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Modern Perfection in Kyiv Apartment

Fr, 24.03.2017 - 14:15

This apartment in Kyiv delivers modern sophistication and personality. From the whimsical art and wall hangings to the unique lighting fixtures found throughout, thought was put into every detail. Though each room is a separate space, visitors can look through from the living room into the kitchen and the dining room beyond. The designers kept this in mind and created a simple theme that turned into a beautify design. Luxury and utility were the goals in the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Architect: Alena Makagon   Photographer: Artem Zavarzin  

A magnificent wall system fills the wall of the living area. Shelving for accessories and books surround the television which is mounted on a high gloss background.

A fun piece of canvas monkey art adds whimsy and a blast of red. Two rows of canned lighting was used above the seating area.

A great place for a comfortable reading chair is near the bookshelf and next to the window. The modern cobalt blue chair is ergonomically designed and looks great too.

The seating took on the shape of the room and echoes the straight lines in the entertainment center. From the sectional you get a great view of the window overlooking the city. This window provides great natural lighting. The panel can be drawn to block the light or provide privacy.

Perfect for an open plan, the sectional has a low back. The piece provides ample seating and because it was upholstered in a light beige fabric, it doesn’t weigh down the space.

A chase at the end of the recliner provides the perfect spot to lounge. The open shelving units continue into the dining room, giving a space for storage and display without the bulk of door cabinets.

This home office with circle wood paneling on the wall was furnished with a writing desk at the window and a sofa. For extra room for visitors, consider a sleeper sofa in your office space.

This home office has a great lighting for working. The light wood floor is covered with a taupe rug.

The palm house plant is seen throughout this house, creating a theme of sorts. Plants, whether artificial or live, offer a way to make a house cozy. Against this wall, it provides contrast to the circle pattern.

Storage is available at two levels. The higher can be used for media and the bottom platform is a drawer unit. Accessories are kept at a minimum throughout the apartment, but using only a few select pieces worked perfectly to keep the design clean and crisp.

The master bedroom uses a masterful mix of materials. The wood paneling on the back wall in a pine finish pairs well with the light maple flooring. Breaking up the wood look a bit is a low platform unit that serves as the nightstand next to the fully upholstered platform bed.

The spacious master bedroom boasts a great window to create a seating area. The lighting in the room comes from the natural light, wall lamps, and lighting wall behind the bed. The wall behind the television is in all black, making a great backdrop for movie watching.

This wardrobes has essential pieces – the puff ottoman for easy dressing, shelves for folded jeans and tees, and a full mirror for a quick check once you’ve put that perfect outfit together.

This fabulous kids room is fun without going over the top with wooden panels as clouds on the wall, circle pendant lights on the ceiling, and fun floating shelves in the corner. A great platform toy box in blue sits beside the bed. The comfy bed for resting and play table for building block castles complete the room.

This room takes on a lighter hue than most of the home. Keeping it bright for the little ones is always a good idea.

These amusing oval cage lights hanging from the ceiling add a little fun to a little tykes room.

The rug adds an air of femininity to this cozy room. A comfortable chair for reading and a workspace makes this a great room for a teen or college student.

A small multi-surface desk, bookshelves and contemporary desk chair complete this corner of the room.

The seating area was completed with a 2 round porthole style mirrors, and fun big bulb lighting fixture against a wall in ocean blue. Open shelves are used for accessories and books. A comfy chair sits in front of the window, great setting for a good read.

A block bookshelf stands behind the bed that has a low upholstered headboard.

Straight lines and whimsical lighting features greet you in the kitchen. A black bar table extends from the dark mint island.

Seating for four or five can be extended with barstools around the island. The white surface on the island seems to pop up out of the top. The glossy finish around the kitchen bounces light and opens the kitchen up. The refrigerator seamlessly blends into the wall.

All white dishware keeps the look fresh and crisp. A simple sprig of greenery brings the botanical theme into the kitchen. Lighting placed under the cabinets help while cooking and create a fabulous ambiance.

While they seem to be accessories just floating, these are pendant lights. A great twist on lighting in this otherwise linear room.

A close up on the bar table shows the grey granite. Just below, the wood floors are a light grey finish. Upholstered chairs in a blue gray have a light welt and mini arm for comfort.

The china is kept in an open curio that allows the eye to flow through to the next room.

This dining room screams board room meets high class. The simple black table was paired with unique contemporary bright blue dining chairs. A full wall was dedicated to the botanical theme of the home. The lone accessory in the room, a brass vase takes your eye to the center of the table and up to the brass and white lighting.

Why use tons of accessories to establish a theme? Simply use a wall of tropical greenery and bamboo inspired wall paneling.

These large countertop basins and tall neck faucets sit atop the bathroom counter.

In the shower, the theme has been extended. A rainfall shower head and wand gives the ultimate shower experience.

A small water conservation commode is used, with controls on the wall.

The master bathroom is designed using marble, glass, and track lighting.

This soaking tub the place to be after a long day. Complete with a serving table it is placed on a marble platform that extends from the wall.

The foyer uses cream, blue, and grey for doors and walls.

A settee sits in the entrance of the home right below a full length mirror.

Track lighting that can be self directed illuminates this galley hallway as you enter the living area.

The walls hold storage areas to the left.

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Charming Townhouse for a Young Couple

Do, 23.03.2017 - 16:15

Do you remember your first home with your significant other? No doubt that cosy start-up place holds a special place in your heart. But it probably didn’t look like this. This two-storey townhouse boasts stunning design and luxurious furnishings, the home is as stunning is it as enviable. Enjoy wonderful features and unique design, all thanks to the expertise of designer Elena Lapshina. The townhouse is a sensational mix of class and sophistication. When taking a look through this gallery, you’ll no doubt feel the faint strains of nostalgia while making several notes for your own home. Take the tour and feel inspired, and bookmark your favorite ideas!

We start our tour on the bottom floor of this timeless townhouse. The bottom floor boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen-dining area that leads onto a terrace, a stylish living area and grand entrance.

The living room is tastefully decorated with modish art works and patterns. The different patterns add a subtle level of depth to the room. A large ornamental horse makes a most interesting lamp.

The living area is incredibly luxurious thanks to the designer furniture. The room is delightfully light and fresh due to the large uncovered windows and double height living room.

Stacked wood under the T.V screen adds a unique twist on an organic element. A geometric lamp is a fashionable element that ties into the stately decor.

Ordinary houseplants would never fit into this sumptuous house. The designer decided to plant delicate bonsai trees instead, and we must say- it works!

The stairs are an architectural masterpiece, and placing them so close to the kitchen was a stroke of genius. The matching color palettes unify the area and complements the state-of-the-art appliances.

The opulent dining area reflects the design of the rest of the house. The table and chairs contrast in colors, but their design is stylishly similar.

The house’s architecture is a work of art in itself. The lines and structure a design feature all on their own.

The lush greenery of the bonsai trees and bright yellow of the lemons brighten up the whole room and add a necessary splash of color. The lemons can be exchanged according to the season, ensuring an ever changing ornament.

We now make our way up the stairs. On our way to the second floor, we’re treated with a unique stair railing that makes you feel safe, and is fashionably unique.

On the second floor, we find a second living area that is a diverse relaxing area. You can retire with your favorite book, play the piano or just enjoy the luxurious surroundings.

What luxury townhouse is complete without a grand piano? This house posses a dazzling white piano.

A carefully crafted accent wall doubles as a design feature for the upstairs living room and for the stairs. It also serves as a cosy reading spot for the homeowner.

This living room focuses more on comfort, with the soft carpets, snug designer couches and comforting throw blankets. It doesn’t cut back on the style though, intricate ornaments adorn the room, making for a lavish space.

Glass panels add dimension to the room and indicate that the top floor is for the exclusive use of the homeowners.

While playing the piano, you’re treated to the glorious view of the manicured forest type garden outside… what could be better?

The sublime master bedroom is the epitome of comfort and opulence. The trendy monochromatic color scheme is utilized to perfection while the bed is the picture of warmth and contentment.

The fashionable young couple can enjoy the entire top floor as their master bedroom, they can even enjoy the view from the comfort of their own bed!

Arguably the most luxurious room in the townhouse, the bathroom sports LED lighting, his-and-hers amenities and glass panels.

The shower is large and spacious, a lovely place to relax and spoil oneself.

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Fleur De Lis Home Decor

Mi, 22.03.2017 - 16:15

A touch of the French countryside makes a home feel like home. Synonymous with lavender sprigs, lilies and French royalty, the fleur de lis adorns its home country’s walls and so many of our home fixtures – napkins, bedding sets, and the odd bathroom fixture or two. Add a splash of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your abode with our featured range of fleur de lis home décor finds. Welcome visitors to your home, with a fleur de lis wall hook to hang their coat. Offer them a cheese platter, with a matching fleur de lis-themed board and knife. Inhale French quintessential culture with the feel of fleur de lis.


Ornate Fleur De Lis Decorative Wall Hanging: Create an entrance for your home, with this metal fleur de lis hanging beside your porch or front doorway. Its elegant metal sits astride indoor or outdoor walls, for an understated touch of French culture.


Metal Fleur De Lis Wall Decor: Made of iron, this fleur de lis is in full bloom. Use the hanger on its back to easily accessorize your home or garden.


Fleur De Lis Mirrored Wall Sconce: Made for an entrance or dark hallway, this fleur de lis – originally a stylized lily – lights up your place with welcome. Add a candle afront its mirror to reflect French ambience across the room.


Fleur De Lis-Style Dual Wall Sconce: Have a larger space to fill? This set of two wall sconces ditch the mirror in favour of ornate iron hangings boasting two candles.


Fleur De Lis Wall Sconce For Four Candles: Also made of iron, this four-candle wall sconce goes for the whole garden. Create a romantic outdoor setting with these candles on your wall and a picnic basket on the floor.


Fleur De Lis-Style Wall Mirror: This gold-painted mirror heroes the iconic fleur de lis, by placing it atop a bed of decorative scrolls. Perfect for the bedroom or living room, a spot beside bronze fittings would complete this floral dream.

$122BUY IT

Fleur De Lis Table Fan: Enjoy French style in a cool, air-conditioned room. This cast metal fan with ornate stand comes with three in-built speeds and a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.


Fleur De Lis Curtain Rod: These metal rods with cast aluminium brackets are powder coated for taste and durability. Hang your paisley or taffeta curtains upon their steely frames, for a household staple with an edge.


Fleur De Lis Curtain Hooks (12 pieces): These American-made hooks make the modern shower curtain look contemporary. Attach each one of their 12 fleur de lis above your bath, for a French twist at shower time.


Cast Iron Fleur De Lis Door Stop: Keep your indoor-outdoor flow flowing, with an iron door stop in the shape of a fleur de lis. This fifteen-inch gem is a perfect example of decorative door stops for the antique-feel home.


Fleur De Lis Door Knocker: Let guests knock your door in a time-honoured tradition, with this stylish door knocker. Made of nickel with a bronzed patina façade, your doorway emblem looks the same as the French royalty’s.


Fleur De Lis Bookends: Leather-bound books make a grand scene, surrounded as they are by these sterling fleur de lis. Felt-bottomed and polished to perfection, these unique bookends protect your bookcase from stains, and your books from falling over.


Antique Fleur De Lis Box: Lightweight resin pairs with a gold finish to hold your jewellery, trinkets or house keys. This ornate box could even act the sugar cube jar for those desiring a royal finish.


Fleur De Lis Framed Doormat: Make the fleur de lis the literal centre of your doorway. These framed, unique doormats use coil fibres to scrape away dirt, and rubber backing to avoid rectangular deck stains.

$100BUY IT

Fleur De Lis Rug: The fleur de lis can protect your carpet against visiting children. Incorporating black, brown and beige tones, this Scotch-guarded rug repels stains whilst remaining scandalously easy to clean.

$100BUY IT

Vintage Fleur De Lis Pattern Rug: Want a French carpet made in Turkey? This fade-resistant design was loomed with local materials, before ending up afront the couch.

$130BUY IT

Fleur De Lis Bedding Set: Act the queen with this bedding design in your monochrome bedroom. Simply patterned, this bedding set allows your choice of two types of finishes, for a comfortable night’s sleep reminiscent of France.


Fleur De Lis Window Curtains: Complete the look with matching voile and framing curtains in your choice of colour. This six-piece set, which boasts a voile curtain and two drapes for each window, ensures your bedroom’s enclosed from light and sound.


Fleur De Lis Bath Shower Curtain: Extend the look to the ensuite, with these grey and white shower curtains of similar style. Mould-resistant and with their own set of hooks, they fit neatly in the washing machine after bath time’s end.


Fleur De Lis Measuring Spoons: Zinc alloy manufactured this sturdy and stylish set of Ganz measuring spoons. Engraved with a fleur de lis in each centre, they’d make a perfect housewarming, wedding or baby shower gift.


Fleur De Lis Egg Serving Tray: Ever wondered how to elegantly serve boiled eggs? This aluminium tray holds twelve eggs and a sophisticated way to serve breakfast.


Fleur De Lis Brie Baker Set: Oven-safe white ceramic makes baked brie look good. This fleur de lis glazed dish comes with its own spreader.

$116BUY IT

Fleur de Lis Canister (Set of 3): Store your tea, coffee and sugar in matching terracotta fleur de lis canisters. These silicon-sealed beauties feature beaded rims, turreted tops and a central French cameo.


Fleur de Lis Mini Cheese Board with Spreader: Want to present your cheese in the traditional French style? This bamboo two-tone board comes with a zinc alloy icon and matching spreader.


Fleur De Lis-Patterned Laser Engraved Rolling Pin: Want the professional look on a home-made budget? This beechwood roller imprints fleur de lis patterns on your cookies, pies and pastries. There are many more cool patterns besides the fleur de lis that you can have too. Take a look at their collection of patterns here.


Fleur De Lis Dinner Set: The colours of Tuscany meet the emblems of France in this sixteen piece dinner set. Dinner plates, saucers, bowls and mugs comprise this scintillating ceramic collection.


Fleur De Lis Wine Glass: Know a friend who has something to toast? Gift them these hand-painted unique wine glasses in a beautiful gift box that comes with the packaging.


Fleur De Lis Salt & Pepper Shakers: Cradle your condiments in a fleur de lis holder, with these unique salt and pepper shakers. A couple of rhinestones snake their way up the iconic symbol, as two classic designs rest behind.


