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 Oak Pass Residence in Beverly Hills Surrounded by Lush Vegetation

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Blending in with the natural surroundings, this modern residence in Beverly Hills USA offers two levels of luxurious living. The Oak Pass Residence by Walker Workshop is the main house on a site which also accommodates a guest dwelling and one hundred and thirty beautiful oak trees. Defined by a high level of transparency, the project opens its rooms towards the majestic landscape and there is also an inner courtyard for inhabitants can enjoy. The concrete walls and stairways are partially covered in vegetation, in an attempt to make the dwelling as unobtrusive as possible.According to the architects, the Oak Pass Main house uses an “upside down program, with public spaces above the bedrooms, which are buried into the hill and beneath a green roof of edible herbs. This relatively large house at 8,000 square feet appears much smaller and carefully integrated into the surrounding landscape, which includes over one hundred and thirty Coast Live Oaks. A seventy five foot swimming pool, with infinity edges on three of four sides, bisects the house and slips below one of the largest Oaks on the property.” Enjoy the virtual tour and let us know what you think! [Photography  by Joe Fletcher]

 Upgrading Modern Architectural Heritage on the French Riviera: Villa Le Trident

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One of the few residences built on the French Riviera between 1925 and 1950, Villa Le Trident was initially designed and implemented by American modernist architect Barry Dierks. The project soon became an architecture highlight of the Mediterranean Coast. With the change of ownership in 2011, studio 4a Architekten took on the challenge to restore the residence. The team kept the original volume of the building and its snow-white exterior facade, but gave up most of the internal walls separating the rooms. Space, simplicity, elegance and light are general characteristics of the updated villa.The ground floor of the residence accommodates the living room, dining room and open-plan kitchen, a library and two guest bedrooms. The four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms are located upstairs. According to the architects in charge of the renovation, long windows, white furniture, white varnished oak solid wood flooring and glass elements give the rooms a bright and peaceful atmosphere. Striking elements dynamically interfere in the design scheme; the focal point of the living room is a suspended black fireplace which adds a highly contemporary touch, while ensuring a powerful contrast with the white window frames. The freestanding wooden cubes bring their contribution both aesthetically and functionally. Enjoy the virtual tour and discover more inspiring details!

 Exceptional Faucet Designs From The World of 3D Printing

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You haven’t seen faucet design until you’ve seen these modern 3D printed faucets from DXV by American Standard. The shockingly beautiful 3D printed faucets are “the first ready-for-market working faucets to be printed in metal.” Proudly displaying unique designs, these amazing 3D printed faucets reinvent the way we use water. Their exceptional design adds value to our sensory experience every time we do an apparently mundane task like washing our hands.Visionaries of American Standard say that “the incredibly high strength of the alloy enables fine structures of concealed waterways that converge at the top, shortly before reaching the aerator. This construction creates the impression that water appears magically out of the faucet.”One of the new 3D printed faucets was adorned with an intricate latticework that confers a sculptural design edge. The second design has its waterways separated into four thin sections, making it appear more traditional, but stealing the light nonetheless. These two new faucet designs that offer a new perspective on how water reaches you are complemented by a third design. This one shapes focuses on “designing the experience of water.”This is how they imagined water flowing organically: “The water is presented to the user as a stream bouncing on rocks in a riverbed. To achieve this poetic effect, the design team used Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) technology to adjust each of the 19 waterways to achieve the proper effect. The rest of the faucet is extremely pure and simple not to distract from the play of the water.”The actual printing of a faucet takes about 24 hours and you can learn here how that is done through selective laser sintering. After having been printed, each faucet is hand-polished to get a “feel that mimics texture found on silver pieces after years of being hand buffed and polished.” Their estimated retail price will be somewhere between $12,000 – $20,000.Let’s see how that price drops over the next years, as with any evolving technology. Keep your fingers crossed for 3D printing, everyone, and let’s see how 3D printing is disrupting mainstream manufacturing processes. 

