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 Enchanting Eco-Friendly Home With Gorgeous View Over the Pacific Ocean

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The sunny California weather, the beaches, the fun and all the “glory” make people think that if there’s a paradise, this how it’s supposed to look like! With such a lovely view comes a lovely house. And if you manage to have a lovely house nearby the Pacific Ocean, with the breeze knocking on your windows, feeling the sand under your feet in the morning, when you go for a relaxing walk, then you’re a happy individual.We are presenting you a home that respects the theory exposed above, that not only is located in Montecito (Butterfly Beach) but also is built from eco-friendly materials, being a sustainable LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified home. This eco luxury home was designed by  Maienza-Wilson Interior Design + Architecture.The house is composed of three different blocks: the main house, the garage and the swimming pool house. On the top of the garage and the swimming pool, green grass has been planted. The main house is surrounded by a wooden deck that basically connects it to the swimming pool house (the ideal spot to enjoy a good book and a bitter-sweet icy cocktail.The interior is breezy and connected to the exterior through wooden flooring. The sliding windows allow a better air circulation and a more relaxed environment. Neat and elegant, everything respects a certain “sandy-beach” design line, with warm shades of beige, white and brown. At the upper floor, you’ve got a wonderful view over the Pacific. Well, what do you think of this home, do you like it?

 How To Confidently Buy an Area Rug

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Area rugs serve several wonderful purposes. They provide warmth under our bare feet, create another layer of design, tie a room together and absorb sound in spacious rooms.  Often thought of as art for the floor it can set the design scheme of the room allowing for wall color and accessories to play off it. Starting with the area rug to design a space can lead to a great adventure to find the right rug.  How can you find the right rug?  There are a few things to know that will help with your search.As with any large purchase for the home, it is best to have a budget.  The cost of an area rug can run anywhere from a few dollars at a home discount store to several hundred at an antique dealer.  The key to knowing how much to spend largely depends on the purpose the rug serves.  Consider which room will house the rug.  A high traffic room will call for a high quality, often-pricier rug, than will a seldom-used space.  A rule of thumb used by designers suggests that the budget be equivalent to the budget for the sofa, but a sensible approach is to spend what you can and get the best quality you can afford for high traffic spaces.The production method used to construct a rug can have a hefty influence on the price tag. The most labor intensive and therefore most expensive is a hand woven rug, which is constructed by hand tying the yarn.  A less expensive option is the tufted rug, which can be machine made or hand made, but in either case manufactured quickly and inexpensively.  Yarn loops through the backing either by hand or by a machine, and then cut to create the pile.  Wool, cotton, silk, coir, synthetic fibers, and grasses are common materials used.  For a rug that will last, look for good quality wool or silk rugs. Wool wears well and looks better with age.Area rugs come in many size, the most common are 2×3, 4×6, 5×8, and 8×10.  Before you shop have the measurements of the room you want to place the carpet in. Start by measuring the size of the room, then measure the area where the rug will go. If you want most of the floor covered, leave 12” to 15” around the room.  For a rug in a dining room, you will want to have a rug big enough as to have the back legs of a chair resting on the rug with enough space to back the chair up without leaving the rug.  In the living room, the rug should be wide enough to have the coffee table centered on it.  In the hallway keep furniture off the rug.The most common shapes are runners, rectangle, and round, octagonal, oval and square. Choosing the right shape comes down to scale and balance of the space. Less is more in entryways and other transitional spaces, while you will want a balanced look in larger spaces.  A large room would call for a large rug, perhaps in a rectangle or a wide oval, but do not skimp on the size in large room, nor buy a rug too big for a small space. It is good to note that most handmade rugs are rectangular.There are many style options available suitable to all design schemes. One can pick from stripes, geometric patterns, florals, or tone-one tone patterns and even oriental designs. To pick the right one start by having a general idea of the look and feel you favor for the space and build from there.  A modern or contemporary look would do well with a tone on tone neutral, or pair a traditional look with an oriental pattern.  Florals and stripes are perfect for a casual look, while geometrics work well in an eclectic space.  Along with the many available styles are many colors from which to choose too.Now that you have invested in an area rug, you will want to care for it properly and extend the life of your investment.  Avoid direct sunlight if possible, but should your rug be in direct sunlight, rotate it so it will fade evenly. Vacuum weekly to pick up the usual dust and dirt a home attracts and spot clean immediately if it encounters spills of coffee, soda or wine.  It is advisable to have your rugs cleaned at least once a year and inspected for loose fibers that need trimmed or repaired.  Some cotton rugs can be machine-washed, saving you the cost of a dry cleaner.All in all, the most important consideration is that you love it every time you walk into the room.Have you purchased an area rug recently?  If so, what factors went into your decision?

