Classy Modern Renovation Transforms Brick Federation House in Melbourne

Sliding glass doors connect the new living area with the wooden deck outside

Renovating classic homes from a distinct era that have a unique style of their own is indeed a hard task at the best of times. Transforming such structures into a modern family home requires a careful balancing act that combines sensitivity towards the past and a vision for the future. The lovely East Malvern Residence by LSA Architects in Melbourne, Australia fits this billing perfectly,…

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Make This DIY Ombre Table Runner in 15 Minutes

Ombre table runner project

Today’s featured project couldn’t be any easier! With 7 sheets of felt, a pair of scissors and about 15 minutes of your time, you can craft an impromptu DIY ombre table runner for your next dinner party or festive gathering. It’s all about going from dark to light and gradually increasing the amount of felt per color. The pictures and easy steps say it all……

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Hot Scandinavian Design Trends Taking Over This Summer

Pops of copper in the kitchen complement the pendant perfectly

Looking to add a touch of Scandinavian beauty to your interior this summer? If you’ve been planning to go down this route forever but have been putting it off, 2015 is the perfect time to invite some Scandinavian goodness into your home. Scandinavian style has become incredibly popular on the other side of the Atlantic as well, and while it first found its feet in…

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4 Awesome Bookcase Designs for the Trendy Modern Home

Sliding doors of the bookshelf give it a dynamic appeal

Decorating with bookcases is not just for those who love to immerse themselves in a bundle of books. In fact, most modern homeowners are turning to bookshelves to give their contemporary interiors a sense of uniqueness and a colorful personality. Add to this the fact that bookshelves need not be filled with books alone, and you have a cool platform that allows you to showcase…

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Spacious Auckland Bungalow Gets a Modern Glass and Timber Extension

Look at the renovated Grosvenor Street Home in Auckland after sunset

Years of poorly planned additions and modifications to a home that are aimed at short-term fixes can often turn even the most beautiful house into a dingy, dark and uncomfortable setting. This was precisely the case with the Grosvenor Street Bungalow that is located in the suburb of Grey Lynn, Auckland, before the folks from Dorrington Atcheson Architects decided to give it a lovely, modern…

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How to Maintain a Gravel Garden

Details from a rock garden

Last year I worked hard to landscape my side yard, which involved creating a gravel garden. I used a weed-blocking cloth, complete with cut holes for the plants. I dug holes for the greenery and added low-maintenance selections such as blue agave and cactus. I bought and transported the gravel, unloaded it and scattered it. And then after the first big rain of the season,…

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1916 Brick Boiler Room Revamped into a Tiny Guest Apartment

Brick exterior of the tiny boiler rool turned into a ultra-cool guest house

We have seen plenty of tiny houses before that make use of spaces that are as small as even 20 square meters. But it is not very often that you come across a full-service guest apartment that is as small as just 93 square feet! That sounds like an incredibly small space to work with, but architect Christi Azevedo tapped into the smart use of…

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20 Awesome Kids’ Bedroom Ceilings that Innovate and Inspire

Amazing kids' room design with treetrunk shelves and painted ceiling

We always talk about how difficult it can be to decorate a child’s bedroom, as the effort is often a best possible compromise between what the little one wants, what you can afford and the possibilities that the bedroom space offers. But get things right and you have a dreamy, dashing and inspirational child’s bedroom that steals the show with its sheer splendor and creativity….

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DIY: How to Make Adorable Recycled Wine Cork Planters for Under $10

Succulents planted in wine corks

When it comes to rapidly renewable resources, wine corks are up there at the top of the list – at least in my house. If your corks have been piling up too, here’s a delightful way to reuse them by turning them into cute little planters for succulents. These would make an adorable Mother’s Day gift as well if your mom is a plant lover,…

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A DIY Picture Frame with Industrial Style

Pet photos in DIY industrial frames

Today’s super-easy DIY project involves only a few supplies, and the finished product has a look that’s unique and industrial! I love wandering around Home Depot and searching for items to use in creative endeavors. When I spotted these ceiling collars (used to cover the areas where pipes pass through the ceiling, wall or floor), I knew a new project was brewing! This DIY picture…

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