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Cat Owner’s Cramped Apartment Gets Room to Breathe

Di, 17.01.2017 - 16:15

There’s nothing as frustrating as not having enough space to move. We weren’t created to exist in tiny spaces crammed full of our belongings. The problem becomes even worse when you have cats, which are naturally mischievous animals. This is the problem that a homeowner in central Taipei, where space is limited, faced. That is, until Taiwanese based design company, ST Design Studio transformed the small space into a sleek, functional loft. This loft is now an open and integrated space that caters to the homeowner’s lifestyle. Providing light and organic beauty against an urban backdrop, while accounting for the habits and activities of his two cats.

To achieve the design concept, and most of the walls have been removed to extend the line of sight, creating the illusion that the space is bigger than it actually is and removing the cramped atmosphere. The original windows have been left uncovered to allow light from the street to permeate the room, incorporating the city scape into the decor.

One of the most important design aspects is the series of custom white tubing fixed onto the walls with either storage or display functions. The main function of the tubing here is as a substitute for a wardrobe. The lack of a wardrobe clears up floor space, and incorporates the homeowner’s personal style into part of the room’s decor. The tubing in front of the French windows provides space to hang the plants, where they are easily noticed, easy to maintain and out of reach from kitty’s curious paws.

The loft’s color scheme is very light, relying on contrasts and accent pieces to give the room personality. Choosing to make the walls white makes the room look clean and seem bigger. The gray wall prevents the white from becoming overpowering and looking clinical.

Shelves are an ingenious way of storing belongings in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. By attaching the shelves to adjustable irons allows the homeowner to rearrange to wall when inspiration strikes and is a fascinating play area for furry roommates.

A variety of books and collectible toys furnish color to the room and reflect the homeowner’s personality, turning the shelves into an accent wall.

Taking care of all the cats’ needs and lending itself to the sleek layout is the stylish Modkat Litter Box. If you’d like more upscale feline furniture, be sure to check out our stylish cat furniture post.

The hanging plants compensate for the lack of green outside, allowing the homeowner to come home to a refreshing oasis in the middle of an urban jungle.

The room has many industrial elements that make a daring statement without being too obvious. From the custom tubing to the paint-splattered step ladder, the room has a subtle current of antique industrial chic.

A large black lamp ensures that the room will receive enough light after dark and changes a simple table into an ideal place to work or study should the need arise. A small table and chairs set doubles as a dining space and a work table. Two different types of wood also make it a unique aspect to the room.

An independent black cabinet divides the bedroom from the living room, affording the bed area a measure of privacy, by separating the bed from the living area. This is a good idea for a person with an active social life. A light sofa with wooden legs ties into the natural feel of the room reveals more floor space, and doesn’t clutter the room.

The bedroom is located to the side, from the right to the left so that the more direct line of sight is focused on the living area.

A white chest of drawers doesn’t draw too much attention, allowing the room to retain it’s simplicity and gives the homeowner more storage space. By attaching a light wooden sliding door to the wardrobe saves space and prevents the white from becoming overpowering without detracting attention from the view.

A wooden board painted blue with adjustable wooden pegs is a fun way to not only add color to room but to also store personal items and make them part of the decor. Personal items used in place of chunky ornaments for decoration uses up less space.

The custom white tubing extends to this area to create more wardrobe space, combined with the vintage lamps continues the industrial vintage theme.

Simplicity in the bed area draws the eye to the window, which is the focal point of the room and unites the bed area with the rest of the loft.

To conserve space, the designers worked with the angles provided by thee original walls. The slanted bed side table is a sophisticated piece that works with the space. A mirror with a wooden frame adds subtle depth to the room keeps it from looking incomplete.

In order to prevent the white-gray color palette and rough industrial elements from making the space look too cold, designers chose a natural oak island-type flooring to balance the overall texture and makes the room look more warm and detailed.

Materials and furniture with an industrial approach along with the tubing and antique-class industrial lighting bring this clean space more in line with the owner’s personal adventurous taste.

White tiles are a classic Custom white tubing attached to the wall. equips the bathroom with towel rails.

A custom black shower and industrial hand-washing sinks with chrome fittings carry the industrial concept into the bathroom. Floating vanities ensure additional floor space, making the bathroom seem bigger.

The simple black hexagonal tiled floor adds color to the bathroom, and contrasts pleasantly with the white walls. The hanging plants and wooden shelves add organic warmth to what would be an otherwise cold and impersonal room.

Before it’s renovation, the apartment had been divided into four different rooms making an already small space seem smaller and restricted the movements of the occupant and his two cats.

After it’s renovation, the now mini-loft has a total of two rooms. The apartment is now more spacious and adaptable to the needs of the owner. A stylish, modern retreat in a cluttered and hectic world.

If you are looking into cat friendly apartments, do check out:
The Perfect Cat House
An Eclectic Loft Designed for Cats (and their humans)

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Bedrooms With Exposed Brick Walls

Mo, 16.01.2017 - 16:15

The bedroom is a retreat. A place for relaxation, pampering and most of all sleep, its walls are often forgotten in tired wallpaper and outdated skirting boards. Make your bedroom inspirational with a new look – an exposed brick wall. Beautiful when distressed, there’s no need to fear their instantly-stylish and hardy exteriors. Give your room a Scandinavian twist, with a full brick wall behind the bed in red. Make your headboard one of brick, in natural, distressed or painted tones. Make your brick a feature wall in an eclectic room, levelling up to a rich and personal design. Take a look at our top forty brick picks.

Source: Target Point  

Floored on a newspaper rug, this charcoal-painted brick wall provides a strong background for an industrial palace. A low-lying futon and bevy of chandeliers add finishing touches.

Visualizer: Alex Koretskiy  

Pops of purple and blue rise against this feature wall. Clad in charcoal with lighter brown dripping through, it creates a cosy yet artistic feel amidst simple wooden shelving and wicker cane.

Source: Molteni  

Make your bedroom a place for play with abstract decals and furniture. A wall of grey exposed brick leads to the rest of the interior, providing a muted and edgy backdrop.

Visualizer: Oksana Mukhina  

Exposed brick doesn’t have to be red. This white and grey bedroom uses textured white brick to line its wall. Concrete floors, bold typography prints, black drop lighting and a navy duvet mark out focal points.

Visualizer: Peter Ang  

Make the most of a curved skylight with a white brick wall underneath. This beautifully-lit room sets the scene with an abstract painting, oscillating wooden floor patterns and an easel to the side.

Designer: Pikcells  

The hipster would love this bedroom centred around distressed white brick. Paired with a ladder leading to a deconstructed wardrobe, its canvas chandelier marks a sleeping space beside a deerhide and record collection.

Designer: One London  

A triangle marks the spot, in this brick feature wall marked with pure white. Set in an attic space, a low-lying bed draws the eye with a grey throw and black bedside lamp.

Photographer: Carl Wooley  

Want to widen your bedroom? Take a cue from this square space using beige brick around the window. Lined with white walls, a simple copper curtain rod and minimal accessories, it makes a small room seem large.

Visualizer: NB Studio  

Add texture to your bedroom with a white feature wall. Matched with wooden floors, a playing-card chandelier and metallic cushions, the look is contemporary, chic and eclectic.

Visualizer: Elena Zhulikova  

Create a room with a glow, with a hanging light over a brick wall. This subtly-dramatic space lined with brown-coloured curtains leans an abstract canvas against brick, inviting in the tired viewer.

Visualizer: Curly Studio  

A brick wall is perfect for a unisex space. Holding a row of white cabinets, it sits perfectly with a carved-out feature, three black-and-white prints and a gingham bedspread.

Visualizer: Oleg Rasschepkinj  

A calm, peaceful bedroom is supported by brick in muted tones. Holding a host of greyscale photos, a spotted blue-and-grey duvet with a beehive light holds attention amidst wooden furniture.

Visualizer: Zrobym  

Bring the outside inside with a headboard in brick. A green living wall to the side harks back to the garden; a low-lying bed a simpler type of living. With a typographic canvas and standing photographer’s lamp as features, the whole room screams art nouveau.

Visualizer: Svitlana Petelko  

Grey brick can help background pops of colour. This bedroom heroes terracotta and turquoise amidst a black bookcase, quilted grey block bed and monochromatic elements.

Visualizer: Index  

Unsure how to integrate many different elements? A distressed brick wall, like the one in this bedroom, can blend black, white and grey. Mixed with portrait canvases, a standing lamp and brown rug add a feeling of home to a glossy concrete floor.

Visualizer: Uglyanitsa Alexander  

Use brick as a canvas for individualism. This bedroom features The Beatles, a wood-engraved tree painting, London Underground collage and telescope out to the stars. Three dramatically-thick ceiling fans tie the tones in.

Designer: Josephine Hurley   Photographer: Tom Ferguson  

Red brick walls are always a classic. Pair yours with white chiffon curtains, bedding, pod chairs and a headboard cabinet for a fresh look that never dates.

Visualizer: Nordes  

A background of brick can pop out other features. Spiderman fans would appreciate this simple room of grey and white, with their hero to the right.

Visualizer: Juliya Butova  

Designate a place for a rest with a column of brick. Drenched in stone, taupe and light wood with a side of teal, this simple family room points to its feature with a clock.

Visualizer: Juliya Butova  

A wall of brick shines beside competing elements. Plywood, painted charcoal and rough-shod panels cover the floor and walls, in a room of differing colours and oscillating patterns.

Visualizer: Isadhora Omar  

The industrial bedroom is not complete without an interior brick wall. Faced by an aluminium cylinder and steel piping, a wall of square windows shines light onto red brick. A distressed wooden headboard and furry black rug finish the look.

Source: Target Point  

Want a bedroom that truly looks exterior? As if on a deck chair, this unique bed design sits with a poolside table and lush fern to either side. A skylight from the top bathes the room in light.

Visualizer: Yarko Kushta  

The urban loft has a perfect partner in exposed brick. This bedroom features blocked-out window panes, orange leather bedding, wheelable tables and building frames in a space far from conventional.

Source: Target Point  

Even the space age can carry a wall of brick. Lifting off in a Jetson’s style flight, this all-white bed and table integrate with potted cacti, leaning abstracts and a column of brick.

Designer: Barasona  

This light-hued bedroom with exposed brick wall mimics an industrial palace. Lit by an antique chandelier, square frame piping guards a space filled with hanging wooden furniture, tones of grey and soft bedside lighting.

Visualizer: Andrey Novosiolov  

More of an artist’s palace, this low-lying bedroom wows in exposed brick, wood and white. As a chandelier and silver bath sit to the side, the backing wall masks a close stairway.

Visualizer: Anna Fedyukina  

Another low-lying dream, this bachelor’s bedroom gives off good taste. A rough-shod wooden wardrobe leads to a suitcase-stack table. On a red brick wall, a monochrome horse rears its tail. A geometric mat holds a space for sleeping, while metallic lamps make for comfort.

Designer: Emma Persson Lagerberg  

Relaxed and functional, this small bedroom uses brick to full effect. Lined with a tumbling bookshelf, a floor lamp in copper and antique map look creative beside a red brick wall.

Visualizer: Garza Camisay Arquitectos  

Another smaller space, this room ensures red brick doesn’t close it in. Set on concrete with a full wall of windows, a multi-coloured bedspread helps tie it together.

Designer: Union Studio  

Make it classy with many windows interspersed with brick. Headed by a textured feature wall, thick black joinery and muted beige furniture give prominence to striking red brick.

Designer: CTA Architects  

Infuse Japanese culture, with a black and red bed headed by brick. This interesting space shows off a sea view in large window panels, while adding a roll-mat mattress and cubed ottoman to dreamtime.

Designer: Pillar 3  

Sense the forest, with an outside wall inside. Lined by sensational views, this large, square sleeping space makes bright blue stand out against red.

Designer: Luiz Fernando Grabowsky  

Want to make your bedroom space your own? Red brick can hold all your trinkets, books, paintings and office accessories, like it does in this modern bedroom.

Designer: Crescent Builds  

Comprised of a bedroom and lounging area, this space uses red brick to join the two. High chiffon curtaining and a tropical bedspread add light to white furniture and wooden floors.

Source: Douglas Elliman  

Hints of the tribal can work with red brick. This bedroom uses a lotus-patterned headboard to introduce the sleeping space. Roman blinds and a pearled hanging bulb are separated by brick and wooden tones.

Designer: Lena Lalvani  

A distressed brick wall can make quite a feature. Peppered with finds from around the world, it sits beside a blue and gold Florentine design and tribal headboard in perfect harmony.

Designer: Tropical Space  

The four poster bed fan can’t go past this Swedish sauna-inspired space. Eco-designed to let in cool air and light, it’s a man-made wonder.

Source: Environment Furniture  

Dotted with cross-incisioned brick panels, this unusual looking bedroom lets in light in one snazzy design. A wooden slat bed adds functionality and simplicity.

Designer: Bauhaus Custom Homes  

A softer, sleepier approach is awarded to this bedroom. Juxtaposing a red brick wall against leather, fur and a multi-textured rug, brick helps ground and solidify the design.

Designer: Alterstudio  

Create a simple beach look, with a brick wall in muted colouring. This bedroom plays with a denim-hued bedspread, red zigzag sheets and a cane basket table for a light, airy feel.

Buy It: From $14  

Don’t have the brick wall or budget to utilise? Choose from these cheaper options, easy to peel on and off your bedroom wall.

Several faux-brick options are available, if your budget and current home design won’t stretch. Try brick veneers, dry-wall, wallpaper or decals for a short or long-term solution to a beautiful bedroom.

