Great view and a smooth gorgeous interior: what’s not to like about this beautifully decorated home in Linnéstaden, one of the most exquisite sides of Gothenburg? This vibrant and playful interior is so nice and cozy and at a closer look, there’s nothing not to like about it! Gothenburg’s is one of the finest towns in Sweden when it comes to choose a tranquil, yet beautiful place to spend your weekends, your vacations or why not (this is for the edgy ones) your life. Linnéstaden is sprinkled with coffee shops and bohemian delightful places, so if you’re looking for an “artistic lifestyle”, this is the place to be/ live.Collect this ideaWith a great terrace, this fully renewed mansionette is absolutely stunning. You’ve got a great view, a bright spot to relax and enjoy the little things in life and an interesting combination of old and new. The home spreads over two levels, showcasing a neat interior, bright, vibrant and youthful. Its location (the city centre) gives you the feeling of always keeping track of events and happenings. In case you’re interested in this particular loft, Alvhem Mäkleri is the agency responsible with the selling, so don’t hesitate to contact them!
With so many of you in love with The Hobbit Movie and with the characters depicted by J.R.R. Tolkien, we decided to put together a special post. And because design and architecture is our thing, we made a list with some of the most striking architecture projects that resemble or are derived from the famous fantasy novels. Enjoy!Simon Dale of Wales envisioned a sustainable woodland home in a hill on the countryside, which may be considered “cartoony” enough to match the small hobbit homes from the Lord of the Rings. The project is daring, highly practical and it only cost its owner £3,000 to build. A nice way to escape the hassle of monthly energy bills, wouldn’t you agree?If it wouldn’t have been built in 1975 (long before the movie itself), some would probably argue that this 3,500-square-foot multilevel home by Ian Morrison on top of a hill in Barbados, is definitely inspired by the Lord of the Rings movie. Built in a stunning setting with soothing interiors that seem to be brimming with green life, the house brings a relaxing atmosphere that you can “almost” feel.The Hobbit scenes from Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy were filmed on a hillside lot in Matamata, New Zealand. Now the little Hobbit Homes have become a tourist attraction, but also they became homes for some of the sheep from a nearby farm. The interiors of these white structures were never finished because the scenes shot inside were actually filmed on a studio set. Although the place where these Hobbit houses rest under the sun are not an intimidating fun Disneyland-like amusement park, one can visit the countryside and get a chance to learn more about the sheep raised here and even pet the lambs.Even though architect William Morgan did not intend for the Dune House in Atlantic Beach, USA to resemble any fantasy dwelling, the project may strike some interesting correlations with Tolkien readers. Initially built in 1975, this original looking residence consists of two almost identical 750-Square-foot, each having a bedroom and a bathroom.The unusual architecture display for this home was envisioned by SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects. This particular “hobbit home” includes all the facilities a common house has, such as a guest room, an entertainment area, but also “specialized” interiors like an underground pathway. The entrance is a wide oval opening that you are driven to by some traditional stairs made in stone. Large windows make it noticeable and draw attention to the inside decors. Architect Peter Archer designed a perfect little retreat in rural Chester County, about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, USA. “We wanted a single structure, a relaxing place that was diminutive in scale, for the owner to come and hang out and just be in solitude with his collection,” explained the architect. The fantastic abode inspired by the two famous novels- “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings”- was built in collaboration with a team of craftsmen and it is not meant to be a Hollywood interpretation, but a timeless dwelling.Displaying a charming undulating shingle roof, asymmetrical walls and even a water wheel, the home built by Chris Whited in Bainbridge Island, Washington meets our idea of a fairytale dwelling. The project has a total surface 1,200-square feet, is perfectly fit for human life and was built out of sheer passion, without the intension of making the headlines.The Hobbit Villageis a real-life “Shire”-inspired place dedicated to Tolkien characters. During the spring and summer months, visiting hobbit enthusiasts can inhabit the village for prices beginning at $195 per night. It is here that we came across this charming hobbit house with an interior that does not lack the comfort of modern living.Round windows and front door, earth walls and grass covering- now this is how a real hobbit home should look like! Admit it- you would love to inhabit a small home like this, even if it does require a little sacrifice. At least for a little while.Last, but not least, check out Bilbo Baggins House at the Hobbit Village in Montana, USA. Particularly inviting, this picture perfect dwelling will probably not be as appealing to adults, as they can only take a peek inside and not actually…live inside it. Find it as pretty as the “real fantasy” version?
