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4 Lofts That Whisk You Away to a Fabulous Life

Do, 26.05.2016 - 17:40

Lofts are known for their tall ceilings, wide open spaces, and industrial details. But loft designs vary from the ultra modern to the eclectic, and the people who live in them transform these similar architectural spaces into designs that reflect their lives. So take a tour through these 4 lofts and get a peek inside the chic and sophisticated loft-lives of everyone from world travelers to ballerinas. It’ll inspire you and leave you dreaming.

Designer: Ilya Garbuzov  

This eclectic loft was designed for a man who appreciates art, loves to travel, and adores his cat. There’s plenty of plush oversized seating for his feline friend which fits perfectly into this giant space.

We love how everything here is oversized. From the couches to the art, the windows, and the lamps. These massive pieces bring this lofty space back down to a cozier level.

This loft sits right up near the treetops, and we love how they’ve brought the outdoors in with these leafy plants by the windows. The greenery is also a great contrast to this beautiful Persian rug, and all the warm colors and woods scattered through the space.

This fireplace is incredibly beautiful. We love the spherical shape, how it creates a wonderful reading corner surrounded by bottles of wine, and how the cool metal contrasts with the fire. It’s a stunning piece of art that fits perfectly into this eclectic loft.

This loft is the perfect place to kick back with a strong drink, enjoy good company, and admire all that surrounds you. We bet there will be some pretty fun parties at this loft.

And if the inside didn’t convince you of that, this deck sure should. The hanging lights play on the whimsy of this eclectic loft, and the stunning woods bring you off to a far away exotic land. We love the contrast of the stark white an the woods, and how they’ve created privacy with the greenery around the sides.

Visualizer: Pavel Alekseev  

This loft was designed for a young creative family, and you can see that in all the creative design solutions and decisions. We love the metal fireplace and tv surround, and how they’ve mixed that with the warm handout wood storage underneath.

This place may look serious from the cold, gray, and modern design choices but it’s also whimsical in a modernist way. We love the mix of tweed, and patterns in the couch and how the entire loft looks futuristic.

Here you can see more traditional elements of a loft: tall ceilings, giant windows, and exposed beams and pipes. They’ve definitely played up these elements in this modern loft.

From here you can see those amazing windows, and the classic loft exposed brick. We love how they’ve played on this in their own way here, framing the brick in this dark metal that looks like supportive beaming. It ties into the rest of the space’s metal while mirroring the lines of the windows.

Finally, a pop of color! Yellow and gray is an incredible choice because they’re so opposite, and we love how the yellow they’ve chosen is inherently warm yet has a cool undertone that matches the gray perfectly.

These chairs are incredible. They’re whimsical and modern like the rest of the space. We love the curved edges, these vintage looking straps, and how the metal looks brushed and aged.

Two main spaces of the home are separated with different flooring. The gray, stamped and distressed concrete floor of the living room mirrors the industrial feel. But this colored, almost marble looking tile is a fun modern twist on something normally organic.

We love how the tiles are different colors. One color would have been enough of a surprise, but this myriad of colors is just the kind of ‘pop’ this home needs for a young creative family.

The bold colors against this very rusty and metal built in is quite the contrast — but opposites do attract.

These tiles make the room feel massive with their mostly white surface reflecting tons of natural light.

This is fun — from the colorful tiles, to the wall mural, to this statement piece of a lamp. This space is super modern, chic, and best of all fun.

We love the white-washed brick in this space. It carries the brick from the living room but at the same time gives it it’s own character.

No detail went unattended in this space. From the chairs we mentioned before, to those stools with the studs around the sides, and the kitchen cart that’s bright and yellow like the backsplash. This space is edgy, funky, and artsy from both afar and up close.

Visualizer: Elena V Nedelcu  

This giant loft was designed for a ballerina, and the space is the epitome of girly, shabby-chic. From the white on pink combination, to the antique details against the lofty and industrial structure, this space perfectly contrasts and compliments.

First off, the knotty wood with pink undertones is fabulous, and we love how this blush color is reflected in the rest of the space. This space is big and airy but has lots of layers, whether it’s the way the tables are staged or the dispersed antiques.

These incredible windows define this loft space. They’re not only massive, but they’e got tons of character. They’re wooden, white washed, and yet industrial despite their country-like makeover. They look old yet new, just like the rest of the space.

This loft is big enough for a dancer to push all that beautiful furniture to the side and dance the night away. We love how the space, while scattered in treasures, feels open and filled with possibilities.

Everything to the smallest detail was thought of here. Like this wonderful sculpture which once again plays on the airy feel of the room, to the blush tinted accents.

Up close you can see the grainy, knotty, pink wood that defines this loft.

With big open lofts you often have to define and create the spaces you need. This dressing area is a great example of doing just that, and you could do this yourself with a separator to create a reading nook or even a little home office.

The bedroom part of the loft is just as dreamy as the rest. That bed looks like the perfect place for a ballerina to kick back and relax after a day on her feet. We also love how the ceiling comes down here, creating a cozy nook in an otherwise lofty and large space.

Visualizer: Tharik Mohammed  

This space looks like it was designed for a man who appreciates the finer things in life while still wanting to remain comfortable. That’s reflected in his wardrobe of leather jackets, and pieces like that big armchair covered in leather, and bolstered up by weathered wood. It looks old yet modern and regal.

Black, gray, wood, and pops of white are the theme of this space. We love the dark gray cabinets against the exposed plywood walls, and how they’ve backlit the dark backsplash.

The use of mirrors in a space are great to reflect light, or bring the outside in — just like they’ve done here. The mirrors add greenery from the garden to this very metallic and otherwise dark space.

The contrast of the stunning green and these cool grays is fabulous, and we love how the floor to ceiling windows bring that right inside from this angle. The skylight in the bathroom is also a clever solution to a room that’s otherwise cut off from the light in the rest of the loft.

Exposed plywood doesn’t have to look messy, intact it looks quite chic here despite it’s low budget.

And the exposed plywood was also used for the loft to tie the spaces together, and add a bit of organicness and color to the dark corner.

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Unique Bedroom Showcase: Which One Are You?

Mi, 25.05.2016 - 16:49

Expressive bedrooms are always fun to admire. Each one is a world of its own, shaped by the tastes and preferences of the occupant. Privacy ensures that decorators can feel free to go all-out to embrace the bedroom inspiration they find appealing. This post looks at a handful of creative bedrooms that explore exciting themes, each one different from the next. First, this tour starts with a bubbly and glamorous space, while the second bedroom enjoys a more refined aesthetic with subtle decor. The third belongs to a child but includes a variety of details any adult could enjoy, and the fourth has a strong pop-art vibe for the young-at-heart.

Visualizer: Igor Chapayev  

Let’s start with something fabulous! The designers titled this bedroom “the Andromeda Project” after the figure in Greek mythology punished for her great beauty. But in a room like this, beauty reigns free and supreme. A palette of light pink glitters with golden accents, and the decor shows a preference for rounded forms to foster a softer and comfortable atmosphere.

Just look at the incredible amount of detail! The bed rests against a freestanding accent walls with large circular mirrors, providing a little extra privacy to the dressing room behind it.

A variety of lighting offers an ambiance to suit any mood.

Even candles appear, just waiting to illuminate a relaxing evening with a good book.

Gilded statues and upholstered walls continue the theme of clever opulence.

Another cool feature, impossible to ignore, is the glass-covered border of stones that decorate the perimeter of the bed.

Even the doorframes and handles dazzle with a metallic gleam.

Here’s an overhead view with a semi-transparent enclosure around the bed. The effect is unreal!

No accessory lacks detail. The room feels absolutely bursting with energy expressed through faceted and tufted textures, glittering crystal decorations, and plenty of flowers.

Every surface (both vertical and horizontal) shows off some sort of creative feature to catch the eye.

Here’s a quick look at the vanity, backed by a full mirror and illuminated by the Void pendant by Tom Dixon.

Coordination goes beyond simple color matching. The spectrum is broad, but the bold attitude unifies the entire interior.

It would take hours to fully appreciate each noteworthy treasure tucked away inside this bedroom.

Now for a major game changer. Can you believe this is the same room? At night, creative LEDs transform this room into an ethereal dreamscape of light and color.

The vibe falls somewhere between “exclusive nightclub” and “otherworldly escape”.

Even the bathroom enjoys the psychedelic lighting treatment! Here, slices of translucent stone gives the backing wall the appearance of flowing lava.

Seriously, what a sight to behold!

Although it is a private bedroom, this space would be an amazing hangout for casual guests.

Finally, a good shot of all the cool secondary lighting sources in action.

Visualizer: Jean Bekbergen  

Simple, classic, and tasteful! This bedroom takes a completely different direction than the flashy and modern bedroom that preceded it. This one isn’t boastful but still communicates its luxurious influences, a little piece of heaven in the midst of a bustling city.

Check out the unique way the wall panels curve outward to serve as shelves, revealing the concrete below. Storage cabinets on either side blend in smoothly.

Acorn-shaped lamps contribute to the luxurious vibe of the room, their classic shape and modern implementation demonstrating rivalrous concepts beautifully.

Functional side tables mimic the unique construction of the media center shelving.

This comfortable armchair and ottoman combination is the work of a design house founded by Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien.

Architect: Kupinskiy & Partners   Visualizer: Elena Sedova  

Children can enjoy stylish digs as well, especially if the design is as fun as this one. This bedroom uses a calming grey and green color theme, made more exciting by the shapes and accessories found within. Creative lighting solutions are one of the most interesting features – the lamps are from the Bell collection by Normann Copenhagen.

To the right, a retro-style round chair offers a cozy place to read or study with a convenient view of the window. Because the floor lamp is adjustable, it can work beside the desk if necessary too.

Watercolor houses make the accent wall special. Its position at the end of the bed gives a nice focal point to inspire imaginative dreams as the young resident falls asleep at night.

How neat are those little houses? They contain neon-effect bulbs that spell out the child’s name. It might make a fun DIY project for somebody handy with electricity.

Open shelving, on the other hand, gives the occupant a chance for a little self-expression.

Don’t you adore the soothing colors on the mural? Some of the windows glow orange for contrast and personality.

Studying at the desk is improved by the pendant light hanging directly above the work surface.

It’s a neat and tidy bedroom design that doesn’t center on a television, which is sure to make plenty of parents happy.

Stripes, tufts, and polka dots add variation to the bed – a great mix between fun and comfortable.

Visualizer: Ahmed Wafa   

Classic materials take on exotic colors and patterns to give this bedroom a subtle undertone of untamed attitude.

Modern artwork and a slick media area reinforce the idea that this bedroom is intended as a place to decompress after a long day.

Even the cabinetry shows extreme attention to detail with its smart integrated lighting and unique exterior paneling.

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4 Homes That Celebrate Modern Minimalism

Di, 24.05.2016 - 18:53

Modern minimalism is loosely defined by paired down design elements, clean lines, and open spaces. But that doesn’t mean each space has to be black and white, infact we’ve gathered four very different spaces that celebrate modern minimalism with their own unique twist. From white open spaces to pops of color and eclectic art, these spaces are going to inspire and open your mind to how modern minimalism can be both inviting and functional in everyday life.

Architect: Emil Dervish  

The light that pours into this space is extraordinary, and it’s only enhanced by the big white walls and floors. The bold furnishings, like the giant low and dark couch, really stand out because of the big airy space created here.

We love the light and dark contrast in this space, as well as the contrast of big the contrast of the thin black lines in the chair and lights with the big bold pieces like the couch and the black accent wall.