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Find Greyspiration In 3 Sophisticated, Modern Grey Spaces

Fr, 13.01.2017 - 16:52

Grey is not usually equated with exciting. Evocative of boredom, it is nevertheless finds expression in many contemporary designs – and there is a reason why. Grey is versatile. The colour between black and white, it finds depth of shadow to enhance traditional and modern living spaces. Compatible with a range of themes, it adds finesse without boldness. These three living spaces use grey to achieve greatness, in three very different interiors. The first is art-deco, inspired by the raw nature of the rainforest. The second is industrial, perfect for the polished couple. The third is more brutal, more masculine, stark.

Visualizer: Olia Paliichuk  

Our first apartment, at 80sqm, was designed for a couple passionate about travelling. Inspired by rainforests and the exotic, the outdoors is brought indoors, with ‘60’s detailing and south-east Asian gold thrown in. In the living room, unpainted corrugated iron sits stark upon a grey wall, a surprising backdrop for a chic wooden bookcase. Beige block sofas and one-piece wooden chairs open enough space for gold statuettes and a leaf-shape chair. Low-hanging idea lights light up black-potted cacti, while a golden kitchen panel acts as a hat for green-marble. Multi-panelled black windows and a soft green rug circle off the area.

The bedroom feels more dragon’s den, less apartment with lengthy potted cacti climbing up high-ceilinged windows. Taupe wallpaper adheres to an elongated oval mirror. A grey headboard printed with sea lions stretches to a mat and stone chaise longue below. Thin, low-hanging lights balance out the elements.

The TV area looks ornate with a gold-feature wall, accentuated by a marble-clad palm. Mid-wooden floors hold black shelving underneath and to the side.

Looking through the bedroom, the bathroom appears a jewellery box. Top-to-toe glass and gold panelling gives off luxury whilst increasing space.

Inside, the bathroom wows in speckled marble. Mimicking the bedroom’s mirror, an oval turns sideways to reflect white-tiled walls. Rounded porcelain fixtures trimmed with gold give a taste of the ornate.

Architect: Martin Architects   Visualizer: Olia Paliichuk  

Our second space uses shades of grey, along with wood and iron, to create an air of the industrial. In the living room, a grey-speckled rug matches with grey curtains and a grated wall, playing off bolder colours. Starting with a brown leather chair, the room winds around in thin stencil lighting. A stone L-shaped couch and wall provide a frame for a stencil-and-wood table, straight off the manufacturer’s block. A diagonally-tiled wooden wall holds a TV, bookcase and bust, adding a hint of the informed. Factory lights peep from the stark black ceiling.

An iron deer’s head lurks above the entrance, kept company by a wooden sheet wall. Metal grating holds a chair lit by factory lighting. Grey walls hold wire coat racks; grey flooring the rest.

An iron and wood staircase acts the central element of the space, adding structure. The dining room mimics its zag-zagging, thin lines in high wooden stools. Featuring a communal stove and dining table, a low-lying fanned light mirrors over the table. Around the corner, metal grating meets the stairs on a grey concrete finish. Towards the elevator, the stairs show diagonal wood tiling, as grey doors assimilate to its black frame. The stairs are matched at every angle.

From the kitchen, the stairs present another view. Led by a grey wooden dining table and kitchen bench, their shape zig-zags over the top, providing colour inspiration. Lit by factory lights in the kitchen, the chairs shine wood and gold at different times. Grey matte walls soften the glow.

The bathroom presents grey again, but in a new capacity. Grey beehive tiling clothes the floor and central wall, with taupe covering another. Feature green-grey marble hangs porcelain blocks on its sides, creating a staircase effect. Metal stencil shower framing and chrome polish off an industrial space.

Visualizer: Landusheva Nastia  

Designed for a bachelor in his 20’s, this 124sqm apartment was designed as a bachelor pad – in a brutal, masculine style. Here, grey alternate-slanting tiles shine beside a grey concrete ceiling and linen curtains. A white canvas hangs down for movies and laptop work, a young man’s dream. Natural wooden flooring holds taupe and quilted brown block couches. Black metal stencilling in the standing lamp, hanging lights and tables add structure, as reflected in the grey Venetians behind.

Further behind, a stark kitchen takes effect in top-to-toe wooden panelling. Holding an LED-lit black matte inlet and another stencilled-frame above, a cylindrical fan completes the bachelor’s kitchen. A steel pod chair watches on.

Through the kitchen, another catching-up space opens up. Lit by an LED-stencilled ‘Stronger than yesterday’, grey beanbag couches slouch on a wooden floor, met by an oblong and grey wooden table. Light grey industrial fabric strains the room, pairing with slatted wooden entrance panels demarcating the space. A view from the outside shows white squared windows filling the room with light.

A dining room space is small enough to look functional, and big enough for four. Grey tiling covers a feature wall, as four drop lights grounded by thick fixtures centre the table. Nestled next to grey floor-to-ceiling curtains, multi-shaded wooden floors and a table are greeted by velvet teal chairs. A stencil table to the side harks back to the industrial.

The kitchen ties in the central space, as it leads visitors away. A stencilled ceiling feature, black-framed kitchen panelling and block benching closes off the space.

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A Book Lover’s Dream House With Great Nature Views

Do, 12.01.2017 - 16:41

Ever wanted your own book-lined wall? This 1,937sqft home in Mexico City, Mexico, is both book and nature-smart. Designed by Paul Cremoux Studio, 70% of the year is dedicated to outdoor living in a light, bright, and natural indoor-outdoor flow. Rain water is drained through two filters, eliminating dependency on the grid. Direct sunlight enters from the south, east and west, while a halved home conversion decreases household costs and lets in the forest. Take a walk with us as we explore, with the help of working drawings and renders, an eco-friendly dream with the most breathtaking of bookcases.

Walking through an open-framed sliding door, a Scandinavian living space awakens. Wide-leaved ferns lead into a wall of books, zig-zagged over by a stunning white staircase. Kept in a wooden block frame and leading past the eye’s reach, the myriad colours in the shelves provide a scintillating backdrop for muted furniture. A view towards the space at night turns the exterior panel dark; the light glowing inside like a beacon.

Spaced on similarly-hued floors, the lounge and kitchen create a relaxed space. A powder blue couch offers a few pastel cushions, as it faces two wooden school chairs, a table and two-lighter hued cabinets. Facing a window around a corner, the dining room sits neatly in simple wood. As the day turns dark, a mounted light spreads out like the rays of the sun, a design feature all its own over a light grey rug.

As the dining room dominates the other corner, a view outside shows a clever joining of plaster and wood panels. Showing as far as the bookcase and as near as the dining table, a peek directly inside shows a simple white dome light and MOMA bowl marking the space. Surrounding lush greenery gives a view from the inside.

An outside area bathed in wood and plaster makes the most of outside plants. Hedges and ferns tumble over an outside garage, as wooden decking leads the way to paths. As the stony walkway around the house extends, large trees give off a forest feel and view to the main interior.

On the second floor, large steel frames create perpendicular grates. A wooden-floored balcony with a small, rounded light extends into the home, while wide window joinery offers a view for rainier days. The overall construction maintains a block effect, adding interest at the intersection of wood and plastered white.

From the front, a slatted wooden door opens to plinths in tiled white. As stony paths hold plants, the sunlight dapples over the open-roofed space.

Another white-tiled space, the bathroom also beckons with a wooden door. Oblong furniture shows off a wooden-hued double sink and mirror panel, while a magnifying glass shows a closer view. Its LED-lit frame leads to a rainforest shower, a perfect match for a forest-look setting. Separated by a misted glass panel, the toilet views the outside, maintaining privacy within a light and bright feel.

A step away shows a space in the forest need not be far from the roadside. Two trees create shade, a plaster wall privacy from the neighbours.

See our sets of 3D models and house, levelling, bookcase and staircase plans below, for a more intricate lesson on creating a book lover’s forest home.

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Redesigned Family Retreat Built Around a Forest Glade

Mi, 11.01.2017 - 16:15

How do you create a contemporary, scenery-led home within an existing building? This forest-hidden gem by architect Rado Iliev and photographer Assen Emilov splits the original exterior in two, creating a wide-windowed corridor that brings the outside in. Flowing from north to south, the corridor feature is built around a compass, ensuring North, South, East and West face the right areas, at the right time. The interior folds the forest in with views permeating the lounge and simple black, white and wooden elements that let nature be the hero. Take a tour with us to see this contemporary forest retreat.

The two-storey plaster home opens with an aluminium corridor, letting in the forest with stunning tinted-glass panels. Extending and enlarging the home, it juts out at just the right angle, affording a lounge view that soaks in the sunlight and sunset.

As the dining room looks over the forest, the lounge beside uses green to penetrate three of its four walls. Muted grey block couches sit on simple, dark wooden floors that echo the landscape. A copper grasshopper lamp leans over a black glass table, while a textured black ceiling adds interest. A partition wall behind acts as a sleek bookcase in black and grey, holding colourful ornaments that dot themselves around the room. Based on a silver stand, the TV functions for night-time while blending into the background, letting the scenic forest location shine.

Just past the inbuilt fireplace, the dining room catches the eye with a bright bouquet of flowers. Led in by a deerskin rug and the black-panelled ceiling, it acts as a sophisticated setting for dinner, and a relaxed location for morning coffee. Stark black and white tones in the chairs, hanging light and table provide a classic look set apart from the pop-of-colour lounge.

A look through the corridor shows a hint of the kitchen, another monochrome dream. Lining one wall with a full-white bench, a landscape window focuses the gaze on the outside view. Its dark wooden floors hold glass-and-white cabinetry to the other side, as greenery peeks in from the dining room. A central panel in an extractor fan and stove make a design feature muted, classic, and complementary.

Back through the lounge, a set of monochrome stairs lead the way down. Framed by glass banisters and white walls, their almost-floating appearance looks light, contemporary and ultra-modern. The colour contrast between the stairs, iron railing and white wall makes a statement, a statement further deepened as two wooden block stairs lead to stone patios. The journey obscures the forest view only momentarily.

The view from the patio shows two storeys of levelling. As stone leads on to a grass lawn, steps lead up to another dark-wooden deck. The central fireplace from the living room reappears on the outside, while glass railings show its many levels from the top floor.

The ground floor too holds beauties up its sleeve. Using thick, black-framed windows, an office uses a wall to hold books and a desk in charcoal wood. A mustard-hued bedroom sits on lighter-wooden flooring, as a large window illuminates yellow-golden bedding and a panelled feature wall. The bathroom hides away in white and beige tones, as a striking agate feature wall and floor bring nature’s elements inside.

Leading down from thick-framed sliding doors, the path away from the home shows its easy-play front lawn and unique sloped location. Enveloped in a tree-laden thicket, its green, scenic attributes are a sight for sore eyes.

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50 Dragon Home Decor Accessories To Give Your Castle Medieval Appeal

Di, 10.01.2017 - 16:15

Are you looking to embrace a medieval theme for your garden or interior? Attractive dragon-themed decor isn’t exactly a common find – but this post compiles 50 of the most useful, unique, or simply beautiful dragon decorations we could locate. It’s all here! There’s something for every room, from the kitchen to the office. Consider using this post as a go-to resource for your next themed party or just in case you need a gift for a friend who loves fantasy novels. Which dragon-themed decoration is your favorite? Stop by the comment section and let us know!

Buy It: From $30   

Dragon Welcome Plaques: Perhaps even more fearsome than a guard dog, these dragon-themed welcome plaques are the perfect way to tell guests to “enter, at your own risk”.

Buy It: $398   

Dragon Wall Clock: The detail on this cast wall clock is beyond brilliant – guests will look up to check the time and won’t be able to take their eyes away. The hands look like swords to complete the medieval theme.

Buy It: $90   

Dragon Wall Clock: The detail on this cast wall clock is beyond brilliant – guests will look up to check the time and won’t be able to take their eyes away. The hands look like swords to complete the medieval theme.

Buy It: $85   

Past, Present & Future Sculptural Dragon Wall Clock: Famous dragon artist Gary Chang created this design to represent the three dragons of past, present, and future. It’s a functional piece of art that any fan of the fantasy genre would love to have.

Buy It: $25   

Dragon Desk/Mantelpiece Clock: No game room or medieval living room would be complete without this menacing clock on the mantle. The mechanism ticks just like a classic clock for an authentic feel.

Buy It: $37   

Dragon Pendulum Clock: Gothic interior decor isn’t easy to find, but this piece certainly hits many of the thematic details to tie your chosen motif together. A castle, a full moon clock face, a guardian dragon, a skull, and a pentagram pendulum offer lots to look at.

Buy It: $45   

Dragon Table Lamp: At 20 inches tall and covered with a 12-inch diameter shade, this clock is a nice eye-catching piece for a nightstand or a side table. The black shade ensures nice soft lighting to keep your dungeon nice and mysterious.

Buy It: $22   

Medieval Dragon Candle Holder: Here’s a great piece for a fantasy-inspired interior. Three castle towers are the perfect size for votive candles. If you’re worried about charring the wings with taller candles, rechargeable LED options would be ideal.

Buy It: $30   

Dragon Oil Warmer: Oil warmers make great ambiance-defining decor and are always a nice choice for a useful gift. Unlike other oil warmers, this one uses an electric light and includes a dimmer switch so you can control the brightness and heat.

Buy It: $150   

Dragon Hanging Lamp: Detailed, creative, and certainly unlike any other lamp, this piece is a great alternative to tabletop options. It does weigh a moderately hefty 11lbs so be sure to mount it carefully.

Buy It: $89   

Dragon Light Fixture: This wall-mounted dragon extends 15″ inches from the wall to create a striking and elegant impression. Consider hanging one lamp in a centered location, or pick up a pair to go on either side of a sofa or bed.