The highly modern the J20 House in Zagreb, Croatia was designed by studio DAR612 as a “juxtaposition of two elements – a primary longitudinal wing with white finish, and a perpendicular element covered in dark wood coating. A T-shaped floor plan enables maximum south and west orientation, as well as views from both levels”. The residence is surrounded by a courtyard providing just enough space for outdoor leisure activities.The residence is structured as follows: “A two story-high entry divides the house into two segments connected with a wooden bridge: the east segment is a secondary space with a garage on the ground floor and children’s area on the first floor; the west segment contains the main living spaces and parents’ quarters on the upper floor“. The interiors exude openness and their minimalism is contrasted by warmth coming from the wooden additions. A large swimming pool is located above the living room and can be spotted from other parts of the house as well…
Estela Netto Architecture & Design developed a dazzling home project, targeting young couples in search of a refined house that mixes harmonically the edges of good design with nature’s greatness. Casa Aguas Claras is the name of this outstanding project sheltered in a luxurious area from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The house aims to embrace the rocky surroundings and immerse perfectly into this relaxing landscape. The house has an amazing morning view for those who are used to drink coffee in search of the morning inspiration.For the ‘naturelle’ touch, plenty of wood was used in defining the project: floors, fancy shutters, some of the furniture pieces. Moreover, the textures and fabrics have been carefully chosen, creating an enhancing juggling of earthy colors. The contemporary natural aspect is augmented by a series of details such as rocky mountain wall patterns, different types of marble and gorgeous large windows that capture the landscape bringing it inside. Casa Aguas Claras is a space that aims to satisfy the need of comfort, inducing a peaceful state of mind. The master bedroom is intimately protected by sliding shutters while the spacious living room is wrapped with natural light. A perfect oasis for a smooth lifestyle, don’t you think?
The Toronto Residence designed by Belzberg Architecture received the 2013 Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence award. Very modern, and breezy, the stratified home showcases different types of materials for each of its layer, creating a very interesting contrast (plasters blends with zinc cladding, wood and stones). The house takes advantage of the natural rich surroundings. The flawless transition between environments is emphasised through floor-to-ceiling windows and open spaces. “Large portions of glazing along with clean lines and simple volumetric proportions underscore the client’s interest in creating a space with an effortless flow between interior and exterior; in a climate that is not always conducive to this type of habitation.”The home with its gorgeous garden inspires relaxation. There’s a terrace where you can just sit with your mug in the morning, drinking your coffee while planning your day. Private, yet airy, the Toronto Residence is the type of home that combines perfectly nature and the cozy home ambience while revealing sharp and pleasant contemporary notes. The interior is characterised by a graceful décor, with a complex wooden staircase serving as a main attraction point.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 ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this idea
Located in Seoul, South Korea and envisioned by design group bang by min, the H-House resembles a modern fortress. When developing it, the architects were confronted with a few challenges: “The site of H-House had the slope ground where the front level is lower with about 8m than the back level, which became a problem in designing. Besides this physical problem, the architect had more difficulties with the client’s demands ; to create a house for three generations, a house with good daylighting and ventilation on the basement and the first floor“.The result is an originally-shaped structure, with functionally separate levels placed in a “stack”. Different from every standpoint, the house is a display of modern creativity in architecture. The project is divided into three floors and a commercial unit for rent on the basement level. All the interiors are defined by space and design minimalism. Embark on a virtual tour and tell us what you think!
Characterized by an overwhelmingly-diverse geometry, the Strand Residence in Dana Point, California inspires opulent modern living. The imposing residence was envisioned by Horst Architects as a series of open spaces, strongly rooted in the environment. Every room offers extensive ocean views and reflecting ponds at each level ensure a soothing atmosphere.No matter what the standpoint, the well selected composition of materials and textures give away the feeling of living on the edge: “Indoor and outdoor living is orchestrated by balancing views with privacy, communal space with intimacy. The clear expression of the steel skeleton structure, in filled with glass and wood, allows the structure to sit lightly along the coastal terrain, while limestone walls anchor the structure“. It is interesting to observe how the extensive use of glass does not alter privacy, as the concrete street facade does a great job sheltering the residence. How would you comment on the overall design of this modern home?
