. Leather couches, tweed furniture, and blankets make the living rooms a place you don’t want to leave!

Visualizer: Dmitry Tisnoguz  

This stylish living room is made up of two parts-the living space and the dining space. The metal pendents above the dining table zone it as a different space and so does the platform. The green wall matches the greenery in the corner.

There’s no need to add extra frilly accents in this apartment. The black television and red shelving above are simple and minimal. Red art pieces and trendy speakers make the room perfect for a man in his early twenties.

Looking from the kitchen to the living room and dining room, you can see there are stainless steel barstools and a wine rack. The barstools are worked into the rest of the room by having red cushions added to them.

A green wall is risky in a smaller space but it works in this home. By adding the light wood wall and white wall the green isn’t too dominate.

Bright white chairs contrast with the natural wood grain of the walls and black pendents above the dining table. The pop of color in this room is the flower arrangement in the center of the table.

A kitchen such as this one can be described as eclectic. There is a green wall, dark wood wall, gray wall, and mixed color cabinets. All the muted colors work together and the red stands out on the cabinet and pendent lights.

More red is brought into this small kitchen with the cabinet on the other side of the room and the red pot on the stove. The tiling is honeycombed and interesting. By keeping it neutral, it works.

Visualizer: Dmitry Tisnoguz  

This next space is a two level apartment in Nizhny Novgorod. Even though it’s tight, the colors and use of different wall colors make it look larger. Your eye is drawn to the back of the room, which makes it seem longer. There are wooden shelves that go up to the ceiling and hold accents.

Storage runs alongside the wall and gives the homeowner a chance to hide away books or other items. The gray couch is simple, but accented with the red legged coffee table and greenery behind it.

Blue walls don’t make this room feel too closed in. By painting the two doors in the room blue, the walls seem to stretch out. Under-the-cabinet lighting is used to break up the monotony of the kitchen.

From this photograph, you can see the blue door contrasts well with the red cushions on the barstools. The tiled floor is quirky.

The top of the cabinets in a kitchen don’t always have to match the bottom! In this kitchen, the bottom set is black and the top is brown. The look is contrasting and fun. It’s brought together by the honeycomb floor tile. The white wall behind the cabinets lightens up the rest of the room.

An entryway can hold multiple things for you! This storage system works all the way around the door. Instead of taking up too much floor space, everything is stored vertically. Having spotlights on it makes it feel like an art piece of its own.

This master bedroom allows the accents to bring the bright colors into the space. There is a green accent wall above the bed which is then accented by modern art. A red side table on one side adds a pop of color. The rest of the room is neutral.

This bedroom is cozy and cute. The black bookshelf makes you look deeper into the room. Although it’s narrow, it’s set up to make the most of the space. A TV is mounted on the wall to give the owner more foot room.

Sometimes in a smaller home you have to make rooms work double duty. This bedroom is also an office. You can see the back wall has a desk and bookshelves. it’s best that this space is separate from the bed and other zones in the room.

Quirky accents like these orange and yellow birds make this home playful and not too serious. Although it has excellent design, it’s not too pretentious to have a laugh.

A child’s bedroom can be a room and an office. This space has both sides of the room painted a bright teal. This color is then accented with a yellow chair. An educational and visually interesting map of the world is above the small bed.

Another angle of the bedroom shows fun hanging lights and the perfect place to complete homework. There is a typography art print of the alphabet which also brings in more colors like yellow, green, and orange.

A small lego creation reminds the kids to have fun and always be learning in this space.

The bathroom has a base of white tile and then adds moody grays and books for color accents.

In this image, you can see that above the toilet there is a built-in shelving space. Brightly bound books are placed on it as well as a small planter. These things add color and interest to the bathroom.

Designer: Phuong Vo  

Gray walls in this colorful apartment are balanced by a fun rug and a red accent chair. Two pieces of art are hung on one side of the room and a gold pendent balances the rest out.

When looking back the other direction, you can see that there is a white media wall that houses the T.V. The wooden shelf under it matches the wooden doors to the rest of the home. The most colorful item in the space is the rug.