Fleur De Lis Filigree Drink Coasters: Keep your beautiful coasters within easy reach, with this set of four in a carved holder. Their fleur de lis motifs upon a black surface are easy to clean and resistant to stains.


Fleur De Lis Wine Bottle Coaster: Everyone needs to wear a crown now and then, and your wine bottle is no exception. This elegant pewter is decorated with crystals, for a gorgeous fleur de lis design that protects your table.


Fleur De Lis Utensil Holder: Match the brie baker and the canisters, with this white ceramic utensil holder from the same designer. Their waved edge and fleur de lis imprints create a country vibe in the middle of the city.


Fleur De Lis Towels: Have a few fleur de lis bathroom accessories you’d like to complement? This range of towels offers a few options for a French-style bathroom well done.


Fleur De Lis Cast Iron Wall Hooks: Four cast iron decorative wall hooks prove a sturdy place for coats. This rustic wall hanger invites your guests in, while their coats hang on a fleur de lis.


Fleur De Lis Towel Holder: Hang your towels in style, with this polyresin and iron towel ring. A nifty fleur de lis pattern affixes to your wall, for a bathroom accessory with a functional usage.


Fleur De Lis Toilet Paper Holder: These unique toilet paper holders offer comfort with a bas de relief. Affix their recycled cast iron forms to your bathroom wall for the perfect finish to a fleur de lis bathroom.

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3 Modern Minimalist Apartments For Young Families

Di, 21.03.2017 - 16:15

In any family, there are a lot of different personalities gathered under one roof. This means that family homes need to be versatile and functional for a variety of different reasons. Especially if it it’s an apartment, which tends to be smaller and a whole lot closer to other families. Family apartments need to be specially designed and well thought out. Those of us with families can understand this testament. But that doesn’t mean that a family home or apartment should be spartan, dull or even ugly. There are many different ways to create a family apartment that is stylish and functional, in fact- here are three examples.

Visualizer: Olia Paliychuk   

The first apartment showcases the ideal minimalistic style, that is sleek, stylish and neat. The open plan living area is perfect for busy children, with no sharp corners or edges to hurt them. The space is utilized to perfection thanks to the minimal furniture, ensuring that the family isn’t hemmed in by fashionable clutter/ornaments.

Although the walls are bare, the room is not boring at all. The different colors and elements turn the walls themselves into decorative pieces that are aesthetically pleasing.

The dining room is a prime example of how well designed the apartment is. Everything is neat and has a place. It is easy to tidy up and difficult to mess up, perfect for children.

Circular light fixtures add a level of depth to the room, providing a design element that fits into the minimalistic decor without looking clunky or out of place.

To make up for the lack of a garden, the terrace is a delightful place to get some fresh air and enjoy the view. Carefully maintained plants create a little garden in an urban apartment.

The dual study area is the perfect place for the homeowner to work, or help their child with homework.

The seating area is good place for the family to retreat and spend some time together or for someone to retire with a good book.

The master bedroom is acomfortable and well lit thanks to the modern bedroom lamps that make for a good place to read once all the daily duties have been taken care of.

A contemporary chaise lounge allows the homeowner to relax in style after a long day and just enjoy the urban view.

Despite the minimalistic style, this room is any little girl’s dream room. Large cartoonish toys and a pink accent wall turn this into a girl’s paradise.

Designer: Now Design  

Indoor, easy-to-maintain plants are a refreshing aspect in the second apartment. The minimalistic style and monochromatic color palette are softened by various organic elements.

The earthy brown couch and tree stump coffee table are a few of the organic elements that warm up the living room’s design. White flowers add a subtle vintage flair to an otherwise modernized apartment.

Designer chairs by the window provide a place for the homeowner to survey their remarkable home, or enjoy the stunning view provided by the uncovered french windows.

Unique kitchen pendants add a little understated whimsy to the kitchen and surrounding area.

Having siblings share a room can be a wonderful learning opportunity for them. And a way for the parents to conserve space.

These siblings have a fabulous space all to themselves. A large cartoonish bean bag chair is the best place for them to relax and watch a little T.V. The unique structure of the beds are more of a jungle gym than a traditional bed. This gives their active minds chance to explore from the confines of their bedroom. A double study desk prevents issues over space for homework, and a large bookshelf gives them chance to learn and expand their imaginations.

Low height bedrooms are a huge hit right now, and it’s not hard to see why. The bedroom is snug and stylish, the minimalist decor helping the room look bigger. A traditional wardrobe is given a unique twist thanks to the frosted glass door.

A series of colored beanbags are an innovative to add comfort and style to the room. Clay pots add an element of culture to the fashionable room.

The bed is the most important part of the bedroom- it’s in the name! A raised platform showcases the bed, making it the focal point of the room and highlights it’s comfort. A lovely pot plant graces the corner, lighting up the whole room.

The master bedroom is incredibly chic. Whit a monochromatic color scheme interspersed with warm wooden elements. The light fixture is a unique and interesting piece that draws the attention. The bathroom boasts his-and-hers-amenities and a sleek design.

The shower end of the bathroom is incredibly sumptuous, with modern fixtures and an engaging accent wall that leaves no doubt as to the organic theme.

Visualizer: Irina ArtPartner  

The third apartment is the smallest, but provides the most inspiration for minimalistic and space saving tips. It proves that small apartments are just as upscale as it’s larger counterparts.

Wooden panels work with the grey color scheme to create a light and airy space. The built in bookcase adds the necessary level of sophistication without taking up too much floor space.

A coffee table with a marble top is incredibly chic, while the thin legs give an unobstructed view of the floor, providing the illusion of more floor space. A modern kitchen island provides the necessary dining space without the room feeling as though it’s missing something.

A study area is nestled behind a corner, giving the homeowner space to work and essential privacy despite the limited space.

A raw white brick wall gives the illusion of space, while wooden beams on the ceiling warms up the entire hallway. A clever designer filled the space with a comfortable bench that doubles as a shoe rack. A mirror on the cupboard allows the homeowner one last look at their outfit before leaving, and maybe even reminds them to retrieve their coat from within the cupboard.

A rock climbing wall is an ingenious accent wall that any boy will love, while a mattress that’s included into the decor is designed to appease any anxious mother. A great way to save space is to build a wardrobe into a bunk bed, leaving the top bunk for the child’s bed, while the bottom half serves as their wardrobe.

A large grey couch is the ideal place for the tired youngster to relax, but the energetic graphic and wide variety of activities that the room offers ensures that he’ll be back on his feet in no time.

An ample study area makes sure that there is never an excuse for him to not do homework.

Simple is always stylish, and this master bedroom proves that. It is a masterful blend of minimalist style and pure comfort.

The bedroom boasts a state-of-the-art entertainment system, so that the homeowner can choose to have a lazy day without leaving their bed!

A bright blue chair hints at the existence of a private study area for when the homeowner has to bring work home and needs a quiet, private place.

The main bathroom uses the age old trick of saving space by using personal items as decor. And, as always, it works. The designer managed this trick without having to clutter the counter space. The snug bathrobe adding a level of comfort to the bathroom that works with the wooden panels.

The marbled tiles work well with the frosted glass and large mirror to create a clean and contemporary aesthetic, while the wooden counter and wedge softens the facade and prevents it from looking too harsh.

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Dining Room Pendant Lights: 40 Beautiful Lighting Fixtures To Brighten Up Your Dining

Mo, 20.03.2017 - 16:15

You can invite the guests, prepare the dinner, travel out of town to find the right drinks. You can dress the table with napkins, cutlery holders and a crockery set to impress. Yet a dining table setting just isn’t the same without a light at its centre. The ancients used candelabras; today, we use pendant lights. These forty pendant lights bring a glow to your table and a focal point to your dinner party. Entertain guests under painted gold, with a row of differently-shaped lights. Beam light across the room, with an LED diffusing light horizontally. Take a peek at your next dinner table feature in our list below.

$275BUY IT

PH5 Pendant Replica: A replica of the original worth $848, these multi-tiered pendant lights mimic the beauty of the fuschia. Hang them above a bouquet of flowers for a simply stunning way to light a table.

$288BUY IT

Ronde Pendant: Inject masculinity into your dining room, with Oliver Schick’s debut design. These aluminium bells flood light across their table from their white interiors.


E27 Socket Pendant: Fill your room with idea bulbs, with these glass and silicone socket creations. Available in a range of colours, let them stir up the light above your dining room table.

$456BUY IT

Caviar Pendant: Glass and steel with a brown nickel finish make these unusual bulbs glow with fury. Hang them as a trio above a wooden surface, for a simple lighting fixture with a twist.

$150BUY IT

Aplomb Suspension Lamp Replica: The art deco dining room would be a perfect fit for these fluted greys. Hung from near invisible strings, their matte surface evokes a contemporary feel in an everyday fixture.

$794BUY IT

Castle Concrete Pendant: Concrete isn’t the first material to come to mind for your dining room lampshade. These industrial domes work both indoors and outdoors with their water-resistant surface.


Copper & Wood Finish Pendants: Continue the industrial look with these large pendants above your kitchen table. Wood and copper work together to shed light through tiny perforations.

$107BUY IT

Beat Pendant Replica: Beat pendants always steal the show in a kitchen or dining room. This copper-interior pendant is no exception, and charges only a fraction of the price of the original.

From $34BUY IT

Beat Lights: Shape your beat pendants your way – in an upside-down trumpet, sand timer or classical vase. These white-painted beauties appear unified above a dining table side by side.

$500BUY IT

Roll & Hills Agnes Chandelier Replica: Monochrome networks of spangling LEDs create dining with a difference. Hang this replica above a black or white table, for a chandelier that ties together all the elements.

$400BUY IT

Octo Pendant 4240 Replica: Natural birch wood forms a cocoon in this inspiring fixture. Pop it above a wooden table and afront white walls for ultimate lightness and brightness.

$1052BUY IT

Secto Pendant: Designed by Seppo Koho and hand crafted in Finland, this understated design draws people into conversation. Choose from birch, walnut, black or white for your meal time finish.

$297BUY IT

Ambit Pendant: Hand-painted aluminium sheds light on your table without too much brightness. Pick sheer pink or four other pastel shades, for a dreamy interior that packs a punch.

$320BUY IT

Clava Dine Pendant: Reflect light horizontally through your dining and kitchen area. This aluminium pendant looks space age and behaves it, too.

$1195BUY IT

Aim Multi-Light Pendant: Black and white camera lights add a touch of drama to a room. This multi-light pendant combines three in one, with a monochrome design draped around different corners.

$185BUY IT

Caravaggio P4 Pendant Replica: Dangle a pendant from your ceiling to draw guests to the dinner table. This stunning replica based on the original subtly and stylishly marks the eating place.

$101BUY IT

Larmes Mini Low Volt Round Pendant: Polished chrome sparkles in these low-voltage finds. Cluster them beside your kitchen wine glasses for a magical lighting effect.

$134BUY IT

Everly Glass Pendant: A bronze glaze brings a hint of the olden to these vase-shaped pendants. Use their bulbous glass forms to inject subtle design interest.

$127BUY IT

Grain Pendant: Bamboo fibres and polypropylene are the unusual materials behind these Scandinavian fixtures. Colour them in teal or six other pastel shades for a low-key partner to your kitchen bench.

$161BUY IT

Unfold Pendant: Look like they’re made of silicone rubber? We didn’t think so either. These multi-coloured finds inject a modernist edge into the most simple of dining room environments.


Copper Globe Pendant: Know a rose-gold lover who reads a bit of sci-fi? These globes are plated copper on the outside, chrome on the inside for a luxurious and intergalactic dining room approach.


Panton VP6: Focus your dome’s rays with the Panton VP6. Their aluminium exteriors and copper inners light up the best parts of your favourite dinners.

$259BUY IT

Moon Scraplight Pendant: Cardboard looks sophisticated in these moon-shaped domes. Hang their intricately-cut forms over a wooden or brown-hued table for the ‘can’t be cardboard’ effect.

$157BUY IT

Intergalactic Ceiling Light: Metal slats assemble a kaleidoscope in this white light. Hang it beside white curtains for a dreamy vibe reminiscent of the East.

$119BUY IT

Carmina Pendant: Receive your dining room light in one flat package. Its polycarbonate and eco-friendly polypropylene design will whip your dinner guests up in a frenzy.

$720BUY IT

Linear Suspension Light: Vertical in form and innovative in nature, this rolled metal creation has a few tricks up its sleeve. Coated in rubber, a hidden LED beams through its panels for a light that seems otherworldly.

$192BUY IT

Ariana LED Pendant Light: Bring the wind chime to your dining table. These painted grey LEDs chime in unison, for an easy-to-achieve contemporary look at home.

$160BUY IT

Piper Dining Pendant: Suspend these metal cylinders as low as they can go, with six feet of suspension cable.

$119BUY IT

Vibia Slim Pendant Replica: Lost hope in the search for the thinnest kitchen light? Look no further than these blink-and-you-miss-them classy kitchen fixtures.

$966BUY IT

Volta LED Pendant: Go for a structure that the neighbours won’t be boasting. This aluminium bow design doubles over itself to shed light across the table.

$270BUY IT

Lyrique 6-Light Chandelier: Tungsten bulb-ended rods form a fixture you can adjust at your own pace. Get just the right angle with its gold-painted metal twisting and turning on axes.

$702BUY IT

Under The Bell Pendant: A surprising and innovative find lies in this recycled PET polymer light. Designed to keep your conversations ‘under the bell’, it focuses light and sound to help the quieter ones be heard again.

$243BUY IT

Dome One Pendant Light: Painted bronze on the inside and black on the outside, these large domes keep those seated at the table bathed in golden light. House their LED forms in pairs, or as the central feature of a small table.

$998BUY IT

Vertigo Pendant: Get caught in a twister with this metal, iron and fiber glass-shaded find. Its vertical storm is a stunning display for an open kitchen and dining area.

$993BUY IT

Heracleum II Replica: Designed to look like a flower, this light literally blooms out with bursts of bulbs. A white table against a darker wall best illustrates its beauty.

$275BUY IT

Random Light Replica: Captivate your dinner table audience with your own spider web. Three colour choices and a one year manufacturer’s warranty make this replica of an original hard to ignore.

$500BUY IT

Corona Pendant: Metal and an acrylic frosted shade mimic the ring of plasma that surrounds the sun. This light thinks outside the box and into your monochromatic kitchen.