 Gorgeous Luxury Home With Staggering View Over Aspen

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Located in Aspen, Colorado, the Willoughby Way is a spacious luxury home, with gorgeous finishings. The interior is breezy and luminous, thanks to the glass walls that replace the regular ones. The house is flooded by light, offering also a beautiful view over the inspiring site. Surrounded by a staggering landscape, the Willoughby Way is a wonderful place for daydreamers: they can take long walks, admire the sunset, enjoy the fresh air and disconnect from the busy city rush.  This particularly beautiful Aspen residence was defined by Charles Cuniffe Architects. “Heavy timbers and stone anchor this home into its site on Red Mountain, while large expanses of glass encompass the mountain views. Clean and contemporary materials create soft interiors.”Timber beams embellish the interior and make it more comfortable and cozy. The stone walls reflect the rocky landscape and the sophisticated furniture adds a touch of personality to this living space. The interior is very much connected to the exterior: the materials used in defining the décor, the transparence created through the glass walls and through the irregular ceiling’s sculpture that resembles to a mountain peak. Modern and stylish, the Willoughby Way (due to its location) inspires tranquility and harmony.Collect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this idea 

 Well Defined Modern Personality: House in South-Western Australia

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Collect this ideaThe idea that generated the design of this House in South-Western Australia was to achieve a reflection of the surrounding landscapes through materials and living spaces evoking openness: “the project displays the paired ideas of meandering and built formality, reflecting the relationship between the natural contours of bushland (emblematic of the site’s iconic Margaret River view, with its rolling river headland) and the crisp horizontal nature of the ocean beyond”, explained the creative team at Tierra Design.Collect this ideaFunctionally separated in two building wings by a central courtyard, the residence provides the opportunity of two families living together. White canopies shelter the volumes, adding an interesting effect to the overall exterior design composition: “The rooves are transformed from a gesture at entry to expansive planes, echoing the breadth of landscape beyond. The ceilings become a floating island contrasting with the olive backdrop of bush”. Timber screens and stone walls further contribute to the project’s well defined modern personality.Collect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this idea

 A Work of Gothic Inspiration: The “Monster Face” Chairs by Marcel Wanders

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Spotted on Beautiful Life, the Monster Chair is…well, something worth sharing! Don’t expect something beautiful, that will simply inspire you with its dazzling presence. No, not at all! As the name already says it, the Monster Chair is something rather, anaesthetic. A design object that fits the daring ones.  It doesn’t go with everything and it’s not something you would buy for your exquisite new home. It’s something you would choose to impress the visitors. Or maybe you would go for “little monsters” if you were really into Quasimodo and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Inspired by the Gothic design, Marcel Wanders created a line of chairs that intrigues the imagination of any sane individual. The chairs have a steel frame and are available with or without  the monster face sewed on the black synthetic leather. The black leather fantasy he envisioned is very much connected to his personal belief in the “obnoxious” doomsday: “I will be sitting on a little stool at the head of a large table, ready for an eternal dinner. Seven dark leather chairs with ferocious faces surround the table. Eight sets of silver cutlery and white porcelain plates lay amongst copious amounts of white tulips on a fresh white tablecloth with white ribbons.”  

