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 New Zealand Residence Alternating Open and Enclosed Spaces: Freeman’s Bay Home

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Dorrington Atcheson Architectscompleted the design and development of Freeman’s Bay Home, an inspiring contemporary family retreat located in Auckland, New Zealand: “This new build in the heritage suburb of Freeman’s Bay is a composition of concrete, steel and glass that gives a handshake to the past. Horizontal texture on the precast concrete walls echoes the linearity of weatherboards. The roof, styled as a Dutch gable and clad in steel, is conceived as habitable attic space that makes reference to the dormers of colonial times.” Open and closed spaces alternate, creating diverse and fresh living spaces.The original geometry of the residence is emphasized by a few intriguing elements: “At the base of the house, an elongated footprint spans 20 meters to lend a sense of generosity that is elevated by the double-height void above the living zone. The industrial palette meets its counterpoint in a cedar-wrapped insertion that curves into the living room but houses the garage. In the kitchen, a wall of cabinetry in black-stained particle board continues to enclose a powder room and coat cupboard, while lowered ceilings define an intimacy.” Freeman’s Bay House project also includes a separate home office and studio for the owners. Enjoy the virtual tour! [Photography courtesy of Dorrington Atcheson Architects]

 Extravagant Fabric Design Made of Geometric Sequins: Eprisma

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Extravagant fabric design can stop you in your way. Whether it decorates a window you walk by or you simply see a photo of this modern fabric, the Eprisma extravagant fabric by Création Baumann looks and feels like a piece of art. Imagine a dull space being adorned with this magical-looking modern fabric and you will understand its power to inspire and amaze.Eprisma’s sophistication resides in the material’s capacity to bounce light of its texture. More a sculpture then a functional decor item, the Eprisma curtain is available in three colors: white, bronze or black. Made out of 100% Polyester, the sleek 3D fabric is made of geometric sequins that shape an unforgettable design. The semi-transparent curtain fabric will definitely become the focal point in any room.According to its designer, “an abundance of gleaming pyramid like triangles in sequin foil compete to outdo each other at the window. The curtain “Eprisma” from the Spring Collection 2015 by Création Baumann transmutes into a striking sculpture. The glistening triangles are appliquéd on the semi-transparent fabric adjacent to each other, in a closely packed strict geometric arrangement. The three-dimensional foil has been moulded and top stitched – an elaborate process. The result is something to behold. The three dimensionality generates depth, the multifaceted light display changes with the angle of incoming sun light.”This sculptural textile is a semi-transparent three-dimensional fabric reminding us of these innovative wooden textiles from designer Elisa Strozyk. Where do you imagine these two fantastic products displayed your own home?

 Oceanfront Residence Evoking Fortress-Like Grandeur: Bella Vita Villa

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The Bella Vita Villa by Prototype Design Lab is located in the picturesque Turks & Caicos Islands, which are part of the Antiles island grouping. Its original appearance is said to honor the natural oceanfront site. Celebrating lightness and soft breezes, the beach facade is open in order to maximize views, while the street side is relatively shut: “Wrapped on the top and bottom by solid concrete bands which extend along the sides of the house to become the solid entrance facade. The entrance evokes a fortress-like grandeur, into which a masterfully crafted, poured-in place concrete frame successively recedes toward a door of a more intimate human scale.”As you step inside, you are greeted by an overwhelming scale: “At the heart of the house, an expansive great room is an entertainer’s dream, featuring 30-foot ceilings, a large chef’s kitchen and a two sided indoor-outdoor fireplace above which sunlight is filtered through the custom laser-cut chimney pattern. The secluded white beach is a focal point with which almost every room in the villa enjoys a connection.” An original, hand-carved wooden door, reclaimed and imported from India is the main focal point of this massive social area. [Photography by Eugen Sakhnenko / A-Frame] 

