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 Modern Cottage Design Flaunting an Inverted Floor-Plan

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Modern cottage design can make you rethink your perspective on solitude. This modern family cottage with dark framed windows captures expansive views of the forest around. Built on a steep cliff’s edge, the Val-des-Monts Cottage in the Gatineau hills of Canada captures arresting views of the nearby lake. Children will definitely learn to respect nature and enjoy its ever-changing beauty.This modern lakeside family cottage imagined by Christopher Simmonds Architect stands on a stone platform that supports its smart inverted floor-plan.Boasting cantilevered family spaces upstairs, the home gathers stunning views of the surroundings. Private spaces were neatly tucked away in the land, resting on the sinuous lines of the landscape. Entering from the forest side, you move along the pathway into the home only to discover arresting lake views beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows.White oak boards were used on the floor and walls to create a warm and comfortable setting. On the outside, the modern cottage design showcases dark frames on the windows, while the interiors are bright and cheery with matching white frames on windows. Dressed in white cedar cladding, the modern cottage design impresses with every turn you take. Photos by Doublespace Photography showcase the abruptness of the land and glimpses of the warm interiors basked in sunlight.We can see details like slabs of silver maple shaping the bathroom vanity or the way light filtered by the forest caresses the interiors and creates a close connection to the outdoors. Cool air rising from the lake naturally ventilates interiors, rising the physical comfort level to match the attractive visual appeal. If you liked this modern cottage design and want to see more, check out this modern cottage rising on old heirloom cottage grounds in Quebec, it boasts inspiring elements you will fall in love with. 

 How to Add Modern Elements to Your Landscape Design

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Your landscape design is the perfect avenue to state your personal style, telling others what they should expect to see inside your home. Image Source: ZeterreDesigning a modern home seems almost ‘old hat’. We have so many resources available to us that offer multiple techniques for achieving a clean-lined, contemporary home. But what about the outside of our home—in particular, our landscaping?Our homes exterior often gets ignored, leaving our personal style statements for the interior. We think your style should shout from the rooftops, allowing passerby to immediately admire your personal style.  Your landscape design is the perfect avenue to state your personal style, telling others what they should expect to see inside your home, without ever entering your doors.Here are some great tips to create a modern landscape for your home:Our homes exterior often gets ignored, leaving our personal style statements for the interior. Here are great ways to add your style outside. Image Source: Ibarra RosanoInside a modern home  everything has its place and everything stays in its place. Clean lines rule and clutter is forbidden. These same design principles should be applied to your exterior landscape as well.Essentially, a modern landscape is the opposite of an English garden where it is elegant to let plants roam free and take over. Plants in a modern landscape are controlled and told where to go, and through manicuring they are forced to stay put. Akin to a bird in cage where we can admire its pretty plumage, but the bird is not allowed to fly free.Modern landscaping is broken up into clearly defined, tidy spaces. At this point, some of you may be feeling sorry for the modern landscape, thinking how boring and controlled, but please read on—a modern landscape offers a quaint, unique and pristine aesthetic that most other landscape designs cannot achieve.Plants in a modern landscape are controlled and told where to go, and through manicuring they are forced to stay put. Image Source: Barnes WalkerSquares, rectangles, circles, triangles…all of these simple shapes have a place in a modern landscape design. These shapes have multiple roles, but aside from adding that clean-lined modern aesthetic, they allow you to define areas in your garden and create individual vignettes.For instance, a straight-lined stone path can lead you to an outdoor sitting area that is defined by a squared boxwood enclosure, then perhaps circular stepping stones lead to an outdoor pool area, and so on. Geometry is not reserved for ground cover and stones, it should also be seen in the plants.It is best to choose plants that are open to pruning. Here are just a few modern garden plants that you may want to consider:Squares, rectangles, circles, triangles…all of these simple shapes have a place in a modern landscape design. Image Source: Denver ImageMost modern homes have a bit of a zen quality to them. They offer a place of refuge; a quiet place to sit back and relax, forgetting the worries of your day. Your outdoor landscape should most definitely offer the same zen-like atmosphere.Here are a few tips that help add zen to your modern garden:Your landscape should most definitely offer the same zen-like atmosphere as the inside of your home. Image Source: Westover LDGround cover and stone are essential tools for a modern landscape design. They are used to segment the landscape into areas and lead the eye from one outdoor ‘room’ to another.For instance a low strip of planted ground cedars can create a border around a pond or garden pathway. And concrete can be used to create a squared, grid-like path to a pool or pond. These features don’t always have to lead you somewhere—they can be used simply as visual tools that unify the design, as well.Consider incorporating a square sand garden with just a few well-placed rocks. Rake lines into the sand garden, swirling them around the stones, making a very zen, calming space. The picture below is a perfect example of how stone and ground cover can define a modern garden.Ground cover and stone are essential tools for a modern landscape design. They are used to segment the landscape into areas and lead the eye from one outdoor ‘room’ to another.Image Source: Peter Fudge GardensAs you can see, a modern garden has many elements, but it is not actually that hard to create a landscape that reflects your modern tastes—and we suggest your home exterior should always reflect who you are, just like your interior does. Just remember to incorporate clean, straight lines, lots of geometry, stone paths, borders, and don’t forget to add a little bit zen!Have you succeeded in creating your own modern landscape? Please share with us how you did it! 