 Compact Minimalism: Bright Japanese House Inspiring Tranquility

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We are already used to Japanese architecture, which puts a different value on space than most of the Occidental cultures do. The Hiyoshi House is such a fine example of compact architecture! EANA, the firm responsible with completing this project, has envisioned a space that connects the inhabitants and makes them enjoy the cozy, compact space. The place is ideal for a couple that tries to experience the boundaries of “family life”. The rectangular house in Yokohama comes with large side windows, replacing the concrete structure and creating a place flooded by light. Transparent and breezy, the house is equipped with everything needed. The social space includes the kitchen, the living and the dining room and a four meters high ceiling.The large windows allow the inhabitants to be observers of the natural scenery. The interior floor is a mix of concrete and wood. Nothing too sharp nor sophisticated. Just moderate and relaxing. There’s little furniture to emphasise the breeziness, which is not a bad thing, of course. What is really particular about this house is the upper roof top garden – a spot ideal for seeking inspiration and enjoying a tasteful cup of tea at dusk…

 Sophisticated Concrete Interiors in the Czech Republic by oooox

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It is fascinating to observe how concrete has won a secure place in the hearts of interior designers worldwide. The home presented below envisioned by oooox and located in a small village southwest of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic is an example of concrete creativity. You can see the material employed throughout the interiors  (walls, ceilings, floor); yet the place does not feel too industrial, but sophisticated and contemporary-elegant instead.The core of the residence is a minimalist, open plan living and dining room, designed in a neutral color palette. Just a few furniture elements and carefully chosen lighting fixtures give this interior an original vibe. The “cold” and gray concrete on the ceiling is contrasted by wooden additions and white lacquered kitchen finishes. Subtle texture on the ceiling creates a visual disruption, making it easy for anyone visiting to look up. Far from being a concrete-used-in-living-space fan, I have to say this place touched a soft spot. How does it resonate with your tastes?

 Seaside Retreat in Norway Displaying a Charming Wooden Exterior

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Overlooking Holmestrand and the fjords, this seaside retreat in suburban Oslo comes with a charming appeal. Designed by Schjelderup Trondahl Architects, and photographed by Jonas Adolfsen, the single-family residence in the photos below is dramatically situated on the edge of a cliff and offers 180 degree views toward the sea to the east and a rich natural landscape to the west. Its complex form is the result of adjoining two main wings, which were bent 22 degrees to each other, in order to adapt the house to its rough terrain.
A rich variety of textures contributes to an overall welcoming feel: “The interior wooden walls and ceilings are clad with white oiled poplar plywood boards and white ash floorboards are used, introducing a light softness to the interior. The internal geometry represents necessary constructions for the cantilevered roofs in addition to defining spaces. All windows and doors are made from massive oak.” The lovely cantilevered roofs, shifting facades and spacial experiences offered here places this Norwegian retreat on our list of dream homes.
 

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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.

 Uplifting Creative Design Blending With the Green Surroundings

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A scenic and memorable emerald garden accommodates a particularly beautiful residence, that spreads over 650 square meters, in the rural region of New Canaan, Connecticut. The project is the result of Roger Ferris and Partner‘s work. The archiects created a fresh look to what it used to be a mid-century modern residence. They also extended the living space. Three major sections were added: two art galleries and a swimming pool house with a library, for you to spend hours relaxing and enjoy quality time with friends. A pebble mosaic patio surrounds the circular swimming pool and a living area is located right into…the hillside. Two 19th century barns shelter exquisite-unconventional pieces of art, from paintings, to photography work, sculptures and avant-garde artistic objects. One of the art galleries has also a “compact” office, totally “isolated” from the exterior environment through hermetic glass.
The abundance of contrasts is something we really like. The main house allows a good penetration of light through the floor to ceiling windows, inviting the lush vegetation inside. Creative design items, strong colours, from red to metallic, create an atypical vivid vibrance. Forget about the rules of design and just enjoy the show! If neat and minimalist is what you’re looking for, this is nothing like that! Gorgeous and avant-garde, this is one of those homes dedicated to the edgy ones!