 The Importance of Texture in Interior Design

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Texture adds liveliness to any space. Image Via: Dempsy Hodges Construction, LLCYou know how sometimes you can just look at a room and know that something is missing? All the components of a complete design are there – color scheme, furniture, décor items – but the entire room just feels a little flat. If this scenario feels familiar, you are not alone and we might just have the answer you need: texture.For some reason, texture seems to always to be an afterthought when it comes to interiors and we’re here to change that. Our reasoning: Texture is the thing that makes a room pop. It’s what brings a perfectly fine design up to enviable levels.Don’t worry if this all seems new. We’re here to offer you a brief primer on the importance of texture, as well as how to effectively apply its design tenants in your own home. You’ll be crafting complexly textured rooms in no time flat.You should always consider texture when tacking design projects. Image Via: Blackbird InteriorsGood question. In design parlance, it is often defined as, “the sensations caused by the external surface of objects received through the sense of touch.” Basically, how thing feel. Think about squishing soft carpet between your toes, running your hand along a rough wooden tabletop, or sinking down into leather couch cushions.Honestly, we think that the “sense of touch” part of the definition should be revised to say “perceived” sense of touch. Anyone who’s ever watched an interior design TV program or flipped through the pages of a magazine can tell you that you don’t need to have physical contact with a room to feel the power of texture.While texture may play a supporting role to the function of the space, it is no less vital to a design’s success. Instead of examples of texture above, picture trying to get comfortable on a seating set made of granite. Always consider how texture will elevate the overall experience of your design.Texture can be conveyed visually as well as tactilely. Image Via: Summer Thornton Design, Inc.Odds are, if you’ve been hanging around design websites like our site for a while, you’ve heard the term “visual weight” getting thrown around a lot. All that means is that an object – or space as a whole – has the ability to draw attention to itself. A healthy dose of texture will makes sure that is not a problem.Remember how when we talked about color theory, we discussed how using a warm or cool color can effect how a space feels? Texture works in a similar way. Rough textures are more likely to make a space feel intimate and grounded while smooth textures bring a sleeker more aloof tone to the room.You should also consider the placement of textures as you go about designing your room. Putting a smooth texture directly next to a rough one while make the rough object stand out more and seem weightier than if you space them apart. Use distance to determine how subtle of a visual weight you would like to achieve.Throw pillows are an easy and inexpensive way to add visual weight. Image Via: Bassett FurnitureWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, contrast is essential when essential when it comes to design because it keeps things balanced and also provides visual interest. Think about it: If everything is too similar, our eyes have trouble focusing and tend to glaze over. Use texture to make sure your most important elements pop.Restraint, of course, is also key, so try not to go too texture crazy. Stick to two or three distinct textures in any single space. Choose three when you want people to take in the space as a whole and stick to two when you want to emphasize a prominent focal point.Texture is particularly important if you’re working within a particular color palette where the shades are very similar. When a monochromatic or analogous color scheme, make sure you choose items that heavily contrast. When they come together, they will bring a sense of harmony to the space.Contrast textures to create an overall sense of harmony within your space. Image Via: Renew PropertiesAll that reasoning as to why you should use texture is well and good, but it only goes so far if you don’t know how to effectively bring it into your home. Here are a few ways that we suggest adding texture to a room:But, if you’d rather experiment  digitally before buying, the Home Design 3D app lets you see how different colors and textures will look in your interiors – all via your smartphone.A note on choosing Texture vs. Pattern: These two things are usually talked about together, but they are two distinct – and necessary components of design. Pattern refers to a visual print while texture is about how something feels. Make sure you incorporate both into your interiors instead of choosing one over the other.Layer textures for added effect. Image Via: Noha Hassan DesignsWhether you choose a throw rug to warm up your bedroom room or a wooden coffee table to bring life to your living space, the importance of texture is clear. It completes the room. Texture is the component that helps elevate your interiors to the next level. Don’t be afraid of it in your own interiors. Instead, use it to create interiors that feel fit for a magazine.Do you consider texture when redesigning your interiors? What are your favorite ways to lend visual weight to space. Tell us in the comments…