 Sculptural Wall at Nosotros Bar Drawing Attention to The Bartender

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When you see this sculptural wall dancing its geometry in front of your eyes, you know you are at the Nosotros Bar in São Paulo, Brazil. And since you’re in Brazil, mind as well enjoy a sophisticated drink prepared by Rafael Araújo in a stunning ambiance. Designed by Brazilian architecture and design firm Studio Otto Felix, the Nosotros Bar features an arresting faceted sculptural wall stretching up to shape the ceiling and meant to draw attention to the bartender.Rafael Araújo is not only the co-owner at Nosotros Restaurant and one of the best bartenders in Brazil.With a sucupira wood counter streching 8,15 meters, the bar looks elegant and sophisticated. The white sculptural wall beautifully contrasts the exotic wood while lights under the bar and hidden in the geometry create a catchy ambiance. The 140 square meter space was transformed with the help of wooden structures. Wood was chosen for ceilings and floors to create a warm coziness, a welcoming place to have drinks with friends. Traditional elements were introduced to create a balanced design, one that welcomes all to enjoy and bask in the elegant ambiance. The sculptural wall was a challenge, but one that resulted in an inspiring wall design.Wooden tables and linen chairs group together, while a large modular couch is surrounded by side tables and armchairs, creating a lounge space perfect for relaxing and socialization. Then, on one side you have this geometric sculpture covering the wall side to side, on the other hand, a traditional stone wall lined with wine bottles and a fireplace. In photos by Denilson Machado of MCA Estúdio we can see , but the atmosphere can only be felt there and the drinks only tasted at Nosotros Bar. Send us photos from there, ok?

 Six Parabolic Modules Shape Up Original House Design in Mexico

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The story of this house in Mexico begun when architecture firm PRODUCTORA was challenged to re-purpose six parabolic modules: “A friend of ours inherited of a number of polyester structures recovered from a modular house where they used to spend their weekends in the 1970s. The owners bought a new plot of land in a small town, about one hour from Mexico City in order to accommodate these fiberglass shapes”, the architects explained. The first step was to force the volumes back to their original shape and cover them with a new coating of polyester and fiberglass.The result is a highly original residence with dome-shaped ceilings and a vibrant interior feel: “At the scale of the whole plot, PRODUCTORA gave the powerful flower-like structure of the recycled domes a central position, while all the other additions are scattered around the plot. By considering the whole plot as a active field in which several activities take places (sleeping, cooking, swimming, sunbathing, guestrooms, grill area) the whole composition loses its centrifugal straight-jacket and becomes a more open and dynamic layout.” How would you comment on this unconventional architecture approach in Mexico? [Photography: PRODUCTORA and Luis Gallardo]