 Breezy Minimalist Black&White Residence in Poland: The “D74? Project

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Widawscy Studio Architektury completed the design of D74, a modern minimalist residence in Tarnowskie Góry, Poland. According to the architects, on the first floor you will find a private area for the residents: bedroom, bathroom, dressing room and daughter’s room. The bedroom is divided into two conventional zones: white – sleeping and black – wardrobe. Monochromatic colors of bedroom is broken by yellow accents in the form of a comfortable chair. In the middle of the interior a white bed was added, with an upholstered headboard fixed to the wall. The kitchen, dining room, hall and living room are four conventionally separate areas that actually link smoothly together, giving residents a sense of freedom.The ground floor is a bright and organized in an open space, dominated by harmonious combinations of white and wood, broken by accents of black and mint. Wooden ceiling stands out in the open space of the ground floor and adds lovely visual accents in the dining area. Black TV wall creates a contrasting background for the interior elements and visually  minimizes the visibility of the TV. Large windows overlooking the garden heighten the feeling of space. The bathroom on the ground floor is dominated by contrasts; the black and white tiles together with the plate in the triangles create a remarkable space. [Information provided via e-mail by Widawscy Studio Architektury]

 Contemporary Norway Island Home Sculpted Within a Harsh Terrain

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Located not far from the polar circle, this cottage-like dwelling on the island of Vega in Norway takes in its wild surroundings. Envisioned by Kolman Boye Architects, the project opens up towards wide panoramas of the Norwegian Sea and mountains rising from it. The overall design was inspired by the topography of the site, as well as the existing dwellings here: “We have aimed to build a contemporary Naust with an unpretentious presence and a distinctive character, developing themes from the vernacular architecture. Seemingly growing from the landscape, the house sits on a rock beneath a granite shoulder negotiating the uneven terrain“, explained the architects.The path leading to the house entrance is laid out with sand and seems sculpted in the harsh terrain, among the shrubs and boulders. The structure of the project was imagined on two floors, maximizing social spaces: “The upper level is comprised of smaller scale bedrooms and family rooms, whereas the lower level is a large gallery-like space structured around a stone hearth. Completed in linseed oil painted pine with untreated birch skirting, frames and reveals, the interior is kept subtle with a character of being hand-built, promoting tactile qualities and the attractive patina developed over time.” Each of the minimalist interiors features large glass openings, allowing the inhabitants to contemplate the ever-changing hues of the sea. [Photography Åke E:son Lindman]

 Blending Traditional New England Architecture with Modern Design: Skyfall Residence

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Balzer + Tuck Architecture from Saratoga Springs, New York designed the SkyFall Residence on six acres of this upstate New York horse country property to celebrate the slowing rolling hills, views of the Adirondack Mountains and sunsets. Their task was to blend traditional New England architecture with modern elements and open living. At the same time, the owners set out to design something that was built within the context of the property and not intrude on the natural surroundings.The interior and exterior were designed for comfort and entertaining. The top level encompasses the main living space with an elegant dining area, showcase-worthy front and back kitchen, butler’s pantry, four seasons room and 125 windows to ensure full enjoyment of the spectacular view. The finished lower level includes a guest bedroom suite, home office and theater room with surround sound and wall-to-wall projection screen.Oak cabinets with vertically matched grain make up the kitchen, dining hutch and entertainment area built-ins. Paired with hardwood floors and a neutral color scheme, the mixed materials work together to reflect the home’s naturally beautiful location. The front kitchen features open shelving to display china and glassware. A back kitchen provides additional utility space, which keeps the front kitchen uncluttered and primed as a gathering space.In designing this 4,700-square-foot home, designer Leah Margolis from Leah Margolis Design LLC, also from Saratoga Springs, New York, worked with the homeowners to achieve a joint vision of a cohesive space. Margolis introduced the owners to mid-century modern design beginning with an original Saarinen Tulip Table. The table started the ball rolling and they fully embraced it. [Information provided via e-mail by Balzer + Tuck Architecture; Photography by Randall Perry]

