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Warm Modern Interior Design

Wed, 26.11.2014 - 18:38

When you invite someone into your home, you want them to feel comfortable. Not “take up residence on the sofa and stay a few weeks” comfortable, more like “take off your shoes and enjoy an aperitif” comfortable. There’s a lot to be said for how interior design can make guests feel welcome. These apartments from the designers at Workshop Art all utilize modern design elements in warm and inviting tones. The resulting spaces are exactly the kind of place you would want to bring a friend or two. Have a look.


The first apartment is a perfect space for a young family.


Its warmth and natural materials, including wood and stone, reflect an idea of coziness and comfort.


The front door, set apart with its use of darker wood, melts into the wall and invites you to stay just a little longer.


A cozy dining area complete with the whitewashed brick of a Parisian bistro is just right for a casual meal.


While guests may not generally find themselves in the bedroom, it’s still important for the regular inhabitants to feel comfortable and welcome, too.


The second space is a 60 square meter (645 square feet) apartment in the Russian city of Romashkovo.


This design takes warmth to a new level with whites and creams dominating the design throughout.


An afternoon in this apartment would be akin to spending it in a soft cloud or a Martha Stewart photo shoot.


But perhaps skip the Merlot and bring a nice bottle of Chardonnay. Or even better, water.


When you use color so sparsely, those pops you do use become that much more important. In the bedroom it’s verdant green pillows and a neat, silver wall sculpture.


Lucite dining chairs are designed to disappear into the design and indeed they do. Just make sure every guest has an actual chair underneath them before they go crashing to the ground.


This 38 square meter (409 square feet) apartment in West Kuncevo adds a bit of color back in, but maintains that same warm and cozy feeling.


The space here is all about texture from the plush leather sofa to the gauzy white curtains.


And Eames dining chairs are practically required if you want to call a space modern.


In this 74 square meter (796 square feet) apartment, designers had a bit more space to work with.


A Le Corbusier style chair is a comfortable landing place in the cozy, wood paneled bedroom.


The dining area is small but open with upholstered chairs and a modern blown glass chandelier.


A second bedroom features a more feminine, beachy style with its creative fixtures and private deck.


Even its small mirror resembles a porthole.


The final space is a 45 square meter (484 square feet) apartment with even more color, starting in the living room that features stunning wildlife paintings.


A corner bedroom is a modern, relaxing retreat that features its own grown up version of a beanbag.


The dark marble bathroom with its pedestal sink certainly strays from the warm color palette but stays within the modern framework.

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2 Super Small Apartments Under 30 Square Meters (~325 square feet) [Includes Floor Plans]

Tue, 25.11.2014 - 16:44

In a tiny apartment, everything must have its place and stay there. When you’re working with just a few square meters of floor space, there is no room for a spontaneous floor lamp purchase or a flea market bean bag. From concept to design to the actual living in the apartment, you have to be meticulous. The two apartments features in this post are just that. Each item has a purpose and a place. Frivolity is not an option, but style is required.


The first apartment, from designer Felipe Campolina of ArchViz is a masculine take on small space design. The apartment is just 29 square meters (312 square feet) but still manages to include the conveniences necessary for a modern bachelor life.


A neutral color scheme helps the space feel more open, despite the fact that a couple of small windows are the only view to the outside world. And those windows don’t even open all the way.


The use of natural wood with white and gray also means it is easy to add and subtract from the design when necessary, without overthinking it. It’s the perfect blank canvas for an intimate dinner, for instance, since it lets the colors of the meal take over instantly.


While the bedroom (such as it is) is technically part of the same space as the living room, a privacy curtain can be drawn closed if necessary, or left open to keep the space feeling full.


As far as apartment bathrooms go, this one is not too bad considering the overall area of this place. A classic white design works perfectly with the corner shower and surprisingly spacious countertop.


The second apartment lends a more feminine air to the idea of small spaces. The detailed design of this 20 square meter (322 square feet) comes from Art Studio Design as intended for a young female designer.


More than simply sliding a curtain over an open doorway, this space makes more creative use of the space it does have, starting with the tall white cabinetry that lines the wall. These massive storage spaces actually become the walls, giving the apartment a modern feel while disguising this essential design element.


Mirrored wall dividers slide around easily, shutting off portions of the apartment that are not in use and giving a clean and intimate feel to those that are.


The dining room table is on casters, rolling out of the way when it isn’t needed so that the entire kitchen area can be cordoned off.


Even the bed hides away when not in use. This contemporary answer to the murphy bed is far from old fashioned.


The purple color scheme that pervades the apartment, even into the bathroom, is deep enough that it doesn’t not come off as immature or “girly,” instead giving a distinctly sophisticated but still feminine impression.

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Living and Sleeping Areas Exist in Harmony in these Comfortable Studio Spaces

Mon, 24.11.2014 - 15:35

When it comes to our concept of what constitutes a home – its living room, its bedrooms, its dining areas – it really depends on how we grow up. The suburban child may grow up with her own bedroom, canopy bed, and private en suite bath while a child in the city is used to sharing a bedroom with her sister and a bathroom with her parents. But still, most of us find the maximum comfort level with walls that separate the distinct areas of the home, particularly the bedroom.

The designs featured here take the comfortable idea of a separate bedroom and challenge it. They are studio apartments with living and sleeping areas closely intertwined, if not completely overlapping. The designers have managed to make this concept comfortable through the use of meticulously chosen furniture, cozy design elements, and careful consideration as to how the residents of these homes will move through and exist in them comfortably, without the need for more walls.


The first apartment, from designer Artem Shelipov, is a 33 square meter (355 square feet) studio designed for a young man living by himself. The main room acts as both living and sleeping room with a large convertible piece of furniture taking center stage. It can easily move from sofa with central coffee table to relaxing bedroom with just a few motions.


Because of the small space, the designer has chosen to use only a few different materials, creating comfort rather than clutter. The minimalist design is keeps everything from the walls to the lighting simple and sleek.