 Prefabricated House Design in Vienna Embraces Transparency 

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Architectural office SoNo arhitekti teamed up with Slovenian manufacturer of low energy and passive prefabricated buildings Lumar to design a home that would suit the needs of a modern family and the visual appeal of the world. Displaying cubic architecture and an interesting dynamic shape that changes with every vantage point, this prefabricated home design makes you question your perspective on transparency.This particular prefabricated house design spreading over 180 square meters “consists of two different size volumes with one-gable roof.”The rise of quality building material and architectural vision leads us to see inspiring homes everyday. Now even more, prefabricated house design catches up with customization design to offer new alternatives on the real estate market.“The unified facade constructed of large format panels emphasizes the dynamics of the house’s form. Nevertheless, the type of materials that are used are subdued. Dominant material is wood in its natural colors that are combined with light shades of the facade’s surfaces. Larger glazed surfaces present the connection to its natural surroundings. The result is a modern residential building with optimal functional floor plans, which offer a comfortable and a pleasant living.”According to its designers, the prefabricated house uses transparency to its advantage: “While we enter into an open spacious groundfloor area which because of its shape slowly reveals as a pleasant intimate ambience to the visitor. The living room offers a lot of light through the large glazed window surfaces. They are designed as a sitting area from where we can observe the surroundings. A prominent staircase leads us to the upper sleeping area through the gallery that overlooks the living area below. The sleeping area consists of a large bedroom with its own dressing room and a bathroom, two smaller rooms with a smaller bathroom.”You can see it in one of the biggest show parks for prefabricated houses, FertighausPark Blaue Lagune in Wiener Neudorf. Photographs by Matevž Paternoster give us a glimpse into the dynamic design, but if you’re in Vienna, you should see this prefabricated house for yourself…

 The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Flooring Ideas and Materials