Instead of adding a light that took away from the view outdoors, the designer chose to use a metal pendent that allowed light to flow through it. The darkness of the left wall contacts with the white wall on the right side. It’s all brought together by the natural light and fun rug.

This kitchen uses canned lighting to draw your attention upwards to the higher ceiling. The view from outside carries into this space and adds green colors to the white kitchen. There’s enough room to sneak in a nice table and chairs with a light above it.

A bedroom that’s tiny doesn’t have to be crowded. This bedroom proves that you can make the most of your space. The bed is off to one side so the homeowner can access their closet.

Another apartment bedroom has a vast white space above the bed. This is accented then with floating shelves and brightly colored accents. Light from the large windows is reflected by the white closet on the right side.

Lastly, a small TV is mounted across from the bed so the owner can relax and enjoy a show in the evening. The wooden door contrasts well with the white closet system.

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50 Unique Bookends For Book Lovers

Di, 23.08.2016 - 17:00

Bookends are a fabulous way to decorate a home library so that it matches your interior. While many book collections look somewhat eclectic on their own, the right combination of ornaments and bookends can bring the entire room back in line with your chosen aesthetic. The first half of this post is dedicated to pop culture and geeky themes, and the second half covers serious choices for a variety of decor styles. Whether you’re looking for housewarming gifts or just want to tidy up your office or reading nook, we hope this collection will offer a variety of bookends to suit your needs.

Buy It: $65 each   

Game of Thrones Bookend: Hand-painted and exceptionally intricate, this Game of Thrones bookend could easily stand by itself as a collectible decoration. Each purchase only includes one so you can pair this with one of the other 7″ GoT bookend.

Buy It: $120   

Game of Thrones Dragon Eggs Bookends: Each purchase includes all three bookends – each one stands 7 inches tall, and when placed together, the combination immediately grabs attention at over one foot long.

Buy It: $68   

Game of Thrones Direwolf Bookends: Guard your George R. R. Martin collection with these handsome “carved” direwolves, representative of the Stark family. Their classic design doesn’t scream “memorabilia” which makes them versatile in any setting.

Buy It: From $30   

Lord of the Rings The Argonath Bookends: Now let’s move into some LoTR goodies! These statues feature the dramatic Gates of Argonath that stand on either side of the river Anduin. These were originally packaged with a special edition DVD set, so these would make a great gift for anyone who loves hard-to-find collectibles.

Buy It: From $54   

The Hobbit Bookends: These resin bookends originated from a limited edition Bluray set ($155) featuring The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This is another hard-to-find collectible considering the limited run of the Bluray set.

Buy It: $195   

Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Bookends: How gorgeous! These bookends are hand painted in incredible detail. The idea is rather clever too, creating the illusion that the Hogwarts Express is exiting a tunnel that runs from one side of your Harry Potter book collection to the other.

Buy It: $33   

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets Basilisk Bookend: Hand painted detail stands out with enough beauty to serve as a standalone statue or a bookend. This bookend is sure to please longtime Harry Potter fans, especially the ones fascinated by the mythological creatures found throughout the series.

Buy It: $36   

Dragon Bookends: But what about bookends for fans of fantasy in general? These dragon bookends could pair well with a number of series. Fans of gothic decor or medieval themes may also find these to be a neat addition to any bookshelf.

Buy It: $25   

Medieval Knights Bookends: Standing at 8 inches tall and weighing almost two pounds, these intricate knights will dazzle with their highly detailed battle armor and bronze detailing.

Buy It: $14   

Katana Sword Bookends: Do you know somebody who would love to be a ninja? These magnetic bookends hide within the cover of your favorite books, and the katana blade and handle attach magnetically.

Buy It: $70   

Star Wars Stormtrooper Bookends: Although some may argue that Stormtroopers were somewhat incompetent compared to the Clonetroopers that preceded them, it’s still hard to ignore a pair of pulse rifles when they’re pointed right at you. These sculptures are so detailed they look almost like collectible figures.

Buy It: $28   

Portal Bookends: If you read every book on that long-neglected reading list, there just might be cake. It’s not a lie, promise. This pair of Portal-themed bookends shows a test subject leaping through your entire library.

