The Avenue Residence by Christian Rice Architects is an example of maximizing space on a relatively narrow property through the integration of exterior living areas. Located in Coronado, California, USA, the house features a covered front porch and covered rear patio that engage the open-plan great room at the front and rear through pocketing glass doors. The array of open and enclosed spaces create plenty of opportunities for family gatherings and outdoor relaxation.Exuding a rustic-contemporary vibe, this narrow dwelling is highly welcoming: “A two-story outdoor stone fireplace is constructed on the detached rear guest house, providing a visual focal point throughout the home. The stone fireplace is further accented at night as recessed lights embedded into the hearth provide illumination. The aesthetics of the home take inspiration from contemporary ‘barn’ design seen in the Northern California wine country, and integrates these concepts with more traditional coastal design to create a unique blend of coastal and contemporary architecture.” Enjoy the virtual gallery below and feel free to share your thoughts regarding the overall design of this project. What are the elements you find most inspiring and why? [Photos and information provided by Christian Rice Architects]
Spreading over 650 square meters, this imposing dream home rises in Mexico City, promises this bustling urban community a modern take on possible lifestyles. Known as Casa Sierra Leona, the home in the colonia Lomas de Chapultepec, just outside Mexico City, has risen is the shape of a modern juxtaposition of volumes. Greenery rising up the walls in the garden creates an ever uplifting feeling of freedom. Floor-to-ceiling windows opening the interiors to the outdoors bomb the eye with inspiring green surroundings that help protect privacy.A brainchild of José Juan Rivera Río, this wonderful dream home in Mexico City is raised 2,5 meters above street level, encouraging architects to come up with a creative solution to increase space and functionality inside and out. This is how the home was given a courtyard in front and a garden behind. Those who want a dream home in Mexico City will be thrilled to see the interiors unfolding in photos by Nasser Malek Hernández. Seeing Casa Sierra Leona under both natural light during the day and carefully artificial, we can imagine how it would feel like to live there.Concrete, glass and steel were used to build the frame in which quality materials take central stage. Blurred lines between the interior and exterior create a natural flow through the spaces, up, down and side to side. The flat roof and this wonderful volumetric architecture was inspired by the 1960s modernism. Including a basement accessed from the front facade and leading to the parking lot, this home seems like the perfect solution for urban living in Mexico City. Or maybe you prefer something like this 1960s beach home turned into a spectacular A-Frame residence?
Millennials (who are the up-and-coming home buyers) are beginning to drastically shape home design. Image Source: Gunlock HomesHome design trends are like fashion— constantly in flux. What’s hot one minute is not so hot the next, leaving you with an outdated home. Let’s try and forecast what’s coming by catching a trend in its infancy, allowing you to be ahead of the bandwagon and have an on-trend home, or perhaps a home that sets and solidifies an upcoming trend.Here we will look at how millennials (who are the up-and-coming home buyers) are beginning to drastically shape home design trends. Millennials have a unique perspective on life and how it should be lived, and this outlook is shaping how homes are being designed and built. Let’s delve deeper into the mega-impact millennials are having on home design:Millennials have a unique perspective on life and how it should be lived, and this outlook is shaping how homes are being designed and built. Image Source: CR MartinBefore we explain how millennials are redefining design, we better first explain who exactly these millennials are.Millennials are often referred to as Generation Y, following Generation X. Most think this demographic ranges in birth years that span from 1980 to the early 2000’s. Imagine for a moment what this generation has witnessed so far in their lives, and perhaps what their parents have witnessed and how that has shaped their upbringing.Author, Eldwood Carlson, who penned The Lucky Few: Between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom, refers to this demographic as Generation 9/11, noting the upswing in births after 1983 that abruptly ended once 9/11 hit. According to many theories, this generation has specific traits due to its timing of birth. The main traits resulting in a civic-minded generation who have a strong sense of duty, and local and global community awareness. Imagine how that way of thinking could affect home design….Millennials are often referred to as Generation Y, following Generation