If you’re married to an architect, you’d better think twice before deciding what to do with your home. It’s a fact that they challenge their creative minds and end up transforming their personal houses into stunning residential projects worth millions. It’s the case of Angelo Morasco who decided to take a chance with his private home and add more value to it. The South Clarkson Residence is located in Denver, Colorado and it had been thought as an eco -friendly project, aiming to protect the natural resources as much as possible. After completing the house, the Morascos decided to put it up for sale! So, in case you are thinking of relocating take a good look at this jewel, worth $ 1 million. It looks like a stylish compact house, with large rectangular windows, in the middle of a tranquil neighborhood from Denver. The exterior is built from natural wood, giving you the feeling that you are looking at a contemporary project with rustic natural finishings.The spacious house comes with glossy floors, a two in one kitchen and living room area and a noticeable lack of crowded interior design elements. As the project aims to be environmentally friendly, there are not too many useless details added for a dazzling drop of sophistication. We’re talking about a subtle beige and white furniture that highlights the natural beauty of this project: the eco light, the natural wood used in completing it, the wide angles and the amazing sight upon the neighborhood. There is also a small terrace for those who keep a track of dusk’s and dawns. So, in case you are looking for a cozy, beautiful compact house, the South Clarkson is looking for a permanent inhabitant!
Proving that light-flooded residential spaces can be cozy, this spacious Scandinavian apartment constructs a dreamy scenario for a fulfilled lifestyle. Overlooking Gothenburg from the top level of a seven-story 1907 building, the 90 square meter apartment displays a lovely Scandinavian interior arrangement, punctuated by modern furniture that upgrade it to the needs of our century. The main living space is divided between the cozy living room elegantly showcasing a dark wallpaper, inviting dining zone underneath hanging lights and an open space beautified with a black fireplace. The master bedroom, bathroom and guest toilet are located next to the living room, creating a private haven. An elegant framed glass door hides the office space leading to the children’s bedroom, where colors throne in the compact rounded space. Lovely details throughout make this apartment special: the fireplace inviting to daydreaming moments while flames mirror in the glass beneath, a terrace opening towards the city with a cozy invitation to enjoy a cup of tea, and the glossy kitchen backsplash beautifully contrasts the modern white furniture. Is there anything missing from this dream apartment?
The Broadway Residences is a building complex designed byStephen Vitalich Architects and located in Venice, California. With an appearance that is both contemporary and inviting, the project truly stands out. Here is a short description from the architects: “The projects program called for four loft style single family residences developed as a small lot subdivision. The program consists of an open plan first level with double height living space, large kitchen, dining area, powder room and service porch. The second level consists of a master bedroom suite and two smaller bedrooms with a bathroom and office/study. The design features an open plan feel featuring lots of natural light. All topped by a 500 square foot roof deck with outdoor fireplace”. This architecture approach is not exactly common, which is why we are curious to see your reactions…
There are many great designs around for bathrooms and toilets where space in not an issue. But not all of us have the luxury of an enormous space in which to accommodate these fantastic products. Those of us who live in small apartments or houses often have to deal with a lack of floorspace, which requires some degree of creative thinking when it comes to configuring our rooms.Bathrooms and toilets in particular can be tricky and the configuration is often dictated by the plumbing outlets to a certain extent. But here at our site we are always on the lookout for innovative and creative ways to transform small homes into practical, workable and enjoyable spaces.W+W from Spanish bathroom manufacturer Roca is a rather unusual design with a number of unique features and benefits. Designed by Gabriele and Oscar Buratti, W+W actually stands for Washbasin + Watercloset and that is exactly what it is – a washbasin that has been merged with a toilet to create one singular and innovative new product for the bathroom.The W+W unit combines functionality and watersaving benefits with an attractive design. The unit is ideal for homes, offices, or for use in public bathrooms.Roca’s commitment to sustainability and environmental matters comes to the fore in this design. Featuring Roca’s “water-reuse technology”, the unit reuses waste water from the washbasin to fill the toilet cistern, thereby reducing total water usage in the bathroom by up to 25% in comparison to a standard 6/3-litre toilet.This eco-friendly, space-saving design led to Roca receiving the ISH 09 Design Plus award in recognition of the innovation that went in to creating this design.We would love to hear what you think about this washbasin toilet combo. Let us know in the comments below…