 Why Office Walls Are Crumbling in 2015

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With almost 70% of all offices embracing this open floor plan, we assume it’s working, but is it really? Image Source: Edn DesignWorkplaces are on the move—literally.  We have seen the trend tiptoeing into our daily office life for some time now, but it seems 2015 may be the year of the complete office overhaul.  The original open office concept was conceived in the 1950’s by a team in Hamburg, Germany—they thought it would facilitate communication.With almost 70% of all offices embracing this open floor plan, we assume it’s working, but is it really?  Some results are showing otherwise.  There are so many open office concepts that employers are now embracing—some more interesting and creative than others.So, let’s look at the top office layouts for 2015 and why they work—and why they have some employees running and hiding in their cubicle:So, let’s look at the top office layouts for 2015 and why they work—and why they have some employees running and hiding in their cubicle: JAC InteriorsHere’s the concept behind crumbling the walls of the cubicle: Open offices are supposed to improve workflow and communication. Sounds reasonable right? Perhaps not.This article in Digiday, notes that modern, hip agencies are embracing this open-office trend. They cited  improved communication, collaboration, and speed of work, as reasons to tear down those pesky cubicle barriers.They also noted that agency leaders were seeing positive benefits and increased productivity as a result of this shift. But what about personal privacy? What about making confidential phone calls and the like? Let’s look how open this concept really is to change, while keeping office employees content.Open offices are supposed to improve workflow and communication. Sounds reasonable right? Perhaps not. Image Source: Hammer ArchitectsGoogle the words ‘open office’ and you will see that the first page results are all headings like, ” Why the Open Office has to Die”, “Why the Open Office has Failed”, and ” Victims of Open Office Pushing Back”. Yikes! Those are some pretty dramatic headlines for something inanimate.It seems that not everyone is open to this out-of-the-box office concept. Here are the biggest downfalls that most are citing:It seems that not everyone is open to this out-of-the-box office concept. Image Source: Work DesignAs a back lash of employees complain about feeling too open, combined with complaints of too much noise, there is a new trend that is being created— finding a happy medium. Yes, it seems that everyone ran to ruin those office walls, yet now want some of them back. Modern offices designs are attempting to achieve a happy medium, without building back all the barriers.Although, one Microsoft information technology team has completely bucked the trend and opted for closed doors, but with an open mind. Essentially, when they need to collaborate, they simply roll their chairs into the hallway and have open chats. When they are done, they wheel back into their private office.Then on the other hand, instead of wheeling your chair everywhere, there are new office options on the horizon that combine comfortable break-out areas with leather recliners where staff can sit and collaborate comfortably. This open concept is being balanced with private phone rooms and closed-door meeting spaces. Indeed, it seems some walls are a must in the modern office.This open concept is being balanced with private phone rooms and closed-door meeting spaces. Indeed, it seems some walls are a must in the modern office. Image Source: CCS-ArchitectureDespite all the ups and downs of the open-office trend, it seems that it is here to stay in one manner or another. The luxury corner office is being traded in for a more even-handed work atmosphere.As those who currently work in a completely open environment have learned, it is not always easy and certainly not always comfortable. Everyone needs their own work space, and many need a quiet retreat to sit and think without over-hearing their co-worker discuss dinner plans on the phone.Yes, the open-office trend is probably here to stay, but designers are keeping their mind open to the possibility that some closed doors are required.The open-office trend is probably here to stay, but designers are keeping their mind open to the possibility that some closed doors are required. Image Source: Olive-AvThe year 2015 is geared to be the year for the office overhaul, with more and more offices entering an open concept. As we have shown here, there are some pitfalls (especially when it comes to privacy), but in one manner or another a more open concept is here to stay.Do you work in a cubicle or an open office? We would love to hear your take on what works best for you!