This space isn’t actually all that large, but the smart layout and minimalist styling maximize the visual and physical space.

We love how the white walls and floors collide making you feel like you’re inside a big white cloud in the sky looking over that view.

We love how the desk chair mimics the curved lines of the lounge chair in the living room, as well as this concrete accent wall. It’s minimal, cool, and adds just a bit of texture to this very sleek space.

This minimalist kitchen will let your food take center stage atop that giant white island with cascading stone sides.

These glossy kitchen cabinets tucked inside the island are the perfect addition to this modern minimalist space. We also love how from here your eyeliner continues straight into the open living room.

Separating the spaces with white and black tiles is a beautiful way to add dimension to this apartment. Plus, when you walk in it’s like emerging from the darkness into this bright light space.

We love this chic minimalist lamp here that can be tilted both right over the bed, or up against the wall to reflect the light.

We love this partly open concept between the bedroom and bathroom. What works so well here is the contrast of light and dark and how they’ve played with light. From the tall windows in the bedroom to the skylight over the bath.

This concrete sink is a surprising but fun addition to this space. It’s minimalist while still adding some texture and character.

Architect: Lenz Architects  

This minimalist space plays with texture wonderfully. We love the stone washed walls against all the white.

This light yellow wood fireplace brings a surprising element to the space that we adore. The way the wood pops agains the starkness of the rest of this minimalist space adds some great dimension to the living room.

These floor to ceiling windows are real showstoppers that can let tons of beautiful light flood this space. But we love how the curtains are sheer yet dark gray to let some of that light filter in even when you need some added privacy.

This cozy corner is the perfect place to cozy up with a glass of wine and a good magazine. The minimalist chez lounge is a luxurious piece, and we love how they’ve made it more inviting with that bright colored throw blanket.

Clean lines and stark white cabinets make this kitchen a defining minimalist space.

Try not to get distracted with those views while cooking! This open kitchen-living space flows beautifully with those floor to ceiling windows, and we love how that design is reflected in the back kitchen cabinets.

This home has great views from every angle. From that stunning fireplace to the sweeping city skyline.


This eclectic modern minimalist space is super artsy and chic. We love the tripod lamp that’s playing with a vintage vibe, and the linear painting that’s hung not totally centered on the back wall.

The metal picnic table adds to the vintage modern vibe, and we love the added character of the brick wall.

We love the soft touches they’ve added in this space to warm it up, from the painting that’s leaning against the wall to the floral centerpiece.

Switching up simple things, like swapping a bench for chairs like they did here is a great way to refresh your space and add some new flare.


This minimalist space is bright and warm, and we love that. Minimalist doesn’t have to be cold, so we love how they’ve made this space bright and inviting with both color and materials.

Those incredibly tall ceilings create such an open feeling in that narrow kitchen, and we love how your eye is constantly drawn upwards with the woodworking on the walls.

The table legs are a beautiful touch to this very linear space, and we love the mix of the light wood tones in the table, chairs, and floor.

From here you can see how the lofty ceilings continue with the wood up at the top, continuing the warm feel of the space.

The bright colors and plants play again on that organic, inviting feel of this space and are a great contrast to the white and harsh lines of the open space.

This playhouse is an adorable addition to this space, while still keeping the minimal and warm design of the rest of the space. We also love the asymmetrical lines.

The bright yellow is a wonderful addition to this tiny kitchen. It brightens up an otherwise dark corner and draws your eye down through the space.

This modern space really takes advantage of all the natural light, intact you can’t even see any light fixtures which almost makes the space feel more minimal

From atop the loft you can look right out onto those views as if you’re up in the clouds.

The choice of the wood floors in this home is superb. They’re light yet varied in color, and very glossy.

While this space doesn’t boast all that much furniture, it still packs tons of design. From the kitchen color to how the stairs flow upwards into the wooded loft, no detail was left untouched.

Adding plants instantly livens up a space, and we love how they’re dispersed throughout this home.

Design risks can really pay off, just like they did here. Adding this little play area in the shape of a home could seem juvenile, but the design is executed perfectly and looks just as modern as the rest of the space.

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50 Stunning Kitchen Pendant Lights You Can Buy Right Now

Mo, 23.05.2016 - 18:00

Kitchen lighting requires the careful consideration of two purposes. Ideally, it should illuminate the work surfaces where you conduct most of your preparation, and it should provide welcoming ambiance during dinner or evening hours. Pendants fill a special role in the kitchen, in addition to the two requirements mentioned previously – kitchen pendants are the preferred choice for decorators who want to make a creative statement in an otherwise utilitarian space, filling in the emptiness between the countertops and ceiling with suspended works of art. If you’re looking for kitchen inspiration, this modern lighting guide might help!

Buy It: $160   

Aplomb Replica: You might not have the budget to pick up Foscarini’s $665 original (available here), but this stylish modern look doesn’t have to remain entirely out of reach.

Buy It: $869   

Stanley Pendant: Brass and copper have become an incredibly popular lighting trend for those who admire understated luxury. These pendants have a classic shape but a contemporary attitude.

Buy It: $58   

Fat Light Replica: Of all the shapes available in Tom Dixon’s iconic Beat collection, the Fat Light is a versatile favorite. Replicas are popular but you can purchase the original Fat Light for $535.

Buy It: $120   

Beat Series Replicas: Varied pendants are a great look. This series of replicas makes it so much easier to collect each one. The originals Tom Dixon Beat Series are available here.

Buy It: $865   

Slim LED: Tall ceilings deserve gorgeous statement lighting. Designed by Jordi Vilardell for Vibia, these long and dramatic pendants transform empty space into performance art.

Buy It: $62   

E27 Socket Pendant: With beautifully detailed Edison bulbs resurging in popularity, designers are beginning to turn more attention toward simple fixtures. Mattias Ståhlbom created the E27 socket pendant with an elegant form that highlights the bulb. This fixture is available in a wide range of colors.

Buy It: $101 each   

Lames Mini Pendant: These low volt pendants give off a gentle and warm quality of light reminiscent of candles.

Buy It: $490   

Starburst Multipoint Pendant: It’s hard to see from the picture, but each pendant shade contains a delicate glass starburst shape, lovingly formed by hand. The starburst portion is available in amber or clear glass for a choice between a warm or bright tone.

Buy It: $189   

Muuto Unfold Pendant: Unfold combines modern materials with a classic industrial shape. The Unfold pendant is available in a variety of modern colors, including several greyscale choices in addition to green, blue, and yellow.

Buy It: $267   

Bijou Pendant: Round, sensibly sized, and pleasant on the eyes – these understated pendants are a fantastic choice for minimalist kitchens.

Buy It: $395   

Fucsia 1 Pendant: Conic lamps are another nice choice for kitchens that emphasize the clean lines and forms of minimalism. Fucsia pendants are a design by Achille Castiglioni.

Buy It: $220   

Summit Pendant: These conical pendants take on a thinner and more streamlined shape. They’re available in two sizes to accommodate any space.

Buy It: $1148   

Alphabeta Pendants: With retro-inspired shapes and color themes, these playful pendant lights add huge personality to any social area. Use the variety of colors to unify the color theme in your kitchen. Made in Italy and designed by Luca Nichetto, these high-end lamps are beyond amazing.

Buy It: $995   

Smithfield S: The lovely Smithfield S pendant combines the best of dome lighting trends and low-profile design, adding subtle charm without blocking the view.

Buy It: $336   

Caviar Pendant: Imagine these lighter-than-air pendants hovering above your dining table. A perforated metal cone contains the bulb, diffusing light into a million shimmering points.

Buy It: $645   

Bond Suspension Pendant: A slender gap winds its way around the lamp, illuminated by the bulb within. This pendant is unique in that it provides both diffused light for ambiance and focused light for tasks.

Buy It: $150   

Panton VP6: Now is your chance to own a Verner Panton original, one of the first lamps mass-produced by the iconic designer. Matte black makes a minimalist statement but this model comes in a wide variety of vibrant colors.

Buy It: From $110   

Roost Constellation Pendants: Zinc-plated iron globes feel light and transparent thanks to thousands of hand-drilled holes strewn across its surface like stars.

Buy It: $450   

Studio Pendant: Thomas Bernstrand’s lovely Studio Pendant echoes the shape of heavy industrial lamps, a traditional shape reimagined with contemporary simplicity.

Buy It: $645  

Oculo Pendant: Designed by Jeremy Pyles, this luxurious hand-blown glass lamps feature a rounded body that gently tapers to an opening at the bottom.

Buy It: $899   

Agnes Chandelier Replica: This incredible chandelier is one of the most highly coveted pieces of designer lighting in recent memory. This replica is not inexpensive by any means, but it beats the $10,000 price tag of the Lindsey Adelman original.

Buy It: $710   

Talo Suspension: Simple, effective, and stylish – this linear suspension lamp maintains clean lines and refined forms to illuminate a kitchen island or workspace without drawing excess attention away from your meticulously curated interior.

Buy It: From $273   

Diamond Lamps: Geometric motifs are still trending, and these diamond lamps are the perfect way to bring this exciting style to your kitchen.

Buy It: $730   

Conic Section Pendant: Satin-finish black looks good just about anywhere. These flared mini-pendants have an angled shade that transitions to vertical wire toward the bottom for a dynamic look that changes according to perspective.

Buy It: $2039   

Octo Pendant: Truly, this famous design is sure to catch the eye of any Finnish design fan. This piece is the work of Seppo Koho, and belongs to a collection of similarly sculptural wooden pendants.

Buy It: $775   

Goodman Large Lamp: Thomas O’Brien designed the Goodman lamp to demonstrate the best of modern and vintage style. The clean shades and metallic interior are undeniably contemporary, whereas the linked cable is a neat throwback to older lighting.

Buy It: $337   

Caravaggio Pendant: To honor its emphasis on light and shadow, designer Cecilie Manz named this pendant collection after the Italian Baroque painter considered a master of the style.

Buy It: $489   

Hicks Pendant: Here’s another classically inspired pendant light, this time with the ever-recognizable chain style cord.

Buy It: $232   

Industrial Pendant: Metallic pendants are a useful staple of industrial themes but they look great in any kitchen, as demonstrated by this classic interior.

Buy It: From $540   

Spillray Pendants: These delicate-looking pendants are made from durable Pyrex, its small bulb projecting from the silver finial.

Buy It: $550   

Pharos Pendant: Jeremy Pyles designed this stylish mini-pendant for those who have an eye for detail. Unlike others of similar form, this pendant has a light bulb that runs all the way through.

Buy It: $725   

Kon Pendant: Clear or ribbed or clear glass shades gifts decorators a nice choice of simple but attractive pendants. Metal details in chrome integrate well with almost any kitchen style.

Buy It: $485   

Castore Suspension: Minimalists will love these streamlined yet decorative pendant lights. They lay low in the daytime but look spectacular in use, as the light within brings the frosted white surfaces to a gentle glow.

Buy It: $130   

Castle Pendant: Crafted from smooth concrete, these pendants challenge the eye by presenting a heavy material that looks light and versatile as any other option.

Buy It: $225   

Mhy Pendant: What a fun shape! This curvaceous pendant expresses the playful side of Scandinavian design, sure to make a statement wherever used – especially with any of the super vibrant color options.

Buy It: $851  

Rock Suspension: Faceted lighting presents a cool geometric look that works well for future-focused interior designs. This piece comes by way of collaboration between the Diesel fashion company and design house Foscarini.