X, and range in birth years from 1980 to the early 2000’s. Image Source: Western Window SystemsWhen researching this topic, one main theme kept reappearing in terms of a millennial lifestyle and what this generation holds high and values: Money & Success.A Monitoring the Future study by University of Michigan, showed a dramatic increase resulting in 75% of millennials noting that wealth was a very important life attribute. This study also noted dramatic decreases in the desire for lifestyles that:These statistics don’t seem to align with the earlier-mentioned traits of millennials being civic-minded and having a strong sense of duty, locally and globally. But with this dichotomy in mind, let’s look at some recurring home designs that builders and home designers are noting popular among millennials.This ‘Generation Y’ holds high and values: Money & Success. Image Source: Wick DesignPresident of the Southern California Edition of Tri Pointe Homes, Tom Grable, believes it’s the urbanized environments that are attracting the young, cosmopolitan people. He notes: “These people with high-tech or engineering jobs like things that look and feel techy and have practical applications.”He further notes how this urban or millennial trend will filter and spread to the majority: “…a lot of those urbane buyers are thought leaders, and over time their [housing preferences] will filter down to a greater marketplace. So, over time, we’ll start to see contemporary aspects introduced into the more suburbanized or outer edges of our markets.”Since millennials seem to value money and success, it only seems natural for them to flock to high-tech jobs that lead to wealth and success. This lifestyle requires a home that suitably reflects their values. Read below to see what this type of home may really look like.It’s the urbanized environments that are attracting the young, cosmopolitan people. Image Source: Ellerman HomesEssentially, millennials don’t strive to live like their parents’. Realtor Magazine notes the following attributes that top the list of a what a millennial wants in a home:Realtors, builders, architects, interior designers— are you listening? This is the new, up-and-coming generation of home buyers.Essentially, millennials don’t strive to live like their parents’. They value originality. Image Source: Nathan GoodAre you a millennial? If you are, are we correct with our above characteristics? Obviously no two people are alike, but is their some truth in our generalizations of this generation?
Reader & Swartz Architects imagined a 1970’s farmhouse rekindled to its old flame with a twist of modern design. transformed from plain and boring into a contemporary example of modern design capabilities, the Virginia Farmhouse renovation literally brought back life and health to its inhabiting family. Architects inform us that “the house had mold problems, and, consequently, its inhabitants had respiratory issues. ”Imagine an old farmhouse, dressed in baby blue vinyl siding being replaced with a modern replica. How would it change?This 1970’s farmhouse in Frederick County, Virginia, was surrounded by fully-grown trees. This was its main feature that convinced everyone the old farmhouse was worth saving. Architects say that “because of its siting, and because the owners were concerned about conserving natural resources, a decision was made not to tear down and relocate the house. Instead, the design parti was to keep the box of the original house as the central core, add two wings which help make outdoor spaces and optimize the sun path, and rethink the building massing.”Oriented for passive solar gain and using locally sourced materials, this home has a whole list of environmentally-friendly strategies used in its design and construction.The owners’ environmentally-conscious way of living was infused in the farmhouse renovation. Boulders found in different places were used as decor indoors and outside. This creates a strong bond between natural and man-made and this was mirrored in the whole design.“The core of the existing house was used for the kitchen, service spaces, and children’s bedrooms. Because the existing house had typical eight foot high ceilings, we opened up the second floor above the kitchen. This new opening connects the centrally located kitchen to the children’s areas above, and drops daylight into the center of the house. One new wing is an open living room, connected to the kitchen and outdoors. The other new wing is dedicated to more private rooms, including the master suite, yoga room, and library.”Photographed by Hoachlander Davis Photography, the renovated farmhouse re-imagined as being an inspiring version of its old self, saving time and money in the process: “Cedar tree trunks were used structurally in the kitchen and yoga room. The building is skinned in cedar siding, arranged in horizontal and vertical patterns and punctuated by art panels.” A re-imagined family home where everything has its place, right?
