Chic Décor and Concrete Walls Welcome You at Snazzy Ipanema House

MM House in Brazil with concrete walls and illuminated wall sign

Few across the globe need an introduction to the hip, party lifestyle of Ipanema and the vibrant community that calls it home. Located in one of its busy neighborhoods is the MM House designed by Studio ro+ca, which combines contemporary style with exposed concrete walls, metal partitions and an eclectic mix of décor and accessories. The 120-square-meter-apartment was designed for a bachelor in his 30s, and…

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Easy DIY Gift Ideas for the Upcoming Holidays

Colorful vintage containers hold succulents in the home of Kimi Encarnacion

With the holidays approaching, now is a great time to start planning your gifting strategy. I enjoy making some of my gifts each year, so today I’m rounding up 10 easy DIY gift ideas for a little bit of design inspiration. Whether you make a few of these specific projects or you use them as a jumping off point for an original design, you’ll enjoy…

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50 Gorgeous Gray Kitchens That Usher in Trendy Refinement

Giant chandelier above the kitchen counter steals the spotlight here

Few colors have dominated the trend charts in the last few years like gray. It is not just the hottest neutral around but also a versatile color offering a wide array of shades that can either be used to create a classy backdrop or highlight a few selected architectural features. Gray gives your plenty of design flexibility and allows you to decorate with your favorite…

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8 DIY Projects to Dress Up Your Cork Boards

Cork board cut into a world map

Whether you have a cork board hanging in your home office, your kitchen, your kids’ bedrooms, or anywhere else — it’s pretty obvious that the plain, brown background doesn’t offer much in terms of decorative style. Of course, you’re supposed to cover it up with all sorts of photos, notes, and other interesting things, but that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that it will transform your dull…

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A Throwback to the 60s: Midcentury Décor Fashions Posh Warsaw Home

Kitchen in dark gray with a smart workstation and breakfast zone

It was the mid-1900s that undoubtedly produced the greatest array of talent in the world of furniture design, and the list of midcentury masters who have shaped the world for decades since is both long and illustrious. This is probably the biggest reason why midcentury décor classics, the style of 60s and those Nordic-inspired design principles still find space in the contemporary world. Showcasing this…

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10 High-End and Handsome Contemporary Sofas

Rest sofa setting

For many, buying a sofa is typically one of the biggest purchases made for the home. Such an acquisition warrants careful consideration – you might love that handsome sofa in the showroom, but is it likely to dominate your living space? Before buying, think about your room’s dimensions, as well as how you will move around and make use of a sofa. Functional practicalities aside, a sofa is likely to be a mainstay,…

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Industrial Design Finds: From Furniture to Accessories

Industrial wall-mounted bookcase from CB2

There’s something rustic yet modern about industrial furnishings and accessories! They can bring a weathered feel to an ultra-modern space or add a dash of modern style to a traditional room. Today’s featured industrial design finds range from the unique treasures of BARAK’7 to bargain pieces that will help you add industrial flair to your space on a budget. Read on for details and purchasing…

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Modern Timber and Glass Extension Revamps Elegant Aussie Home

Modern home addition in timber

Anytime you come across an old house that has been around for decades, the burden of poor alterations and unwanted extensions seems like an almost inevitable and unwanted byproduct. And this is precisely why most homeowners opt for modern extensions and renovations that not only get rid of the poorly planned and unnecessary partitions, but also give the home a new lease on life. Nestled…

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50 Delightfully Stylish and Soothing Shabby Chic Bedrooms

Fabulous use of pastel hues, chicken wire door cabinets and art work in the shabby chic bedroom

There are few styles that seem to polarize design aficionados like ‘shabby chic’. Some absolutely love the simplicity of the aged décor it brings in and the tranquility that it seems to create, while others find it too feminine and far from practical. Regardless of which camp you fall into, there is little doubting the fact that shabby chic has made giant waves in the…

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15 Stylish Pet Beds That Also Serve as Great Looking Tables

Bedside table with a a built-in dog bed

Everyone loves their pet. Pet owners pamper their dogs and cats like they’re their own children, buying them everything from fancy food and expensive toys, to pet-specific clothing and comfy pet beds. A pet bed is one of those things that you need to have a bit of room in your home for — even if it’s just in a corner or along a wall….

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Modern Style Meets the Stars, Sun and Moon

Sun and moon tapestry from Urban Outfitters

When it comes to modern interior design, sometimes it pays to let the heavens be your guide! In fact, star, sun and moon motifs are making a big impact in the realm of decor, especially decor with a Bohemian vibe. Blogger Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow uses the term “Cosmic Bohemian” to describe a design style that combines Boho flair with star and moon motifs….

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Beach House: Reinventing the Nautical Theme with Contemporary Panache

Color of the pool tiles gives the exterior a vivacious zest

If you are looking for a modest beach house with a classic approach to design, you will definitely not find it at this lavish holiday home in Bahia, Brazil. Designed as a weekend and vacation retreat for a modern family, this Beach House is all about giving the good ol’ nautical theme a healthy contemporary twist with color and creativity. The focal point of the…

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Wicker and Metal Pergola Transforms Mountain Guest House in Barcelona

Beautiful Mountain Guest House in Barcelona has a tradtional charm

Sometimes even the tiniest change can make a big difference to your home in terms of style and functionality. Nestled on a beautiful, green lot in Barcelona, the Mountain Guest House is a perfect case in the point, as a brand new pergola structure and revamped interiors are all it took to turn it into a fabulous modern retreat. When Dom Arquitectura was brought in…

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Dark Indulgence: 18 Black Bathtubs for a Stylish, Dashing Bathroom!

Uber-luxurious design of the Vessel combines elegance of Hammock with carbon fiber body

The idea of a relaxing bathroom at home often evokes images of a spa-inspired setting where it is white and light blues that hold sway. Darker tones are often shunned in favor of pastel hues, and the modern trend has been to add a few warm, wooden accents to complete the appeal of curated opulence. But have you ever thought about black in the bathroom?…

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Hexagon Style: Six-Sided Decor with Geo Flair

Hexagon side table from CB2

Today we pay homage to the hexagon, as this geo form has carved out its own modern niche in recent years. Not only have design studios and retailers been infusing their collections with hexagons, even DIY bloggers have had fun creating original projects using hex shapes. Check out some of our favorite finds below. Ready to celebrate the power of geometry?… Hex Style from CB2…

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