Buy It: $169   

Grain Light: Chic as can be. This matte lamp series is made from recyclable materials like bamboo fiber. It’s distinctive texture looks and feels organic, ideal for a natural or soft kitchen style.

Buy It: $1140   

Wireflow 2D: Another take on the geometric lighting trend, this series creates fabulous outlines using rods and its own wires. Wireflow is available in both 2-D and 3-D shapes.

Buy It: $516   

Broadway Collection: Looking for something a little more formal? James R Moder designed the gorgeous Broadway Collection with inspiration from classic chandeliers, streamlined to suit a modern kitchen. Imperial Crystal beads turn this fixture into a drama of light and shadow.

Buy It: $735   

Tom Dixon Copper Pendant: Copper is a warm and attractive choice for an interior that needs a touch of understated luxury. Tom Dixon makes a wide range of copper lighting, but these smooth and simple spherical pendants are perfect for kitchens and dining rooms.

Buy It: $348   

Alina Pendant: Hand-blown lighting always makes a bold impression. These honey toned Venetian glass pendants will add classic charm to any modernist or traditionally inspired space.

Soleil Pendant: Here’s another sculptural glass pendant for decorators who prefer their lighting to make an artistic statement. These have a slightly more balanced and modern shape.

Buy It: $655   

Random Globe Pendant: What an iconic lamp! The light and airy random pendant immediately draws the eye, and looks just as dramatic in the daytime as it does at night.

Buy It: From $395   

Coral Pendant: Oversized pendants are a great choice for kitchens with tall ceilings, but they also work well in average spaces that need a solid focal point. Here, the unique Coral pendant prevents the fridge from stealing the show.

Buy It: $2495   

Skygarden Lamp: This is one of the most recognizable designs by the ever-exciting designer Marcel Wanders. On the outside, this piece looks like an ordinary dome lamp but the inside features a detailed floral motif in plaster.

Buy It: $2495   

Chasen S2: Patricia Urquiola’s gorgeous Chasen suspension lamp appears weightless thanks to its stainless steel frame that envelopes the frosted glass diffuser.

Buy It: From $1605   

Aim Multi-Light Pendant: If you’re a huge fan of the designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, you’re probably already familiar with the versatile and attractive Aim collection. The shades are adjustable to point in any direction for targeted task lighting in the kitchen.

Buy It: $288   

Knot Pendant: Part fixture, part pop art – these tremendously unique pendant lights showcase a tidy oversized knot encased within the lamp’s glass shade. The range of bright colors can either enhance your current palette or stand out from within a neutral interior.

Buy It: $573   

Le Klint 172: Designed by Poul Christiansen in 1971, this famous design makes an impact with shadow and light in equal measure. It’s origami-inspired artwork for the home.

Buy It: $1000   

Bloom Pendant: Glittering faceted flowers look as if they are woven together by nothing but air and imagination. The Bloom pendant looks great in kitchens inspired by nature, or could serve as the touch of organic charm that could benefit a space lacking in carefree forms.

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Product Of The Week: Minimalist Plate Set From Metaphys

So, 22.05.2016 - 18:40

This minimalist plate set from Japanese firm Metaphys bags our Product Of The Week Award for its sheer simplicity and beauty in design. Called Fueille, the set looks at beautiful forms found in nature for inspiration and looks to break away from the monotony of mass produced circular flatware. You can get it for $188 from Amazon here: Fueille Plate Set

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An Approachable Take On Luxury Apartment Design

Fr, 20.05.2016 - 20:03

Combining modern minimalist style, luxurious themes, and a hint of urban industrial influence, this handsome apartment could serve as a stunning showcase of today’s most loved interior design trends. This flexible interior is the work of Iqosa who used materials ranging from humble to opulent resulting in a delicate balance that seems simple on the outside but unfolds to reveal intriguing complexity with every second glance. Each individual room isn’t exactly large by luxury standards, but each makes the best of its floor plan with integrated storage and plenty of features that serve both functional and decorative purposes.

This otherwise simple and streamlined interior uses an organic palette to soften its elemental themes, like the coffee table fireplace and attractive marbled stone floors. Large form artwork reflects the theme in a more symbolic way by highlighting industry and humanity in one form.

In terms of layout, it’s amazing how such a small living area can accommodate so many important gathering hubs without feeling crowded or overwhelmed. This layout is perfect for small apartment owners who love to entertain.

This close-knit layout allows residents to remain in communication with guests or one another while preparing meals or watching television.

Considering the closeness of the space, the kitchen needed to retain the same wood and stone theme. The backsplash solution is a nice touch: it serves as storage for everyday utensils.

White and concrete-effect pendant lights use their playful color variation to tie the kitchen’s greyscale theme together.

Those kitchen mini-pendants even create a stir from the hallway, the different lengths arranged to offer a nice view from any angle.

General storage occupies a small room hidden behind sliding doors in the hallway. Its design is creative, with a narrow hallway providing access to even more cabinets.

And near the entrance, two poufs give residents a place to sit and remove their shoes, with a convenient catch-all shelf to keep keys and other pocket necessities within an organized place to rest.

For the bedroom tour, let’s start with this striking master bedroom decked out in modern grey and red. The minimalist wood bedframe and tinted glass doors maintain a streamlined appearance, softened by a whitewashed wood accent wall and textural carpet.

Integrated side tables provide functional storage without sacrificing the sharp edges and clean lines of the bed layout.

A small desk occupies a prime location near the window for instant inspiration during working hours.

With an intent gaze, the woman in the mural immediately captures the eye. Her pop-art style keeps things looking modern and fun.

Another bedroom makes a bold impression with blue and teal accents popping out from a light grey canvas.

Flared concrete pendants offer a functional and artistic lighting solution above each side table. The side tables themselves utilize a Scandinavian-influenced style with strong mid-century curves.

Check out that cool arrow detail on the desk! When the mind begins to wander, the arrow brings the mind back to the task at hand.

Handy storage makes good use of the closet’s door-facing edge.

Marble floors reappear in the walk-in closet to enhance its luxury. Backlit shelves on the far end could serve as a stylish display for a shoe collector, as pictured here, or as storage for casual pants or undershirts.

Even the bathrooms make a bold impression. Here, dark floors and rugged concrete walls embrace two of today’s biggest modern design trends.

Looking through the tinted glass door, you can see that this bathroom belongs to the master bedroom and maintains intimate visual contact with it.

Note the variation in the wall tiles – bold textural strokes with angular variation soften the palette, eliminating the harsh industrial feeling concrete can sometimes create.

Guests are treated to a bathroom with classic appeal. It maintains the same dark-inspired aesthetic as the master bathroom but employs a lighter touch with beige floors and walls.

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Two Inspiring Luxury Homes: One Ornate, One Refined

Do, 19.05.2016 - 18:06

Luxury doesn’t have a single meaning – a luxurious interior could be ornate and extravagant, or subdued and subtle. Details like material quality and design seem to make more of a difference than brand name alone, a factor that allows designers to create something worth admiring on any budget at all. This photo tour explores two inspirational homes, the first taking the decorative approach and the second sticking to a more atmospheric standard. Both can help you identify the focal pieces used in each space so you can easily recreate these looks at home. Get excited! These homes demonstrate two unique sides of luxury.

Designer: Vitaly Yurov & Iryna Dzhemesiuk  

Right from the first glance, it’s easy to see that this home eschews the ordinary in favor of personal expression. The interior theme features plenty of modern furniture and lighting fixtures yet carries the classic flourishes and asymmetrical hallmarks of the rococo style.

The result is fabulously unique, the light color palette allowing decorative touches more room to breathe.

Classical features set the stage for luxury, with modern furniture and urban details infusing the interior with renewed life – the spray paint on the mirror would make for a fun DIY project.

With a central position and seating facing toward every angle, these types of sofas are perfect for a room with so much to offer. The inward-facing seats accommodate socialization, the back side offers a cozy spot by the fire, etc.

Intricate puzzle-like floor tiles give this space the sophisticated canvas it deserves.

The globe on the table is the work of lighting designer Michael Anastassiades.

Deep pleats bring out the incredible personality of these sofa sets.

With its gorgeous marble base and gold details, the Hanna floor lamp embodies the energy and rhythm of its namesake: jazz drummer Jake Hanna.

Emerald green and gold offer the perfect partnership for palette matchups.

Intricate strapwork makes the wall paneling stand out. Ordinarily, it would be difficult to place a focal point in front of this beautiful pattern, but these radiant pieces work well here.

Looking for a showstopper like this geometric sideboard cabinet? It’s available under the name “Diamond Emerald” – although normally available in green, this gold leaf option was a worthwhile upgrade.

Wine-red walls make this space especially memorable, alongside a full-wall mural painted in cooler tones. Blue vases tie the theme together.

The Brubeck suspension lamps find their matching sconces hanging to either side of the doors.

And finally, the chairs are the design of Roberto Lazzeroni.

Shelves offer plenty of storage space for decoration and table service.

While the rest of the home relishes ornamentation, the kitchen remains relatively simple and straightforward. Stainless steel shelving and tasteful marble countertops merge beauty with functionality.

The cabinetry and shelves are from Valcucine’s slim and minimal Artematica line.

Lee Broom created this Ring Light pendant series to merge classic and contemporary design, a style that perfectly suits the atmosphere in this fresh kitchen.

Blue agate makes up the entirety of the accent wall. These ultra-thin slices work well with a backlight for a spectacular effect. If you’re looking for a unique high-luxury material, this is it.

The tub and basins are from the same Diamond line as that brilliant gold sideboard cabinet featured earlier.

Rococo style really shines through in this feature mirror: each edge takes on the form of a different classic mirror frame for an exciting asymmetrical look.

Photographer: Federico Cedrone   

Photographer Federico Cedrone captured these images for Poliform in order to show their stylish furniture in a natural habitat. The composition is wonderful, the furniture ideas are dream-worthy, and the overall style is definitely worth study. This home looks livable, demonstrating a gorgeous luxury atmosphere without sacrificing comforting. It takes a far more casual approach compared to the previous home.

A spectacular library fills half of the room, hiding the television behind matte black panels. It serves as an all-in-one solution for entertainment and enrichment in the home.

Check out the neat paint swatches to the right – an easy DIY decor idea anyone can accomplish with a free weekend.

Stripes always seem to give off a bold, adventurous, and youthful vibe.A horizontally-striped rug works wonderfully with the gold-yellow accessories.

The intended client is obviously quite fond of books. These open-back shelves allow natural light to filter though for the type of ambiance any library would have difficulty recreating.

Detail matters… no matter how deep the interior decor goes.

And it’s hard to ignore that view – a home with windows like this has every reason to opt for a more subdued interior theme.

Even the dining room features a bookshelf within easy reach. Jean-Marie Massaud’s Ventura chairs line the table.

Topped with marble and gorgeous with every angle and curve, you can find this table under the name Howard by Jean-Mari Massaud.

Floor-to-ceiling cabinets always serve as a nice alternative to interior walls when space allows.

In the bedroom, olive green and gray switches up the primarily monochromatic theme.

Detail makes all the difference in the world within an interior as minimalistic and balanced as this one.

Gaston is a chair by Vincent Van Duysen. It takes inspiration from classic mid-century pieces, refined down to the most basic elements.

Modern legs give this desk a unique appearance while remaining understated and easily relatable.

Detail, detail – it’s hard to underestimate the importance of detail.