The small kitchen, with its retro-inspired bar chairs and ultra-minimalist cabinetry is just enough space to cook for one or two, with no unnecessary accoutrements.


A simple bathroom stays true to the design style, but utilizes warm wood and chrome that sets it a bit apart from the rest of the home’s dark grey and cream elements.


The second apartment comes from visualizer Taner Candan and is much brighter and more feminine than the first. The focal point of this beautiful studio is a cozy bed that sits perched atop a custom wood window box, meaning the lucky owner gets to wake with the sunrise everyday. The window box also gives the illusion of a separate bedroom without closing off the small space at all.


Soft textures and boisterous patterns keep the spirit of the small apartment lively and celebratory at every turn.


This third apartment, from visualizer Anjey Babych, has some similarities to the last but with even more colorful and artistic elements. Although the studio layout still leaves the bedroom and living areas connected, the design here allows for temporary separation, through the use of curtains and half walls.


The natural wood flooring and paneling, coupled with the whimsical art on the walls, keeps the feeling light and airy, making the entire space seem quite large.


The final apartment is from designer Tomas Scikala and almost marries the calming and monochromatic atmosphere of the first apartment with the colorful splashiness of the next two. The furnishings and walls are largely neutral, with the slanted roof beams being a highlight of the space.


However, splashes of color and pattern throughout bring in a bit of life and personality. Further, a wood slat room divider keeps the bed separate from the small living area, making everything quite cozy and inviting.

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Cute Kids Rooms By Fajno Design

Fri, 21.11.2014 - 18:20

There is no better place to celebrate the joy of whimsy and play than in a child’s room. With designs that are colorful and vibrant, a room can serve to inspire a child’s creativity and make them excited to spend time there alone and with their friends. These children’s rooms from Fajno Design are each unique, but use playful, youthful designs to create spaces that will surely be enjoyed for many years. The wallpapers that the designers have chosen for these rooms are particularly notable.


Though an infant in a crib may not be able to fully process their room’s design, they will certainly notice the light and colors in this adorable elephant-themed nursery.


Kids of all ages can appreciate stunning design, with these black and white wallpapers making a smooth transition from childhood to a moodier teenage life.


This Alice in Wonderland-themed bedroom is lovely and subtle with its walls dotted in spades and characters. A wood vanity and tea cup wall hangings are cute but sophisticated.


Kids need nothing more than blank canvas to let their imaginations loose. In this case, a plain white teepee provides that empty space for kids to dream and create.


The pretty blue pattern on these walls is a simple geometric repetition on the one hand, but a creative reference to the room’s nautical style from another perspective.


The wallpapers in these rooms are so creatively designed that they almost look as though they are hand painted, giving them an undone and artisanal feel.


Vibrant yellow is a favorite in kids rooms and its perfectly sunny and cheerful.


In this room, rain clouds feel almost perky with their whimsical, two-tone design. And a trundle bed is a perfect addition to any room where sleepovers are imminent.


Animal themes are not unusual for kids rooms, but these whimsical interpretations make them feel more artistic than cutesy.


Designs like this oversized king are in a childish style, but with a grownup panache.


Natural wood toys make for a much more attractive room than disposable plastic playthings, but can certainly be just as fun.


Even this car themed room manages to feel sophisticated.


A lovely leaf theme gives this room an autumnal atmosphere. You can almost hear the walls rustling and then crunching underfoot.


A colorful horse pattern could run the risk of being busy but here the design melts into itself and it becomes hard to distinguish horse from paisley.


Finally, this sunny bedroom is a dreamy retreat for any little princess.


A stunning wrought iron bed contrasts with a subtly lilac wall for a very soothing effect.


A woodsy accent wall features bird-themed art for a little slice of natural beauty, no matter what the weather.

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Steel, Concrete, and Stone Home with Central Courtyard

Thu, 20.11.2014 - 17:30

When an architect is allowed the freedom to create a space that he knows will work for this clients, that level of trust comes through in the final design. Such was the case in this elegant modern home from architect Elias Rizo, who has indicated “thorough communication” and “complete trust” were essential in completing this home. The resulting structure is careful and calming, making every effort to ensure comfort and preserve privacy as well as the illusion of isolation, even in a neighborhood that sets houses close to one another.


Beginning with a rear view of the home, we can see the simplicity of the chosen steel, glass, wood, concrete, and stone materials used throughout the construction. The form of the home is sleek, not calling attention to itself, almost daring you to guess what could be inside.


The entry into the house is simple but deliberate. A large, heavy door separates the home from the street in its entirety, but even crossing this first threshold does not give access to the home. Instead, visitors must walk along the exterior of the building, along a pathway that flanks the interior pond, to finally reach the front door, which is actually closer to the back of the house. Even the garage has a clandestine element to it, keep cars hidden not only from the street, but from all interior angles as well.


A central courtyard between wings of the house offers natural ventilation when paired with the large, sliding windows that dominate the design. By keeping the courtyard nestled between different pieces of the home, residents are allowed to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family without exposing themselves to prying eyes.


The rest of the ground floor includes a large and long kitchen area and plenty of congregating spaces, from a detached entertainment room to a modern breakfast bar and formal dining room.


On the second level, bedrooms dominate the open space but privacy still reigns. Each room has a private balcony set back into the structure for maximum isolation. The master bath is where some indulgence is allowed with extravagant white marble covers nearly every surface.


Behind the house, a swimming pool serves its own luxurious purpose while a pathway leading down a steep hill lets guests get a little further from the house and out into the idea of nature near an off-the-property ravine.

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Tamizo, the Masters Of Black & White Design

Wed, 19.11.2014 - 17:08


The first design is a house located in Torun, a city in northern Poland along the Vistula River. The majority of the interior is done in deep gray, black, and blinding white. The resulting space is certainly sleek but manages to create its own energy.


