Swedish photographer Bruno Basic sent us a set of wonderful photos of a contemporary home he photographed in Sweden. This is the story behind the inspiration and a few details about the materials and owner: “In 2011, I had the honor to photograph a house that was “modern” as my clients described it. What I saw at the driveway to the house I noticed that this house was a little different than regular houses that I see around me. This was more square and appeared to be incredibly well designed. I had never been in contact or met the owner of the house and honestly, I thought it lived a young design-interested couple there. But I was wrong. The house was owned by a middle-aged businessman who had exquisite taste for design. He had designed the house himself and was very proud of it. The house has magnificent view over the city of Kalmar and the sea that surrounds it. Everything in the house was exclusive and the materials came from local producers. The floor was made only a few miles away. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I do.” We did enjoy them, how about you?
You may remember the creative office design inspired by aircrafts, which we presented on our site a while back here. We received photos of another interesting project envisioned by Kamat & Rozario Architecture and consisting of a modern office space for an advertising agency in Bangalore, India. According to the press release we were sent, the design took inspiration from the firm’s name – WHITE CANVAS: “A blank white canvas takes on the personality of the artist.. We drew an analogy to Absolut Vodka’s Absolut Blank Campaign, where artists were invited to express themselves on a blank canvas in the shape of the iconic Absolut bottle. The clean white canvas takes on different Avatars depending on the artists’ imagination.The requirement of the client included a number of closed rooms for meeting/ discussion/ideating etc. These closed spaces or ‘containers’ were envisaged to be the Absolut bottle. The infill wall for each container defines its character. Thus, each container has its own personality depending upon its user and program. Waste pieces of block-board, generated from all the carpentry done at site were used to create a surface and left unfinished. The containers were placed in the center of the floor so that light and air from the windows stayed unhindered. Work areas happened along the periphery of the space. Areas between the containers served as informal breakout spaces”. [Photos by Shanavas Photography]
Virgin Atlantic teamed up with VW + BS studio to shape a new experience for passengers riding the airline 30 000 feet in the air. The first time the new upper class bar and cabin enchanted its guests was this spring, on a route from London to New York. This new aircraft hospitality space concept was created to encourage social interaction between passengers in an innovative atmosphere built for a plane with the strictest safety regulations. Virgin Atlantic’s New Upper Class Bar And Cabin is the sophisticated result of creative thinking based on giving the design studio free hand to redesign one of Virgin’s planes.When Virgin Atlantic sums up this projects, they describe it as a mixture of insight into the client’s needs and wishes, creativity and expert engineering. Collaborating with VW+BS Studio meant creating a luxurious experience – the bar was placed at the entrance, welcoming guests to the new flying concept. A futuristic design like this one, influenced by the angled positioning of interior spaces, creates a unique set of social spaces, while the espresso colored leather seats offer a comfortable place to rest. Take a virtual tour of the plane and study design lines and colors, then imagine how the RGB lighting effects create different moods. Have you seen better interior aircraft design?Virgin Atlantic’s New Upper Class Bar And Cabin Virtual Design Tour
Playing with food is not only acceptable, but also fun and creative when it comes to modern ceramics design. These awesome Plates by Polish designer Boguslaw Sliwinski introduce us into a somehow forbidden mealtime tradition – playing with food. Displaying a transportation theme, the ceramic Transportation Plates are a fun way of enjoying a healthy meal. Childish lines shaping different means of transport – by truck, crane, boat, train, helicopter or forklift – adorn six white round plates composing a complete dinnerware set. Simple ceramics in black and white come alive once food is added – exotic fruits or common peas find their place on the transportation surfaces drawn on each plate. Spotted on Beautiful Life, these fresh plates are available in two versions: the 20,5 cm in diameter and the larger, 26 cm one…
There is no denying that the tough economic climate is having an effect on our purchasing decisions. As consumers or specifiers, we are now more likely to opt for better quality products that will last longer. But we are also more interested than ever in buying products that have a reduced impact on the environment.This beautiful wooden flooring from Danish manufacturer Dinesen meets all these criteria. Quality is absolutely paramount to this family-run company and every single floor is custom-made to fit each particular room. The wood is sourced from Europe’s best forests, and comes from trees that are between 80 and 200 years old. The trees have been meticulously cared for throughout their existence and are managed by the principles of “Dauerwald,” which means promising sustainably productive, profitable, environmentally stable, biologically diverse, and socially responsive forests, patterned after nature.The great thing about the planks of wood from Dinesen is the fact that they are astonishingly long and wide, making them a hit with architects who appreciate the ability to lay flooring often with no partitions or joints. Dinesen offers solid oak planks in widths of up to 50 centimetres and lengths up to 6 metres and the Douglas fir planks are available in widths up to 45cm and lengths of up to 15 metres, making them perfect for large open spaces.I love the way that these extra long planks sweep through these interiors creating such a lovely flow throughout the space. The sheer width and length of them seems to create a feeling of space even when the rooms aren’t actually that big. Also the idea of walking on wood that had been growing for 200 years seems very romantic to me. What do you think?
