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…

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…

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,…

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…

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….

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,…

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…

8 Versatile Murphy Beds That Turn Any Room into a Spare Bedroom

Closet Factory City Skyline Bed Open

With more and more folks opting to live in cozier urban quarters, murphy beds have been increasing in popularity as a way to fit all of the necessities of life into a studio apartment. Whether they flip down from the wall or out from behind bookshelves, these double-duty furniture pieces come in a bevy of different styles, finishes and configurations. Read on for some of…

Chic Loft Apartment in London Adds Feminine Beauty to an Industrial Setting

Fabulous dining room with industrial style and open shelves

It has been a season of industrial homes and clever renovations that seem to be creating a wonderful bridge between modern functionality and old world charm. This lovely loft apartment in the Soho neighborhood of West London is another beauty that bowls us over with its unique and elegant blend of a cool industrial backdrop and a sophisticated feminine decor collection. Designed by Olivier Burns,…

10 New Ways to Think About Wrought Iron for the Garden or Patio


Garden furniture can be a real challenge; it needs to be made of a material that’s durable enough to withstand possibly intense rain, punishing sunshine, and, depending on where you live, significant fluctuations in temperature. Plastic usually holds up poorly, and wood can weather beautifully—up to the point where it starts warping (and most woods need regular coatings of sealant to protect them, adding to…

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