The wardrobe is gorgeous! A striped rug continues the theme begun in the hallway, and lit storage shelves continue the library theme used in the living room.

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Fortress Turned Family Home Gets Major Makeover

Mi, 18.05.2016 - 17:09

An 18th century Polish fort is breathing new life thanks to its new inhabitants and a stellar architect. What was once old and decrepit is now fresh, sleek, and modern thanks to innovative design. The dark masculine theme of the space plays on the stronghold this property once was — although with a family of 5 moving in, the old fort has to be strong in new ways. The design team has done this by using entirely natural materials such as oak, concrete, and natural stone such as basalt, marble, and glass. You won’t believe how they’ve transformed this space, so get exploring.

Architect: YØ DEZEEN  

This dark and masculine color pallet takes advantage of all the natural light that flows into the space. Hearty textures and deep colors play well with that bright light.

We love the death accent pieces in this space. They add a real warmth to the environment, not just in color, but in their smooth buttery texture.

Keeping the furniture, including the chairs and coffee tables, nice and low really draws your eyes up to those hanging light fixtures and lofty ceilings.

From here you can see how the grays all form together — from the rug to the couch — making the entire living space feel like one big cozy space.

The open concept living kitchen space continues to play on the cool masculine feel, this time extending an ashy wood tone from the floors over into the kitchen and up onto the cabinets.

These chairs are phenomenal. The finish makes them look entirely metal, and their sleek design with a bit of curved arms mirrors the lines of the chandelier above.

For such a cool space, the apartment does boast some nice warm light. The underlit island, the the hanging lights throughout the space add the warm glow that makes this space not feel so stark.

We love the book cast along the back wall. It’s unique because it’s not open like most book cases are, and the grated doors look great with the backlighting provided.

What a kitchen! The big island with plenty of seating, let alone the stunning design, is the perfect place to try out some new recipes.

They’ve also warmed up the space by adding wood paneling to the walls. We mention this a bunch on this website, don’t be afraid of wood walls! They don’t have to be your grandparents 1970’s wood planks any longer. Big, beautiful wood — light or dark — can really add character to a room.

Up close here you can see the detail in that book shelf. The lighting, the slits, the and matte black finish all play into the rest of the decor. It’s definitely a great focal piece in the room, and draws your eye down the hall.

They continued that design here for the coat closet, making a normally very dull area super modern and chic.

This foyer doesn’t lack any design or intrigue. They’ve brought the leather from the living room right to the front door, and that coat closet is beyond boring.

The master suite is all about contrast. Light and dark, warm and cool. You can see this not only in the contrast of the colors, but the lighting.

Light camel sheets against a gray herringbone bed is a beautiful warm and cool contrast that adds a lot of texture and dimension to the bedroom.

This closet warm and inviting, yet cool and refined. The glass doors display the wardrobe like pieces of art and the golden lighting once again adds a warm dimension to the space.

The grate pattern is also carried into the bedroom as you can see behind the TV. Accent walls don’t have to just be colors, textures also play an important role in defining a space.

This kids room makes the tike look like a tiny engineer. The way the toys are displayed like fine creations, and the stunningly modern desk, really make this space feel refined.

Custom art for a kids room is a great way to personalize the space for them, especially in one like this which is very tied into the rest of the homes look and feel. We love how they did it here, as a linear drawing with the wood tone still on full display.

Giving kids space to play, but also clean up properly is important — and this space does both. There’s ample place to lay out the toys but also display and put them away.

Small elements like the headboard are also great for kids. Something like this is simple, and could be an easy weekend DIY project — and it doesn’t have to look like on either! This headboard house is quite nice!

Maybe we spoke too soon when we mentioned interesting feature walls! This wall in the kids room looks like it’s out of a lego box, and we love it because it plays on a kids whimsy while also looking modern and chic like the rest of the home.

This space shows you can go for a kids room sport theme without making it cliche. Especially when you know a kid may grow out of a theme room, make the major design elements of the space something that they can adapt too. Like here, it would be easy to remove the equipment and put up a book shelf instead.

From here you can see how they’ve split the play and sleep area of the room with that beautiful ashy wood on the floor and walls. It’s a unique way to separate the spaces and it is a bold design feature.

We love the gray and mustard yellow contrast. It works so well together because they’re so different, yet they seem to bring out the brightness and muted elements of one another.

Blue and yellow may be on the opposite ends of the color spectrum, but bringing them together in this kids room was a great idea.

From here you can see the real transparence of the walls, and it looks stunning against the slits for the window shades — one big play on light.

We are obsessed with this feature wall. It’s not only interesting and visually appealing but it allows for light to flow through it, and the way the light hits it too is also quite unique.

The faux wood in the bathroom is a surprising element, given that the rest of the home loves to play on the dark gray colors. But we love the choice here because it’s a small bathroom, so the wood and the white tiles really look great together and make it feel much more open.

These super modern linear lighting elements are to die for. We love how they hang in front of the giant mirror and how they draw your eyes down to the low sink and tub.

While the colors in the maser bathroom are probably more along the lines of what you were guessing, the shapes definitely throw you for a loop. That’s not to say we love it any less! The sinks and bath, which almost resemble oil drums with their rings and curved lines, are a welcomed surprise to the very linear and angular space.

Once again we’re surrounded by this ashy wood, and it works well in the space despite it being a bit of a surprise. The warm wood tone is inviting and makes you feel automatically relaxed.

We can’t forget about that massive floor to ceiling mirror either. The mirror reflects tons of amazing light that’s coming in through the large window, and it looks luxe as it leads your eye up to the tall ceilings.

Even the toilet area gets a sleek design with the long gray tiles and textured walls.

This bathroom combines the best of both worlds from the other two. You get the light white features like the sink, and the dark cool tiles which beautifully contrast. And once again, the wood ties this all in together.

The wonderful long, backlit wall behind the sink adds beautiful beauty lighting around the mirror.

The floor tiles almost look concrete, but the natural stone brings a bit of organicness to it’s massive gray tile surround.

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A Modern California Home That Plays With Light & Showcases Spectacular Views

Di, 17.05.2016 - 18:11

We’ve all imagined living the high life in the Hollywood hills — rolling up in a big car to a big house with a big pool. Well, this property tucked alongside LA will have you living out your biggest fantasies. With an infinity pool, fresh modern design that plays with light, and stunning design features, this property will leave you California dreaming. So take a tour through the fresh design and experience all this property has to showcase, night and day.

Source: The Pinnacle List  

Tucked in the Hollywood hills, this incredible property takes advantage of it’s hillside position to maximize views from the home and that infinity pool.

The property protrudes from the lush LA greenery like a diamond in the rough. At dusk the house glows against the fading blue sky, and you can peep into all the spacious nooks and crannies of this stunning mansion.

Talk about million dollar views! Besides having an entire wall open up to the LA skyline, the windows fold back into the home to let the California breeze sweep through the entire home.

The minimalist, clean line furniture looks modern and luxurious in the space without taking away from what really matters: that view.

What’s so special about this space is that during the day it boasts a golden glow, but at night it’s stark and bright and shines like a gem. This space achieves this look with tons of wonderful lighting from pot lights to chandeliers.

This second living space is a true stunner. The purple hued carpet, couch, and pillows reflect the night sky and really pop against those modern wood walls. Wood walls are no thing of the past! Modern twists like this here, with mirrors in between the slits, makes this space just as glamorous as the people who will live in it.

The silky fabric on the furniture adds a very luxe feel to this already over the top space.

The views seamlessly continue as you head up to the lofty second floor of this home. The lights hang in the balance at eyesight, and the matching wood floors are a great transition to the next level of this space.

The cool neutrals in this space really let the light-works shine. The backlit purple wall, the golden lights hanging over the dining table, and the fire place really pop and are the true show stoppers in this open living-dining area.

This luxurious bar looks like it’s right out of a swanky LA night cub. The mirrored wall, warm woods, and those fabulous mirrored globe lights transform this corner into something special.

The infinity pool is a real show-stopper. It’s concrete walls and cascading sides mirror the lines in the rest of the homes architecture, and like the rest of property it seemingly pops out of the hillside like a dream.

The ultra modern lines and black & white color combination outside are a perfect contrast to the lush greenery that surrounds the home.

A closer look at the living space of that combo living-dining area reveals the stunning and clever design. The modern chairs are covered in a cozy and approachable fabric, and the big lounge couch boasts a smart table that covers the arm to place down coffee, or a glass of wine from that fabulous bar. Despite the bold color choice that reflects a night club, this space feels like the perfect spot to kick back and relax.

Upon closer inspection you can see the true beauty of this bar. The mirrored backsplash and globe lights reflect that stunning neon light, and the golden backlit of the bar is the perfect contrast. This bar will have you feeling like you’re in a music video.

We love how a major theme of this home is the fun play on color, and light.

The open concept of this home is very California. With an incredible climate who wouldn’t want to take advantage of the outdoor space? From the lounge chairs to the outdoor living and dining set — this place is made for enjoying in the sun or under the moon.

Imagine taking a soak in that tub while soaking in all those views. This sleek and modern tub’s curved edges look spectacular in this minimalist and geometric space. Plus, the bright blue skies contrast against that warm wood looks like a million bucks in itself.

A steam shower fit for the gods — it’s quite fitting that it takes center stage in this bathroom space. You rarely see a set up like this, but the beautiful marble and incredible finishes calls for a design just as unique around it.

This kitchen might have even the worlds most renowned chefs drooling with jealousy! The gigantic marble island has a waterfall edges, just like the pool, and it’s reflective surface mirrors that of those sleek kitchen cabinets. We love how the ultra modern is mixed with the organic here: from the deep gray grains of the countertops to the varied wood flooring.

This isn’t any old dusty wine cellar. This state of the art wine room displays the bottles like artwork: standing, laying, and leaning agains the metallic backdrop and safely behind giant glass doors.

Fire and ice. Well, not totally. But the cool colored water feature right next to the fire pit is a great contrast and addition to what could have become just a forgotten corner.

Don’t you just want to snuggle up with a book right there? This oversized lounge chair opened up to the views and tucked against the fire place lend itself perfectly to a nice night breeze.

The brilliant lighting throughout the home extends into this bedroom space. The mood lighting in this space is both luxe and comfortable. With pot lights that reflect off that cool accent wall and all those purple undertones, the golden glass lights beside the bed really pop and add another element.

Even with the lights off, this space glows in the bask of that natural light.

This bedroom is a space for pure relaxation. The cool colors of the satin sheets and rug pop against the wood walls and floors making it look like the bed is floating on a cloud.

You’d never know this couch was a piece of outdoor furniture — it’s just as luxurious and good looking as the other pieces inside the home. The trend in this high-end outdoor furniture is one you can also easily achieve at home. Invest in some modern outdoor furniture, or spruce yours up with some pillows like they’ve done here.

The entire home is built to frame these sweeping valley views.

The property pops right out of the hillside like a big while diamond. We love the modern lines against all the greenery, and the way the warm light illuminates it’s facade.

From here you can see how the white tiles, that almost look like perfectly poured concrete, seamlessly flow with the white tiles inside the home, further joining the two spaces together.

This entire home is about the little details of the massive space. The angled hot tub is another surprising element that adds a bit of intrigue to the already stunning outdoor feature.

With all that natural light pouring into the space, the white of the living room almost blinds you. So grab your sunnies, take a seat on the couch, and admire the modern masterpiece that surrounds you.

We love the light blue tint to the glass, it’s reflective of those ever-blue LA skies and the pool.