House 12k was cleverly envisioned by Dierendonck Blancke Architecture in between two larger structures. Located in Ghent, Belgium, this three-level home constructed on a limited budget is an eye-catcher. The architects explain: “By seeing the house as a sequence of three elements/parts with varying heights, different conditions could be realized. The first two parts consist of three floors which are connected by a central staircase. The stairs serve the different levels that vary in floor height. This creates different perspectives and a continuity of space. A skylight over the entire surface of the stairwell allows natural light to penetrate deep into the house“. The project includes a vestibule/storage between the street and living space, a dining room and kitchen above the entrance hall and two extra rooms above the dining area. [Photographer: Filip Dujardin]
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.
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.
Villa Chamade is a massive contemporary estate located just few minutes away from the center of Cannes, and the prestigious Cap d’Antibes. With a commanding hillside position on a 3400 square meters of land, this high-class residence offers 660 square meters of living space with its 6 en-suite bedrooms, a meticulously designed living room and two kitchens for summer and winter time.
Sumptuous panoramic views of the bay and the Lerins Islands are perfectly framed by floor to ceiling windows in every room of the house. Exuding a feeling of space throughout, the interiors are designed in a highly contemporary manner, with diverse finishes. The array of textures make the place feel dynamic and welcoming. And as if all these were not enough to define a striking French Riviera home, the pool overlooking the bay with its jacuzzi, a spa and hamman complete the picture. Villa Chamade is currently listed for sale on Sotheby’s and the price is available on request…
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.
The String shelf system was designed in 1949 by the swedish architect and designer Nils Strinning. Easy to assemble and reposition, this well-formed system, with its ingenious design, is stable and functional. String® is available in several formats: the classic system, plex (launched in 1953), pocket (2005) and works (2014). The SH05 Arie shelf was designed by Arik Levy in 2008 for E15. The clever design enables a multitude of seamless combinations, made possible without any obvious visual repetition. Arie functions well as a bookcase, room divider, sideboard or storage unit.
Painting the walls might be the easiest way to add green to the bedroom along with bedding and accessories in matching hue, but think beyond the obvious if you want a truly captivating room. Painting the ceiling in green can be a fun alternative and by leaving the walls white, you will still have a neutral and versatile backdrop that will beautifully showcase wall art and sculptural décor additions. And for those who really want a personalized solution, mixing different shades to come with your own custom green hue is indeed an exciting and enjoyable alternative. This will assure that you are proud owner of a one-of-a-kind bedroom with a shade of green that you came up with.
10 Ways to bring luxe design details into your home
If you love the sumptuous feel of satin and smooth textiles between your fingertips or the opulent style of crystal chandeliers sparkling in your home, you probably love all things luxurious and sumptuous! Commonly referred to, as “Luxe” details are the very essence of why we enjoy the finest of materials, fabrics, furniture and interior design style in our homes. Whether you are looking to bring a few luxe details to your interiors or you want to go all out, here’s 10 simple ways to awaken your home with these gorgeous additions.
For most of us the idea of traveling the world and visiting luxurious destinations from all corners of the globe is a well sought after dream. Whether you are able to travel the world or not you can bring the luxe details into your home with imported furniture and relics that mimic luxurious pieces. From antique and vintage furniture to mirrors, artwork and one-of-a-kind sculptures, nothing says luxe better than gorgeous imported furniture.
Import sculptures, furniture and other decor for your luxe interiors
We often equate larger size for meaning better but when it comes to luxe living don’t overlook posh small urban lofts and homes that can be worth more than a country sprawling estate. Bring luxe living into your small urban apartment by maximizing every square foot with luxurious designer materials, finishes, artwork and furniture that has been hand-selected for your specific taste and urban dwelling.
Look to your travels for interiors inspiration for your luxe home
If you don’t know where to find showroom & designer quality furniture that oozes luxurious appeal for your interiors consider visiting design centers in your area. Design centers are ideal because they often get small quantities of furniture that won’t be seen everywhere. They also are able to order or showcase the latest designs from designers who cater to higher-end clientele with special designer lines and offerings for your home.