Buy It: $85   

Dragon Wall Sconce: Beautiful from every angle, it’s easy to see why this piece deserves a coveted spot on the wall. And just look at the lighting effect on the detailed interior portion! Note that it does not include the wooden frame, but you could easily add your own.

Buy It: $21   

Medieval Dragons Wall Plaque with Dagger: Sword collectors, dragon fans, and medieval enthusiasts alike are sure to enjoy this decorative plaque. The small dagger knife that comes with it is heavy and very shiny, easily removed from the plaque so you can show it off to friends.

Buy It: $24   

Purple Dragon Plaque With Mini Swords: Each sword that comes with this purple-pink dragon plaque is made from polished metal, and though they’re not sharp, they work great as letter openers. The rest of the plaque is made from durable resin.

Buy It: $14   

Dragon Display Knife: Are you more interested in decorative knives than miniature swords? This detailed blade is a great display piece and makes a bold first impression.

Buy It: $23   

Dragon Knife With Holder: The neck and wing make up the handle of the knife, which fits seamlessly on the dragon body to form a complete sculpture.

Buy It: $23   

Dragon Show Blade With Stand: Here’s something even more unusual. This distinctive blade remains unsharpened for safe handling as a display piece, but it retains its daring aesthetic and fierce composition.

Buy It: $17   

Dragon Snow Globe: Snow globe collectors and dragon fans alike can appreciate this fun and interactive piece. The dragon and base are hand-painted to enhance the lovely depth of detail.

Buy It: $198   

Dragon Chess Set: Detailed pewter chess pieces take on the form of an army of dragons. The transparent glass board reveals a dragon graveyard contained within the crumbling remains of castle walls.

Buy It: $27   

Dragon Trinket Box: What could go along with a mythical fantasy theme better than a box of hidden treasures? Simply lift the dragon to reveal what’s inside.

Buy It: $33   

Dragon On Orb Sculpture: Here’s another handy vessel that doubles as a catchall for little objects around the house. It could work great in a dragon-themed living room, bedroom, or even the bathroom or kitchen.

Buy It: $23   

Dragon Topped Mechanical Box: Finding steampunk home decor isn’t always easy, but this piece is cool on several levels. This decorative box would work great for jewelry, office supplies, dice, or other odd objects.

Buy It: $80   

Dragon Hour Glass: Time is an interesting theme for medieval decorations. This hourglass sculpture is 10 inches long and almost 7 inches tall, sure to make an impression sitting on your mantle or shelf.

Buy It: $16   

Dragon Stapler: Whether you work from home or want to bring a bit of personal flair to the office, this dragon-shaped stapler is fearsome and individualized.

Buy It: $17   

Dragon Utility Holder: Pencils, pens, rubber bands, and paperclips – this 4 inch tall utility holder is a nice addition to any desk.

Buy It: $31   

Dragons & Gargoyles Pen Set: Bold writing utensils are a great way to make a memorable first impression. This set of 5 represents a variety of gargoyles and dragons for an unforgettable writing set.

Buy It: $21   

Dragon Bookend: These lightweight polyresin bookends make it easy to emphasize medieval influences on any bookshelf. Each dragon features intricate detail and measures in at over 10 inches tall and 7 inches wide, with a manageable width of just over 3 inches.

Buy It: $109   

Game Of Thrones Dragon Eggs Bookend: Dragon eggs are a great low-key way to show love for dragons and especially dragons as they relate to Game of Thrones. This is an officially licensed set replicating a wedding gift to Daenerys, each dragon egg standing 7″ tall.

Buy It: $5   

Dragon Bookmark: Whether you like to work on beadwork projects or want to add something simple like ribbons, this metal dragon bookmark makes it easy with a little loop hanging from the dragon’s mouth.

Buy It: From $5   

Dragon Keychains: These keychains would make great gifts for Game of Thrones fans who want to rep House Targaryen.

Buy It: $28   

Dragon Bottle Opener: Bottle openers can be simple affairs, or they can serve as a decorative and delightful fixture in the home. This dragon-shaped bottle opener attaches to the wall to add big personality even when it’s not in use.

Buy It: $15   

Solid Pewter Dragon Bottle Opener: Here’s a smaller bottle opener more appropriate for hauling to parties or keeping around the house. The detailed dragon is cast in solid pewter, and the opener is made from durable stainless steel.

Buy It: $30   

Dragon Wine Bottle Holder: What a thirsty dragon! Here’s a lovely gift for somebody who loves to sip wine while reading their favorite fantasy or medieval themed books.

Buy It: $79   

Dragon Claw Goblet: Game of thrones fans might recognize this dragon claw goblet from a memorable scene between Melisandre and Master Cressen. Its glass bowl holds 12 oz. of your favorite beverage.

Buy It: $15   

Dragon Goblet: If you’re looking for an inexpensive goblet for decoration or for sipping small beverages, this handsome piece will draw compliments from any dragon fan.

Buy It: $17  

Dragon Chalice: This chalice holds 5 ounces (150 ml) and the stainless steel insert is removable for easy washing. It stands at a full 7 inches tall to make a grand statement at your table.

Buy It: $20   

Dragon Mug: Although the manufacturer states this mug is for decoration only, the stainless steel interior ensures it will hold up for everyday use as a penholder or just as a neat decoration for the home.

Buy It: $16   

Dragon Salt & Pepper Shakers: Your seasonings are sure to remain safe in the hands of this intimidating guardian. Like many of the cast resin pieces in this post, the detail is unbeatable.

Buy It: $40   

Dragon Cake Pan: The detail in this cake pan is almost astonishing. This one holds 8 cups of batter to accommodate larger guest counts, great for a birthday party or other dragon-themed event.

Buy It: From $8   

Dragon Moulds: Yep, there’s a whole world of dragon-themed baking accessories out there! It’s always nice to have just the right shape to suit themed parties or to treat a loved one to something out of the ordinary.

Buy It: $52   

Dragon Egg Cookie Jar: Is your home a House Targaryen home? This ceramic cookie jar doesn’t contain a soon-to-be hatchling but instead can hold your favorite knickknacks, cut flowers, or of course, cookies.

Buy It: $118   

Dragon Wall Art: While an ordinary canvas of this detailed dragon would catch the eye on its own, this unique multi-piece print takes it to the next level. The total size comes to just under 60 inches wide and 40 inches tall to make a big impression.

Buy It: $9   

Dragon Wall Decal: These neat decals make it easy to create the visual effect of a flock of dragons soaring across any wall. The included adhesive tape allows you to hang them flat, or you can fold the decals for the cool 3D effect like in the photo.

Buy It: $110   

Dragon Bedding & Pillow Set: It’s hard to find dark purple bedding sets in the first place, especially ones with dragons! This bedding set with artwork by Anne Stokes would be the perfect way to tie together a dragon bedroom theme.

Buy It: $25   

Dragon Toilet Paper Holder: Bathrooms are great places to embrace distinctive decor. This dragon toilet paper holder would make a great Halloween addition, or could serve as a great thematic addition for a general medieval or gothic theme.

Buy It: $30   

Dragon Shower Curtain: Decorative shower curtains offer an instant way to transform the entire look of the bathroom. This one features a distinctive dragon on a washable, waterproof, mildew resistant polyester.

Buy It: $43  

Dragon Faucet: If you’re looking for an artistic faucet that doesn’t sacrifice on quality, this piece is certainly a contender for fans of Chinese or Norse dragons. It’s brushed brass construction ensures longevity and style.

Buy It: $10   

Oriental Dragon Gong: This cast metal gong is a unique desk topper or decorative item sure to draw comments and interaction from guests. Simply pull back the hanging gong to ring.

Buy It: $20   

Sleeping Baby Dragon Garden Statue: What a peaceful little addition to any garden or terrace! This sweet sleepy dragon is sure to stand up to the elements quite well – some have even repurposed this piece as aquarium decor.

Buy It: $85   

Dragon of Falkenberg Lawn Statue: Divided into three pieces, this dragon statue looks like it’s swimming through water or diving through the earth. This piece is an obvious choice for garden decor but creative types could likely find a place for it indoors as well.

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50 Creative Ways To Incorporate Book Storage In & Around Stairs

Mo, 09.01.2017 - 16:15

Love books? Love stairs? These fifty unique designs make the most of that tight little cranny under your staircase. Use a block frame to hide books beneath, as they line sturdy shelves your feet walk over. Wrap a winding steel staircase around existing walls of bookshelves, immersing yourself in the reading experience. Put books within the stairs, as each level hides a few simply gorgeous reads. These creative, innovative and artistic features make the most of a good book collection and the most of awkward spaces left unutilised. Cater to stylish home décor for book lovers with these sets of book-hugging stairs and staircases.

Designer: Dreihausfrauen  

Conjoining two apartments in Dusseldorf, Germany, this multi-functional white and wooden staircase lets you pick a book from beside the stairs and say hello to the neighbours. Its clever ceiling-height stretch creates a feature for two apartments and residential space-saver in one.

Designer: Maxwan  

Matching the wood of the ceiling rafters, this floating staircase matches bookshelves above and below the stairs. A few drawers and a desk let you hide away and study in a light yet secluded space

Designer: Studio Mieke Meijer  

Dutch designer Just Haasnoot found inspiration from industrial building photography for this floating design. Halved into two oak and steel parts, the top half carries shoes, books and ornaments; the bottom half a desk, pot plants and a space for morning coffee.

Designer: NC2 Architecture  

Steep and zigzagging, this unique wooden structure lets you reach over for a read mid-thigh workout. Doubling as a feature artwork, its vertical design makes a visual impact without impinging on room space.

Designer: General Assembly  

Natural and black-painted wood coalesce in a block stairway with inbuilt shelves. Hide your books and knick knacks inside, for a stylish storage option.

Designer: Veran Émilie  

An innovative use of space is awarded to this conjoint bedroom, bookcase, desk and staircase. As small wooden stairs lead up to the loft, books in oscillating partitions aid a good night’s sleep.

Designer: Fujimatsu Architect  

Afforded more space, this desk, bookcase and staircase alternative oozes sophistication. White plaster and varnished wood lets you stop mid-climb for a scintillating read.

Designer: Gordon Walker  

Mimic the lines of your staircase with wooden partitions holding books. Hanging over a nifty desk space, this design looks kitsch and study-friendly with extra cabinets for filing.

Designer: Wild Rabbits Architects  

Connecting two separate apartments, this wood and steel creation offers a library of knowledge for two sets of tenants. The bottom and top of the staircase allow both dwellers to make the space their own.

Pleasing to the eye and book collection, this ascending wooden structure houses reads between each level of stair. The result is a polished, multi-functional feature without the slightest trace of clutter.

Designer: Marc Koehler Architects  

A white pyramid bookcase doubles as a stairway to heaven in this minimalist design. A large chandelier dangles over, adding sophistication with a difference.

Photographer: Pia Winther  

Bookcases are not just for books. This clever under-the-stairs unit hangs portraits, sit lamps and houses cabinets for all your storage needs.

Designer: Farrow Arcaro Design  

Make a bookcase level with your staircase, making two seem like one. White and wood tricks the eye into seeing simplicity, whilst hiding display fans, kettles and novels.

Designer: Koch Architects  

A rustic feel can be achieved with a conjoined staircase and library. Framed by wooden rafters, walls and railings, it evokes a wood cabin with a twist.

Designer: Kerr Construction  

Abstract storage spaces combine art and functionality. Using two different wooden shades, books, ornaments and stationery are displayed, as a family staircase pops over the top.

Designer: Stephen Moser Architect  

Make your staircase seem minimal, with overlapping library shelving. Simple Scandinavian panels hide books and vases, offering a seat to visitors before the climb.

Visualizer: Design+Weld  

Fit for an art gallery, this winding, floating London staircase looks ethereal beside a column of books. Aspiring to a glass-railed loft, glossy white floors and concrete walls give it added prominence.

Visualizer: Jianxiong Liu  

A library concept is the perfect avenue for stair ideas. This proposed concept creates a virtual treehouse complete with curved wooden bannisters, slatted railings and building-frame bookshelves.

Visualizer: Design+Weld  

Don’t have room for a full-scale library? Extend the space you live in with simple white stairs framed by a wall of books.

Designer: Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti  

Another great use of space, these wooden blocks house books within steps. A block black desk gains access at an arm’s reach.

Designer: Process  

Whichever way you look at this staircase, it serves two purposes. Books, ornaments and trinkets are offered from the side, back and front; an artpiece and staircase from the short road up.

Designer: L'atelier miel  

Long wooden panes create a stable staircase with a few hidden inlets. A drinks cabinet to the side works well in the corner.

Designer: Studio Farris  

The Jenga fan can’t go past this decidedly different design. Leading up to an office, interlocking blocks create a canopy over the entrance space.

Architect: Jochen Specht  

Maintain simplicity by slotting colourful reads within wood. This light-coloured solution lets the bookcase be the hero, while the room fades into the background in muted, natural tones.

Visualizer: Studio 25  

The die-hard hipster has everything they want in this under-stair library. As a metal bike hangs beside glass railings, simple nut bolts lead to a triangular space dotted with trinkets.

Designer: Moon Hoon  

Wide, space-filled stairs leave room for a library. This ascending set marks the stepping zone with blocks; a place for books and filing in the spaces inbetween.

Designer: PAUL CREMOUX studio  

A feature wall bookcase makes an inspirational interior. Framed by pastel and Scandinavian finds, a white metal staircase zigzags over a high wall and wooden column filled with great reads.

Designer: One Girl Interiors  

Only have a few books to display? This small set of stairs keeps it simple, as a wooden bookcase fills an awkward space with a nifty solution.

Designer: Platform 5 Architects  

Create a piece of art with an unexpected shape. This wooden staircase mimics the stairs – atop an almost-full wall bookcase.