 Delightful “Grand Blvd Residence” in California Exuding Freshness Throughout

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Designed by Robert Thibodeau of Du Architects, the Grand Blvd Residence in Venice, California exudes freshness throughout. With a living surface of over 3,000 square feet, this three bedroom home encompasses gorgeous architectural and design elements. A rich color palette brings in a vibrant, dynamic feel, one that can be experienced from every part of the house. Two outdoor decks, an outdoor shower, a barbecue area and a site located just seconds from the beach make this a delightful family retreat.The layout of this home is practical and inviting: enter into the warm, modern open floor-plan with polished concrete floors, walls of glass, soaring redwood ceilings and a spacious gourmet kitchen. It is here that art blends in with the day-to-day rituals of the inhabitants, contributing to a healthy, beautiful space. Extensive use of wood also adds up to the cozy feel.  Move onto the second level and enjoy two generously-sized bedrooms and baths. The additional mezzanine spaces are perfect for an office or reading corner. The third level consists of a spectacular master suite, with a spacious built-in closet and a chic master bathroom with large his and her’s shower and soaking tub. See any details you find inspiring?

 Inspired by the Concept of an Umbrella: Botucatu House in Brazil

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Completed by FGMF Arquitetos, Botucatu House by FGMF Arquitetos was especially designed for a young couple in Botucatu, Brazil. Inspired by the concept of an umbrella, the architectures positioned the roof so that it protects the entire house from the sun during the summer: “This very simple concept brought up interesting aesthetic and spatial complexities as the project was being developed, enhancing this intention to create new spaces and so reinventing the traditional Brazilian terraces”, explained the team. The main level is expanded with a swimming pool and lounge area, offering opportunities for outdoor entertaining.Connecting the residence with its landscape was one of the main targets of the project: “The indoors is organized in diverse sections under a wide exposed concrete roofing in reference to the modern architecture from São Paulo, specially concerning the work of Vilanova Artigas. Each section is covered with different coating, improving immediate apprehension of the different functions. The terrace area that surrounds every ambient has simple height here and double height there, depending on where is the visitor located and relatively to the different internal volume.” Enjoy the virtual gallery! [Photos by Rafaela Netto]

