Nifty Modern House in Wisconsin Blends in with Dense Forest Landscape

Green roof lets the home blend in with its forested backdrop

When brilliant architecture meets a breathtaking natural landscape, the result is often a dream home that not only offers you a window into an exotic and relaxing world, but also creates a dwelling that seems like an extension of the scenery that surrounds it. Nestled on the eastern shore of Door County in Wisconsin, the Pleated House is one such masterpiece that blurs the line between…

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10 Innovative Industrial Design Objects by Japanese Studio Miyake Design

Muji Air Purifier

Tokyo-based industrial designer Kazushige Miyake produces work that is typically aesthetic, useful and unobtrusive. With designs that are utilitarian and honest in nature, Miyake makes no attempt to manipulate the user or make undue promises that cannot be kept. Kazushige Miyake was born in 1973 in the Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan, situated west of Osaka and Kyoto. Miyake studied in the product design department at…

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20 Creative Calendar Designs

Paint chip calendar

Sure, many of us use electronic calendars these days, quickly storing reminders of important meetings and appointments in our phones and laptops with the click of a few keys. But nothing beats the visual effect of a physical calendar. Writing down upcoming events is one way to celebrate the dates we look forward to, while crossing off completed tasks with a pen is very therapeutic….

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60s Italian Apartment Renovated Using Wood, Iron and Three Large Boxes!

Smart design of the living room with minimal decor and a striking bookshelf

Renovating an old apartment often means undoing the mistakes of past additions and poorly planned makeovers that turn an outdated home into a dark and congested setting. The story of this 120-square-meter apartment in Varese, Italy is pretty similar until the creative folks from Luca Compri were brought in to remove the unnecessary internal partitions and convert it into a chic, contemporary hub. And the…

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6 Uniquely Individual Table and Desk Lamps

Asterisco table lamp

Light is a perfect companion when reading, writing or simply losing oneself in quiet contemplation. The ideal table or desk lamp will play a part in alleviating stress and calming nerves, in helping to achieve clarity of thought and vision. Savvy and sharp, it will also work to animate and facilitate creativity and imagination. The aesthetically pleasing properties of light, along with its capacity to…

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Oriental Inspiration: Asian-Style Sunrooms Bring Light-Filled Radiance

Zen-styled sunroom design with natural elements

The idea of a sunroom that connects the more restrained interior with the lovely little garden or backyard is something that is once again gaining popularity as homeowners look to escape the constant rush that surrounds them. And giving the sunroom a beach-inspired look with all its cheerfulness or even a more contemporary appeal that merges it visually with the living space is an easy…

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20 Space-Saving Fold-Down Desks

Secretary desk from CB2

Fold-down desks are perfect for compact spaces. Not only do they maximize square footage by neatly folding away when the room is needed for other tasks, they allow even a cozy corner to be turned into an effective home office. Today we feature 20 workspaces where fold-down desks take center stage. From custom-built wonders to DIY solutions you can try at home, keep reading for…

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5 Designers and Makers Down Under

Sweeney chairs

Designers, crafters and makers down under mean serious business, yet in actuality we (in the northern hemisphere) know little about them. Perhaps the sheer distance (from European and North American markets) is preventing the discovery of and education about Australian-made design. Or perhaps it is the notion of superiority, typically exhibited by many (design aficionados) in Europe and North America, that ensures we know little about design from the…

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Refresh Your Living Room: Trio of Comfy Modern Sofas from Porada

Simple and understated design of the Fellow couch

The modern living room is often a blend of personal style, the latest trends and a few inimitable and unique décor pieces that you simply cannot let go. But at the heart of it all is the comfy couch that sets the style for your living space and also defines its ambiance. With open floor plans becoming the norm, that cozy sofa has become even…

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Acoustics Trump Aesthetics in this New York Home with Series of Parallel Walls

Open living area of the elegant private residence in Amagansett

How often have you come across a home designed to offer the perfect acoustics? Sure, we all ponder it while designing the home theater, media room or even a more modest TV room. But what about the rest of the house? Nestled in Amagansett, New York and designed by Bates Masi Architects, the truly exceptional Elizabeth II provides a captivating answer to that question. This…

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Nap Pods in the Office: a Workplace Trend

The Google office in Sydney

Napping on the job…what was once grounds for getting fired is now being actively encouraged in some offices, many of them techie! In fact, companies such as Google and Zappos are installing napping pods so employees can rest and rejuvenate during the workday. One thought behind this growing trend is that naps actually increase productivity rather than limit it. In many cases, EnergyPods from MetroNaps…

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Norm.Architects: 10 Objects and Projects That Express Nordic Design

Finn lounge chair

Kasper Rønn, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Linda Korndal of Norm.Architects, the award-winning Copenhagen-based architecture, interiors and industrial design studio, are arbiters of aesthetic, honest and timeless design. The name “Norm” takes its inspiration from varied design traditions and norms refined over many centuries. Norm’s designs and ideals are very much in the spirit of Scandinavian simplicity: clean and modest shapes are honed to the point where…

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Classic English Home with Brick Façade Acquires a Nifty Modern Extension

Rear extension replaces workers cottage and extends the living space into the garden

Giving those old, dark and dreary homes a modern facelift using a rear extension is arguably the most popular way to revitalize classic homes without disturbing their street façade too much. Nestled in a quiet little neighborhood of Crawley, Hampshire, England, the Beckett House follows a similar path, as Adam Knibb Architects expanded the existing living space and refurbished the interior completely by removing the…

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Trendy Twist to a Timeless Color Scheme: Bathrooms in Blue and Yellow

Fabulous eclectic bathroom with dark blue and vivacious yellow for the shower area

Redoing the bathroom every now and then is not a pleasant task, and most of us do not have the money or time to get into frequent renovations. This is precisely why choosing a bathroom color scheme that serves you beyond just the ‘newest trend in town’ is a clever and practical choice. Yet there are some colors that seem timeless and trendy and simply…

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Vacation Home Style: 3 Relaxing, Refreshing Trends

Blue bistro table from West Elm

Whether you’re shopping for your vacation home or you’re looking for ways to make your everyday abode feel like a getaway, today’s post is for you. Below we profile three design trends that have a soothing effect. By incorporating a few new pieces into your home, you can transform your interior into a breezy staycation spot that will relax and refresh you. Read on for…

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