Clean lines and angular design are a focal point, but subtle textures in the brick and concrete walls create a lot of visual interest. Further, the black and white style can run the risk of feeling a bit too buttoned up as if from the dystopic future. Whimsical elements like a single electric green chair (we’ll see this become a theme) and oversized lampshades give a bit of a nod and a wink to the style that could otherwise feel overbearing.


It is easy to see just how intentional every element of the design is when you glance out the windows to find a landscape that is flat and spacious, carrying through the flat, low aspects of the interior.


The private areas of the home, like the bathroom and bedroom, don’t let up with the high contrast theme. Done mostly in white, the bathroom features unique sink basins that seem to exist apart from any plumbing systems for an ethereal and almost magical quality.


In the bedroom, we’re drawn to the empty frames leaning against the wall, which are a less than subtle way to emphasize the importance of negative space in this design.


The second house is a single family home in Pabianice, a town in central Poland. Overall, this space has a bit more warmth than the first while still employing that distinctive black and white style.


The use of natural elements in this space is also readily apparent from the dark texture wood floors and walls, as well as molded concrete and stone countertops. The design here is clearly drawing on that contrast between the industrial and that natural. In one particular view we can see how a window perfectly frames a trees just outside, hitting hard the idea that design – and man – exist only in the context of nature.


There is no shortage of seating this home either with an expansive sofa flanked by more green arm chairs along with a formal dining room.


In the bathroom, simple white porcelain melts into black marble with white veins while the angular design of the fixtures is a bit jarring, but also stylish.


The third design comes from a single family home in ?ubki, in the village of Splints. The usable space in the home measures 380 square meters (4090 square feet). The home sprawls over multiple stories, each with its own answer to the black and white theme.


Natural wood elements, in the flooring, furnishing, and even the cabinetry contrast with black design elements including countertops, shelving and once again those oversized lampshade that look like they came from the other side of the looking glass. The two contrasting palettes create an invisible divide between kitchen and dining, work and entertainment, effort and relaxation.


The living room gives way to pure indulgence with soft black sofas piled high with black and white pillows and a soft black rug. The combination manages to create a conversation pit that feels sunken and isolated just through the use of color.


In that bathroom we witness an actual sunken pit with an oversized whirlpool built directly into the floor. Nestled right next to it is a rainfall showerhead fixed at such a height that it might actually feel like rainfall.


The fourth house is a single-family home in Lodz with a usable area of just 85 square meters (914 square feet). The color palette here, while remaining high contrast with plenty of black and white is made lighter and brighter by the use of light natural wood and white from the ceiling all the way down the walls, including the curtains.


In fact, black is quite deemphasized in this particular house, forming really only the central kitchen appliance island-cum-entertainment-center and poking through in the dark gray living room in the form of a coffee table. This scheme makes sense for a family home that wants to feel spacious and warm.


The final images come from an exhibition entitled “our bathroom” that took place in Lodz. The design fully embraces the black and white aesthetic with clean, smooth white porcelain and textured black walls. Chrome fixtures complete the modern look in their ultimate simplicity.

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21 Relaxing Living Rooms with Gorgeous, Modern Sofas

Tue, 18.11.2014 - 16:43

When you visit someone’s home, one of the first place you will usually be welcomed is the living room. The modern day equivalent of a drawing room, these spaces are set up for conversation, connection, and entertainment. Each living room in this post creates a welcoming atmosphere with plenty of comfortable seating, vibrant colors, and elegant, modern style. They are the type of place you would be glad to show off and just as glad to be welcomed into. Have a look.


The pitched roof in this stylish home from visualizer Vizuall gives the living room a bit of height. Coupled with the low, angular sofa and modern sling chairs, the contrast creates visual interest while serving its practical purpose.


Speaking of creative roofs and ceilings, the exposed brick ceiling in this living room from the same visualizer is so stunning that it’s easy to get lost in it. It stands again in contrast to the simplicity and clean lines of the neutral colored furnishings.


In this bright and modern living room, we also get a view of a spacious dining area and sunny kitchen. The open floorplan ensures that the home is welcoming from any angle.


The patterns in this lovely living room from visualizer Gaurav are a bit whimsical and distinctly feminine. From the delicate wallpaper to the bold zebra print rug, each piece plays together for a cozy bohemian feel.


This next living room is also from Gaurav but uses various soothing shades of blue to make visitors feel like they are drifting across a cool blue ocean.


For a creative answer to the standard sofa, this urban living room uses upholstered platforms and movable pillows that allow whoever is sitting to create their own comfortable posture on the platforms or the floor.


Because dark colors can make a room feel more closed in than welcoming, they only work in a living room like this that has plenty of natural light. The contrast in the wood flooring helps, too.


On the other end of the spectrum we have this light wood and white living room. It’s on the small side but plenty big for a cozy night at home.


It can be tricky to decorate a living room with vaulted ceilings like these. The trick is to not try to compete. A long and low sofa in a nice neutral tone lets you marvel at the structure comfortably. Splashes of yellow add a sunny touch.


In another smallish living room, we have just enough seating for a small gathering. The dark wood frames on the furniture is a particularly sophisticated touch.


The lighting in this living room gives it a mysterious air, like you could sink into the corner of one of a gray upholstered sofas and observe an affair unfold right in front of you.


This large, open living room calls attention to the large windows, which feature gauzy white curtains that will keep out the harshest sun and heavier window treatments you can pull closed for even more privacy, or a sunset movie screening.


You can’t comment on this living room without pointing to the half horse sculpture. No one could entire this living room without commenting on it, either. It’s half a horse. What else is there to say.


The sofas in this cozy living room are extra deep, making them ideal for a long afternoon nap. Try not to dream about any half horses.


A citrusy color scheme gives this living room and kitchen a youthful buoyancy.


With a simple gray sofa and a couple of Eames-style rocking chairs, this apartment living room is an easy example of mid-century influence on contemporary design.