From here you can see all the elements of the home come together. The bar inside and how it leads to the outdoor dining area, the flow of the outdoor and indoor living space, and how the entire home is situated to take in those views.

Even when you’re in a spot of the home where you’re looking out to the other windows, you can admire the reflection of the skyline and great outdoors around you.

We love how the glass railings from outside are also brought inside the house. It adds a great sense of continuity to this giant space.

Wow, from here you really see how this home is sitting right on the edge of the Hollywood hills. Incredible engineering and stunning design have brought this house to this phenomenal property.

To top off your Hollywood dream life of glamour and luxury, of course this home boasts the perfect driveway to show off an incredible supercar. So park your butt back down, and scroll through this page again — because we know you can’t get enough of this property and the dream.

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Painters Studio Turned Modern Loft

Mo, 16.05.2016 - 18:17

What was once the home of a famous Hungarian painter is now a chic loft in downtown Budapest. The contemporary space plays on the familiar elements of a loft with exposed beams, brick walls, and large factory-like windows while still adding elements of surprise. Whether it’s color, texture, or stunning lighting, this loft comes alive as you discover all of it’s nooks, crannies, and characteristics. So take a tour of this space and see for yourself.

Designer: Gaspar Bonta  

This space blends the industrial with the organic seamlessly, and you can see that here in the open kitchen living space. The brick wall is quintessential for an industrial space, but mixed with the warm wood cabinets and the scattered plants, this space is infused with a bit of nature.

You can see the awesome industrial elements front and center here: the brick wall, steel beams, and those giant leaded windows that look straight out of a factory.

This space is anything but dark and boring at night, they’ve created a wonderfully lit space that bounces off of the different surfaces.

We love this chandelier over the dining table. It’s industrial, rusty, and the shape mirrors the rest of the rectangular space.

Black walls are a bold move, but it works better than ever in this industrial space. Part of why it works so well is obviously that giant window, but the light and organic color and design of the rest of the space also tones down the harshness of the big black accent wall.

A split level space can sometimes feel disjointed, or even dated. But this super modern design makes this layout super stylish and functional.

The vaulted living area takes advantage of that view. From here you can see the car park, but just beyond that is the park district of Budapest. We also adore that yellow chair in the color, it pops in that dark little corner.

The neon light that splits the room in half is super chic. It adds a bit of whimsy to the space which could easily fall into the pile of other modern lofts with big windows and brick walls. Adding show stopping details like this are what makes spaces unique.

The bright lights shine wonderfully off that stark white floor, and make this not so big living area feel pretty spacious.

They’ve carried the neon light concept into the hallway, which needs it because it’s much darker. We also like how they’ve split up the common space with the bedrooms by separating them with wood and white floors.

Take a look at this radiator — what could be an eyesore they’ve smartly designed around it with this nice light wood tone. The wood pops against the windows and flows well into the hard wood floors in the area.

Another yellow chair, and we love it. The pops of color are a lot of fun in this space, and are a timeless way to add some dimension to a neutral room.

What could be a dark, long, hallway has been illuminated with bright lights and light colored floors to keep you flowing right into the living space.

Check out those chairs. We love how the design is swooping and curvy because it’s different than all the harsh, straight lines in the rest of the home. Plus, the white and the wood match the rest of the design beautifully.

This small desk design is a great way to maximize space. By simply fixing up a floating shelf and parking your favorite chair next to it you can achieve the same look.

The bed is neatly tucked in the corner right by another pair of giant windows. We love how the bedding is black because it mirrors the rest of the space and pops against the stark white walls and wood floors.

Having glossy floors that the natural light can reflect off of really amplifies the feeling of spaciousness.

The incredible slate used in this bathroom once again plays on that modern-organic feel. The green, blue, gray color is stunning and the different cuts of tiles on the walls and backsplash add some more dimension.

Carrying slate through the entire space— from the walls to the backsplash, and floor — really works in this space because they’ve kept it bright with good lighting.

The creative lighting continues here with these bold black cut outs in the ceiling, and that antiqued spot light placed in the corner.

You can see more of it here over the bed with the continuation of the neon light. The blue reflects beautifully off the dark bedding, and really pops against that black accent wall to the right.

We also love the sinks in this bathroom. The way the white porcelain sits up on top of the slate lets some of that gorgeous color illuminate the sides.

Always consider how color changes in different light. From here you can see how the black wall looks very dark — as reflected in the mirror — and how when under bright natural light it shines with a blue hue. That hue looks great against the slate tiles by the way.

And from here you can see how the slate tiles reflect a greener, and a bit more golden color. That’s what so lovely about this stone.

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Product Of The Week: Feet Hammock For Your Desk

So, 15.05.2016 - 21:45

Nothing like putting your legs up after a tiring day of work. But what if you were actually able to do this while you work? Well, it seems that idea was too good to pass up because here is just that in real life – The Desk Feet Hammock.

1 | Buy It: $30 This picture itself kinds of relaxes you, right?

The rope is adjustable from 20 to 45 centimeters which means you can set it at two positions – low and high.

Seriously, check it out on Fancy.


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Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark: 4 Lovely Homes With Strong Grey Accents

Fr, 13.05.2016 - 17:59

Homes with dark color palettes invite a sense of mystery, confidence, and adventure. Even within a lighter overall theme, dark accents add a punch of contrast to draw the eye and enhance the effect of the lighter tones. The four homes in this post demonstrate both tactics quite nicely. If you’ve been looking to avoid the all-white interior trend while embracing something that stands out from the rest, these homes might give you the confidence and inspiration to switch to the dark side. Greyscale interiors aren’t the first thing people consider when searching for “outside the box” solutions, but these styles might change your mind.

Visualizer: Igor Sirotov  

Dark and atmospheric – this home embodies relaxation with its moody grey palette and careful lighting choices. This is a great example of a minimalist design that doesn’t go overboard with glossy white surfaces and hard lines. It achieves a comfortable middle ground between spare and decorative, especially where those beautiful striped accent walls take center stage.

Warm-toned lighting is perhaps the biggest contributor to the unique mood. It also preserves the richness of the greys whereas white lights would have washed them out.

The kitchen can afford to be a little more dramatic with its lighting choices. Bright indirect strips illuminate the shelves without flooding the cabinet faces.

Compositions like this are a fantastic way to show how each element interacts with the others.

Smoky glass separates the main living area from the rest of the home, softening the light but not eclipsing it.

The office is connected to the rest of the home but still maintains its privacy thanks to the partial enclosure wall. The view through the corner window is unmatched. .

An integrated smart home control panel makes it easier to maintain the gorgeous low lighting effect.

In the bedroom, textural walls are replaced with a more streamlined and minimalistic aesthetic. Light and shadow give the smooth gray surfaces a life of their own.

Isn’t the giant floor candelabra fascinating? It’s large enough to function as a coat rack.

This home goes in a different direction with a combination of industrial style and classic influence. It’s hard to go wrong with concrete accent walls in a grey-themed home, and this space pulls it off quite well. Notice the warmer tone to the throw pillows – a nice example of mixing color temperatures even within a grayscale theme.

Black accents like the frame on the artwork and the body of the lamp help draw attention to some of the room’s most engaging features.

Decorations remain spare but each contributes to the design in a tremendous way. The white bird is by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and the gray one is an interpretation of the famous Eames house bird. Both are extremely iconic designs.

A mirrored wall right next to the desk might prove distracting for some, but it won’t get in the way at all when the sliding door is closed for privacy.

The dining table pendants are from the Fork line by Foscarini. The chairs were designed by Hee Welling. Pay special attention to the bench made from the half-height dividing wall.

Isn’t that cool? The divider actually shields the small kitchen island. A short backsplash reduces visual clutter from the living room side of the layout.

Perfect for convenient herbs, the matching planter is another fun and surprising detail.

Greys and warm wood continue into the bedroom, and the Foscarini lights follow.

The routing of the lamp cords is especially unique, coming down from the ceiling and crossing over above the bed.

Pocked concrete decorates the bathroom as well, and even the floors imitate the same texture. A panel behind the towel rack matches the sink and counter, and a large mirror doubles the impact of the marble.

Visualizer: Cosmoscube Studio  

Dark gray and wood are wonderful partners. Here, the aged lumber softens the effect of the textural concrete accents without completely disrupting the contemporary theme. Both materials can be elegant on their own, but this combination ensures a comfortable living environment – powerful yet easy on the eyes.

The wooden panel slides to the side to separate this smartly decorated living space from its matching grey bedroom.

This oversized dome light is breathtaking! The eye darts straight to this showy piece, surprised by the optical illusion of recessed construction combined with the classic dome shape.

Designer: Razvan Barsan + Partners  

Although must lighter than the other homes featured in this post, this space is far from the usual white interior and uses darker grey accents in powerful ways. The color theme is well suited to its uniquely dramatic style, a cross between steampunk and high fantasy, almost monochromatic but certainly not lacking in variety and charm. The space belongs to a collector of bonsai trees and antique maps along with repurposed machine parts.

Check out this amazing indoor fire pit! The white shag rugs and unique floor paint transport guests to a wonderful and mythical world filled with good conversation and fascinating stories.

Jules Verne’s science fiction seems to have inspired a few of the decor choices.

The lines on the floor connect each central piece of furniture, adding a sense of organization to an otherwise eclectic arrangement.

With storage cabinets built from distressed metal, the desk area feels especially industrial and moody. Tall trees give it a surreal post-apocalyptic vibe.

With all of the emphasis on paper and wood faux-mounts, this wire sculpture is a refreshing choice – sculptural and engaging.

Candles and unique vintage-inspired lighting bring a sense of tradition and classical charm to an otherwise very cutting-edge interior design.

More classic inspiration meets industrial design in the kitchen. The leather chair, the winding range hood, and the distinctive stools all make a brilliant first impression.

The ship paintings do a wonderful job of unifying the various neutral shades found throughout the interior.

Rocks, moss, and bonsai trees bring this interior garden to life. Tending this living artwork would be an incredible experience.

Visualizer: S Marshall   

Here’s another grey home that doesn’t lack character in the slightest – creative materials and distressed surfaces catch the eye, and modern furniture keeps it fresh. Adventurous choices like the rough stone effect feature wall and concrete ceiling ensure that guests will leave the home inspired.

The textures are incredible! Transitioning from wood floors to hexagonal tiles is an especially innovative approach, surely well worth the effort.

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2 Well-Rounded Home Designs Under 600 Square Feet (Includes Layout)

Do, 12.05.2016 - 17:11

Smaller apartments don’t have much room for decoration, so designers often look for functional objects that can lend their beauty to the living space. The two homes featured here fit all the necessities in their small floor plans and manage to incorporate plenty of decorative details at the same time. These compact apartments focus on shape and balance rather than a concrete theme, allowing for aesthetic flexibility even within a limited canvas. Each starts with a foundation of smooth clean lines like many other modern homes, but rounded furniture and accessories soften those edges for a comfortable appeal.

Designer: Lera Brumina   

Let’s start with a gorgeous apartment concept that emphasizes storage. Its floor plan occupies just 430 square feet (40 square meters) but built-in elements stretch its functionality to the maximum. Forest green and rusty orange make for an unusual yet inspiring color theme if you’ve been searching for creative palette ideas.

Interesting furniture makes an artistic statement in its own right. It’s hard to imagine walking into this home for the first time and overlooking the sharp curves of the unique OSLO sofa by Anderssen & Voll.

