11 Lobbies with Standout Style

Lobby of the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast

This week, a visit to my favorite childhood hotel really got me thinking about lobbies…and just how difficult it is to get the design right. These spaces are often BIG. We’re talking big on a grand scale! Filling the space is a real challenge. With the size comes the desire for dramatic details. When done well, these details can be amazing. When done poorly, they…

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Stunning Sao Paulo Residence Offers A Sophisticated Visual Treat!

Contemporary dining space with yellow splashes

The interior of Residencia Conde de Itu designed by Mauricio Arruda Arquitetos & Designers is truly a sight to behold for design addicts. While the word stunning is often used far more liberally, this fabulous Brazilian home deserves the accolade fully. Scrumptious colors and a refined décor collection come together to paint a brilliant picture. Varying geometric patterns and textures offer an ergonomic house where…

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Create a Mural Effect with 3D Wall Art

Paper bird wall art

There’s no denying the appeal of a well-designed wall mural! There’s something about a grand-scale work of art that grabs the eye and engages the soul. What got me going on this mural kick? Below we see the image that started it all! While writing an article on nursery design, I came across this pic of a space featuring all-encompassing geometric wall art, and that got…

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Contemporary Extension To A Classic Melbourne Kew House

Modern extension to the Kew House in Melbourne

Designed with a twist in conventional geometry by Nic Owen Architects, this fascinating new addition to a classic Kew House in Melbourne steals the show with ease. This audacious extension to an existing home Dow Under was done to provide more space and offer a contemporary hub to the owners. Since the existing façade in the area could not be altered extensively, the new addition…

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Modern German House Clad in Glass Offers Unabated Lake Views

Lake House in Germany by LHVH Architekten

Located on hillside next to the picturesque Lake Rur in Kreuzau , Germany, this lovely residence is all about the fabulous views outside. Dubbed the Lake House (Yes, not too high on the creative front with the name), the residence is unassuming, beautiful and makes for a wonderful retreat that offers plenty of privacy. Cloaked in a wonderful and natural green veil, it makes for…

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Indulge Your Playful Spirit with These Game Room Ideas

Cone pendants enhance the dreamy blue shades of the pool table

Modern homes offer much more than the mere necessities. Game rooms are starting to become an integral part of many a contemporary residence. While some of us can afford to space exclusive space for gaming and recreational needs, all of us do might not have enough square footage at our disposal. Be it ping-pong, pool action, poker fun or a round of darts; you can…

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Smart Window Solutions for Any Design and Any Business


The dream of architects around the world is to combine both beauty and practicality into a design. Much of the practical side in today’s building climate is greenness. We know that most of a building’s thermal energy can be lost through the windows. Solutions such as high tech window film, tinted windows and even automated windows limit energy loss and even add to energy absorption…

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Cool Office Space for FINE Design Group by Boora Architects

Portland office of FINE Design Group

It was just a week ago that we took a look at the gorgeous Google Dublin Campus that floored us with its amazing design. The office of FINE Design Group might not match Google’s European headquarters in size; but definitely has plenty of style and panache.  Designed ever so elegantly by Boora Architects, the stylish office in Portland, Oregon is a balanced combination of a…

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Agate, Lapis and Quartz: Mineral Decor for a Dazzling Interior

Brown marble bathroom tile

We at Decoist love showcasing the power of mineral decor. From the malachite craze that hit a few years back to the plethora of agate surfaces on today’s countertops and fireplaces, there’s clearly a renewed interest in these natural wonders. What does a mineral-loving room look like? While you may think jewel tones are the norm, you may be surprised at the range of styles…

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George Nelson’s Coconut Chair: Adding Style to Your Room

Lovely family room with Nelson Pedestal Tables and Coconut Chairs

We have looked at some amazing modern design icons from the stable of Herman Miller before. While the likes of the fabulous Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman steal the show with their sophisticated design, the Coconut Chair designed by George Nelson offers beautiful and refreshing geometric variation to any modern space. The form of the iconic Coconut Chair mimics that of a sliced coconut shell…

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