12 Examples of Norway’s Proud Design Heritage

A series of Bunad Blankets

Norway is a nation famed for its vivid landscape. The country’s dramatic terrain is replete with breathtaking fjords, lush forests and soaring mountains. For countless years, nature has influenced Norway’s design prowess. Works created by Norwegian designers are often understated and simple in their execution; they are of the land and typically make use of much of nature’s bounty. Today, Norway’s design heritage remains relatively unknown when compared to…

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8 Rustic Accent Pillow Ideas to Add Some Coziness This Winter

Scandinavian pine tree pillow

It’s getting chilly and the holiday season is just around the corner. While it may still be just a little bit early to break out the Christmas tree and decorations, there’s no reason why you can’t cozy up to some winter woodland-inspired decor and accessories right about now! Accent pillows, in particular, can be a stunningly easy way to do it. Here are some fabrics and…

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Beyond the Silver Spoon: Flatware Trends for the Modern Table

Serveware selections from Anthropologie

There’s something happening in the world of flatware… It started with brass infiltrating the collections once reserved solely for silver-toned pieces. Do you remember how unique and unusual those first few sets of brass flatware were?! Now that brass has officially caught on, designers are testing the waters with some gorgeous, innovative flatware solutions that involve rich finishes, two-toned style, and even iridescent flair. Read…

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8 Exquisite Credenzas, Cabinets and Shelves. Oh My!

Mister sideboard

Invest in good design. He’s beating that drum again, you are no doubt thinking. And yet it is something that makes perfect sense. Invest in quality, craftsmanship, longevity and utility. A well-made design, one that is handsome and meticulous, will find a place in just about any environment. Good design will fit with ease into a new home and newly decorated room. It ages gracefully, with confidence and poise….

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Eckford Residence: Modern Comfort Merged with an Idyllic Rustic Backdrop

Rural landscape around the contemporary home turns it into a relaxing retreat

A relaxing, rural setting that takes you away from the noise, pollution and unending rush of city life, a comfortable contemporary home that still delivers all the modern comforts, and a riparian ecosystem around the home that leaves you entranced; it is hard to imagine a more tranquil setting that the fabulous Eckford Residence. Designed by Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects, this gorgeous dwelling seems more…

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20 Luxurious Bathrooms with a Scenic View of the Ocean

Unique bathroom design and bathrub make most of the view on offer

There is nothing more beautiful and relaxing than waking up to the sound of the distant waves lapping on the shore or getting back home after a long, hard day’s work and enjoying the sight of the sun disappearing into the ocean! These are just a few of the many reasons why beachfront properties have always remained so sought-after, and if you happen to live…

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15 Soothing Bedrooms That Take Inspiration from the Clouds

Bedroom with bright blue cloud wallpaper

Your bedroom is meant to be a place of relaxation. If it doesn’t offer you that at least to some extent, then you’re going to have a hard time getting to sleep. Despite the fact that there are so many different ways you can create a calming atmosphere with your bedroom furniture and decor, an incredibly unique way to do it is by taking inspiration…

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Apartment V01: Hidden Kitchen, Shelves and a Range of Space-Saving Delights

Living room of the space-savvy apartment with exposed brick wall and chevron flooring

For a design aficionado there are few things more delightful than a modest home that maximizes the available space with a wide array of space-saving features that wow you with unbridled creativity. Offering precisely this is the lovely, smart Apartment V01, nestled in the heart of Sofia and designed by dontDIY with loads of ingenuity and an understated Scandinavian flair. The urbane apartment does its…

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Design Ideas for a Recessed Ceiling

Recessed ceiling with a cloud mural

Recessed ceilings provide an interesting opportunity for creative design. A recessed ceiling, also known as a tray ceiling, is created when the central portion of the ceiling is higher than the surrounding area. A tray ceiling can keep the room from looking too large (by creating a cozier height with a focal point), or it can be used to draw the eye upward, therein emphasizing…

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Neutrals That Wow: Minimal Chicago Townhouse with Inviting Warmth

Gorgeous living room of Chicago Townhouse clad in neutral hues

There is a reason why most modern homeowners and designers prefer the comfort of neutrals. A background clad in neutral hues gives you flexibility, allowing for a change in color scheme with the simple swap of accents down the line. Of course, many of us limit color such as white, gray and brown just to the backdrop and turn to brighter, more cheerful hues to…

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Cool Gifts for the Holiday Host

Pineapple vase from CB2

The holidays are almost here, and with parties and family gatherings filling many a November and December weekend, you may be scrambling to find affordable, interesting gifts for your host. For starters, you can’t go wrong with consumables. There’s nothing like a great bottle of wine or a delectable bar of dark chocolate. But if you’re looking for something in the realm of decor and…

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Refined Indulgence: The Latest Array of Geometric Cushions from Nina Kullberg

London, Paris and Athens cushions from Nina Kullberg

Geometric pattern, crisp design and unabated artistic expression coupled with handcrafted brilliance – the brand new collection of cushions from Nina Kullberg is nothing short of fabulous! The idea of adding geometric pattern to the interior with the help of décor, accessories, wallpaper, accent pillows and bedding is a trend that is here to stay, and these gorgeous cushions epitomize this style statement to absolute…

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Open-Air Theater: How to Create an Entertaining Outdoor Movie Night!

All you need is a small outdoor nook for a charming home theater under the sky

Whether you are a movie buff, someone who loves to host football parties for friends, spends more time outdoors than inside or simply is a sucker for that romantic ‘movie night’ out in the open, simply no one can resist the charm of an outdoor entertainment zone! This could range from a temporary setup that involves your regular flat screen and Blu-ray player or a…

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Chicago Church Converted into a Soaring Single-Family Home

25-foot high ceiling for the dramatic living area

There is something innately beautiful about churches that have been transformed to serve a different purpose in the ever-changing world. While we have seen some being altered into breathtaking bookstores and libraries, most often old churches find a new lease on life as unique and dramatic contemporary homes. Located in a busy neighborhood of Chicago, this 5500-square-foot church was turned into a lovely, eclectic single-family…

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Illuminate Autumn with High End Candles

Coconut wax candle by Voluspa

With fall’s chill comes the desire to warm up the indoors. Nothing adds a festive, cozy glow quite like candles. Today’s post is dedicated to high end candles that boast unforgettable fragrances and eye-catching packaging. We’ll begin by shining the spotlight on a few of our favorites, and then we’ll showcase a series of fall tables that maximize seasonal style and the flicker of candlelight. Enjoy!……

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