 The Difference Between Hiring A Designer And Going DIY

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Only you know whether you’d rather hire a designer or develop the space on your own. Image Via: Martha O’Hara InteriorsChanging the look of your home is never easy. It’s an investment of time and money that you want to continue falling in love with for many years to come. It’s no surprise that many people seek professional assistance to ensure that they create a timeless look.But hiring an interior designer isn’t for everyone. Some people prefer to be more hands on and thrive under the opportunity to create the look of their own space from scratch.But, how can you tell which camp you fall into? We’ve outlined some of the main differences between hiring a designer and going DIY, or doing the project on your own. Read them over before you start your next remodel. They’ll help you make the decision with confidence.Both professionally designed rooms and DIY projects look great in the end, but there are tradeoffs in the design process. Image Via: Harper Design from HarperCollins PublishersBefore starting any design projects, odds are you have some idea of what you’d like the finished space to look like. Since working with a designer often requires steady communication to get your concept across, take the time to consider how you see the space before you start hiring.For some of us, it’s all about the details. Are you the sort of person who already has the furniture for your new space picked out? Is your heart set on recreating a contemporary Japanese style? If you have very specific thoughts on how you would like to design the space, you may be better suited to tackling the space on your own so that you can be sure your vision is executed exactly how you want it.Others of us, however, are more about seeing the big picture. These are the people who know what they like when they see it, even if they have trouble nailing down exactly what it is that makes that look so appealing. In this case, a designer will probably be your greatest asset since he or she will be able to present you with a multitude of options and help guide you through the decision making process.Going DIY means that you can entirely control how the space looks, right down to the tiny details. Image Via: Andra Birkerts DesignIt goes without saying that DIY projects tend require a large investment of time. Though they are often worth it in the end, if you’re not prepared for the process, they can be more trouble than they’re worth. Before you start your design project, think long and hard about if you can handle the commitment or you would rather consult a professional.If you’re the type of person who is constantly clocking overtime hours at work or is in charge of balancing several family members’ hectic schedules, DIY may not be the best choice for you. It may be better to hire a designer who can do all the legwork of finding contractors and sourcing materials, so that you only have to give final approval.On he other hand, if you happen to have a good amount of free time at your disposal and genuinely think you’ll enjoy spending your nights and weekends giving your home a facelift, go for it. Renovating a space can be an opportunity to hone new skills, not to mention a point of pride that you’ll have for years to come.A designer will handle all the pesky details of your project, so you can just enjoy the end result. Image Via: Upholstery Club’s Shelly LeerWe’ve got some news for you: interior design projects are rarely a one or two person job, no matter how small they may seem. Even if you plan to tackle a lot of the physical labor on your own, the process will be much faster and more enjoyable if you can call in a few connections who are willing to lend a hand.When you’re considering doing the project on your own, it’s often a matter of calling in favors from your rolodex. Do you have any friends and family members who may be willing to help you help you tackle some of your more tedious tasks? Have you worked with contractors on a past project that you’d like to hire again, if need be? As long as you can think of a few names that you can turn to for assistance, you should be fine.But, if you have trouble coming up with some names, a designer may have just the connections you need. He or she will likely have a large network of contacts that they’ve worked with on previous jobs. You should have no trouble getting plenty of recommendations for qualified contractors.Designers have contacts that can assist with every aspect of the remodel. Image Via: IKEAEvery home design project comes with some element of cost and hiring an interior designer is no exception. Fox News estimates that most homeowners spend between $75-$250 per hour on their services. At that price range, cost absolutely needs to be a factor in your decision.Sit down and look at your budget for the project. Are you content with the idea taking a sizable chunk of money out of your budget to pay a designer? Considering the estimated hourly figure, did you also leave a cushion for extra expenses and unforeseen costs? If the answer to either one of those questions was, “no”, we’d strongly advise you to go the do-it-yourself route and put your money towards design elements that you’ll love.However, if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford hiring a professional, you still want to be sure that you’re getting your money’s worth. As you interview each designer make sure to ask them not only about their price, but what services are included in that figure. Make sure to ask if any additional fees apply and what the procedure is for handling additional incurred expenses.Repurposing items you already own such as using slip covers can also help you stay on budget. Image Via: Leslie Glazier @ PropertiesThe decision of whether to hire an interior designer or develop the space on your own can be a weighty one. While professional help may require a large investment of money, going DIY takes an equally big investment of time. Only you can decide which path is right for you, but we’ve got a few tips to make that right answer become clear. Read them over before you start your next project and let us know what you decide.Do you like to hire a designer or to redo your spaces on your own? What factor makes that decision for you? Tell us in the comments below…

 Creative Multi-Generational Family Home in Virginia: The Bridge House

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Bridge House by Höweler + Yoon Architecture is an original looking residence in McLean, Virginia, United States. The multi-generational house is located between a forest area and a suburban neighborhood, offering the inhabitants a feel of both lifestyles. The structure of the project consists of three volumes, each  interacting with the landscape: “Views from the suburban street through to the sloped landscape are informed by the programmatic volumes of the main floor and the bridge-like volume above, which frame the scene from interior and exterior vantage points. Each tubular volume contains a carefully organized relationship of private and public areas that correspond to the family’s generational structure”, explained the architects.A creative layout answers the living needs of all generations living in the residence: “The smaller volume of the ground floor is the private master suite for the grandparents (the clients) who are first-generation Korean-American immigrants to the United States. The larger volume of the ground floor is the collective public area of the multi-generational home, which includes all shared programs, such as the kitchen, family room, dining room and garage. Physically bridging between these two spaces is a long volume that houses the family’s second and third generations.” The interior design scheme includes furniture units made from recycled materials, as well as a fireplace and staircase fabricated from hot-rolled steel and wood. [Photos courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture]

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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.