 Game On: Relive the 8-bit era with designer blinds

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We usually don’t focus on gaming here at our site but we decided to present this new design from Direct Blinds that is helping gamers to decorate their pads just how they’ve always dreamed – with the characters from yesteryear! These stylish, made-to-measure blinds are inspired by the 8-bit days of gaming – so whether you were chasing ghosts, shooting down space invaders or gobbling 1UP mushrooms when it all began, you can live it all over again on your windows every day.
From a distance, the designs seem to be picked out in pixels, but get a little closer and you’ll see they’re made up of dozens of controllers and handheld consoles from all eras of gaming. Available in a wide range of colours, each custom-made blind can be adapted to the style of their surroundings – whether they’re the backdrop to a retro gaming marathon or just a way to add a bit of geek chic to your living room.
Nick Swift from Direct Blinds says: “We’re always finding new ways to jazz up our products, and this latest series pays homage to the fondly-remembered gaming giants of the 1980s. Gaming has moved on at an incredible pace over the last few decades, but we’ll always have a place in our hearts for the iconic characters that were there at the beginning. We hope all gamers, young and old, do too.”

 Family Beach House With a Striking Silhouette in California: Rockledge Residence

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The collaboration between Horst Architects and Aria Design led to the development of Rockledge Residence, an imposing family beach house perched atop a spectacular ridge in Laguna Beach, California. The owner’s brief requested a relaxed beach home for both the family and guests, as well as an optimized indoor-outdoor connection. Accepting this challenge, the project developers envisioned a main residence and a detached guest house, built around a series of connected courtyards.
All inner spaces of this family beach house were designed in a minimalist style and extensive use of glass facilitates a smooth room transition. According to the architects, “materiality and formal choices were informed by a desire to root the structure into the site. Indoor and outdoor living is orchestrated by balancing views with privacy, communal space with intimacy. Rockledge is a place of meditation where one can contemplate the ocean and sky“. [Photography: John Ellis and Toby Ponnay]

 bathroom shelves ideas

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The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.

 hacienda interior design

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Handmade, elegant and solid, the Dixon Modular Storage Unit from Dare Studio is a beautiful example of well-made British design. Designed by Patrick Frey for Richard Lampert, the sleek, modest and rather demure Stak Trolley system is suited to home and office environments. German-Based Richard Lampert follows the motto: ‘as little as possible, as much as necessary’.

 chinese bedroom decor

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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.