Designer: Andrea Mosca  

Mimicking stairs, this compartmentalised bookcase completes the ultimate rumpus room. White walls, floor and a mirror hold white and mustard couches amidst two sets of wall-held reads.

Designer: Drexler Guinand Jauslin  

Go for the smaller option in this mini wooden bookcase bathed in white. A juxtaposing staircase and railing emphasise the build-up to a dreamy reading session.

Designer: Rebecca Naughtin Architect  

For the staircase with no space, two walls of books will do the trick. A simple design with sloping elements affords enough room for a library to shine.

Designer: Chioco Design  

The high-ceilinged home adds a touch of luxury with a top-to-toe bookshelf. Metal railings echo a leaning ladder and window out to a view.

Designer: NC2 Architecture  

Inject the Scandinavian with an exposed brick bookcase. Slatted wooden shelving mirrors the staircase for an integrated experience.

Designer: Design42  

Create an aura of mystery with a book-lined stairway. Shuttered from adjoining rooms with an inside window, debate and dining is sought in the inlet below.

Visualizer: Design+Weld  

Minimalism reigns king in this steel-frame structure. Its thin panels hold stairs to the right, a place for ornaments to the left.

Designer: Oliver Fourny  

Suspended by cascading iron wires, this white and wooden staircase uses art to effect, without taking up space. A high bookcase to the side rises below the top step, for an interesting walk up and down the levels.

Designer: Craft Design  

Jutting out beside the bookcase, this set of stairs creates an optical illusion for guests. Wide enough to fit a person walking beside it, the destination is a hidden sleepout atop a storage box.

Visualizer: IFJ Architecture  

Skilfully utilise a cramped corner with a bed beside the staircase. Interspersed between each level, a row of books decorate a room swathed all in wood.

Source: El Meuble  

An attic roof comes with its challenges. Meet them at full throttle with a sloping bookcase that walks beside guests on their journey down.

Designer: Siemasko + Verbridge  

A two-storey bookcase has the perfect partner in this stairwell. Bound by wood and iron railings, a journey up or down greets the eye with walls of books and ladders, as if by chance.

Designer: Sergey Makhno Architects  

Disrupt tradition with a black bookcase. Floating wooden stairs are supported by black pillars underneath, making two structures seem like one.

Designer: Stone Horse Design  

The smaller library is hidden beneath this fusion staircase. Mid-wooden tones keep it industrial; thick steel railings industrial.

Designer: Edouard Brunet & François Martens   Photographer: Dennis De Smet  

Geometry plays with these stairs folding into squares and hexagons. A wooden storage space provides a seeming platform, grounding the design.

Designer: Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter MNAL  

Fly into the sky with this bookcase-staircase hung as if by balloons. Two-stringed ropes pull up each level, while a large Chinese lantern illuminates the space.

Designer: Marc Cowan  

Don’t need a staircase? Put your books in ascending display, for an easy pick of the right title.

Designer: Papazian R.A. - doon Architecture  

Contemporary with a classic twist, this structure provides enough room for ample reads. Clad in white upon a wooden floor, its light hue doesn’t dominate the space.

Designer: Zminkowska Boise Architects  

Lead up to a nook with books beside and beneath the stairs. Its comfy end point lights up pages with four beautiful French windows.

Designer: Stephen Moser Architect  

Reward a stair climb with a few ravishing reads. This simplistic bookcase hides under the railings, maximising white space.

Source: Lighting Design International  

Three walls of books remain light and airy, on walls lit by LEDs. Matching furniture and a block staircase provide several white spaces for book immersion.

Are you a book lover? Check out some more unique wall shelves, home decor for book lovers and unique bookends to complete the look.

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Handsome Small Apartments With Open Concept Layouts

Fr, 06.01.2017 - 16:15

Open concept apartments offer a sense of openness and visual freedom but certainly present stylistic challenges for designers and residents alike. Much like studio apartments, these spaces require a certain level of aesthetic cohesiveness while marking each functional space with its own sense of individuality – it’s all about balance. This tour presents three open concept apartments that get it right, each one beautifully visualized by Ukraine-based architect and interior designer Artyom Bezfamilniy. From casual to retro to minimalist, each one demonstrates how even restrictive layouts retain lots of opportunity for expression.

With a carefully planned layout and a refreshing interior theme, this apartment manages to feel bright and spacious despite its limited size. And that’s an impressive feat considering the dark accents used throughout! A living space occupies the larger portion of the room with a low-profile kitchenette tucked away near the entrance, each functional area managing to coexist peacefully with the next.

Architectural photography is a great accent for a home like this one, where exposed ceiling beams and contemporary materials demonstrate a love for the craft.

Contrasting materials help solidify the visual divide between each area. The kitchen embraces a high contrast theme of wood cabinetry with matte black accents, yet the living room adopts a more casual style with comfortable mid-range tones.

While some open concept layouts employ a kitchen island as a physical barrier, this home instead uses a dining table. Pulling away the chairs from the interior side instantly expands usable work space.

The living room is emphasized even further by the abrupt transition between ceiling and wall materials, with actual dimensional variation rather than a simple texture or color change.

Meanwhile, the kitchen is defined by more of an industrial aesthetic. Yet it doesn’t feel cold, thanks to the knotty wood cabinetry there to offer up warmer color accents.

The wooden cabinetry further serves to transform the utilitarian necessity of storage into an artful addition to the room.

And finally, a quick peek at the hallway that wraps around the bedroom and leads to the entry. One of the doors, of course, opens to the bathroom.

To maintain the minimalistic appeal of the apartment, the hallway offers abundant storage both high and low. A convenient sliding ladder allows access the higher shelves.

This next home is a little smaller and significantly more colorful. The color theme of wood, powder blue, and olive green give this space a cheerful retro atmosphere – rounded lighting and furniture act as subtle throwbacks as well.

Because the wood paneled accent wall grabs so much attention, it makes sense to keep things a little more simple on the other side of the room. These masks make a huge impression without feeling like visual clutter.

The cool thing about the accent wall is that anybody can achieve this look at a reasonable price, either by arranging authentically weathered reclaimed wood or by distressing new lumber by hand.

All decor choices tie back into wall color palette with ease.

The little kitchen takes the same color palette but takes turns heightening and subduing the colors within. The bright breakfast stools draw immediate attention, for example, but the inner cabinets take a subtle approach.

Wood utensil holders hang from a rail that runs the length of the backsplash, a creative and space-saving solution suited for a kitchen as compact as this one. A homeowner could even recreate the functionality with magnets!

And here’s a quick peek at a sleek classic style. This home foregoes the increasingly common approach of using a kitchen island as a divider, instead including the kitchen in an organic and inclusive way, almost like any ordinary appliance or piece of furniture.

The more utilitarian kitchen features line the wall near the entryway, clean and minimalistic. It offers plenty of storage but doesn’t look bulky thanks to the elimination of external handles in favor of modern hardware.

Subtle geometric themes inform every aspect of the design, from the gorgeous floorboards to the unique bookshelves and even the elegant angles of the floor lamp.

Contrast plays another important role – contrast between angles and curves, light and dark, openness and division.

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Grey And White Interior Design Inspiration From Scandinavia

Do, 05.01.2017 - 16:15

Grey and white are often used as background or complementary colours. Muted, easy to design around and pair with Scandinavian style, they are often the supporting act, not the feature. What if your dream interior combined just those colours – just grey and white? These three Scandinavian-inspired homes show that grey and white need not fade into the background. Whether adorning kitchen tiles, comforter sets, living room walls, luxurious couches or simple wall streaks in the bathroom, grey can amplify white, and white can lighten a touch of grey. See more grey and white in our three house tours below.

Architect: Thai Quang  

Our first space is an apartment decorated in grey, white and green. Green peoples the space in an array of potted plants and canvas artwork. The lounge opens up, offering a Swiss Cheese Plant, cacti and a mini tree against an exposed brick wall painted in grey. Sleek concrete flooring holds a worded rug, making grey and white almost monochrome. A gorgeous quilted couch and banquet chandelier in white match blowing chiffon curtains, providing a level of contrast. Two leather ottomans make the contrast sharper, by pairing solid grey and white in two comfy items.

Towards the other side of the lounge, a TV emerges betwixt two plants. Backed by a range of leaning monochrome abstracts, a white cabinet alludes to the dining room beside it, with a row of dark-wooden handles. The space parades many different species of flora and fauna, including the Fiddle Leaf Fig in the bedroom to come.

The dining room offers an eclectic array of furniture, interspersed with plants. A spray of black and white LEDs create a monochromatic chandelier. A circular glass mirror and leaning ladder add a hint of the kooky; a stencil black bookcase, wicker cane baskets and a plant in a lightbulb-vase the hipster. Beside a beige panel wall, an all-wooden dining table and chairs allude to nature, while grey and white portraits create more contemporary chatter.

The bedroom is a sensual feast in grey and white, with an erotic photograph above the bed. A standard design without the little details, the complexion of the room is easily changed by a white and grey comforter set, boldly-patterned rug and banquet lamp from the living room. Looking from the bed, artistic letters, pictures and numbers hang above another erotic work, TV cabinet and desk. The result is minimal Scandinavian with a natural twist.

Designer: Hoàng Long  

Our second Scandinavian space makes a statement with a grey wooden floor extending through its rooms. Surrounded by white walls and grey kitchen cabinets, the main living space oscillates between grey and white, grey and white in a striped rug, grey couch and cushions. Coloured features pop out alternately, in white tables framed with gold and a mixture of lamps in differing colours. A few potted plants, a dangling copper lamp and deer hide add elements of difference.

Turning towards the bedroom, a large, winding Japanese partition window makes a stand across a large section of wall. Set off beside the copper lamp, the black-framed panel opens up the room and reflects natural light, setting off an array of coloured wall frames.

The bedroom, beautifully partitioned on the other side, is lit further by the window. Full white walls with a white-tiled panel juxtapose the painted wooden floor and matching cushions. A brown fur throw and patterned rug combine the two hues, while two simple wooden shelves hold trinkets.

The warm gold of the dining room adds warmth to the kitchen, a wall of grey with shiny appliances. Inlaid into a custom-made inlet, the wooden bench affords ample room for preparation, without encroaching on the wider room. Rough-shod metal chairs and a red-legged wooden cabinet add detail to the white dining table.

Photographer: Anders Bergsted   Source: Entrance  

Our final space draws on lighter-toned grey to bring monochromes and greyscale elements together. No place is this better exemplified than the lounge’s six frames, a compilation of dreamy fades and illustrations each different in their artistry. A woollen grey rug foregrounds the scene, as a white leather sofa and matching tables hold roses below glass bubbles. The space opens to show a ceramic fireplace and greyscale kitchen with five-piece white chandelier. Two brown leather chairs shrink back the space, echoing hot air balloon decorations on the wall behind.

Three portrait windows across the main space’s wall let in light and hold on to modernity. Bathed in grey with white joinery, they unite the kitchen, dining and lounge areas. Beautifully-crafted cornice mouldings bring a French Renaissance feel, mirrored by a black antique mirror in the entrance.

The dining room and kitchen add a Scandinavian twist, as a wall of brick and idea lights populate the room. High, black wooden chairs sit around a grey slatted table, while white cabinetry makes a splash in a kitchen otherwise grey. A stack of three shelves hold crockery for guests; chrome, copper and living accessories add a natural touch.

A walk around the corner shows a decorated ceramic fireplace, hot air balloon ornaments (available on Amazon) and a silver hot rod – an entrance for a nursery. Its corridor space is made bright by grey paint and white joinery, alongside small white wall shelving and a matching cot.

Cute hipster accessories like the race track rug and cute bear storage basket are found from Amazon, while the wall bunting and name-branded cupboard join in a soft and sophisticated design.

The master bedroom offers a pretty place for relaxation. Pastel mint walls and cabinetry play with white, grey and berry hues upon the bed and across the room. A large window to the side lights up personal finds in photographs, cheesecutter hats and antique chandeliers, while a simple white bedside table rests candles and plants.

The bathroom echoes the kitchen in a wall of tiling with a stroke of grey. White amenities, shower curtains and cabinetry offer just enough space for a simple wooden stool and two mirrors, reflecting a glass-vased plant.

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Minimalist, Muted-Colour Home With Scandinavian Influences

Mi, 04.01.2017 - 16:15

Design themes are often touted as be-alls and end-alls. Minimalist tones must be in eggshell, white and with inbuilt decorations. Scandinavian interiors mark eclecticism, where tiled walls meet light wooden floors and smooth, wide panes. This clever design visualised by Maxim Nizovkin mixes a few of your favourite design themes together. Block-colouring wows in block furniture and feature walls in muted, charcoal tones. Polished light wood clothes the dining room furniture and segue floors, creating a soft palette for a glass-walled fireplace. Minimalism echoes through the space, in an eerie feel holding subtle furnishing. Take a peek to see how its many themes blend together.

The space opens to floor-to-ceiling white walls, peppered with leather block couches in the lounge. As Roman blinds wait to down, an array of rose-wooden panels create texture, designating a space for the TV. Two couches back onto one another, nestling a white mushroom lamp and extending the space into a jigsaw of couch and wooden components. A wood-stack column to the back adds a point of exclamation.

Turning towards the left, a couple of monochrome abstract canvases catch the eye. Dominating the space beside a muted grey bookcase and low-lying roller bench, the alternate wooden lines behind draw parallels with the TV. A few simple gramophone and coral reef finds on the table below, and a striking fireplace inlet to the right, take the space steps away from minimalism.