$500BUY IT

Smithfield Pendant Replica: Add a simple dome high up above your table setting. These aluminium and polycarbonate lights come in two colour replicas of the famed original.

$1554BUY IT

Cala Pendant: Also available in flush mount, this black and white hollowed circle is a minimalist’s dream. Hang its convex diffuser above a simply-coloured setting to focus on the food.

$140BUY IT

Six Light Piping Chandelier: For those after a trace of steampunk, this metal piping chandelier is the find for you. Suspended from a metal chain, its an interesting addition to industrial style lighting.

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30 Double Height Living Rooms That Add An Air Of Luxury

Fr, 17.03.2017 - 17:00

Are you wondering about how you could launch your living room to the top rung of the trend ladder? What about removing the ceiling and creating a double height living room? This style is fabulous, fashionable and functional. What’s more is that the entire world is quickly falling in love with this ingenious trend. This technique will do more than make your living room utterly remarkable, it will also add depth and dimension to the rest of the house. Clearing up the space above will open up the entire room as well as open up your mind to all the endless possibilities. Take the plunge; have a look.

Visualizer: Dattran   

The designer of this first living room utilizes glass panels in golden frames to create a unique and sophisticated accent wall that stretches up to the ceiling. The living room looks more spacious and the top floor’s windows add to the room’s natural light.

Visualizer: Andrew Chiniakov  

This house is smaller than the first, but the high ceiling and large windows allow for the illusion of space. Due to the extra space thanks to the high ceiling, the designer was able to add a stylish mounted bookshelf.

Visualizer: Lai Yanan   

The floorboards match the ceiling, the only difference is that the ceiling is white, creating a pleasant blend. The monochromatic color palette makes for a pleasing aesthetic, while the ladder leading to the top floors is modern and trendy.

Visualizer: ILYA Derkach  

A print of a tree graces the large space by the staircase, this adds depth to the room and ties all the organic elements together.

Visualizer: Jarek Banas  

Small apartment? No problem, double height living rooms allow you to decorate for an apartment twice it’s size.

Visualizer: Yaroslav Serdyuk  

The double height in this living room was used to add a literal accent wall into the room. This gives privacy from the outside, but allows the homeowners to enjoy the 3-D view given by the glass walls.

Visualizer: Real Home  

A problem that often occurs with double height living rooms is that sometimes the upper and lower spaces look disjointed. This designer expertly used wooden elements to join the two spaces, creating a unified room that works well with all the different elements. The warm wooden panels mesh well with room’s furniture, especially the scandinavian chairs and exposed windows.

Visualizer: Constantin Radulov  

Wooden slats were used to create an exclusive accent walls that are sure to make all the homeowner’s guests green with envy.

This living room is spectacular, and this largely due to the windows, that make up an accent wall all on their own.

Visualizer: Omneia Zahran  

This living room is edgy and sophisticated. The grey walls make it look like one giant room, while the colorful furniture create a cozy and stylish area.

Visualizer: Vasiliy Nagaev  

In this room, the designer made masterful use of the house’s unique structure to create a visually stunning area. The double height living room allows this vision to be fully realized, removing the hindrance of a traditional ceiling.

Visualizer: Bruno Bastos  

In this intellectual haven, the scholarly bibliophile can retreat to an organic reading paradise. The raised ceiling allowing the lush houseplants to grow as far as the homeowner allows.

Visualizer: Victoria Chimakadze  

This double height living room turns the entire home into an open plan space, and the effect is brilliant.

Architect: Bernard Khoury    Designer: Cleer Studio  

What better way to warm up an industrial style loft than to replace an entire wall with glass and remove a ceiling to let the sun in?

Source: Elliman  

This double height penthouse living room looks fit for royalty. Thanks to the deep, rich colors, spacious interior and sheer luxury.

Visualizer: Arturo Hermenegildo  

An eclectic blend of color and styles were joined in this living room to create a delightful space that’s doubly pleasing.

Sometimes, there’s such a beautiful feature outside the house, that you need to remove a ceiling and open an entire wall so that you can fully enjoy it’s beauty. In this home, a large panel door was installed so that the homeowner could have a constant view of the world’s best artist: natural scenery.

Visualizer: Arkadiy Skorokhodov  

This house is allowed to realize it’s full potential thanks to the opening of the two floors. The front wall has been removed and replaced with glass panels to introduce the green surroundings. While the triangular ceiling has been brought to the fore, gracing the entire house instead of being hidden, only viewed by those on the second floor.

Architect: Pitsou Kedem Architects  

This thoroughly organic living room is crafted to perfection, without a height limit restricting the designer’s creative genius. This living room has everything that the sophisticated homeowner needs- Organic components? Check. Comfortable reading spot? Check. Sleek design? Check!

Architect: Anton Kostetskiy  

A larger than normal artwork embellishes this wall, while a charming chandelier hangs down with no danger of someone accidently bumping their heads. The sky is the limit with double height living rooms!

Architect: Eric Miller  

Instead of the traditional wall, panels of glass have been used to shelter the home from the elements. This allows the homeowner to have a constant view of the ocean. If this were a regular sized living room then the view would’ve been significantly impacted, by thanks to an ingenious architect, you don’t just have the sea, you have the entire vista.

Architect: Golovach Tatiana and Andrey Kot  

The higher ceiling gives this otherwise cramped living room a new lease on life. The extra space is subtly taken up by a geometric light fixture that prevents the space from looking empty and unfinished.

Visualizer: Romas Noreika  

This amazing loft uses the double height technique to showcase the gorgeous view. Exposed beams on the ceiling make for an industrial type accent, while a bouquet-type industrial light fixture adds raw sophistication.

Visualizer: Deniz Atli  

From the exposed pipes to concrete floors- this living room is completely industrialized. The double height walls reminiscent of large factories. Although, this is the most stylish factory we’ve ever seen.

Visualizer: Deniz Atli  

Another advantage of a double height living room is the fact that the extra space allows you to showcase artworks that normally wouldn’t fit in your living room. It also gives you more space to decorate without cluttering the room.

Visualizer: Lai Pháp  

Intricate spherical chandeliers look delicately beautiful against the world class view that graces this living room. The double height room allowing the view to be fully enjoyed.

Visualizer: 747 Studios PHOTOGRAPHY & CGI  

Large french windows allow the surrounding scenery to become part of the decor, while the high ceiling makes the room look fresh and airy. Almost as though you can enjoy the fresh country air without having to go outside.

Visualizer: Patricia Bagienski  

This is a bookworm’s dream. The extra space allows for a tall bookshelf with ample space for a large collection of books. The white ceilings and light color scheme makes the house seem bigger than it really is.

Visualizer: Dian Maulidi  

The ceiling is a crisp white, while the walls all have unique aspects that work together to create a magnificent space.

Visualizer: Big Nose  

This looks like an ordinary living room, thanks to the large photograph that ties the spaces together and draws the eye upwards. Love this room? Want to see more?

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Open Plan Interior Design Inspiration

Do, 16.03.2017 - 17:32

Choosing an open floor plan is a personal choice. Some just love the home and it happens to come with this kind of combination kitchen, living, and dining rooms. Others love the idea of having the rooms open to one another as they are great for entertaining. These 22 open floor plans have managed to tie everything together in terms of style, but keep each area well-defined.

Visualizer: Patricia Bagienski  

The kitchen in this open design is just a step up from the living area. The two levels are a great way to separate the two spaces. Making them flow is the light wood cabinetry and platform steps that include drawers. Instead of using separate upholstered pieces, this designer has used upholsetery cushions and pillows to make seating. The kitchen island pendant lights share the same hue with the panel cabinet doors and dining table lighting fixture.

Visualizer: Moh Studio  

This Berlin open floor plan apartment in white was dressed up with low profile charcoal seating that features geometric pattern pillows. Those patterns were continued in the rug that anchors and defines the living area. The circular element in the coffee table was imitated in on the walls with cute cat art, as well as in the lighting fixtures. The barstools picked up the grey again and added a light maple finish in their legs that we see again in the top drawer of the chest. Tying the rooms together is the fabulous light grey finished wood floors.

Visualizer: Ngurah Arya  

Although everything is combined into one room, the use of a straight line tight back sofa and a small dining set help to make it appear spacious. Flat panel cabinets and a marble backsplash keep the kitchen fresh, upscale, and neat.

The exposed ceiling beams and unique industrial style lighting draws the eyes up in this open plan. White brick walls and light wood floors help to lighten the warmness of the beams.

Designer: Polygon  

This spaces uses a variety of finishes and materials for the walls that help to separate the different spaces in the room while the grey and white scheme is used throughout the room to keep them coordinated.

Designer: Anna Neiman Interior Design  

This botanical design gives new meaning to the term pot rack. Instead of hanging down the pots sit on a hanging shelf, along with lush greenery. Interesting lighting and the spotlight under the platform up to the kitchen are interesting touches that create great ambiance.

Designer: Anna Neiman Interior Design  

This contemporary design has an industrial feel with the black sliding glass doors that separate the rooms. The low back free form sectional helps to prevent the room from being to cold and stifling. A burning flame lamp shade off in the corner creates warm lighting in the room.

Visualizer: Phan Nguyen  

This open plan has a Zen feel with low seating sofas and coffee table, perfect for a little yoga. The kitchen provides seating for meals in unassuming counter stools around the wood and marble island. The lighting fixtures are branch-like and add a little whimsy.

Visualizer: Oliver Wende  

The more traditional arched windows contrast the straight lines and contemporary styling of this living and kitchen combination. Everything is kept simple here, from the white topped dining table and cabinetry to the black leather guest chairs.

Visualizer: Patricia Bagienski  

This loft living and kitchen area gives us soaring bookshelves and feminine touches in the flower pendant lighting to the powder blue geometric shapes in the rug and throw pillows.

Visualizer: Yaroslav Serdyuk  

A wall of white panels and display nooks is a great background for this room donned with matching sectional pieces. The copper breaking wall helps to define the space of the living room and provides a space for the television without cutting off that beautiful view all together.

Visualizer: Oliver Wende  

This simple design makes the most of the small space. Even with black floors the white walls and ample windows manage to keep this look from looking heavy and small. The island gives a space for dinners, work, and storage.

Visualizer: Tu Nguyen Hoang  

Textured walls and cabinets provide interest in this open plan and help to declare the kitchen and dining areas. The living area in light grey uses abstract art and sophisticated upholstery to warm up the look.

Architect: Scenario Architecture  

The unusual shape of this home required some creativity in making separate spaces that provide room and flow from one to another. Here the living area has this great focal point – a brick wall that doubles as a bookshelf and display space above the fireplace. This wall turns into the kitchen with a built in bench seating on one side of the table.

Visualizer: ESpace Team  

Here we have a simple, warm and inviting space. Warm taupe window panels also take on a green hue when paired with the green throw pillows from the sofa. Unique Scandinavian style chairs surround the table giving this otherwise straightforward design a touch of fun.

Visualizer: ESpace Team  

The kitchen cabinets in this combo room don’t meet the floor, providing a great space for ambient lighting. Mixed shapes are displayed in the pendant lighting above the dining table, providing a little quirkiness. Open shelves are used in the kitchen keeping with the simplicity of the rest of the design.

Visualizer: ESpace Team  

A beautiful double halo lighting fixture sets this room off along with candlestick pendant lighting in the kitchen. The dark green rug defines the living area furnished with a taupe sectional and comfortable Papapasan chairs.

Visualizer: Olesya Ligay  

The island and tables tie these rooms together with their grey textured finishes. Accessories were grouped in the different areas and books were used to add height.

Visualizer: Twin Hongtruc  

This plan uses a brown wall behind the living area while the cabinets and flooring are a light taupe. Great way to put a spotlight on this cozy seating area and island bar.

Visualizer:  MG Design UK  

This open plan with soaring ceilings keeps everything at a low profile to improve flow. The wood burning stove adds a cozy touch to the spacious room. Décor was all about the details, note the candlesticks that match the unique Bauhaus chess set.

Architect: Perkins+Will   Visualizer: Pictury Architectural Visualizations  

An overstuffed sectional and low marble coffee table sits atop a faux fur rug in this living room. Windows wrap around the kitchen and dining area providing lots of natural lighting.

Visualizer: Andrii Rozhko  

Storage in this ebony-walled kitchen was supplied by the island that has its own cubby to slide those counter stools away when they aren’t in use. A fun rug and platform marble tables accompany the black upholstery in the seating area. In the dining room, the black fabric was added to dining chairs to tie it together.

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32 Unique Soap & Lotion Dispensers

Mi, 15.03.2017 - 16:15

Washing your hands is a tireless task that we perform several times a day, every day. What if your hand-washing time could be made more enjoyable? These thirty-two examples of unusual and exciting soap dispensers add extra pizazz to your washing up time. Meet Hello Kitty in the bathroom, as your kids get cheeky in the bath. Go hands-free in your bathroom, with an automatic squirter below a minimal black and white holder. Drench your toothbrush holder, cake dish and dispenser in gold, with sparkling flakes covering their every curve. Live smarter every day, with our top thirty-two picks for a cleaner and happier bathroom and kitchen.


White Minimalist Liquid Soap Dispenser: Part of the Italian Birillo collection by Piero Lissoni, this white minimalist dispenser matches a range of interiors with its no-frills exterior.


Vintage Floral Soap Dispenser: Tired of bathroom accessories that look thrown together? This four-piece design boasts a toothbrush holder, soap dish, dispenser and mouth-rinsing cup, for an elegant way to achieve fresh breath each morning.


Floral Soap Dispenser: After just the single dispenser? This similarly-designed ceramic bottle and aluminium holder add a touch of the Florentine to your master bathroom or ensuite.


Stone Soap Dispenser: Ceramics and glass dominate bathroom dispenser sets – but what about some of our more traditional materials? Take a trip back in time with this natural stone dispenser, a perfect match for the bathroom or rustic kitchen.

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White Marble Soap Dispenser & Accessory Set: Speaking of stone, this eight-piece set stuns in hard-to-find Calcatta marble. Comprised of a rubbish bin, cup, tissue box, soap dish, toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, ledge and nifty jar, its clean and sophisticated look is sure to impress.


Automatic Soap Dispenser (Brushed Nickel): Ever wanted an automatic dispenser? This brushed-nickel find by Dennis Cheng is powered by AAA batteries, providing a smooth, clean release in one contemporary package.