 Noteworthy Panoramic Home Encouraging a Bachelor’s Interests

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Owned by a father with grown children, the fascinatingly contemporary Chautauqua Residence was designed by Studio William Hefner. Collecting rare books is one of the owner’s biggest satisfactions, so the house was envisioned to shelter a home library anyone would be proud of. Overlooking a canyon in the Pacific Palisades, the panoramic home known as the Chautauqua Residence has plenty of intimate and social spaces that turn it either into an oasis of relaxation or the perfect place for entertaining.It would have been a pity not to take advantage of the panoramic views. So architect William Hefner and designer Kazuko Hoshino imagined the … as a site-specific dream home. Working with an amazing location, architects found it easy to determine the interior space arrangement and orientation for this astounding panoramic home. Interior spaces draw in light via large floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors that erase the lines between inside and out.Neutral colors and textures combined resulted in a visually appealing, warm and comfortable living environment. Imagine entering this panoramic home only to find a functional modern great room opening to an infinity pool spilling over panoramic views. Check out the photos before you decide what else this home would need to be your dream home. Enjoy the virtual tour!

 Strikingly Creative Apartment Remodel in Taipei [Before & After Photos]

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Archlin Studio sent us photos and information depicting an inspiring apartment remodel in Yangming National Park,Taipei, Taiwan. The apartment has an amazing view of picturesque Mt. Shamao from its windows but it was very heavily partitioned by either walls or columns that obstructed the line of sight to the windows from most parts of the house. “We knew right away that the biggest asset of the apartment is its natural surroundings and the mission is therefore to come up with a design that connects the natural space outside with the internal space and maximize the amount of point of sights from the house to the windows and in return maximizing the amount of natural light permeating through the apartment“, explained the designers.To overcome the previously fragmented pockets of restrictive spaces, the studio removed the solid walls in the living area and built movable see-through bookcases between the study and the kitchen. The additions effectively define the spaces without closing off one from another. Similar strategies are implemented in the two bedrooms at the back of the apartment. Sliding timber veneer panels are used to substitute traditional solid doors between the two bedrooms to introduce flexibility in the configuration of the sleeping areas.Low key color tones and natural interior materials such as timber veneer and natural stones combine to design an apartment that fits comfortably in its tranquil surrounds. Be sure to check out the before&after photos uploaded at the end of this post for a better understanding of the project! [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Archlin Studio]

 Daring Modern Addition to Century-Old Farmhouse in the Niagara Escarpment

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Mineral Springs Project by Toronto architecture firm superkül consisted of an intriguing modern addition to a century-old farmhouse. Clad in Corten steel and ipe wood, the extension was developed as extra living space to serve the needs of a family of four : “Built on 16 acres of land in the Niagara Escarpment, a working countryside and UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, this house extension makes a strong connection to its natural environment and the existing century farmhouse on the site.” The new wing is connected to the main house through a glazed link.An array of visually contrasting materials was employed for the design of the modern extension: “Polished concrete floors run throughout the addition. White oak cabinetry lines the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom wall. New white oak millwork in the farmhouse, along with a new front door complete with a Corten steel shroud, tie the old and new together.” Sustainable elements include heat-mirror sealed window units, passive cooling systems, increased wall and roof insulation, geothermal ground source heat pump and radiant concrete floors. How would you comment on the overall design of this addition, in relationship to its environment? [Photography by Shai Gil]

 Visually Striking Applecross House Showcasing Large Roof and Balcony Overhangs

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Applecross House by Brian Burke Homes is an original looking two-level residence located in Perth, Australia, close to the Canning River foreshore. The aim of the architects was to maintain the essence of a traditional home, while planning an unconventional luxury retreat. Due to extensive use of glass and large terraces adjoining both levels, the retreat perfectly balances open and enclosed spaces. The swimming pool mirrors the construction during the day and completes the image of an opulent lifestyle.Local weather conditions had a powerful influence on the overall design and layout: “Opening up to the north allows the warming winter sun to penetrate deep into the heart of the home while the large roof and balcony overhangs keep the summer heat at bay. Two large formal entertaining areas, a massive gym, triple car garage, kids playroom, massive kitchen and a generous outdoor alfresco area comprise the ground floor while the four main bedrooms & a study cleverly cantilevered out over a garden make up the top floor.” Enjoy the gallery below and let us know if you find contemporary home design powerful and/or appealing! [Photography by ShutterWorks]