Hinting at a new room from the lounge, dramatic-yet-muted filigree lights hang low over the wooden dining table. As single lightbulbs flicker in their centres, two ottomans provide a view across the table and L-shaped window area. An unusual wooden ceiling takes this Scandinavian-influenced area through to the kitchen and lounge, while matte grey school chairs almost blend into the background.

A look to the kitchen reveals a look that feels minimalist – but with striking features. A pair of large silver extractor fans hang over the island bench, opening up the kitchen. Large-format white cabinetry mirrors the floor, while a similarly-hued inlet holds a simple stack of black necessities. A couple of light-wooden stools are matched to the right by one for a toddler.

Further on, the first bedroom is formed. Clothed in a mixture of light and dark wood, charcoal and stone, it lets in light with oblong windows from the lounge and kitchen. Two splattered abstracts headboard the sleeping space, framed in lighter wood from the dining area. As a long panel acts as two side bedroom tables, the feature wall behinds cuts geometric shapes. The opposite side holds trinkets, a TV and mirror, which elongates the space.

Following a similar style, the second bedroom sleeps lower atop a purple rug. An abstract seascape headboards the bed, with two small square crates as bedside tables. A corrugated wooden wall acts a feature, while dark-tinted wardrobe doors add drama beside a bookshelf. Perfectly punctuated by an unusual acrylic column, LED strip and ornaments in enamel, two idea bulbs with birds atop make a plunge, adding a finishing touch.

Lights sit above amenities in the bathroom, Scandinavian-influenced in tiny grey tiling. Separating functions with black and grey closing off the toilet, a sauna-esque wooden panel highlights the shower. A slate feature wall lined by LEDs makes a minimalist stand amidst pops of light wood, showing the minimalist and Scandinavian in the most functional of spaces.

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50 Travel-Themed Home Decor Accessories To Affirm Your Wanderlust

Di, 03.01.2017 - 16:15

Travelling is cheaper and more accessible than ever before. Whether it’s the ancient sights of Rome, beautiful beaches of Indonesia, temple ruins of Thailand or snowy slopes of Canada you’re dreaming of, everyone has a place they’d rather be. Celebrate your inner wanderlust with these travel-themed accessories. Remind yourself of that battered suitcase you used to have, with vintage shelves above your chest of drawers. Scratch off the places you’ve been and would like to go, with a globe or flat-on-the-wall map. Drink yourself around the globe again as you recall your stories out of an atlas drinking cabinet. The world is your oyster.

Buy It: $20  

Balloon Pin House: Take your pick of where you’d like to rise with this ‘Up’ inspired balloon house. Mark it on your large-scale map for acute precision.

Buy It: $19  

Vintage Airplane Models: Made from yellow-painted wrought iron, this vintage airplane from World War Two could make a splash on your family bookcase.

Buy It: From $30  

Ship Scale Models: Detailed, expansive and not so expensive, these heritage ships put today’s cruisers to shame. Place one on the avid boater’s desk for dreams out to sea.

Buy It: $37  

Vintage Hot Air Balloon Model: Travel the world in your own way with a hot air balloon model for your bookshelf or desk. It seven-inch frame is a scintillating find for steampunk home décor lovers.

Buy It: $17  

Antique Brass Compass & Leather Case: Know a sailor that always gets lost? Set their starboard in motion again with this antique brass compass and matching leather case.

Buy It: $50  

Antique Telescope With Leather Case: This antique telescope and engraved leather case are hand-crafted by the Hare Krishna community. See their detailed work for yourself as your eyes peer far, far away.

Buy It: $32 each  

Vintage Suitcase Shelves: Not keen on invisible, standard or bookcase shelving? Take the travel-oriented solution with this array of suitcases holding your foreign finds.

Buy It: $126 for 2  

Metal Suitcase Shelves: Go for a touch of industrial antique with these metal suitcase shelves, a thoughtful gift for the stylish traveller.

Buy It: $81  

Suitcase Turntable: Want to impress that special someone with a retro gesture? Take a turntable in a suitcase for an imaginative picnic.

Buy It: $129  

Tripod Compass Table: Looking for an artpiece and coffee table in one? This unique tripod table offers a handy rest for drinks, as the working clock keeps track of the time.

Buy It: $29  

Traveler’s Bookend: The 40 Leagues Under the Sea fan must know about these varnish-look traveller’s bookends. Holding one half of a ship to each side, they’ll bring a nautical nostalgia to any bookshelf.

Buy It: $69  

Globe Bookends: Spin the world to your next destination with these unique bookends, framed in dark wood. Gold-painted globes push together travel reads for added knowledge on your next trip.

Buy It: $22  

Airplane Paper Weight: Buy a simple travel motif with this silver paper weight. Its holiday reminders will weigh down your book, not your mind.

Buy It: $60  

Ship Wheel Wall Clock: Polish off a nautical theme with a ship wheel wall clock and background map. Its brass finish and beige tones remind of older times.

Buy It: $53  

Compass-Style Clock: Rope hangs around time with this compass-look clock, a perfect find for the sailor’s bedroom. Plan the next trip on the boat as it stays steady on the wall.

Buy It: From $25  

More Compass-Themed Options: Need more compass clock options for the sailor of your dreams? Let them while away the work time with this array of designs for the office wall.

Buy It: $33  

USA Scratch Map: Want to discover America? Buy this scratch map for your wall, turning gold to white as you go.

Buy It: $99  

USA Travel Map Pin Board: Plan your next trip like a CIA agent with this map of the states that pins where you go. A slate board and grey colouring make a muted stand.

Buy It: $34  

Scratch Map: Conquer the world with this black and gold scratch map featuring continents, ranges and seas in visage. Each country yields a different colour once your person has stepped foot.

Buy It: $17  

Scratch Globe: Make your own globe – without drawing all the countries – with this unique flat-pack that assembles to a sphere. Scratch off the countries you’ve been to with the kids, for a relaxing trip back in time.

Buy It: $150  

Cork Globe: Combine pin and globe functionalities with this handy cork globe and metal stand.

Buy It: $60  

Magnetic Globe: Pin globes too dangerous for the little ones? Use this metallic globe instead, with different-coloured pins sticking – not marking – the places you want to go.

Buy It: $105  

Magnetically-Levitating Floating Globe: Available in black and gold or classic blue, this floating globe has to be seen to be believed. Fascinate your guests with its physics-defying form in your library or office.

Buy It: $20  

Typographic World Map Art Print: More of a word than a picture person? This monochromatic find tells you where countries lie in a flurry of letters.

Buy It: $11  

Travel Poster: Spread the travel word with this simple black and white poster for your office wall. Its modernist mantra will soon see you on holiday.

Buy It: $10  

Eat Well Travel Often Poster: Forgive that Italian pasta with this quirky illustration and memorable saying. Lean it against a wall for a modern, hipster feel.

Buy It: $10  

Destinations Board Art Print: Not spending enough time at the airport? Give your wall some travel love with this black and white departure board with customisable cities.

Buy It: $15  

To Travel Is To Live Chalk Sign: Pretend to a talent for drawing with this chalkboard sign for your home kitchen. Its nomadic message inspires sunnier, lighter, sandal-wearing times.

Buy It: $37  

3-Piece Travel-Themed Wall Art: Seen the sights of New York, Rome and Paris? Make it known with this three-piece triptych for your living room wall.

Buy It: $60  

3-Panel Antique World Map: Long for the world that came before with this antique-look three-piece map. Its faded hues look to have gone through a hundred travels.

Buy It: $8  

Vintage Travel Postcards: See the world in sepia with this thirty-two piece set of vintage travel postcards. Their odd splashes of colour would make a bespoke feature on a bedroom wall.

Buy It: $60  

World Map Mural: Want to see the world in macro? Line your feature wall with this muted-hue piece for the bedroom.

Buy It: $9  

Travel-Themed Wall Decor: Whether you’re looking for love in or with a foreign city, these wall decals share your spirit. Easy to apply and remove, they’ll share your dreams of the past and future.

Buy It: $60  

Travel-Themed Growth Chart: Inspire the kids to travel with this growth-chart marked with a quote and compass.

Buy It: $24  

Hot Air Balloon For Kids Rooms: Got the bump, décor and passport already? Create a travel-themed nursery with this funky hot air ornament for the well-travelled baby.

Buy It: $9  

World Map Pillow Case With Wash-Out Pens: Sick of the kids drawing on the bedsheets? Celebrate their passion with this special-purpose pillow case and wash-out pens.

Buy It: $18  

Antique Map Throw Pillows: Extend dream-time to your living room with these antique throw pillows upon your couch.

Buy It: $20  

2-Sided Travel-Themed Throw Pillow: Show off – or hide away – your travel plans with this two-sided pillow for a range of guests.

Buy It: $6  

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost Throw Pillow: Appease your parents of your travel plans with this Tolkien-quote travel cushion.

Buy It: $142  

Travel-Themed Bedding: Spice up your dreams with this bedding set dotted with trinkets. Beige and navy-blue illustrations ensure pairing with a wide range of colours.

Buy It: $80  

Travel-Themed Bedspread & Comforter Set: Extend your travelling to your duvet, as you sleep off the plane flights and the long, hot summer nights.

Buy It: $70  

Antique Maps & Travel-Themed Shower Curtain: Shower-time is thinking-time. Dream of foreign lands with the world staring at you during your morning bathe.

Buy It: $13  

Magnetic Car And Trailer Salt & Pepper Shakers: Like to travel domestically? This car and caravan guide you through summer seasons and seasoned food.

Buy It: $140  

World Globe Bar: Wow the guests as this rolling globe provides the drinks. This antique-look atlas acts as both artpiece and unique wine holder.

Buy It: $68  

Airplane Bottle Holder With Corkscrew Propeller: Recall your past trip with friends as this airplane holds the bottle. A corkscrew propeller does away with the cork.

Buy It: $6  

Airplane Bottle Opener: Give the gift of travel with these bronze-look bottle openers on your homecoming.

Buy It: $35  

Ship Wheel Cheese Board & Tool Set: Tired of basic round, oblong or square cheese boards? Sail the seas of delicious fare upon this unique cutting board.

Buy It: $16  

Mountains Are Calling Mug: Blame it on the mountain! This monochromatic travel mug causes a stir among the most unique of mugs.

Buy It: $59  

Personalized Map Coasters: Sit your drink on your old address, new address, and the address you’d like to have. These personalised coasters show a 6km radius of any town in the world.

Buy It: $35  

Urban City Map Coasters: Town planners will love these detailed urban city maps, the most unique of unique drink coasters.

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Living Rooms With Exposed Brick Walls

Mo, 02.01.2017 - 16:15

Adjoining houses, renovating an old build, or simply stuck for an effortlessly-cool living room design? An exposed brick wall could solve all your problems. Whether you’re after the look of the Mediterranean, cool, relaxed and rustic; or a Scandinavian-inspired, low-key background peopled with bookcases; or an industrial haven perfect for sipping drip coffee amongst fur throws and stove piping, exposed brick is the medium for you. Classic red brick explores warm and tasty segues to the kitchen. Cool grey provides a subtle backdrop for your individual style. Take a peek at our crafted selection of inspirational examples.


Let the outdoors in with these red brick walls, fold-away French doors and simple white couching.

Make your inside seem outside with an exposed brick wall beside a climb-worthy tree. Sculpted wooden furniture and high-ceilinged doors create a natural oasis.

Designer: Michael Maher Design  

Use two-tone brick in shocking white and natural red. Line books on one side for scholarly interest.

Source: Innerstadsspecialisten  

Make the most of a sloping roof with an exposed brick feature wall greeting the eye. A solid white ceiling and black painted floor add dramatic contrast.

Designer: Dimitar Karanikolov  

Ground your industrial barn in a wall all in brick. This exposed wall winds down the staircase, across the fireplace and into the mood of a modern, semi-circular space.

Architect: David Boyle  

Make white walls interesting with one in exposed brick. An array of framed artwork tricks the visitor’s eye into conformity – at first glance.

Visualizer: Lai Pháp  

A distressed brick wall need not be painted or smoothed. Let its character shine with dainty crafted décor, like this mustard couch and fanned cane chair.

Designer: Tamara Eaton  

Add difference to muted colouring with exposed brick walls draped in white chiffon. Interspersed windows break up dark block furniture and open up the room.

Visualizer: Bakyt Temirkulov  

Let exposed brick make a stand in LED-framing. A round circular light sets the stage for quilted block futons and a grey bamboo rug.

Photographer: Lorenzo Pennati  

Exposed brick in grey need not be boring. This industrial loft lets its textures do the talking amidst fur and skin throws, a roaring fireplace and metallic accents.

Visualizer: K BAND  

A Scandinavian style suits exposed brick perfectly. This light-grey beauty creates a dreamy feel beside a powder blue couch, wooden dining set and floors.

Visualizer: Dattran  

Draw the viewer further in with a triptych on your brick. Terracotta and taupe seating add a contemporary, rustic feel.

Designer: Josephine Hurley   Photographer: Tom Ferguson  

Replicate a London train station with exposed brick surrounding a wide circular window. This unique design frames the rest in white with pops of planting.

Visualizer: VAE Design Group  

Charcoal and grey are lightened by this LED-lit, exposed-brick wall. Blending into a door, its lighter hues act the feature against darker and more muted textures.

Visualizer: Komod Studio  

Combine exposed brick in an eclectic space with wooden, fur and tiled accents. A low-hanging chandelier and iron railings set finishing touches.

Visualizer: Iqosa  

Extend brick to your living room and kitchen, as a segue design feature. Red brick lined with white sets off a chrome lighting centrepiece and stark tiled floors.

Visualizer: Maks Marukhin  

Long, lean wall panelling mixes with wood, tiles and suede in this wide-windowed look in exposed brick.