What makes a social space attractive? The atmosphere, details and sounds, aromas and laughs? These are all to be found at Bar Raval in Toronto, Canada. Designed by Canadian architects Partisans, the modern social space greets guests with a unique display of undulating mahogany lines. Imagined to have people enjoy each other’s company while sitting, the ambitious project is defined by smooth lines that invite to touch. It’s easy to lean against soft edges and feel your way along the textured walls and bar edge.“Bar Raval is a 21st-century reinterpretation of Spanish Art Nouveau. The brainchild of celebrated Canadian chef Grant van Gameren and wunderkind mixologists Mike Webster and Robin Goodfellow, Raval introduces Toronto to the pintxo bar, a cornerstone of social and gastronomic culture in Basque Country.”Spreading over 1,980 square feet, the sculptural Bar Raval encourages social interaction: “Raval’s molten quality fosters fluid circulation and close encounters, honoring the spirit of its Spanish pintxo counterparts.”Nooks and crannies become part of the sinuous design. Mahogany stretches from the walls up to the ceilings, where cut-outs showcase the complex ceiling design and bottles found their perfect decor place. The dark color palette alongside gold infusions help create a sophisticated atmosphere, perfect for socialization. Specializing in tapas but revealing a mix of modern and Nouveau design, Bar Raval brings a unique perspective on fun on Toronto’s bar scene.A customized project, Bar Raval is infused with its owners’ personalities: “The bar’s design pays direct homage to the physicality of its three owners. The result: A series of three-dimensional tattooed “limbs” that enfold patrons in a warm mahogany embrace. Passers-by can also admire the artistry—the handcrafted steel latticework we designed to clad the front and side windows. But like van Gameren’s mouth-watering pinxtos, the filigree only offers a tantalizing taste of what lies within.”We recently featured a fascinating bar area that was designed to become the focal point for the bartender’s intriguing cocktails, maybe you’d like to see how that design looks like and compare it to what you know…
Located in the increasingly trendy Mar Vista neighborhood in Los Angeles, this refreshingly modern LA home boasts exquisite details that shape an unforgettable space. Floor-to-ceiling windows and multi-slider doors ensure the owners are met with vibrancy every morning. Natural light makes art flourish on walls and invites outdoors in the beautiful garden.Privacy is protected from the curious eye by windows placed high up that allowing natural light to caress private spaces. Privacy continues in the garden, where the extensive use of glass between indoor and outdoor is protected by green fences all around.The volumetric white and gray facade is interrupted by framed windows and punctuated with wood to mark the entrances to a warm and inviting home. A beautiful corner window hides one of the bedrooms upstairs. Walking past the sleek wood entrance door, the home welcomes you with a large open space leading out to a green garden. A tree planted outdoors is clearly seen through the glass enclosure designed for it, making the space feel both indoors and outdoors.Blue and orange work wonders on creating a vibrant atmosphere inside. Large dark framed windows frame exhilarating green views of the surroundings, also flooding the interior with bright light.The brand new, meticulously designed modern LA home boasts fine details that animate the space: “The kitchen is equipped with Italian cabinetry, and luxury appliances. Limestone walls permeate interior and exterior. Dramatic lighting outside and in, enhances the artfulness of the design. The master bedroom has “his” and “hers” closets with sleek, customizable Italian shelving systems. The house is technologically cutting-edge with operating solar panels, security cameras and the Control 4 Home Automation System which allows the owner to operate systems and view the home from remote locations.”See more details of this modern LA home here and enjoy the inspiring photos! And if you loved this garden, maybe you’d like to see this surprising urban garden exhibited by contemporary home in Bratislava, it’s something to dream about at night…
Residence in Glyfada is a modern two-level private home designed by Dolihos Architects in Athens, Greece. The architects opted for a simple shape, with the southwest façade emphasizing on horizontality, “resulting in a seemingly austere, almost monumental design with two major gates. The southwest gate leads to the house’s main entrance. The surrounding area lies 1m (3.28ft) higher than the street level, which, along with the tall planting, provides privacy to the residents.” Featuring a large courtyard with swimming pool, the retreat offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor entertainment and relaxation.Modern luxury defines the inner spaces, which exude a visually-striking array of materials and textures: “The living areas on the ground floor were designed as an open space, oriented to the south, with views over the garden, whereas a playroom and a guesthouse are situated on the back, along to the backyard. The upper floor accommodates the family’s bedrooms and an open space office, all with direct access to outdoor space. Storage rooms, gym, garage and living area for the domestic worker, can be found on the basement.” Let us know what you think after taking the virtual tour! [Photos courtesy of Dolihos Architects]