Kohler Touchless Foaming Soap Dispenser: Thinking too hard about the number of hands going through your bathroom? This piece by Kohler squirts soap or hand sanitizer as you place your hands underneath – just like in a five-star hotel. A handy soap gauge in its centre shows how long you have until your next refill.


Touch-Free Foaming Soap Dispenser: For those tired of the same soap smells, this dispenser has the answer. This nifty design foams many different scents by selling its easy-click cartridges, which make it easy to refill. One automation charge lasts for three months.


Automatic Electronic Soap Dispenser With Sensor: Plastic and plated nickel coalesce in this black and white design by Jordan Murphy. Electronic and powered by AAA batteries, its blue sensor light lets you know your hand is in the right place.


Penguin-Shaped Stylish Soap Dispenser: Guests will look twice at this plastic penguin dispenser that is almost not a penguin. Featuring a sassy beak dispensing your hand wash, it’s an easy pairing with a range of kitchen and bathroom interiors.


Modern Soap Dispenser: This innovative green and white design is pressed on the bottom of its handle, squirting from the top. Easy to use with just the one hand, it’s touted as a more hygienic way to keep your hands clean. A handy gauge at the back tells when it’s time to top up.


Spherical Red Ceramic Soap Dispenser: Not just for soap, this plastic chrome-finish beauty is perfect for your hand lotions, sanitisers, or any type of everyday cream. Rest its rounded body on your bedroom side table or bathroom sink for a stylish alternative to traditional pumps.

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Industrial-Style Deck Mount Soap Dispenser: After a dispenser unit that attaches to your sink? This industrial home decor pump is spot-resistant, stainless and holds a lifetime warranty. Its removable top means easy refills with a unique goose neck spout.


Deck-Mounted Copper Soap Dispenser: Copper steals the show in this unique-looking dispenser attached to your sink. Made of brass with an antique finish, there’s a matching faucet collection for those wanting the full set.


Antique Style Mason Jar Soap & Lotion Dispenser: Perfect for a gift, this glass and galvanized metal set of two bring a secret garden vibe to you or your friend’s bathroom. A rustic cast metal caddy makes it easy to present and move around the house.


Victorian-Style Soap Dispenser & Bathroom Accessory Set: Live like a queen with a matching bathroom set in acrylic resin. Crafted to suit a Victorian style, its soap dispenser, stemmed tumbler, soap dish and toothbrush holder’s design prevent slippage through their engraved patterning.


Vintage White Soap Dispenser & Accessory Set: Shock-proof and waterproof, this acrylic resin set of four adds French elegance to your bathroom with a fleur-de-lis. Its white soap dish, toothbrush holder, tumbler and dispenser are an easy match with white bathroom fittings.


Golden Soap Dispenser Set: Available in white, black, red or purple, this golden design makes your bathroom glitter with cleanliness. Two tumblers, a dispenser, soap dish and toothbrush holder make the perfect gift for newlyweds.


Wall Mount Stainless Steel Soap Dispenser: Not a fan of a cluttered sink space? This stainless steel find mounts on your kitchen or bathroom wall, for a somewhat-hidden hand-washing experience.


Moan Matte Black Soap Dispenser: An 18-ounce bottle sits underneath this classic black matte design. Attach it to your sink for a contemporary feel with a lifetime warranty.


Kitchen Sink Soap Pump With Scrubby Holder: The dish scrubber is an awkward invention for a kitchen sink. Where does it live? How can it be made to have a home? This high-gloss ceramic dispenser comes with its own scrubby and perfect cubby at the back, helping both your hands and dishes remain clean.

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Minimalist Scandinavian Soap Dispenser: Designed by Norm Architects, this minimalist item features a rubber base avoiding slippage. Press its large top button for just the right amount of soap in your kitchen or bathroom.


Umbra Kera Soap Dispenser: Another Umbra-led design, this cork and ceramic finish adds style to any bathroom. Place their black and white forms upon a minimalist bathroom sink for maximum style impact.


Elegant Bamboo Soap Dispenser Set: One tidy unit holds all your bathroom necessities, in this bamboo set of three. Featuring a toothbrush and toothpaste holder with a matching dispenser, its beautiful angles are hand-crafted to fit.


Nautical-Themed Soap Dispenser: Have a beach home missing a nautical dispenser? This ceramic find hosts seashells on the seashore – and soap within. Do check out our nautical home decor accessories post for more items fitting this theme.


Hello Kitty Soap Dispenser: Everybody loves the famous cat that is not a cat. Put shampoo, conditioner or soap within this PET dispenser for more fun and happiness during bath time.


Microbe Kids Room Soap Dispenser: Teach your kids to wash their hands, with a dispenser that looks like a germ. This blue creature represents a microbe left over from eating and playing.


Angry Birds Soap Pump: Take the easy route at your kids’ bedtime, with an Angry Birds dispenser beside the bath. Its glossy ceramic finish makes washing hair an interactive experience. Do check out our angry birds inspired home accessories post for more.


Star Wars Soap Dispenser: The Storm Trooper and Darth Vader combine to clean your teenager’s hair. These soap, shampoo or conditioner dispensers look cool and offer cleanliness.


Funny Runny Nose Soap Dispenser: Need a jokey gift for a new acquaintance? This runny nose soap dispenser breaks the ice and washes the body.


Owl Soap Dispenser: Give your guests a shock with this wise example of owl home décor. Its ceramic white finish blends in perfectly with classic amenities.


Simplehuman Shower Soap & Shampoo Dispenser: Tired of shampoo and conditioner bottles cluttering up your shower? This set of three bottles attach to your shower via adhesive or screws. Perfect for the home or office shower, they’re anti-rust and easy to refill.

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Gorgeous Tropical Villas In Bali

Di, 14.03.2017 - 16:15

Whoever said that there’s no such thing as paradise, has evidently never been to Bali. White sandy beaches, crystal blue water and tropical weather… what could be better? The answer – living in one of these three villas during your stay. These skillfully crafted spaces will exponentially increase your enjoyment of paradise. Each has the same refreshing tropical theme, but executes it in different ideas. Each villa has a distinct personal style and charismatic draw. Take a leisurely tour through all three and catalogue ideas for your own future holiday home. After all, what could be better than spending your Balinese stay in a charming tropical villa? Absolutely nothing.

Source: Asia Holiday Retreats  

Our first villa is located in Bali’s fashionable Oberoi area, known for it’s upscale locations and trendy holiday spots. This tropical gem is nestled between the most luxurious shopping centers, restaurants and theatres that Bali has to offer.

Any self respecting tropical villa is going to make use of the gorgeous natural scenery. Villa Ace uses local flora to create a beautiful personal jungle around an invitingly blue pool. Comfortable green chairs match the plants, and urge the holiday maker to spend a leisurely day at the gorgeous poolside and just soak up the sun.

Stylish pillars serve their purpose, allowing the outdoor area to take partial shelter under the roof without closing it off or separating the spaces. The villa boasts an open air living/dining room so that the holiday never has to end.

The comfortable grey and white lounge suite, state-of-the-art kitchen and spacious dining room table ensure that the space is the perfect place for entertaining guests.

The space utilizes a mix of classic ornaments, statues and artworks to create a traditional theme. The coffee table in particular is a remarkable design piece that is both stimulating and breathtaking.

A wooden dining room table for six, is the ideal place to host dinner parties. The raw wooden design fits in perfectly with the rest of the villa’s design.

The white color of the living area complements the wooden and modern elements, tying all the aspects together to create a clean and tailored design without stripping the space of it’s refreshing aura.

Marble floating stairs add to the rejuvenating atmosphere, the modern design fitting into the overall look.

What better way to start your morning with a cup of java in the bracing early morning air? Can you just imagine sipping your mandatory morning drink while enjoying this view?

The spacious modern kitchen ties into the tropical theme by making use of wood and lush house plants. The kitchen island is an oval shape, both for style and function. Instead of the usual square or rectangle, the oval is a unique feature that frees up space.

Villa Ace’s main bedroom is an attractive mix of style and comfort. The red accent pillows and throw blends in with the dark wooden elements such as the doors and bed frame. The room is spacious and serene, the flowing mosquito nets adding an ethereal quality to the room.

The second bedroom is similar to the main bedroom, but deviates in color and lighter shades of wood. The view is like a dream, who would want to go to sleep when you can live in a world like that?

Black and white pieces of art grace the walls of this lovely bedroom, adding to the contemporary style.

Source: Asia Holiday Retreats  

Villa Ipanema is the second jaw dropping holiday getaway on our list. The villa is the ultimate group destination, with four master bedrooms connected to ensuite bathrooms and a variety of amenities right on it’s doorstep. This is where you take your friends/family for an unforgettable bonding session.

An open air living space has been carefully planned so that you’re never too far from the paradise outside, and the well lit pool area ensures that any time can be holiday time.

A luxurious day bed at the end of the pools is the ultimate place to relax from all the wonders of this island wonderland. A lavish pool mirrors the sky and is rimmed by a sultry jungle garden.

A hidden upstairs nestled between the lush tops of the trees in the garden gives the perfect view of the surrounding scenery.

Villa Ipanema’s living room is protected from the elements by a traditional Balinese wooden roof that adds to the design. The unparalleled space blends the best of beauty and symmetry creating a space that’s rejuvenating and restful.

The dining room table is illuminated by designer light fixtures and is a great place to bond with family/friends. This might be the most elegant place to hear all those embarrassing childhood stories again.

The modern kitchen looks as though it’s been carved out of stone, with warm wooden and natural elements warming the space up.

The main bedroom is fit for a king, with a slightly raised four poster king sized bed and stately floors.

Clear french windows allow the guest to never miss out on the gorgeous natural landscape. A stylish table provide space for the television to entertain the guests when the weather isn’t cooperating.

This bedroom has a mirrored accent wall that makes the room look even better and reflects the room’s tasteful decor.

A stone accent wall above the bed is a raw element that is wonderfully attractive and adds to the villa’s natural theme. A dark blue lounge chair is a cosy aspect that contributes to the comfortable feel of the bedroom.

A corner enclave is an ideal place to curl up with a good book or shoot a quick email back home.

The villa’s bathrooms are designed to have a completely tropical feel. This is achieved through the raw stone amenities, wooden elements and refreshing pot plants.

The bathrooms were painstakingly designed to include the famous Balinese scenery so that you’re never separated from the island vibe.

The bathroom feels as though you’re bathing in some remote jungle civilization. The freedom of the outside, combined with the privacy of a bathroom.

Source: Asia Holiday Retreats  

Villa Istana Satu is the last villa on our list, but by no means the least. Just a stone’s throw away from Seminyak’s vibrant market place, the villa is an intimate retreat that delivers the ultimate holiday experience.

A sparkling private pool is surrounded by manicure gardens with poolside loungers for the guest intent on relaxing.

High walls provide security and privacy so that guests can enjoy their stay in absolute comfort, a luxurious cabana can attest to that fact.

Large sliding doors open to a stylish living room where guests can escape the tropical heat thanks to the state-of-the-art air conditioner.

A exquisitely hand crafted table commands attention at the center of the room, while the large windows and glass doors incorporate the lush gardens into the decor. Who needs an accent wall when you’ve got a natural view?

An intimate dining space is a lovely place to have breakfast withh close friends or a loved one. Food can be served through the stylish and compact food bar that provides a glimpse into the western style kitchen.

The villa’s open plan living area opens up the floor space needed to create such a spacious and stylish area for the guests’ comfort. It also makes it easier to incorporate the theme into every aspect of the villa.

A master bedroom with a king sized bed is the best place to relax after a full day under the Balinese sun. White glossy floors reflects the sun that peeks through the greenery, warming up the entire bedroom.

Small lights on the floor leading to the master bedroom creates a romantic ambience mirrored by Bali’s enchanting landscape.

Colorful patterns and timber furniture warms up the white aspects of the room, while the dark wooden ceiling draws the eye upwards and constitutes as a pleasing design feature.

Not every bathroom has access to a breathtaking island view, but the right painting can make your forget that. The villa’s bathroom is sumptuous thanks to the palatial amenities and warm tones of the wall-to-floor tiles.

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42 Unique Cookie Jars That You Won’t Be Able To Keep Your Hands Out Of

Mo, 13.03.2017 - 16:15

Everyone loves a delicious cookie. Enjoyed as a snack on the run, an afternoon bite or a sneaky treat after dinner, they’re easy to eat and hard to stop devouring. Why not invest in a delectable cookie jar to keep them fresh? These forty-two cookie jar picks for your home or office specialize in making cookie stashes hard to keep away from. Made of ceramic, glass or plastic, they feature hooting owls, sly foxes, a cookie-loving Snoopy, Star Wars favourites and the classic cookie muncher, Cookie Monster. Take a scroll down our top choices to see how your kitchen could benefit from their stylish and novel designs.


Antler Cookie Jar: Looking for a unique jar to store peanuts in? This white ceramic container, crafted with the texture of an acorn and shape of deer antlers, has all the ingredients for a welcoming treat.


Vintage Patterned Turquoise Ceramic Cookie Jar: An intricate pattern and turquoise glaze make this ceramic cookie jar hard to ignore. Lift its bird-topped lid for a tasty snack before the door.


Pineapple Cookie Jars: Have some tropical fruit cookies you’d like to boast about? This fruity set of two blends in well with black, white or wooden kitchen décor.


Red Bell Pepper Cookie Jar: Microwave and dishwasher safe, this red ceramic beauty looks healthy – but most certainly is not. Store your tasty treats inside for guilty pleasures after work.


Yellow Bee Hive Cookie Jar: Honey products have found their perfect match, with this cookie jar surrounded by six bees. Its plastic-seal lid helps keep them fresh every time.


Elephant-Shaped Cookie Jar: This unusual example of elephant home décor can stash your sugar, tea, coffee or cookies. Lift its teapot handle for ease, its elephant trunk for interest.


Fox Cookie Jar: What did the fox say? This orange-and-white painted ceramic creature said eat more cookies, every time.


White Fox-Shaped Ceramic Cookie Jar: A little subtler in look, this fox looks happy as Larry to be holding your treats. Fix his white ceramic, plastic-sealed self on your bench for more than one cheeky dip.


Dog Cookie Jar: Daschunds are known for their sense of smell, and this one smelt the cookies. Lift a treat from the head of this pet for a teatime break that will make you smile.


Cute Snoopy Dog Cookie Jar: Snoopy loves Woodstock, and we love cookies. Impress the children – and adults – in your household, with this cute cookie container on your kitchen bench.