Keeping major furniture in neutral colors like light, airy gray makes it easy to swap out throw pillows for an instant change.


In a small apartment, a sofa might serve many purposes. This modern futon design can be a guest bed, a nap room, a sitting area, and a place for the dog. Sometimes it might have to be everything all at once.


If you ever wondered what Santa’s house would look like if he shopped at Pottery Barn, you have your answer in this Scandinavian-inspired living room.


Less a living room and more an experience, this massive home with books to the tall ceiling is the kind of place that impresses.


With inspiration from Japanese design, this cool, easy living room could entertain a CEO as soon as a toddler.

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Three Creative Lofts Fit for Stylish Artists

Mon, 17.11.2014 - 17:20

At one time, loft living was reserved for the truly avant garde. The term calls to mind images of Andy Warhol and his collective lounging around on cushions, barely protected from a dusty concrete floor covered in paint splatters. But in recent years, lofts have become highly desirable, not just for artists but for anyone with an artists’ spirit. The vaulted ceilings, massive windows, and inherently industrial design is attractive to all types of people who want to live a little differently.

The three lofts in this post have their own distinct personality, but each transforms a simple open space into an inhabitable, and even comfortable home.


The first loft is in Milan, and we’re featuring photos of it from Italian photographer Adriano Pecchio. It represents the best of loft living with its huge open spaces, cleverly divided rooms and warm, homey furnishings.


The first level of the loft houses multiple living and entertaining areas, including a spacious open dining room and an industrial-inspired bar. By using white for the walls, floors, and vaulted ceilings, the entire home has a clean and warm vibe in a space that could run the risk of feeling dingy and echoing.


Both the first and second levels are not shy about furniture, with an array of soft surfaces available to catch you when the desire to plop down and daydream strikes.


Upstairs, a bedroom and office area sit much closer to the ceiling. A loft-to-ceiling bookcase provides some sense of separation and privacy.


One of the most notable pieces in this loft is the suspended white bicycle, which hangs just next to a very creatively positioned bookcase. While you wouldn’t want to be climbing that ladder very often, it’s a great way to store those publications that you can’t stand to get rid of but don’t need to look at.


The second loft is an eclectic vision from designer Ilya Garbuzov, specifically designed for a male Muscovite with a cat.


Vaulted ceilings give away its lofty origins, but the rich leather furniture and the exposed brick have a distinctly European vibe that strays from the typical industrial loft designs.


Deep browns and reds, including converted trunks as coffee tables, are highly masculine while dangling glass light fixtures add a bit of trendy delicacy to the design.


A massive outdoor space is the jewel in the crown of this particular loft, bedecked in wood with its own separate dining area and oversized porch swing. It would be a shame if there weren’t a party here every night (although perhaps they could bring in some space heaters for the Moscow winter).


The final loft comes from the team at Martins Architects and features a more traditional apartment design than the other two spaces.


The loft is divided into separate areas by its exposed brick walls, including a living area and screening room, dining room, and hidden bedroom.


A neutral color palette with a few splashes of brightness is nothing too off the wall but bring a nice warmth to the brick and wood design. Mismatched dining chairs and caged lightbulbs are the finishing touches on this quirky style.

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Small Apartment Uses Movable Shelving to Create Endless Design Combinations

Fri, 14.11.2014 - 18:38

While we have featured many apartments of late that make creative use of small spaces, none of those have gone to quite the creative lengths that you will see in this Spanish apartment from PKMN Architectures. Rather than shrink down every separate room – from dining to bed to closet – to fit into a small space, this design turns one big space into everything the resident designer needs. It does so through the use of amazing moveable shelving units.


The designers have separated this apartment into two spaces. The first remains open all the time and is set up for formal dining as well as work. But the second half of the apartment is where the magic happens.


In one iteration, the kitchen cooking space is left open and inconspicuous furniture allows for a small business meeting.


It was important in the design phase that the occupant be able to easily and quickly move the shelves around, since she would be doing it every day. The units when full weigh upwards of 500 kg, but the tracks and casters, which were inspired by library shelving units, make it easy for the owner to move them with just one hand.


The designers built custom shelving units from OSB (oriented strand board), which is an inexpensive but durable material made from pressed wood flakes. The wood is then finished in a laminate that smooths the surface and makes them water resistant.


As one shelf slides over, it reveals kitchen table/dining area that folds down in a snap. Hidden behind this folding table are dishes, cookware, and other kitchen essentials.


In yet another option, the central shelf folds out to become a bed. Across from the bed is the closet shelving area, which opens into a private dressing space that fronts the bathroom. A wooden panel can be pulled across the “entry” to the bedroom for increased privacy.


The back space of the apartment opens up into a spacious garden that would never betray the wonders of storage that lay just beyond the sliding glass doors.

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Art Deco Elegance from Dream Design Studio

Thu, 13.11.2014 - 18:27

Though the simplicity of modern design is certainly en vogue, there is still something to be said for decadence that throws caution to the wind and brings in plenty of lush, luxurious glamour. This space, a private home in Ukraine from the Kiev-based designers at Dream Design Studio, manages to marry the elegance and excess of the art deco aesthetic with the mid-century sleek looks of modern masters like Le Corbusier and the Eames’. The interior utilizes both specially selected furnishings and amazing sculpted and molded architectural elements to complete its sense-stimulating indulgent design.


The home itself has four floors with the living and dining room on the ground floor and the bedrooms and study occupying the upper floors.


Art deco design, in its original incarnation, was a testament to new technologies and progress. This design, starting with the living room’s masterfully molded ceiling, manages to pay tribute to the look of the past while still engaging with the technologies of the future.


This chandelier, dripping with crystal, is straight out of the Great Gatsby, a testament to sumptuous excess.


In the dining area, small potted plants decorate the table and sliding doors ornamented with brass open out onto a private garden. The plant life not only adds splashes of vibrant color, but creates its own microclimate, making the home ultimately more livable still.