Having a remote workplace, somewhere in the middle of nature is something many people dream about. Dramatically located on a steep hillside, near an inland pond in Newfoundland, Canada, Bridge Studio’s Saltbox House was designed by Saunders Architecture and serves as a place of inspiration for accomplished artists to generate works of art. Here is more from the architects: “The first impression of the Bridge Studio is its abstract quality. From the side elevation, it appears as a windowless wood-clad parallelogram, hovering above the landscape, propped up by four piers and connected by a sixteen-foot bridge to the adjacent hillside. As one approaches the three hundred and twenty square foot studio, it becomes more transparent – with a generous glass entry and a large square window at the other end of the room“. The unusual art studio is composed of two levels, connected by stairs. A wood-burning stove and a large desk facing a generous window ensure a proper environment for unleashed creativity…
Constance Halaveli Resort is more than a luxurious retreat – it’s a six-star Maldivian Paradise captured in between blue waters of the Indian Ocean. This is one of Maldives’ North Ari atoll getaways where pure white sand beaches meet turquoise waters in an unforgettable scene. Sun terraces and plunge pools, an overwhelming connection to wild nature and comfortable villas create a mixture of natural and man-made in perfect balance. Enjoying a relaxing experience at Spa de Constance and walks around the island go hand in hand, proving once again that the two experiences collaborate successfully to sooth the mind, body and soul. Family villas introduce children to the wonders of the Maldivian paradise and the Kuda children’s club keeps them entertained while parents experience romantic getaways. Three restaurants and two bars ensure guests have dining and socializing experiences infused with the island’s paradise-like atmosphere. Seafood specialties, alongside Asian inspired cuisine with European accents compose a palette of tastes and smells focusing on providing a new and exciting dining experience…
Occupying over 2,000 square meters on a Brisbane property, the Fig Tree Pocket House 2was first imagined by a family in search of their ideal home as a modest two story residence embedded in the sloping north facing Australian bushland. They commissioned Shane Plazibat Architects to design the house according to their needs and this resulted in a concrete framed, timber cladded modern house. Architects describe the way this residential construction displays its features: “The house is organized into 2 zones in section, carport, arrival and sleeping upstairs and living, pool and courtyard downstairs. An internal 2 storey linear bamboo garden traversing the length of the house along the east-west axis creates a reference point within the plan. The garden also allows for the creation of 1 room deep planning on both levels to enhance cross ventilation and access to daylight.” Three north-facing bedrooms lie on top of a perfectly manicured set of interior gardens adorning the downstairs living areas and helping with cross ventilation. Sustainable, green and modern, this house serves as example for those looking to include modern sustainability features in their own dream home…
Found on Sotheby‘s, this modern, imposing and elegant building shows how Bay Front modern living should look like. With its impressive 25 rooms, 4 of which are bedrooms and pampering the inhabitants with 5 and a half en suite bathrooms, the dream property is located in Mill Valley, California. On the market for $6,875,000, the property overlooking San Francisco’s Bay area spreads over 6130 square feet. Inside, the luxurious single family home shelters a contemporary collection of rooms: living, dining and kitchen, a fitness room, a sun room, steam room, library and the guest suite. Terraces and decks, as well as carefully planned interior living spaces capture beautiful views at day and sparkling lights of Sausalito at night, impressing owners and guests with a breathtaking scene composed of hills, stretches of water and the city’s skyline. Displaying glass walls and high ceilings, the exquisite modern residence has easy access to the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, making it easy to go out into town or enjoy a day at the beach…
Your bench doesn’t necessarily have to be built right into your shower. If you have enough room, you can purchase a standalone bench that you can bring right in, and remove whenever you want! Here’s a wooden bench in a large walk-in from HGTV. What type of bathroom bench or stool is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
What happens to our home value when the busy city life and modern roadways invade? Image Source: Zack Devito
BEEP! BEEP! Do you hear that everyday? Whether you are hurrying along your daily commute, or whether you live adjacent to a busy highway— the stress and noise of modern transit seem unavoidable.