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If you’re considering kitchen flooring ideas to upgrade your cooking area, make function and durability a priority. Most flooring today is designed to be low maintenance and durable. The variety of beautiful material options and styles available can make choosing a kitchen floor an overwhelming experience. We’ve written this guide to help you find the perfect flooring for your kitchen.The most important decision when thinking about kitchen flooring ideas should be the function of the flooring. The kitchen is a high-traffic area, prone to spills ranging from water to oils, dishes and wine. You want to look for kitchen flooring materials that are low maintenance and can withstand use over time.The top durable flooring options include:–Concrete–Rubber flooring–Stone–Tile–Vinyl–Wood laminateBesides durability, cooking usually requires long periods of standing and walking back and forth. Flooring that has some cushioning is helpful, especially if you suffer from back issues.The most ergonomic flooring options include:–Bamboo–Carpet tiles–Cork–Rubber flooring–Vinyl–Wood–Wood laminateLet’s look at the materials available for your kitchen flooring ideas (in alphabetical order) and weigh their pros and cons.Bamboo is a great kitchen flooring material, especially if you like eco-friendly products. Bamboo grows so quickly it’s a good, sustainable source for flooring. Besides the eco-friendly aspect, bamboo’s strength is one of the highest of the natural materials on the market.Tips: When selecting bamboo flooring, go with a reputable brand with the longest warranty possible. The quality of the bamboo flooring is reflected by the length of the warranty.Pros: Durable, beautifully grained, eco-friendly, long warranty available.Cons: Some bamboo flooring can dent easily.Cost: $5 – $7 per square foot, installation averages at $8 per square foot.Carpet has not historically been a popular kitchen flooring option due to its difficulty in maintenance and cleaning. But the latest carpet tiles are a modern kitchen floor solution. Designed and tested to be industrial grade for high traffic areas, made of durable, easy to clean materials and easy to install, they may be the perfect kitchen flooring idea. The best part is that a carpet tile can be removed for cleaning or replacement.Tips: Choose a carpet tile from a company like Flor, designed for the modern, DIY consumer. Buy an extra box of tiles and keep for future replacements. For a modern look, use carpet tiles selectively in certain areas of your kitchen like the image above, instead of wall to wall.Pros: Durable, modern colors and textures, soft and padded, recyclable.Cons: Needs frequent cleaning and vacuuming.Cost: $1.85 to $8.00 per square foot, not including installation.Concrete has a contemporary look and tone that is hard to match. Durable, it can withstand activity in the busiest kitchens and look great.There are various finishes you can give concrete to customize its look. Freshly poured concrete can be stamped, while all concrete can be stained, polished, stenciled and waxed.Tips: If you like concrete flooring and live in a colder climate, consider adding radiant floor heating beneath the concrete to warm up the material’s cold surface.Pros: Durable, versatile, moisture resistant, contemporary looking.Cons: Hard if standing is required for prolonged periods, cold, needs re-sealing, can stain.Cost: Depending on the level of preparation required to install and finish concrete, cost averages range widely between $2 – $30 per square foot installed.Cork is a good kitchen flooring idea for a unique texture and a padded feel underfoot. Cork is a natural insulator against both temperature change and noise, making it a good choice if you’re worried about either issues. It’s naturally anti-microbial, thanks to a waxy substance in the cork, which repels insects and pests. And if you’re on a budget, cork tiles are a great DIY solution that’s easy to install.Tips: Choose a quality cork that like wood, can be sanded and refinished periodically. Confirm that the cork has a durable finish that will repel water and moisture. If choosing to install cork tiles, buy a few spares that can serve as future replacements should a tile become damaged.Pros: Earth friendly, anti-microbial, soft, padded feel, attractive texture options.Cons: Can dent or scratch easily, creating imperfections on the surface that may bother some cork flooring owners.Cost: $2 to $15 per square foot, not including installation.Laminate wood flooring is an affordable and durable kitchen flooring idea. The top layer can withstand most abuse. If you add padding beneath, it’s a soft, ergonomic flooring solution. Easy to install and available in a wide variety of styles, laminate wood flooring is a simple, modern solution for kitchen floors.Tips: Select laminate flooring with the longest warranty possible. Many come with a 25 year guarantee. For extra cushioning when standing, install a manufacturer recommended thin foam sheet layer underneath.Pros: Durable, cost effective, wide variety of options, easy to install and uninstall.Cons: Is not as valued as real wood flooring, may be slippery, noisy, not refinishable.Cost: $1.50 – $5.00 per square foot, not including installation.Rubber has similar properties to cork, but comes in a larger variety of colors and textures. It’s easy to install adhesive-free thanks to it’s high-grip properties which make it a good temporary flooring upgrade in a rental apartment. It’s cushy, durable and has a non-slip surface. Available in sheeting or tiles.Tips: Choose richer, darker colors which hide oil stains better. Rubber tiles are easier to install than sheeting. For an earth-friendly kitchen floor, choose recycled rubber flooring, which is also less expensive.Pros: Recyclable, naturally water and fire-resistant, durable, easy to clean, soft, padded feel.Cons: Some people are sensitive to the initial smell, oils may stain the rubber’s surface.Cost: $3.50 – $9.00 per square foot, not including installation.There’s a great variety of stone flooring available including the most popular marble, travertine and slate. Because of the variations in pattern and color, stone gives your kitchen flooring a unique, earthy look.Stone flooring is naturally cool, which is perfect in hotter zones. If installing stone flooring in a cold climate, consider adding sub-floor radiant heat to warm the floors in the winter.Tips: Purchase at least 25% more than you need and save your receipt to return the rejected stone. Look through all your stone tiles before having them professionally installed. It’s likely that the grain and coloring of the stone will vary dramatically and you’ll want to hand select the pieces you want installed for a similar texture and tonal match.Pros: Hard, durable surface, easy to clean.Cons: Certain stones may stain, requires routine sealing, some fragile stones like slate may chip easily.Cost: Depending on the material, $2 – $25 per square foot. Installation averages at $8 per square foot.Tile is a great, low-maintenance solution for a kitchen. It’s easy to clean, durable and has a reflective quality that expands the appearance of space in a kitchen.The latest tile designs mimic wood and other textures and patterns. Tile no longer comes exclusively as a 12” square. Some of the latest modern designs are large, rectangular shapes.Tips: Hire a professional to install tile, especially if the subflooring is not perfectly level. For ease of maintenance, install tiles with grout lines that are as small as possible.Pros: Durable, moisture resistant, easy to maintain, available in a large assortment of styles, shapes and colors.Cons: Grout lines may be difficult to keep clean, dropped items like glassware and dishes will likely shatter.Cost: $1 – $8 per square foot for material, installation averages at $7 per square foot.Vinyl is affordable, comes in a variety of textures and styles and is one of the most water-resistant kitchen flooring options. While tiles are easy to install, sheet vinyl requires professional installation.Tips: Check out the latest wood-look vinyl flooring planks. Easy to install, water resistant enough to be used in a shower, kitchen or wet area and textured to mimic wood grain, it takes a careful look to see if the wood plank vinyl flooring is actually wood or not.Pros: Easy to install, water resistant, certain styles look just like wood.Cons: Offgasses potentially harmful chemicals in your home, requires a flawless subfloor to install on, can gouge easily.Cost: $1.50 – $5.00 per square foot, not including installation.Wood has traditionally been on the top of buyer’s lists for flooring choices. Wood has a high-end, warm look that’s unique, according to grain and age. But wood in the kitchen requires special protection from excess moisture.Tips: Add an extra coat of finish in the kitchen to keep the wood sealed. If living in a high humidity or coastal region, avoid wider planks, which will cup and warp over time.Pros: Adds resale value, attractive, durable, can be refinished.Cons: Can be noisy, needs periodic refinishing, may dent or scratch easily.Cost: $4 – $12 per square foot, installation averages at $8 per square foot