The bed carves out a niche on a raised platform accessible by a short series of stairs – the bottom stair alone would be fine for many adults, but the full set of three makes the bed suitable for younger family members who might visit for the weekend.

Cabinets take up every extra space within the bed platform and attached sideboard. The uppermost stair and the space behind the sofa make a huge difference in storage capacity.

A small home office space makes good use of the continued edge of the built-in wooden sideboard, occupying the coveted spot next to the window for an expanded view.

Here’s where the built-in wooden features end. A quick walk around the desk leads to a bright white terrace where the residents can enjoy some fresh air.

The kitchen and dining areas occupy the side of the room opposite the sofa. It continues the theme of rounded shapes with its circular table and curvaceous chairs.

Even the suspension lamp reinforces the relationship between line and shape, splitting two spherical bulbs across a linear brass fixture.

The chairs are from the Cover collection by Thomas Bentzen. Both the chairs and the table blend in with the dark kitchen background, the glossy white backsplash serving as the primary focal point.

An independent wooden volume conceals the bathroom on the inside and builds up surface area for more storage cabinets on the outside, the counterpart to the bed volume and wraparound sideboard.

This hexagonal mirror is fabulous! It covers the middle ground between the ring-shaped light and the small rectangular tiles.

Lee Broom designed the pendant light to fuse classic and modern elements, appropriate for the era-defying bathroom theme.

Designer: Lera Brumina  

The second home in this tour uses circular accents in a much more overt way than the first home. At 55 square meters in size, it makes sense to open with decorative accents that make a big impact – there’s not much room for extra furniture or artwork, so this home relies on artistic furniture for the best of both worlds.

Other shapes help balance out the strong circular forms, like the irregular hexagon on the table and the clean rectangular lines of the panels in the background.

Also like the previous home, this one also uses rusty red and forest green accents.

Even the curtains fold into perfect semi-circles to match the geometric theme throughout the rest of the room, while tying in to the reddish accents of the curtains and coffee table.

Living and dining areas coexist peacefully, neither getting in the way of the other nor blocking the exit to the terrace. Only visible as a faint outline, the classical-style balusters offer a stylish counterpoint to the modern interior.

Many modernist homes attempt to hide storage space behind featureless white cabinets, these play up their purpose with glass doors and big bold handles.

While the living room mixes classic features with smooth modern construction, other areas of the home – like this entrance – demonstrate a bravely artistic aesthetic.

Sharing the same matte black theme used for the entryway, the gorgeous kitchen peeks out from behind the extended portion of the cabinetry. White crown molding cuts a sharp contrasting line near the ceiling.

It has the same line-based layout as a galley kitchen, but terminates in a wall of appliances and cabinets rather than continuing through to another room.

Sunlight is readily absorbed the matte surface – but instead of making the kitchen look too dark, it enhances the depth of the speckled backsplash and worktop textures.

Finally, a look at the bedroom! The green secondary accent disappears, but retains the rusty orange color on the accent wall.

The half-circles formed by the side table and lamp serve as a subtle continuation of the curved living room furniture.

A full wall of storage arcs over the bed, with curtains hugging the wall to the left.

Mirrors with curved frames aren’t as common in bathrooms as they used to be, but it adds the perfect flavor to this space.

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4 Small Apartments Showcase The Flexibility Of Compact Design

Mi, 11.05.2016 - 16:35

Limitations can be a catalyst for creativity and innovation. These small apartments demonstrate a range of styles – one minimalist, one industrial, one artistic, and the other playful yet utilitarian. Some of these compact interior designs show another way to implement a “safe” design for restricted spaces while others challenge all of the preconceived rules. If you’ve been looking for apartment ideas or even room-by-room decor options, these homes are sure to deliver. Three of the apartments in this post even include floor plans so inspiration-seekers can get a better picture of how all the interior elements work together.

Visualizer: Daria Elnikova   

Let’s start with a small apartment that forgoes colorful details or extravagant design in favor of a focused neutral palette and sensible layout. Rounded forms like the kitchen bar and perforated dividing wall soften the effect of the otherwise strict interior and add personality. It’s a great example of a small interior that plays it safe without losing its charm.

The wall provides privacy for the bedroom without the need for a full enclosure. This solution allows light to penetrate without the expense or privacy issues of a glass divider.

Maximizing functionality is an important part of any interior design. This arrangement works as a vanity, writing desk, and alternative guest seating.

A compact kitchen fits into the nook beside the bathroom and to the left of the entrance. Glossy acrylic reflects the light from the strip of recessed LEDs to illuminate the work surface.

Storage and appliances occupy the wall to the right.

The bathroom is small, simple, and efficient as well.

To accommodate the shower in such a compact space, the designers opted for a model with two small doors forming the corner.

Storage, however, is s surprisingly expansive. The bottom portion looks deep enough to house a combination washer/dryer if later desired.

This clever little apartment shows space-conscious judgement in every detail.

Visualizer: Mezhevova Dean  

Here’s a cool small apartment with a hint of industrial style – modern, but with vintage accents for a more dynamic experience. This home uses its 29.9 square meters of floor space wisely by incorporating features that serve both functional and decorative purposes. Innovative architectural details and typographic decorations engage the mind as well as the eye.

Wood doors slide away to reveal a hidden bedroom. While closed, its distressed whitewashed surface ensures the living room maintains an uncluttered aesthetic.

The kitchen is a simple affair at the other end of the room. More eye-catching is the linear fireplace that borders the entire length of the window.

A peek inside the bedroom reveals more color, a creative layout, and incredible 3D wall art. The full-wall mirror on the right side reflects the scene and expands the room.

Do you remember the sliding wood doors from the living room? They reappear here in the entryway and offer abundant storage for seasonal apparel. The red painted pipe makes a big impression!

A vanity painted to mimic a Castrol can helps to reinforce the industrial look of the brick-textured wall.

Visualizer: ArqRenderz  

Bold primary colors give this 44 square meter apartment a creative and engaging personality. It’s a smart study demonstrating how a variety of vibrant colors can occupy a small space without overwhelming the eye. Balance and distribution play an important role in making it work – the blocking effect even helps to distinguish each functional area from the others.

Stunning furniture choices replace the need for intricate artwork, serving as sculptural elements in their own right. Helge Sibast’s iconic chair matches the coffee table, and the kitchen stools from Studio Borella add classic charm.

Arched doorways are an unexpected surprise and fit right in with the curved lines found throughout the interior. A kitchen hides inside an independent central volume, with one arched doorway and a rectangular serving window.

The formal dining room is lucky enough to enjoy its own independent space large enough for entertaining.

While arches soften the transition between rooms, the sharp lines of the furniture and accessories keep the interior aesthetic clean and tidy.

A mirror to the left reflects the window view back into the room.

The car prints are modern interpretations of famous movies like Ghostbusters and Back to the Future.

Visualizer: Anton Nikolaichuk   

Creative modular architecture expands the usable square footage in this young student’s compact apartment. Occupying a central island is a raised platform bed with an office tucked underneath, the slatted boards providing privacy while allowing the apartment to remain as open and spacious as possible. At just 30 square meters, every choice is an important one!

The slatted wall also doubles as a place to hang the television, allowing the sofa to face outward toward the room rather than toward one of the permanent walls.

Even within the modern interior, a few traditional elements stand out – the delicate woodwork on the dining stools give off a classic vibe.

This iconic Thonet B9 chair is another classic design, its elegant bentwood frame looking just as modern today as the first time it hit the showroom floor.

Prominent bike racks are a popular trend, a convenient and attractive way to put a stylish bike on display to admire as a sculpture and a beautiful piece of machinery.

Check out this creative use of shape and pattern in the bathroom! The wall and floor tiles are true works of art.

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Designer Transforms Space With Indoor Plants

Di, 10.05.2016 - 17:22

RULES Architects have combined the ultra modern with the organic by incorporating plants in creative ways throughout the spaces. You’ll see how these are no ordinary potted plants: vines creep up walls, and pop up out of built in storage to perfectly counteract the modern finishes and amenities of these spaces. The architects note that the plants do more than add a design element to the space, they provide a positive impact on human health, like filtering the air we breathe and acting like a humidifier. So, wander through these spaces and find some inspiration to incorporate plants into your own home.

Architect: RULES Architect  

You’re probably familiar with vines creating up the side of a home, but it’s typically on the outside. Here though, the designer has brought the vines inside to add not only a pop of color to the space but dimension.

By adding the vines to the office space it adds some whimsy and organic-ness to an otherwise bland space.

You can see all the lovely color and dimension the vines bring into the space, especially against the gray tiles.

Then, just with a little lighting, the vines are transformed into a seemingly out-of-this-world art piece.The light is also reflected below the tv unit, casting the entire wall in a deep blue hue.

The colorful lighting is carrier into the kitchen under-mounted below the cabinets and reflecting the deep blue of the sky outside those massive windows.

From here you can see how the blue changes color, into this rich royal purple. The mood lighting is a wonderful surprise to this otherwise stark space during the day.

The creative mix of the desk space and the tv unit is highlighted here. By separating the levels, but keeping them with the same floating shelves there’s a cohesiveness in their differences.

The glossy cabinets are a smart design choice because they reflect all the beautiful mood lighting throughout the space.

Blue doors? Nope, just some more creative lighting that really brings this apartment to life in the night.

The blue lighting not only reflects off of the white shiny cabinets, but the glossy wood floors and mirrored walls. All the materials of this space were carefully chosen for this reason.

The difference in this space between day and night is extraordinary. By day this is a refined chefs kitchen. Featuring not only state of the art appliances, but cabinets and counter tops.

And if you weren’t already drooling, look at everything you can fit inside those cabinets! The kitchen isn’t particularly big, but they’ve really figured out how to keep everything out of sight and in it’s own place.

Don’t worry though, if you miss some of the whimsy the kitchen brings at night, you can always switch on the lights for the daytime too.

From here you can see how condensed this space really is, the kitchen, living, and dining space are all together as one. And while they’re all combined in this open space, each is properly defined yet flows with the next.

The lights further tie together the space, adding one extra fun bit of cohesiveness.

The bedroom is ultra modern like the rest of the space, boasting the cool color pallet and sleek design.

The small space has a big closet space, and these beautiful tiles for an accent wall.

Plus, the mirror on the cabinet reflects the wonderful natural light coming into the space.

The bathroom is also like the living space: ultra modern with harsh lines. The gray color pallet is cool and neutral and gives off an air of luxury with it’s stunning fixtures.

But like the rest of the space, the bathroom surprises with that amazing colored lighting.

The ultra modern design of the fixtures in this space make this bathroom look spaceship-esque.

This space is ultra modern, yet organic with pops of color, a giant plant box, and beautiful ashy yet warm wood tones.

Talk about multifunctional! The cabinets in the living room act as a workplace, bar, flower pots hydroponic plants and a TV cabinet.

The living space was designed to optically link to the hall to the room to act as a single, harmonious, modern unit.

For the living space, they chose a proven combination of quality materials. It was created as a pleasant and cozy interior with a timeless modern design.

The material composition of the space consists of gray furniture and curtains, white matt lacquer, wood and vivid green plant.

This murphy-desk is a great solution for someone who sometimes needs a work space. It’s not a big desk, but it’s there when you need it and it’s got it’s own storage space.

The plants in the top part of the cabinet add a wonderful organic feel to the entire space. It makes it all feel less stark, more inviting, and plays on the rooms cozy nature.

Wow! Look at that table pop! The big, stark, white table is incredible against those dark wood floors. It’s a great anchor to the room and once again plays on the modern elements of the room.