Cat Cookie Jar: Know someone that’s always stealing your treats? Make your thoughts known with this not-so-subtle ceramic jar.


Chef Pig Cookie Jar: Hand-crafted and painted, this unusual pig chef holds all the ingredients for dinner – but not dessert. Store your after-dinner treats within his form, to help him squeal with sugary delight.


Rooster Cookie Jar: Cock-a-doodle-cookie? This ceramic, aluminium-plated find is hand casted, hand painted, and beautifully gift-boxed for the treat lover on a farm.


Flamingo Cookie Jar: Think of summer loving with this fun-loving flamingo upon your desktop. An airtight container keeps your favourite treats fresh at hand.


Owl Cookie Jar: This cookie container features intricate detailing in one ceramic owl. Have a hoot by pulling sweets out of its browned form.


White Owl Cookie Jar: Owls might be wise, but not wise enough to hide the cookies. This white ceramic and gold creation packs a pretty picture and sweet treats. Also do check out our post Owl Home Decor, if you really love to have more of these cute birds in your home.


Penguin Cookie Jar: There’s nothing quite as cute as a mother with her baby, and this two–penguin cookie jar is no exception. Feed your little ones a treat from this doting mother’s inner.


Turtle Cookie Jar: Lift up this ceramic turtle’s lid and what do you see? Cookies, cookies, and more cookies for thee!


Skull Cookie Jar: Thinking too hard about your own mortality? Stifle dark thoughts with cookies emanating from a ceramic skull.


Sweet Tooth Cookie Jar: An interesting pairing with sugary goods, this large sweet tooth is perfect before the dentist’s chair. Fill its insides with candy, cookies, or anything else the dentist might berate you for.


Santa Claus Cookie Jar: Santa’s known for being jolly – and a jar full of cookies can only help. This hand-painted cookie jar with rubber gasket is the perfect accessory for the Christmas season.


Santa Boot Cookie Jar: Santa’s little elves look up from his boot and towards his cookie jar. Lift the lid on this ceramic find for a tasty little goodie inside.


Cute Snowman Cookie Jar: Hand-crafted and painted, this blushing snowman has us all wishing for winter. Fill his scarved head with cookies for a cushy friend every opening.


Cookie Monster Cookie Jar: Cookie Monster embodies the very essence of cookie eating. This custom-sculpted and air-tight jar comes in a colourful box perfect for gifting.


Jonathan Adler Mr. & Mrs. Muse Jar: Surrealist designer Jonathan Adler crafted Mr and Mrs Muse from his own imagination. Use yours to fill their oval ceramic forms with sugar, sweets, nuts or small cookies.


Cinderella’s Carriage Ceramic Cookie Jar: Cinderella may not have gone to the ball, but you will go to this jar. Crafted in white ceramic, it’s every cookie eater’s dream when lifting the lid.


Copper Cookie Jar: Make the cookie jar modern again, with this copper find for the kitchen bench. An airtight seal and non-rust finish mean your treats appear elegant before the plate.


Antique Industrial-Style Cookie Jar: Old Dutch has done it again, with this copper cookie jar with lacquered finish. A golden plaque, plastic seal and hammered finish make it appear antique, whilst keeping your favourite treats brand new.


Vintage Style Key & Fleur de Lis Cookie Jar: Combine French overtones with a beautiful ceramic, in this jar suited for many food items. A turquoise hue and mock-rusted exterior suit a worldly interior.


Tuscan Style Red Cookie Jar: Inject some Tuscan flavor into your kitchen area, with this ruby red cookie jar. A glazed fleur-de-lis sits upon this ceramic’s large body.


Glass Cookie Jar With Lid: A hint of turquoise colours this glass cookie jar, engraved with patterns reflecting on treats. Open the lid to take a bite, and chuck it in the dishwasher to keep it clean.


Large Glass Cookie Jar With Lid: A set of two gallon containers, reserved just for cookies? These classic storage jars gives you extra room to pack all your treats in specialist Anchor glass that is smell, stain and chemical-free.


Air-tight Ceramic Cookie Jar: This ceramic cookie jar holds just what it says it does. An air-tight seal keeps its contents fresh on the inside, stylish on the outside.


Personalized Cookie Jar: Feel like normal cookie jars just don’t suit? This large ceramic jar paints a typographic family tree, allowing insertion of your last name for a jar all yours.


Mason Jar Cookie Container: Blue, embossed and ready for the dishwasher, this blue mason jar has all the hipsters wrapt. Store your cookies, lentils or kitchen bits and bobs within its airtight seal.


Fire Hydrant Cookie Jar: Know a fireman who loves a good bite? This bright red ceramic jar is big enough to store a week’s worth of treats.


Doctor Who Tardis Cookie Jar: Doctor Who fans can now pull a cookie out of a tardis. This ceramic is both an effective disguise and item of memorabilia.


Star Wars Death Star Cookie Jar: Know someone obsessed by cookies and Star Wars? Join their passions together, with this jar resembling a white death star.


Star Wars Stormtrooper Cookie Jar: Straight from the manufacturers at Disney, this stormtrooper has cookies on the brain.


Star Wars Darth Vader Cookie Jar: ‘Luke, I have your cookies’. This black ceramic jar is air-tight and gift-box bound for your family kitchen.


Star Wars R2D2 Cookie Jar: You can almost hear the beeps coming out of this R2D2 cookie jar. Fill him up to the brim with your favourite space-age treats. Head over to our Star Wars home decor post if you are obsessed with having a Star Wars Theme.


Dragon Egg Cookie Jar: Collect a dragon egg for yourself, with this green fade example of game of thrones home décor. Its beautiful scaled form will look a treat in your kitchen’s nooks or crannies.

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A Sophisticated Home With Natural Themes Outside Of Kiev

Fr, 10.03.2017 - 16:36

Designed by the creative architects and interior artists at IQOSA, this luxurious home in the suburbs of Kiev demonstrates the gorgeous intersection of casual minimalism and high-end decor, carefully united by a smooth palette of natural color and texture. It’s a spacious home with clean modern architecture, tastefully appointed with iconic furniture and lighting from famous designers – check the descriptions below the photos for identification of several important pieces. Each room reveals something new to admire, ranging from dramatic furniture compositions to impressive tropical plants and more.

At first glance, it’s obvious this home design emphasizes social gatherings with plenty of room to accommodate large gatherings of guests quite comfortably. This layout technique continues throughout the entire home.

Whether relaxing with the family or throwing a party that lasts through the night, the living room furniture is well equipped for any occasion. Lightweight modular choices are easy to rearrange.

Even better, the main areas of the home maintain a semi-open living and dining layout for a seamless transition between spaces.

Blue, brown, and white seem to point toward a subtle nautical theme. An incredible jellyfish tank stands in the center of the room, the pendant lights throughout the house echoing their ethereal movements.

The living room pendants are from the Vertigo collection by Constance Guisset, and the warm dining room lights are a design by Frank Gehry.

What an incredible dining room! With room to seat more than 18 guests, this space is ideal for hosting serious events and unforgettable dinner parties.

Serving a table this large requires careful attention to logistics, satisfied by tall storage cabinets. Residents have a choice of hiding the dishes behind the slatted doors or flipping on the backlight to put them on display.

The kitchen occupies a convenient space right off the dining room. It’s spacious and smooth, tempering its dramatic height with the same wooden slats that covered the storage spaces in the formal dining room.

It also includes a little casual dining table for more intimate family meals, when the full formal set would seem like too much.

Expansive storage wraps around the entire workspace. Cabinetry foregoes traditional handles for a smoother look, but the result is more refined than purely minimalistic.

Pendant lights bridge the gap between the tall ceiling and the dining table. Eclectic tiles skirt the kitchen island to center the space.

Hallways remain spare and uncomplicated. Concrete cladding contributes to a formidable, almost monolithic aesthetic. Wood edging at the doorframes helps soften the effect.

Sconces and strips of indirect lighting illuminate the way toward the winding staircase that leads to the private areas on the next floor.

The master bedroom looks beyond comfortable. Natural materials and rich textures come together to form a warm and relaxing aesthetic that begs the resident to stay in bed just a little longer.

Varied wood boards and forest green accents nod to a jungle-like theme, surely effective at warming the soul throughout the long and cold winters in Kiev.

Creative lighting is a recurring feature throughout the home. Lievore Altherr Molina designed the smooth and flat Cosmos pendants at the bedside.

And the plush lounge chair is from the Tabano collection by Patricia Urquiola.

Especially enviable is the small home library tucked away in the corner. An adjustable lamp facilitates light night reading. The backlit shelves likely contribute ambient light at night to reduce the harshness of the lamp alone.

And finally, what luxurious respite is complete without a spacious walk-in closet? Complete with an upholstered bench and full-length mirror, this space is fully equipped as a dressing room.

The bathroom is a work of art on its own – spacious, bright, and well arranged. Creative lighting features likely create an enchanting environment for midnight bubble baths.

Lush plants thrive in the bright sunlight and humid air. The vertical garden and potted tree are sure to thrive here with careful maintenance.

Smart partitions divide the bathroom into functional areas, with the shower hidden behind one of the tall glass panels.

Twin vanities share a single cubby for hand towels and a convenient tray for toiletries. Tall mirrors reflect the vertical garden and extend its effect on the room.

It certainly meets (or even exceeds) the expectations set by the rest of the impressive home.

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30 Industrial Style Lighting Fixtures To Help You Achieve Victorian Finesse

Do, 09.03.2017 - 16:28

When you think of Victoriana, your minds fills with frills. White balconies, brick laced with ivy and china teapots set a dainty, wealthy scene. These visions forget the real Victorian times – the times that inspired steampunk; the times that saw cobblers and blacksmiths; the times that saw the invention of the steam train. These 30 industrial lighting fixtures take you back to when technology changed the way you lived. Wrestle with a pipe light above your dining table. House a pipe-made robot upon your desk. Greet guests to your place with a wrought iron chandelier. Make your home truly Victorian with our picks for an inspired industrial interior.

Industrial-Style Table Lamp: Making your home Victorian can begin in the home office. This copper-domed find harks back to the past with a copper dome, pulley and heavy black iron fittings. A cloth-covered power cord polishes off the look.

Industrial Robot-Like Lamp: Fancy a lamp with more personality? This robot replica offers a LED bulb for a head and a valve for an arm. 32 centimetres high, he’ll make a steampunk scene on your work or home office desk.

Industrial Bedside Lamp: Edison invented the light bulb, and in this piece with his creation, one of our most unique table lamps. With a bed of red mahogany, all electrical components (including the bulb) are UL-listed.

Running Man Industrial-Style Bedside Pipe & Socket Lamp: Crafted from a range of iron plumbing fixtures, this running man sprints from one household to another. Stand his unusual form on a bedside table, for morning jog inspiration.

Industrial-Style Floor Lamp With Pulleys: Pulleys adorn this standing lamp with street-style lantern. Made of twisted steel, its metal grate encases the light, while adding some serious industrial impact to your living room.

Industrial-Style Adjustable Pipe Chandeliers: Looking for a chandelier without a trace of bling? This painted copper find boasts nine lights dangling from tap fittings. Give it breathing space in your living or family room.

Six Light Piping Chandelier: Easy to install with a vintage look, this six light find turns it down a notch. Its 52-inch chain hangs its glow close to an intimate dinner table gathering.

Industrial-Style Chandelier: Bike lovers would excel with this six-light chandelier made from bike wheels. Its wrought iron frames hang from a central point, creating a triangular shape perfect for illuminating dinner tables.

Industrial-Style Rope Pendants: There’s no doubt that these hemp rope lights offer a different way to light a room. Drape them across hanging bars or as an ornament on a table, for an eye-catching way to diffuse the dark.

Modern Industrial Pendant Lights: Let frosted light coat your kitchen table, with this set of three pendant lights. Made of metal, they offer adjustable holders that twist, turn and tilt your light to the right angle.

Industrial Dining Pendants: This set of three cages come with a two-year warranty. Hanging from different heights, their metal design would work well over a dining or kitchen table.

Industrial Spherical Pendant Light: Make it circular with this metal light of spherical angles. Its screws turn to enable different combinations – and refractions – of the way you see your light.

Industrial-Style 5 Light Chandelier: Encased in a fan-style design, these five lights shrouded in metal add warmth to your room. Take advantage of its two-year warranty for an easy add to an industrial interior.

Vintage Industrial-Style Pendants With Wire Cage: More cages abound, with this set of three lights in different designs. Created from oil-rubbed bronze, they create a nifty chandelier for your bedroom, kitchen or dining room ceiling. A 1200mm black cord lets you adjust the length.

Industrial Pipes With Valves Pendant Lighting: Still finding your chandeliers too pristeen? This industrial find boasts three lights, three valves and a design not amiss for the modern man cave.

Industrial-Style Pendant Light Bar With Pulleys: Bring your kitchen or dining area back to the 20’s. This pendant light bar with three lampshades hangs suspended by a pulley, a ceiling-bound look with an industrial twist.

Industrial Light Bar: Looking for a less elegant solution to light up your kitchen? This caged bar find is hardwired for all countries and shipped straight from the USA.

Industrial-Style Fixed Ceiling Light: Wrought iron forms the shape of a star, in this five-pronged design perfect for the porch. Its caged edges look a treat afront an antique-style abode.

Artsy Industrial-Style Ceiling Light: Not sure of the direction your décor is headed? This industrial-style light spins off in all directions, while a black steel finish and two-year warranty keep it grounded in reality.

Industrial-Style Track Lighting: Set up your home like a movie scene, with this row of four lights mimicking those on film. Fully dimmable, its champagne glass lights and oil-rubbed bronze suit a range of interiors.

Industrial String Lights: 24.8 feet worth of cord can last up to 3,000 hours, in this hipster lantern find. Drape them over your porch for a magical invitation to your next dinner party.

Industrial-Style Marquee Lights: Want your retro interior to make a splash? These LED-infused marquee lights make your home glow as if were on Broadway. Switch between flashing or non-flashing lights, while you spend time serving the hor d’oeuvres.

Wall-Fixed Artistic Pipe Lights: Brand new with a look of the old, these light fixtures made of piping add fuse gauges to their stems. Hang their five lights upon your garage or office, for a Victorian approach to business.

Caged Fan Five Prong Light: Keep your light close to your ceiling with this metal cage design. Five lights ensure each angle is covered.