Flying Point Residence is a project envisioned and implemented by studio Stelle Architects. The two-story building is located in Southampton, New York, USA, and is a remodel of an old home the owner wished to recondition. Many materials found by the architects within the initial residence were recycled. Here is more from the official description. “House and garden design become a bridge between two different bodies of water: gentle Mecox Bay to the north and wild Atlantic Ocean to the south. An existing house was radically transformed as opposed to being demolished. Substantial effort was undertaken in order to reuse, rethink and modify existing conditions and materials. The plans were reworked to create smaller, staggered volumes, which are visually disconnected. Deep overhangs were added to strengthen the indoor/outdoor relationship and new bay to ocean views through the structure result in house as breezeway and bridge.” We appreciate the efforts behind this home conversion and are curious to see your reactions as well…
We ran across a simple, yet “heavy” interior design idea that could be applied to any room in search of personality.Thomas Quinn painted letters above his parents’ garage, delivering the message: “Face reality as it is”. From the perfect, steady message, it is enough to move a step back to see how the perspective changes, delivering a different space composition. In this case, irony prevails: you can never truly know what how reality is defined. What seems perfectly clear at one point, can be shattered the next. We love this creative anamorphic typography project found on Illusion.scene360 and we believe similar messages can created, with just as much depth. In case you find this project as interesting as we do, be sure to check out the rest of the related posts we featured on our site: the amazing Floating Indoor DeLorean Car, these creative installations by Joseph Egan and Hunter Thomson or the Anamorphic Illusions by Swiss artist Felice Varini…
This unique duplex apartment can be found in one of Gothenburg’s central districts – Linnéstaden. Four rooms spread over two floors make up the apartment’s floor plan. The top floor apartment can be reached via the elevator and its two-level split space makes this perfect for a large family.Its 111 square meters and location on the 5th and 6th floor makes this chic apartment feel like a smaller, less glamorous penthouse suite. Welcoming from the hallway, the apartment has all the necessary things that ensure a modern and comfortable urban life. The large, recently renovated kitchen opens to a South-oriented balcony – perfect for enjoying the morning coffee. From the kitchen, the living room opens up and displays the white round staircase leading up to the two bedrooms on the 6th floor. With a bathroom on each floor and featuring amazing details that I will let you discover in the photos below, this bright and cheery apartment shares more of its secrets if you visit Alvhem…
Collect this ideaThere are designs that make you smile and designs that …don’t. We found this unusual tea bag holder designed by Gordon Adler and paying tribute to the Titanic and to all the people who embarked on the iconic ship. Made of stainless steel, this small gizmo was especially created to fit every coffee and tea mug. Its mechanism is simple: just press the margins and this will instantly make your tea more colorful and tasty, by simultaneously squishing the tea bag inside. You have to admit this design is original and interesting looking. But the question which inevitably pops up is -would you like to wake up every morning to a cup of tea reminding you of a past tragedy? Now wouldn’t a nice, neutral-shaped boat or vessel be a better solution for a tea-bag holder?Collect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this idea
Davidson Residence comes from Californian studio McClean Design and is a 3,000 square foot house is located in Laguna Beach, California, USA.The project was especially designed for a family who requested a strong connection to the garden. Here is how the architects met the responded to the clients’ wish: “The front of the house is curved and finished in dark metal panels, contrasting with the horizontal lines of the rest of the house and highlighting the planting in the front yard. The palette of materials is sleek—black metal panels, stainless steel, aluminum, glass, and stone.The main living space is features a 30-foot-high retractable glass wall that opens the kitchen and living room to the garden, thereby expanding the space and contributing to indoor-outdoor living. Sleek, contemporary furnishings follow the minimal color palette of black, grey, silver, and white. The upper level is designed for the client’s two daughters, accommodating their bedrooms and a family room“. Find this home’s design appealing?
We received some photos of the original Comete jewelry store from Studio Apostoli, a company also working in the field of concept design. The project is located in Milan, Italy, and focuses on senses and emotions dealt with in a practical way . Here is more from the press release we were sent: “The idea is born from the “claim” of the well known brand Comete – “Romanticamente schierati” (lined up in a romantic way) – that places side by side a rich intimate dimension of feelings and emotions and a rational and pragmatic attitude. The sale point becomes a luminous backdrop punctuated by illuminated (led) circular display windows of three different dimensions that seem to fluctuate on a hypothetical horizon. The light of the backdrop keep changing creating itself emotions and games always different during not only the day but also based on the seasons or to the various periodic or thematic occasions.” From a point of view of a potential customer- does this jewelry store design make a strong impression?