On the top level, designers created the most masculine space in the home. With dark wood flooring and carved boiseries, this area is the perfect retreat for a day’s work or an evening’s scotch.


It’s impossible to ignore the restraint in this particular room. While it indulges with the carved walls and still makes use of gorgeous furnishings, it does not have the same over the top level of accoutrements as the other areas of the house.


The upstairs space also includes a collection of Netsuke miniature sculptures.


A Le Corbusier-inspired chair is a loud shout to this room’s mid-century modern inspirations.


Even the upstairs bathroom is carefully dark.


The contrast between the downstairs bedrooms and the upstairs ‘male space’ is almost shocking. Here, a carved ceiling acts as a canopy for a soft and luxurious bed.


And of course, what stylish flapper would be complete with plenty of space for shoe storage.


A marble and hardwood bathroom comes complete with an elevated tub that would literally put any woman on a pedestal.


A soft double chaise in the luscious lilac that pervades the house would be an ideal place to lounge a day away.


A smaller room for the family’s daughter is no less luxurious.


The blown glass light fixture decorated with porcelain butterflies is certainly a lovely focal point.


Whimsical wallpaper is a playful detail that still fits perfectly with the overall theme.


Brass details, like on this tree branch patterned table, are a timeless addition.


And the light fixtures throughout are stunning.


Of course, only the best materials were sourced for such a project, including this accent glass from Lalique.


A brass-fixtures guest bath is just the kind of powder room you’d visit after a long night of dancing and champagne.

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Two Apartments In Modern Minimalist Japanese Style (Includes Floor Plans)

Wed, 12.11.2014 - 17:32

As we have explored before, the Japanese style interior design aesthetic is highly tied to the idea of minimalism and negative space. In these two small apartments, you will see that there is truly nothing there that does not have a purpose. The spaces never feel cluttered or cramped, no matter what the actual area measurements. Instead, air and energy can easily flow from room to room in a relaxing and comforting way.

Natural wood is another common element in Japanese design, and both of these spaces use it to great effect. Combined with swaths of sunlight and warm, light colors, even a small space can feel open as well as orderly when utilizing this style.


The first apartment is a renovation, done by the team at Sinato Architects. The house is known as Fujigaoka M and is more than two decades old. The purpose of the renovation was to create a space that was both more modern and more comfortable for the married couple who was to live there.


The architects sought to make the house more open and give it the connected feeling that comes with living as a couple.


None of the rooms in the home are closed off by walls and doors. Instead, half walls create some division and necessary privacy while sunlight from two sides of the home is allowed to flood in.


Of course, the use of sturdy natural wood, for the inner terrace as well as furnishings and flooring, is distinctly aligned with the Japanese aesthetic, giving the entire space a warm and cozy glow.


The central portion of the house, referred to as the “inner terrace” by the renovators, acts as a room separation but does not close anything off. Instead, it offers space for storage as well as display walls for personal photos, art, and books. The central wall therefore becomes a personal element of the house that is easily updated for seasonal changes or the occasional redecoration.


The second apartment is also a renovation, this time of a 75 square meter (800 square foot) home in Western Australia. The renovation was undertaken by Clare Cousins Architects and was necessary to make a warm and open home for a young family who was expecting their first child.


With such a small space for two adults and soon a child, an effort was made to minimize the sleeping area while maximizing the living space. This meant that every element had to be truly necessary, in the Japanese style, and when possible each space had to have multiple functions.


This was partially accomplished through the use of sleeping cubbies, that are no larger than a mattress. These areas can be closed off at night for privacy, or during the day to hide the bedroom away.


A young family of course will also want to be able to entertain on occasion and perhaps have overnight guests. The lofted area of the apartment accomplishes that goal with a spare guest bed as well as access area to hidden storage compartments. The lofted storage is actually home to more furniture, made from plywood, that folds flat to save space.


Moveable partitions throughout the home give residents the option to change the layout as they see fit, from day to day.


A simple but chic bathroom uses clean white tiles and gold plated fixtures for a modern and minimal – if not traditionally Japanese – look.

Fan of the Japanese style? Do check out these then.

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Contemporary New Delhi Villa with Amazing Courtyard and Water Features

Tue, 11.11.2014 - 16:23

While we love to celebrate smaller homes and their creative designs on this blog, there is no substitute for a sprawling, modern house that would make most design lovers’ dreams come true.

This expansive family home in New Delhi, from the team at DADA Partners, incorporates the homeowner’s affinity for contemporary design with a spacious layout and beautiful outdoor elements. The six bedroom home is truly a space that the family can enjoy on their own, and where they can easily and elegantly entertain friends and associates.


The villa sits on 2.5 acres of land and in addition to each of the six bedrooms has both indoor and outdoor living areas and plenty of room for entertaining.


The two story house stays true to its contemporary influences with sweeping horizontal lines, clean angles, and neutral stone construction.


A brilliant backyard pool forms the border of the north courtyard, making that space a destination for outdoor entertaining and relaxation.


Sliding doors from the living room offer a view to the pool, or can open up to create a seamless indoor and outdoor space.


Two courtyards make up the center area of the home, giving it its project name of Center Court Villa. By building the house around these courtyards, the architects have allowed nearly every room to have full exterior views, helped along by floor-to-ceiling windows where possible.


A reflecting pool along the driveway of the house becomes a modern moat as a wood and steel bridge traverses it to lead guests into the foyer. A shaded canopy comes out over the formal entryway for a cooling, and stylish effect.


The groundfloor of the house is home to a formal dining room as well as the living area, bar, and prayer room.


Upstairs, family bedrooms face out onto the private lawn for a beautiful view of the manicured grass as well as much desired privacy for all.


The interior spaces throughout the house are sleek and minimal, which serves to draw attention to the landscape outside the windows. These landscapes include both verdant foliage and carefully chosen paving stones, with natural textures and their own minimalist sensibility.


Even the roof is manicured for a unique and lovely perspective.

Via: Contemporist.