 Old Building Renovation Project in Singapore with a Modern Twist: 59BTP-House

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59BTP-House in Bukit Timah, Singapore is a contemporary renovation project delivered by ONG&ONG, an architecture company with offices currently opened in 12 Asian cities. Initially built by the owner’s father, the dwelling lack plenty of features needed to accommodate the modern living needs of the current users: “The client wanted to have two master bedrooms along with four bedrooms – this required additional floor area as the original house area could not comfortably fit in the extra rooms”, explained the project developers. The challenge was met by adding an extra volume to the existing building to accommodate the new en-suite bedrooms.Several changes were made in order to ensure a contemporary look and feel, yet quite a few elements were preserved from the old house as well: “A stonewall in the original house was replaced with a concrete wall to give it a more modern finish whilst still staying true to the spirit of the earlier design. Wherever possible, the original material was retained, such as the plaster that forms the upper levels.” Opened towards the lush surrounding landscape through large expanses of glass, the new bedrooms are welcoming and soothing. [Photography by Derek Swalwell]

 Why We Love The Art of Carpenting [Short Film]

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“A carpenter is a skilled craftspersons who works with timber to construct, install and maintain buildings, furniture and other objects“. This may seem like a lifeless definition for a job that is otherwise full of challenges, ingenuity and sometimes a great deal of passion. “The Carpenter” is an exquisite short film created by Greek design and art studio Deep Green Sea. According to the developers, it is the first movie to launch a series of similar productions presenting the art and science of professionals working with their hands. A tribute to a type of work that is no longer as appreciated as it should be, due to the strong process of industrialization. The film is “different”, fresh and captivating, with a soundtrack to match its visual quality. We absolutely love it and are delightful to share it further. [Directed by Dimitris Lapodopolus and Spiros Rasidakis].Click play and enjoy !