Designer: Gaspar Bonta  

Indulge your inner hipster with iron bar railings on a red brick wall. Suspended iron cages make squares against a chequered window frame.

Visualizer: Adrian Iancu  

Make it light, bright and art deco with exposed brick in white. Pops of orange juxtapose against a white, artsy room.

Visualizer: Angelina Alekseeva  

Create an urban jungle with an array of green aside distressed brick. Grey shafts of walling, seating and plant pots mix the concrete with the home-grown.

Visualizer: Juliya Butova  

Exposed brick shafts open up another room in this homely design. Comfy couches in teal and grey add warmth on polished wood.

Visualizer: he.D creative group  

A man’s room acquires style with exposed brick, lined wood and patchwork tile flooring. Grey-green French panelling and a papier mache partition construct a cosy vibe.

Designer: Luiz Fernando Grabowsky  

Let French windows light red brick in a full-width exposed wall. Lower lights lift up wooden beams and block colour furniture.

Visualizer: Juliya Butova  

Coat a whole room in brick, with a feature wooden panel. Dark curtaining and built-in shelves widen the space.

Lavish your living room in the feel of a Swedish sauna. These mini-bricked walls glow orange against a wooden floor.

Visualizer: Galina Lavrishcheva  

An exposed brick wall with splashes of paint gains traction in this design. Eclectic, homely and full of personality, it suits the anti-perfectionist.

Visualizer: Para Design  

Paint your wall with words on exposed charcoal brick. This illustrated quote makes a modernist statement beside a leather couch and indoor trimmed hedge.

Visualizer: Konstiantyn Rekochynsky  

Graffiti coats this exposed-brick room, complete with written-on wooden panelling. Sepia prints and red metal chairs create an artist’s studio.

Visualizer: Image Box Studio  

Make a white space brighter with painted brick. Light eggshell tones create a contrast with cage lighting, white wooden floors and touches of fur.

Visualizer: Evermotion  

The urban loft is amiss without brick. Paint it in a distressed-looking white, and pepper it with black for a unique living room.

Visualizer: BBB3 Visualization  

Ditch the old fireplace and coat it in white. White exposed brick changes shape amidst light concrete floors, grasshopper lamps and draped elements.

Architect: A Parallel  

An exposed-brick fireplace can add a modernist touch. This version teams thick black joinery and wooden panelling with grey couches and a patterned rug.

Visualizer: Alena Bulataya  

Make a statement in black-and-white brick. This modernist column balances out firewood storage and a flat-screen TV.

Buy It: From $14  

Don’t have existing brick? These faux-brick options in red, white and distressed colourings achieve the look without blowing the budget. Peel them off and stick them on for an easy and safe industrial or Scandinavian living room look.

Several faux-brick options are available online, for a cost-effective and easy-peel solution. Try brick veneers, dry-wall, wallpaper or decals to create a short or long-term design solution that looks like the real deal.

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Light And Charming Decor In A Compact 1-Bedroom Apartment

Fr, 30.12.2016 - 16:15

Located in Bucharest, this compact 1-bedroom apartment makes the most of its 55 square meter floor plan with smart organization and unique layout choices – all without forgetting to infuse the design with color, fun, and whimsy. This inspiring space is the work of the talented creatives at CRAFTR AAIM, a Bucharest-based design office whose philosophy emphasizes efficiency and timeless appeal, two goals that play a huge role in what makes this apartment noteworthy. From kitchen chalkboards to combination office/guest bedroom combos, there are plenty of interesting features to admire.

The tour opens with a look at the attractive yet compact open living space. While many layout options could have worked, this one adopts a rather unconventional choice by putting the dining table near the window rather than near the kitchen.

On the other side of the living room, the kitchen feels like its own distinct space thanks to the expansive storage unit that stands in between.

In terms of decor, this home combines modern and mid-century elements. The sofa’s low-profile form is a wonderful complement to the low cabinets near the window.

Because it’s a relatively small open layout living room, this table solution proves very versatile – the window area doubles as extra seating but the residents could pull the table out for formal dinners when needed.

While the designer could have easily chosen a more minimalistic table (a common choice in compact areas) this one enjoys the best of both worlds by combining simple materials for decorative effect.

One small window might not seem like enough light for a space this large, especially considering the dark floors but the abundance of white surfaces helps preserve as much light as possible.

The extra storage can hold cookbooks, decorations, and even includes drawers and storage boxes for spare dishes or large cookware. This type of addition frees up so much space in the rest of the home.

Bright yellow accents bring retro charm to the kitchen. The other cabinets use the same richly grained wood as the floorboards for a nice cohesive look. While the living room emphasizes minimalism, the kitchen embraces a bold attitude.

The unique looking wall clock is a neat addition that does the job without standing out too much.

Everybody loves chalkboard walls. This one takes an approach that differs from the ordinary recipes or shopping lists by pointing out the location of ingredients much like an oversized label.

Another small chalkboard accent leaves room for impromptu decoration.

Elsewhere, the office is small but retains enough floor space to double as a guest bedroom thanks to its abundant storage and space-saving techniques. It uses the same dandelion yellow as the kitchen.

Most of the furniture – including the bed and the sideboard – have wheels for easy reconfiguration. If the resident wanted to use this room for a large project, it wouldn’t be too difficult to get things out of the way.

The desk is just too cute! Its anchored to the wall on one side and uses a small sawhorse-shaped structure to support the other. The map-printed box offers a great alternative to the cabinets an ordinary desk would use.

In the master bedroom, subdued colors and simple fixtures create an environment very conducive to relaxation. The difference between this space and the energetic office is night and day.

Exposed brick and rich dark wood both feel like very homey and comfortable choices for a space like this.

Check out this handy feature! What looks like a decorative panel unfolds to reveal a convenient little desk for light work or writing.

The bathroom takes things in a different direction entirely. A variety of tile sizes and tones adds immediate interest, with bright yellow accent pieces to serve as visual anchors for clarity.

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Two Modern Minimalist Apartments With Subtle Luxurious Details

Do, 29.12.2016 - 16:15

Modern minimalism is everywhere – and there’s no question as to why. It’s the go-to choice for staging interior architecture concepts, it’s a versatile backdrop for furniture ads, and magazines rightfully feature the residents of these meticulous spaces whenever an innovative example pops up. This post looks at two minimalist homes with open concept living rooms and striking high-contrast neutral palettes. Both incorporate luxurious details in different inspiring ways. The first adds hints of high-end materials like brass and marble, and the second builds around artfully sculpted furniture by renowned designers.

Visualizer: Amr Moussa   

First, let’s look at a home that uses its open concept living area in a unique way. There’s not very much outright decor in this part of the house but more decorative details appear the closer you get to the kitchen at the end of the room. A low sofa allows residents to take in the entire space at once and stretches the versatility of the few decorations to their fullest potential.

The view is streamlined yet elegantly layered, the continuity punctuated low table contained by thin walls to create a “room within a room” effect. One side opens to a beautiful urban view, the other hosts shelves outfitted with a few vases and books.

A built-in media center keeps things nice and simple. Notice the position of the television – nice and low, a focused choice.

The black background has two benefits. First, it doesn’t distract the eye while viewing. Second, it allows the electronics to blend in unobtrusively while powered off.

Tasteful sculptures line the central table, with ample space for books underneath. If one were to pull up a chair, it could make a nice place to work on a laptop while catching up on a favorite show.

And the dining arrangement is just as beautiful. It employs a pretty clever aesthetic technique with the nearby shelves displaying an inverted take on its stark black and white color theme.

Patricia Urquiola’s stylish Husk Chair lines the large setting, with a Lambert et Fils Atomium Chandelier illuminating the table from above. The brass lighting fixture is one of the most obvious luxury touches in a room that mostly employs understated elegance.

The kitchen’s matte cabinetry makes a wonderful backdrop to the white table and the simple pendant lights. Small tiles bring character to the backsplash without stealing the spotlight or distracting from the overall composition.

Extra dining space occupies this fantastic extension from the island. It serves as extra workspace when not being used as a breakfast table, and surely makes a nice little place for guests to chat while the host prepares drinks or snacks.

Upstairs, the black and white bedrooms continue the sharp high-contrast theme.

This comfortable space includes small brass details just like the living room. The bedside lamps are from the IC Collection by Michael Anastassiades.

The small wall between the bed and closet creates a small pseudo-hallway, a purely symbolic boundary that still allows sunlight to continue toward the functional areas on the other side.

And the walk-in closet arrangement is certainly enviable, especially if you’re serious about staying organized. There’s a niche or a drawer for every accessory.

A little built-in vanity occupies the space between two sections of shelves and drawers. It has everything the resident needs for an effective one-stop morning routine.

Like the dining chairs, this piece is also the work of Patricia Urquiola, called Tabano. It’s paired with a lovely adjustable floor lamp to easily adjust lighting intensity for dusk or nighttime reading.

The other bedroom makes use of all the same materials as the first, but this time with an even more minimalistic approach. The headboard wall is especially impressive, taking the familiar textured panels from the last bedroom and bringing it to scale.

The reading nook is extra cozy. An iconic Jieldé lamp provides focused or ambient lighting in turn, easy to swivel upward if the resident needs to seek out books on the handy shelf to the left.

The master bathroom isn’t shy about using higher end materials. Marble tiling makes the sink stand out and even makes a subtle stand at the edge of the mirrors.

In the reflection, you’ll see that the modern wood paneling makes another appearance. Like the marble, it finds balance in small details like the edge of the pendant lampshades.

And who wouldn’t love this split shower and bathroom arrangement? A full window occupies the left, with a ceiling window preserving privacy on the right.

Visualizer: Anna Malyk   

This second apartment takes a more curated approach to luxurious design. Rather than opting for high-end materials or bold architectural elements, this space makes its grand statement with sculptural furniture and accessories. While the large-scale artwork and frames contribute their own decorative appeal, the furniture itself is the star of this show.

One of the most impressive investments includes the lighting choices by Michael Anastassiades, their sweeping lines generating an immediate sense of movement and energy.

The palette remains especially subdued. Light wood floors, greyscale furniture, and pristine while walls serve as the perfect background for the stylish objects within.

Despite the limited palette, color blocking does play an important role. A divide between wood and white defines the kitchen and dining, with the bulk of the grey sofa serving as a strong anchor that directs the eye toward the social area.

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Six Scandinavian Interiors That Make The Lived-in Look Inspirational

Mi, 28.12.2016 - 16:15

Design magazines are famous for creating spaces that exude beauty – but not practicality. White, expansive couches with ornate gold fixtures and marbled tiles gloss over many of their pages, an inspiration to us all. Yet, modern life often makes interiors unachievable. Piled with chores, guests and kids’ mess on a daily basis, it’s pretty hard to keep that white linen couch clean. Scandinavian interiors impacted the scene with a different aim: to make the messy modern. A popular power in the world of design, their simple and often cost-efficient tones allowed white walls and your favourite kitschy finds to become beautiful. Take a look at these six stunners to see what all the fuss is about.

Visualizer: Yuriy Bobak Archviz Studio  

Our first interior in Warsaw, Poland is a cosy nest for a couple of two. White-walled and wooden-floored, its structure allows the little things to add to a clean, spacious look. The living room offers us the first glimpse, with a powder-blue couch and striped rug making first impact. Wooden furniture and monochromatic prints complement their tones, without appearing same-same. Green leaves and simple, framed illustrations evoke simplicity. White lampshades hide beside the walls.

From the couch, the little things take greater force. Rows of hanging pot plants become features, a standing bookcase a cabinet of knowledge. Amidst a deck and windows swathed in white, a powder-blue chair offers a seat to take it in.

A desk needs no introduction, in common white and wood elements. The most minimal of markers, a trio of wooden frames highlight a place for work, while harking back to the lounge. Potted plants and small white ornaments are magnified in white cushions and a lampshade, on opposing sides.

Simple yet lived-in, the bedroom is a canvas of white pocked by wood. Undesirables in lighting, a heated rail and blinds become one in white. A wooden chest and cane basket hold personal items, while green frames each corner. Four monochrome prints reflect on the study and lounge, mimicking the wardrobe’s compartmentalisation. A mirror relaxes to the side.

The kitchen’s light and breeze is retained, despite its many elements. White cabinetry, windows and blinds are matched by light wood in benches and floors. The perfect Scandinavian backdrop, they allow pops of black to surprise in an oven and chair, while green and chrome talk to one another.

Two perfect circles round off an all-white bathroom, briefly joined by a wooden bench and mirror rims. Circles join more circles in standing basins, chrome magnifiers and an oval bath, all grounded by large-format charcoal tiling.

Visualizer: YUlOnG Fu  

Our second space is much more kitsch. Dotted in a variety of textures and tones, a Scandinavian framework makes it clean and stylish. In the central area, light wooden chairs, floors and chests provide a perfect canvas. A stencil chandelier is fixed by a block of black, as a grey rug opposite mimics its shape. Grey and khaki meet with potted plants which hang, sit and hide amongst the wooden. Terracotta pots, books and monochromatic prints are lit by simple French windows.

The study and TV areas mark their spaces by plants. In the study, a small-leaved potted plant drapes over the ceiling, partially obscuring a drop-down light. In the TV room, potted plants sit on library shelves and a TV cabinet, giving prominence to the TV and central wall. Light wood grounds the plant and finer ornamental detail, making the busy look basic.

White spaces oscillate between over-piling and minimalism. A barn-door entranceway houses a heap of clothes, chequered and multi-coloured, on grey floral tiles. The TV room corridor, by contrast, features one potted tree against a white brick wall, as glass baubles and a green tray sit to the side. Both spaces suit the tone of the home.