 New Terraced Manhattan Residential Building Spiraling 30 Floors Up

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Summing up to a total of 865 units (rental and condos), the Mercedes House in the west of Midtown Manhattan combines commercial and residential spaces in a new, splendidly designed modern structure. Overlooking De Witt Clinton Park and the Hudson River, this terraced mixed-use building is programmed to be up and running this summer. Spreading over 1.3 million square feet, the building designed by Ten Arquitectos also features a public garden, sun deck, and mirrored courtyard. Two hundred parking spaces and a 55,000 square-foot auto showroom on ground floor reminds us of the building’s name. Sloping from New York’s telephone switching tower down to the De Witt Clinton Park, it composes a height transition between the two, challenging New York City to displays itself beautifully from the rooftop gardens at every floor. The building’s impressive size, measuring more than half a city block, allows the structure to look imposing, while the upper part was arranged to resemble a staircase. This allows each inhabitant to benefit from direct sunlight and connect to the cityscape without loosing the pleasure of enjoying the panorama from a terrace. Faceted with a silver perforated rain screen on the street-facing walls and a hybrid curtain wall on the interior, the Mercedes House will help change the cityscape and add a little breathing residential space to the surroundings…

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Round bathtubs are often used to accentuate clean, crisp powder rooms. And when it’s a room with a view, a simple form is the preferred tub of choice, especially when the focus is on the scene on the other side of the glass windows. Bathrooms with round tubs often feature round sinks. Here’s one more modern powder room with a view. Round tubs are often used to mirror other round forms in the powder room, such as the skylight in the all-white bathroom below. Curved built-in wall shelving provides another focal point in this space, especially since it’s filled with coral and other natural wonders.

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Your bench doesn’t necessarily have to be built right into your shower. If you have enough room, you can purchase a standalone bench that you can bring right in, and remove whenever you want! Here’s a wooden bench in a large walk-in from HGTV. What type of bathroom bench or stool is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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An armoire can be a lovely addition to your bedroom, even if you already have a giant walk-in closet. If you have enough stuff, you may want to dedicate your armoire to neatly organizing and storing all your jewelry, scarves, purses, handbags, shoes, and other smaller accessories. Do you own enough hats? Simply replace the glass doors with netting for an interesting way to display them.

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Emerald is a color that has consistently topped trend charts in recent times and its jewel-toned glamor is perfect for bedrooms with Hollywood Regency style. Malachite pattern and color is also a smart choice if you love that luxurious look in the bedroom while eclectic bedrooms drenched in green goodness steal the show with sheer audacity and flair.

 Modern Atmosphere Recreated in a Duplex Apartment in Shanghai

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Inspired by the urban, cosmopolite vibe of Shanghai, SKEW Collaborative redesigned the Wulumuqi Road Apartment. Located at the top-floor of a residential building, the flat, a dull and rigid living space with industrial influences suffered several design transformations to become this dynamic, super-sophisticated home. The core of it remains simple but there are a couple of distinctive new elements that caught our eye: the minimalist furniture, the openness and last, but not least, the edgy geometry displayed throughout the loft. The apartment’s addition, an attic, was completely renewed. It now accommodates the bedroom and a more private study area.
The overall challenge was to enlarge the space and create a modern atmosphere. Extrapolating design and architectural possibilities, the team responsible with the renewal of the flat played with the attic’s angular geometry and figured out a way to create a unitary living space by putting the roof’s geometric pattern into the ceiling, walls and staircase, display a series of overlapping triangles. “This project connects more deeply to the socio-economic roots of its surroundings by searching out the old generation of trades and craftsmen who could not only put their skills to good use, but also rebuild with recycled materials from a city undergoing rapid demolition and transformation.”