 Exuberant Green Landscape Beautifully Showcased by Pachamanca House in Peru

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Pachamanca House in Lima, Peru, borrows its name from an ancient Peruvian technique of cooking under the ground.The 682 square-meter home was built by 51-1 Arquitectos for a family of professional chefs and their daughters. Its hillside location allows the inhabitants to take advantage of some amazing views of the ocean and the city of Lima. The clients’ brief requested a residence that was respectful to the environment while in the same time celebrating conceptual luxury, rather than material opulence.In a place where vegetation is scarce due to lack of rain, the architects went with a bold design plan: “Instead of a building, we decided to start the project by generating an exuberant green landscape. Buildings tend to age and get uglier while vegetation grows and gets better over time. Manipulating the site we generated a hill, a valley, a plateau, a cliff, a cave, a ravine, a shore…then each corresponded to certain vegetation class while changing altitude: trees, grasses, vegetables, hanging plants, xerophilous, hydrophytes”. The plan of the residence plays with space, offering multiple levels, various entrances and many possible itineraries inside and out. How would you personally comment on this architecture approach in Peru? [Photography: Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma]

 Artistic Wall Mural Enriches Apartment Design in Central Warsaw

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Proudly displaying an elegant interior design envisioned by Mood Works, Shades of White is a contemporary home located in Warsaw, Poland. According to the architects, “one of the main goals of this project was to preserve the original layout of the building. With a just little modifications in the partition walls layout, it was possible to give a new expression and momentum to the space and create a light, airy feeling of the interior.” The apartment in the photos below has a total surface of 140 square meters (1,507 square feet) and includes a special corner for artistic expression.The layout is described by the designers as simple and open, “with a distinct daily zone contains a living room, connected with a dining room, and a functional kitchen – with a sliding doors system, that can hide all appliances if they are not in use. There is also a private area, where the cozy bedroom, private bathroom, wardrobe and a laundry room can be found. Those two living zones are separated by a partition wall with a mural art from Tymek Jezierski’s, a Polish graphic artist. It underlines a modernist character of a tenement house.” [Photos by Rafa? Lipski]

 Creative Extension to Classic Edwardian Villa: Malvern East Residence in Australia