Industrial-Style Wall Sconces: Get the Victorian factory look, with a sconce mounted upon your wall. This artistic design offers an alternative to clinical-looking LEDs with its rolled barrel finish.

Industrial-Style Bedside Wall Lamp: Black wrought iron steals the scene in this vertical light. Bulbs on either side create a sleek look unusual for industrial times.

Industrial-Style Pulley Lamp: The lantern look moves inside, with this pulley lamp affixed to the wall. A metal grate based on painted wood sits well at your home entrance.

Paint-Splattered Wall Lamp: Industrial lighting takes a new form, with this metal form splattered in artistic paint. Three lights and a wall mount provide an easy entrance into the world of the Victorian.

Vintage Industrial Ceiling Light: An English bronze finish and stylized cage let these bulbs light up your ceiling. Replace your standard ceiling light with its industrial-inspired form.

Industrial-Style Outdoor Ceiling Light: Inspired by the look of the barnhouse, this lamp lights up the outdoors. Hang it on your patio or porch, for an ambient entrance to your front door.

If you are looking for industrial style lighting elements, be sure to check out our Steampunk Home Decor post too as these too styles are closely related.

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Awe-Inspiring Hudson River Apartment

Mi, 08.03.2017 - 17:06

Apartment owners looking for a beautifully designed place with enough room to one day grow their family received just what they were looking for from Kapran Design. This upscale modern New Jersey home with views of the Hudson River was transformed into an elegantly designed space for the couple. Natural lighting and open space abound in the home. The home was completed using marble and glass as well as varying shades of greys, blacks, and blues. Here we share the impressive design with you.

The living area of this apartment displays modern elegance. The blue contrast welting on the sofa accentuates its unusual lines. Its low back provides an unobstructed view into the kitchen area. The glossy grey orb coffee table is unique and with enough space to still remain functional.

This view shows the stainless steel post at the edge of the room and low profile entertainment center that allows the homeowner to still take in that breathtaking view of the Hudson River.

This bedroom right off of the living room is separated by only a glass partition that slides open. A seating area with iconic mid century modern chairs and white gloss cocktail table gives a space to read before bed.

When you have a view of the Hudson and Manhattan just beyond, you leave those windows uncovered and make it your focal point. Spheres and unusual pendant lighting drop down from the ceiling, adding a little fun in the room.

This shared space is easily divided with the long sectional and island. Everything is kept low and has straight lines, creating great flow in the space.

The ceiling was not left out of the design plan, with panels creating an effect of elongation. Those windows continue to wrap around this room into the dining area.

This view into the convertible lounge and bedroom from the living area shows panels in sheer blue that can provide some privacy for the room. Notice how the designer took the slate blue color and matched it with a lighter tint.

The hallway to the bedrooms dons a grey wall effect with the same hue in the door and molding.

Here a tall console is used in the entry to the apartment, seeming to blend in with the wall.

This stone walled master bedroom features a high gloss storage unit and white platform bed. The art, chair, and rug soften the look.

Another view of the bedroom shows that great panorama of the city and the illuminating lighting effect behind the wall.

The built in desk gives a space for work. Again the lighting shows through in the break in the ceiling.

This bathroom is a showstopper with a linear effect on the mirrored wall. The sink seems to float above the cabinet.

The plans show the 1200 square foot apartment as the space was before the design was completed.

The completed plan shows a stunningly different apartment altogether.

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A Fashionably Comfortable Family home

Di, 07.03.2017 - 16:53

What do you see when someone says ‘family home’? Usually a quaint and cluttered home: that feels homely and lived in, with delicious smells wafting from the kitchen. At least, that’s what most of us picture when we hear that term. That’s not what PLASTERLINA pictures. This Polish design company pictures something quite different, and they’ve made their vision a reality. This home is stylish, sophisticated and chic while retaining all the elements needed to comfortably house a family of four. Look out for the masterful use of colour and designer furniture. Bookmark your favourite features (there will be many) and sigh in envy. We don’t blame you!

We start our tour in the main living room. The space is warm and inviting, with a colourful rug and warm wooden flooring/panelling enlivening the monochromatic colour scheme. The throw pillows add a homely feel to an otherwise sophisticated room. The grey colours look classy and incredibly fashionable, especially the panelled accent wall.

The room is vibrant and comfortable, with a nice reading corner and space for dad to kick his feet up after a tiring day. There are many wooden elements, with the floor leading up to wall panelling that makes the room feel cohesive. The coffee table ties in nicely with the wooden panelling, while a bare white wall opens up the room, preventing it from feeling claustrophobic.

The statement bookshelves and geometric light fixture add a touch of fun, hinting at a childlike joy- without becoming childish and immature. This keeps the room from taking itself too seriously.

Here, we have a lovely girl’s room. It has a lot of personality and provides a refreshing look out over the manicured gardens.

The room is well organized, with clean lines and pastel colours. There is a personalized arrangement of photographs by the mirrors: that hint at a signature teenage messiness. The light floor makes the room look pristine and provides the perception of space.

This room has been styled to appeal to a young boy, and it works. Geometric lines and contrasting colours create a visually appealing effect that intrigues the mind. Patterned wallpaper adds to this effect, and the traditional blue rug leaves no doubt about the gender of the occupant.

Toys and books stimulate the mind, creating a child’s wonderland. The bookshelf is a focal point that immediately draws the eye. Stick-on alphabet letters and numbers are a traditional staple for any child’s room, but in this room it has a bit of a twist. The letters follow an uneven line that disintegrates into a scattered pattern, projecting the idea of a child’s wandering mind.

Framed pictures assert the individuality of the room’s occupant, the frames adding a touch of class. The canopy bed is a feature that every girl secretly desires (no matter what they might say!). The adjacent walls sport polka-dot wallpaper that is very feminine, while the wall facing the door is a light grey. This creates the illusion of separate spaces for different purposes, but the matching grey polka-dots and grey ensure that the separation isn’t too distinct.

Model railway tracks are a whimsical statement piece as well as an engaging toy. The genius of making it part of the decor means that you don’t need to keep reassembling it when the child wants to play.

Black board paint stenciled onto the wall to resemble a mountain range, is the perfect place for a young mind to roam free. Give him a few pieces of chalk and the result will be hours of entertainment.

This designer study area will make a studious learner out of the laziest of us. The pastel blue frame and panelled compartments make for a sleek desk. The comfortable chair and bean bag reading area almost makes one wish for homework so that you can use the space.

A pretty blue frame around the sleeping area makes for a simple and sweet embellishment. Subtle light features don’t attract too much attention, this is a smart move in a room that already has many different elements.

The main bedroom deviates from the cheerful tones of the children’s bedrooms, this room is much more edgy and refined.

The home’s theme is showcased in this space. The overall palette is monochromatic with homely wooden overtones that break up the mysterious nuances of the grey coloring.

The wooden panelled bedroom wall with a dark grey 3-D pattern creates an intriguing facet to the room. The pockets of white brighten the room and is a nice burst of color in an otherwise dark bedroom.

The master bedroom is a perfect retreat for when the kids become a bit loud, the lush carpet adding to the comfort of the room. The room contains an abundance of light thanks to the numerous light fixtures that sometimes make for fascinating accent points.

The dark bookshelf avoids being unassuming, by boasting a light color trim. The bookshelf itself contributes to the overall aura of sophistication.

From this view, we can get a clear image of all the wooden elements that warm up the room. These elements are subtle, but make a discernable difference.

These panels are a unique aspect that takes the entire space to the next level. The rotating boards ensure that it will never be the same or boring.

From this angle, we can see what was almost hidden by the bed’s accent wall. A pristine white corridor leading to the ensuite bathroom is a refreshing jolt from the darker bedroom.

We’ve come to expect a lot from this stylish home, and this gorgeous walk-in closet does not disappoint.

If these closets were completely dark, this wardrobe would look like a punk rock dream. Instead, the astute designers removed the cupboard doors and substituted the dark interior for a vibrant and cheery color, that didn’t detract from the sophistication of the room. A narrow strip of skylight opens the room to the sky and provides some much needed air and space. No one has ever felt claustrophobic by looking up at the sky.

A grey door and slice of yellow is a pleasant preview of what the main bathroom is going to present, proving that this shade of grey matches any color.

The main bathroom is a delightful blend of playfulness and color.

A checkered pattern on the wall is a unique touch that ties the room together perfectly. A freestanding bath looks like a bubble set against the patterned wall and sunny yellow hues.

His-and-hers sinks ensure that there won’t be any early morning bathroom fights between the siblings, saving mom from a major headache. A sarcastic cat surveys the entire scene, adding the necessary cool factor.

Industrial light fixtures are a perfect match for this modern room. Wooden elements such as the shelves and cabinets soften the brightness of the yellow aspects.

The room makes masterful use of mirrors by adding a mirrored wall. The wall lengthens the room and enhances the design features of the room.

Once again, the parent’s bathroom is worlds away from the lively atmosphere from the children’s space. The ensuite bathroom is artistic and refined, focusing more on relaxation than the bright master bathroom.

A soothing, visual art piece is the first element to capture the attention as you enter the bathroom.

The round chandelier and wooden components are an organic aspect of the room meant to aid the senses in the relaxation process.

The sky is featured in the decor, just above the necessary his-and-hers amenities. The different shades of color create a multifaceted room that’s interesting and engaging.

A light blue cabinet breaks away from the rest of the decor, and instead of being out of place, it is a fun accent of piece that works in the space.

This bathroom is organic. Every element screams natural and it’s a refreshing aspect to the design of the house.

The door and sink area ties this bathroom to the master bathroom, but carrying over the same design details.

Potted indoor plants and wooden features create a natural aura. The hexagonal panels are reminiscent of a beehive, while the green cords of the light fixtures look like jungle vines. The dark brown wall ties all of these elements together.

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40 Unique Teapots to Help You Savour The Taste Of Tea

Mo, 06.03.2017 - 17:37

Have you ever wondered how tea drinking became a thing? It has its roots in China where it was used as a medicinal drink as early as 2737 BC. Buddhist priests later introduced it to Japan where green tea became part of Japanese life. By the 1840’s tea time became a British tradition. America’s introduction to tea in the 1600’s led to the infamous Boston Tea Party. Today hot and iced tea are popular in the states and tea houses can be found in most cities across the U.S. Different varieties of teas have different uses. Jasmine tea is known to provide energy and soothe the stomach, green tea is full of antioxidants, black tea is suggested to reduce stroke risks, white tee has potent anticancer properties, and oolong helps to lower cholesterol.

It wasn’t until tea leaves were introduced that teapots were essential to tea making. And today there are so many styles to choose from. Here we share some of the most attractive teapots from the east, west and everywhere in between.


Stainless Steel Teapot: This stainless steel genie lamp teapot can grant your wish for your favorite tea. An infuser is included in the deal and it quickly brews up four cups of loose leaf tea.

$240BUY IT

Georg Jensen Helena Teapot with Coaster: The delicate Helena teapot has a stainless steel body and porcelain lid and coaster.

$135BUY IT

Kurl Tea Pot with Infuser: With this stainless steel tea from the Gourmet Coffee and Tea Collection you get a handcrafted piece, every piece is slightly different from the next. Its contemporary teardrop design will fit any style.


Shelby Rose Gold Finish Stainless Steel Teapot With Infuser: This durable borosilicate glass and rose gold stainless steel teapot and loose leaf tea infuser allows you to see the tea as you are brewing.

From $70BUY IT

Eva Teapot: The Eva stoneware teapot is dishwasher safe and comes with an infuser. Its designer from Maia Ming Designs enjoys Lapsong Souchong tea in the morning. Try your favorite flavor in this black and white cute teapot for yourself.


Teapot with Brewing Steeper: The wooden handle on this teapot with brewing steeper connects you with natural wood, starting your Zen moment even before your tea is brewed. The minimalist designed pot has an adjustable strainer to allow you to control how your tea is infused.


Eva Solo My Tea Teapot with Cup: This minimalist teapot has a stainless steel body and a slip-resistant silicone base and features a drip minimizing spout.


Tea for One Teapot: Why brew more than you need? With this ceramic teapot for one, prepare your solo cup without wasting precious tea.


Drip Tease Teapot: The name alone makes this one a winner. The fine bone china Drip Tease teapot has gold gilding that seems to drip down the body of this beautifully designed piece.


Teapot for One: Shaped like an egg, this stainless steel Minos teapot and cup for one works in kitchens with any design, from retro to contemporary. It comes equipped with heat resistant swappable silicon handles


Olivia Teapot: This red Chantal Olivia Teapot looks lovely and is also functional. The three cup pot features an ergonomic handle, handles the heat well, and has a non-porous glaze preventing flavors from absorbing into the piece.

$128BUY IT

Aladdin Lamp Style Teapot: Crafted like Aladdin’s lamp, this six cup cobalt blue teacup would look great in a traditional or country French kitchen


Elephant Teapot: For those who collect porcelain ceramic elephant statues , this white porcelain teapot is perfect for your collection. It also works well in an all white kitchen and is dishwasher and microwave safe.


Octopus Teapot: This would make the perfect gift for family and friends that love octopus décor . This white teapot with a mauve red ceramic octopus makes a fanciful addition to any kitchen.


Honey Bee Shaped Teapot: You’ll probably be adding a little honey to your tea, so why not a honey bee teapot. This hand painted ceramic pot will add a little fun to your afternoon teatime.


Swan Teapot: The swan is graceful but this teapot is not delicate. This porcelain dishwasher safe and is as durable as it is attractive.

$250BUY IT

Peacok Teapot: This graceful peacock teapot brings nature to your kitchen. Sculpted in porcelain, each piece is hand-painted. Cups to match this proud peacock can be found in our post with more peacock décor .

$275BUY IT

Pheonix Flame Teapot: This intricately designed teapot in an orange and red flame on crème porcelain is a statement making piece.

$250BUY IT

Teapot with Decorative Bird: Made with Franz Porcelain, this red teapot is home to the nest of a joyful resting magpie. The handle loops down and back into the pot as the branch of a tree.


Rooster Teapot: Perfect for a country kitchen, this gorgeous red rooster teapot brings tea home to roost.


Blue Bird Teapot: Brew up a cup for one in this cheerful blue bird kettle set. The teapot brews 12 ounces and the cup holds 8 ounces of your favorite tea.