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Delicious Interiors with Natural Materials and Gorgeous Outdoor Spaces

Mon, 10.11.2014 - 16:56

Every space on this blog is carefully crafted by architects and designers, often in concert with homeowners and their own personal style. But we would not be able to feature them as we do without the help of luscious, textured, colorful photographs. The images in this post were selected from the portfolio of photographer Tom Ferguson. This Australia-based photographer has photographed many different design projects in his home projects and beyond. His photographs masterfully capture the vibrant colors of these homes that utilize large natural open spaces, plenty of greenery and modern lines.

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This interior view, with a nearly panoramic look into the garden, is from a terrace house in the Paddington area of Sydney.


A major renovation of the interior allows this space to blend effortlessly with its outdoor area.


These shots are taken from a renovated terrace home in Randwick that’s listed as part of that area’s State Heritage.


The design for this bright and creative interior won the 2014 Belle/Coco Republic Residential Interior Design Award.


That comes as no surprise when you see the lovely interiors, freshly landscaped garden area, and clean, modern look.


This space is from a Darlinghurst Apartment, a 1915 apartment on the eastside of Sydney that was renovated.


This lovely sunroom feature succulents, bonsai, and of course sunny views of the nature outside.


This family home in Camperdown, Sydney, uses playful color to create a perfect family space.


The glass bulbs inside catch the color of the outdoor pool, making the whole kitchen feel as if its underwater.


This house also notably features a garden and exterior design from Brendan Moar, who chose the brilliant dangling plant life that overhangs the back patio.


This gorgeous brick house was renovated to give it a much more modern look, including this sleek fireplace.


This project, a residential home in Petersham, in Sydney’s Inner West, features incredible floor to ceiling windows.


They slide right open into the modern deck area, making a perfect area for kits to run circles and pedal tricycles.

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Designing A Super Stylish Party Pad: The Oh!dessa Apartment

Fri, 07.11.2014 - 16:58

When entertaining friends and family is a key part of your lifestyle, that has to be built into your space. This apartment from the design at 2Bgroup incorporates the owner’s own comfortable modern style with her desire to play hostess for anything from dinners to sleepovers. For it’s sophisticated and eye-catching style, the team has termed it the oh!dessa apartment. Let’s take a look inside.


This cheeky cover photo is surely a shoutout to the penchant for parties in this space. What’s a night on the floor when your friend has a crash pad like this?


The apartment adheres to absolute minimalism when it comes to doors and windows, instead relying on columns, curtains, and elevations to create room divisions.


With a mixture of concrete and wood, the design certainly takes a turn towards warm industrial, though the designers didn’t set out to make a modern loft.


A cozy dining table is perfect for a small dinner party but doesn’t feel overwhelming on those nights home alone.


From this angle, the openness of the space is readily apparent.


Hardwood floors and low pile carpet is easy to clean in case of a party emergency. Plus a soft place to land is perfect for anyone who has one too many.


A cozy reading nook and exposed brick make for a welcoming entryway to be sure.


The massive closet is actually a walk through rather than a walk in – you have to pass through it to get from the master bedroom to the bath.


With it’s subtle molded walls the bedroom manages to soften out the industrial vibe, which is perfect for a good night’s sleep.


Though the style is very open, each room, from bedroom to guest bath, is carefully arranged so that wherever a guest goes, both he and the host have the privacy they need.


Not exactly your run of the mill double basin in this stylish space.


By adding the bookshelves to the window wall, designers were able to keep the rest of the walls completely free from objects, resulting in an amazingly open feeling for this 180 square meter (1937 square foot) apartment.


Soft lighting throughout, with the use of various hanging fixtures, adds to the chilled out cocktail party atmosphere.


Taking openness to the extreme, the apartment actually includes a transparent glass bath.

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Ultra Luxury Bathroom Inspiration

Thu, 06.11.2014 - 19:15

Perhaps more than any other room in the house, the bathroom is a private retreat. It is a place where we perform important daily rituals and where we take the time to truly indulge ourselves with the wonderful luxury of solitude. The bathrooms collected here use their own design elements but have the luxury factor in common. The bathroom is not a place to skimp and none of these designs do.


An elevated platform puts this stunning marble tub on display while large windows fold open for the truly indulgent experience of bathing in the open ocean.


Wood paneling surrounding the bath are another important element that set the bath area apart from the rest of the bedroom in this ensuite design.


Double sinks nestled into a marble countertop that matches the marble tub are a simple luxurious feature.


And what better way to relax after a decadent bath than to dry off in the setting sun on this private deck.


One view is all it takes to experience the lovely luxury of this feminine bathroom. The floral wall design and curlicue light fixtures make this an ideal retreat for any time of day.


For a less flowery option that is no less luxurious, peek inside this more masculine bath. Dark gray, black, and white are the height of masculine chic while a soaking tub and deep bowl sink offer everything you might need.


The simplicity of this bathroom is the perfect contrast to the stunning views. By sinking the tub into the floor, the designer allows the bather to feel as if they are washing off in the still waters of a lake.


The wood features in this bathroom mesh well with its views, letting you feel at one with the surrounding woods.


Sticking with the theme of nature, this safari inspired bathroom features a zebra rug and mosquito netesque light fixtures for all the glamor of a safari with none of the danger or discomfort.


Sleek floors and shining countertops make this bathroom the perfect mirror for the decadent city below.


A large round tub is the focal point in this simple but inviting space.


While this bathroom, designed as a showcase for Artecasa, UAE, may be a bit over the top for most average homes, it does make it possible to indulge in the possibilities of true luxury.


With coppery tile and gilded accents, there is no question that this bathroom is fit for a queen.


Side by side sinks go glam with intricate mirrors and reflective walls.


This Moroccan inspired design creates plenty of glowing, flattering light with a combination of bare bulbs and hidden fixtures.


A countertop that mimics a lovely dresser gives this space a more feminine touch.