Buy It: $35   

Book Hero Metal Bookend: Neat! “Falling” bookends work by placing the slanted end inside of the book, between the cover and the pages. The decorative part, a superhero in this case, appears to float by itself because of its magnetic attraction to the slanted bookend portion.

Buy It: $35   

Super Gal Metal Bookend: This cool Supergirl bookend works the same way.

Buy It: $41   

Iron Man Bookends: Three pounds of metal help make these bookends just as strong as Iron Man himself.

Buy It: $61   

Batman Bookends: Read along with Bruce Wayne with these heavy and stylish bookends. These would make a nice housewarming gift for somebody who collects graphic novels based on the comic books.

Buy It: $62   

Stunning Silhouette Style Bookends: Basically, no matter which genre you prefer to read, there are surely heavyweight steel silhouette bookends to thematically suit your library. The look? Perfect for minimalists and modern design fans.

Buy It: $30   

Evolution Bookends: Don’t worry science geeks – we wouldn’t leave you out! With streamlined silhouettes based on the March of Progress, these smart bookends just might represent the intellectual evolution that accompanies a love for reading and learning.

Buy It: $199.95   

Knowledge Bookends By Karim Rashid: Based on a 3D representation of Rashid’s own head, these rubber-coated stone resin bookends feature a hidden surprise on the interior side. Fans of modern interior design will recognize the name and appreciate these bookends for the works of art they are.

Buy It: $53   

Pineapple Bookends: These, along with the previous bookends, mark the transition to designer wares intended for serious interior styles. These artistic pineapple-shaped bookends would work well in a vintage, cottage, or modern interior style.

Buy It: $21 each   

Concrete Planter Bookends: Crafted from solid concrete, this desktop planter works well as a standalone organizer for pens or business cards. Or, purchase a pair and keep your reference materials tidy right on your desk or nearby shelf.

Buy It: $19   

Stop Hand Bookends: Very sculptural and smooth, these minimalist hand sculptures work wonderfully as bookends. Consider adding these to your minimalist or classically inspired home library.

Buy It: $40   

A to Z Bookends: Can you imagine how amazing these would look in the classroom or school library? Consider these as a gift to the cherished teachers in your life, or maybe consider these as a housewarming gift for a fan of typography.

Buy It: $29   

Open Book Bookends: Here’s another option for educators. These brightly colored bookends would look great in a classroom setting for younger children. They’re hand painted, durable, and include non-skid glides so they stay in place around even the heaviest books.

Buy It: $40   

Bird Bookends: How sweet are these little birds? A whitewash finish completes the resin sculptures, making these ideal for a classic cottage or Scandinavian style interior.

Buy It: $30   

Owl Bookends: Rotund, charismatic owls make wonderful bookends or standalone decorations for anyone who loves owls. Consider placing these against a darker background to make them stand out even more.

Buy It: $47   

Antique Owl Bookends: Made from durable resin with an antique bronze finish, this adorable pair of owl bookends will look great in a traditional or rustic interior. Check out our big list of owl themed decor to complete the look!

Buy It: $32   

Cat Bookends: While we’ve written many articles about accessories for bird and owl fans, it’s time to give cats some much-needed appreciation! These super-sturdy bookends are weighty and look like real cast iron.

Buy It: $26   

Cute Cat Bookends: Cement and PVC combine to create weighty cat bookends with an incredible depth of expression, capturing the boundless contentment of joyful kitties. These would make a nice gift for a proud cat owner.

Buy It: $29   

Dachshund Dog Bookends: How long is your dachshund? It depends on the breadth of your library! This bookend set comes in an attractive gift box so you can send it directly to your favorite dog owner.

Buy It: $45   

Bronze Finish Horse Bookends: Majestic rearing stallions stand at 8 inches wide and 9 inches tall, their bronze finish drawing the eye to the ultra-smooth detailing. These would look wonderful in a classically decorated home library.

