Renovated Portland Home Brings Vintage Industrial Style with Energy-Efficiency

Stacked firewood doubles as an artistic addition in the living area

Our choices in home design are often influenced by nostalgia, the neighborhood that we grew up and live in, and of course, the architects and artists who touched our lives. Having spent most of their lives in New York in a period when ‘loft renovations with distinct industrial style’ were the hip trend, this retired couple wanted a similar residence in Portland, Oregon. Having found…

Bright Single-Family Home in Sydney Combines Privacy with Chic Elegance

Bondi Home in Sydney by LSA Architects

Think of Bondi in Sydney, Australia, and it is the images of sun, sand and surf that come to mind immediately. The bustling neighborhood is obviously renowned for its beaches across the world, but today we turn our interest toward the gorgeous Bondi Home redesigned by LSA Architects, complete with loads of contemporary flair. The single-family house was revamped to bring the outdoors inside while…

Outdoor Design Trend: 23 Fabulous Concrete Pool Deck Ideas

Exquisite tropical pool and backyard idea

After having made it through the chilly bite of another cold winter, many of us are just starting to put away the cozy winter wardrobe for more effervescent spring hues. Spring not only brings new life and warmth, but also kick-starts that wonderful time of the year where you can once again enjoy the outdoors and relax on the pool deck in style. And as…

An Easy Macrame DIY Table Runner

Macrame table runner with air plants

If you caught my recent post on modern DIY table runner ideas, you know I’ve been looking for ways to spruce up my dining room table. Kate here, and today I’m sharing my latest DIY project: an easy macrame creation with Boho chic style! With a few simple supplies and an hour of your time, you can create a table runner that makes a retro-modern statement. Keep…

Revitalized 1840s NYC Townhouse Blends Sustainability with Exclusivity!

Gorgeous private garden of the NYC Townhouse

There are few places in the world that can match the charm of Greenwich Village in New York City as a crucible of art, culture, innovation and rebellion! This place has it all and has seen everything from the explosion of bohemian style to the famous 60s counterculture trend that changed the course of the world. It is barely surprising then that today we have…

Multi-Level Victorian Home in San Francisco Gets a Cheerful, Modern Upgrade

Family area that is connected with the deck outside

If you have ever been to the city of San Francisco, you will be pretty familiar with those lovely Victorian homes of the city that seem to be neatly stacked up next to one another. This gorgeous Noe Valley Residence seems just like another one of those many elegant houses from the outside, but step inside and you will see a completely different world! This…

Peaceful, Chic Meditation Rooms

Meditation Deck

Of course, you can meditate anywhere. But having a dedicated room or space in your abode for quiet reflection is a way to make it easier to keep your practice going. And of course, a mediation area can be used for yoga, dance, stretching, massage, or other relaxing activities. There are many ways you can approach a space for mediating—minimalist, maximalist, colorful or monochrome. Deciding…

A DIY Gift Basket Idea for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day gift basket

Mother’s Day is around the corner! Have you started thinking of gift ideas for your mom, wife, mother-in-law, grandmother, and the other special women in your life? Don’t be overwhelmed! Today’s post is dedicated to the art of the gift basket, and this DIY project celebrates two top trends: geo style and pastels. By adding a few personal touches to a plain woven basket and…

How to Use Diverse Shades of Blue to Craft a Brilliant Dining Room

Classic Wishbone chairs in lovely blue steal the show in this small dining space

When you talk about dining rooms and colors, it is often the hot hues that lead the pack. The most popular reason for this is the belief that hot hues are supposed to stimulate the appetite. But then, many of those rules have been challenged (and rightfully so) by modern designers who have put an end to the myth that dining rooms look good only…

Wolseley Residence: Contemporary Brighton Home in Concrete and Steel

Living areas and the bedrooms open up towards the gorgeous garden area and pool

Contemporary homes that combine smart design with a touch of energy-efficiency and innate simplicity are quickly becoming the norm across a world that is increasingly eco-conscious. Showcasing this trend in a captivating fashion is the refined Wolseley Residence in Brighton, Australia, which aims to serve the needs of a young, urbane family. Designed by Mckimm, the house boasts a structure and a stripped-down interior that are…

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