Your bedroom should be a place to relax and unwind. And while your master bedroom’s design can have a major effect on resale value, it’s also a space that is primarily for you so it’s important that you create a space that you’ll love.It’s easy to change the look of a bedroom on any budget, whether that means bringing in new furniture pieces, adding a few splashes of color or altering the lighting to be more soothing. There are many different styles and aesthetics that you can emulate in order to produce a space that works for you. If you’re wondering where to start, here are some bedroom decorating ideas to help you turn your bedroom into one of your favorite rooms in the house. Bedrooms are a retreat from the world that should be a place where you can feel at ease after a long day. Outfitting your room in soothing colors is a good way to help your bedroom become a tranquil sleeping space. Start by focusing on high impact areas, like the walls and floor space. Using calming greens, beiges or misty blues works well in areas like these because they create a peaceful, serene feeling that will help you feel more relaxed. Keep your bedding colors simple and avoid any bright colors or patterns that might hamper your sleep. Instead, add in tactile luxuries, like fur throws or sumptuous woolen blankets to add texture to the room. Sometimes choosing a theme for a room can be the best inspiration for getting it to feel exactly how you’d like it. For bedrooms, one great theme is going with a country vibe that will make you forget the bustle of life outside the bedroom door. Keep the walls sunny and bright by choosing a pale yellow paint color and decorate with landscape photographs and light wooden furniture. Use antique touches, like a delicate chandelier and curvy nightstands to make sure the room doesn’t feel too old-fashioned or frumpy.Back in the Victorian age, bold patterns were all the rage (in the bedroom and everywhere else in the home). If you’re craving a more dramatic aesthetic, look for bold wallpapers as either an accent wall or an all-around covering. Find a duvet cover that has patterns in the similar colors to complement the look. When using bold patterns, go with vivid colors like bright reds, yellows, blues or oranges; this helps make the patterns pop and gives your bedroom a distinctive look and feel.There’s a reason why people associate the sea with tranquility and relaxation: the colors of the seaside-pale blues and beige-are naturally soothing for your body and mind. You will be able to relax more easily when you feel like you’re in a natural setting that reflects the essence of the oceans. Paint your walls a soft blue and layer natural textures on your bed in order to recreate the look and feel of the seaside. Keep your floors raw and simple, and use weathered pieces of furniture to give your bedroom a timeless feel.For some people, a bedroom is not simply some place to sleep, it’s also a place where they can celebrate their own personality and style. A bedroom is an oasis for personal style and favorite items that you wouldn’t necessarily display in your living room. That makes it a great space for big, bold splashy art or other design elements that inspire you, but might not blend into other areas of your home.
Recently designed and implemented by Studio Metrocubo, House Sperone is a private residence located in Novigrad, Croatia, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Integrated within the medieval city walls, this place previously functioned as a wine cellar and a discotheque. Today, it is a 5 star holiday house with four bedrooms, living area, wellness and indoor swimming pool. The new design of the building “is put in the background of the existing architectural heritage, further highlighted in all its parts. This creates a symbiosis of past and present, stone walls with striking crenelations at the top mixed with contemporary residential functions inside the house”, explained the project developers.Aiming to create a visual experience with the sea and medieval stone walls, the architects oriented all the major facilities of the residence towards these elements: “The ground floor has a spacious spa area with indoor pool, sauna and gym. Sliding floor to ceiling glass windows can be completely open for access to the lower terrace with summer kitchen and sun deck. Upper level, for the most part, contains daily spaces – living room, kitchen and dining area incorporated in a whole. In front of the living area there is a large terrace directly connected to the interior with sliding glass walls”. On the rooftop of the building, another lovely outdoor space welcomes guests to contemplate the old town of Novigrad and the magic places where it comes in contact with the sea…