Buy It: $176   

Deer Bookends: As one of the weightiest bookends in this collection, these brass and wood deer will securely hold any book collection with their combined weight of 6 lbs. The set includes both the buck and the doe, making them a wonderful wedding or housewarming gift for the right couple.

Buy It: $75   

Stag Bookends: Consider these bookends for a classic, cabin, or Nordic-inspired interior design. Don’t forget to check out our big list of faux deer head home decor to find the perfect complementary accessories.

Buy It: $155   

Hippo Bookends: Constructed from carefully sculpted resin and finished with electroplated nickel, this stunning pair of hippos would enhance any modern or luxury interior. Together, these bookends weigh over 20 pounds – suitable for even the most extensive home library collection.

Buy It: $39   

Whale Tale Bookends: An aged finish gives these resin bookends the appearance of weathered reclaimed wood. Whether you’re decorating a nautical themed interior or just love to the works of Herman Melville, this beautiful whale is a nice addition to your bookshelf or mantle.

Buy It: From $50   

Zuny Animal Bookends For Kids: Synthetic leather skins and heavy iron pellet filling contribute to the most unique set of bookends ever created for children. Of course, even adults could fall in love with these expertly constructed and ultra-charismatic bookends.

Buy It: From $135   

More Children’s Bookends: From the designers at Fiona Walker England, these high-end book stoppers are hand-sewn from organic lamb’s wool felt. These luxury bookends are expensive but sure to become a treasured heirloom.

Buy It: $37   

Globe Bookends: Books can take an avid reader to the farthest reaches of the Earth. These globe-shaped bookends make this idea even more tangible. Travel aficionados would enjoy these as a gift, but they’d look wonderful in any nautical or classically themed home.

Buy It: $27   

Industrial Style Gear Bookends: Finally something to suit industrial interior decor! These gear sculptures stand at 15 inches tall, and despite the weathered aesthetic, the metal alloy construction is 100% rustproof.

Buy It: $61 each   

Steampunk Octopus Bookend: Cast resin comes to life with a hand-painted bronze and copper finish. Jules Verne fans are sure to appreciate the octopus theme, but these are right up the alley of steampunk and nautical design fans as well.

Buy It: $45 each   

Steampunk Aviator Bookend: Steampunk fans and engineering enthusiasts alike are sure to enjoy this aviator bookend. The body is made of cast resin with realistic bronze and steel accents, all painted by hand.

Buy It: $18   

Cast Iron Eiffel Tower Book Ends: Heavy cast iron offers sturdy support for the personal library belonging to an avid traveler or dedicated Francophile. Paired together, they make a wonderful standalone sculpture.

Buy It: $40   

Minimalist Building Shaped Bookends: These pared down representations of the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building would make a lovely addition to an urban-themed home or would serve as a nice gift for a homesick New Yorker.

Buy It: $39   

Nautical Bookend: Here’s another fantastic choice for travel aficionados, this time in the form of a classic schooner. Nautical accent collectors would love this one, along with anyone who has a penchant for pirates.

Buy It: $44   

Bicycle Bookends: Are you looking for a gift for the cyclist in your life? These decorative bookends just might fit the bill. Each one is crafted by hand by skilled artisans.

Buy It: $62   

Antique Brass Bicycle Bookends: Crafted from resin but finished with a rustic hammered brass finish, these cyclist-themed bookends would make a neat addition to a cycling fan’s desk or bookshelf.

Buy It: $14   

Agate Bookends: Geodes are such a magical mineral formation – the complicated patterns and colors guarantee that each specimen will be unique. These bookends are made from two geode quarters: sturdy, weighty, and infinitely beautiful.

Buy It: $40   

Triangular Marble Bookends: Stone is always a tasteful yet understated material for decorative purposes. These bookends feature the distinctive veining of tan marble or sandstone, and are heavy enough to hold together even your most substantial books.

Buy It: $15   

Minimalist Wood Bookends: These simple bookends would look fabulous in a variety of interior styles, ranging from Scandinavian decor to organic or minimalist homes.

Buy It: $26   

The End Bookend: Fin! Ende! Happily ever after! This bookend seems like the perfect way to end this list – but it’s also a clever way to end your bookshelf.

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