The classic idea of enjoying a relaxing evening by the fireplace, laying on a bearskin rug while stress and worries seem to float away was recently upgraded to an animal-friendly version. The Bommel Bearskin resembles a fierce animal, but this particular bear skin rug is made out of different sized pom-poms – 1,200 of them, to be exact. Even the claws, nose and muzzle are wool felted, constructing an eye-catching design made out of wool and merino wool. A 5 mm bottom layer, made out of 100% wool felt, acts as the base for this interesting pom-pom construction. This fun alternative to displaying a bear skin in your living room or bedroom is part of the Bommel Collection presented by Berlin-based studio Myk. The creative team works with wool felt pom-poms to shape fun, colorful rugs crafted by hand…
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.
Here’s another Caroma tub, this time in a pearly shade of white. In fact, this Caroma Pearl (also available through Reece) boasts an oval organic shape. Note the way its simplicity is the perfect contrast to the ornate wall in the product shot below. Would you choose an acrylic tub for your crisp, clean powder room? This Nazzano Acrylic Modern Bathtub from Modern Bathroom Vanities has the advantage of being nonporous, which means it’s very hygienic and easy to clean.
We end today’s post by highlighting powder rooms with traditional style. Charming wall tile, an arched window and a clawfoot Astonian Luxor tub grace the light-filled bathroom below. While subway tile adds a modern look to this next featured space, striped curtains and (once again) a clawfoot tub put their traditional stamp on the room. In case you’re curious, that fabulous shower rail can be purchased at Lefroy Brooks. Be sure to check out the brand’s lovely bathtubs as well. The silver feet on this clawfoot tub make it a true standout. Surround it with black tile, and you have a powerful contrast that can’t be ignored.
The front yard is typically the first thing that people see when they visit a home, and its appearance sets the tone for the rest of the house. While backyards are often given more attention, using some of the following front yard landscaping ideas will help you create a usable and enjoyable space.
The front yard’s curb appeal can be a major factor in your home’s resale value so improving the landscaping not only makes your home look more attractive, but it’s also a solid investment. Keep the design simple and focus on a few simple solutions to add character and structure to the space. Here are some front yard landscaping ideas for boosting curb appeal and making your front yard look more attractive.
A lush green lawn is quintessential to a front yard that looks fresh and polished. However, some areas of the country get little rain or may have water restrictions during certain times of the year so watering a lawn to keep it green might not be an option. If you are considering starting a new lawn or sprucing up your front yard by spreading new seed, choose a grass that is suitable to your local climate. If you live in an area of low rainfall, choose a drought-resistant variety such as Zoysia, Bermuda or Buffalo grass.
A rock garden is a beautiful addition to a front lawn, particularly in dry regions where many plants may struggle. Choose rocks that look as if they are part of a natural, rocky landscape and will complement the vegetation. For example, if creating a woodland rock garden, use mossy rocks and boulders of gray in assorted sizes along with low-growing wildflowers, such as ferns and trilliums. Multi-level rock gardens are particularly effective, as they draw the eye up from the ground and add visual interest.
Unique hardscaping is one of a few important front yard landscaping ideas to incorporate. Add a visual element to your outdoor space by adding a rock or concrete path. Large slates or irregularly shaped stones can help create a natural looking path from the sidewalk to your front door, and will had functionality to your yard. When planning paths, consider how people naturally move through the space and design your paths to follow the foot traffic.
A water feature adds visual interest to a front yard and creates a calm inviting atmosphere. The soft sound of flowing water will also provide a peaceful ambiance to the landscape. Some water features, such as a small pond may also attract local frogs, dragonflies or hummingbirds into your yard. Before stocking the pool with fish, however, research which species are most suitable for the size of the pond you are creating.
Plant a few brightly colored flowers and shrubs in big glazed colored pots to add a splash of color to your front yard. Not only are they less labor-intensive than tending to your in-ground plants, they can also help brighten up the darker corners of your yard by providing a colorful visual composition. The pots also prevents invasive plants, such as mint or ivy, from taking over your flowers and plants.
Rows of raised beds are an easy way to add a personal touch to your front yard. You can create raised beds from all kinds of materials, from wood to garden timbers. Raised beds also provide a great opportunity to grow plants that are not suited to your yard’s soil type since you can fill them with whatever kind of soil you need. For example, flowering plants that need acidic soil, such as begonia or trillium, are often successfully grown in raised beds, even if the surrounding ground has a high concentration of lime, which isn’t conducive for growing these types of plants.
The Componibili Storage Unit was designed in 1968 by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell. A design classic, it is on show at New York’s MoMA and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Functional, adaptable and smart, this hard-wearing and versatile unit has many uses around the home. Componibili units are stackable, available in round and square versions, varied sizes and several colors.
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.
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.
Green, cutting edge, technological, luxurious, and entertaining are adjectives that best describe where housing trends are heading. While the word trends suggest a fleeting fancy, the forecast suggests that we are on the cutting edge of some fantastic innovations that are not only here to stay, but will continue to grow and evolve, influencing potential future home trends.