The bedroom is a jumble of grey, white and light wood, illustrated and framed by more potted green. Innumerable in its decorations, its clean white walls and ceiling create breathing space, with no detail rising more than halfway. Wide French windows and simple blue-grey curtains greet a black-stencilled chair and lightly-patterned grey rug.

Visualizer: Dattran  

Our next two-bedroom is a lot less ornamental – but not less patterned. The lounge shows a myriad of undertones and shapes in collaboration. Classic white walls and wooden floors open up to a grey couch and curtains, mottled rug and different-coloured cushions. A range of cubed and circular art pieces adorn the central table, while a standing lamp hovers beside a print. The look is monochromatic, mixed with the muted.

The kitchen provides a solid background for the smaller space, in simple white cabinetry and benching. A fridge and bench inlet framed in black show allegiance to the table, while not detracting from the main living space. Scandinavian chairs (Selig Z Style chair in the living and the Salt Chairs at the kitchen counter) really drive home the style.

The bedroom’s white light glows over charcoal, popping up throughout the room. Draped in bedding and a rug, its tones play in an abstract art piece and window sill. Pops of green and white kitsch both stand out and blend into white blinds and an exposed brick wall.

The second bedroom warms up with a wood-panelled feature wall and floor. A beige padded headboard and striped duvet set it apart, with matching tables and a rug in supporting roles. Features charcoal in the first are turned black in the second, with each bedroom comparing and contrasting. A bright blue seascape centres the space.

Visualizer: Harun Kaymaz  

Our fourth contender looks a lot simpler – and it is. An L-shaped block sofa carries matching cushioning, while abstract prints shine in the same hue. White fixtures in window joinery, a light and side table are made different by abstract sparks – turquoise table legs here, terracotta pots there. A golden trumpet and beige woollen rug add warmth, while French windows mirror the shape of the prints.

Visualizer: Le Anh  

Inject a bit of pastel with our fifth home for inspiration. Not content with charcoal and wood, a proliferation of patterns add pizzazz to the white-coated living room. Cushions sidle next to each other in a variety of detailing. Three frames gradate from minimalist lines to coloured crescents, all framed in light wood. A stencilled standing lamp is reflected in cane chair-backing and side table grate. Yellow pops on the table below a branched bulb light, dangling elusively from the ceiling. Grey and white stripes set the scene.

Visualizer: Yuliya Chudinovskikh  

Our final space is a masterpiece in monochrome. Black and white adorn cushions and prints, before nestling into grey. The living room holds their colouring in black stencil and wooden frames, while natural green and a rustic bucket add the living. A silver bauble chandelier takes it into the modern day.

The kitchen makes monochrome its guiding principle, with black dotted in all the right places. Drawer and cupboard handles, ovens and a benchtop all go back to black, while a faint outline in the tiles combines the two opposing shades. A chrome fridge and plumbing quell their differences among green and wood elements.

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Spacious-Looking, One Bedroom Apartment With Dark Wood Accents

Di, 27.12.2016 - 16:15

City apartments are abundant, central – and often tiny. For the modern urbanite building a beautiful interior, the apartment’s compact nature can be challenging. This studio by Insight Studio in Minsk, Belarus, is a compromise between a convenient location and a contemporary design. Combining the main living areas in one innovative space makes dark corridors bright and awkward spaces forgotten. Dark wooden panels contrast against monochrome prints, seeking refuge in linen couches and woollen rugs. Beige undertones, strikes of green and marble floors add warmth to the interior, without taking away clean lines. Take our tour to see how fresh thinking can transform a small space.

Our one-bedroom apartment begins in the central room, a fusion of living, dining and kitchen areas. Designed for a young woman, the TV space opens to a portrait of her likeness in black and white. Large panes of colour in a charcoal couch, wooden panel and beige wall provide clear space for thought. Subtle features in two types of foliage, white-bound books and a geometric-patterned rug add politically-correct personality. A semi-low, flat ceiling is disguised in white, minimal light fixtures.

From the TV room, kitchen and dining areas extend a hand. Tall white cabinetry, mimicking the length of two large windows, pops out from behind the partition wall. Three dangling white lights mark the dining table.

A monochrome print lords over a drinks cabinet. Oscillating in white and wood, its long lines mimic the TV cabinet, giving space to the print. A view further to the side shows a range of room partitions, each artfully placed to segment while uniting as one.

From the kitchen, the view is clean, minimalistic. A range of potted plants pave the way to another wooden feature wall, made all the more dramatic by a white textured painting hanging on its frame. Clean slate tiles and light-wooden flooring greet a hallway mirror, extending the space. A simple white door gives prominence to the artwork and table, avoiding overcrowding.

As the feature wall welcomes two lit ferns, a well-designed balcony leads us back out. Facing wide window panes in white joinery, the space is framed using very little space. A row of potted green fits almost into the joinery. A design feature wall in slatted wood replaces the original fixture. Wall shelving is stencilled and minimalist, while grey linen chairs gather peacefully.

The bedroom brings in the themes of the central space. Emanating relaxation, a dark wooden headboard mirrors the TV room, light-grey walls the kitchen floor. Black hanging lights match white counterparts in the kitchen, and monochrome prints the feature wall. Creating difference, an LED-lit panel beams atop the headboard, while subtle stripes line the rug, cushions and duvet. Minimal shelving and a mirror extend the space and let light in.

The wardrobe is both clever and contemporary. A cacophony of long, lean panelling, its central inlet appears to extend rather than take from the space. Dark-panelled, their cubby holes hide necessities while leading to another white, bright exit.

A closer look at the kitchen reveals similar themes. Long, white panelling makes it classic and elegant. Lit dark wood panelling creates an inlet of interest. Necessities hide in under-table shelving, while a stove and fridge take a seat to the side. An island bench affords room for unique drop lights to allude to more space.

Carrying on their accents, more wooden panels are bathroom-bound. Making friends with marbled tiling, they find expression beside towel rails, under sinks and beside the toilet. Stone blocks in white porcelain and a slate benchtop ground the space, while an illuminated mirror and glass panel give the illusion of ever more room.

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3 Open Layout Apartments That Use Clever Space-Saving Techniques

Mo, 26.12.2016 - 16:15

Are you looking for ways to make your open layout apartment feel a little more open and spacious? This post looks at three apartments that get it right – from smart storage solutions to hideaway beds and multipurpose furniture, these homes have plenty of inspiration to offer. But that’s not all! Each one takes a different approach to naturally influenced color palettes and decor, so you can find ideas for larger houses and apartments as well. Stop by the comment section to let us know if you found any of these design techniques worth trying.

Visualizer: Leo D'uk Design   

Let’s start with a studio apartment that goes light with natural wood finishes and calming pastel green walls. It’s a cheerful space that makes great use of color blocking to define each functional area within its small interior footprint, easily appearing larger than it really is.

The interior is open but each functional area feels distinct thanks to the clever division created by the geometrically clad wall that stands in the center of the living area.

Rounded forms and wooden legs give the furniture mid-century appeal. Even the pendant lighting and bar design furthers this influence.

The bar’s convenient location allows it to serve as extra seating in the living room while allowing residents to watch television while working, eating, or playing.

Typographic art always make a great addition to interiors inspired by minimalism. These prints also serve to distribute color balance (especially white).

Tucked away as cozy as can be, the kitchen occupies a small space to the left of the central volume. It might look small, but the layout offers plenty of workspace and storage.

Perhaps the most surprising part of this little studio is the bed – it occupies a very compact footprint but its position near the window opens it up to the entire world outside. Storage hides within the platform beneath.

The tropical wallpaper adds even more character and cheer.

A corner shower, compact washer, and convenient storage solutions ensure the bathroom feels spacious despite its small footprint.

Visualizer: Maxim Tsiabus   

If you’re looking for a home that pulls off wooden wall panels without pushing into rustic territory, this space combines those luxurious dark wood boards with greyscale tones to create an aesthetic that feels warm and comfortable without sacrificing an ounce of modern appeal. The space-saving features in this apartment are detailed later – some are quite surprising.

Chain link fencing is a strong addition, an easy DIY project for anyone who wants to cover a radiator or add a cool industrial effect to the home.

One of the most striking and hard-to-replicate features is the abundance of inset lighting that traces the ceiling and even parts of the floor. These strips likely contribute to a moody atmosphere in the evening.

The layout is very open but sensibly divided thanks to a variety of large walls and pillars.

The open seating area extends its functionality with plenty of storage above the television and versatile multi-purpose trays that attach to the sofa.

It may seem like this wall remains intentionally blank just for visual effect, but it’s actually just a very clever disguise for a Murphy bed.

Without relying on a hideaway bed like this one, the entire attitude of the apartment would feel altered. It saves an incredible amount of space.

The addition of extra lighting elements hidden in the headboard portion of the wall serve as a fantastic complement to the stripes that trace the ceiling, walls, and floor.

While this half of the room lacks the dividing walls that mark out the other functional areas of the open layout, this one separates living room from bedroom with a transition from matte black to white and then to those gorgeous wood cabinets.

At first glance, the kitchen looks like one smooth expanse of cabinets with no worktops in sight. It allows for a clean and minimalist appearance, but the real surprise hides inside.

Sliding doors reveal a fully equipped workspace with a small range and sink. Large cabinets expand storage space overhead.

Dining and office areas share the same general area. The breakfast bar easily looks over the living room, outfitted with practical stools from the MIURA collection by Konstantin Grcic.

Visualizer: Eno Design   

While this living space approaches almost studio-levels of openness, a sense of division also allowed the designer to choose two different takes on a natural color theme to suit the distinct needs of private and public areas. Private spaces adopt an earthy neutral theme while the living room goes big with bright and vivid colors reminiscent of summertime. You’ll notice this interior does a lot within the primary living space – it’s multipurpose and very flexible.

Eclectic decor gives the eye a unique focal point from every angle. And of course, it’s impossible to overlook that fabulously unique cabin-style ceiling! Combined with the animal prints and patterns, this style seems like a modern take on the lodge look.

This color theme is especially admirable because of its sense of thematic integration. Without those rustic elements, the bold primaries might have instead evoked a more of a rigid Mondrian-esque attitude.

This combination of color and pattern comes together brilliantly in the tiny corner reading nook. Urquiola’s famous Husk ottoman, an oversized beanbag chair, and a handsome Grasshopper floor lamp all contribute their own distinctive appeal.

The little office has a few inspiring details as well. The storage system offers a mix of open and closed cubbies to keep things looking tidy, and the furniture itself is quite minimalistic.

Both seats are from the About a Chair collection by Hee Welling. You can buy those from here. If you are a fan of minimalist scandinavian style chairs like these, do check out our post: 50 Stunning Scandinavian Style Chairs.

The kitchen occupies a little space down the hallway from the living and bed areas. It’s exceptionally simple and compact.

Hee Welling’s chairs join a comfortable upholstered bench, working wonders to save space in an already small area.

And finally, a look at the bedroom first spotted through the door in the living room. It’s outfitted with a neutral theme distinctly in contrast to the rest of the home.

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Attic Conversion Creates A Warm, Contemporary Home (With Floor Plans)

Fr, 23.12.2016 - 16:15

A family home doesn’t need to come in a standard format. A two-storey dream, this attic conversion has all the elements a great interior requires. Making the most of skylights, multi-levels, and sloping architectural features, this home designed by Ilya Eroshevich and Eugene Shilov holds a contemporary look in an unconventional location. Briefed to inject warmth and comfort into a 106sqm home complete with a large living space, two bedrooms and a bathroom, it was a challenge for the designers – but a challenge worth chasing. The result is a clean-lined, contemporary home showing off modern features the adults can enjoy and the kids can ravage. Take a peek at our house tour for yourself.

Designer: Eroshevich and Eugene Shilov  

The two-storey space opens to a slanting roof – a main feature of an attic conversion. Down from white walls and thick iron railings, the living room welcomes with a teardrop fireplace as an exclamation. Concrete walls and floors hark to the industrial, while a grey mottled rug and large block sofa make grey luxurious and comfortable.

As we peek down the hall, the lounge extends to a dining room, kitchen and library – an elongated space clad in concrete. The lounge offers us a view, as pops of mustard and patterns link through to a multi-compartmented wall of books. A TV grounds one of the iron structured panels, running in a long line through the kitchen and dining rooms.

As we look to the end, a wooden wall beckons. Through its small passage an entranceway exudes white and wooden features, on the same concrete floor. A yellow abstract artwork lengthens one pillar, while an LED light strip makes a feature of a mirrored cupboard. A beanbag offers a handy place for visitors to remove shoes.

Just around the corner, the ascent to the second level begins. Light wooden stairs with matching railings are interspersed by tinted glass. Reaching the top greets the eye with walls of white holding small features, nooks and crannies for family items. Iron railings frame the balcony, looking down to the main living area.

The path down the stairs affords a closer view of the dining room and kitchen. Using the same wooden tone as the entrance’s walls, the dining table shines in varnish, seating eight distressed chairs. Three windows open out to a view and exterior balcony, while iron structural beams background two grasshopper lights in black.

A 180-degree turn shows the kitchen, minimalist yet industrial in black and darker wood. Melting in with the wall, a sleek black benchtop is complemented by hidden appliances and striking streaks of LED lighting running along its ceiling and sides. A lit kitchen inlet draws in the eye, while three stools leave room for a view.

Leading back up the stairs, tinted glass panels segue into an enclave bedroom, resplendent with a monochromatic wall aflame with horses. Wall-to-floor light-wooden panelling makes the space bright, while bedding grounds the space in muted, darker colours. A spin across the room shows a white acrylic desk, baby blue chair, potted cacti and banquet-hung cable lighting. The look is simple, minimalistic; but with a dash of quirky character.