$195BUY IT

Bird on Bamboo Teapot: A songbird perching on bamboo serves as the handle for this exquisite Franz hand crafted porcelain teapot. The detailed painting and interesting shape of the piece makes it a work of art.


Red Chili Pepper Teapot: Some like it hot, like this chili pepper teapot. The 5 inch pot offers a splash of color to any kitchen.


Lady with Hat Teapot and Cup Set: A cute teapot designed as a hat sits atop this cute “lady” tea cup. The teapot comes in a variety of hat designs, choose one or a few and make a collection of this unique design.


Scandinavian Style Teapot with Infuser: This modern glass teapot has a touch of Zen and comes with a tea infuser and tea egg that serves as a strainer and a unique design detail.


Hand-blown Glass Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser: Durable dorcilicate glass was hand-blown to make this Zen teapot that sits on a bamboo trivet. The piece includes a stainless steel filter and a bamboo tea scoop.


Mint One-Handed Teapot: Two red cups sit in the top of this porcelain tea set. The carafe is in a bright white with cute curves and includes a built-in stainless steel infuser.


Star Wars BB-8 Teapot: Star Wars Home Decor fans rejoice, this BB-8 teapot and cup set is out of this galaxy. This gem is an officially licensed character collectible.


Cast Iron Japanese Style Teapot: Tea time in Japan is a centuries old tradition. This traditional Japanese cast iron teapot, also called a tetsubin, is perfect for brewing tea. The cast iron is distributes heat evenly, pulling out the best flavors of your tea and can keep it warm for an hour. Included is a stainless steel infusing basket.


Floral Cast Iron Teapot: This cobalt blue floral cast iron teapot holds 34 ounces of your favorite blend. The cast iron will evenly brew your tea and an enameled interior gives the pot a longer life. A stainless steel infuser is also included. Beautiful in any kitchen, it would sparkle as a centerpiece in a country French designed room


Tetsubin Teapot: Adorned with silver and black goldfish for good fortune, this Japanese 22 ounce tetsubin teapot comes with a stainless steel infuser.


Kyusu Teapot: The name says it all, Kyusu is a Japanese term for teapot and this low profile kyusu features a unique design feature. The handle and spout are on the same side. Made with crème ceramic, this cup is made in Japan and is available all over the world.

$100BUY IT

Antique Style Teapot: From the popular tea emporium Teavana, this cast iron 44 ounce teapot features a gold imperial dragon on its side and includes a stainless steel strainer.


Oriental Dragon Shaped Teapot: A symbol of good luck, prosperity, and even harmony, this dragon teapot is perfect for afternoon tea with friends.


Asian 2 Cup Teapot Set: Use this little tea for two set at home, or take it with you. The set includes a portable handmade ceramic tea pot with strainer and two tea cups.


Minimalist Asian Style Tea Set: This porcelain teapot comes with two tea cups and infuser and can also be used for coffee. Porcelain is known to work best when making white and green teas because of its low heat transference. The set also comes with cute rattan coasters for your cups.


Yixing Teapot: Used by the Chinese since the 15th century, Yixing clay teapots are for perfect brewing black and oolong teas. Named for the town in the Jiangsu province in which the mineral rock that is used to make the clay is found.


Handmade Sculptural Yixing Teapot: This handmade teapot has a beautiful silhouette and is made from Chinese Yixing clay.


Yixing Clay Teapot: Here is another teapot made with Yixing clay. The 15 ounce taupe pot has a beautiful curve to its body and the handle and lid meet level, making for an easy pouring experience.

Choosing the right teapot is about function and also personal style, the same can be said for your pitchers and coffee mugs.

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A Tranquil Getaway Home in China

Fr, 03.03.2017 - 16:26

This design takes what lies beyond the walls of the home and extends it into every part of the living space.  Created by FM.X Interior Design, natural materials and muted tones are used throughout.  Just outside the hustle and bustle of downtown, this “returning hut” in Fujian, China takes the homeowner away from it all and into a world of serenity.  From the tree-filled courtyard and square lattice pavers to the stone walled living room that overlooks it, the space creates an air of stillness as if the surrounding property has created a fortress and become a buffer between you and the world outside.  To the natural stone rock incorporated into the design of the house this house was made for solitude, with a beautiful presentation. 

Designer: FM. X Interior Design   Photographer: WU Yong Chang  

The simple wood stepped staircase overlooks the stone-walled dining and living areas just below and stays clear of the space, as if not to disrupt the tranquility of the sun-filled room.

The rectangular rug over stone tile declares the space decorated with understated furnishings in muted colored textiles.

The two-story stone wall continues the theme of this design and works well against the natural materials.  The two areas are well-defined by the rugs, one laying wall to wall and the other laying wall to window.

The sitting area flanked by two armless sofas and an armless chair practices restraint and invites you in to sit down with a good book, or simply gaze into the courtyard.

The designer uses various wood finishes to add interest.  Here with the tables are one of the few use of curves in the home.  The dining table gives an example of bringing the outdoors inside as it looks as if it was carved and simply placed on legs.

The décor throughout the home is simple.  The pair of fruit and sprig of leaves in the vase is all this space needed and brings more of the garden inside.  This design is all about peace.

The floor to ceiling windows offer ample lighting during the day, canned lighting is used by night. 

The wall of glass between the living area and courtyard is not about keeping anything out, but bringing the elements in.  The pavestones here share the same pattern as the window.   

The geometric pattern of the lattice stepping stone design just beyond the glass continues here in the natural stone tile.

The dining area, or tea room, defined by the natural fiber rug gives seating for dinner, tea, and has a spaced carved out for a desk chair when the space is being used for work.

The home looks like a part of the scenery instead of an interruption in nature.  Simple, sparse trees adorn the courtyard and this is carried into the home with the uncluttered living area.

Floor to ceiling linens drape the stone wall where it meets the glass and stone floors, softening the look.

The lines follow throughout the house, even in the horizontal steps that synchronize with the lines of the tile floor and stone wall.

The curved back chairs with seats of cane and simple lines lend themselves to the natural wood desk and keeps with the style of the home

Getting away doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good movie.  This home theatre is fully equipped and uses simple grey upholstery in straight lines providing comfort without distracting from enjoyment of the film. 

The diagonal white wall encloses the stairs and provides a continuum of white against the mixed tone woods. 

The designer created a peaceful retreat with subdued lighting and linens, natural wood headboard which also functions as storage on the reverse, and functional night tables.  Striped drapes provide shading and a nice tempering effect.

The focus here is the natural stone rock that sits just outside of the window, providing a view and privacy.

The stone wall continues upstairs beyond the landing in the bar area to the right that provides functional storage space.

The stone wall continues upstairs beyond the landing in the bar area to the right that provide functional storage space

Vessel sinks and stone counters sit atop the wood cabinets used for storage. 

The bedroom is visible from the tub which incorporates the stone existing on the property.  The seclusion of the home allows the fabulous view of the outdoors.

The bathing area seems to be incased in glass offering natural light for the entire area.  This area offers a mix of materials from glass to brick, stone, and wood. 

The natural stone sits beside the steps down to the bath.  The shower is just off to the side. 

Even the exquisite bath keeps with the lines, but once again we see the curves used in the commode and vessel sinks.   

The simple wall not only separates the master from second bedroom but serves as a closet.

The entire first floor of the home houses the home theatre, living, and dining rooms.  The second level is where you’ll find the bedrooms and bar area. 

This shows the future plans of the home.  There is more to come for this returning hut.

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Black, White and Wood: Two Masterclass Homes of Contemporary Style

Do, 02.03.2017 - 16:15

Decorating your home can seem an infinite challenge. What colour scheme and theme will you go for? Which pieces in your current abode will you take or store away? Designing in black, white and wood can offer a simple, contemporary solution. These two interiors, both using black, white and IKEA-friendly pale wood, show how to use materials to their highest functionality. Drench your surfaces in texture, creating a classy finish. Make shapes with mirrors, rugs and chairs, letting individualism shine in your living space. These two well-designed finds show how make the most of simple colour schemes.

Visualizer: Pavel Voytov  

Our first living space is drenched in block walls of black, white and light wood. Based on a paler wooden floor, this design draws in the eye with textured black kitchen panelling, adding both distinction and room demarcation. White bauble lights lead towards the lounge, where light wood furniture mixes with a white leather L-sofa and zig-zagged rug. As a detailed grey plinth segments areas, a row of white windows looks out to mountains beyond.

The finer elements create shapes in each living space. The living room boasts circles glowing on the wall, reflected in the mirror and carved for the coffee table. A space for reading hosts triangles in the room partition and quilted ottoman chair legs. Looking from the kitchen, the spaces tie together through the lines of the bookshelves, black and white striped rug and white quilted couch.

The kitchen adds drama with a strong presence of black and white. With one wall in full black and the other almost in full white, contrasts are created without blocking off the room. Similar grey partition shading complements a white dining table and chairs, artfully constructed in industrial mesh. A painted portrait and two curved, thin lights bring kitchen and dining areas together in harmony.

Around the corner, a meditation haven makes itself known. Warm colours mixed with white, light plywood and black glass are illuminated by standing candles, infusing the room with a calm aura. A potted plant in the corner beside darker-hued prints ties in the room to the remaining interior.

Two bedrooms and bathrooms give the interior diversity. The master bedroom shows its masculine side, with a heavy black futon bed with stark white bedding. LED-lit beside a chorus of lamps, the headboard’s geometric pattern is lightly etched into its surface, creating a bigger visual around the bed. A large, grey-quilted chair harks to the living area, while a chequered rug and muted-tone portrait tie its elements together.

The guest bedroom meets the master and meditation room halfway, with a lighter-shaded room featuring pieces in black. Roofed by wooden panelling, its white walls contrast with unusual dark wood, blending in the TV. Lighter bedding joined by grey makes the room contemporary, as do thin leaning mirrors, potted plants, triangular pops of orange and a light made of pipes. A floating desk and tucked away cupboard add functionality, as mushroom lamps lead to a relaxing white window seat.

The ensuite takes the living room’s circles and makes them oval, with a stunning misshaped mirror. Incorporating an exposed brick wall, concrete ceiling, tiling and light wood, the design appears minimalist by painting in white. An under-bath bookshelf, darker wood towel rail and sculpted figure add character to a room white, bright and open.

The main bathroom opens with a pop of mint. A rainforest shower head peeps behind a tinted glass panel and above a marble step, as another oval mirror greets its gaze. Joined by a distressed concrete panel, exposed brick wall and steampunk light, the corridor behind opens up to another bookshelf-bottomed bath. A basin underneath adds a quirky punctuation to the space.

Visualizer: Yevhen Zahorodnii  

Visualised by Yehven Zahorodnii, our second space boasts much less room – and much more innovation. A quarter-wall clad in plywood holds a TV in the living room. Extending through to a mid-grey wall with LED panelling, a grey-and-white block couch offers up teal cushions. A leaning fauna artwork and velveteen rug tie into two ornamental shelf legs, while thin, warm-coloured lamps drape over and beside seated spaces.

A place for breakfast is offered by three grey kitchen chairs. Juxtaposed with a white table and potted shelves, a textured black wall adds interest. A grey blind and white bench open up the space, letting in light from the city below. Light wood forms a corridor and cabinetry, making the room appear larger and hiding a kitchen sink behind closed doors.

Dreaming under a canopy of chiffon and lanterns, the bedroom stylises in black and white. A leaning abstract adds a cool, collected vibe, a poofy ottoman and desk functionality.

Deviating from black and white, this large-format tile bathroom warms it up with golden-lit shelves holding trinkets. As a large porcelain bath invites in the viewer, a honeycomb wall links with a circular mirror and light-wooden under panel. A sprig in a vase adds life.

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30 Modern White Kitchens That Exemplify Refinement

Mi, 01.03.2017 - 16:53

White is popular in interior design, often used to create a look of elegance and refinement. These 30 modern kitchen designs use a mix of materials and textures to create posh looks for the homeowners. Throwing in color on walls, in accessories, or in backsplashes has helped to provide great contrasts in a few of these designs. Others maintain their clean white look and pair with wood floors. White can make your room seem larger and in the case of kitchens, reflect light where windows are not available to provide natural lighting.

Source: Kuchen  

This white kitchen displays simplicity without the use of hardware. Panel door and drawerfronts are used throughout. The built-in subzero refrigerator blends in seamlessley. Open glass shelves on the back wall are used for storage and decor.

Designer: Agushi   Source: Agushi  

Featuring clean lines, Italian marble, and a dark stained European Oak floor. The circular drop pendant lights above the marble island add whimsy to the straightforward design. Panel doors and two simple shelves keep this look uniform.

Source: Stadshem  

The tile backsplash in this kitchen mimics a brick wall. The vent is stainless as well as the countertop, making the workspace easy to clean. The unstained floors lends well with the understated Scandinavian look.

Visualizer: Brainfactory   Source: Brainfactory  

This kitchen is the centerpiece of this Rome apartment. On the opposite side of the cabinets is the television fo the living area. Antique oak parquet floors add warmth and the window brings in light. The small table gives a place for eating and work.

Source: Kuchen  

This ultra modern white kitchen has a multi-level island and bar on painted concrete floors. The mini cabinets above the sink house glassware behind sliding doors.

Designer: Mamm Design  

This step-down kitchen sits in a multi-level duplex in the Netherlands. The house is brightened with a sunlight above the all-white kitchen which is central in this home. Geometric shapes command attention

Visualizer: Stanislav Borozdinskiy   

This white kitchen shares a space with the living area and adds a pop of grey with the contemporary circle back chairs.

Visualizer: Alex Dorokin  

This Bohemian kitchen features white cabinets with simple pewter bar hardware and ceramin countertops on light wood floors. While there is only one space of cabinets, there is plenty of storage space top and bottom.

Visualizer: Alexey Merkushev   

The white cabinets and backsplash in this have a gloss finish. The grey ceramic countertop breaks up the look, adding a touch of color. The white dome pendant lamp is lined in gold, adding to the sophistication of the decor. The designer has added a black dining table making a great monochromatic statement.

Visualizer: Giuseppe Burgio   

This kitchen is sleek with its wall of white gloss finish cabinets. Instead of using an island in the middle of the space, a white table extends off of the grey ceramic countertops providing extra space. They grey stained wood floors are also glossed over.

Visualizer:  Ihor Bednarchyk   

This grey and white kitchen utilizes marble on the island and backsplash. The flower kitchen pendant lamps provide decor and ambient lighting.

