15 Sophisticated Kitchens with the Charm of a Bygone Era

Complex combination of textures creates a smart, modern kitchen

Innovation, technology and modern comfort do not necessarily mean you have to do away with the aesthetics of the past. Inspired by the design conventions of old country houses and traditional kitchens, Scavolini has come up with two remarkable kitchens that balance the classic with the contemporary. Dubbed Belvedere and Baltimora, both of these kitchens instantly take you back in time with their warm use…

DIY 3-in-1 Herb Wreath That Also Smells Great

DIY three in one herb wreath

What says “’tis the season” more than a wreath? It seems like this time of year is synonymous with wreaths, and I have to say I don’t exactly hate it! I’m a big fan of them, but I also like to make them a little different than just the typical evergreen selections (though they are also beautiful). This one is a personal favorite because you get…

27 Basement Bars That Bring Home the Good Times!

Smart basement bar makes perfect use of the available space [Design: Advance Cabinetry]

Designing a dream home is much more than just getting the basics right. From stunning poolside retreats to relaxing sunken lounges, contemporary homes are all about creating a gorgeous getaway right at home. While it’s great to spend a beautiful evening next to the pool as you take in the sights and sounds outside, others might prefer an indoor retreat that lets them kick back…

A Party Checklist for Design Lovers

Festive party front porch from A Beautiful Mess

Thanksgiving is two days away! Whether you’re hosting Turkey Day or preparing for the ultimate party in any season, this checklist is for you. What you won’t find in today’s post is a detailed collection of recipes. What you WILL find is a simple list of tasks that will give your party, gathering or event a designer look. It all begins with a clean home,…

DIY: Add Shimmer to Your Holiday Home Decor with Homemade Gold Mason Jars

Mason Jars - Holiday Decor Ideas

Has anyone ever told you that you “clean up nice”? Though the phrase leaves something to be desired grammatically, it’s generally a compliment, and one that’s actually very appropriate when describing mason jars. Whether you’re in Brooklyn or Berlin, you’ve probably seen these hipsterish receptacles being used as rustic vases or cups — heck, the New York Times even published an entire article about their…

How to Bring Caribbean Style Home

Caribbean color in a vibrant interior

There’s something so beautiful and tranquil about interior design that evokes the feel of the Caribbean. While it’s impossible to boil this rich style down to a handful of key elements, today’s post showcases a few features that can infuse your home with a celebration of the sea, lush plant life and timeless elegance. From unforgettable hues and crisp textiles to tropical greenery and wooden…

Modern Private Residence in Taiwan Overlooking a National Park

Wishbone chairs at the contemporary kitchen sialnd and breakfast bar

Waking up each morning to the sight of a lush green canopy and the early morning frenzy of birds just outside the window is indeed a great way to start the day. The Unbound private residence nestled in the gorgeous Yangmingshan National Park in Taiwan promises all this and a whole lot more as it brings the outdoors inside. Designed by J.C. Architecture, this elegant…

Classic Seattle Lakefront House gets a Bookish Modern Twist!

Floor-to-ceiling floding glass doors with stainless steel frame

It was just a few days ago that we were talking about the possible revival of Tudor style and how modern designers are giving these classic homes a contemporary makeover without actually altering their distinct silhouettes. Today we have another beauty that perfectly exemplifies this seamless blend between old world charm and modern aesthetics. Overlooking Lake Washington, this Seattle home has all the trademark traits…

23 Bedrooms That Bring Home the Romance of Red

Fabulous use of texture in the red bedroom [Design: Beckenstein Fabric and Interiors]

When it comes to infusing a space with vivacious energy and a touch of romance, few colors come close to red. It is a great way to showcase an architectural feature, give it prominence and elevate a space that is filled with boring neutrals. Yet when it comes to adding this brilliant color to our bedrooms, we often find ourselves hesitant, and fearful that the…

10 Rooms with an Indoor Water Feature

Indoor water wall with dramatic flair

Maybe it’s all those years of admiring mall and hotel lobby architecture, but I’ve always been a fan of indoor water features! There’s something very grand about them, and they bring a vacation vibe to any room they inhabit. Speaking of indoor water feature locations, what do you think are the most popular spots for these special flourishes? Living rooms and entryways are definitely top…

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