Building trends are showing scaled down, smaller homes. Gone are the days of superfluous, excessive and opulent. Newer homes, as well as designs within are much more streamlined. Even the furniture industry is showing simpler, more scaled-down models. The oversized, “fluffy” couches are being replaced by models that are more minimal in style and feel, with a very mid century influence. As a result of these smaller-scaled homes people are making much more efficient use of their space.
Large home offices are no longer sought after. Pocket offices are one of the top trends in home design, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The rising popularity of several generations living together under one roof may have helped to fuel the trend. Unused spare bedrooms were turned into home offices. These home offices are being converted back into bedrooms to accommodate grown children that are returning to the nest, or elderly parents needing to be looked after.
This certainly is not a trend. Green is most definitely mainstream. It’s not going anywhere as it’s here to stay and we will see a rise in all things green, environmentally friendly and sustainable from building materials, paints, windows, floorings, windows, countertops, plumbing and electrical. There is an increasing demand for eco-friendly paint and adhesives. Home furnishings and accessories are following this path.
Despite the downsizing of the family home there are certain luxury items that are in demand. Saunas are once again becoming popular and are being added to master bathrooms and pool areas. Media rooms have been on rise for some time. With more families staying home, vacationing less and spending less on entertainment venues, these homeowners are investing their money in rooms designed for specifically for multimedia entertainment devices, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Consumer Reports states that home elevators are on the rise, especially in well to do and multi-generational homes where elderly relatives may have a harder time with the stairs. Multi-generational living is also driving force behind basement conversions. Basements, once a place for the young to hang out and entertain, are now being reconfigured to create separate living spaces for in-laws complete with kitchens, bedrooms and a separate living space.
Homeowners are moving outdoors, especially those who are spending more time at home. Porches, patios, decks, terraces and verandas are no longer just outdoor spaces; they have become outdoor living areas where homeowners go to relax, spend time with their families, dine or entertain guests. We are also seeing an increase in outdoor kitchens for cooking and dining. These kitchens are equipped with built-in grills, sinks, storage, refrigeration, countertops and beer taps.
These outdoor cooking areas are being designed to resemble the indoor kitchens. High end appliances, movie screens, outdoor furnishings, fireplaces and fire pits, as well as television and audio systems are rising in popularity. Reflective of our interest in the environment and our health, outdoor vegetable gardens are also in soaring in popularity.
Following hot on the heels of outdoor dining and entertaining is the outdoor shower. Outdoor showers, and outdoor bathrooms in general are quickly gaining popularity. With creative landscaping a sense of total privacy can be achieved. 50 years ago it was uncommon for a single-family, 3 bedroom home to have more than one bathroom, now it is the norm. The outdoor bathroom too will become commonplace one day. These outdoor bathing areas are far from rustic, to the contrary, they are eco-friendly luxuries.
Technology is becoming more and more affordable and more and more commonplace. A new type of generator, created by General Electric, can be monitored and activated from a smart phone, giving an out of town homeowner peace of mind. Touchscreen deadbolts, and thermostats that can be programmed remotely will one day be commonplace. The rise of smart appliances that are focused on energy savings will eventually make way for more affordable models thus being more readily available. At this point they are still quite cost prohibitive.
No matter the size of the house, stylish kitchens and bathrooms remain at the top of many wish lists. Many homeowners are remodeling their homes instead of building on to them. The latest trend in kitchen design is the transitional look which is a combination of both traditional and contemporary design.
Because so much time is spent living, not just eating, in the kitchen, these rooms are being redesigned to accommodate the events that take place in the kitchen, from homework, to socializing to cooking and eating. Kitchens are designed for larger crowds, even putting its chef on display with plenty of seating for the viewers. The rise in popularity of gourmet kitchens with upscale appliances, top notch lighting show no sign of slowing down…
We recently received photos and information about The Bare Hair Project, a design that managed to capture our undivided attention. Sure, it was weird reading about it at first, but it definitely managed to intrigue us and we are curious about your reactions. Designed byOla Giertz, these two unusual poufs in the photos below were created using recycled PET bottles and human hair: “Bare Hair was developed for Studio Västra Sandgatan, a swedish hair studio in Helsingborg, Sweden. Collecting hair waste, using it to fill poufs, made the custumers part of the process of making furniture. The project is essentially about finding possibilities and functionality in that which would otherwise be considered ugly. The transparent poufs, highlighting the originality of the stuffing, makes the product dynamic: its colour and shape can be changed depending on the stuffing, lending uniqueness to each pouf.” So…captivating or a little to out there?