 Why There May Be Toxins In Your Home

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Beware of toxic buildup in your home. Image Via: CTA Architects Engineers
Toxins are a tricky subject. Many people discuss them without knowing exactly what they are or what they do.
Unfortunately, some of the things that we fill our homes with are full of toxic chemicals. Over time, exposure to those things can unknowingly contribute to making you and your loved ones sick.
We’ve outlined some of the most common factors in your home that can lead to toxic build up. Use this as a guide when you purchase products for your family and you’ll have a jumpstart towards keeping everyone healthy.
The best homes are both stylish and healthy. Image Via: South County Post & Beam, Inc.
The concept of toxins can be fairly broad, so before we start discussing them at length, it’s best to start on the same page. At their most broad definition, toxins are classified as any chemicals, whether plant or animal based, that can make humans sick.
In particular, when discussing toxins in your home, most often it is in regards to Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), which a study by the National Institute of Heath has classified as “acute health- or comfort-related effects that seem to be linked directly to the time spent in the building.”
Though the symptoms of SBS vary from person to person and can include anything from sore throat to runny nose and itchy eyes, there is one unifying factor. They are recurring and usually worsen after an hour or two spent in the building.
SBS symptoms worsen as the time spent at home increases. Image Via: Cheryl Burke Interior Design
Like most things, the knowledge we have about building materials has expanded over time. Unfortunately, this means that some of the construction materials that were commonly used in the past have now been found to be toxic. If you and your family are in the market for an older home, be sure to do your research.
Some of the most common structural toxins are:
Luckily, most of these occurrences can be tested for and all four are required to be disclosed by law. Make sure to include them in your home inspection contingencies and negotiate accordingly before heading to the settlement table.
Remember to include construction material tests in your inspection contingencies. Image Via: Degnan Design Group
Once you’re in your home, the items that you choose to fill it with are just as critical to your family’s health as the walls that surround them. In particular, the furniture that you decide upon is at risk for being a potential hazard.
The issue resides mainly in the cushions of some of your favorite cushy sofas and chairs. According to an article published by the New York Times, many of the chemicals used to make sure that these pieces are flame retardant have been found to be cancerous – and we breath them in every day.
Our couches aren’t the only guilty party however. Harsh chemicals are often used in paints and coatings on metal pieces. The simple solution is just to do your homework before buying. Read up on manufacturing practices and do your best to purchase the most naturally produced items possible.
Natural furniture is always your best bet. Image Via: Diane Bergeron Interiors
The last step to battling toxic buildup in your home is to tackle your cleaning products. After all, you’ll be using them to keep your home spic and span for as long as you live in the property, so you want to make sure that you’re using the safest and most gentle solutions possible.
Many of the common cleaning products that are household names are comprised of harsh and potentially harmful chemical solutions, especially those that are labeled as disinfectants. When shopping, read labels and do your best support companies that sell natural or environmentally-friendly solutions.
If you’re opposed to paying the slightly higher price tag that often comes with these green brands, it is possible to DIY your own versions at home. Sites like Pinterest offer tons of recipes that let you clean your home naturally and safely.
Clean your home with non-abrasive products whenever possible. Image Via: Heydt Designs
Your home is supposed to function as your family’s safe haven from the outside world. It only makes since that you would want to keep that environment as healthy as possible for you and your loved ones. The above article outlines some of the possible hazardous toxins in your home. Check it out and keep it in mind throughout your homeownership. At our site, we want to help all of our readers stay happy and healthy.
Have you ever experienced Sick Building Syndrome? Do you take potentially toxic chemicals into account when purchasing? Let us know in the comments below…

 Dominated by Modern Textures: Penthouse in Belgrade by Gradnja.rs

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This luxurious penthouse consists of three bedrooms, a large living block, wardrobe and a study. The owners are a young couple who had a wish for their apartment to be in a quiet part of Belgrade, furnished in modern, functional and above all friendly style. Studio for interior design Gradnja.rs and architect Sonja Brstina carried out the interior, dominated by modern lines and colors. The apartment is located on the top floor of the building surrounded by a spacious terrace, accessible from almost every room.
The living room, dining room, kitchen and library form a unique space where the purple color of rugs and pillows contrast dominant earth colors. Pink and green color dominate the room for a girl. The bed is positioned centrally in the room near the plaster niche. Indirect lighting provides a sense of depth and makes the space comfortable. The walls are set with floral wallpaper and stripes. Six spot-lights in the bedroom right above the bed make an interesting light effect on the ceiling. From the room you enter the small closet and the bathroom with luxury tiles. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by architect Sonja Brstina]