 30 Floor-to-Ceiling Windows Flooding Interiors with Natural Light

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We can experience the sky’s exclusive colors, the gradual change in tones of the leaves, roaring waves crushing on the boulders nearby, the bustling city life, sparkling harbor lights, every corner this earth has to offer – and we can experience all this with respect, gratitude and love. Art, science, and nature offer solutions for needs as well as creative ways of materializing dreams. Using our collective background and our capacity of thinking ever forward, we can re-shape the world as we do glass – we just need a burning passion to melt reality. Glass is not only an amazing material to reshape, it opens up our perspective and creates a visual bridge to our home’s surroundings.
Revealing the surroundings, floor-to-ceiling windows induce an outdoor feel and capture delicate or dynamic changes in weather while updating the interiors with a natural ambiance. So we invite you to admire inspiring examples of glass use in modern residences. By the end of this list, you will be thinking if that boring wall you have in your home could be replaced with a transparent window to the world.
Horst Architects collaborated with Aria Design to fabricate a heavenly Laguna Beach home – the Rockledge Residence. Minimalist in design, this astounding ridge house showcases a powerful connection between the sophisticated interiors and the inspiring outdoors. This beach bedroom seems immersed in the clear blue ocean, proving the unlimited power of floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Clifton View 7 Apartment in Cape Town boasts floor-to-ceiling windows opening on to the outdoor spa terrace. Antoni Associates imagined an uninterrupted connection between panoramas of the boulder-defined Clifton beach below and the Twelve Apostles mountain range in the distance.
Looking out the floor-to-ceiling window and seeing the Hollywood sign is a design trait of the highly intriguing Nakahouse designed by XTEN Architecture. This tailored look was achieved by using black, white and splashed of bold color, all flooded by natural light from large windows.
Subtly reflecting in the large, dark-framed floor to ceiling windows, natural light adorns the interiors of this luxury hillside home known as Malbaie VI Marée Basse and designed by Mu Architecture. Within this dynamic light show, admiring the surroundings becomes part of the owner’s everyday routine with the help of expansive use of glass.
Overlooking a perfectly manicured garden, this elegant home designed by Eduarda Correa in Brazil impresses viewers with its use of wood and stone. Contrasting dark framed windows guiding the eyes towards the mountain range in the distance.
Keeping in mind the owner’s wish to bring the outside in, Alejandro Dumay Claro and Francisco Vergara Arthur designed La Campana House as a sustainable home gathering views of the spectacular mountain valley it occupies. Oversized windows make sure light is present throughout the day, inviting family and guests to visually explore the surroundings.
Jumping out of bed in the morning reveals a different mood if you live in a home like Casa Mecano. Part of Robles Arquitectos` portfolio, the cheerful interior of this dreamy bedroom gives one the impression of outdoor living and supports the idea of residential bliss.
We were baffled by the clean simplicity of this bedroom seen in Villa Kishti. Just one floor-to-ceiling window revealing a stunning view of the Caribbean can become the defining element of the room. Supported by the view, this serene bedroom flaunts a cozy collection of warm colors accentuated by soft, natural light.
Overlooking the Peconic Bay on one side and the elegant forest on the other, this contemporary home exudes transparency just as you would expect from a home named the Clearhouse. A brainchild of Stuart Parr Design, the modern home boasts floor-to-ceiling windows on all sides, exposing the indoors to reflections of the colorful nature just behind the glass.
Within the scenic landscape of the Incline Village in Crystal Bay, Nevada, the imposing Lake House designed by Mark Dziewulski Architects boldly rises on the edge of the lake. Besides concrete and steal used as the main building materials, glass makes this dark-skinned residence a viewing platform for the stunning panoramas offered by nearby Lake Tahoe.
Found within a remote location in Montana’s Yellowstone Club, the delightfully luxurious Lower Foxtail Residence by Reid Smith Architects & Len Cotsovolos was dressed in triple-pane floor-to-ceiling windows all over the South-facing wall, redirecting the eye towards the elegant scenery.
What you see above is not only an impressive floor-to-ceiling window decorating this home in France but also a creative solution for ventilation. Loïc Picquet Architecte imagined a small outbuilding elongating the existing kitchen to accommodate the dining space and fill up the whole space with natural light.
From small extensions to breathtakingly modern estates, floor-to-ceiling windows bring new perspectives. Try to imagine yourself living in this minimalist mid-century estate in New Canaan, Connecticut – a partly buried collection of buildings imagined by Roger Ferris + Partners as immersed in light. The social space shown above flaunts an amazing floor-to-ceiling glass panel completely opening the interiors to the manicured garden. A dream, right?
Seeing the ocean dissipating into the sky from behind a glass wall evokes a deep understanding of the way people relate to the environment through design. As an example, one of Fougeron Architecture‘s projects includes a cantilevered master bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows exploring views of the Pacific ocean over a 250-foot drop. Set against a dramatic landscape, the Fall House in Big Sur, California, displays an oversized corner window capturing the wild surroundings.