Suited for the most vain, this vanity area is clearly designed with one person who loves her privacy in mind.


This black and white bathroom, with multiple countertop options, has a distinctively 80s feel to it.


Black and white marble throughout is exactly what Gordon Gekko would have wanted.


The angular designs in the counter are a bit futuristic, while other options remain more traditional.


Storage space is always a concern in the bathroom, which is the room of sprays, creams, and salves.


Finally, a colorful addition to this list, where purple tiles and vaguely gothic mirrors give this bathroom a bit of a haunted house vibe, but in a fun way.

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21 Cool Bedrooms for Clean and Simple Design Inspiration

Wed, 05.11.2014 - 16:32


While you might not consider a fireplace in the bedroom to be a bastion of simplicity, plenty of negative space a neutral color palette mean the room is peaceful in its own way.


The pops of red that show up in this bedroom give a little hint of passion to an otherwise simple design.


In this large bedroom, the combination of natural wood flooring and dreamy ocean blues are the perfect amount of calm to help you drift off night after night.


An ocean breeze and plenty of sunshine aren’t possible for every bedroom, but they sure to make for a lovely way to relax.


Wood paneling and shutters give this bedroom a cozy atmosphere and let you block out the light when you want to sleep in.


This bedroom from visualizer Ngoc Bau has a feminine je ne sais quoi without resorting to pinks and florals, just some ethereal tufting and plenty of smooth white.


Though it stays a bit from the theme of simplicity, the cool tones and soft textures still make this bedroom quite inviting.


The simplicity here is palpable but also means this bedroom will never truly go out of style.


With a furnished workspace and private balcony, you would never even need to leave the comfort of this bedroom.


Vertical stripes reflected around this bedroom make it feel taller and more spacious.


Glass closet doors make this simple bedroom feel more open – and are a nice encouragement to keep things organized.


The subtle accents in this bedroom, from the lamps to the accent wall, take this simple bedroom from lovely to luxury.


Another white on white offering from Valkyrie Studio stays light and airy.


A low bed and high ceilings make for a wide open and relaxing space.


The slate gray walls and cozy area rug in this bedroom make is snuggly and simple at the same time.


Artsy choices on the walls don’t detract from the overall industrial simplicity of this bedroom.


In a towering apartment building, staying low to the ground with a platform bed and simple work area is key.


Yummy neutral brown and vibrant green splashes make this bedroom feel like a retreat for a wood nymph.


This is the perfect grey bedroom is slink off to when you’re done with a difficult day at the drawing board.


A futuristic light fixture and lush royal blue chair make this bedroom into a decadent space for an evening alone.


Finally this artist’s loft bedroom is so wide open that it may as well go on forever. Even the tufted headboard is oversized.

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Gorgeous Family Home in South Africa features Majestic Ocean Views

Tue, 04.11.2014 - 17:34

When it comes to designing a home that is situated near an incredible landscape, it is always a challenge to ensure the home is beautiful in its own right without detracting from its natural surroundings. The family home, located in Pezula Private Estates outside of Knysna in South Africa not only takes on this challenge, but succeeds spectacularly. Architects from Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects (SAOTA), led by Greg Truen and Roxanne Kaye, worked to make sure the space integrated seamlessly with the landscape.


For instance, the slanted roof is set at such a height above the main living area that when you are inside the home, it seems to disappear completely, “creating the illusion that one is sitting in the landscape rather than in a room looking out into a landscape.”


The stunning site in The Cove section of the Pezula Estates, eventually to be used as a family home but first as a holiday get away, has ocean views from both the south and east.


The children’s bedrooms, visible in this image, keep true to the emphasis of views and glass, but feature heavy privacy curtains, allowing them to escape into their own private chambers whenever necessary.


The interior design, of course, is understated but should not be overlooked. The design team of Mark Rielly and Tavia Pharaoh, out of Antonia Associates, used a starkly minimalist style. Many of the pieces are sparse, which serves to emphasize the stunning architectural spaces. For a unique space like this, it should come as no surprise that many of the furnishings are bespoke.


The sun was a major concern when working on this project. A solar assessment allowed the architects to determine how best to situate and build the house to minimize the negative effect of direct sunlight. The final results include a sunscreened glass panel as well as a wooden screen across the large overhead skylight.


For this screen, as well as the rest of the home, materials were chosen with great care and not only for their look and durability. Materials such as off-shutter concrete, Rheinzink roofing, timber cladding, and stone were specifically chosen for the way in which they will be able to age gracefully and fade into the landscape as the house stands for many years.

Photographs: SAOTA, John Devonport & Micky Hoyle courtesy of VISI

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Open Apartments that Make Creative Use of Texture and Pattern

Mon, 03.11.2014 - 16:01

Anyone who believes that interior design is simply a matter of choosing furniture and painting the walls has probably never tried to design a room or a home. These apartments, each visualized by Archivizer, have so much more than some pretty paint and a cozy sofa. Specifically, these apartments use color and texture to bring a new dimension to the designs. From cool, smooth tile to playfully patterned throw pillows, these apartments take into account all the senses. The results are welcoming, stylish, and far from simple.


The first apartment uses colors that remind us of an art deco hotel on Miami Beach.


Black and white patterned throw pillows bring a modern zing to the room.


The tiled wall and floor have a delicious chocolate brown coloring that mimics the inside of a seashell.


Teal and lime shades complement each other in a surprising way.


In this next apartment, the beachy colors are absent but we can still see a particular attention to pattern among the otherwise neutral palette. Specifically, this area rug and its bold geometric look, and the accent wall behind the television with its textured design.


In this space, houndstooth is a running theme. The pattern is certainly trendy but also lends a timeless appeal.


This apartment and its lush leather sofa invite you to lounge for house. The smooth texture of the sofa along with the appeal of the leather scent is certainly notable.


A white brick accent wall creates an interesting texture and is a nod to the stacked wood near the fireplace.