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Tailoring the look of your home’s exterior is one way to create a space that reflects your personality. There are many cheap landscaping ideas you can tackle on your own that are high impact without a high price tag.
Creating a modern, beautiful yard doesn’t have to cost a lot. In fact, the gorgeous, million dollar contemporary gardens in the magazines are possible today thanks to creative designers with a desire to use materials and plants that were easily sourced and more environmentally sensitive. Landscapers and architects wanted to re-use creative materials that were low-maintenance, cheap or free and plants that required little care or water.
First, consider the space you have and what you will use it for. Do you have a large backyard that you like to spend time in? Does your front yard lack curb appeal? Determining what you want from your yard and what functions you’d like it to have will help guide your landscaping decisions. We’ve assembled a few cheap landscaping ideas to help you create a yard you’ll enjoy.
A cheap landscaping idea that creates great visual impact is the use of pavers and ground cover. If you have unused ground space in your yard or bare earth you’d like to cover up, use recycled or broken pavers in a mosaic pattern of your choice. Plant moss or creeping sedum between the seams for contrast. The combination of the two materials means you need less of each, saving you money.
Creeping sedum is a light green perennial with yellow flowers that spreads on its own, thrives in full sunshine, and doesn’t need much water or maintenance to survive. Another great option for creating a fragrant path is the use of the herb lemon thyme in your mosaic pattern. It grows slowly, requiring minimal maintenance, is edible and releases a nice aroma when stepped on.
If you need to create a pathway through your yard, this also works as one of the best cheap landscaping ideas. While laying the stones on top of grass or the ground is an option, you can also dig shallow holes in the shape of the stones in order to ensure that they are flush with the ground.
There are many flowers and plants that can grow from a small cutting of another plant. Before you head to the nursery to buy plants, seedlings or bulbs (which can be expensive), ask friends who have foliage that you admire for several small cuttings of their plants. Some beautiful flowers and plants like succulents and butterfly bush grow very well from clippings and will spruce up the look of your home’s exterior.
You probably already have what you need in your home to grow flowers or vegetables, so you don’t have to buy raised beds or planters from a gardening store. Some great ideas for planters that you might already have on hand include wine crates or barrels, tires, or old pallets. Cluster repurposed planters at different heights to add depth and dimension, and give a visual focal point to your garden.
Another inexpensive but contemparary way to upcycle your planters is by painting them in a bold color. If you’re using terracotta pots, soak them in water for an hour before painting with water based paint.
Perennials are plants that return year after year, while annuals are planted and live for only one season. For a budget-friendly flower choice, fill your garden with perennials. Great, modern perennials for your yard include:
–Allium (purple ball-shaped flowers shown in image above)–Astilbe–Baptisia–Buddleia–Coneflower–Kangaroo Paw–Sage–Veronica (spiked purple flowers in image above)
Decide on one of two different design approaches when landscaping with flowers — a one-color floral garden or a combination of colorful perennials.
Buying perennials might cost you a little more in the beginning, but it will be a one-time expense that will pay off in your garden — both financially and visually — year after year.
A combination of grasses add texture, color and a modern look to your garden. While they can be a great, low-maintenance addition to your yard without breaking your budget, grasses help your landscape look high-design and expensive. Some grasses worth adding to your yard include:
–Blue Oatgrass–Feather Reedgrass–Flax (colorful)–Fountaingrass–Little Bluestem (colorful)–Zoysia (low and perfect for a soft ground cover)
Plant the grasses in clusters and add some perennials for an easy, year-round garden.
Gravel is low-maintenance, durable and relatively inexpensive. Use gravel in spots where plants don’t thrive, there’s heavy foot traffic, drainage problems or an area where an architectural, modern look is needed.
Corrugated steel, wood scraps, found objects and old copper can be artfully recycled into a unique feature in your yard. One of the easiest places to start is by adding unexpected materials to your fence or patio wall.
Get creative and add some of these cheap landscaping ideas to beautify your yard…

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