When it comes to mirroring the ocean, windows that expose a complete picture have this unique ability of creating a strong visual bridge with the natural outdoors, bringing the calmness of the sea inside, but also safely display nature’s dramatic weather. The Nettleton 195 House by SAOTA and Antoni Associates boasts stunning panoramas of Cape Town’s view of how the ocean meets the sky, a truly inspiring and peaceful scene.
Following the coastline with your eyes until are aware of every detail would make for an outstanding morning ritual. Framing uninterrupted views of the fjord, the Northface House was Element Arkitekter AS‘s home resurrection project in Stavanger, Norway and the results are simply magnificent. Floor-to-ceiling windows capture views from the open living, dining and cooking volume cantilevering 3 meters over the lower levels. Simply beautiful!
Breezy and charismatic in its simplicity, this glass-walled social space seen in the luxurious 1232 Sunset Plaza residence is just one of the house’s framed view of the world beyond. Designed by Belzberg Architects, the modern $28,800,000 Sunset Strip property offers views of tall palm trees, luscious greenery and rooftops below.
Even lacking awe-inspiring views, floor-to-ceiling windows give you the opportunity to explore a landscaped garden or the flower-adorned back yard. This home office space opens to an interior courtyard was imagined by Andrés Serpa as a cozy tropical home in Costa Rica’s Playa Grande – the Orizon Residence.
This Australian River House by MCK Architects overlooks the Lane Cove river nearby from its magnificently refreshing rounded glass wall. From floor to ceiling, fully opening to welcome the breeze, the glass wall shapes a design that resonates with the undulating coastline in the distance.
Dark frames on floor-to-ceiling windows in a pristine house like the Casa 115 by architect Miquel Lacomba make a powerful impact. This modern home in Mallorca was designed to be an “almost cinematographic” architectural experience, a journey through brightly lit spaces framed by floor-to-ceiling windows that expose every inch of the interior to stunning views.
When minimalism meets natural light, when artificial black and white contrasts with naturally vivid green grass, a very special, almost experimental atmosphere is created. Customized with oversized floor-to-ceiling windows by OAB, this home in Barcelona known as the AA House offers an imposing collection of spaces to explore every day and a permanent visual contact with the outdoors.
The sun offers intense experiences at many times during its rising or setting. Seeing the colors change and feeling the breeze from behind a retractable glass wall is part of the daily ritual in the Carpinteria Foothills Residence. This contemporary hillside residence designed by Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects explores panoramas of the coastal ridge below while displaying its volumetric shape as a light beacon.
Extending an old house brings the possibility of flooding the new space with natural light. Canny Design imagined this Victorian residence in Australia with sleek, modern social spaces lined by a gunmetal grey-blue swimming pool mirroring and being mirrored in the floor-to-ceiling windows. That’s how you bring light inside.
An inspiring, dynamic autumn mirroring effect in the pool can be admired from across the terrace through expansive windows. The sublime seclusion of this Maryland home imagined by architect Robert Gurney, its unique contemporary architecture and transparency are melted into a cozy atmosphere by the existence of natural wood both in original and re-shaped form.
Surprisingly oval-shaped, sustainable and cleverly oriented towards unobstructed views of the surrounding lake and mountains, Lake Lugano House by JM Architecture was dressed in floor-to-ceiling windows on the upper social area, exposing the landscape otherwise inaccessible.
Knowing that whenever you feel tired and want to rest in the daybed by the pool, you can, is a very reassuring feeling. Costa Rica home Casa Torcida was imagined by SPG Architects as a steel-framed dream home with glass walls and floor-to-ceiling windows connecting the indoor spaces to the panoramic views beyond the infinity pool.
The Picot Residence above was designed by Pepe Calderin Design as complementary to the bustle of the Big Apple below and its incandescent lights. Mirroring in the floor-to-ceiling windows, the elegance of this space speaks about an applaudable approach to the design process with stunningly relaxing effects.
IDIN Architects imagined the W House in Thailand for a travel and kayak enthusiast. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedroom reflected on the floor enhance the simplicity of this space and hint at the owner’s adventurous spirit.
How does a vacation home on the island of Krk look like? It looks fabulous and it looks outwards, towards the water and mountains through expansive use of glass. From floor to ceiling, this home offers the complete picture of an ever-changing scene. Thanks to DVA Arhitekta, another dream home with amazing views was erected to complete someone’s dream.
And since we’re at the end of our list, this luxury home in Los Angeles closes the show with its sophisticated curtains covering or revealing the half transparent, half translucent floor-to-ceiling windows.
Delightful residential spaces with this single element in common – the floor-to-ceiling windows – are filled with natural light and deeply connect the viewer with the landscape beyond the glass. And that’s just one of the ways we found to go back to nature…