While new highways are great for commuters, they are not so great for those whose homes are impacted by traffic and noise pollution.
We already know that highways can impact the value of your property, as well as other neighboring communities. The resulting noise, smog, and traffic that comes with a highway obviously has a major impact on property value and quality of life.
Although, highways are not all bad news, new transit ways can actually increase property values and improve traffic flow.
So, let’s look a little further into some of the ways modern roadways are affecting our way of life. After all, modern transit is only growing more popular as population skyrockets and more people squeeze into busy cities.
While the views may be great, living in the city brings with it traffic and highway noise/pollution. Image Source: JT Living
As was mentioned above, noise from a busy highway has a seriously negative impact on property value. This would seem especially true for individuals whose property is closer to the highway. However, the opposite may be the case— statistical models from one transit rail study showed that with every meter a house was located to a particular railway station, property values went up by $2.29. While this doesn’t seem like much, the study showed that houses immediately adjacent to the stations sold for 38% more.
So is closer always better? Is there some truth to the classic economic theory—when a highway is initially built, large parcels of land that previously had poor accessibility – or none at all – are suddenly undervalued? Yes, it seems intuitive that if you go from limited transit access to immediate proximity of modern transit, then your home value will increase.
However, let’s say a highway was not present during the time your home was purchased or built—wouldn’t the introduction of a busy highway decrease your property value? Well, the answer is— it depends. This study on property values and highway expansions shows that home values depend on numerous factors such as proximity, noise, emissions, vibrations etc… Simply put, it’s complicated.
You may be surprised to discover that closer proximity to transit stations may drastically increase your property value. Image Source: CSS Architecture
Highways can also create what is known as a land-locked situation. This situation can also decrease the value of a particular property. This is mostly due to its lack of appeal for buyers when they have to find an alternate route into the property.
A land-locked property occurs when the Department of Transportation (DOT) turns a ‘back road’ into a highway. Most often, this happens in rural areas where DOT decides to put a highway through a current farm or farm road. After all, expansion is the name of the game, right? And a new highway usually means the future encroachment of big cities into the suburbs.
When DOT does this, individuals may not be able to access their properties as they once had. They may have to go through neighbors’ properties or find new routes.
When a property cannot be easily accessed by the owner, it decreases the property value—nobody wants to invest money into a property they cannot get to without a hassle. On the flip side, access to a new highway may drastically increase the value of surrounding homes. It’s all about perspective.
What happens when the the big city encroaches on your quiet home? Landlocked issues and city encroachment are a source of frustration to many homeowners. Image Source: Eladgonen
Obviously, a highway brings more traffic to the area. While this is a positive impact from a business perspective, it can be a negative impact in a residential community. Areas that have been looked at as being good family neighborhoods may not hold this appeal once a highway is put in.
Highways bring a lot of vehicles driving at various speeds. Homeowners, particularly those with children, will find this unappealing when purchasing a home. If a home is already built in a area and then a highway comes in, it becomes less appealing, for safety reasons.
Parents want to know that their kids can play in the yard without having to worry about a 6-car pile up, or drunk drivers, or vehicles traveling at high rates of speed. Not to mention, the new accessibility of your home to devious people. All of these factors will make home values decline and make it hard to sell
Try to protect your assets by investigating future city plans before buying. If it is already too late and the highway has been constructed, then be creative with exterior home designs such as fences, gated courtyards, water falls to drown out noise, security and green walls that beautify and act as sound barriers.
Drown out the sounds of the highway and city-life with a stone barrier wall and water fall. Image Source: Lombardi Design
As mentioned above, not all properties are negatively impacted by highways. In fact, there are several situations where highways can actually increase property value. This is particularly true for commercial areas.
Commercial properties that have limited access can benefit from the addition of a highway. More people passing through, equals more business.
Of course, this increased exposure increases the profits of the business and the property value. You do, however, want to make sure that when the highway is put in that your business can be easily and safely accessed. You may want to talk with city planners to discuss whether your business needs a traffic light, as safety and available parking can make the difference between a person dropping in, or driving on by.
Not all properties are negatively impacted by highways. In fact, there are several situations where highways can actually increase property value. Image Source: RNW Construction
As you can see, there are numerous ups and downs to having a property near a major highway. There are so many factors to consider, and whether your home value goes up or down truly depends on accessibility, noise, location, safety and emissions etc…
When purchasing a new home it is important to take into consideration the transit ways and highways around the property. If there is plans for a major highway, it could cause some noise issues, causing your property value to decrease. On the other hand if there are plans for a new transit station that makes the big-city commute more accessible, you could watch your property values soar!