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Designed by Pleysier Perkins, Malvern East Residence is a two story extension to a classic Edwardian villa in Victoria, Australia. The new house accommodates a double garage, open plan living area and master bedroom on the ground level and a study and guest retreat on the first floor. According to the developing team, landscape architecture was also a major part of the project: “Designed in collaboration with Jack Merlo Design, the garden spaces include a plunge pool, lawn, vine clad walls and a number of planted courtyards that integrate seamlessly with the architecture and contribute to a contemporary living environment that unfolds unexpectedly upon entry into the original Edwardian villa”.Powerful visual and textural contrasts are created due to the use of concrete block-work, marble and blue-stone, in conjunction with a white interior and timber floors. The most visitor-appealing area of the residence is a living pavilion that includes full height glazing and “an adjacent loggia exhibiting a circular void and marble wall that provides a focal point from the original entry hall. A zinc fascia caps the pavilion and wraps over the first floor guest retreat and terrace in a strong formal gesture that architecturally ties the two levels together.” [Photos by Hilary Bradford & courtesy of Pleysier Perkins]

 Custom Made Abimis Kitchen for Passionate Gourmet Cooks

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The Abimis Kitchen by Italian company Prisma was especially developed for passionate gourmet cooks who want a home kitchen like those of the great chefs. Abimis is the result of a complete redesign of the kitchen environment, which is always centered on the most important figure – the chef – so that every movement is smooth and logical. Conserving, preparing, cooking, presenting and washing: these are the five phases in which every chef operates. Each phase is a sequence of careful and precise movements that, if properly organized, can become quick and easy, leaving greater freedom for expression and creativity.Here is more from the official press release provided by the designers: “Prisma understands exactly how these phases fit together, and has used its thirty years of experience to create Abimis, a new concept in kitchen that makes the efficiency and functional quality of a professional kitchen available to the home chef. The Ego kitchens are made entirely from stainless steel, completely join-free and amazingly impact resistant. The stainless steel surface is orbitally polished to make scratches and marks difficult to see and to give the kitchen a warmer and softer look.” [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Prisma] 

 small condo kitchens

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Contemporary bedrooms are all about a neutral color scheme that is accentuated by pops of color in an elegant fashion. These colorful additions can be often swapped out with ease to alter the appeal of the room and its color palette with changing trends and seasons. While blue is touted as the most popular hue in the bedroom irrespective of style and season, green is the ‘chosen one’ for those who want to bring a hint of natural goodness indoors. Relaxing, elegant, bright and refreshing, it is a pleasant hue that comes in diverse shades ranging from the brilliant jewel-toned emerald to more subtle and modest minty greens.

 classic traditional furniture

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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.

 Asymmetric Modern House in Norway for a Family of Four

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Spreading over a compact but lively enlarged 48 square meters, the Arne Garborgsvei 18 House in Trondheim, Norway, sparks up anyone’s dreams about upgrading a traditional design. Standing out with its modern extension imagined by TYIN Tegnestue, this modern house in Norway proudly wears its natural pine wood skin. Now a playground for a family of four, this provocatively-designed home in the city’s historic district showcases its asymmetric geometry both outside and inside, where Norwegian birch plywood lines the walls.
A thoroughly extension was applied in order to provide the family with more space, as they dreamed of: “It is the first time of working with detail in accordance to building code and regulations on Norwegian soil. This resulted in 30 cm thick walls and roofs half a meter in thickness.” Captured in photos by Pasi Aalto, the architectural structure was completely left up to the architects and they did a wonderful, provocative job: “On the ground floor the project created a spacious entry area with a combined bath- and laundry-room. The second floor of the addition adds a new multi-purpose room with a high ceiling. This constitutes a break with the monotonous section common to this type of house from the 1950s. The distribution of functions, answering to different needs, contributes to the particular shape of this addition. “
Would you enlarge your existing home or just buy a larger house?
 

 Playful Kukumuku Restaurant in Vilnius Specially Designed for Families with Kids

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Kukumuku, a restaurant designed in a playful manner by Plazma Architecture Studio enhances the creative spirit and challenges you to… play along with your kids! The exciting place is located in the very heart of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania and pays full attention to what kids want. Light, warmth,colours and the positive overall atmosphere represent key elements that make this place a bright environment, suitable for families with kids. Kukumuku is divided in the several sections: eating area, cupcake bar, theatre and special playing spots. In spite of the apparent space limitations, kids can play freely all around the main space.
Encouraging children to express their creativity, Kukumuku’s features unique artwork containing abstract graphic design elements. “It brings out curiosity and creative thinking for both kids and adults alike. All these features helped to create a constant delightful mood of a sunny Sunday morning in the restaurant despite not only the site being located in an ancient building in one of the narrow lanes of the old-town, but also the time of day or even the common gloomy weather of Vilnius.”