Don’t underestimate your small abode with luxe details
If you are tired of seeing the same furnishings and home decor as options for your home, why not commission an artisan to create custom pieces(s) for your home? Whether you have a spot over your fireplace that you’d like a gorgeous piece of artwork with colors from your interiors or you need an eye-catching sculpture for your foyer entrance, an artisan can create exactly what you want. From lighting and furniture to artwork and outdoor home installations a custom piece for your home can be the ultimate in luxe details.
Commission your favorite artisan to create custom artwork for your interiors
Your kitchen is perhaps the most expensive room of your home when it comes to finishes, appliances and state of the art technology. Another way to bring luxe details into your home is with a gourmet kitchen that features top of the line kitchen appliances with unique design features as well as finishes you won’t see in most common homes. Custom cabinetry made specifically for your kitchen along with imported and luxury tile, wood, metals and professional grade kitchen appointments can bring your kitchen into the showstopper category. Look to unique metallic finishes to add extra pizazz to your interiors.
luxe design kitchen appliances
Fabrics are one of the most tactile additions to your home’s interior that your hands, body and soul can relate to. They offer comfort, security, and beauty and can create a luxe design aesthetic that sets the mood for your room. Pair up with your favorite interior designer to plan your window treatments, furniture, accent throw pillows and carpet to utilize a customized color and design scheme for your interiors. From cashmere and silk to imported and handmade textiles the possibilities are endless.
Bring luxe materials into your furniture, window treatments and more
There is nothing more sumptuous than slipping into a cozy bed adorned with luxury linens and posh pillows to make you feel like royalty! Bring luxe details from the finest of hotels into your master suite and master bathroom with plush towels, imported bed linen, and a designer custom bed to match your interiors couldn’t be finer. If you’re in the process of remodeling your bedroom, opt for divided areas of privacy similar to luxe hotels worldwide. A sitting or parlor room area, a main bedroom and a terrace or balcony extending off of your room to the outdoors could make your bedroom the best room of your home!
While you may think you’re looking into a jewelry box of rare crystal and precious gems, bathrooms with opulent finishes are a gorgeous way to bring luxe appeal into your bathroom. From crystal, gold and platinum plated vanity sinks and plumbing fixtures to state of the art showering and bathing innovation, your bathroom can be the sanctuary you’ve always wanted. Look to your bathroom to add flat screen televisions, mini-kitchens, fireplaces and more with technology that is remote and smart phone operated for your luxe home.
Luxe details don’t just have to be decorative. In our modern day homes of smart technology there is an increasing need for homes that match our demanding lifestyles. From state of the art media rooms for family and friends to watch movies and entertain, to luxury gadgets that offer controls of our heating/cooling, security and even window treatments, there is no limit to how much innovation your home can feature. Ask an audio-visual professional or smart home consultant to see what amenities will work best in your home.
Don’t forget that luxe interiors and innovative technology can be found where you least expect it. Check to see when the next market or technology convention is set for your hometown. Major metropolitan cities often have international technology, housewares, and design fairs that bring top designers and brands to feature the latest luxe trends for your home. Look to them for inspiration for your home!
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As we alluded to earlier, green and white is a smart combination that works well in a modern bedroom and balances energetic overtones with a serene backdrop. The amount of green you use here depends on the size of the room and the amount of natural light that floods into your bedroom. Smaller bedrooms with too much green might seem both overwhelming and visually cluttered.
We love the vibrant character exuded by this home in Kaohsiung city, Taiwan. Envisioned by the creative team at House Design, the Family Playground project is exactly what its name suggest: an open invite to social entertaining. The design concept redefines the traditional kitchen in Taiwan, which is commonly crowded and dark. In this case, the kitchen and dining area are moved to the center of the living room, making it also the center of affective communication for the family: “One person can watch TV, while another can cook. Therefore, family members in different spaces, not only can feel and talk to each other, but also share the smell of food, sunlight, and views“, explained the architects.
Some of the pipes were cleverly transformed into a dividing screen with a striking visual effect. This pipe-made “panel” differs greatly from the traditional Taiwanese dividing walls and also comes with interesting storage options for shoes and clothes. The same design method is used on the hallway, where a glass cabinet is employed for exhibiting various objects, as well as for allowing natural lighting further into the house. Color is present throughout, contributing to a harmonious, joyful family atmosphere. [Information provided via e-mail by House Design Studio; Photography: Hey! Cheese]