Having great windows is a major plus in any home–they add character and provide much coveted natural light. Without window treatments, however, the space will look unfinished.Whether you choose blinds, cornices or curtains, windows are a good place to anchor the room’s overall design and inject your own personal style. Before deciding on a treatment, determine what function the window covering needs to serve and the aesthetic you want it to reflect. Is it for a home office? Blinds that block out glare from the sun are a good choice. Looking for an elegant touch to a dining room window? A cornice is a stylish option. Do you need privacy? Opt for an opaque material.Custom curtains can be expensive, so think about both utility and style before making your decision. There’s many options for great window treatment ideas that work for every budget and skill level. Below are our five favorite trends.Wood cornices are one of the most classic window treatment ideas, but they are often overlooked as an option in contemporary homes because of their traditional nature. Used alone, however, cornices can create a sleek, modern look. Though they can be paired with curtains, stained or painted, wood boxes are perfect for the kitchen and bath, where fabric can succumb to water damage. These are best built by a skilled carpenter for a custom fit, so they can be expensive if you aren’t handy. Cornices hide curtain hardware and blend well with luxurious detailing, like crown molding, to give your home a gracious, regal look.If you love the look of clean edges but lack the funds for custom cornices, you can still have a beautiful window without any soft goods at all by painting the window’s mullions, frame and sill instead of dressing it with curtains. Any DIYer with a steady hand and some masking tape can paint a window, and the color possibilities are endless. Try a bold pop of color to highlight the view, but for best resale value, choose a dark brown or black color for a chic look.Swing arm curtains are one of the more unique window treatment ideas, and they haven’t seen much use in the United States in recent years. They require a special hinged curtain rod that allows you to move the curtain to stand out at a 90-degree angle from the window. Swing arm curtains are a brilliant and surprisingly inexpensive solution for bedrooms where you want to be able to block light easily without having to worry about ruining a carefully pleated or artfully scrunched curtain fabric with daily adjustments.No list of window treatment ideas would be complete without the ultra-rich look of opaque panels. Classic velvet is great for blocking light, and it can give your bedroom the feel of a sumptuous palace. Velvet’s beautiful drape allows it to look its best when tied back and allowed to cascade to the floor. Other great choices for opaque panels include sueded fabrics, chenille weaves and silk damask. Choose an unusual color for high impact in both traditional and modern spaces.Sheers are a bestseller for a reason: they look great in every room without costing a fortune. Sheer panels offer privacy while still allowing for plenty of light in your room, so they’re a great choice for north-facing windows or high-traffic areas. White sheers create a beautiful, breezy feel and are at their best when hung from floor to ceiling. Sheer panels are also available in a variety of colors. Match the walls for an interesting textural variation, or add a touch of color to a neutral room by choosing sheers in a pastel shade that works with the overall palette of the room…
You’re pretty lucky if you have a large enough window in your bathroom that could use a seating area right beneath it. A bathroom reno featured on Beneath My Heart uses an upholstered loveseat bench with added accent pillows for the window area. How about a built-in? This vanity featured on Home Bunch has a bench area near the window, while this other example (also from Home Bunch) creates a window seat out of a bathroom storage unit. You could also try a bathroom storage unit on a much larger scale with a bench as well, like the third option below from BHG. Built-ins are great, but they’re not for everyone. You could try a simple wicker bench with an elegant cushion to place by your bathroom window, like the one below featured on House of Turquoise.
Green in the girls’ bedroom coupled with pink works surprisingly well and it elegantly complements other colors such as brown and orange as well. Working with more than 3 or 4 bright colors in a room requires great care, perfect planning and a hint of ingenuity that lets each hue standout even while blending with the overall look. While it does sound like a risky proposition, get it right and you will have a playful kids’ room that is a visual treat.
There are a few specific styles and themes which come alive in the bedroom with the addition of a green tinge. The first that comes to mind is here is the exotic tropical style. Whether you wish to combine a hint of tropical charm with modern aesthetics or want to create a guest bedroom that is full of tropical flair, green is the color to turn to. A splash of bright or mossy green can turn your boring bedroom into a fun and playful space that reminds of your recent holiday trip to a stunning tropical getaway. Another look that revels in green is the beach style and you can replace the traditional white and blue blend with white, green and a hint of orange to create a unique and exquisite bedroom.
As winter approaches, there’s nothing like the warmth and ambiance a fire creates. For many, a wood-burning fireplace isn’t always an option. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a collection of the best electric fireplaces (as well as some bioethanol options) on the market in every size, style and price range so you can enjoy the warm glow and even the crackling sound of a real fire. The fireplaces featured below offer more than just a pretty image. Most have built-in heaters and blowers to circulate heat in a room. Some use state-of-the-art infrared heat, which is a less drying, more efficient heating system. And they come with a remote so you can control the heat, the flame or both from anywhere in the room.