 How To Incorporate Marble Into Your Interior Design

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A marble island will give the room a sleek look. Image Via: Abruzzo Kitchen & Bath
In the past few decades, marble has fallen by the wayside in interior design. Odds are that when you picture marble as a design element, you have visions of large, cold rooms encased in floor-to-ceiling stone. Or, of the ornate sculptures that adorn your Grandma’s pristine living room. It’s hardly modern and sleek – or so you may think.
Marble has made a modern comeback in the world of interior design. However, the key to keeping the trend fresh is using it in small doses – accents and statement pieces – rather than in amounts that overwhelm the eye. In this case, less is infinitely more.
If you want to be ahead of the curve, check out this list of ways to incorporate marble into your interior design. We’ll walk you through innovative ways to use marble to give a classic touch to your décor while still staying modern.
Use marble as a statement piece like this fireplace. Image Via: John Maniscalco Architecture
Open-concept living is becoming increasing common. Whether you live in a small studio apartment or a spacious single-family home, this type of floor plan opens up the space and leaves it feeling less stuffy and confined. However, though your home may lack certain walls, you still need to delineate the space in order to keep it looking organized. Let marble do the job.
Columns are, of course, the obvious answer. But, there’s no need for them to look like they came straight out of a white telephone feature. Choose columns with straight edges and relatively few decorative touches to give the space a more industrial feel.
Keep in mind that there’s no need for the columns to stretch from the floor to the ceiling either. Consider building a half-wall with columns that will separate spaces while still letting the eye through all the way through the space.
Use modern marble columns to visually separate spaces. Image Via: Vanguard Studio Inc.
The “or” part is key in this instance. If both the walls and floors were covered in marble, the space might end up looking too stark and cold. However, by just choosing one, you have the ability to tie just a touch of classical feel into the space while tying it in with more modern materials. Whichever element you pick, there are a variety of ways to execute the design.
Think about adding marble to the backsplash in your kitchen. Use marble as an alternative to traditional wainscoting in your bathroom or dining room. Add a pinch of marble to your living space by encircling the room with a marble chair rail.
If you would rather add marble to the floor, the foyer is a great option since it is traditionally a more formal space.  Add an artistic flourish to your dining room at low cost by using marble to create a design that anchors your dining room table. Marble flooring could add a luxury feel to anyone’s master bathroom.
If you need more luxury in your life, check out these 10 Affordable Ways To Make Your Home Look Like A Luxury Hotel.
Think about marble for your kitchen backsplash. Image Via: Alice Lane Home Collection
Though it may seem could and uncomfortable at first glance, when paired with the correct pieces, marble makes an excellent material for furniture. It is strong, sturdy, and will last a lifetime. Don’t be afraid to invest in a statement piece of marble furniture. It can withstand a lot of wear and tear while still looking high-end.
A note on choosing the right pieces for your space: Be sure to take measurements. Since marble is particularly heavy and unforgiving, you’ll want to be certain that your new purchase will fit into the space before you make the effort to bring it home. Additionally, don’t feel like you need to stick to neutral tones. A colored marble table top could add just the right pop of color needed to bring your space to life.
Tables work particularly well when made of marble.  Replace the wooden island in your kitchen with one made of marble to create a visual transition from the stove into the dining area. Add a bit of elegance to your living space with a marble coffee table. Think about using marble tables as outdoor furniture since they are hardy enough to stay put during stormy weather.
A marble coffee table makes a timeless addition to any living space. Image Via: Burritt Bros. Carpets
In the past, adding marble into your home’s design was a significant commitment. After all, it’s not cheap to have a stone company come in and start digging up your walls and floors to replace the old materials with heavy stone. One of the best aspects of this marble reassurance is that smaller marble accessories and décor items are popping up on store shelves. They allow you to try out the trend before taking a lasting plunge or to incorporate it into small apartments that would have previously been deemed too tight of a space.
For more information on decorating small spaces, take a look at these 10 Things Nobody tells You About Decorating A Tiny Apartment.
When looking at accessories, focus on adding one or two marble pieces to the room. A pair of marbled lamps like the ones shown above would be nice focal point by your bedside or in your family room. Marble candleholders and a soap set can add a romantic touch to your bathroom.
For a subtler feel, focus on marble-inspired pieces. They offer the same pop of classical style without the big price tag. A piece of wall art or a patterned throw rug that that mimics the neutral colors and bold lines found in marble could be all you need to tie a room together.
For a less permanent design option, consider adding marble through accessories. Image Via: Kerrisdale Design Inc
Marble has fallen out of favor with interior designers in recent years, but it is about to make a comeback. If you are under the impression that marble can come off looking heavy-handed and ornate, think again. This article offers suggestions on how to incorporate marble into your interior design while keeping it subtle and modern. Use them to stay on trend.
How do you feel about marble’s resurgence? Are you up for incorporating it into your interior design? Have you found any marble products that you absolutely love? Let us know in the comments…

 Modern 9-Room Peninsula Home in Sweden Opening Up to the Views

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Boasting a living surface of 316 square meters, this peninsula home in Sweden designed by architect Boris Culjat is surrounded by a dream landscape. The main unit accommodates nine rooms plus kitchen and is structured on two levels. There is also a guest house on the site, with its own kitchen and living room with exit to large patio. Outdoor and indoor spa, steam room and outdoor bathtub are additional features of this property, discovered by our site on Skeppsholmen.se. A granite paving stone driveway leads the way to the double garage which ensures parking for 6-7 cars.
The inhabitants of this home facing the water are likely to spend plenty of time outdoors, contemplating the raw beauty of this area located near the small town of Ekerö. But when the harsh Swedish weather knocks on the door, there are many charming interiors one can consider “proper refuge”. With extensive glazing, wooden flooring and natural materials, the rooms exude a bright ambiance. Despite a modern design approach, the social areas are highly inviting. We particularly like the dining room encircled by glass and water views, which only accommodates a table for eight. Have a look at the photos and tell us what interesting details you come across!

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