The cabinets of the kitchen play on the same element of starkness up against those big, gray tiles. Plus, the wall of slick white cabinets ties both the table and the kitchen space together.

What’s great about this big sturdy kitchen table is that since it’s almost the same height as the cabinets it can also act as a kitchen island for prepping.

OK, as if these cabinets weren’t already cool enough, when you open them up you find out that they hold just about everything. From spices and food, to a big hidden fridge, dishwasher, and even a washing machine! Pure cabinet magic.

The plants incorporated in this space are so creative, and visually stunning. The vines are given little hooks to weave themselves in and out of as they climb this big gray wall.

The green leaves are glossy and fresh, and really pop against the large, modern couch.

From here you can see this stunning wood that’s all over the room. The way they’ve incorporated the wood from the floors into the backsplash, and this multidimensional tv cabinet really tie the rest of the modern stark space together.

Small but functional: this awesome little table pops right out from the wall! And those chairs? You may remember seeing them hanging on the living room wall in the first photo. Creative design is the name of the game for this little flat.

The wonderful wood is carried through to the bedroom in this stunning bed frame that’s both storage, a headboard, and bedside table. Creative and stunning.

This big glass shower is the perfect place to steam, and it’s high end finishes and glossy walls mean it fits in perfectly against all the wood from the bedroom.

Creative storage continues into the bedroom, giving the tenants access to the laundry right from their bedroom and bathroom.

This bedroom boasts a bit more space, and a more traditional bedroom layout. The floating shelves and the white desk both help take up less space both visually and physically.

This smaller space plays on the same elements of the other, with floating shelves, a white table, and some tall but skinny storage for the wall.

Simple is key when designing a small space. Keep it clean and minimal to maximize the visual and physical space available.

These smaller rooms share this unit kitchen, which despite being quite simple is practical and good looking.

Here you can see how the kitchen connects to the other three units in this middle hallway. The stunning wood floors tie the spaces together.

The bathroom is simple, but designed well. The gray tiles and modern fixtures give it a high end feel.

Glass shower doors always add a bit of a luxurious feel to a bathroom. It can be a simple solution to make your bathroom space stand out.

This final property is a big wide open space that is bringing the nature right inside. The giant windows bring it tons of natural light that illuminated the crisp whites beautifully, and makes those green plants pop.

The green garden feels like it’s part of the living space thanks to those big windows. The dark wood floors, tv panel, and the vines also add to the organic feel of the space.

We love the furniture in this space. The stools are reminiscent of something you’d find in an old warehouse, yet the dining chairs are oversized and curvy — plus, the couch is like a big white leather cloud you just want to curl up on with a magazine.

Another feature that seems to bring the outside in are these gray ceilings that looks like concrete. The simple touch adds more dimension to the space, and really draws your eyes up.

To separate the living space from the rest of the home the designers have used these glossy white tiles. It really opens up the rest of the space.

From here you can see how the white tiles flow into the kitchen as well. The tiles then prove as a nice way to separate spaces, yet bring them together.

The wide open kitchen is airy, and state of the art. It’s sleek and industrial feel is a bit of a contrast to the rest of the space, but it all works together. Opposites do attract!

You can really admire the chairs from here, the big oversized seats mean they not only look great — but they’re comfy. What we love so much about this corner of the room too is the fireplace that’s in the dining room. Not a feature you typically see, but really makes the space feel cozier.

To tie the kitchen and dining space, the designers have used the same wood tones as the cabinets in the table. Simple ideas like this can add real cohesiveness to the space.

Even a room with this much natural lights needs to address lighting — for evenings and rainy days of course! They’ve added these mirrored arching lamps in both the living and dining space, which add a funky modern feel and when not in use reflect the natural light coming in.

Seamlessly carrying the wood floors onto the back wall of the living space is a great way to warm up a big space like this one. We love the dark wood, and how everything in the room is designed to pop out from it.

The bedroom takes advantage of those massive windows as well. The dark floors work here because the rest of the room is so airy, and we love how the bed frame matches the closet doors.

The corridor has an adjacent wall with exterior illumination that really brightens up this dark space.

While the bathroom is compartmentalized, they keep it feeling airy and open by using the top windows here again — allowing lots of light to flow freely between the spaces.

We love the modern troff sink here. It’s got nice clean liens and adds an element of surprise to an otherwise ordinary space.

Check out that soaker! This bathroom is all about oversized. The big sink and big tub just work together, and provide this homeowner with a great place to relax.

The shower area isn’t half bad either! Glass walls, dark tiles, and modern fixtures make it feel expensive.

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Two Homes That Emphasize Storage And Display

Mo, 09.05.2016 - 18:08

For those who collect, display areas might be the most important part of a home design. The two homes highlighted in this post belong to collectors of books and decorative treasures, necessitating a large amount of space for storage without compromising on style. The first home actually substitutes shelving in place of interior walls – a good use of a spacious interior. The second home relies on stylish shelves with a more traditional arrangement, yet the overall effect is no less stunning. From hidden features to innovative interpretations, this pair of luxury homes is sure to stoke your craving for creative storage and display solutions.

Designer: ArchStudio  

Built for a collector of books and ceramics, the social spaces of this Beijing home are divided not by walls, but by light wooden shelves constructed for an all-encompassing display. The ground floor is the primary space for receiving visitors so it makes sense to include these decorative features here for appreciation by guests and residents alike.

Wooden slats allow sunlight to filter through without casting harsh glares against glossy white surfaces, picking up a warm yellow tint as it traverses the interior.

The layout is rather unique. Those expecting to find a dining room or kitchen on the ground floor instead find a study, with the real dining and kitchen areas located in the basement.

Danish designer Hans Wegner’s iconic Wishbone chairs, a classic yet always-relevant design, flows into the wooden theme perfectly

By inverting the usual material theme of wood on the floors or walls, the home gains a perceived sense of horizontal spaciousness while making the ceiling feel lower for increased intimacy.

Part of the appeal is the dynamic layering of materials throughout the home – the textural white walls visible through various layers of wooden slats.

A tearoom offers yet another place to gather on the first floor. The table rises from a sunken area that gives flexibility to allow guests a choice between sitting chair-style or cross-legged.

The transition from dark to light creates an impressive shift in atmosphere. Recessed and pendant lights shine down from above.

Downstairs, in the open basement, formal dining spaces and a large kitchen provide plenty of space for entertaining large parties.

The dining room gains the privacy and protection of an interior structure built from thin strips of multicolored wood, flawlessly continued by the flooring.

On the same level, a secondary gathering area soaks up the light from a window shielded by a bamboo garden. Storage cabinets and ceiling share the same material, cutting off to signify the transit path. A 4.5 tatami arrangement offers flexible seating.

And with intimate connection to natural elements – both inside the home and outside in the gardens – it becomes a pleasure to just sit back and relax with family and good friends.

Many views demonstrate the airy and organic side of the home.

Other views embrace modern minimalist trends without reserve.

Up from the basement and past the ground level, the topmost floor contains a casual living and dining area with bedrooms on all sides.

The gathering areas reside at either end of a long continuous space, its gently curved ceiling immensely expanding the perceived height of the room.

A dining table set for eight occupies the far end. Classy glass-fronted storage could hold all the secondary tableware necessary for a nice family meal.

Most of the upstairs space is set aside for bedrooms, with the exception of one bedroom on the ground floor.

Each bedroom embraces a streamlined minimalist aesthetic.

And each enjoys a private table to enjoy tea with a view.

Private sunken courtyards allow light to penetrate into the highly-utilized basement area.

Photographer: Federico Cedrone  

This second home uses a shelving scheme that blends functionality with visual drama. This system, made by Poliform, highlights the owner’s extensive collections as a focal point rather than a minor detail. The tour opens with this gorgeous media space – the emphasis is not on the television, but rather the striking lighting and arrangement of the shelves and drawers that surround it.

Elsewhere, square well-lit niches accommodate the larger objects on display quite nicely.

Furnishings remain simple with a blend of classic and modern styles with a touch of luxury.

The wing chairs, central coffee table, and sofa are designs by Jean-Mari Massaud. The table over the ottoman is from Roberto Barbieri.

For a book lover, it would be easy to spend the evening tucked in to a relaxing spot like this one.

Note the functional addition of hidden storage spaces, like the drawers on the left and the fold-down cabinets on the right.

Integrated features like the marble mantle and the display cases help prevent the typical “wall of shelves” look so many want to avoid.

These shelves aren’t simple stationary home accents – they seem to take on a life of their own thanks to surprising hidden features like this pop-out bar.

And the level of detail is just incredible. The workmanship on the display cases is especially noticeable. Each one extends from the bookshelf face so each object can be appreciated from all sides.

A handsome chair by Emmanuel Gallina wants to steal the show, but it’s hard to ignore the decorative folding screen in the background.

The chair also appears at the dining table, which has a subtle Art Deco flair tempered by modernist sensibility.

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Product Of The Week: A Beautiful Terrarium

So, 08.05.2016 - 18:37

Terrariums are cute little gardens maintained inside glass containers. Think of them as aquariums but with no poor fishes(and therefore no water) trapped inside! They can really liven up indoor spaces and are super easy to maintain. As opposed to normal terrarium vases you can purchase off Amazon, this set we picked as our Product of the Week includes the plants inside as well. The full set includes the vase, 1 Tillandsia plant, preserved Reindeer Moss, Sahara Sand, tabletop ring and even a rod to arrange your terrarium. Just set in a bright area, mist it once a week and you are golden.

You can get in on Amazon here.

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3 Chic Modern & Eclectic Spaces

Fr, 06.05.2016 - 17:03

White washed brick, wood-tones, the perfect mix of funky and chic –these spaces boast all of that and more! While each is eclectic, they play upon this feeling with their own sense of variety and by mixing and matching colors, patterns, and layers. But this effortless look actually takes some careful calculations like taking into account space and natural light. Once you’ve got the basics down though, you too can achieve an effortlessly chic looking space. So read ahead to admire and learn from some wonderfully modern eclectic spaces.

Designer: Elena Vasylieva  

This space is packed with pattern, texture, and beautifully neutral and muted bright colors. The room is chic and boasts a Chelsea Manhattan feel.

The space may be tight — but the designer’s integrated the spaces perfectly, as if it’s suppose to be that snug and cozy. The way the paintings are layered, and appear to be just placed there randomly also extends into the dining space, drawing the two together further.

We are obsessed with these chairs. There are so many elements to them that just work for the space. Firstly their acrylic see-through mold doesn’t take up much visual space in these already tight corners, plus the chartruce-yellow color adds to the eclectic feel.

Now this is how you do wood paneling. The once out of date panels are coming back into style with a chic modern upgrade. Pairing them against sleek objects and light colors as they’ve done here adds character and a bit of eclectic whimsy.

The wood paneling from the tv area runs through to the kitchen, adding continuity. The panels also look great against those white cabinets which really make the space feel nice and airy despite it’s small size.

Look at that incredible lighting in this hallway! Hallways are a great place to add interesting lighting, or even in a pattern like this because you can see it from down the hall — drawing you into the space.

The neutral colors of this bedroom make it the perfect place to curl up after a long day. Crisp white accents and some color pops like in the chair and lights add a bit more fun to the space.

From here you can see the pops of color coming into play. The red chair is a great color, and the cut-outs add a modern twist to this otherwise cozy space.