The bathroom carries through the minimalist theme. Marble-tiled walls hold chrome amenities in an LED-lit mirror and rainforest shower head. Simple wooden benching matches a feature wall holding a towel rail, while tinted glass from the stair railings adds privacy to the shower and toilet areas. A wicker cane laundry basket accentuates a beige space clad in a variety of natural materials.

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3 Studio Apartments Under 50sqm For City-Dwelling Couples (Including Floor Plans)

Do, 22.12.2016 - 16:15

To make it big, living close to the city is often a must. Big cities hold big jobs – and the networking culture to support them. Many young couples move to further their careers, sacrificing a larger home space in the process. These three studio apartments under 50sqm show that living and working in style need not be mutually-exclusive terms. Designing with sleek, contemporary materials to create rather than use up space, these three interiors show how a little room can be designed to look much larger. Take a peek at their designs and floor plans to make the most of your apartment or rental space.

Visualizer: Nikita Bulatov  

Designed around a central pivot, this studio in Kiev, Ukraine, makes 44.3sqm look intelligently industrial. The living room and bedroom show this best in a wide-paned view without solid walls. As lacquered wood extends the space, grey walls on either side – one painted, one in concrete – create unity with enough difference to separate the spaces. A slatted bedroom partition creates privacy without shutting out the light.

Walking around the central point, several rooms reveal themselves. From the lounge, an industrial kitchen fills a wall, drawing in the eye with a lit central panel. A wooden island juts out as a bench, allowing free space around its edges. Grey cabinetry becomes concrete in a ceiling and wall panel, while a block seat offers a rest. Industrial features in a red racing track, wind chime lighting and a feature extractor fan make a statement – from a height unobtrusive to the space. A lit, wooden-panelled hallway directs the gaze from dark corners and into the wider interior.

From the kitchen, the bedroom hides behind a slatted wooden panel. Using the wood from the floor and hallway, it provides a TV, ledge for accessories and sleeping space within a compact room. A low futon bed with light bedding allows room for two drop lights to add subtle complexity.

The hallway mimics the bedroom’s partition, with a slatted feature lined with LEDs. Its light, breezy frame is a perfect segue to a lit seated area. A white door and flooring open it up, while a grey storage cabinet hides away.

Clever bathroom panelling makes its corridor space seem larger. Split into charcoal, light grey and white, honeycomb and pin-prick texturing with dashes of wood accentuate wide walls and distract from close-quarter amenities. Wide format tiling towards the door creates a large square of space, further lightened by wooden accents.

Visualizer: Igor Kostin  

A young couple commissioned our next studio space, a tad smaller at 40sqm. Briefed to be comfortable, ergonomic and stylish, its creative industry owners were pleased with the two-bedroom result. A striking black and yellow design sets the stage in the living room, as a corrugated storage space becomes a feature. Set on recycled wooden flooring, a white TV cabinet and two desks hold storage and afford clear space. A roll-away distressed wooden crate and bookshelf in matching yellow complete the look.

From the lounge, the space opens to other rooms. A bedroom frame in black slatted timber adds privacy and good design. White kitchen cabinetry, a wardrobe and hallway act as a white wall, while hiding the necessities. A swift wraparound of the bedroom wall reveals a bright sunshine bench to match the lounge’s compartment. The elements work together, and separately, to allude to a larger space.

The slats of the master bedroom give a glimpse of avid gamers. Black painted walls allow the Playstation to project, while a bright yellow insert makes a feature of the handsets. A dominant green wall with data-driven artwork alludes to digital love; soft beige bedding to a space for it. LED-lighting adds a snazzy touch.

A mirrored walk from the main entrance leads to the kitchen. Set on the same wooden flooring, it makes its mark in teal school chairs, tame in comparison to the lounge’s bolder yellows. A stencil chandelier mimics the bedroom’s slats; a white marble table the TV cabinet behind.

As kitchen chairs back onto cabinetry, the kitchen swathes itself in white and grey. A wall of white atop the counters creates more head space, while a speckled tiled inlet catches attention. Appliances in black and white blend into its assembly, softened to the side by a curtain in blue.

Visualizer: Int2 Architecture  

Our final space in Moscow, Russia, is an interior done on a budget. Another 40sqm wonder, it was designed for the rental market on a tight, flea market-sourced timeframe. Its edgy look starts in the lounge, where a mixture of charcoal and grey adorn two chairs, walls and floor. Painted decking boards proffer a grey Turkish rug and metal-bottomed table, while an antique chandelier adds flair from the ceiling. A warmer wood panel and concrete ceiling are lit up from a wide-ranging window.

Beside the lounge, the bedroom exudes its own vibe with a copy-based artwork. The wooden frames of the bookcase act as a sideboard, complemented by the bed’s matching headboard. Simple grey bedding blends to the floor and makes the small space appear luxuriously larger.

A line back to a black hallway makes an interesting entrance for the interior. Forming a larger square space, black-painted school lockers provide storage beside a bicycle. The trend is carried through in the wider kitchen space, featuring industrial-looking appliances, an extractor fan and white chef benching. Distressed wood frames the units and walls, as a dining set in the same material continues on the theme. Smaller features in black painted piping and utensil racks keep the costs down while remaining true to the look.

The bathroom shocks in pure white with a subtle floor pattern. Peppered with antique wooden furniture, a ladder hangs towels while a wooden bench holds a sink. Pops of copper adorn the amenities, an unusual mix of market finds atop an old Singer sewing machine. Two bauble lights hang down to punctuate.

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50 Best Reading Nooks We Have Ever Come Across

Mi, 21.12.2016 - 16:23

The perfect reading spot is not easy to find. Comfortable reading chairs and lounges can do the job – but the avid reader knows they need a proper setting. These 50 nooks and crannies consider the wants of the lover of a good read. Whether you’d like to hole up in a library wall, lounge against a sunny window ledge, hang in a hammock or outdoor bed, or find a unique reading space all of your own, we’ve got a spot inducing page-turning in mind. Take a gander at our selection to see which style of reading – and reading position – works best for you.

Architect: Safdie Rabines  

This simple white wooden ledge lets your legs stretch out to full capacity. Framed by two bookshelves, it offers a handy place to grab your next read.

Colour and pattern ramps up a notch with this green and gold design. A large window lets in light to a sunny seated area and retro Turkish rug.

Architect: Phil Abram   Source: Homes To Love  

Increase your indoor-outdoor flow with a window seat in the open air. Extending onto a patio, a row of planted ferns link beautifully to the creeping vines in the opposite window.

The minimalist would love this reading nook design. A simple white squab with geometric white window adds all the lighter elements for a peaceful read.

Source: Brooke Boling  

Curl up with a book with this functional cranny. Tucked beside a portrait-shape window, French drawers underneath provide a place for necessities.

Visualizer: P&M Studio  

Make the most of a corridor library with a printed squab and cushions at the end. A floral print sits next to a wooden ledge, giving off a tropical look.

Architect: Bull O’Sullivan  

Look up at the forest with this wooden-slatted design above your book. A velvet, olive green triangle extends the forest.

Visualizer: Press Render  

A walled library with an opposing glass panel needs a stunning chair to make the space. This textured suede find with matching ottoman does the trick.

Architect: Rado Iliev   Photographer: Assen Emilov  

Coat your lounge corner in glass windows and a soft stone chair, for a gorgeous seat suitable for turning pages.

Designer: Galeazzo Design  

Hide away in your own world with a wicker cane teardrop in your room. A little white inlet hides a blanket, a book, and you.

Architect: ArqDonini  

Find an innovative way to read your favourites in a white plaster tunnel. Mid-century dark wooden bannisters and a stone carpet floor frame the look.

Designer: Bernardo Rodrigues   Photographer: Iwan Baan  

A spot next to a window is made grand by a wooden scoop seat. This reading nook acts as a functional window and design feature.

Buy It: $184  

Cover our favourite Rattan Papasan chair in fur and cushions for an elegant, and well-travelled, look beside a book.

Invite the tropics beside your bookcase with this woven cane chair and rustic-looking ottoman. A fur rug, cushion and draping fern complement it nicely.

Buy It: $720  

A relaxing look in segmented leather and wood, this Eames-Style Lounge Chair and matching ottoman work a treat in an all-wooden library.

Visualizer: Irinel-Ramona Florescu   Buy It: $2,873  

Olive green and light wood are a perfect reading match in this Husk Chair Replica. A matching standing ottoman provides a place for the feet.

Visualizer: Lev Kononov  

A luxurious, multi-panelled bookcase extends to the ceiling in this high-paned library design. A golden-hued chair is a perfect, minimalist fit.

Designer: Egue & Seta  

Hang a white mesh hammock off the side of your bookcase, for a secluded and interesting reading experience.

Designer: Whitney Parris-Lamb  

This innovative library hides in a mini loft. A futon bed acts as a soft reading space, plopped afront a short bookcase wall.

Visualizer: Luke Clynes  

Complement an art deco feel with this leaning find in leather and wood. Set on simple furnishings, it provides a statement within a comfy place to read.

Designer: Famurat Builders  

Want a place to read and hide away? This sliding compartment blocks off your secret reading space from view.

Designer: JWT  

Under the stairs is a perfect place to read. This nifty nook clads it in wood, teal and under-seat shelving.

Designer: Van Staeyen  

Make an artwork of your reading space with a die-cut hole in the wall. Your favourite books can stay in its walls, with a few in-built shelves.

Designer: Robdes  

Make your reading nook the feature of your bookcase with this simple white and wood enclave design.

Designer: Alia Bengana  

Can’t choose between a bed, couch or seat? This chocolate dream offers all three, as it nestles into the corner of two book-lined walls.

Designer: TG Studio  

Build an igloo inside your house with this minimalist reading dome. An array of cushions and pockets of light add interest to a cranny you could read in for hours.

Photographer: David Hotsun   Source: Dwell  

Use a sloped space to full effect, by placing a reading nook inside. This white-bedded space opens itself up to the world with a skylight window.

Designer: Woods Bagot  

Invite other readers into your space, with a large green square standing out from the library. Surrounding shelves offer plenty of books for discussion and sharing.

Source: Bookworm Bookshelf  

An artpiece, book shelf and comfy seat in one, this unique structure can sit wherever you desire to read.

Source: Millhaven Homes  

Accentuate a long room with an inviting book nook placed at the end. Two windows, rows of accessories and multi-coloured cushions create your happy place.

Source: Bla Fre  

Create a playhouse and reading space in one with this cute nook for the kids. A light-wooden ladder and flower pot act as a welcome greeting.

Buy It: $170  

Complement your modern, Scandinavian-look home with a Grant Featherston-Style Contour Wing Chair. Grey cotton with orange buttons hark over to a standing orange lamp.

Visualizer: Hasan Rezakhani  

Take the high road with this high-winged chair, a subtle place for relaxation in muted grey. Its rolling balls move the seat into your perfect reading location.

Visualizer: Katrin  

A quilted square chair beckons the next reading session, afront a patchwork wall and under a grasshopper lamp.

Designer: Drill Björk and Birgir   Source: Bolig Magasinet  

Extend your legs upon the perfect middle ground between sitting and lying down. This leather and steel chaise finds a sunny spot beside the bookcase.

Architect: Szymon Migaj   Designer: Szymon Migaj  

A wicker cane weave is comfy, stylish and practical. Working well with wooden bookcases, it offers a comfy angle for an in-depth reading session.

Visualizer: Stadshem  

White leather on wooden legs creates a circular design, perfect for curling up with a book. Throw a fluffy blanket over the top for a touch of everyday glamour.

Visualizer: TOTL Studio  

Able to adapt to many interiors, this mustard wingback chair makes a seated stand beside an elongated marble fireplace. A zigzagging wooden floor adds detail.

Break the traditional reading nook brief with these hanging hammocks, a splendid idea for a shared space. Hung by chains from the ceiling, they can adjust to your desired height.

Designer: Timothy Corrigan  

A Victorian feel beside the fireplace is inspired by this warm and cozy setting. A red cotton chair extends out the legs, while an extra read sits only an arms-length away.

Source: Gallow Green Lodge  

Sleep among the books with this unique bed between the shelves. Elevated in a mini loft-style, the ceiling forms a traditional shape above the straight and winding bookshelves.


Set your favourite spot outdoors with a light cane chair and matching reading table. Potted ferns and hanging plants coalesce in a space drenched with light and greenery.

Buy It: Chocofur  

Bring the outside inside with a chocolate brown chair among potted ferns. A token lambskin rug paves the way to and from the bookshelf.

Designer: Secret Gardens  

Have a pool? Create a spot to dry off and read, with an inbuilt seating arrangement to the side. A white stencil table offers a handy place to leave your book for the next dip.

Designer: Rees Roberts + Partners  

Doze off in the garden after a good reading session, as green walls surround your every gaze. This matching green chaise makes an L-shape beside a table and chair setting.

Designer: Rees Roberts + Partners  

The minimalist garden would benefit from this simple white square and chair, backed by a full row of bamboo.

Build a secret place in the garden with this elongated wooden chaise. Plants hang over the top, bringing your reading session a few steps closer to nature.

Designer: James Durie  

Read on, over and beside a pond with this hammock hanging from varnished posts. Lilypads dot around, and moss creates a soft bed under, a bamboo square with food table beside.

Source: Kodama Zomes  

Live like a caterpillar inside a hanging mosaic structure. Keep out the bugs with a pretty mesh overlay, or let the sun speckle your skin through its many geometric openings.

Buy It: $916  

Create a reading event wherever you are with this portable PVD dome. With plants inside and outside, it’s a modern alternative to a conservatory, gazebo, greenhouse or hot tub cover.

Are you a book lover? Don’t forget to check the links below then.
Home Decor For Book Lovers
50 Comfortable Reading Chairs
50 Unique Bookends For Book Lovers

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