Designer: Jeff Schlarb  

The white crown molding makes the cabinetry blend right into the wall and make the already tall cabinets appear even taller. The island is surrounded in grey and white marble which is picked up again in the backsplash. Wyndham Counter Stools are from Arteriors Home. For more kitchen barstools check out: 40 Captivating Kitchen Bar Stools For Any Type Of Decor.

Designer: Euge & Seta  

This Barcelona kitchen uses the pure white as a background for the pop of color found in a color-block window and a few choice accessories. Stainless steel is used on the barstool and appliances. The space is small, but in white, seems much more spacious. For more yellow inspiration visit our Yellow Accent Kitchens .

Visualizer: Hasankhani Tabriza   

This simple white kitchen serves as a functional space and the perfect place to display the large elephant art on the far wall. Light beachwood cabinets, gloss finished concrete floors, and marble complete the décor.

Visualizer: ReFL Studio  

This kitchen took an eclectic turn with a variety of chairs around an unassuming four leg table. The high sheen square tile backsplash accents the white cabinets and light wood floors. This room has ample windows filling the room with natural light.

Visualizer: AM Studio  

This Scandinavian designed white kitchen features white tile backsplash that mimics the look of brick, with pale grey cabinet panels with white knob drawer pulls. The butcher block countertops match the table that is paired with simple wooden benches. The retro refrigerator takes you back to simpler times.

Visualizer: M3 Architecture  

This white ultra modern design with marble backsplash and light ash floors adds whimsicality with the 5 rock shaped drop lights.

Visualizer: Linee Studio  

Space abounds with this kitchen in the absence of an island. White panel cabinets with space above for display adorn the right wall. A multi-color print backsplash adds color to the look atop a marble countertop. Huge windows dressed in simple white panels allow the sun to fill the room and show off the decorative molding on the ceiling.

Designer: Bask Interiors  

White tile creates a brick façade on this kitchen’s backsplash. Simple free floating shelves and wine storage provide space for decorative items. The large desk style island gives more workspace and can seat four. To the left a desk completes the room giving a space for doing bills or homework.

Designer: Ruth Welsby   Photographer: Martina Gemmola  

This throwback simple white kitchen uses the wood trim to define these sharp lines on these handle free cabinets.

Visualizer: Zrobym  

This kitchen consists of a simple wall of panel cabinets in white. The light wood from the floor tiles is picked up again in the upper cabinets. The colorful wallpaper as a backsplash adds a pop of color. Do check out our 50 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas post if you are looking for more kitchen backsplash inspiration.

Visualizer: Inuti  

Stark white blankets this kitchen against the black accents of the appliances, barstools, and pendant lamps. The barstools are from Patricia Urquiola.

Visualizer: Erlind Llanaj  

Here the cabinets seem to be fused together in cubes seen in the cabinets, island, and vent. Black dome lamps hang over the table which is an extension of the island in a contrasting dark wood.

Designer: Kitchen Haus  

Handless kitchen cabinets create a seamless look, especially when glossed overe as these are in Malmo White Gloss. Combined with a grey ceramic countertop and higher level marble bar, this room utilizes traditional materials with new concepts.

Designer: Destilat  

This upscale modern loft with painted concrete houses panel kitchen cabinets. The marble from the living area serves as a backsplash of sorts.

Visualizer: Kuoo Architects  

Taking minimalism to the maximum, this simple galley kitchen in white has pine wood floors.

Designer: Paul M  

This kitchen has simple armless cabinets and a massive white island and box venthood. The sliding glass doors to the right allow in natural light.

Visualizer: Myles Montgomery  

This white kitchen mixes materials to make a perfect look. White cabinets, dark wood floors, and marble combine effortlessly. Check out our 36 Marble Kitchen Ideas post if you are looking for more kitchen marble inspiration.

Visualizer: Rado Rick  

White dominates this futuristic kitchen with geometric angles as the spotlight of the space with spots of black. The other cool points in this room are earned for the intergrated glass-ceramic cooktop, sink, and supboards. The central island also features a removable cutting board.

Visualizer: Modom Studio  

A large grey pendant is used in this all white modern kitchen. Storage space is abundant, keeping this look fresh and clean with minimal clutter.

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4 Fabulously Stylish Studio Apartments

Di, 28.02.2017 - 17:28

Studio apartments are becoming popular all over the world. In some places this is out of necessity, there simply isn’t enough space to build new housing. Some builders are trying this new concept out of a desire to conserve energy and space, and to help others who are looking to simplify their lives. The open floor plan, sometimes less expensive rates, and lower energy bills are some reasons the latest generations are flocking to space saving flats.

As we will show you in these 4 fabulous studio apartments, down-sizing doesn’t mean giving up on style. To the contrary, it often gives one a chance to show their style in concentrated areas.

Visualizer: Julia Butova  

This one bedroom apartment uses space wisely, but doesn’t compromise when it comes to style. A white backdrop keeps this living room bright and airy. A low back color block sectional provides seating with and adds color to the room. The floor to ceiling geometric iron wall plaque emphasizes the height of the ceiling.

Visualizer: Juliya Butova  

Another view of the living area shows the box cutout in the ceiling that has an unfinished look. The flow of the seating works well in the rectangular shaped room that leads to the doorway.

Visualizer: Juliya Butova  

Here we get a great shot of the window that provides the lighting and highlights the beauty of the light ash floors.

Visualizer: Juliya Butova  

The wall is stepped back slightly, giving a spot for stereo equipment and storage. Next to the large screen television is a unique piece of art used to share a quote with visitors.

Visualizer: Juliya Butova  

In this room, space is saved with bed mats placed right on the floor giving the room a Zen quality. Uncomplicated shelves are used above the bed as a bookshelf.

Visualizer: Juliya Butova  

Even a nice seating area is possible in this space. The yellow from the pillows just across the room is used in this mat seating and abstract art gives the room even more personality.

The kitchen right off of the bedroom features straight lines and has a natural wood look to the panel cabinets. The counter extends out into a white bar providing seating.

Visualizer: Juliya Butova  

These black webbed chairs add a touch of whimsy. To the right we get a shot of the wooden platform used in the bedroom.

Visualizer: Juliya Butova  

A large black pendant lamp hangs over the bar. Shelves in the kitchen, like the rest of the room were kept simple and functional.

Visualizer: Oksana Zayats  

This monochromatic studio apartment is where function meets fashion. All in this one room is where you will find the bedroom, closet, living, and kitchen. Just behind the grey shuttered doors is the wardrobe. The rug indicates the seating area.

Visualizer: Oksana Zayats  

The melamine cabinets are sleek. Two plaid upscale bean bag chairs and small table serve as a sitting area.

Visualizer: Oksana Zayats  

A mirror reflects the door and opens up the space further. Two pendant lights shine down on the gold storage ottoman.

Visualizer: Oksana Zayats  

In the foyer we find black textured walls, wood floors that extend up to make a baseboard, and storage cabinets that blend into the wall.

Visualizer: Oksana Zayats  

Next to the black door, art panels in geometric shapes are hung.

A projector hangs from the ceiling with the screen just over the bed for movie night. Colorful abstract art leans on the wall behind the bed. The wood floors seem to have creeped up the wall, giving the bed a headboard.

Visualizer: Oksana Zayats  

Green was used on the opposite wall that surrounds the picture window that looks down on the city below.

Visualizer: Oksana Zayats  

The bathroom of this flat is just as minimalistic as the rest of the home. Grey and crème tile was used on the floor and walls.

Visualizer: Oksana Zayats  

A tankless commode is used, saving space and conserving water.

Visualizer: Oksana Zayats  

Panel doors hide bathroom essentials and linens and the counter top is left uncluttered.

Source: Alvem  

This shabby chic studio apartment uses an eclectic mix of furnishings, foliage, and varying textiles to carry off its look.

Source: Alvem  

A blue chenille sofa is paired with cane chairs and decked out with microfiber pillows in pink and gold.

Source: Alvem  

A pull out desk to the left of the living area provides a spot for getting a little work done or having a meal.

Source: Alvem  

Around the room greenery and bamboo abound. Here we see the quarter wall that divides the living area from the resting area.

Source: Alvem  

A simple light wood leaning bookshelf provides a space for accessories and storage.

Source: Alvem  

The inside of the dividing wall has nooks for books. Lighting for the space is provided by two wall lamps.

Source: Alvem  

The use of the dividing wall gives privacy without closing off the living room.

Source: Alvem  

This galley kitchen dons all white, making it appear larger. The straight lines and lack of hardware elongates the room and keeps the look clean.

Source: Alvem  

The window at the far side of the kitchen helps to open up the space and provides sunlight.

Visualizer: Alexandra Paul  

Lavish can be used to describe the one-room loft. Going small doesn’t mean skimping on luxury. A small right arm sofa component with wood table is used with an oval coffee table.

Visualizer: Alexandra Paul  

The bedroom, living, and dining can all be seen from this one spot. This two seat bar table sits just behind the sofa.

Visualizer: Alexandra Paul  

The stone wall that holds the television is dotted for an added visual effect in the room. Also on the wall is a sofa table providing storage and a small desk area. Pendant lighting in different shapes and finishes add to the opulence.

Visualizer: Alexandra Paul  

Everything in this apartment has a low profile, keeping all views unobstructed and making the space appear larger. Here, dark wood floors are coupled with a beige rug.

A glass partition is used between the living and bedroom to provide privacy.

Visualizer: Alexandra Paul  

The bedrooms back wall is done in wood paneling and seems to be encased in glass. Gold sheers can be pulled to give extra privacy.

Visualizer: Alexandra Paul  

The back wall is used to share special places in art, hatboxes and accessories in lilac add an air of femininity. Low nightstands with simple legs provide storage without taking over the room.

Visualizer: Alexandra Paul  

The foyer gives us another look at those detailed concrete walls. Black framed art is used mimicking the black in the door.

Visualizer: Alexandra Paul  

This mirrored wall is actually a door. The closet and storage space is just behind it.

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25 Living Rooms that Sport Spectacular Views

Mo, 27.02.2017 - 16:15

A beautifully decorated room is appealing, couple that with an amazing view and you have these 25 spectacular designs from around the globe. A running river, the waters flapping on the ocean, or the sun coming over the mountainside all can be seen from the terraces of these beautiful private residences and villas available for rent.

Architect: Saota  

Just beyond this two story high living area lies the ocean. Step out onto the veranda and you are on the sea.

Architect: Saota  

This pool side seating area has sectional seating and dining areas to sit out and catch the sun casting its light on the mountains as it rises. This view doubles down and also provides the ocean as its secondary backdrop.

Architect: Saota  

This ocean view villa has been designed with decadence. Straight lines on the upholstery has been coupled with curves in the accessories and lighting. The convertible door opens to an infinity pool that seems to drop right into the seas below.

Source: Mallorca Gold  

This luxury residence in Mallorca, Balearic Islands features contemporary furnishings and a wall of windows that slide open to the sun deck, infinity pool and the Balearic Sea.

This villa is just minutes from Cannes and sits on Villefranche, giving guests panoramic views of the Cap Ferrat and the Mediterranean.

Architect: Saota  

This circular sunroom boasts views of the town just beyond, the mountains, and the waters below.

This impeccably designed room gains its warmth from solid wood floors just beside the tile, stone and wood fireplace and the setting sun over the seas.

Source: Go2Africa  

This upscale South African villa can be yours, for the night with rates starting at $1100. This 5 bedroom penthouse is situated on Camps Bay nestled in the Twelve Apostles Mountains. The crème on crème living room features heated floors and the kitchen is just a few steps up. From the large infinity pool guests can enjoy the beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Source: Samjuana  

The bottom level of this outdoor living area has a wrap around infinity pool, bar area, and sun deck. You can find this lavish private villa on a hillside overlooking a private beach on the Gulf of Thailand.

Architect: Eric Miller  

This Carmel by the Sea home was designed with the idea of showing off the view, not the home itself according to architect Eric Miller. Dubbed the Pelican House, the contemporary home sits on the Monterey Peninsula. The windows spanning the living area were custom made allow the home owners to enjoy the sea and even pelicans that often fly by.

Visualizer: Ibrahem Magdy   

This living room has lovely views of the Persian Gulf from the windows of this chalet. The low profile settees that line the windows offer seating without obstructing the view.

Source: B&B Italia  

Everything in this living room is functional, yet light in design. Nothing heavy is used. The spotlight is on the walls of windows that display the beautiful mountain view.

Visualizer: Black Box  

It is an outdoor living space when the doors are opened, welcoming in the sounds of the rushing waves. This living area features stone, leather, and contemporary lines proving that your beach front home can be decorated in any style.

Visualizer: Giuseppe Burgio   

These two levels depict work and relaxation, respectively. The view outside the glass helps in both. Rushing water and craggy terrain bring an atmosphere of serenity.

Several groups of seating are present with a conversations areas, an area for watching television and outdoor seating for soaking up the sun. All of these arrangements have one focal point, this beautiful view of the water.

Visualizer: Alla Kogan  

This combined living and dining area in a high rise building has a patio to look down and enjoy the view of a bustling city and the ocean beyond.

Source: The Agency  

The city lights provide the backdrop to this contemporary living area. Residents can listen to the sounds of the town or close the sliding doors and just enjoy the view.

Visualizer: Dominic Maslik   

This ultra modern living room has views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the beautiful waters of the Sydney Harbor.

Visualizer: Sakis Xim  

When the Empire State Building is outside your window, you leave the window coverings out of your design plan. Simple, low profile furninshings provide an uncomplicated and timeless design.

Visualizer: 747 Studios PHOTOGRAPHY & CGI    

Beneath the second story walkway is a living room with pops of color and a wall of bookshelves. Sitting down with a good book and enjoying this view would be spectacular.

Visualizer: Hai Peng  

Situated in the middle of Saigon’s Ho Chi Minh City, this panoramic penthouse offers double height windows and a beautiful city view. Dark wood floors, dramatic lighting and lots of color this living area is all about opulence and drama.

Visualizer: Phan Nguyen  

Visualizer: Phiung Asia   

This living room in Asia has a beautiful view of a rainy day in the mountain range.

Visualizer: Dmitri Reviakin   

This minimalist decor of this living room serves the view of the Swiss countryside well. The focus is on the view, making it important to not have a cluttered room.

Visualizer: Deniz Duran  

The wood stove and simple sleek design of this living area has a perfect backdrop, a foggy lake and mountain view.

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