These built ins are brilliant. To the left is a great little makeup area, and to the right is a spot for the TV, books, and other storage. It’s all tight, compact, and the white is the same as those in the kitchen and living room.

There’s nothing like white-washed brick. The accent wall adds a bit of that warehouse-loft feel while still remaining modern and airy.

The built ins continue on the other side of the room with this great closet bedside table combo. It’s sleek and seamlessly fits in with the rest of the design. Plus it doesn’t take away from the accent wall.

This big old sink is the perfect place to wash your worries down the drain at the end of the day.

What a great idea for a sink! It looks like a folding table but intact it’s a high end basin — just another lovely detail in this eclectic space.

The wood, slate tiles, and rocks make this space feel organic and spa like. The perfect place to unwind.

Visualizer: Julia Tsyganov  

This funky, eclectic space looks like it’s right out of a hipster haven in Brooklyn. Bike artwork throughout the space, exposed white-washed brick, and wood beams all add to the modern eclectic space.

The space is overall warm and neutral with bits of glamour weaved throughout, like the chandelier and the modern fireplace.

The saying that opposites attract is proven in this space. Whether it’s the mix of the woods, the modern lines of the couch and coffee table, or the stunning modern and chic mix of lighting — somehow it all works when put together.

There isn’t all that much natural lighting in this space, but what little there is shines beautifully into the room illuminating the neutral accents.

What’s that in the corner — exposed plywood? Yes, and it’s brilliant in this tiny modern, eclectic space. It adds whimsy, modernity, and the color with yellow undertones warms up the space.

Those glass see-through tiles may remind you of the 1980’s, but hidden behind that bookshelf they add a ton of light, and a quirkiness to the room.

They layers in this room are wonderfully orchestrated. From the layers in the bookshelf to the artwork display, you almost don’t know what delightful corner to look in first.

Small but efficient.

Visualizer: Studio Espace  

This final space is much larger, and more modern than the previous two. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less eclectic. They’ve achieved this sense of coziness, and layers we expect from a modern eclectic space by weaving in bright colors and surprising accent pieces.

The kitchen is the first example of surprising accent pieces. This kitchen is ultra modern and sleek but they’ve warmed it right up with warm wood to make it inviting. They’ve also added these stools that look like they’re out of an art studio, and are standing up on thin wires.

This island is stunning! The combination of butchers block and wonderful stone is a beautiful juxtaposition that’s felt throughout the rest of the kitchen space.

The stove hood looks like a piece of art. These functional kitchen necessities don’t have to be an eyesore, and the designer here’s made sure of that by having it’s design fit in with the rest of the space.

What a view from the island! The white-washed brick walls with arched, and deep windowsills are stunning and add a bit of that whimsy that’s missing from the rest of the ultra-modern space. Plus, they look great up against the stone, geometric accent wall.

Lighting is key to any space, and they’ve got it right here. The back lighting to the accent wall and the TV space is wonderfully illuminating and adds further dimension to the space.

This dining set is stylish and the perfect eclectic piece for this space. It’s modern yet whimsical and it mirrors the feel of the rest of the open living space perfectly.

The geometric lights above the dining table look great against the equally dark, but curved and sweeping lines of the chairs.

The mix of curves, harsh lines and shapes makes this room unique and endlessly interesting.

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Wood Interior Inspiration: 3 Homes With Generous Natural Details

Do, 05.05.2016 - 17:46

Beyond construction, wood walls and ceilings have a long and colorful history in home decor. Wood panels began as a way to insulate and hide flaws before grand boiserie began to decorate the finest castles and mansions, eventually refined to the elegance of the Rococo style and the gentle touch of the Victorian era. And it’s hard to forget the chunky vertical boards that graced midcentury homes alongside shag rugs and fringed upholstery! Today’s wooden interior trends take on a more minimalistic style by favoring flat smooth panels, horizontal alignment, and light finishes that highlight rich grain. The appeal remains.

Designer: Fimera Design  

Designed for a client in Sofia, Bulgaria, this home uses multiple wood varieties in a number of creative ways. Here, wood serves as more than just a background material and instead makes itself an indispensable part of the interior design. It graces cabinetry, ceilings, doors, floors, furniture, and so much more.

Wood visually divides the open living room and kitchen, clarifying the purpose of each area without the need for interior walls.

Notice how the ceiling and floor colors swap positions at the boundary between the living room and kitchen – quite a breathtaking effect from this angle.

Gray was a smart choice for a modern interior as compact as this one, yet it may have felt too cold without the addition of the warm organic materials.

This home is a good example of how light, medium, and exotic woods can work together within the same space especially with a background of neutral tones.

White workspaces maintain a clean and smooth aesthetic ideal for the kitchen, yet the floors and cabinetry reintroduce an essential classic element.

Matte black backsplashes are an uncommon choice. This one cuts a striking line that guides the eye through the kitchen.

Thanks to the wood and the sparing yet smart use of colorful accents, the interior feels lively and vibrant despite leaning toward the minimalist side of modernism.

Wood reappears in the bedroom, but only as an accent. It helps the drawers and writing desk stand out from the matte black walls.

The wall print echoes the material theme of the rest of the home, honoring the source of all the beautiful lumber used throughout.

However, the headboard side of the room opts for softer materials to foster peace and relaxation.

Decorated with shades of cerulean blue, this space is sure to look relaxing under the subdued sconces and lighting bar.

A colorful children’s bedroom has a fun theme based around the whimsical side of nature, with a cute and educational alphabet mural above the bed.

Creative storage solutions make working at the desk even more fun and tidy.

Designer: Lera Brumina  

This balanced and symmetric home occupies a modest 80 square meters, taking a creative approach to open layout design. It gains division between rooms with the help of an incredible freestanding storage and media wall clad in smooth medium-tone wood. Each side offers unique functionality.

Paired with the forest green sofa, the freestanding wood wall takes on an especially natural and organic appeal – yet charcoal accents ensure the living room remains firmly rooted in modern design.

Plants further reinforce the natural aesthetic so important in making a minimalistic home feel more calm and welcoming.

Note how the flooring material changes from one space to the next to clearly mark the functional boundaries in an otherwise open layout.

Finally, a good look at the functionality that exists on the opposite side of the wall unit – a fully equipped galley kitchen.

The compact kitchen makes room for classic decor themes for a touch of tradition, namely the ceramic display on the wall.

Dark wood grain also contributes classic charm in the midst of a perfectly modernist space.

A bright dining room peers out from behind the divider. It offers the most spacious area in the home – a great choice for a resident that loves to entertain.

The dining furniture itself uses the same matte black theme as the kitchen for a sense of continuity. The artwork in the background underscores the natural colors and motifs present in the living room.

Just as minimalistic as the rest of the home, the bedroom makes a bold impression with high contrast colors and round accents.

Because the floor is the only surface with natural wood, brown curtains help reintroduce natural neutral accents.

And finally, a look at the bathroom – high contrast and middle grays continue the overarching neutral theme quite nicely.

Designer: auRoom  

The third and final home takes the strongest approach to wood accents and organic colors. A nice range of wood varieties meshes with other natural materials like stone for a soft, warm, and welcoming effect. The modern style says luxury all the way – but the result is quite humble and comfortable.

Simple track lighting keeps the eyes drawn to the center and lower portions of the room, with indirect lighting placing a special emphasis on the wood-clad feature wall.

Artwork punctuates select walls, usually above a functional area like this sofa. The colors echo the range of warm tones found throughout while adding a few exciting secondary accents.

The living room and the one after it both use wood cladding. One wall orients the boards vertically while the other lengthens the space with horizontal lines.

Glossy white cabinets and black worktops replace the wood emphasis in the kitchen and dining room. Metallic details and smooth furniture combine the best of practicality and visual drama.

Clear visibility toward the living room makes it easier to converse with guests while the host is cooking or putting together snacks.

The kitchen also faces out toward the dining room to similar effect.

Mirrored dining tables are rather uncommon – but with such beautiful surroundings, who wouldn’t want to double up the effect?

The lighting over the dining table is the Agnes Chandelier by Lindsey Adelman, and the chairs are from the Grace line by Emmanuel Gallina. The mirrors pair perfectly with the glossy table.

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2 Chic and Cozy Cosmopolitan Lofts

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Imagine this: you live in a spacious loft atop a metropolis. You’re living space is as eclectic as the people who walk your city’s streets, and the ceilings are as tall as the hopes and aspirations of all who flock there. Your loft is warm and inviting, yet cool and refined. It’s chic, and it’s intelligent, but it’s also warm and familiar. These very spaces, in both New York City and Germany, reflect that sentiment — although they’re worlds apart.

Visualizer: Andew Sadokha  

The ideal New York City loft is just as big as it is chic. This space lives up to those expectations, plus it boasts massive windows that light up the entire light space.

The loft space is light, airy, and super chic and modern. But the addition of the traditional coffered ceilings brings in some of that old-world New York City glam and matches the deeply rich floors.


These floors are stunning! Their dark, almost black richness plays on the chic New York vibe, but the white calking between them adds a bit of a rustic yet modern vibe.

The chocolate colored layers in this loft really make this wide open space feel cozy. From the open shelving to the wooden and brown walls, this place screams comfortable.

The dark wood walls of this Manhattan loft are reminiscent of the dark, wooded cigar rooms of the New York City elite. This modern twist on that works so well because of all the light that streams into the loft.

This kitchen is decadent. The warm woods pop against those tall white walls and that massive window and the finishes are super chic.

This kitchen and eating space is to die for. We’d buy this apartment just for this space! All that light streaming in from those massive windows illuminates the space and highlights that big industrial staircase. Plus the dining table is rustic-ly modern and matches the kitchen wonderfully.

The glass railings and open glass wall and french doors are another brilliant way to keep this loft feeling as big and open as possible. Surrounded by warm colors, neutral warm woods and natural light this upper part of the loft is glossy and cozy and chic.

This little reading corner is both cozy and airy with that big old window, and the rocking chair is the perfect piece to fit this space without filling up much visual space.

This bathroom is seriously luxurious. From the meticulously tiled walls, to that perfect soaking tub, this is the bathroom you’re dying to get to at the end of the day. We also love the white washed wood planked floors in this space, it’s another great rustic accent that looks modern in this setting.

These gray built in shelves are stunning — the colorful books pop right out against them and the gray tones play into the bedding and that lovely faded rug. The warm gray is neutral and modern.

The loft lives up to it’s open characteristics with this combined living and bathroom space. The washed white wood floors keep the space airy and open and lead right into that cozy bedroom with books tucked up against the walls.

Visualizer: Denis Krasikov  

This loft space is cool, calming and chic — just what you’d expect from a German loft.

The cool neutrals throughout the space make it feel open and airy, especially with all that natural light. The wide planked gray floors also open up this loft.

This lamp is stunning! It’s thin, wiry limbs are ultra modern but the shade is a play on the industrial heritage of the space.

This chair is a great addition to the space. It’s cozy and it’s shape is surprising, adding a bit of fun to the industrial lofty space.

The white kitchen island pops against those dark floors, and although it cuts the room in half, you’re visually

We love how they’ve separated the space with these glass panels. It adds a sense of separation while not blocking any of that amazing light. Plus these light fixtures are modern but somehow feel old, a wonderful play on the old factory-industrial feel of the loft.

This kitchen makes anyone look like a chef! The clean lines and smooth surfaces make it modern and chic and a great fit for the space.

White on white is ultimate luxury. These sleek countertops seamlessly flow onto the cabinets and pop against the cool grays in the rest of the loft.

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