Finding Your Color Story

Emerald was Pantone's Color of the Year for 2013

If you’re in the process of designing a room in your home (or painting a variety of rooms in your abode), creating a color story can be a true source of inspiration. What exactly is a color story? Think of it as a color scheme that will guide you as you choose paint colors, select decor and shop for accent pieces. However, your color story…

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Solar Shading and Smart Design Shape Energy-Efficient Barcelona Home

Casa Saüc in Barcelona

Finding a relaxing nook in the cosmopolitan hustle and bustle of Barcelona can be a hard task at the best of times. Set on an uneven lot and overlooking the distant mountains, a natural gradient and the distant sea, Casa Saüc by NOEM offers this serene getaway, thanks to the landscape around it and a smart architectural design. Clad in laminated wood and glass, the exterior…

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15 Creepy Gothic Candle Holder Ideas for a Scary Halloween

Large black candle holder with skulls and serpents

When it comes to Halloween decor, there are usually two main routes you can take — cute, or scary. I’ll warn you right now by saying there’s nothing all that cute about the decor trends that follow. In the spirit of Halloween, sometimes we all just really need to be creeped right out! And there’s no easier way to bring a little of that creepiness into…

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Home in Oberhaching: Modern Minimalism Encased in Warmth of Wood

Relaxing deck and pool area of the modern house in Bavaria

A stylish modern home that aims to combine a dash of minimalism with a cozy, inviting ambiance, this gorgeous residence in Oberhaching, Bavaria was designed by Despang Schlüpmann Architekten. The exterior of the house is a wonderful blend of woodsy elegance and contemporary style, as clean, straight lines, large glass windows and pops of gray paint a distinct and dashing visual. This clever balance of…

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Ilse Crawford’s Wholly Affirmative Approach to Design

A family home away from home buried deep in the Swiss Alps

Ilse Crawford is a much touted and buoyant British designer whose astute design insight, confidence, warmth and charm afford her work a level of focus that is human, expressive, harmonious and accessible. Crawford’s design journey began at an early age. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, she reflects: “I would walk around with my mum adding character touches to the rooms. I’ve always been conscious of how buildings change behaviour. Some spaces…

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The Benefits of Aluminum Baseboards

Modern interior with aluminum baseboards

Are you intrigued by the allure of metal trim in a modern interior? If you assumed aluminum baseboards were exclusively for commercial spaces, think again! There’s something refreshing and contemporary about metal baseboards. Not only are they growing in popularity because of their sleek style, their functionality has true practical benefits! Read on to discover a few reasons aluminum trim deserves a second look… [EMAC…

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Butterfly Beach Villa: 50s Ranch-Style Home Goes Midcentury Modern with Flair

Gorgeous landscape adds to the beuaty of the revamped 50s home

A beautiful conversion and renovation project, the Butterfly Beach Villa in Santa Barbara was transformed from a 1950s ranch-style bungalow into a gorgeous modern home with a distinct midcentury vibe. The makeover was completed by the ingenious folks at Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects along with the help of Ian Cronshaw of Allen and Associates, and it combines the timeless elegance of the classical structure with…

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25 Ingenious Living Rooms That Showcase the Beauty of Sliding Barn Doors

Reading nook and cozy window seat hidden behind the barn door

They say that fashion is cyclic in nature and trends tend to repeat themselves once every 20-30 years. The same often seems true in the case of home design as interior décor, accessories and hues that were shunned in the early 90s for a more ‘modern’ look are now making a comeback. One of the most popular trends in recent times has been the desire…

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16 Minimal Courtyards with Just a Hint of Nature

Living room that looks out into bright courtyard

A courtyard always serves as an impressive way of dividing up the rooms of a house or separating one building from another. The architecture is perfect for bringing a little piece of the outdoors inside. While it’s easy to assume you’d need a lot of greenery in a courtyard to make it really feel like a natural setting, you might be surprised to see how achievable it is with…

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Design Trend: Geo Objects

Balance Studies by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

If you’re a fan of modern design, you may have noticed a growing trend that has found its way from design houses to mainstream retailers: geo objects. Sometimes functional, sometimes purely decorative, these items are often true works of art. In fact, many design houses and online shops feature sections titled “Objects” that offer a range of pieces for sale, from vases to sculptural forms….

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