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-day bathrooms are meant to be a sanctuary, a place we can go to relax and unwind after a busy day, a room that is calm and peaceful. However, bathtubs are not always as comfortable as we’d like them to be. Dutch designer Thomas Linssen of Studio Thol decided to take a slightly different approach to bathtub design, when he came up with this unusual tub.
To make the bathroom into a space in the house where he would like to be, Linssen approached the products in the bathroom as if they were objects in the living room. He started by making a bathtub, which drew its inspiration from an armchair.
The wooden frame of the chair, which is made from American White Oak, also acts as the mould from which the bathtub was created. The tub itself is made from a composite of polyester and marble.
Linssen explains:“For this project I took the frame of a chair, designed with comfort and posture in mind, and let it evolve into a bathtub. The base of the bath is defined by its oak-wood ‘skeleton’, the composite tub slightly puffs up between the wooden beams, pushed into this shape naturally through water pressure.”
This bathtub looks pretty comfortable to me and I certainly wouldn’t mind taking a soak in it. How about you?
Ethos Foods is a sophisticated, self-service vegetarian restaurant, conveniently located near Oxford Circus in Central London and specializing in deliciously healthy cuisine. I-AM collaborated with entrepreneur Jessica Kruger to bring the Ethos concept to life, developing the branding and interiors. Built and designed with the customer at heart, the interiors and layout of the restaurant have been carefully crafted to optimize customer flow and to provide a dynamic environment in which to dine. Rather than serving the food in the standard self- service buffet configuration, the design elevates the dishes and presents them in a beautifully abundant manner, tempting customers to try them all.
Against a neutral palette, the interior is highlighted by touches of blues, golds and silvers, making for a discrete, yet luxurious atmosphere. Blue tones are featured in the upholstery of the banquette seating, complimented with black and neutral loose furniture. Birch trees make for a striking feature in the design, with over 4m high trees standing majestically in the main space and delivering a natural and organic element. The main materials employed for the scheme are ceramic tiles, Iroko timber and brick slips, topped off with a blend of brass and stainless steel along with gold, black and white powder coated surfaces.
Premium black Port Laurent and white Calcatta marble were used for the counter and food display pods, while the seating area is a blend of timber and marble finishes. The exterior of the premises is a combination of vertical Iroko wood panels, kissing the glass shopfront behind and adding a touch of sophistication. The color for the exterior is golden timber mixed with gold, dark grey and deep blue, keeping with the neutral-chic overall color scheme. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by I-AM Design]
Adding green to the bedroom is easy if you already have a muted color scheme going in the room. It is a color that works beautifully with the likes of white, gray and even brown. While the yellowy-greens add warmth to the bedroom, the blue-tinged variants bring a touch of coolness along with a vibrant ambiance. Here is a pick of 25 gorgeous bedrooms that incorporate green in a gorgeous fashion.
Austrian designer Rainer Mutsch has created a series of lights made of fiber cement for the manufacturer Molto Luce. Each individual luminaire shade is moulded manually from soft fiber cement: the shades get their stability through their slightly rippled geometry which eventually leads to a minimum of material thickness. We love the stylish outcome and believe so will you.
Fiber cement, originally developed by Eternit, is produced eco-friendly from natural resources like water and cellulose fibers. The material is highly durable and non-flammable. The Soft series consists of a wall light, a bar pendant light and a large pendant light. Each of the designs comes with an original appearance, perfectly suited for modern homes and even public spaces. The industrial feel can be complemented by themed furniture and arrangements. Find its raw elegance appealing? [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Molto Luce]
With infinite combinations and practical applications, the Montana System is a late 20th century classic. Peter J. Lassen established Danish company Montana Møbler A/S in 1982 and designed its extremely efficient shelving system. Comprised of 36 basic modules in four depths, the system includes shelves, doors, drawers, trays and lighting. With infinite combinations and practical applications, the Montana System is a late 20th century classic. Peter J. Lassen established Danish company Montana Møbler A/S in 1982 and designed its extremely efficient shelving system. Comprised of 36 basic modules in four depths, the system includes shelves, doors, drawers, trays and lighting.