 double sliding glass door

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If you believe that green does not work in a trendy and minimal contemporary bedroom, then think again! A green accent wall is easy to shape and it brings that much needed warmth to an otherwise cool and mundane interior. Just repeat the color in the room using vivacious bedding, accessories, nightstands or even a couple of lovely vases and you have an inviting bedroom that is both energetic and relaxing. Those who feel that an accent wall in green or décor are not your thing can still add the color by placing a couple of potted plants to fill up those empty corners. It is an easy, eco-friendly and healthy choice to turn to that will instantly alter the mood in the bedroom.

 gray and yellow decorating ideas

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Painting the walls might be the easiest way to add green to the bedroom along with bedding and accessories in matching hue, but think beyond the obvious if you want a truly captivating room. Painting the ceiling in green can be a fun alternative and by leaving the walls white, you will still have a neutral and versatile backdrop that will beautifully showcase wall art and sculptural décor additions. And for those who really want a personalized solution, mixing different shades to come with your own custom green hue is indeed an exciting and enjoyable alternative. This will assure that you are proud owner of a one-of-a-kind bedroom with a shade of green that you came up with.

 living room center table

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The examples of modular shelving systems in this article are carefully chosen with a focus on their utility, aesthetic and universality. Individuals purchasing any of these shelving options are likely to have made a conscientious and considered decision, assessing the possibilities for placement and their necessity. This writer postulates that the shelving systems featured below are designed with the intelligent user in mind. Such people typically value good design and think about its quality, usefulness, longevity, clarity and detail.

 tile and wood floor

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Thinking of giving your kitchen a refined and refreshing makeover as you head into summer and fall? Few colors out there bring that perfect balance between sophistication and eye-catching elegance like gray and yellow. A combination that is quickly catching on across the globe largely because of the new-found love for gray in the last few years, it is still a novelty when it comes to the contemporary kitchen. While gorgeous gray and yellow bedrooms and stylish living rooms with this classy color duo are far easier to find, kitchens still seem to be largely stuck in the ‘white along with bright color’ mode.

 neon pink room

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Painting the walls might be the easiest way to add green to the bedroom along with bedding and accessories in matching hue, but think beyond the obvious if you want a truly captivating room. Painting the ceiling in green can be a fun alternative and by leaving the walls white, you will still have a neutral and versatile backdrop that will beautifully showcase wall art and sculptural décor additions. And for those who really want a personalized solution, mixing different shades to come with your own custom green hue is indeed an exciting and enjoyable alternative. This will assure that you are proud owner of a one-of-a-kind bedroom with a shade of green that you came up with.

 Sophisticated Sauna Awakening Amazement and Gratitude 

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Imagine indulging in a sauna experience while gazing over still waters beyond the organically rounded openings – where would your mind wonder from this place? Spreading over 800 square feet, this experimental sauna we stumbled upon rises from the rocks of a private island along the Georgian Bay in Canada. Designed by PARTISANS, the free-standing structure built by the lake was inspired by natural geography that also gives the name of this snug sauna. The modern Canadian prefab construction was created with customized help from a millwork and steel fabrication partner, ensuring details are sculpted to perfection.
“Grottos, historically, have been known as natural or artificial caves that are embedded deep behind the curvature of streams, and thus discovered by those who would take the time to explore. The site is a prehistoric large-scale rock formation, and understanding it intimately was the first step toward architecture. The selected concept prescribed a solid, simple presence on the exterior, while the interior followed dynamic air movements in curvature forms; requiring design solutions. Challenging the standards of current practices in the construction industry, we worked directly with a millwork and steel fabrication partner on every detail. Together, we developed a new process of fabrication; utilizing state of the art 3-D technology to scan, model and build the Grotto.”
Understanding natural design and infusing it with our heart’s intentions is a powerful thing. Just imagine what could be created by paying even closer attention to our organic heritage…

 lighted floating shelf

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There’s a dash of tropical style in this bathroom, thanks to deck-like flooring, a view of palms, and a tub that mirrors the round shape of a porthole-style window in the distance. This luxe bathroom is filled with glamorous details, such as a plush rug and Mirror Ball pendant lighting. A round tub and two round basins complete the look.

 contemporary bathroom ideas

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We now shine the spotlight on a series of modern powder rooms that are magnificent in their own right. Stone is the material of choice in the bathroom below, which makes the Haven Stone Bathtub with Base from Apaiser an ideal choice for the space! Note how details such as a sculptural pendant light add layers of eye-catching design to this interior. Sometimes less is more, and when the powder room is all about the tub, it’s not a bad idea to go bold. Next we see Apaiser’s Haven Stone Bathtub (this time without the base), and if black isn’t your tub color of choice, note that in true Apaiser tradition, the piece is available in a variety of finishes. Here’s another modern black bathtub in a grey bathroom, and this time the tub is available through Modern Bathroom Vanities.

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