Modern Design in 2014: A Look Back

Modern staircase with a snowy wooded view outside

Hello Decoist Readers! Kate here, and I’ve been reflecting on the fact that it’s been a great year for modern design. I love looking back on my year of blogging and choosing my favorite posts from months gone by. Today I’m rounding up 20 of the best from 2014, complete with photos and links so you can check out the full posts if there’s anything…

Hot Kitchen Design Trends Set to Sizzle in 2015

Trendy kitchen with Shaker style doors and drawers in walnut [Design: Braam's Custom Cabinets]

When it comes to home renovations and remodels, one room that is on the top of the list for most people is the kitchen. Kitchen renovations can be incredibly daunting when you are not really sure of the direction to take. Yet they can be exciting and loads of fun when you have a clear idea of the budget at your disposal and the style…

DIY: How to Make a Pedestal Cake Stand for Under $10

Candlestick Holder Cake Stand

Ahh, the pedestal cakestand! Dainty but versatile, it’s long been a coveted kitchen addition, but often comes with a hefty pricetag. But did you know that you can make your own DIY version of this serving ware staple for a fraction of the price? We crafted ours for under $10 using just 3 components. Read on to see how you can do the same! DIY…

12 Dynamic Living Room Compositions with Versatile Wall Unit Systems

Fluida wall system used as a partition between kitchen and living room

The last few years have seen an emphatic shift from the old, closed living room design to a living area with an open floor plan that invites interaction between various spaces. While the open-plan living area has plenty of benefits, it also creates its own unique set of design challenges. For starters, you need to clearly delineate each area despite the kitchen and dining areas…

2015 Pantone Color of the Year: How to Use Marsala in Your Home

Marsala Couch

Interior designers around the world breathed a sigh of relief this month when color authority Pantone revealed its 2015 Color of the Year, a rich yet relatable hue known as “Marsala.” Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that it’s named after a wine (the second most universally appealing beverage after water), but Marsala is infinitely more versatile in terms of design than…

Cheerful Modern Home in Melbourne with a Posh, Minimal Vibe

Beautiful private residence in Melbourne with warm lighting

The idea of cleverly combining the old and the new to shape today’s modern homes is a concept that is gaining plenty of momentum, and this beautiful Melbourne home is another wonderful case in the point. Located in the lovely neighborhood of Malvern East, the gorgeous private residence has a street façade that conceals the refined, contemporary interior ever so elegantly! While the more classic…

Plan a Festive, Hassle-Free New Year’s Eve Party

Disco balls add sparkle to New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve is my favorite night of the year. What can I say–celebrating a fresh start gives me a rejuvenating burst of energy! Plus, as a design lover, I can’t help but plan an eye-catching spread of sparkly decorations and delicious food to enjoy with my hubby each year. Whether it’s just the two of us or we’re welcoming friends, this “party” is an…

Chalet Gstaad: Luxurious Holiday Retreat Nestled in the Heart of the Swiss Alps

Rough sawn Austrian timber cover the living space walls

We at Decoist do hope that you are enjoying your holidays wherever you are along with friends and family, and that you are all geared up for both Christmas Eve and the big day itself. It is indeed the time for grand decorations, delicious dinners, fun parties and of course memorable vacations. And the captivating Chalet Gstaad in Switzerland is one such amazing getaway that…

Exquisite Mexican Home Charms with Smart Indoor-Outdoor Interplay

Home studio cantilevered above the tranquil pool

When it comes to designing posh urban homes, architects often try and utilize every inch of available space. But this beautiful LA House in Mexico designed by Elías Rizo Arquitectos takes an entirely different approach, as the grand residence recedes into the backdrop of the lot on which it sits. While this might seem like an odd idea, the result is the creation of a…

10 Cheerful Home Offices with Beautiful Beach Style

Amazing home office with stunning ocean view

A decade or two ago, the idea of a home office would have been a touch alien to most homeowners. Not many could have carried their work home before the technological revolution and new-age gadgets changed the world forever. But the home office is almost a ‘must have’ in contemporary homes, and designers are finding innovative solutions such as the tiny corner in the bedroom…

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