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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.

 Original 2D Lamp Design Becomes 3D When Lit: BULBING

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BULBING is an original lamp design based on a clever principle, which we believe you will find captivating. Product designer, Nir Chehanoswki of Studio Cheha takes everyday objects like a light bulb, a candlestick, and a lamp and forces people to rethink the way they perceive these items: “I aim to preserve the old and the familiar and translate it into the New World. Bulbing is a development of my earlier works, using 3D wire-frame images and transferring them onto 2D materials, to create functional and delicate design pieces that trick the eye“, the designer stated. Check out the video and see how the product works!
BULBING has been made from man-made fibers, natural materials, and both machinery and artisan handwork, which are harmoniously blended. The changeable design is made from an acrylic glass sheet, which is known for its incredible light transmitting properties (more than glass and plastic). The base is made from high-quality plywood birch. And the light is LED, with a lifespan of 50,000 hours that does not overheat. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Studio Cheha]

 Low-Maintenance Retreat in Norway: Summer House Skåtøy

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Summer House Skåtøy was designed by Oslo-based studio Filter Arkiteketer and consists of a lovely summer cottage located on an island, South coast of Norway. The request of the client was for the architects to create a retreat opened towards the archipelago, while maintaining private outdoor areas. The project developers explain: “The starting point was an existing cottage from around 1940, damaged by dry rot. The new project is built on the footprint of this old cottage. The topography of the site is reflected in the section as two volumes; one volume containing a “sleeping cabin” (a sleeping area) cutting into another elongated volume containing the living and dining areas. These volumes create private outdoor space on the upper level connected to private outdoor space on the lower level. The Client wanted a maintenance free summer house. This resulted in a building clad in untreated timber, dry stone walls and sedum on the roof.”A simple, ingenious design solution for an elegant and cozy home–enjoy it as much as we do?

 Bold Colors Defining Playful Family Apartment In Warsaw

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Located in Warsaw, Poland, this colorful apartment is perfectly balanced to give a sense of playfulness without being crowded. The color palette complements shapes used to construct the space – in the living room, a grey sofa with yellow edges marries comfort and easy to clean color, while the bold stripes adorning the opposite wall is interrupted by the placement of a long white console. More storage space in the office corner reflect light coming from a glazed terrace door. This Warsaw Apartment was designed by Widawscy Studio Architektury, who managed to create a stunning array of bold spaces, starting with the huge mirror in the hallway, reflecting a green border. Flooded with light, only the elegant bedroom was kept almost colorless, in a peaceful neuter color palette. A vivid green bathroom exposes once again this color that defined the living spaces while blue accents break the monotony. Don’t you find this colorful apartment delightful?

 How to Choose a Living Room Layout According to Your Personal Needs [Infographic]

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Do you find it difficult to choose a living room layout? This infographic put together by The FurnishedUp Blog makes it easy for anyone to decide on a practical decorating scheme. Developed around the user’s personal needs, the information below counts for quality advice when planning your house. For example, if you would like to direct attention to a particular focal point in your living room (be it a bookcase, fireplace, television set or a fantastic view), all furniture should be oriented towards that focal unit, with armchairs, pillows and ottomans creating an inviting conversation circle.
If you plan on having a kids-friendly interior, setting up “areas” is considered the best way to go. Simple partitions can be used to create a distinction between the children’s space and the adults’ conversation zone. Three further options are illustrated below, feel free to “investigate” and choose what layout best suits your own living room. Be sure to also check out the kitchen layout guide, an infographic presented on our site in a previous post, helping you choose a kitchen design based on the fridge-oven-sink work triangle…

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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.

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