We recently received an intriguing project from Cityhome Collective. I went with “intriguing”, because it is not everyday you see a beautiful home for sale accompanied by another perfectly functional adjacent cottage, ideal for a mother-in-law apartment, guest home, or nanny suite. The project is located in Salt Lake City, USA and is called “Home |+1”. We like it, because this it is the type of lot some search for years in a row and eventually end up finding a property with one construction and building another separate home next to it. The main residence in this case was designed by Ron Molen and features 4 bedrooms, large, open-concept living/dining rooms, office with vaulted ceilings, fitness/media room with hardwired speakers and kid’s climbing wall, a private, Scottsdale-style front patio with fire pit, 10-person swim spa with swimming and rowing equipment, a 3 car garage and many more. The smaller of the two homes comes with 2 bedrooms, a lovely fireplace and newly renovated kitchen and bath. Would you consider your family living with someone else within the same courtyard? And if so, who would be that special someone?
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.
Meet the contemporary style of some of Melbourne’s finest designers. The work of Robert Mills Architects impresses with the sleekness and the almost sober-contemporary elegance. The perfect blend of black and white creates a strong contrast, emphasising the architecture studio’s choice for luxury chic. It is said that black and white are infallible, therefore the architects played with this combination as much as they liked. Moreover, they added a playful element: the swirly staircase, that somehow breaks the perfect neat, yet sober elegance. At a closer look, the staircase is a sculptural centre piece, a symbol of this gorgeous luxury home.
The project called Verdant Avenue is located in one of Melbourne’s exclusive suburbs, away from the crowded city centre. The glossy terrace and the infinity pool add a note of sophistication to the already impeccable design. The courtyard is filled with lush vegetation, showcasing a refreshing-green environment. “Floor to ceiling glass brings views of a giant pin oak into every room, creating perfect harmony between architecture and landscape.” All in all, it’s about the natural equilibrium every individual seeks for. Now, we are very curious how do you find this project. Please feel free to share with us!
According to the creative team at Karv Luxury, nothing says manliness like big and broad hand-sculpted Walnut shoulders. The designers of The Ultimate Valet wanted to bring some style and additional utility to the common valet, while simplifying its appearance. Another goal was to add an element of craftsmanship and sculpture that is absent in a lot of today’s mass produced furniture: “The way we see it, either we let automated manufacturing and homogeneous design take over, or we stand up (with chisels, rough hands, and an eye for detail) to create something that’s out of this world.” The project is designed by artist and master woodworker Jacob Sorenson and built by traditional craftsmen in New Hampshire.
The Ultimate Valet combines cutting edge design with traditional craftsmanship. Anatomically correct, life-sized shoulders carved by hand from solid Walnut set the tone for a masculine furniture piece. A surprising USB charging unit for smart phones and a shoe cabinet enhance the functionality of the design. You can back this project and find out more about the studio’s work via Kickstarter. Check out the presentation video at the end of the post and let us know what you think!
Green in the girls’ bedroom coupled with pink works surprisingly well and it elegantly complements other colors such as brown and orange as well. Working with more than 3 or 4 bright colors in a room requires great care, perfect planning and a hint of ingenuity that lets each hue standout even while blending with the overall look. While it does sound like a risky proposition, get it right and you will have a playful kids’ room that is a visual treat.
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Organic shapes achieved with unexpected curves are the defining elements for the design of OLS House near Stuttgart, Germany. The reinforced concrete residence was developed by J.Mayer H. Architects to meet the living needs of a family of four. Slats and anti-glare sheeting provide sun protection and the roof, built with zinc plate cladding is fitted with solar panels.
According to the architects, OLS House is divided into “an elevated ground floor with entrance area, utility room and spa, and a second floor with an open, flowing floor plan containing the living, dining and kitchen areas. Full-height glazing provides a free view of the valley and terrace looking over the garden area. Upstairs are the sleeping areas, dressing rooms and bathrooms. The central design element is a sculptural staircase that connects all three levels“. The outside-inside design unity is striking and ultimately inspiring-have a look!
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.
VilaMariana Residence by Cristiane Bergesch is an inspiring renovation project delivered in São Paulo, Brazil. The 34 square-meter home with two levels was completely redesigned to serve the modern living needs of a young couple. Improving the ventilation and lighting systems was one important aspect to consider during the planning stage of the project. According to Cristiane Bergesch, the lack of space for furniture was a challenging limitation: “I designed all the furniture for the living room, kitchen and bedroom, respecting specific measures for each piece. Furthermore, the clear and neutral colors reinforce the visual impression of more space.”
Another problem was the lack of space for a dining room. The living room had several accesses and the main door was taking up too much space to open. It was replaced by a sliding door, which expanded the original building area to 46 sqm, joining the living room and the outdoors. A glass ceiling ensures natural lighting for both spaces. The owners wanted a comfortable, practical home, and also a place to receive family and friends. The outdoor area added the space needed for dining room and barbecue.
The compact 4 sqm kitchen has all the necessary items. The chosen oven, for example, is a cooktop. The sliding door made in special glass provides a mirror effect, hiding the kitchen interior when there is no light. MDF cabinets with white melamine finish contrasts the wooden panel. The master bedroom is located on the second level, offering a high level of privacy and comfort. [Information provided via e-mail by Cristiane Bergesch; Photos: Marcelo Scandaroli]
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.
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.