This apartment’s living room is dominated by a massive, velvety sofa that’s slate gray and orange.


It’s touchable texture makes it difficult to look away, making that space an inviting focal point in the room.


This lovely apartment is a bit more spacious and utilizes reflective surfaces as well as a decadent magenta color to great effect.


The open floor plan means that the kitchen cabinetry must work with the living room, so the visualizer here has brought the pink into the sofa throw pillows as well as the coffee table centerpiece.


This vibrant apartment uses lime green to make an unmistakable statement.


More houndstooth pillows are very of the moment.


A chevron striped rug speaks volumes about the style of whoever might live here – youthful and fashionable.


A smaller apartment with a gray and black theme uses particularly sleek countertops and a tufted sofa to point to luxury.


A soft white sofa and gorgeous natural wood floors are beautiful features in this fully feminine apartment.


And towards the more masculine, bachelor design we have this dark gray and black apartment with another patterned area rug and smooth, creative light fixtures.


For an artsy turn, look no further than this sunny apartment.


Cheeky pillows and cool, textured light fixtures give this apartment an immediate creative boost.

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Sleek and Simple Luxury in Luxembourg

Fri, 31.10.2014 - 18:24

There is a distinct luxury in simplicity. This Luxembourg house from architect Katarzyna Kuo Stolarska takes this idea to the extreme. With a simple grayscale color palette and the best materials, from furniture to flooring, the house is beautiful and relaxing.


Lofted ceilings have their appeal but the long and low lines in this house are simple but not simplistic.


Cool greys that almost seem to shift from more black to more blue are calming and captivating.


In the living room, ample seating can’t go unnoticed. A deep and wide sofa makes it easy to bask in the light that filters in from the back wall of windows.


The combination of the sofa and coffee table, both on the same parallel planes, make the room seem to go on forever.


Fitting a television into a highly stylized home is always a challenge, but here custom cabinetry means that a flat panel television can disappear and be revealed in just moments.


A conversation nook in one corner offers some of the only furniture that is not a muted gray, black, or white. These stylish woven chairs are not jarring, however, because they sit carefully against the vibrant greenery outside the window.


A simple workspace with completely clear countertop and cozy gray office chair is the blank canvas you’d need to let your imagination take flight. .


Up a white and lucite staircase we find the bedrooms, which are unsurprisingly simple as well.


A low platform bed with a clever bedside table design give the room a focus and that focus is relaxation.


Another seating area is a bit warmer with a modern sueded bean bag chair and seating cushions that evoke the cozy macrame of your grandmother’s house.


The kitchen is again committed to sleek simplicity with glorious marble countertops and bar stools that offer function but not at the expense of extreme, minimalist style.


In the bathroom, white and natural wood bring a bit of warmth to the space.


A deep slate tub is perhaps the opposite of the coveted clawfoot, but has its own ultramodern appeal.


Natural light filtering in from above ensure privacy while bringing its calming effects to anyone who enters.

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5 Kiev Apartments with Verdant Vertical Gardens and Other Natural Elements

Thu, 30.10.2014 - 17:10

With sleek lines and neutral color palettes, modern design can sometimes stand in stark contrast to surrounding nature. However, when a designer like Anton Biytsev is able to take the most important tenets of modern beauty and bring in natural elements as well, it can really bring a space to life. The five Kiev apartments here were each designed by Biytsev. They include a lot of grey, white, and natural wood but each also features an interior vertical garden. Some are subtle while others are more bold and blossoming but each brings a special atmosphere to the entire home.


The first apartment nestles a small wall garden in the living room, amongst industrial-style concrete slabs.


The living room features a slick, modern fireplace that uses natural wood paneling and brings some warmth to the otherwise angular design.


The small kitchen features dark wood cabinetry and caged light bulbs, which are also a hallmark design element of the warm industrial style.


Texture is also important in this design, from the cushy sofa and armchair to the varied texture of the wall planting and of course the smooth wood floors and concrete walls.


In the second apartment, we see many of the same cool gray colors, including an expansive and cozy sofa in the living room that could easily double as a bed.


The luxurious bedroom keeps with the dark colors, creating a separate space for the massive four poster bed and a welcoming area for watching the mounted television.


This time it’s the dining room that features the living wall, and does so quite dramatically.


A creative gold ribbon light fixture contrasts beautifully with the plants growing from the wall in a marriage of manmade and natural elements.


The bedroom also brings in its own nod to nature with a beautiful oversized bonsai tree.


A simple kitchen area with wooden bar stools is very open and modern.


The kitchen and dining area are separated from one another by the creative use of a fireplace, allowing the fire to provide modern ambience to both rooms at once.


In the third apartment, while gray is still widely utilized, a lighter nearly white version on the walls opens up the space.


Reflective kitchen cabinetry makes light bounce around the room playfully but looks super slick.


With a creatively tufted bed, large area rug and slatted walls, the bedroom makes interesting use of texture, creating a sense of being enveloped and safe.


On the other hand, the living room is made up largely of right angles and straight lines, from a marble-style accent wall to an angular modern sofa and chrome coffee table.


A second bedroom, with an even more textured bed in a chocolaty brown velour, would be a dreamy place for guests to spend a night.


The entryway to this apartment gives the distinct impression of entering a sophisticated lair.


The fourth apartment is a bit smaller, but sticks to many of the same aesthetics, including a creative living wall.


Wire light fixtures in the living room are large, but because the design is so open they don’t cut off any space.


A small modern loveseat pulls double duty as a breakfast bench.


The final apartment brings a bit more color into the equation. And that color is a bold and stylish mustard yellow.


The space also makes use of levels, with an elevated dining room that gives the apartment a distinct sense of elegance.


Other elements, however, such as a patterned backsplash in the kitchen and colorful wall art, keep the overall feeling light and livable.


This is also the only apartment that does not feature a living wall, instead allowing the greenery from outside to shine in, and pulling in its vibrant colors with small potted plants and branches.

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