Are you living near a busy highway? If so, do you love it or hate it?
Hobbyists often have lots of stuff that require lots of storage room that’s easy to access and keep tidy. Whether it’s sewing, crafting, gardening, or something else — organization is key, and an armoire can really be the perfect solution for it. You might be surprised to find how versatile armoires can be to use in place of other pieces of furniture. Check out this desk from Apartment Therapy! Put it out of sight by closing the doors when you’re all done working. If you’re expecting, an armoire can be a clever use of a changing table. And when baby is all grown up, you’ll have the opportunity to find another use for your armoire. An old armoire works just as well as a regular bookcase — if not better for the unique look you get. Check out how these home owners replaced the glass doors with netting to show off their book collection.
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.
“When I’m excited about an idea, the first thing I say is: I’m all in!”- this coming from the creator of “All In” World Poker Tour Table, Axel Yberg, who designs to “inspire and provoke”. Fifteen species of exotic wood were beautifully manned to shape an elegant and imposing poker table. The sculptural shape it eventually took is part wooden wonder, part gold-painted plumbing pipes and fittings. Staying true to re-purposing materials, Axel and his team imagined the exotic wooden top adorned from below by Edison reproduction light bulbs. Symbolizing both the designer’s appreciation for everyone who took part in his success and the way he commits to something “mentally, physically, and emotionally”, the “All In” name will seem even more suited if you knew that it took over 600 man-hours of labor to create.
Reaching out to a marketing VP at the World Poker Tour to present his Pingtuated Equilibripong ping pong table project and asking if they would be interested in a collaboration, Axel didn’t know how it will all magically come together. He couldn’t fund it himself, so turned to his avid poker player friend, Matt Gai, to ask if his home game player friends wanted to all chip in and fund it. Little did Axel know that Matt was already thinking it was such a great idea, he had to fund it himself! The rest became history: “We inked the deal without me even telling them anything about the design. It was a bit of pressure — but that’s what I love.”
Axel continues: “There’s a side note: after we finished the mini-documentary on the creation of the piece, I sent it to one of my old friends who was living in Las Vegas. He forwarded it on to a childhood friend of his who was a pro poker player. That friend, Matt Salsberg, ended up winning the Player of the Year, so Matt Gai and I flew out to Studio City, CA to present it to him. Matt actually stayed an extra night to play in a cash game with Salsberg and his friends. Needless to say, Salsberg took all of his money — but he feels like the experience alone was worth the minor butt-kicking.” Now that’s inspiring.
Photographed by Robert Lowell and donated to the World Poker Tour‘s Season XI Player of the Year – Matt Salsberg – the table reminds me of the “In Vino Vitae” project by showcasing a different perspective on strong human connections. As American writer Mary Austin once said: “People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker.” We’re All In for something.
(left to right): Axel Yberg, Player of the Year Matt Salsberg, and Axel’s business partner Matt Gai.
Welcome to a sophisticated contemporary penthouse with two roof terraces and an unforgettable interior design. Found on Skeppsholmen, the loft spreads over an area of more than 200 square meters and is located in Stockholm, Sweden. The heart of the apartment is a large living room, which hosts an inviting dining area, corner sofas and a beautiful fireplace. Natural materials are a recurring theme in this unique penthouse and are reflected by the polished pine floors that go hand in hand with the black painted ceiling beams. A piano is located next to one of the windows and we can only imagine how welcoming the atmosphere becomes, once someone starts playing. White walls contrast the colorful decorating elements of the interior and give an overall feeling of freshness. The penthouse has no less than three bedrooms, all ensuring a large degree of comfort. Have a look at the photos and don’t forget to share your impressions…
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.
A vanity bench can always help if you spend a lot of time in the bathroom putting on makeup or doing your hair. Have a look at this incredibly elegant tufted bench from Alice Lane Home that could do the trick. A more compact option is a simple stool, like this gorgeously elegant selection (again from Home Bunch) that matches the style of this bathroom. This vanity from APD Architects actually has its own seated area, with a matching cushioned stool. Even a regular ottoman can work in a bathroom. This one featured on HGTV has a space against a wall right across from the vanity. This next very interesting bench featured on BHG stems out from the vanity beside it, where there’s a window. If the size and architecture of your bathroom make it work, then why not?